Agriculture Part of New FAA UAS Program

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced new partnerships with industries, including agriculture, to explore the next steps in unmanned aircraft operations beyond the type of operations the agency proposed in the draft small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule it published in February.Comments from FAA administrator Michael Huerta on Pathfinder

PrecisionHawkThe Pathfinder Program includes partnerships with three companies, including Raleigh-based manufacturer PrecisionHawk, which will be surveying crops in rural areas using unmanned aircraft flying outside of the pilot’s direct vision.

In this interview PrecisionHawk founder and president Ernest Earon discusses the new partnership with FAA and what he sees as the future of unmanned aircraft in agriculture: Interview with Ernest Earon, PrecisionHawk