When one thinks of a Farmer Fly-In the first thing kind that comes to mind is a trip to Washington D.C. or maybe traveling to a farm show by plane. But a new kind of fly-in has appeared – the Unmanned Aerial System fly-in.
Think of a motorcycle rally or a skeet shoot, people practicing, sharing ideas and techniques – a lot of "shop talk" and a lot of UAS craft in the air!
A fly-in of this sort was recently held in Dwight, Ill. Approximately 30 attendees showed up to learn a little about new technology on the horizon, acquire tips and practice flying their ships.
"It is a good opportunity to share something you might have learned, pick up a new trick and meet people face to face that you have gotten to know through social media channels who are also interested in how these can benefit their farm," said Chad Colby of Ag Tech Talk.
Participants had the opportunity to see the Ag Eagle fly, learn about new updates to their current systems and what might be coming out in the near future.
But it wasn't all learning and listening. After lunch, the ships took to the sky. At any one time, 5 to 6 ships were buzzing around. Some were tweaking their systems while others were getting their ships up in the air for the first time.
For most, this will be the first year of using a UAS on the farm, so this opportunity to get together was important.
If you are currently utilizing an aerial view, this may be something you should look into. The great thing about these systems are not only the different perspectives, but the fact that you own 100% of your information and can fly when you feel you can gain the most information on your fields.
Colby reminds users, however, that the regulations for the use of these at this time are: keep them under 400 feet, use your head, and always, always practice safety.
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