Machinery Chatter
Dan Miller Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Thu Jan 15, 2015 04:28 PM CST

An Idaho-based company has received the first exemption from federal aviation rules to fly an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for commercial agricultural purposes.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted an exemption to Advanced Aviation Solutions of Star, Idaho, for the purpose of precision scouting. It was the FAA's 13th exemption since 2012.

While the exemption allows Advanced Aviation to work anywhere in the U.S., the company intends to perform crop scouting over flights in Idaho, eastern Washington and eastern Oregon when it begins operations as early as the coming planting season. The company also is talking with Washington State University ...

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