Machinery Chatter
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Thu Nov 6, 2014 10:41 AM CST

Have your commercial pilot's license? Unless the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) changes current regulations, you might need one to fly a drone when scouting your farm. Or you might have to hire a commercial pilot to do the flying for you. Surprised? I was too when I went to watch a demonstration flight of Trimble's slick unmanned aircraft the UX5 and found that we were joined by a commercial pilot.

Jason Downing, who helps Trimble in UX5 testing and training near Ft. Collins, Colo., had already filed a flight plan with the local FAA office. Now he did pre-launch flight ...

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