FieldCopter representing the Agricultural application area for RPAS was presented at the annual conference on RPAS policy & regulations.
(photo UVS International)
The "16th International Conference on RPAS Integration into EU airspace" took place on 23-26 June 2014 in Brussels. National RPAS associations presented their needs and demands. Policy makers explained their progress on regulations and the roadmap for RPAS integration in airspace. On behalf of FieldCopter, Tamme van der Wal (AeroVision) presented the application in agriculture where farmers, agronomists and other advisory services are using RPAS to monitor crops and fields. FieldCopter developed a service to provide farmers with adequate imagery of their fields using the modified Sarah platform. Making use of the EGNOS augmentation signal, FieldCopter developed a payload management system dedicated for agricultural applications. Emphasising the need for safety procedures and regulations, FieldCopter nevertheless suggests that regulations in agriculture can be made proportional to the specific application and platforms used. Within UVS International several study groups exist that focus on particular topics. A study group on agricultural applications will be added, also as a result of this conference.