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How To Use Your Agricultural Technology Grant: Farming Drones

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How To Use Your Agricultural Technology Grant: Farming Drones

(Unfortunately the Digital Agriculture Investment Scheme is now fully subscribed, we will keep an ear out for further rounds) The recent rollout of the Digital Agriculture Investment Scheme  is exciting news for farmers in Victoria. Regardless of whether you’ve managed to apply and be accepted for one of the grants available or not, the fact that the Victorian Government is now starting to help farmers access valuable technology for their farms is such a great step towards simplifying current processes and improving quality of practices throughout the agricultural sector. What is the Digital Agriculture Investment Scheme? The Digital Agriculture Investment...

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Fly the Farm Mini Tutorials - DroneDeploy Stand Assessments

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Welcome to the first instalment of our new Mini Tutorials! In these videos we will share with you quick introductions to various products and services that we recommend. First up, Stand Assessment by DroneDeploy. While we may be in the midst of winter, farmers are always looking ahead to their next crop to ensure they are prepared. Of course, the biggest step with the planting of any crop is getting a good establishment. This summer, Australian corn and soybean growers and agronomists will have access to DroneDeploy’s new Stand Assessment to support decision making around potential replant situations.  Released earlier...

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Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News January Report 2020 - Fly the Farm

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The use of drones in agriculture is starting to gain traction in Australia. In particular we are seeing increased interest in spray drones, particularly with Agriculture Victoria now allowing drone spraying to occur with a wider range of unmanned aircraft from the middle of December 2020. We are now hoping that other state regulatory bodies will come into alignment with CASA regulations to open up the use of spray drones across Australia, in particular for farmers & graziers wanting to use these UAV’s on their own properties. I do have to say that drone spraying is one of my favourite...

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Mandatory CASA operator accreditation and drone registration

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Well, the time has come, or more accurately passed, for anyone who uses their drones commercially (including on farm) to have an operator accreditation and have each of their drones registered. Mandatory registration & accreditation commenced on 28th January 2021. This is not a difficult process, and with the risk of an $11,000 for not doing so is very much worth the time to get it done. I successfully completed mine yesterday without issue. If you already have an RePL you aren't required to to the operator accreditation and you will already have an ARN. A few tips, make sure...

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Travelling by air in 2021 – Beware new IATA rules now effective 1 January 2021

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Travelling by air in 2021 – Beware new IATA rules now effective 1 January 2021 (Source: Rotorcraft Asia-Pacific e-News December Report 2020. Please contact the Editor, Rob Rich to be placed on their email list: robsrich@bigpond.com) (The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 290 airlines or 82% of total air traffic. We support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.​​) Visit the IATA document - Passengers travelling with Lithium batteries document here. The rotorcraft industry is constantly responding to global disasters which result in rapid deployment of aerial resources at...

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