FAA endorses AMA rules to govern personal use of sUAS for Precision Ag

November 25th… In an online news story by Oklahoma City Channel 9 News, FAA effectively endorsed AMA’s safety guidelines for the personal use of sUAS for agricultural applications. As reported by Justin Dougherty

“Farmers may operate an unmanned aircraft over their own property for personal use … Guidelines for the operation of model aircraft, such as those published by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, may be used by farmers as reference for safe model UAS operations.”


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Comment by criro1999 on November 28, 2013 at 10:30am

That is really very good news! Finally.

Comment by Gary McCray on November 28, 2013 at 11:17am

This is huge, at least one potential complete boondoggle avoided.

The FAA finally did something and it is simple, effective, has a huge potential economic impact and actually makes sense.

Of course this is really the easy one, basically farmers over their own land for their own use under 400' and LOS.

Still a really good start and hopefully indicative of a more enlightened set of regulations than I have been expecting.                                              

Comment by Tyler McGahee on November 28, 2013 at 11:58am

Still doesn't allow for business use, unfortunately

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 28, 2013 at 12:02pm

Yeah... it's not exactly clear what they are saying.  Is it just saying that farmers are allowed to fly just for fun over their own fields?  Well duh.  Or is it saying that farmers are allowed to do farming activities (business) over their fields if they follow AMA rules?

Comment by Gary McCray on November 28, 2013 at 12:09pm

On looking further at the article, it was a simple restatement by the FAA that farmers could use them for personal use.

There is probably an intentional ambiguity of what constitutes commercial versus personal use.

The FAA can make its own choices as to what activities are commercial and which are personal.

From a strict interpretation of commercial any video taken of a flying RC model and then used in marketing and selling that model can be certainly considered commercial.

Many years ago the FAA tried to enforce that, but quickly relented.

I suspect that in this case they are choosing to interpret farmers use on his own farm as personal rather than commercial regardless of the fact that his farm itself is a commercial venture.

It is not clear that this is actual policy, nor is it at all clear what further implications it might have.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 28, 2013 at 1:27pm

The FAA have confirmed farmers are allowed to fly model aircraft. The way the ag business works in Europe is farmers buy in the service.

Comment by Brian on November 28, 2013 at 2:25pm

Most of the farmers I know would say that farming is a way of life and intensely personal. The trucks they use on the farm are the same trucks they use to go to town or out to dinner or school activities. There is no seperation between life and the farm. Seems like FAA knows this to me. 

This is cool!

Comment by wraith on November 28, 2013 at 5:54pm

so if i had a property that was large enough and i was not a farmer and my property wasn't a farm would i be not allowed to fly over my own property, thats dumb, btw red necks shouldnt be allowed any where near multis or guns or oxygen

Comment by Jack Crossfire on November 28, 2013 at 6:53pm

The dog just doesn't care.

Comment by Patrick Egan on November 28, 2013 at 9:58pm

Nothing new… farmers could always fly RC


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