Remote-Controlled Helicopter Being Used in Napa Vineyard

Remote-Controlled Helicopter Being Used in Napa Vineyard

A remote-controlled helicopter is being field-tested by UC Davis agricultural engineers at a Napa Valley vineyard. The motorcycle-sized helicopter, which is commercially manufactured and extensively used over Japan’s rice fields, is being studied for potential agricultural uses in the United States.
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4 Responses to “Remote-Controlled Helicopter Being Used in Napa Vineyard”

  • Seán O'Nilbud:

    It's not a new vehicle it's on sale in Japan for the last 15 years they have sold thousands of them and they're in use by farmers for spraying rice. Yamaha have upgraded it since, they've gone from a 2 stroke to a four stroke engine and increased the spray capacity from 4.2 gallons to over six.

  • MsTokies:

    i wish UC Davis could get more money for better crap then this. ima about sick of crop dusting. id rather that drone was used for "better than organic"  low input use.. then again who knows maybe someday they will be spraying worm juice instead of chem.

  • smallranchers:

    We need this application technology. We can no longer hire commercial pilots to fly into rough terrain and we don't blame them for not wanting to attempt it. 40-50+ degree slopes and no room to work make the risk to high. There are thousands of acres of noxious weeds not being sprayed because of inaccessibility.  These machines would do the job efficiently and effectively.

    It's really a no-brainer but the FAA will for sure get in the way of a good thing.

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