If you have a drone registered with Transport Canada, and have passed the RPAS Basic operators exam, you can fly a drone over a field (providing it is in class G airspace and more than 5.5Km from an airport). You will also need to keep the drone less than 500 Mtrs from you, and follow the TC CARS part IX rules and regulations, maintaining RPAS maintenance Logs, Site Surveys and Check Lists etc., and have all the various emergency procedures and communications in place to legally fly a drone. If you want to operate beyond 500 Mtrs (BVLOS), or in ‘controlled’ airspace, you would also need to become an ‘Advanced’ RPAS Operator and apply for a SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) for BVLOS flight operations.
Using a small RPAS with a single sensor ‘may’ get you some useful data for ‘some’ crops, during ‘some’ of their growth cycle (and only with certain weather and lighting conditions). However, knowing and understanding when the data is valid or misleading (and what type of sensor to use) is the key to successful crop management and precision agriculture.
Flying drones and collecting crop data (all adjusted and calibrated for your crops in your fields, and for a specific growth cycle), is our speciality. SKYGATE is committed to delivering the best data for your crops in the most cost effective way for your ROI. We want to help you get the most out of investing in this technology, and see the benefits of precision agriculture.