Crop Dusting Drone Approved by FAA

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MIflyer

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From Manufacturing.net I have to admit this makes a lot of sense, even if it will cost some aviation jobs. It can carry 540 lb of crop dusting chemicals which is pretty darn good for an aircraft with a gross weight of only 1,125 lb. It is powered by an electric motor.

Pyka, manufacturer of large-scale highly-automated electric aircraft for crop protection and cargo transport, said it has received approval from the FAA to operate its Pelican Spray aircraft for crop protection commercially nationwide. With a gross weight of 1,125 lbs, Pyka said its uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) is the largest ever to receive FAA authorization for commercial operation in the United States.

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Been happening in Japan for years:

 

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