Today the FAA posted two grants of exemption for Niceville, FL-based Pravia to operate the eBee Ag and E384 small unmanned aircraft systems for precision agriculture applications for a domestic agricultural seed company, reports AUVSI News.
“We are excited to be among the first to receive FAA approval to operate commercial UAS in the United States national airspace system,” says Pravia Managing Partner Tim Ray in an email to AUVSI. “Pravia will now be able to bring precision agriculture imagery and automated analysis services to smaller fields at a more affordable price thanks to the efficiencies gained with SUAS over traditional manned aircraft.”
The proposed operations will include biomass analysis and estimation, yield monitoring, leaf area indexing, and reporting of geographical data and overall crop health.
Check out the full story over at AUVSI.org.