Nice video for the product. I wonder how long that farmer took to get his Night Waiver? There are many issues when it come to Precision Farming. The key is not the drone data itself, but the actionable information it can provide, i.e., prescription for the particular crop you are inspecting. Are the plants stressed, are they infected, do they have enough nitrogen, water, or maybe too much water, is the drainage good? All kinds of things. You need an agronomist to tell or interpret the data into information farmers can use. Just some of my thoughts...
I have been farming for 30 years, now you are going to come and tell me how I have to cultivate my land?
I am still trying to figure out what lighting I am going with.
For high intensity search light or light painting light I will most likely just throw another lipo on the UAV to power it
On the issue of navigational and night operations, I have now rigged 12 volts on each of my four arms, and additional 4s battery and 12 volts on the body
Cannot quite decide on that product
Cool idea, a spot light on an sUAS. But utterly useless without a part 333 exemption for night flight. Nothing in AG is so emergent that waiting for daybreak would justify this product.
As a SAR product it may have its uses though.
Part 333 Exemption for night flying? Most operations are no longer utilizing Part 333 Exemptions because Part 107 covers the vast majority of possible flights. While Part 107 is Daylight Only we do have the option of getting Waiver ~107.29, Daylight Operations Waiver. Many of us here have our ~107.29 for various operations well outside of SAR and Emergency Services. So Night Time Inspection can be carried out (assuming you are clear in terms of Airspace, Meteorological Conditions etc) at night using a ~107.29
For the record, some people think/assume that Exemption 333's no longer exist but they DO and were around long before Drones/sUAS came on the market. A 333 Exemption Process is used for operations in Manned Aircraft and for Operations that just can no be done under Part 107 with sUAS. Some examples are:
Back on topic - We use the exact lights from the OP's post in our SAR operations. They give amazing illumination from our Yuneec H520 and allow us to operate in areas and at times we would not be able to without them. They are insanely bright even from a long distance.
- 1) Removing the door(s) of your aircraft to facilitate sky divers exiting the aircraft easily
- 2) Ferrying a plane from a repair facility without N#'s (from repair shop to paint shop)
- 3) Flying sUAS over people in a Closed Set Motion Picture Set. That's how they are able to make movies etc over people and not bust Part 107. They are operating under a 333 Exemption instead of Part 107 regulations. The caveat is you can NOT mix and match them in a single flight. You are either flying under your 333 or Part 107 and must continue the whole flight as such.
Thank you for clarifying BigA107. Looks like I have a bit more studying to do for my 107. And thanks for validating the use of these spot lights for SAR missions.