At FarmKonnect, we have a strong conviction that drones and satellites would revolutionalize Agriculture in Nigeria from crop monitoring to livestock farming, hence our strong desire to educate farmers on how to use these new technologies
Over the past several years, we have had the privilege to talk with farmers around the world about the growing excitement of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in the agricultural industry. and farmers are always quick to ask me, “What are your best tips for a new user?” Here are our best advice:
Be Educated on Local and Federal Regulations. It is critically important to have a very good understanding of what the local and federal regulations are before you fly anything in the National Air Space. It is too easy to make a mistake, as today many cities are banning UAV use. Do your research BEFORE you fly.
Buy a Ready-to-Fly System. DO NOT start with high dollar ship. There are so many great systems today, and nearly 70 percent of the UAV market is held by DJI.com. Why? Because they are a solid platform to begin your experience without breaking the bank! You can buy a great system for less than $2,000 that is amazing, complete with camera, case, batteries, all “Ready-to-Fly.” Unfortunately, many users buy too much ship without the experience needed, and it often does not end well.
Define Your Mission. Like other forms of aviation, there are different airplanes for different missions. Flying a UAV is no different.
Become a student. With all the great online resources, it is easy to learn so much from other peoples misfortunes. Nearly all manufacturers have videos to train new users on how to get started and operate the systems safely.
Find the Right Operator. Using UAV technology is like everything else in your operation: You need to find the right person to use it. Rule of thumb: If they don’t “crash,” you’re doing fine. If your operator has more than one incident, then you might not have the right person operating the UAV.
Manage Risk and Fly Responsibility. When it is time to fly, understand the risks and manage them. My best tip is to create your own personal checklist that you use on each flight. Everything from personal limits and reminders on the wind, battery, altitude and emergency procedures.
Don’t Wait, Get Flying. This is a big one. Many times a hear this: “I’ll just wait a few years until the technology gets better.” Honestly, you could not be farther from the truth. The fact is, there will be new and better technology coming. You need to get some experience now or you will not be able to catch up. And remember: you can buy great performing systems under $2,000.
(Source – http://farmindustrynews.com/precision-farming/7-tips-flying-unmanned-aerial-sysem)