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From novelty to farm workhorse, drone pilots line up for licences | Farm Online


Drone pilots are lining up for licences to spray crops across the country.

For a while a novelty on farms due to the limited capacity of their aircraft, spraying and even seeding from the air is becoming increasingly popular.

Today’s drones have a capacity to spray about 15 litres or about the same in kilogram weight for fertiliser or seeds.

But drones are already operational in other countries with a 40 litre capacity and new monster drones are in the works.

“We can already spray about three hectares an hour,” drone operator, or remote aircraft pilot Zhilin Yu said.

Mr Yu, of Melbourne, is just one of those who have applied for their Victorian licence now the government there has this week released applications for pilots.

He said Victoria…



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