Franchisees required for unmanned helicopters

24 Aug, 2013 02:00 AM
Yamaha Sky Division Australia is seeking franchisees for its unmanned helicopters.
Yamaha Sky Division Australia is seeking franchisees for its unmanned helicopters.

YAMAHA Sky Division Australia’s introduction of the Yamaha RMAX unmanned helicopter will enable franchisees and contractors to maintain land and crops remotely, from the air, and without the hassles that come with more traditional farming methods.

The RMAX is a remote controlled helicopter designed specifically for the agricultural industry.

It weighs 99 kilograms, has a total length of 3.63 metres and a height of 1.08m.

The new technology allows operators to spray weeds, crops, or spread seed in any terrain in a more cost effective and accurate manner.

Spraying dangerous aquatic weeds or accessing uneven ground is all part of the package.

Liquids and granules can be dispersed across a 400m range from the location of the operator, covering nearly a hectare in 6 minutes.

The new technology represents a business opportunity for individuals seeking to become a franchisee of Yamaha Sky Division Australia.

As the first franchisee to get on board, ACT operator Greg Harris said it had allowed him to expand his business, with interest from state government and numerous land owners.

“I’ve spent nine years waiting for the approval of this technology, and now that I am fully operable in the ACT I’m working with the ACT government, as well as servicing clients nationally,” Mr Harris said.

Yamaha Sky Division Australia national sales manager Mike Johnson said he was excited about the agricultural innovation and the opportunities it would provide franchisees.

“We’re proud to be releasing this new technology to the Australian agricultural industry,” he said.

“RMAX gives franchisees the opportunity to work closely with Yamaha Motor Australia to build a local business that is both sustainable and profitable.”

To become a franchisee, candidates are required to meet a number of stringent CASA and Chemical Handling qualifications.


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25/08/2013 5:19:34 PM

I can't see too many Australian farmers lining up to go into the helicopter business, with beef & grain prices, seasonal conditions and a host of other nightmares we all face each day, the last thing we would all need in more debt, from this rubbish
Love the country
27/08/2013 6:27:34 AM

It's a winner if its cheap, and cheaper to use, if not forget money in growing anything in Australia ,it's cheaper to import......sad, but, true.
South West Slopes Farmer
27/08/2013 12:16:57 PM

I don't see how farmers buying a remote control helicopter makes it easier.. its makes it more risky because it is not maned but hey! what would i know i am not buying one! rather invest in a new tractor!
Zero till
27/08/2013 7:38:37 PM

I think there is huge potential for this technology. There are many applications such as remote spot spraying, crop monitoring and precision ag. GPS autosteer wasn't around 15 years ago but there would be very few cropping farms that don't have it!
1/10/2013 12:04:14 PM

Beefy, Rubbish?? Much like your comment. This technology has the ability to change the industry, with operating costs lower than 10% of a full size helicopter these machines allow a new efficiency. Open Minds adapting with advances such as this is what makes money not stubbornness such as yours.
11/10/2013 5:26:29 PM

@beefy. Not stubborness, FACT of life, you can dream all you want, about state of the art equipment, but the vast majority of farmers will sit on the fence and wait until its fully accepted like GPS. Maybe instead of having a crack at readers who voice their own opinion, you try and come up with an original screen name. Beefy is taken,
21/10/2013 4:19:04 PM

I'm a weed control contractor in Vic & have looked closely at this technology, impressive but it was'nt cost effective for me, I would needed to have diversified into other uses such as aerial photography, surveillance etc etc, not exactly my core business


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