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.