Unmanned helicopters launched

18 Jul, 2013 02:00 AM

YAMAHA Sky Division Australia has introduced a range of Yamaha RMAX unmanned, remote controlled helicopters designed specifically for the agricultural market.

Weighing 99 kilograms and at a total length of 3.63 metres and a height of 1.08m, each helicopter has a load capacity of 28kg and runs on a 2-stroke, horizontally opposed 2-cylinder engine.

The machines have the versatility to spray weeds and crops, or spread seed in a cost effective and accurate manner.

Their airborne capabilities mean terrain is no longer an issue, so they can be used to spray dangerous aquatic weeds or access uneven ground.

Liquids and granules can be dispersed across a 400m range from the location of the operator, covering about one hectare in 7 to 8 minutes.

Utilising a high-performance Global Positioning System (GPS), they are controlled by the Yamaha Attitude Control System.

Their sophisticated technologies enable them to maintain consistent and controlled speeds in all directions, as well as excellent flight stability.

Yamaha’s training school, Skytech Academy, provides operators with classroom lessons, practical skill training, a proficiency test, and ongoing safety training and updates.

Completing an RMAX operator course takes three weeks.

“RMAX has the ability to increase productivity, whilst reducing the risks surrounding the use of traditional farming equipment in adverse conditions,” Yamaha Sky Division spokesman Mike Johnson said.

Visit http://rmax.yamaha-motor.com.au/

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18/07/2013 7:04:09 AM

A couple of questions. Are these helicopter unmanned, or are they really just remote controlled helicopters? What laws does a farmer need to comply with to fly them? What is the cost per hectare to run them, including the pilot (if required)?
18/07/2013 8:46:38 AM

Andrew, follow the link and visit their page, it has an FAQ with all of the answers to your questions.
18/07/2013 5:50:53 PM

Just the thing big brother in the form of animal libbers need. One good shot will bring them down should they fly anywhere near my property! Better be well marked to show no one is on board and a registration would be an advantage to track owners illegally snooping.
19/07/2013 9:55:06 AM

Percy. These are not the toys the nutters are talking about. You can't own these thing, only hire them because of military restrictions. Their still only line of sight remote control. So I wouldn't be mustering scrubbers with one .... yet.


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