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The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FAA) has granted Yamaha’s FAZER re­motely pi­loted he­li­copter an ex­emp­tion for cer­tain com­mer­cial ag spray­ing op­er­a­tions. This ma­chine is the lat­est in Yamaha’s fleet to re­ceive FAA ap­proval. “This new FAA ap­proval for the FAZER op­er­a­tion fol­lows more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and proven agri­cul­tural per­for­mance,” says Brad An­der­son of Yamaha. “The FAZER is our next step in the evo­lu­tion of this unique line of re­motely pi­loted he­li­copters.”

The FAZER in­cludes myr­iad im­prove­ments like 50% in­creased pay­load ca­pac­ity, im­proved con­trol us­ing a newly de­signed trans­mit­ter and new con­trol sys­tem, and qui­eter op­er­a­tion. Cur­rently, FAA and state reg­u­la­tions re­quire that the RMAX and FAZER be op­er­ated by a cer­ti­fied and li­censed Yamaha em­ployee. How­ever, the com­pany is also work­ing to type cer­tify its FAZER R. “Once cer­ti­fied, the com­pany plans to lease the FAZER R to other in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions that are prop­erly qual­i­fied to op­er­ate the ma­chine,” says An­der­son. “Pric­ing has not yet been de­ter­mined.”

The FAZER R re­tains the strong base func­tion­al­ity of the orig­i­nal FAZER, but it is eas­ier to op­er­ate and has im­proved spray­ing ac­cu­racy. With a 32-liter pay­load, it can spray nearly 10 acres with­out reload­ing chem­i­cals or re­fu­el­ing.

“With the new FAZER R cer­ti­fi­ca­tion,” An­der­son adds, “we be­lieve this will open up the pos­si­bil­ity for grow­ers to lease the units.”

Yamaha has been op­er­at­ing re­motely pi­loted he­li­copters for over two decades. In Ja­pan, it has over 2,500 ma­chines op­er­at­ing to con­trol pests in 35% of its rice fields.

While Yamaha’s en­try into com­mer­cial ser­vices in the U.S. has been in vine­yards, An­der­son says the com­pany is just scratch­ing the sur­face for the po­ten­tial of its units. “We’re look­ing at var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions in other spe­cialty and high-value crops. The po­ten­tial of utiliz­ing our equip­ment for spot-spray­ing could also pro­vide mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits within the ag in­dus­try.” Learn more at yama­hamo­tor­sports.com/ mo­tor­sports/pages/ pre­ci­sion-agri­cul­ture.

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