Drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are providing innovative opportunities on and off the farm. Drone technology helps farmers pinpoint disease or insect pressure, identify key issues and create an action plan, or even spot apply crop protection products.
As this technology continues to evolve, new applications are discovered. Accordingly, rules and regulations have to be implemented to protect the technology, individual users, and entities. With that understanding, it’s crucial that users understand the boundaries within which they must operate.
Questions? Contact Kate Krepps, associate field crops specialist
The FAA's main web page for UAS.
Popular information regarding recreational flying, business flying, knowledge testing and certification, airspace/airports, requirements, registration, accident and incident reporting, and more.
Small Unmanned Aircraft System registration service provided by the FAA.
List of Michigan commercial testing center locations and contact information.
B4UFLY is a free smartphone app that helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.
Requirements and process for becoming a remote pilot.
Summary of the small unmanned aircraft rule including operation limitations, pilot certification and responsibilities, and aircraft requirements.
Michigan Farm Bureau's member-developed policy on drones, as approved at the organization's December 2016 annual meeting.