Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. was recently granted a commercial exemption to operate its RMAX remotely piloted helicopter for precision agriculture purposes in the U.S.
Yamaha Motor is a global provider of a wide range of recreational, commercial and industrial products, including remotely piloted helicopters. Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. is headquartered in Cypress, Calif., and operates facilities throughout the U.S.
According to the company, the Yamaha RMAX, designed for agriculture spraying, has amassed over 2 million flight hours since its introduction in 1997.
In Japan alone, there are over 2,400 RMAX helicopters used in agricultural applications – carrying out pest control in 35% of Japan’s rice fields. The RMAX is also being used for commercial operations in South Korea, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.
The Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will enable Yamaha to begin offering these same services in the U.S.
“We appreciate the FAA’s efforts for approval of our Section 333 exemption and look forward to working closely with the FAA in the future,” says Rob Trester, head of corporate planning at Yamaha. “With this approval, Yamaha is excited that we can now begin the first step of working with U.S. customers and offer the performance advantages and cost savings that the RMAX provide.”
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