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Dr. Lav Khot Precision Agriculture

Two-day workshop on “Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture”

In the past few years, unmanned aerial systems (UAS aka drones) have fascinated growers, crop service providers and researchers alike with versatile imaging and non-imaging application capabilities. Agribusiness industry is trying to keep pace with rapid developments in this sector. This workshop provides comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of UAS/drone and accompanying technologies that have emerged for crop monitoring and aerial chemical applications; comprehensive overview of current FAA rules (Part 107), regulations and safety issues, and hands-on flight training.



Day 1 (7:30 am to 6 pm)

Topic 1: Introduction to UAS. Principles of flight. UAS types and classifications. Overview of small UAS components (airframes, powertrain, flight and nevi controllers, telemetry, etc.). Configuration, calibration and mission planning for first flight.

Topic 2: Crop scouting drones. Technology overview. Sensor types & output data formats. Integrating sensor(s) with UAS.

Topic 3: Sprayer drones. Technology overview. Sprayer attributes and flight autonomy (surgical and uniform spraying). Aerial chemical application regulations. Technology demonstrations.

Day 2 (7:30 am to 5 pm)

Topic 4: Small UAS pilot certification & regulations. Rules, regulations & safety. Comprehensive overview of FAA Part 107 and UAS pilot certification preparation. Ethics & privacy.

Topic 5: Hands-on flight training. Break into small groups and get hands-on UAS mission flying in agricultural environment.

Topic 6: Drone data analytics overview. Basics steps in data analytics. Overview of data processing tools.

When: November 15-16, 2018

Where: Ag Tech Building, WSU IAREC, Prosser, WA 99350

Event offers Certified Crop Adviser Continuing Education Units: Crop Management: 12 CEUs; Integrated Pest Management: 3 CEUs.

Registration Fee: $370/ attendee, Group of 5 or more $350/attendee.  Maximum seats limited to 30. Registration cost includes lunch and coffee/light snacks on both days.

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Cancellations: accepted until 15 days to the workshop (registration fee, less $50 will be refunded). Afterwards, no refunds will be made for cancellations.

Substitution: allowed.

Please contact Lav Khot,, for workshop content information or Linda Root,, for registration information.