Scion seeks drone beyond-line-of-sight flying approval

Scion seeks drone beyond-line-of-sight flying approval

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New Zealand: Under the new Civil Aviation Authority rules, forestry crown research institute Scion is seeking approval to fly drones beyond the line of sight in New Zealand. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be used for forest monitoring by evaluating tree harvesting. Scion also wants to use a UAV with interchangeable remote sensing technology to transmit information on tree health and pests. It is estimated that flying drones out of the operator's line of sight could provide economic gains of up to $190 million annually to New Zealand's farming, forestry and energy sectors.

Source: NZCity