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Users who have a CAA approved drone pilot training qualification, are being encouraged to apply to become a member of the UAS register to ensure their use in agriculture is maximised and they are keeping up to date with industry developments.
“The use of drones is becoming more widespread due to advances in aerospace engineering and sensor technology reducing in cost,” says Stephen Jacob, BASIS chief executive officer.
“They’re a valuable tool in the cropping toolbox, but the data they yield must be interpreted correctly and their safe use is crucial - and the module covers these two key areas.
“BASIS is always looking to facilitate the latest industry advances, and drones are increasingly being employed on farms to collect data at high spatial resolutions, and compare differences in crops by the centimetre rather than the metre. They also provide immediate visual information about large areas of crop which helps with fast decision‐making." he says.
“The BASIS Agri-Awareness course is a stand-alone course providing drone operators with a level of understanding and knowledge of the agricultural sector. The course provides individuals with training to ensure they get the best from their drones on farm.” adds Stephen. Candidates that complete the training will automatically be added onto the UAS register.
Individuals that already hold a CAA qualification with experience in agriculture may also qualify for direct entry onto the register and are encouraged to speak to BASIS.
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