UK approves agricultural drone spraying ops for the first time
Drone maker XAG says the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given operational authorization to its agricultural spraying aircraft P40 and V40. This is the first time drone spraying and spreading has been legalized for use on UK farms.
XAG, one of the top drone manufacturers in the world, says it started exploring the UK drone market way back in 2018 by collaborating with Harper Adams University in research on precision agriculture. Later, XAG joined forces with England-based Auto Spray Systems to open the communication channel with the regulators on using drones in agriculture, forestry, and horticulture. Trade association ARPAS-UK also played a major role in this quest, helping and guiding Auto Spray Systems throughout the approval process.
Change became possible with the release of the UK Government’s ambition statement and vision for commercial drones in July 2022, after which CAA started to consider granting operational authorization to…