Yamaha unveils unmanned helicopters

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Yamaha Sky Division Australia has introduced the RMAX series of unmanned helicopters specifically designed for the agricultural industry, enabling farmers to maintain their crops and land remotely from the air.

Yamaha unveils unmanned helicopters
Yamaha new RMAX helicopter

Spokesman Mike Johnson is excited to roll this invention out to benefit Australia’s agricultural industry.

"RMAX has the ability to increase productivity, whilst reducing the risks surrounding the use of traditional farming equipment in adverse conditions," he says.

Because the helicopter is completely airborne, Yamaha says the machine eliminates any terrain issues associated with spraying, allowing for cost effective and accurate spraying operations over uneven grounds or on dangerous aquatic weeds.

The company adds liquids and granules can be dispersed across a 400m range from the location of the operator, covering approximately two acres in six minutes.

Weighing in at 99kg and at a total length of 3.63m and a height of 1.08m, each helicopter has a load capacity of 28kg and runs on a two stroke, horizontally opposed two cylinder engine.

The machine also features a high-performance GPS system and a Yamaha Altitude Control System for increased efficiency and accuracy in spraying.

Yamaha’s training school, Skytech Academy offers classes on operating the RMAX helicopters.

The courses incorporate classroom lessons, practical skill training, a proficiency test and ongoing safety training and updates for interested individuals.

The company says completing the course takes just three weeks and is a small price to pay for a "revolutionised farming experience".

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