Why Use Drones (small UAS)?
- SAFETY - sUAS use mitigates the risk of hazardous chemicals and economic poison exposure. A drone is easier to load and operate compared to an manned aircraft. Spraying is more accurate and precise. Less risk of over spray or drift that can negatively impact non-targeted areas.
- COST - Operating a drone cost less in overhead and maintenance. There is no fuel cost, drones are cheaper to purchase and insure. All this equates to a less cost for the end user. UAS operations are more affordable.
- EFFICIENCY - Can fly anytime a manned aircraft can and even when low ceilings prohibit manned aircraft from flying. Drones fly lower to the crop. Downward prop blast ensures a more even application of pesticide to all surfaces of the targeted crop, including the underside of the leaves.
- MANEUVERABILITY - Terrain and obstacles are no trouble for sUAS. Terrain following, collision avoidance, sonars, LiDAR and other sensors help to make small fields easy to navigate and operate in.
- VERSATILITY - A drone provides options. Spot treat and target an area that needs attention. Pass over what does not need treatment.
- SPEED - Using a sUAS to spray a target area is faster than spraying by foot. A drone can be prepped and airborne faster than an air tractor. Get better results. Faster and when you need it.
Why Influential Drones?
Agricultural spraying and all aerial outdoor applications are regulated by the FAA and the Dept of Environmental Protection. As of January 2021, Influential Drones is the only drone company in the State of New Jersey who has successfully passed the rigorous regulatory certification process and obtained the required licenses to operate aerial sprayers legally under the FAA’s Part 137 Regulations. The company has Part 107 and 137 certificates, FAA exemptions and demonstrated proficiency of flying UAVs. Influential Drones has obtained a pesticide business license from the EPA. We have demonstrating our knowledge and skill for the safe handling of economic poisons, agricultural chemicals, and basic medical knowledge of the symptoms of poisoning.
As of February 24 2021, Influential Drones is the only drone company in the State of New Jersey who has successfully passed the rigorous regulatory certification process and obtained the required licenses to operate aerial sprayers legally under the FAA’s Part 137 Regulations. Presently there are only 37 other companies within the United States that have properly gone through the same process as Influential Drones in other states. Our Part 137 Operating Certificate is non-expiring and valid around the country. In order to spray domestic poison in any other state, proper EPA license would need to be obtained unless there is reciprocity with our New Jersey license.
Many commercial Part 107 Remote Pilot certificate holders believe they can spray without additional credentials. This is incorrect in all cases, except when spraying clean water. 14 CFR 107.36 prevents a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) from carrying any hazardous material under Part 107. FAA Advisory Circular 137-1B provides guidance on how to legally spray or drop granular particles by air. Before choosing a company to service you, make sure you find someone credentialed and approved to do the job.
Operations at Night 14 CFR § 107.29 - Approved
Flight Over People 14 CFR § 107.39 - Approved
Agriculture Operations Certificate 14 CFR § 137 - # IDLG441Q
Federal Exemption # FAA-2020-0261-0001
Pesticide Applicator Business License # 91589B
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Check for yourself
Before calling a company for hire, you can do some research yourself.
To check for a Federal Exemption, visit Regulations.gov and type the company name.
To check for a 137 Operating Certificate, AviationDB maintains an updated searchable list of the FAA database, type in the company name or under FAR part, select 137 and type in "UAS" towards the bottom under the Aircraft Operating field. Click [Run Query].
Which services do aerial drone sprayers offer?
Crop Dusting of liquids or granules (herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides, viricides)
Fruit & Nut seed management, Tree/Grass Seed planting applied with granular spreader
mosquitoes, larvae, invasive species of insects and/or vegetation
Cleaning & Sanitation
Cleaning solutions/antimicrobial or disinfectants for killing bacteria, funguses and viruses over large surfaces (bleachers, arenas, parks, warehouses, stadiums, schools)
Prevent embers from rekindling. Put out a fire by spraying retardant or water
De-icing (school buses, wind turbines, school buses, windmills, stadiums and bleachers etc.)
Right of Way Management
Kill weeds, moss or brush around power lines, railways or along any easement
Mimic the pollination process with better precision
Rinse or Wash with clean water.
Where to start?
It’s not always easy to know where to start. Give us a call! Each job is unique and our team will coordinate to your needs. Our drones can be calibrated by our operators to deliver what you need precisely on targeted areas with the correct concentrations dictated by the labels.
Let’s talk about the perfect speed, altitude, nozzle, pump and swath for your mission. We’ll discuss measurement units, area/size of job and calculate the optimal application rate. When the label requires hundreds of gallons per acre or hectare, a large ground rig or manned agricultural airplane might be a better fit, but for low volume or ultra-low volume labels, it’s most likely that our drones are the best tool for your job.
What coverage can I expect?
The systems are fully programmable. We have the flexibility to change nozzles and spray rates while altering flying speed and altitude.
If you have a traditional herbicide you'll likely be able to cover 14+ acres in an hour. Low volume chemicals (LVC) and Ultra-low volume (ULV) will achieve even higher coverage.
There are lots of other factors to consider when calculating coverage area including battery management and chemical refills. How many drones will be airborne at once. You can cover more area in the same amount of time when multiple sUAS work together. This is called swarming.