Drone Major Group
by on January 8, 2019
The Florida Integration Pilot Program (IPP) team, led by the Lee County Mosquito Control District, has shifted away from initial plans to test spraying using the large Teros drone to primarily focus on using drones for surveillance and sterile mosquito release.
When the Lee County Mosquito Control District first submitted its proposal for the Federal Aviation Administration’s new Integration Pilot Program (IPP), the team intended to focus on using unmanned aircraft for surveillance and deploying the 1,500-pound, fixed-wing Teros drone to spray insecticides. After personnel changes and a better understanding of the cost and manpower entailed in implementing such a system, the Florida team decided to shift their focus and is now working closely with the FAA to develop a new plan.
Deploying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), over people and at night to monitor areas where mosquitos breed is still part of that plan though largescale insecticide spraying is not. Instead, the team will look into releasing sterile mosquitos into urban environments via smaller drones, as well as possibly spot spraying areas known to have mosquitos.
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