Drone Spraying / Agrichemical Application

Additional rules and regulations govern the application of agrichemicals by UAV.

The Hazardous Substances (Hazardous Property Controls) Notice 2017 requires that the aerial application of highly ecotoxic agrichemicals by unmanned aircraft is only performed by a "person ... operating under the authority of, and in accordance with the terms of, a valid unmanned aircraft operator certificate under Part 102 of the Civil Aviation Rules". This provision applies to class 9.1A, 9.2A, 9.3A or 9.4A pesticide or plant growth regulators and certain other agrichemicals specified in section 62 of the Notice.

In addition, the size of any drone that can carry a useful spray payload means that your drone will exceed 15kg at take-off. This means that in order to fly the drone you must be authorised by a person or organisation approved by CAA.

Pilot Training and Qualification
As you will be spraying ecotoxic chemicals, CAA will require that you have appropriate chemical training. You will require:
UAV Agricultural Rating
This advanced course is for a person who intends to use a UAV for the aerial application of agrichemicals. Separate ratings (and training) are available for UAV Aerial Spraying and UAV Aerial Topdressing.

Pre-requisites are: an approved pilot qualification; a current (within 12 months) flight test on the make and model of machine intended for spraying; and a chemical rating.

To proceed to the practical application of agrichemicals within the course, CAA will also require the candidate to hold or be operating under a Part 102 certificate that includes the privilege of aerial agrichemical application.

Clients
Our clients for agrichemical application by drone include: If you are contemplating purchasing a spray drone or already have one and require assistance with Part 102 certification or training contact us.

Additional Resources
Key New Zealand Resources: Other Information:
DJI Agras T16
XAG P20 Plant Protection UAS
Close up of DJI Agras © Can Stock Photo Inc. / ivanriver