Cypress, Calif., May 4, 2015—Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. is pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted an exemption that will allow Yamaha to begin commercial operation of its RMAX remotely piloted helicopter in the U.S. for precision agriculture purposes. The exemption was granted in accordance with Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which provides civil operators like Yamaha a pathway to safe and legal entry into the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS).
The Yamaha RMAX has been the high performance standard in remotely piloted helicopters designed for agriculture spraying since its introduction in 1997. The RMAX platform has amassed well over 2 million total flight hours since its introduction. In Japan alone, there are over 2,400 RMAX helicopters utilized in agricultural applications, carrying out pest control in 35% of Japan's rice fields. The RMAX is also being used for commercial operations in South Korea, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Today’s approval from the FAA will enable Yamaha to begin offering these same valuable services in the United States.
Rob Trester, head of Corporate Planning at Yamaha commented, “We appreciate the FAA’s efforts for approval of our Section 333 exemption and look forward to working closely with the FAA in the future. With this approval, Yamaha is excited that we can now begin the first step of working with US customers and offer the performance advantages and cost savings that the RMAX provide.”
Yamaha Precision Agriculture Display at AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. will be displaying the RMAX and the new FAZER remotely piloted helicopter at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015 (Booth 2531) May 5 through May 7 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.
About Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor is a global leader in a wide range of recreational, commercial and industrial products, including remotely piloted helicopters. Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is headquartered in Cypress, Calif., and operates facilities throughout the United States. Website: www.yamaha-motor.com