Tree planting in the mountains with drones

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Successful field trial completed with BaySF

FlyingBasket and Bayerische Staatsforsten (BaySF) joined forces to test the use of cargo drones for tree planting in the mountains. After FlyingBasket obtained crossborder operation authorisation by the Federal Aviation Office in Germany, the team was able to start the trial by transporting 2,000 young trees from a location in the valley of Aschau, Southern Bavaria, to 18 planting locations up in the mountains near the famous Kampenwand.

The team of Flying Basket used the FB3 cargo drone for the task. Three young BaySF talents studied different aspects of the test. Experienced forestry professionals guided the whole process.

The trial was successful; all plants were transported safely and efficiently to the appropriate locations.

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Bernd Meier, deputy head of the BaySF training centre in Laubau, Ruhpolding, was happy with the results: “Work with the team was great. Everyone gave 100% and we had a lot of fun and learned a lot. We see big potential in the use of the technology not only for planting in steep terrain, but also to provide our people with forestry equipment, which they otherwise need to carry. Remote sensing is another interesting field with big innovation potential.”

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