International auto motor manufacturer Yamaha Motor Co has expanded its potential business avenues by gaining a new permission from the FAA.
The company has received an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin using its Fazer remotely-piloted helicopter for select commercial agricultural spraying operations.
Yamaha provides direct services for fungicide aerial application on wine grapes in Napa Valley and is now planning to introduce the Fazer into operation starting in June.
While current RMAX and Fazer operation requires a certified and licensed Yamaha employee due to FAA and State regulations, Yamaha is also seeking to type certify its newer Fazer R model, which would allow Yamaha to lease the unit to other, certified and licensed operators.
Yamaha has been operating remotely piloted helicopters for commercial purposes since 1991 and has amassed well over 2,000,000 total flight hours.
The Yamaha Fazer features a number of improvements to previous models including 50% increased payload capacity, improved control using a newly designed transmitter and new control system, cleaner exhaust emissions, and quieter operation thanks to the fuel-injected four-stroke engine.