Ag pilot concerns over drone use on farms - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Ag pilot concerns over drone use on farms

Chris Pulliam (Source: KAIT) Chris Pulliam (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

As technology in the agriculture industry grows, one piece of technology that's being used by many farmers is drones.

While drones do have their benefits for most local farmers, one agricultural pilot said they can pose significant safety hazards for those in the air.

Chris Pulliam said the biggest concern for drones is that pilots can't see them while flying.

Pulliam added that if a drone strikes a plane, it will cause tens of thousands of dollars in damages and could end with the pilot dying due to either initial impact or a crash.

"We need the technology, we need the drones, but we need the ag planes, and we need the pilots to go home every night," Pulliam said. "And we need to find a way to work together and communicate and be courteous of one another's space, basically, to make it all work out."

According to Pulliam, many local farmers will notify area pilots in advance when drones are in the air for pictures and will also bring the drones down if a pilot is near.

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Westside Schools bettering safety protocols

    Westside Schools bettering safety protocols

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:08 PM EDT2018-05-22 00:08:06 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-05-22 00:33:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    As flags fly at half-staff at the campus of Westside Schools to honor victims of the latest school shooting in Texas, administrators are making changes to their safety protocols.

    As flags fly at half-staff at the campus of Westside Schools to honor victims of the latest school shooting in Texas, administrators are making changes to their safety protocols.

  • Officer-involved shooting shuts down I-40 Eastbound going into Memphis

    Officer-involved shooting shuts down I-40 Eastbound going into Memphis

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:25 PM EDT2018-05-22 00:25:38 GMT

    Interstate 40 going into Memphis has been shut down due to an active crime scene.  

    Interstate 40 going into Memphis has been shut down due to an active crime scene.  

  • Suspect in custody, man's body found with gunshot wounds in Butler Co., MO

    Suspect in custody, man's body found with gunshot wounds in Butler Co., MO

    Monday, May 21 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-05-21 22:44:53 GMT

    A suspect is in custody after the body of a man was found in Butler County, Missouri on Sunday, May 20.

    A suspect is in custody after the body of a man was found in Butler County, Missouri on Sunday, May 20.

Powered by Frankly