Pyka: All Red and Green and Unpiloted

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Appearing in a festive nighttime garb of red and green lights, Pyka’s aerial sprayer has been authorized by Costa Rica’s General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) to fly unpiloted aerial spraying missions at night. Pelican night spray missions are a go! Pyka recently secured the world’s first regulatory approval for nighttime aerial spray operations with a fixed-wing UAS. Read more about this industry breakthrough here – https://t.co/3SdOndk6pu#flypyka pic.twitter.com/c6aZv8vWhs — Pyka (@flypyka) November 2, 2022 The fully autonomous, all electric craft is now approved to spray large banana plantations – both day and night.  Since the aircraft flies well-defined routes daily, spraying crops at night should be no different. This first-ever regulatory approval to fly unmanned aerial spray missions at night …

EmbraerX and Pyka Team Up

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Accelerating Innovation Embraer, a major Brazilian airframe developer, and Pyka, an Oakland, California-based autonomous agricultural aircraft builder, are teaming up.  They hope, “To accelerate the future of autonomous aerial agriculture operations.”  Beyond that, Pyka is expanding into regional air transport which could open 5,000 U. S. airports to usually unserved areas. Pyka has flown autonomous agricultural aircraft in New Zealand for over two years, demonstrating high efficiency and economy in aerial application, or crop dusting (or spraying) as it’s historically called.  Apparently, the island nation’s Part 101 and 102 civil aviation licensing requirements are receptive to such flight.  According to Dan Grossman, Pyka’s new President (and formerly of Zipcar, Ford and Maven), Pelican made more than 3,000 flights. Airframer.com reports, …