Unmanned Aircraft in Agriculture: UAS Technology / UAS in Education (recent FAA memo)

Unmanned Aircraft in Agriculture Learning Network Webinar Series
Join us for the ninth in a year-long series of webinars scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at 3:00pm (Central Time)

Dr. Maciej Stachura CTO of BlackSwift Technologies will present on their operations, what their company does and vehicles used by customers for agricultural applications. Maciej will also discuss work with NASA to develop soil moisture mapping platform that could become an integral part of precision agriculture.

Maciej has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado working on UAS related research and has been involved in over 500 flights with unmanned aircraft. This work also involved working closely with the FAA to secure permission to perform flights legally in the National Airspace System.

Maciej is also the principal investigator for a NASA project to map soil moisture from a small UAS utilizing an L-band radiometer. 

Watch BlackSwift Technologies on the LearnUASAg YouTube Channel 

Dr. Wayne Woldt of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and UAS in Agriculture Learning Network Lead, will discuss the May 4, 2016 release of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Memorandum of the interpretation of Educational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

Dr. Woldt has developed a research and Extension program on the application of unmanned aircraft systems in agriculture and natural resources at The University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Specific areas of research and education include: deployment and flight operations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), performance characterization of autonomous navigation systems, sensor system development, sensor integration, and information management.

He has a private pilot certificate, and has been conducting flight operations for 3 years within the context of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Certificates of Authorization (COAs). In addition, he has developed and delivered numerous Extension educational programs on unmanned aircraft in agriculture.

Watch FAA Educational Interpretation Memo on the LearnUASAg YouTube Channel

Photograph by Dr. James Robbins, University of Arkansas, provided to eXtension to use this photo. For permission to use, contact Dr. James Robbins at


Wayne Woldt

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