Unmanned helicopter could revolutionise spraying vineyards in Marlborough

SCOTT HAMMOND/FAIRFAX NZ

Cameron Baker from Yamaha Sky Division piloted the unmanned helicopter at a Omaka airfield.

A super-drone could be the future of spraying seed and fertiliser across back country farms and boutique vineyards.

The Yamaha RMAX, unmanned helicopter or UAV, dwarfs your traditional helicopter but is bigger in size than a remote controlled toy.

Yamaha sky division UAV operator Greg Quinn put it through its paces in front of 30 intrigued farmers and vineyard operators at Omaka airfield, outside Blenheim on Friday.

“It goes into dirty, dark and dangerous places.”

“It works on steep hillsides, deep gullies and areas where you can’t get to on foot or on a quad bike.”

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