Category: Herbicide Operations
In addition to digital maps, pilots and applicators use GPS technology to ensure that they are spraying the areas approved by the regulatory bodies.
In order to ensure the right areas are treated, applicators employ satellite technology (GPS) to guide aircraft to the locations selected. They continue to use GPS throughout the application process, guiding them line-by-line (excluding any areas designated not to be treated). Normally areas receiving treatment (i.e. cutovers) are easily recognized from the air and pilots are equipped with a map and aerial photograph to do a location check before commencing.
Application aircraft are equipped with systems to record the aircraft track and each file is reviewed post flight including verification of aircraft location.