Have you ever heard of a ‘Remotely Piloted Aerial Application System (RPAAS)’?

What about ‘drones’? 

Chances are you’ve heard of the latter, but the former is just the technical term for an aircraft that is flown using a remote controller. 

If you have done some research into drones, then you may have also come across terms like RPAS, UAV, and/or UAVS - but regardless of what you’ve herald or what you’ve called them RPAASs are changing the way we look at a variety of activities and business opportunities. 

What Is RPAAS?

Simply put, RPAAS is an abbreviation for Remotely Piloted Aerial Application System; or an unmanned drone system controlled from a remote location.

As a collective structure, an RPAAS is a solution that includes the remotely piloted drones, its remote pilot stations, data or control links, and every other supporting equipment that makes it an effective system.

Here’s some of those other terms we mentioned above as well:

  • RPAS – Remotely Piloted Aircraft System
  • UAV- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 
  • UAVS – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System

All of these terms are correct and refer to the dynamics of aerial drone solutions.

RPAAS: A Brief History  

Traditionally, drone technology was built for the military, embedded with sophisticated sensors to carry out its duties. However, just like Jeeps, satellites and blood banks, things initially used to serve a very specific purpose are quickly being leveraged towards alternative needs. 

Recall that we established the components that make up the RPAAS – the remotely piloted drone, remote pilot station, control links, and other sophisticated equipment. These elements remain constant regardless of the application, with appropriate tools or devices attached to the remotely piloted drone to equip it to carry out a specified task.

For example, using the RPAAS for mapping simply requires integrating the ideal mapping tools into the drone system, and it is then piloted remotely to achieve its purpose. 


Areas of Application 

Mapping/ Survey/ GIS

RPAAS has proven to be an efficient and time-saving means of gathering geographic data and executing different dimensions of surveys over a large land area or region.


Sustainable agriculture is trending, and drone technology makes it easier for farmers. With RPAAS, farmers can monitor extensive farmlands, saving them from the challenges of accessing hard-to-reach areas of the farm.

With RPAAS, farmers can map and survey farmlands, track and monitor crops, perform precision spraying of crops, without needing to leave the comforts of their porch. 

Land Reclamation 

Creating new lands or returning disturbed land to its original state becomes much easier with drone technology. Its ability to aid seamless geographic data collection of the area makes planning, analysis, and development much more strategic, and therefore, more effective. 

Other aspects include;

  • Photography
  • Wildlife
  • Real Estate
  • Journalism
  • Movie production 
  • And lots more

Strongfield Environmental Solutions- Expert RPAAS Facilitators

We make drone solutions available to everyone as one of the most trusted and successful drone companies operating across North America. Contact Strongfield Environmental Solutions to learn how  RPAAS can revolutionize your company and industry today.

About Author

Chad Hason

Chad is a storyteller based in Calgary Canada.

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