DroneAg is the combination of Kyle Gardner and Will Bignell who combine a unique mix of skills that places DroneAg in a very strong position to push the boundaries of just what drones can do for your business.
Kyle gained his Private Pilots Licence at the age of 17, and went onto achieve an extensive and varied career in commercial aviation, involving experience on more than 40 aircraft types, both single and multi engine. Experience has encompassed air transport, aerial photography and precision supply drops into remote areas. Kyle has built and currently operates his own amphibian aircraft, and is an active member of the Seaplane Pilots Association Kyle has considerable experience in computing, electronics and avionics development. Kyle operates Aerial Vision Australia which conducts drone aerial photography and cinematography operations throughout Tasmania and has currently conducted over 200 commercial flights over the last 9 months.
Will is a 7th generation farmer from Bothwell and the family farm is well known for pioneering and innovating a number of new and emerging Australian industries. He runs the farm with his parents and produce wool, poppies, lamb, venison and number of boutique specialty root vegetables. 240Ha of the farm is under irrigation and 150ha is under an intensive cropping rotation. He completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with honours at the University of Tasmania. He has since undertaken a PhD in molecular genetics focusing on enhancing the long chain omega-3 in Australian lamb. His scientific skills are varied and he has won a number of national awards for his work and published a number of his findings. He still works as a consultant for a Tasmanian company value adding to the Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon waste. Will learnt to fly in 2001 and has operated a scenic gliding business out Hobart for a number of years and had a strong interest in radio control aircraft. Wills unique mix of on the ground experience with precision farming systems, training as a scientist and his aviation background compliments Kyles commercial aviation experience and skills in building and optimising the drones to provide cost effective and useable data collected by UAV’s.