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Huey fertilizing in South Africa

inside this edition: Air Tractor founder, father of modern aerial spraying dies Doing more with less • Simplex and Eurocopter demonstrate firefighting capability Fire Boss designates Air Tractor Europe “Top Fire Boss Distributor” Macedonian AT-802A Fire Boss’s travel to Spain • Ag pilots recognized for stewardship


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calendar of events March 2011 March 7-8, 2011 M601E Line Maintenance Training Customer Technical Education Center Cincinnati, OH March 15, 2011 GaAAA Operation SAFE Clinic Donalsonville, GA Airport Tel: 229-386-3442 Fax: 229-386-3958 March 22-23, 2011 GaAAA Operation SAFE Clinic Americus, GA Airport Tel: 229-386-3442 Fax: 229-386-3958 March 23-24, 2011 Aerial Firefighting Conference & Exposition Washington DC March 24-25, 2011 TxAAA Operation SAFE Clinic & PAASS Levelland, TX Dennis Gardisser 501-676-1762 Susan Bennett 512-476-2644 March 28, 2011 ArAAA Updates & Safety Educational Program Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Parachute Inn, 10 Skywatch Walnut Ridge, AR Claudetta Harrod 501-376-3233

March 28, 2011 GaAAA Operation SAFE Clinic Sylvania, GA Airport Tel: 229-386-3442 Fax: 229-386-3958 March 29-April 1, 2011 ArAAA Operation SAFE Workshop Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Host Operator - Steve Cusson C & C Flying Service - 870-892-7242 Claudetta Harrod - 501-376-3233 March 29-30, 2011 Pilot Chemical Rating Omaka, New Zealand Penny Guy 09 2946 754

April 2011 April 4, 2011 ArAAA Updates & Safety Educational Program University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Rice Research & Ext Center Stuttgart, AR Claudetta Harrod 501-376-3233 April 5, 2011 GaAAA Operation SAFE Clinic Tifton, GA Airport Tel: 229-386-3442 Fax: 229-386-3958 April 5-8, 2011 ArAAA Operation SAFE Workshop Stuttgart Airport Host Operator - Todd Hartley Hartley Flying Service - 870-673-1756 Claudetta Harrod - 501-376-3233

April 11, 2011 ArAAA Updates & Safety Educational Program Agricultural Bldg at McGehee McGehee, AR Claudetta Harrod - 501-376-3233 April 12-15, 2011 ArAAA Operation SAFE Workshop McGehee Municipal Airport     Host Operators: David Glover - 870-222-6407   David Glosup - 870-222-6575 Alan Buford - 870-222-4556 Matt Rial - 870-866-6151 Claudetta Harrod - 501-376-3233

June 2011 June 9-12, 2011 AgroActiva 2011 Establecimiento El Laurel Santa Fe, Argentina 02477 424040 June 15-17, 2011 SINDAG Convention Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul June 13-16, 2011 Australia AAA Convention Adelaide Hilton South Australia Phone: +61 2 6241 2100

inside this issue Calendar of events .................................................................................................................... 4 AgAir mail ...................................................................................................................................... 5 Air Tractor founder, father of modern aerial spraying dies................................................................... 5 A legend leaves us, but his spirit remains............................................................................................. 5 From the S.E.A.T. - Doing more with less................................................................................... 7F Huey fertilizing in South Africa ........................................................................................................... 8F Simplex and Eurocopter demonstrate high-rise firefighting capability..............................................11F Fire Boss Llc designates Air Tractor Europe “top Fire Boss distributor”.........................................12F Macedonian AT-802A Fire Boss’s travel to Spain for annual inspections.........................................14F Ag pilots recognized for environmental stewardship..........................................................................17 400th Air Tractor AT-802 takes to the air........................................................................................... 18 The return of the OE600 - Trace Engines.......................................................................................... 22 STC for Spectrum Electrostatic aerial spray system............................................................................26 Classified ads.............................................................................................................................. 30


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Air Tractor founder, father of modern aerial spraying dies Wichita Falls, TEXAS – Leland Snow, founder and President of Air Tractor, Inc., and the inventor of modern aerial spray aircraft, died Sunday morning, February 20, 2011 while jogging near his home. He was 80 years old. Snow leaves behind a 53-year legacy of aircraft design and innovations that ushered in the era of the modern aerial spray plane. Air Tractor, the company he founded in 1972, produces the world’s most popular aerial spray aircraft and single engine air tankers for aerial firefighting. The company’s product line includes 400, 500, 600 800 and 1,000-gallon capacity aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney piston or turbine engines. They are used for agricultural purposes, forest and wildfire fighting, narcotic crop eradication, fuel-hauling, fighting locust plagues, and cleaning up oil spills in coastal waters. Air Tractor aircraft are found working not only across the United States, but around the globe, in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, North and South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Macedonia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. Leland Snow designed his first aerial spray airplane, the S-1, in 1951. The 23-year old Snow completed test flights with the S-1 in 1953. Snow’s S-1 flew dusting and spraying jobs in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and in Nicaragua until 1957. He followed-up the S-1 with the models S-2A and S-2B, which were built when Snow moved to production facilities in Olney, Texas in 1958. In 1965, Leland Snow sold his company to Rockwell-Standard and was appointed a Vice President of the Aero Commander division. During this time, the Model S-2R was developed and named the Thrush. The first 100 Thrush aircraft were built at the Olney Division before the plant was closed and Thrush production moved to Georgia in 1970. More than 500 aircraft were produced under Snow Aeronautical Corporation and Rockwell-Standard in Olney. Snow resigned from Rockwell and devoted the next two years designing the Air Tractor. Construction began in 1972 on the Air Tractor AT-300, which later became the AT-301. Air Tractor’s first

turbine engine powered aircraft, the AT302, was introduced in 1977. In 1990, Air Tractor introduced the AT-802, the world’s largest ag plane. By 2011, more than 400 AT-802s had been produced. In 2010, Air Tractor delivered the 2,500th aircraft to an aerial spraying operator in Brazil. In 2010, Air Tractor produced 123 aircraft and its international sales accounted for more than 50 percent of its business. Actively involved in Air Tractor aircraft design and manufacturing until his death, Snow was also a great supporter and contributor to the agricultural spray aircraft industry, helping to promote agricultural aviation, educate the public about the benefits of aerial agricultural spraying and supporting efforts to introduce and train young pilots in agricultural spraying careers. To that

end, Air Tractor introduced in 2008 a two-seat, 500-gallon ag aircraft, the AT504, which was specifically designed for on-the-job training. In July 2008 Leland Snow transferred ownership of Air Tractor, Inc. to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. That same year Snow published an autobiography of his career in aviation, Putting Dreams to Flight. Snow was an avid runner, and competed in three marathons, including competing twice in the New York marathon. It was a common sight to see him running the streets of his Wichita Falls neighborhood. A memorial service will be held 2 P.M. Saturday, February 26th at Air Tractor in Olney, Texas. Memorial donations may be made to the Professional Aerial Applicators Support System (PAASS), which is a

Leleand Snow safety program for pilots sponsored by the National Agricultural Aviation Association ( Make checks payable to NAAREF (National Agricultural Aviation Research & Education Foundation) and mail to: NAAA, 1005 E Street SE, Washington, DC 2003-2847.

A legend leaves us, but his spirit remains On Sunday, February 20, I received a phone call. I knew one day this call would come; but impossible to know when. I was told Mr. Leland Snow, founder of Air Tractor, had passed away. Anyone reading this blog should already know who Mr. Leland was, I don’t have to explain. What I want to do is convey feelings and thoughts that I know each of us have no matter

which type of aircraft we fly; to those who don’t fly; and even to those who may not have known Mr. Leland. From a career that launched the first Snow aircraft in the summer of 1953 until today, Leland Snow changed the face of agricultural aviation forever. Taking it from the day of biplane Stearmans, to the AT-1002, nearly ten

Mr. Leland Snow with AgAir Update publisher Bill Lavender at the 2010 NAAA Convention

times the aircraft. My experience with Mr. Leland began in the fall of 1979. I had decided to “move up” from my 600 hp radial B-model Ag-Cat to a turbine-powered aircraft. At the time, I could only scratch up enough money to take the less expensive route of a new PT6A-11AG engine that Air Tractor was about to offer in its AT-400 and Thrush already offered with its 400-gallon aircraft. Mr. Leland promised me if I would wait just a little longer, the -11AG powered Air Tractor would be available. Being young and impatient, I elected to buy the Thrush. Over the years, Mr. Leland’s and my path crossed many times. It seems like with every conversation I came away knowing a little more about something than I did before. At the 1988 NAAA convention in Mobile, Alabama, I approached Mr. Leland explaining how I was going to “write” an ag-av newspaper. He offered encouragement, but I don’t know if he really believed me. He did See Snow page 6

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Snow from page 5 allow me to take a photo of him while standing outside next to an Air Tractor. Our relationship grew over the years. Whenever I wanted to communicate with him, instead of interrupting his day with a phone call, I’d send him a fax, even everyone else was using email. He always responded with a handwritten fax. I am sure he did the same with many others. One day a fax of his appeared on my desk. “Bill, if you could, please, when you take a picture of an Air Tractor in flight, don’t have the prop stopped. It looks as if the plane has had an engine failure.” As I read it, I thought, “He’s got a good point.” Not being a trained photographer, I was proud when I could set the camera’s shutter speed to stop the prop, as if the aircraft was gliding through the air. Mr. Leland didn’t see it that way. From that day on, I’ve always made sure the propeller of an in-flight aircraft was blurred to appear it was turning. On another occasion, I was listening to Mr. Leland give a talk at a convention. He was explaining how Air Tractor was moving forward developing ideas to improve his planes. I left that meeting after hearing him say, “Technology does not back up.” A simply enough choice of words, but none any truer and words that have stuck with me since. During Mr. Leland’s 50+ years in agaviation, he witnessed many changes, particular to ag-planes. His first design of an ag-plane had the pilot in an open cockpit seated directly behind the radial engine with the hopper behind the pilot. How different things are today with the pilot sitting behind the hopper in an air-conditioned cockpit with seat belt airbags surrounded by the safest structure possible, high-tech guided GPS, sophisticated application equipment and powered by a PT6A turboprop engine. The ag-aviation industry worldwide will miss and memorialize Leland Snow. Just how much of the aeronautical improvements the industry enjoys due to his efforts are unknown. Even at 80 years old, he never stopped working toward making the Air Tractor the best ag-plane that it could possibly be. He pushed the limits of our imagination with ever increasing hopper sizes, airframe improvements and more powerful engines, to even expanding into the military marketplace with the AT-802U. I hope that I can live my life as fully as that of Leland Snow’s.


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agair mail Savannah Bill, the entire Holloway Air Service, Inc., family would most definitely like to see the NAAA trade show back in Savannah on a rotating basis! Thanks, Glenn Holloway, Jr. Merigold, MS Hello Glenn; You are like 97% of the those who responded to AgAir Update’s survey question about returning to Savannah for a national convention. Have no fear, NAAA announced at the spring board of directors meeting their convention will return to Savannah in 2012 and 2014.—Bill

opinion In response to Mr. Pat Kornegay’s letter to the editor (AAU May 2010) raking me over the coals about using full flaps in a turn in my Thrush, I would like to reiterate, the name of my column is “IN MY OPINION,” and that’s exactly what it is: my opinion. However, I do sincerely appreciate Mr. Kornegay commenting on the article. As mentioned in the original column, I make my ag turns the same way I saw ag pilots working rice in Thrushes in Arkansas back in the early 80s. I also know many Thrush pilots do not use flaps in the turn. In my turbine course, we make turns with and without flaps, but it is my preference to use flaps, if not full flaps, then five or ten degrees. With a heavy load, I make the primary turn, flaps retracted, relatively close to the ground to conserve the kinetic energy of the airplane. When I begin the secondary turn (back towards the field and into the wind), I extend the flaps and I allow my Thrush to balloon-climb until I reach 90° into the turn, then begin a descent as I intercept the next swath. I raise the flaps around the 135° point. I have never even approached a stall in my Thrush and God forbid I have ever influenced a fledging ag-pilot to

do something that would result in a tragedy. I teach safety! I need to add that two of our Flying Tiger Aviation instructors fly Thrushes in the Midwest during the corn run and they use flaps in their turns as well. I appreciate Mr. Kornegay commenting on my article. It’s nice to know someone as well-recognized and influential as him is reading my articles. Robert A. McCurdy Flying Tiger Aviation, LLC Columbia, LA

replaced Hi, Bill. I hope you are headed for a great year. I have changed my email address. Please have someone make the update. I replaced my seven-year old computer with one many times quicker and also changed Internet providers. It was kind of like in 1997 when I stepped out of a 600 HP Ag-Cat right into an AT-802 and went to work. Anyway, I’ll figure it out eventually. I enjoy reading AgAir Update and generally pass it on to someone who will read it, or leave it at a local airport, for someone to enjoy. Who knows, some young pilot might get the bug. Although I am still legal, I have not flown ag in several years. I will talk to you later. Don Euton Katy, TX Hello Don; I’ll update your email address as requested. Thanks for spreading around AgAir Update and your kind comments. Seven years old? That’s an antique in the computer world!—Bill

MET tower I like your latest editorial but write to comment on the MET tower issue. Ironically, while I was reading your newspaper, I received a call from a gentleman associated with a wind development company working in Illinois. He called to express his dismay upon hearing of the Thrush accident in California and asked if there was anything his company could

be doing to prevent such an accident. This particular guy has been sending me grid coordinates of all his MET towers for two years and has forced a priority for all of their towers to be adequately marked. My point is that not all “MET people” are uncaring.   One of our biggest problems is the increasing number of private MET towers going up. I have yet to find a way to make sure those towers are marked and locations documented. State regulations are being considered and at least two other states have passed laws addressing the issue. We are also waiting to see what the FAA might do with a tower marking Advisory Circular after evaluating comments from the solicitation that just closed on Feb. 4. Whatever we do, it can’t happen fast enough.  Regards, Rick Reed Mattoon, IL Rick; Point taken about the MET tower folks, other than they are doing a lousy PR job. It’s a huge problem and unfortunately the MET tower industry has not policed itself well enough to avoid impending regulations, which as we all know, can be worse than selfregulation. I believe it is only a matter of time before they are sued beyond belief, especially now since the FAA has taken comments and the dangers are fairly well documented that would indicate gross negligence on their part. I dislike most attorneys and despise excessive regulations. I wish the MET folks would wake up and resolve the issues.—Bill

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from the S.E.A.T.

Marc Mullis

Doing more with less The economic turmoil that has encircled the globe has affected all aspects of society in one way or another. The inevitable budget cuts that follow such a downturn will certainly have a huge impact on wildland firefighting. Several U.S. states have already announced a reduction in the number of full-time firefighting crew members and newly elected California Govenor Jerry Brown announced a full one-third reduction in the budget for CalFire. In most western states, the largest part of the firefighting budgets goes toward aircraft. They are expensive and can eat up money faster than a raging wildfire can run through dry brush. These cutbacks could occur just as the western part of the United

States is poised for one of the worst fire seasons in years. The last four fire seasons have had well below average activity and the odds are that 2011 will be above average. Late summer rains have produced abundant fine fuels and the development of a La Nina weather pattern have set the stage. It will be interesting to see what happens if this year indeed turns out to be a very busy one. However, the states are not the only ones feeling the impacts as all U.S. federal agencies are also facing severe belt tightening. I recently commented on the value of social networks such as Facebook in keeping aerial firefighters from around the world connected. Since then, Georgia

ContaCt YoUR REPRESEntatIVES... Not easy, you say? You may have found phone and fax numbers easily, or a service that provides more for a fee. But good email addresses can be elusive. Here’s a site that shows all you need about your politicians, including their voting record, with just two or three clicks. Go to, then insert your zip code - that’s all - and your reps’ names appear. Click on a name and much more shows up, including email address, committees, etc.

has announced that all of its wildland firefighting information will be posted on Facebook. I know of several other state fire agencies that have pages on the network; The Texas Forest Service posts information such as training opportunities. It makes me wonder if government sites such as Inciweb may one day soon be obsolete. It is a changing world we live in. Mark Bickham, who headed the National Single Engine Air Tanker program from infancy through maturation has recently retired. Bickham did an outstanding job in overseeing the program and he will be sorely missed. His personal interaction with aircrews and contractors was always welcome in

this era of big government. Good luck my friend and I hope retirement does not put an end to your tanker base visits. The 2011 fire season is upon us. I am in West Texas as I write this and would not be surprised if I were called any day now. The forecast for this part of the country calls for very high fire danger at least through April. I hope everyone add something to their training programs besides a warm body. Remember safety is first and maybe I’ll see you in the mountains one day.

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Huey fertilizing in South Africa by Eugene Kalafatis Heli-Tractor Many of you have followed my stories over the years. You have watched our helicopter fleet grow from an R22 to a R44; on through the Enstrom and now the big boy — the UH1H Huey. Why the Huey? The Huey would allow me to be productive year-round. I could spray The big Huey coming and fertilize around in a turn in the with its sling load.

summer, while attending to my first firefighting contract during the winter. In the search for a Huey, I found an excellent, type-certified Garlick Helicopters machine from Montana. A South African friend of mine now runs the Garlick facility and convinced me the Huey should have the big 1,400 SHP engine, as well as all the other “goodies” installed. After buying the helicopter, I focused on something that has never been done in South Africa fertilizing crops from a helicopter. I have very strong ties to New Zealand from my experience with the HeliPod spraying equipment for the R22 and R44. My heart started racing when I discovered IMS Helicopter Equipment Specialist of New Zealand. They sell fertilizer buckets for helicopters! I contacted the owner of IMS, Richard Lane. He was delighted to send pictures and specifications with available options for a fertilizer bucket that could easily handle one ton of fertilizer. IMS calls their buckets Ground-Effect spreading buckets. The IMS buckets


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are simple, clean and very well made. There are no hydraulic lines or oil reservoir. It was also significantly less expensive than other models. I explained to Richard what I wanted and that I would be using a Huey for the job. I needed the capability to spread up to 500-600 kg/ha in one swath; but most of my work was going to be between 100-250 kg/ha. Richard said he would custom build me a bucket that would weigh only 169 kilograms. IMS installed a large spinner that is driven by a 16 HP Honda V-Twin engine that could easily handle the volume I needed. As for the gate opening options, there are two: a 24-volt electric with somewhat slower open and close speeds or a small on board compressor that provides quicker opening and closing with less hassle (approximately .3 seconds to open and shut). I decided to purchase the on board compressor unit. Now with a different and much larger helicopter and a new fertilizer bucket on the way, I needed to start marketing the idea of topdressing by helicopter, primarily for sugarcane

and pastures. This service had never been offered in South Africa and many growers weren’t certain of its operation. They wanted to see it work before making any decisions. I managed to get a few customers to commit, so I was set. My plan was simple: spread fertilizer and ask the others

to watch. I installed a TracMap GPS in the Huey. It is also manufactured in New Zealand. I have operated the TracMap four seasons and can say that for a helicopter, it is by far the best, easiest and most compact GPS system I have ever used. Slinging a bucket eight meters under the Huey, while maintaining 60 feet above the crop in rolling terrain was going to require getting used to. I needed a laser altimeter. Its accuracy would help me maintain a steady altitude during the application. I mounted it on the forward inspection plate below the collective. Eager to try the new unit, I fired up the old girl and slowly lifted into a hover. As I lifted, the unit displayed my height above the ground. On the display is a small triangle that shows the direction to lift for my desired application height. At exactly 60 feet the triangle disappeared. I continued vertically only to see another triangle pointing to descend. How did I spray all these years without this technology? Now, I was really excited! I had an awesome Huey, the best GPS

and a laser altimeter...I was going to sleep in my machine! The IMS fertilizer bucket arrived in an impressive shipping crate. We opened up the crate to see a new, shining stainless steel work of art. The workmanship was excellent. The welds were the best I’ve seen. After unpacking and assembly, I began installing the electrical system for the bucket. IMS had provided me the wiring diagram, simplifying the installation. After several hours sorting out the wiring of the system to the Huey, the moment of truth hit me...was it going to work? Battery master switch on...all good so far. The switch for the bucket turned on and the small 24-volt compressor came to life. While waiting for the compressor to

build up enough air to switch off, I looked at the agitator. It wasn’t working! What I had done wrong? When the required air pressure was reached, I activated the cyclicmounted switch to open the gate. Immediately there was this sound of air and a very quick opening of the gate. I went over for another look in the bucket to see the agitator working. The clever boys at IMS designed the agitator to work only when the gate is open. To verify, I closed the gate and sure enough the agitator stopped. I was itching to go test the bucket over the sugarcane I was farming. I needed to select the proper size gate plate. IMS offers plates with different size diameter holes. The design allows easy removal of the gate to pop out

the plate and install the one closest to the kg/ha required. I climbed in the Huey with the bucket positioned forward of the aircraft nose with the spinner rotating at its correct RPM. I wanted to see the spread, so I opened the gate for a second. The fertilizer came gushing out in a complete 360 degree arch, excellent. I eased in the collective and the blades whipped me up into a low hover. With a quick glance to check engine temps, pressures and RPM - all good, I added more collective. I knew with the added cable length to the bucket, I should break ground with it at eight meters. At six meters, I checked the mirror between my feet and could see the slack in the cables been taken up. At exactly eight meters on the laser altimeter, the bucket broke away from the ground. I ascended into a high hover to check for bucket movement. The bucket was positioned with its Honda engine in the front and wing in the rear. I moved the stick slowly forward to an airspeed of 50 knots. Looking in the mirror, I could see the bucket was very stable with the wing really doing its job.

I was amazed. Anyone who does sling work, knows what it is like to carry a load and it doesn’t

With only a six meter sling, it could be short for a nose landing. Entering a hover over the pad, I allowed the bucket to touch the ground. I reduced power to add slack to the sling and slowly started to track rearwards to position the bucket forward of the nose. I landed with the bucket in front of me. However, it appeared the sixmeter sling was too short for comfort considering the height of the bucket with the Huey’s skids on the ground. I lifted off and set up to position the bucket on the right side. This proved to be much better. I had a good view of the bucket and there was sufficient cable length. I shut down the beast, exited and switched off the Honda engine, thinking this endeavor was money well spent. Now, I needed to impress the local farmers. Three days later was a perfect day with mild temps and no wind. It would be my proving day and my first job. At first light, my crew and a few local farmers arrived at the landing zone to wait for 15 tons of fertilizer in 50 kg bags. The mission would be spreading 80 kg/ha of a new “black” urea over sugarcane. One of the farmers gave me directions to the field. On my approach, I noticed power lines running across the field. They looked to be about 10 meters above the crop. My application height would be 18 meters (60 feet). That gave me an eight-meter gap, if I flew the numbers

Eugene Kalafatis piloting his UH-1H Huey over South Africa. Note TracMap unit on the Huey’s glareshield.

Waiting on the Huey to return for a load of fertilizer.

Setting down for the load.

Loading the hard way. HeliTractor is waiting to see if helicopter fertilizing catches on in South Africa before investing in a loader truck.

always do what you want! I positioned for the sugarcane field, crossed referenced the laser altimeter and started a descent to a 60-foot application height. At the threshold of the field, I opened the gate and instantly there was a white arc of urea bellowing out of the bucket. I stuck my head out of the Huey to look at the was perfect. At 100 kg/ha, the operational swath was 36 meters. The bucket was throwing further than that, so this distance allowed for an overlap. Approaching the end of the field, I activated the gate giving an instant snap shut. I added power to start my turn for the next run, finished the field and headed back for landing. Was it better to position the bucket on the nose of the Huey for landing or on my right side (pilot) to see it better?

Heli-Tractor’s Huey picking up another load of fertilizer with the IMS Ground Effect stainless steel bucket.

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Monitoring the bucket while in flight using a mirror.

The IMS Ground Effect bucket with its Honda engine and compressor assembly.

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correctly. I could see I was at the right altitude and continued to set up for the first run. I could see the power lines getting closer. Laser numbers good, I was over the lines, phew! I tracked straight to the end of the run, marked again and now had my A/B line set. I climbed away, pulling in some power for the left turn. I looked down at the mirror to see the swing with this load. I was surprised, as it wasn’t bad. I decreased power to turn left. I advanced the TracMap to 1-left and descended for my next swath. At the correct altitude and position, I opened the gate and flew across the field toward the power lines. As I approached them, for the first time in my ag career I felt confident about the location of the power lines; I knew I was safely over them and out of danger. Several more runs completed and the bucket empty, I returned to the LZ. In a hover, I glanced down to see 15 new bags waiting to be loaded. I positioned the bucket close to them and slowly reduced power. The Huey’s downwash was entering the bucket causing a slight left to right swing. I eased down and concentrated on catching the swing at the right

moment. Like an old grandfather clock’s pendulum ticking, I watched the swing, adjusted my height and at the right moment lowered the collective. The bucket settled on the ground next to the opened bags. My ground crew grabbed the sling cables and I landed left of the bucket. I could see smiles on farmer faces...this was good. I had decided to not make any flying swath tests and spread pattern checks before I flew my initial application. I had very good info from IMS concerning application rates. Richard had given me an application rate table compiled from years of field applications. My next job was over a pasture of cut grass. This would be good for seeing the distribution pattern. I applied 125 kg/ha of white urea using a swath of 36 meters. Afterwards, I walked the field with the farmer. The pattern was constant and uniform. The farmer said, “Man, this spreads better than my tractor!” What more could I ask for?

Simplex and Eurocopter demonstrate high-rise firefighting capability Simplex Manufacturing and Eurocopter have completed a demonstration of Simplex’s newest High Rise Firefighting system for the Eurocopter EC225 in Hong Kong as part of the China Air Show. Simplex developed the system for the EC225 after a successful development and deployment of a high rise fire fighting system on an AVIC H-425 in China last year. Simplex will continue to expand its fleet of high rise fire fighting systems to the Russian build KA-32, China built AC313, and other helicopter models in the coming months. The High Rise Firefighting systems utilize Simplex’s extensive fleet of certified fire fighting tanks. Simplex is the only company in the world with certified fire fighting tanks for both the EC225 and KA-32 helicopters. The system developed for the EC225 utilizes the Simplex Manufacturing fire fighting tank for the EC225 in addition to the Simplex Hydra Foam

Cannon. The Simplex Hydra Foam Cannon is the result of several years of research and development on the best methods for aerial firefighting from a helicopter. Simplex’s Hydra Foam system integrates leading edge technologies including a FLIR EVS3 infrared camera to assist firefighters in seeing the fire through smoke.

The system also includes a laser range finder to provide accurate distance measurement to the building. The system utilizes a Simplex certified boom from the recently STC’d Simplex Power Line Washing System.

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Simplex Manufacturing is granted first China STC Simplex Manufacturing has been granted a Validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (VSTC) from the Peoples Republic of China for its Robinson R44 agricultural spray system. The VSTC makes the Simplex spray system the only approved helicopter spray system for use in China. The CAAC approved the system on December 31, 2010. Simplex has shipped one R44 system under the new VSTC and has plans for several additional system shipments to China in 2011. The R44 Helicopter Spray, Model 244, system has gained wide acceptance in the United States and throughout the world as a cost effective and efficient way to spray crops and perform other spray missions. Mark Zimmerman, President and CEO of Simplex stated that “the Model 244 Spray System, with its proven light weight components is designed to optimize the R44 utility in the delivery of liquid chemicals”. He added that “the light weight, chemical resistant tank and attaching spray boom

assembly provides operators quick installation, using field maintainable components”. He further stated that Simplex believes the Chinese market is a perfect environment for this innovative, cost effective solution. Founded in 1946, Simplex has built a reputation as the leader in design, manufacturing, and certification of aerial application systems and mission equipment for helicopters. Simplex maintains its industry leadership by incorporating the latest technology in design and manufacturing systems from high-strength, low-weight composite materials to produce cost-effective systems for firefighting and other aerial applications. For information on Simplex products call: 503-257-3511 or email: sales@

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(L-R) David Gonzales, Hugo Arceo and Vicente Huerta. To mark their extraordinary accomplishments, Jamie Sargent, Vice President of Sales for Fire Boss LLC, presented Mr. Huerta with an outstanding award – a silver statue of an American eagle with a placard that reads: “Our sincerest appreciation to an extraordinary organization, Air Tractor Europe, for a job well done as the top Fire Boss distributor.” This elegant statue was graciously accepted by Air Tractor Europe S.L., where

it is now a symbol of prestige and the professional success of its employees. The “Top Fire Boss Distributor” award also acknowledges Francisco Alandi and David Gonzalez for their exemplary efforts and contribution to Air Tractor Europe’s sales team. In October 2010, Fire Boss LLC renewed its Fire Boss distributor agreement with Air Tractor Europe for another term. Vicente Huerta and Hugo Arceo closed the deal with an order for six new Fire Boss systems, fifteen 1,600 SHP engine kits and one stall improvement array kit. The engines and stall kit are

Bambi Bucket bolsters aerial firefighting in Brazil Delta, Canada - SEI Industries Ltd. is proud to announce the delivery of the very first Bambi Torrentula® Bucket to the Brazilian Navy. The new BBT4453 (530USG/2000L) Bambi Bucket® will be operated with the Navy’s recently purchased Eurocopter Super Puma helicopter fleet for wildfire suppression in Brazil. Since1999, the Bambi Torrentula product has been used in helicopter firefighting markets and represents another milestone in aerial firefighting. The Torrentula valve technology is capable of unlimited multiple dumps, variable flow and split drops. Instant open and close valve actuation on a low power draw are achieved while retaining the superior durability and functionality of the original Bambi Bucket®. It provides precision drops with a uniform water pattern, sets up quickly and folds up for compact storage and transport. It is compatible with foam injection systems and can be made to include bottom-filling ‘Powerfill’ technology to enable fast-filling (450USG/min) at dip sites with only 18 inches (45cm) of water. Brazilian wildland preservation programs have encouraged Brazilian Provinces and Military Police to play an increased role in aerial fire suppression. This recent purchase of the SEI Industries Ltd. Torrentula Bucket reflects their commitment to protect the people and environment of Brazil for present and future generations. For further information regarding the Bambi Bucket product line, please visit: or

Supplementary Type Certificated created by Wipaire for AT-802 float and land planes. During the signing ceremony in Valencia, Jamie Sargent remarked that he was extremely pleased and proud to extend Fire Boss LLC’s business relationship with Air Tractor Europe. Jamie congratulated Vicente Huerta for his company’s remarkable success and ongoing commitment to the Fire Boss program. Vicente Huerta prepared a prerecorded video message for presentation at Wipaire’s Annual Employee Meeting on December 23, 2010. In his message,

Vicente congratulated Charles “Chuck” Wiplinger on his recent appointment as the new President of Wipaire, Inc. Vicente stated that Chuck’s new position as President will be a complete success for Wipaire and Fire Boss LLC because of Chuck’s experience and dedication to those companies. Vicente also remarked that Chuck is ready for his new challenge because he was taught by an excellent teacher … his father Bob “Wip” Wiplinger. Chuck Wiplinger is now the third Wiplinger family member to assume the role of company President, having succeeded his father “Wip”, the current

CEO, and grandfather Ben, the founder of Wipaire. Air Tractor Europe, a division of Avialsa, has been in business since 1965 and working closely with Fire Boss since becoming the first official distributor in 2005. With nearly 100 employees, Avialsa provides aircraft sales and rental, parts sales and technical and maintenance support for a wide range of aircraft. They have a fully authorized avionics and propeller shop encompassed in their 18,200 square feet of hangar space at Valencia Airport.

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Fires Down Under by Marc Mullis Most of the news coming out of Australia over the past few months has been the historical flooding that devastated the northeastern part of the country. The high waters covered millions of acres of fertile farmland and destroyed or damaged countless homes and buildings. Just as the waters began to recede, another pestilence started to unfold in yet another region of the vast country. As the elevated temperatures and gusty winds of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer months dried out the landscape, wildfires started making the

headlines. The fuel types that dominate most of the Outback tend to burn very hot and very fast. When the fuels combine with blustery winds, this makes for very fast moving firestorms that are very difficult to contain. One such blaze in February destroyed sixty-four homes before it was extinguished. A fast-moving fire in medium to light fuels are often best managed by applying aerial resources, such as air tankers or helicopters. In the past, Australia has not had a national, organized aerial firefighting program. Instead, the country has simply leased assets from other

countries for use during the fire season. This has usually been Ericson Skycrane Type 1 helicopters, which can be loaded aboard cargo planes and flown overseas. Last summer they tested the DC-10 Supertanker, but officials decided that it was a tool they did not need in their box. The government has also had an arraignment with aerial applicators to provide assistance when a fire was nearby. For the Australian summer of 2011, Australia has made an agreement with a Canadian company, Conair, to lease two Convair 580 heavy air tankers, three AT-802F Single Engine Air Tankers

(SEATs) and one air attack platform, or as they call them north of the border a “birddog” aircraft. Conair will supply flight crews and support personal over the period of the contract. Other duties, such as dispatch and management, will be performed by Australians. Along with two Skycranes and other local assets, this will constitute by far the largest aerial firefighting force ever assembled in the country. It will be interesting to watch as Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet grows through the teething pains of a new industry. I wish our mates Down Under the best of luck!

Macedonian AT-802A Fire Boss’s travel to Spain for annual inspections by Igor Bozinovski One year after their delivery to the Republic of Macedonia, two Air Tractor AT-802A “Fire Boss” amphibious fire-fighting planes from Macedonia’s Protection and Rescue Directorate returned to Spain for a scheduled annual maintenance inspection by “Avialsa T-35 S.L.”, a Valencia-based Part 145 maintenance organization that specializes in Air Tractor, Dromader and Cessna aircraft maintenance.

The 2.000-km ferry flight started October 28 from Skopje’s Alexander the Great International Airport and lasted three days due to foul weather. The annual maintenance inspection of the planes started shortly after their arrival at Valencia. The inspections were successfully finished November 24, after which both planes returned to Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle International Airport in Macedonia December 19, 2010. Macedonia is the latest Avialsa AT-802


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and mechanics. The third Macedonian AT-802A “Fire Boss” was delivered to Macedonia on March 1, 2010 and is scheduled for its annual inspection by “Avialsa T-35 S.L.” during early 2011. The Macedonian AT-802A “Fire Boss” fleet serves with the 2009-established aviation unit of the Protection and Rescue Directorate and is using Skopje’s Alexander the Great International Airport as its home base. Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle International Airport located southwest of Macedonia is used as an alternate and forward-operating base during summer seasons. The summer

of 2010 was the first firefighting season for Macedonia’s AT-802A Fire Boss fleet. During August, the three Macedonian firefighting planes performed 142 wildfire-extinguishing flights for a total of 40 flight hours. While the planes are primarily intended for use in Macedonia, they are also available on request to countries in need of their firefighting capabilities, especially to the Balkan states of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

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Olney, TEXAS – Only a little more than two years after Air Tractor, Inc. delivered its 300th AT-802 aerial application aircraft, the company has announced the delivery of its 400th 802. The aircraft is now hangered at its new home, Dungan Aerial Service, located in Connersville, Indiana. “This marks another very significant moment in Air Tractor history.” says Leland Snow, president of Air Tractor, Inc. “The quickening pace of AT-802 sales is a clear sign that the aircraft’s combination of high capacity, high performance, and reliability is making it a top choice of the aerial application industry.” Jeff Dungan, owner of Dungan Aerial Service, Inc., agrees. “The 802”, he said, “is a perfect fit for our kind of operation here in Indiana. Two 802s, working in tandem, is an excellent setup for us.” Dungan Aerial Service, Inc., provides agricultural application services in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. “In our part of the country”, Dungan continues, “we have long ferries from

our base here at Connersville out to the spray jobs. With the 802’s fast ferry speeds we get more work done, and do it with less overhead.” Dungan’s company traded two Air Tractor AT-602s for its first AT-802A. It performed so well for his operation that now a second has been added. “We found that for our operation, a single AT-802A could very nearly do the work of two smaller aircraft”, said Dungan. “That is the type of capacity and efficiency that made us – and will continue to make us – a repeat Air Tractor customer.” Dungan Aerial Service runs a satellite operation in northwest Indiana. The 800-gallon capacity AT-802A, which can operate effectively from small bases, allows companies like Dungan’s to expand their area of operations. “We at Dungan Aerial Service are proud to take delivery of the 400th AT802,” said Jeff Dungan. “This aircraft represents a piece of Air Tractor history and we are quite honored to be a part of that.”

Dungan purchased his company’s new AT-802A from Air Tractor dealer Harley Curless, owner of Farm Air, Inc. in Astoria, Illinois. Curless recently joined the Air Tractor dealer family, having purchased Farm Air, Inc from its founder, Bill Taylor, in March 2009. Founded in Olney, Texas, in 1974, Air Tractor, Inc. manufactures more aircraft for the agricultural aviation industry than any other

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Return of the OE600 engine by Bill Lavender MIDLAND, TX — With prices of turboprop engines and Jet-A continually increasing, finding an affordable engine conversion for a large ag-plane can be difficult. One solution could be the 600

SHP reciprocating OE600, manufactured by Trace Engines based in Midland, Texas. Built on the design of a watercooled, V-8 piston engine, the Trace aircraft engine is capable of burning av-gas and in certification for 91 octane

Ryan Tomcala flew the 2010 season with an OE600-powered AT-401 Air Tractor. He uses 52” of manifold pressure (MP) and 4,400 RPMs for takeoff. When loaded his power setting is 45” MP and 4,200 RPM, burning 40 GPH. As the load lightens, he reduces power to 36” MP and 3,800 RPM with a fuel burn of 27 GPH. He figures with full fuel (123 U.S. gallons) and a full hopper (390 U.S. gallons) of a chemical mix, configured for spraying, the aircraft’s gross weight is approximately 8,900 pounds.

automobile gas. The conversion costs for the 300 and 400 series Air Tractor is considerably less than that of a turboprop, making it an ideal alternative for the ag-av operator. The OE600 was originally designed and manufactured by Magellan Aerospace Corporation and called the Orenda Engine. In 2006, Trace bought the rights to the Orenda and received its production certificate on October, 14, 2009. Trace is a limited partnership entity of about 25 investors, primarily based in Midland, TX. The company currently has 25 employees and the production capability of up to 120 engines per year. Trace also manufactures the TowBot, a $7,500— $12,000 remote-controlled aircraft mover. he first OE600 Trace conversion was launched on November 11, 2010 and was installed on a newly painted and with a fresh annual inspection AT-401 belonging to Neal Aircraft, Inc. of Slaton, Texas. Neal Aircraft is a Trace dealer and will use the aircraft for demonstrations

and ag-operations. Neal Aircraft has also ordered a second Trace conversion for an AT-301 that is awaiting the airframe for installation. Trace has bought its own AT-301 and will convert it to Trace engine power for demonstration flights starting this spring. The Trace conversion is a complete firewall forward installation with an approximate price tag of $260,000 USD. TRACE is currently offering discounts on conversions purchased this year. The engine makes up about $200,000 of the conversion cost, which includes installation, all hoses, oil tank, radiator, engine mount, McCauley 106” propeller, Electronics International digital instrumentation, intercooler and single-stage Garrett turbo charger. All components are of aerospace origin with tolerances held closer than the typical blueprinted and balanced reciprocating engine. Turn around time for the conversion is two—three weeks at the Midland facility. The overhaul cost is fixed to not exceed $40,000 giving an operating cost of $26 an hour based

Experience the TRACE advantage of all the performance with less hourly operating costs in fuel consumption and overhaul costs. Our 600 horsepower engines can be installed in Air Tractor 301, 401 and 402 aircraft. Schedule a factory tour to see our conversions by calling (432) 618-7223. Safely move yo ur ag airplane by yourself with the remot e-controlled T R A CE Towbot! Built to accom modate many di fferent aircraft and w heel carriage ty pe s. For more information, ca ll (432) 618-26 87 or visit:


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on a 1,500-hour TBO. The engine’s TBO can be extended in one hundred hour increments through the FAA as long as compression test are within limits and oil analysis samples are within normal usage. The OE600 is rated for 600 SHP for up to five minutes and 500 SHP continuous. During takeoff, the engine turns 4,400 RPM while spinning the propellor 2,757 RPMs through a reduction gearbox. The engine is typically operated

The engine cowl has been cleaned up from the original design.

David Czarnecki, Trace COO, points out the OE600’s intercooler that cools the exhaustgenerated air to the turbocharger.

between 3,800—4,200 RPMs. The engine weighs 740 pounds dry. It has an aluminum block with six-bolt main caps that hold the

A Trace aircraft engine conversion ready to be installed on an AT-301.

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The remote-controlled TowBot manufactured by Trace for positioning aircraft.

crankshaft in place. Most reciprocating engines have only four-bolt mains. The improved aerodynamics and reduced weight, when compared to a similar radial engine aircraft, has the effect of adding an additional 80—100 SHP. Because of the turbocharger, the OE600 has the ability to develop full power under any density altitude an ag-plane would operate making its performance comparable to a turbinepowered aircraft. Developing 500 SHP, the engine’s fuel flow is 36 GPH. At the typical operating power setting of 65%, the fuel flow is 27 GPH. Using today’s auto-gas priced at less than $3.00, the engine’s fuel cost with auto-gas would be around $80-$90 an hour.

Cylinder compression checks should be taken at annual inspection or 400-500 hours, whichever occurs first. If needed, the removable steel cylinder sleeves and pistons can be changed. Otherwise, oil and oil filter changes at 50-hour intervals with regular oil analysis’s and engine monitoring are the only expected maintenance requirements between overhauls. The OE600 Trace aircraft engine has also been installed on the twin Aero Commander, Chinese N5A ag-aircraft and the de Havilland Beaver. Trace will be acquiring Supplimental Type Certificates for other ag-aircraft besides the Air Tractor and N5A. During the third quarter of 2011, Trace expects to have its TE750 engine certified. It will be able to produce 750 SHP and will have an updated electronic fuel injection and ignition system.

An AT-401 powered by a Trace aircraft engine conversion, owned and operated by Neal Aircraft, Inc. of Slaton, Texas.

Trace OE600 engine specifications Displacement: 495 cubic inches (8.1 litres) Bore: 4.433” Stroke: 4.000” Dimensions: 59.5”(l) x 32” (w) x 32.5 “ (h) Compression ratio: 8.1:1 Weight: 740 pounds dry (335.6 kg) Performance: 600 SHP @ 4,400 rpm takeoff, 500 SHP continuous Fuel Consumption: 0.44 lbs./hp/hr (100LL) Power-to-weight ratio: 0.81 hp/lb (1.33 kW/kg)

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ACS for Air Tractor Air Tractor model AT-300, AT-400 and AT-500 series airplanes (except AT-502A) all serial numbers. Fatigue cracking of the engine mount tube by the firewall. FAA Description of Airworthiness Concern: An AT-402 airplane was recently reported having a large fatigue crack in an engine mount tube at the LH firewall attach location. The same airplane also has a fatigue crack in the engine mount at the forward lower left lug, which is covered by AD 2009-11-05. There is currently no mandatory directed inspection for the cracked tube found by the firewall location. the FAA is concerned there may be other Air Tractor engine mounts that have not been inspected and that could have a fatigue crack present near a firewall location. Request for information: The FAA requests information from Air Tractor owners/operators and users/maintainers regarding in-service problems of fatigue cracks encountered for Air Tractor engine mounts, specifically near the firewall attach locations. Please contact ASW-150 with information to include aircraft model

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FAA issues STC for Spectrum Electrostatic aerial spray system for Air Tractor AT-400 and AT-500 series Houston, Texas -- The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SA09719AC to Houston-based Spectrum Electrostatic Sprayers, Inc., for use of the Spectrum electrostatic aerial spray system on Air Tractor AT-400 and AT-500 series aircraft. The low-volume, high-pressure Spectrum electrostatic system induces an electrical charge to each spray droplet, thus activating electrostatic forces which attract the charged droplets to the upper and under surfaces of the target vegetation. The system has been proven to improve spray deposition, reduce spray fallout and off-site drift, and improve control of target insects, diseases, weeds and brush. The Spectrum electrostatic system is widely used by aerial applicators around the world to improve spray performance,

reduce operating costs, and to enhance environmental and human safety. The system is now used by aerial applicators in North America to spray cotton, rice, rangeland, corn, soybeans, potatoes, sugar beets, vineyards and other crops. It is used to control soybean rust in Brazil, to spray sugarcane in Africa, and to protect cereal grains in Australia. The system has undergone flight testing approved by the FAA prior to issuance of the STC. Users purchasing the system will receive a copy of the STC, along with an FAA-approved Flight Manual Supplement, ICA, installation drawings, and an FAA Form 8130-3, Authorized Release Certificate. Components are manufactured under FAA-PMA, through a licensing agreement with Zee Systems, Inc., San Antonio, Texas.

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classified ads ag-cat 1973 Extended Wing A Model Turbine Ag-Cat Fresh Hershey Refurb. All new everything. 350 hopper, New Frakes Conversion Low-time -21 engine. Ready May 1st. Call Brandon 318-303-3147 ( 0 3 - 11 )

1985 Ag Cat 400 Super B+, 5187 TT, 767 Since Hershey rebuild, - 2 Garrett / approved installation, A/C, Right boom shutoff, Dash Mount M3 Touch Screen, Single Point Fuel, Clean Nebraska Airplane, Fresh Annual with sale 379,000 402-618-0660 ( 0 3 - 11 ) G164-C Model King Cat, firewall forward conversion includes R1820-71 engine and Hamilton Standard propeller Model 33D50 -119. Engine mount cowling, oil cooler and plumbing, instrument panel also included. For more details contact Matt at Avag Inc. 530-882-4286 (0 3 -11)

1974 G164A Mills conversion 11250 TTAF 20 Engine Recent Covington Iran Prop 230 TSOH, 3M Satloc, extended wings, Super clean $175,000 559-686-7401 ( 0 4 - 11 )

1979 G164B AgCat Mills Conv.PT6-27 8000TT 800SHOT 350gal, SSF drop booms, CP’s, smoker, goosefeet, SSF TW, currently undergoing extensive annual completion mid March, new tail fabric, stainless mid & forward belly and much more. Contact Ronnie J. Brown - BROWN AVIATION INC. 281-960-3972 (0 3 -11) 1977 Super B Ag Cat N-6689Q New firewall forward Walter Turbine, E.I. Digital Instruments. 1600 SMOH 0 since SMOH avia prop 106”. 0 since airframe sand blast and powder coat. New paint and fabric new gear, all new hardware and glass, big tires 11x29, Raised wing, 115 gallon fuel tall center line tail, drop ss booms, with CP nozzles, Satloc GPS new zee ac unit,just installed. $285,000 979-257-6695 kingrey4@ ( 0 3 - 11 )

J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has the remnants of one A-model Cat with 4 decent wing cores and a center section. Can send pictures. Call Sid or Jerry 800-542-8565 or emial A 8 -11 A+ 450, 300gal DAF TLAnd Comb, 300-SMOHE, 64 Fuel, almost “original” SuperCat............................................$65K. A+ 600, 300 gal DAF Grumman Comb, 884 SMOHE, 80 fuel,WAG 2000, needs some TLC....................................$55K A+600, Tower/Writer w/1200-SMOH AF&E&P best of the RosiesO’Gradys, flyway....................................................$55K B-Type-1 350 gal DAF TLand comb, AAI Repair & Lic., 0-HSI w/3000 RC’s, beautiful..................................................$295K SB-Walter-FatCat, 950-SMOH AF&E&P, hiwings, TST, HVY GSW, M-3 GPS, A41” TLand Spra 515 Hopper, 125 fuel, Super Value....$325K SB-TPE331-1 ‘08 Queencat Damaged @468 hours, AAI repaired w/468-Scam/ 0-Iran Exec. engine & New prop, 400 hopper, 114 fuel, all SB+ mods and Mint condition througho ut!...............................................$395K A450 2-holder project, OH fusellage ready for front seat, 792 SMOHE, no prop.$35K C182B Skylane 3300 TTA, 100 SMOHE & P, S-TEC auto pilot, Nice Trade for AgCat........................................................$85K AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) AmAg 870886-2418 (2489F) t f n

1998 AT-402A, 5100 TTAE, Wingman, M3 Intelliflow, Single point fuel, CP Flat Fan Nozzles, spreader, 100 hr on prop, Fresh annual, loaded, $372,000 870-945-1383 (0 3 -11) 2008 AT-802F -65AG 110 TTAF&E Air Tractor GEN II Firegate, Carded Air Tanker, Red and White, Satloc M3. Immaculate! Call Brandon 318-303-3147 ( 0 3 - 11 )

1991 AT-402A -20/ Frakes Inlet, Intelli-Star, Fresh Annual, Fresh Prop,606 SHOT, New Starter-Generator, Economical Turbine, $275K 620-397-3052 (0 3 -11) 2011 AT-602-1201 -65AG 292 gallon fuel. Available mid March 2011. Call for price.Southeastern Aircraft Sales 800441-2964 or tfn

Super B Ag-Cat, Fresh Hershey Refurb, New Hatfield Frakes Conversion, New Prop, Low Time -21 Engine. Available April 1st. Call Brandon 318-303-3147 ( 0 3 - 11 )

air tractor G-164B+ N6552K 8095 TT 1680 TSMOH geared 271 TSIRAN 3D40 SSbooms, single pt fuel, 115gal, 350 hopper, transland gate and pump, elec. fan, Satloc airstar, big tires, spare parts, speed ring, referb by hershey in 99. $65,000 obo Call 731-571-7800 ( 0 3 - 11 )

1995 AT-502-B, PT6 A-34, 6100TT, 3 in loading, smoker, flagger, factory air, VG, single point fuel, Lane elec. brake, Satloc M-3, Loadhog, fresh annual. Solid 8 aircraft. $370,000 Call 662-398-7833 or 662-719-2200 ( 0 3 - 11 ) 1976 AG CAT Trainer G-164A, 6577 TTAF, FAA approved, dual controls, fully functional spray system, excellent logs. $85,000 Call 731-571-7800 ( 0 3 - 11 )

2008 AT-802A -65AG 800TTAF&E 10” Transland Firegate, Radio Package, Satloc M3, Red and White, Loaded, Too much to list, IMMACULATE!! Call Brandon 318-303-3147 (03-11)

AT-504: Learn and earn. With side-by-side cockpit seating and 485-gallon capacity, the AT-504 is a great way to train new ag pilots and earn while they learn. Powered by the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34AG turbine engine, you’ll get working speeds and performance like the tried and true AT-502B. And when the training day is done, you’ll see that it was productive workday, too. Wells Fargo financing for qualified buyers is available; just visit with your Air Tractor dealer. T F N

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2011 AT-502B with -34AG Mid June delivery. Please call for quote. Rick Stone, Southeastern Aircraft Sales, 800-441-2964 TFN 1994 AT-802A-011 8980TTSN 2080SMOHE by P&WC. Engine has been in continuous tbo by P&W since new. 0SHSI by P&W. Red/White paint.Everything on AF&E and prop within tbo. Fresh Annual and equiped your choice with purchase. 870-897-4548 (03 -11) 2005 AT-602-60 Ready Nov. 2011 current 3650 est hours in Nov. 4200+ Del Norde variable rate, elec. brake, wingman, smoker, spreader, CP’s. Call 662-588-6002 ( 0 3 -11) 2007 Air Tractor AT-401B, ¡65 Horas desde nuevo! Satloc M3, Medidor de flujo Micronair, Helice hydromatica de 3 palas, en condiciones de nuevo. $355,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 t f n

PRICE REDUCED! 1979 Air Tractor, Tall Tail, TT 6113, Prop 586, SMOH 1413 Satloc, CP nozzles,Smoker, A/C SN301-0254, N no. 3650Z, Flys good, hauls a l o a d . $ 5 4 , 5 0 0 . 8 0 6 - 3 4 4 213 0 . ( 0 3 -11)

2003 802A -67AG 2046 TTAF Standard Transland Gate, Radio Package, Satloc M3, Red and White, Very nice Call Brandon 318-303-3147 ( 0 3 -11) 2007 AT-602-60AG 2200 TTAF&E, Satloc M3,Very, very nice. Ready to go. Call Brandon 318-303-314 ( 0 3 -11) 1996 AT-502B 7,900 horas tiempo total. 900 horas desde sección caliente y reparación de caja de potencia. 900 horas desde reparación hélice. Vigas nuevas instaladadas en fábrica, Equipado para combate de incendios con compuerta hidráulica y radios. SATLOC M3, aire condicionado, abanico variable con freno eléctrico, boquillas CP. $460,000Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn 2007 AT-401B, 65 TTAF, 65 SMOH, 3 BLADE HYD, COM, TXP, LIKE NEW $355,000.00 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281342-5451 or FAX: 281-232-5401. t f n

AT-401s several units 2006 and 2007 year models. Less than 200 hours TT. Like new. 3-blade prop. Contact for prices:, +34667102184. tfn

1977 Cessna 150, 3,100 Horas desde nuevo, “0” horas desde reparación mayor – motor. GPS, Nav-Com, Transponder w/encoder. Recién pintado. $35,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn

We are converting our spray planes to turbines, therefore we have the following for sale: (1) 1340 engine--with 830 TT................ $25,000.00 (1) 1340 engine--with zero time--Tulsa Aircraft Overhaul ............................................... $52,000.00 1974 Cessna Ag Truck, 4609 TTAF, 1340 TTENG, 218 PROP, Flat Fan nozzles, Satloc Lite, Current Annual, EXCELLENT flying aircraft, $80,000.00. Call 204-856-9617 or 204-2742170 ( 0 3 -11))

AT-401B: Power and payload at the right price. Step up to a highly productive, low maintenance piston engine ag plane for a price that makes solid business sense. The economical 400-gallon capacity AT-401B has a pistonengine price tag, plus all the reliability, durability, safety features and flying ease that make Air Tractor the industry leader. For qualified buyers, Wells Fargo has attractive and flexible terms available. Call your Air Tractor dealer. 1987 AT 301 N7312R TT 5373.3 hrs, engine TT SMOH 1020.8 hrs, prop AG 100-2 w/138.7 hrs smoh. AC, flow controller, windshield washer, smoker, 47 CP nozzles, spreader,SS spray valve, new battery, annual May 2010. Center section butterfly done. $69,500 Call HM 843-5869422 or Cell 843-454-6206 ( 0 3 -11)

Save money. Buy used. Parting out several Air Tractor 402, 502, 602, and 802, Thrush and , Ag Cats. Call Chad Stuart. Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091 ( 0 5 -11)

(1) Hamilton Standard prop model 12D40, Ag 200 blades ....................................................$11,000.00

WE have the largest NEW inventory of Cessna 188 AG Truck & Ag Wagon parts in the USA. Parting out many other air crafts as well. J & C Enterprises Aviatiion INC 800-542-8565 or Email Sid or Jerry at A 8 -11

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Cessna 337, several units, very low flight hours, perfect state, extremely careful maintenance, fully equipped, long range tanks, fully IFR, contact for prices and specs. info@, +34667102184 t f n

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(2) sets of 1340 exhaust pipes........... $3,500.00 ea (2) Air Tractor speed rings .................... $800.00 ea (1) dry spreader for a Brave....................... $400.00 (1) dry spreader for a Pawnee ................... $200.00 (2) magnetos for a Brave IO-540-Lyc ... $800.00 ea (1) starter for a Brave IO-540-Lyc ........... $1,200.00 (1) 1340 Air Tractor engine mounts ........ $2,000.00 (1) 1340 Air Tractor (Pacific Oil) oil cooler . $800.00

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Large inventory or Air Tractor Parts. Surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662843-0811 tfn 2011 Slots Available Call 2008 801A, 1,322 Hrs TT AF&E, -67, Smoker, Electric Brake Ground Adjust, Single Point Fuel, CP’s with Swivels, Satloc with Flow Control, Wingman, 10” Hydraulic Gate with Del Norte Controller, Fresh HSI, Fresh Annual, Prop, Iran. $1,150,000 Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 t f n

AT-502B: More performance; more profit potential. With Air Tractor’s AT-502B there’s plenty of power and a big, 500gallon payload to please both pilot and operator. The Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34AG turbine engine delivers efficient and effective performance that shortens ferry times and reduces takeoffs and landings. Since 1987 the AT-502 series has set the standard as the industry’s most popular ag plane. You can own one with attractive financing options from Wells Fargo. Talk to your Air Tractor dealer. TFN

cessna AT-402B: Go turbo. The AT-402B, with the time-proven Pratt & Whitney PT6A-15AG turbine engine, offers impressive climb rates and overall performance. The AT-402B’s light handling characteristics help reduce pilot fatigue – while delivering the payload, speed and productivity that helps create profits. Visit your Air Tractor dealer and learn how Wells Fargo’s financing options for qualified buyers make owning an Air Tractor more affordable than you might think. T F N

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(1) 1340 used alternator ......................... $1,200.00

Best Classified Buy In The Industry. AT-802: Capacity that creates profits. An 800-gallon hopper, zippy 190 mph ferry speeds, and greater working capacity than any other ag aircraft on the market - the AT-802 is simply a hoss. With the AT-802 you’ll ferry faster, spray more fields and do bigger jobs all in one load. That’s production that only Air Tractor can offer you. Visit with your Air Tractor dealer about the AT-802. And ask about special Air Tractor financing now available from Wells Fargo for qualified buyers. T F N

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Will trade nice 1972 Super Viking for flying Ag Truck or Pawnee. Will consider projects. Call Jerry at J & C Enterprises Aviation, Inc. 1-800-542-8565 A 8 -11

J & C enterprises Aviation Inc. Wants to buy your Cessna aircraft, New & Used part of any kind. Call Jerry 800-5428565 or email A 8 -11

AT-602: Trim your overhead. You’ll reduce costs and increase profit margins when you scale a multi-plane operation down to a single-plane operation. Air Tractor’s AT-602 makes it an easy choice. The big 630-gallon payload moves you up to high volume production, reduces loads, saves time and helps trim operating expenses compared with two smaller planes. The AT-602 is the ideal solution for 5-gallon work on center-pivot circles. Step it up with an AT-602. Visit your Air Tractor dealer. T F N




Stocking distributor of PT6, JT15D & PW100 parts and engines • NEW, OH and SV condition We buy TURBINE AIRCRAFT, ENGINES and INVENTORY. We manage ENGINE OVERHAULS and REPAIRS.

Cessna 188B Ag Wagon (ZS-OXM) TTSN 843hrs, Engine 4hrs SRM, Prop 4hrs. Rebuild - as new. R950 000 ZAR South Africa +27845884152 or ( 03 -11) 1955 Cessna C-170B 2050TTSN, 350SMOH by High Performance Aircraft Engines of Mena, AR. Very nice 170B. Excellent trainer for ag pilot. 870-897-4548 ( 0 3 -11) Cessna airframe parts, Continental and Lycoming engine parts, and a few spray system parts, new surplus, big discounts! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-6980280. Check stock at t f n

120 Grouby Airport Road Prattville, Alabama 36067 T 334 361 7853 F 334 361 0290

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1975 Piper Pawnee D Model PA-25-235 Total Time 1524 New Satloc Lite installed 2010 Fresh annual, all ADs and logbooks in compliance $65,000 Contact Bob Pettis 712243-4038 ( 0 3 - 11 ) J & C Enterprises avaition Inc. Wants to buy your Piper, Pawnee or Brave aircraft. We are also looking for parts inventory, or derelect aircraft as well call Jerry at 800-542-8565 or email A 8 - 11

M18, 7200 TT, 800 SMOH, 300 s/new prop. Perfect corn airplane! 200+ acre loads easy. Pay for it in one week. 80’ swath, all options, Satloc, smoker, emergency hyd., tall tail strut. With spare Pickett engine. $100,000. I can deliver it & possibly fly it for 3-4 weeks in July. Fresh annual. 573-4810474; 573-246-3216. ( 0 3 - 11 )


1975 S2RG6/500 (750 SHP) GARRETT CONVERSION 7094 TT /791 S. CAM ENGINE AND NEW PROPELLER - 500 Gal Hopper, Factory Spray System, Weath-Aero Fan, CP Nozzles, Spreader, 3 “ Left Side Load, Extended Wings, 192 Gal. Fuel, Aileron Servos, Serv Aero Horizontal Stabilizer Aerodynamic Mod., Serv Aero Turtleback, Cool Seat, Nav / Strobe / Instrument Lights, 29” Tires, Spring Steel Tailwheel Gear with 5.00 X 5 Tire, Smoker, Crophawk, Satloc Forestar GPS, Narco Radio, Good Tires /Glass / Fabric. Australian Aircraft $ 285,000.00 U.S. 559-686-1794 / Email info@ t f n

piper 1979 THRUSH (T-27), 400 gallon, 10,900 TTAF, fresh annual, all Breckenridge SS spray system w/SS spray valve, elec lane fan brake, M3 Satloc, relined hopper, good glass, metal tail, 3 strobe & landing lites, polished spinner. Fresh wing insp & 1000 hrs left on spar caps. Nice paint, new Thrush scheme. Starter gen 0 SMOH, fresh Hot Section, 1200 since IRAN, 500 SPOH w/+4 blades, dual aileron servos, smoker, all CP Nozzles. $260,000. MO 573-481-0474; 573-246-3216 (03-11) 1946 PA 12 supercruiser. 160 HP engine with 440 hrs TT, Excellent logs of total restoration in 2002. To many mods to list. PA 18 tail and wings with 60 gal fuel. Scott Howze 830-275-9845. $72,000 located in south Texas ( 0 3 -11) P i p e r a i r f r a m e p a r t s , c o n t i n e n t a l a n d Ly c o m ing engine par ts and a few spray system par ts, new surplus, big discounts! Please have par t n u m b e r s w h e n c o n t a c t i n g u s . P r e f e r r e d A i rpar ts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Ch e ck s to ck at w w w.pre f e r re da ir par t m t f n 1982 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, 500 horas desde nuevo!!, Tela nueva, pintura nueva, micas nuevas, recién inspecionado, GPS, Comm, Transponder. El PA-18 más nuevo y bonito en el mercado, $160,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 t f n

1996 510 Thrush with TPE331-10-511M. 8,554 TTSN, annual done 11/8/10, spar caps eddy current 10/14/10 by Air Repair, spar caps replaced 2/16/05 @ 5409 (3145 hrs on caps). 12,595 TTSN on engine, 21,026 cycles, 1537 SHSI by Arkansas Turbine Services.. 518 hours since IRAN on Hartzel HC-B4TN-5NL. 662-843-8450, 662-719-8450 cell. (03-11) 1989 S2R M601E-11/400 (751 SHP) TIGER PACK WALTER CONVERSION 5212 TT 50 S. O/H ENGINE NEW 3 BLADE AVIA PROPELLER 400 Gal Hopper, Agrinautics Fan and Lane Electric Brake, Stainless Booms, CP Nozzles with AFS Check Valves, 2” Left Bottom Load, Extended Wings, 230 Gal. Fuel, Aileron Servos, Vortex Generators, 29” Tires, Nav / Strobe / Instrument / Landing Lights, Flagger, Smoker, Satloc Lite Star GPS, Good Paint / Tires / Glass / Fabric. $ 385,000.00 U.S Email www. t f n

Gulf Coast aG airCraft sales & serviCe 1992 Ayres 510 D C - 7,600 Hrs. TT; Garrett -6 Engine Low Time; M-3 with Variable Rate Flow Control, C.P. Nozzles; SS Spray System with Lane brakes; Air Conditioner; Smoker; Low time Prop; Nice clean airplane that is ready to work ................................................................................ Priced To Sell 1976 Ayres 400 Gal. Thrush with -6 Garrett Engine; Satloc; Air Conditioner; Smoker; 29” Wheels and Brakes; New Paint; Fresh OH Prop; SS Spray System; Lane Brakes.

N752WC 2010 J.A.S. REMANUFACTURED WALTER CONVERSION THRUSH 130 Total Time Since Complete Rework of Aircraft 130 Since Factory Hot and High Remanufactured Engine, (751 SHP) Cascade Conversion with Ram Air Inlet, New High Performance Propeller, 510 Gal. Rebuilt Hopper, Weath-Aero Fan, Stainless Steel Booms, CP Nozzles, 3” Left Side Load, Wing Extensions, New H.D. Wing Leading Edge Skins and Ribs, 192 Gal. Fuel, Vortex Generators, Wing Root Fairings, Aileron Servos, 40,000 Hr. Avenger Spar Cap Kit, Bottom Load Fuel, 29” Tires, Spring Steel Tailwheel with 5.00 X 5 Tire, Rebuilt Shock Strut Assemblies, New Air conditioning, New Intellistar GPS with Intelliflow Flow Control, Smoker, Flagger, Garmin Radio, Nav / Strobe / Instrument / Landing Lights, Pistol Grip, Oregon Aero Seat Cushions, New Side Panels with Stainless Steel Fasteners, New Custom Paint, Excellent Tires / Glass / New Poly Fiber Fabric. $ 595,000.00 F.O.B. Tulare, California. 559-686-1794 / Email

1995 Ayres Turbo Thrush G-6 5020.0 TTAF 551 since cam (Executive Aircraft Maintenance) 1193 SPOH 400 gal. Hopper Crop Hawk 7B Ag-Nav GPS Lane electric brake & fan CP Nozzles Smoker Zee Air & Heat Transland pump & spray equipment VG’s Strobes $350,000.00 US Contact bruceandrews62@gmail. com Bruce’s Flying Service, Inc./229-725-4150 (0 3 -11)

Used Thrush Parts

Several sets of late model wings • Metal Thrush tails • Many other items


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1973 S2R 1820/480 (1200 HP) VIPER CONVERSION 6783 TT 750 SINCE OVERHAUL ENGINE 116 S. O/H PROPELLER. 480 Gal. Hopper, Stainless Steel Spray System, Weath-Aero Fan, Stainless Booms, CP Nozzles, 2 “ Left Side Load, Extended Wings (455 Hours since CK AG-41 Spar Cap Kit installed), Heavy Duty Wing Leading Edge Skins, Serv-Aero Turtleback, Cool Seat, Nav / Instrument Lights, Rotating Beacon, 29” Tires, Flagger, Crophawk, Satloc Lite Star GPS, Upper Center Instrument Panel, Speed Ring with Cooling Baffles, 1500 HP Cylinders, Many Spare Parts and Tools, Good Tires / Glass / Fabric. $ 105,000.00 Email www. t f n

The 660 Thrush with its innovative wing design and 54 foot wing span and over 400 square foot wing area ensures unmatched stability and control during Ag maneuvers. The combination of a solid airframe and powerful engine creates an airplane that outperforms the competition. Thrush is known for their structural durability and excellent performance under extreme conditions.

1970 S2R Thrush 600 Turn windows, Ailero servos, extended wings, new main tires and brakes, 763 SMHOE, 430 SPOH, 14785 TTAF, $50,000 229-886-8592 (03-11) J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has 29” wheel sets. We will accept your 10” wheel and brakes in exchange. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email A 8-11 The 550 Thrush offers new sturdy hopper and innovative large hopper door to improve access when loading dry chemicals, while providing a 550 gallon capacity. Fuel economy, low acquisition cost and proven performance makes the 550 Thrush a great option for operators. The 550 Thrush offers a choice of power plants, allowing you to tailor the aircraft to meet the demands of your particular operating environment.

Garrett TPE-331-10-511M 2 engines available with lots of time and cycles remaining. Call for info.

Don’t Give Up on Your Thrush!! Call For Details.

1983 DC Thrush Walter 601E-11, 1000hrs left before overhaul, new gear box, new prop, 29,000 hr spar caps, no ad’s, VG’s, winglets, 80’ swath, Satloc M-3, CP’s, electric brake, SS spray valve, Crophawk, smoker, ac/heater, fuel flow, single pt fuel, strobes, wingman, spreader, intercom, paint 09 $350,000. 912-384-6466 ( 0 3 - 11 )

1976 Ayres 400 Gal. Thrush with -6 Garrett Engine; Satloc; Air Conditioner; Smoker; 29” Wheels and Brakes; New Paint; Fresh OH Prop; SS Spray System; Lane Brakes. Call Eugene 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A4-11

Garrett TPE331-6-252M Please call for info. 2 engines available

Thrush Wing Spar Solution Available Soon!! Economical, Long-Life Fix.

1969 S2RM601E-11/400 (751 SHP) TIGER PACK WALTER CONVERSION 9635 TT 2345 SINCE OVERHAUL ENGINE 175 S. O/H 3 BLADE AVIA PROP. 400 Gal. Hopper, Stainless Steel Spray System, 58 CP Nozzles, Lane Fan and Electric Brake, 2” Left Side Load, Extended Wings, 106 Gal Fuel, Wing Root Fairings, Aileron Servos, Serv-Aero Turtleback, Nav / Strobe / Instrument / Landing Lights, 29” Tires, Oregon Aero Seat Cushions, Smoker, Flagger, Satloc M 3 GPS, Big Butterfly, Good Fabric / Paint / Tires / Glass. $ 210,000.00 Email info@ t f n

1996 S2R-T45 DC, SN T45 013 N32995, TTAF 4060, PT6-45 SN PCE 84056 TTSOH 4475 PROP Hartzell HC- B5MP-3C, TSNEW 2150, TSOH 375, This a/c is in above average condition, new paint 2008 all AD’s & Log Book in compliance, 3000 hrs left on wings, engine has recent hot section w/ Covington Aircraft, with light OVH on power section less than 200 hrs ago, New starter/gen recent FCU and fuel pump, M3 SATLOC, Com Radio w/ VOX, Fast Start, Heat and A/C. Available IMMEDIATELY!!!! $450,000 or OBO 712-243-4038 (03-11) 1992 Ayres 510 D C - 7,600 Hrs. TT; Garrett -6 Engine Low Time; M-3 with Variable Rate Flow Control, C.P. Nozzles; SS Spray System with Lane brakes; Air Conditioner; Smoker; Low time Prop; Nice clean airplane that is ready to work Priced To Sell Call Eugene 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A 4 - 11

The 510 Thrush has sent the standard in Ag Aviation for dependability. With rugged construction, simplified system and low maintenance, the 510 Thrush is the aircraft any operator can depend upon. Low maintenance, maximum loads, superior pattern makes the 510 Thrush a profit machine. All Thrush Aircraft models provide superb visibility, light control forces, and unmatched speed and maneuverability.

For sale 2-600 hp Rockwell Thrushes, current annuals, always hangared, excellent condition, Call 306-861-0177. (03-11) Large inventory of Thrush parts surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 t f n

bell-hiller Bell OH58C 7380TT, 5734TT C20C, 550 SOH Comp, 0 SOH FCU, 0 SOH Hyd pump, 250 SNEW T/R Blades, 804 left M/R Blades, Hyd spray, M3, Auto Cal, Isolair belly tank, Accu Flow Nozz, Com, Needs annual, 275K, 601-668-6200 Karl Holcomb (0 3 -11)

Unlimited Racer project: 85% complete Yak11, 3350 turbo compound with many spare parts including engine. Call with best offer. For pictures and details call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 t f n Wanting to add a helicopter to your Spray operation? Contact JD Ely, Ely Ag Service. We can sell your aircraft or find what fits your operation. Email or 918-605-1038 ( 0 3 - 11 ) 2000 Beechcraft Bonanza ¡Turbohélice!, 200 horas desde nuevo con radios Garmin (530,430), y King. Motor-Rolls Royce 450hp. ¡Rapido! Como nuevo. $740,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 t f n

engines R1340 0-time since OH. $49,500 call 979-234-7725 (03-11)

1975 Hiller UH12E, N130HA, HA3030, 6778TT, Isolair spray system, Satloc Airstar-99, flagger, dual controls, components mid-time, with fresh engine overhaul and annual. Contact Ken 218-820-3780 or (0 3 -11)

miscellaneous aircraft

B1-A Callair Manufacturing Rights. Available now is the type certificate, drawings, jigs, tooling, aircraft parts, and property associated with this 300 gal Pratt and Whitney 985 powered sprayer. Start your own aircraft company or expand your line. Call for details. Airplane Services Inc. 850-675-1252, 850-380-7268, 850-380-6091. (0 5 -11)

P&W 1340 AN1 340 SMOH by Aero Engines. The following equipment also included in the sale: Air Tractor 301 Engine Mount, Full Exhaust System, Dish Pan, Oil Tank, Carburetor, Prop Governor, Alternator, Starter, Oil Filter Kit, A/C Compressor and Mount. $35,000. High time 12D40 w/Ag 100-2 blades available for an additional $5000.Can separate as needed. Call Mike at 208-731-5233 or 208-423-4320 ( 0 3 - 11 ) PT6A-21 TSN 1767 7 ea PT6A-27/28 (5) TSO 0, TSO 4797, 4855 PT6A-34 TSO 0 2 ea PT6A-34AG (2) TSO 0 2 ea PT6A-41 TSO 0, 2992 2 ea PT6A-50 TSO 3137, 3869 We also buy PT6 engines in all conditions. Please call Bill or Joel at 334-361-7853 or t f n PT6-11 8300tt 0 since hot section 4500 since last gear box inspection call for more details 501-412-2373 ( 0 3 - 11 )

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Pratt and Whitney overhauled 1340 cylinders $1850, called Terry at 870-536-1348 or David at 870-550-1664 ( 03-11)

Mid-Time PT6A-65AG available. TSO-1331, TSN 3830. Rare find. Avoid the middle-man and buy directly from ATS. All engines listed are owned by us and in our inventory. To see full inventory visit t f n Garrett TPE-331-10-511M 2 engines available with lots of time and cycles remaining. Call for info. 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A 4 - 11 New PT6-34 ag engine in stock Call for price Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 A tfn

J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has the largest selection of Lycoming and Continental engine cores in stock. Over 100 to choose from. Call Sid or Jerry for your parts or engines needs. 800-542-8565 or email A 8 - 11

10,000 P/N of Continental & Lycoming parts, 50% discount on most new! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330698-0280. Check stock at t f n

Garrett TPE331-6-252M Please call for info. 2 engines available. 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A 4-11

JETSET AIRMOTIVE Buys and Sells all models of PT6 engines and has an extensive inventory of materials in various conditions. Call Paul at 682-738-3031 Email preeves@jsamiami. com or Khris or Max at 305-825-2001or Email krod@ ( 0 3 - 11 )

Pratt & Whitney R-985 & R-1340 Overhauled Engines in stock. Props, carburetors, magnetos, alternators, & accessories for above engines. Call Chester Roberts Supply Company, Collinsville, TX Tel: 903-429-6805 Fax: 903429-6047 A 0 4 -11 PT6A Engines: Deal Direct with ATS to buy, sell, lease or exchange ~ view our current inventory at www.PT6A.Aero (FAA C.R.S. TQZR133K) tfn Cylinders For Sale – Overhauled complete assy’s with new pistons installed. Ready to install. R-985 $1250.00 each Two or more less 5%: R-1340 $1950.00 each Two or more less 5%: Outright price: includes all gaskets. Sun Air Parts. 661-257-7708 fax 661-257-7710 T F N

Covington Turbine Engines Available. PT6A-20 2800 TSO PT6A-15AG 0 Time Since Covington Light Overhaul PT6A-34AG 1789 TSO PT6A-34AG 780 TSO PT6A-34AG 0 TSO PT6A-34AG 0 Time Since Covington Light Overhaul We are also interested in buying or exchanging for any core you may have regardless of condition. Contact: David Hamilton at 918-756-7862 or davidh@ At fn

J ohnston A ircrAft s ervice supporting ag aviation since 1947!!!

Thrush / PiPer Brave / Pawnee / Cessna ag / ag-Cat / air traCtor • airCraft sales / serviCe / Parts / modifiCations “Ultra” thrUsh by JAS using the Cascade Walter (GE) Conversion kit with 751 shP. Completely disassembled and rebuilt with many features as std equipment, this aircraft features excellent performance and flying qualities. JAS - Thrush support since 1979!

This aircraft currently for sale


rebuild / repair / modification of the aircraft rebuild / repair / modification of the fuselage rebuild / repair / modification of the wings and control surfaces rebuild / repair / modification of the landing gear - we stock rebuilt units for sale installation of avenger & factory spar Caps maintaining a tremendous parts inventory

we also rebuild Piper Brave wings and fuselages and install the factory spar cap kits. we sell and overhaul emCo wheaton (Buckeye) dry Break equipment distributor / dealer for all ag equipment and have a huge inventory of parts (ask for our parts/ service catalog) distributor for aPs “Bla ck Steel®” Brake discs and linings the thrUsh wing fatigUe a.d. 2009-26-11 has Been issUed and we stoCk two solUtions:

40,000 Hour Life Avenger SpAr CAp Kit! new fACtory Lower SpAr CApS very reASonAbLe priCe / 6200 Hour Life 24 HR. PHONES: 559-686-1794 or 686-2161 FAX: 559-686-9360 P.O. Box 1457, Tulare, CA 93275 Se Habla Español •


R-1340, zero time since overhaul by Covington $53,500.00 New PT6 -11, 15, 34, 60, 65, 67 outright or exchange call Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-232-5401 t f n TPE331-PC (2.5 Cores) .......$5,000* TPE331-6-252M (Dmgd Core Nice Logs)... $7,500* (*Buy PC cores & -3”wreck” for $10,000 ) TPE331-1-101Z 468-Scam/0-Siran (Exec) $155,000 R985 AN1792 SMOH (API),.......................$10,500 R985-14B 0 SMOH (AMI) ..........................$29,500 R1340-AN2 (Cov) 1115-SMOH...................$19,000 R1340-AN1 1258 SMOH (Cov/W12-1 Blower)...$19,000 .....also Radial and Turbine Accessories. AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) t f n

dispersal equipment Robinson R44 Simplex MFG spray system with STC $20,000. AG NAV GUIA with auto-cal 15,000. Both systems have less than 150hr on them. Installation available, optional 2005 R44 heli available with all equipment installed call for price Contact 806-946-3399,806-946-7309 (0 3 -11)

15 used, working, ASC-A10 Atomizers. As removed from boom. You pay freight. Extra new and used parts included. $1,000 cash. 530-682-9770 ( 0 3 - 11 )

Please check our website view “ag aircraft sales” for details • • • • • •

JETSET AIRMOTIVE has the following PT6 engines for sale, lease or Exchange. M.O.R.E ready to TBO 8000 hours. PT6A-11 TSO Zero PT6A-28 TSO Zero PT6A-34 TSO Zero PT6A-114A Zero time overhauled PT6A-41 TSO 974 Email or Khris or Max at 305-8252001 or Email ( 0 3 - 11 )

Complete Transland 10” hydraulic gate with computer control. Only used twice to demonstrate fire fighting. Like new condition. Pictures available. $12,400 OBO. Call 920324-3519 or 715-498-1157. ( 0 3 - 11 ) Complete Wingman loading system removed from AT-502. Excellent condition. Pictures available. $6000 OBO. Call 920-324-3519 or 715-498-1157. (0 3 -11) 38” 7 vane Swathmaster. Good condition. Pictures available. $5000 OBO. Call 920-324-3519 or 715-498-1157. ( 03-11) Transland and Agrinautics authorized distributor – Call us with your needs. Sid or Jerry @ J & C Enterprises 1-800542-8565 or e-mail A 8 - 11 CP NOZZLES AND CHECK VALVES. Distribuidor en Argentina: ArAvia S.A. -Venado Tuerto (Sta Fe) T.E. 54-3462-433540 FAX: 438344 tfn ASC Rotary Atomizers - See and April 2009 issue of AAU, A. McCracken. Made in USA. asc@, 317-896-2561 A 0 1 -12 Stainless Steel Fabricators, Inc. ---Stainless spreaders and accessories new and used. We manufacture 12 vane,13 vanes and 10 vane spreaders. Call us at 800-736-3433 or 870-217-9232. (0 3 -11) ASC Rotary Atomizers - Consistent droplets, large flow openings, easy to mount without changing your existing pump, boom and flow control method. Made in USA. asc@dynafog. com, 317-896-2561 A 0 1 -12 Everything you need for fixed wing or helicopter JAS 559-6861794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: www, t f n TRANSLAND 10 vane sprder for 38” gate, new $8900 Agrinautics, root, Crophawk, Transland, others Lane Aviation 281-342-5451 or FA X 281-232-5401.t fn Newberg Electrostatic Spraying LLC is the exclusive distributor for Spectrum Electrostatic Spray Systems. Do more acres with better performance. Call Ed Newberg 320-848-2745. Serving northern US and Canada. For southern US and other countries call Spectrum Corp. office 713-783-5771. (03-11) Transland and Agrinautics, overstock sale. Call Danny for listing 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 sales@airrepairinc. com t f n

CP NOZZLES AND CHECK VALVES “The Drift fighters”. Plus they improve your spray pattern. Contact Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: t f n ASC Rotary Atomizers - Why use old hydraulic nozzle technology? Rotary Atomizers are proven as the most accurate method to apply both low & high volume formulations. Made in USA., 317-896-2561 A 0 1 -12 SprayTarget variable rate nozzles in stock. Air Repair, Inc. 662846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 t f n Variable Rate OC and engine driven hydraulic spray control systems. Coming soon variable rate dry for standard gate and hydraulic flaps. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 t f n Dispersal Equipment: Weathaero Feathering Fans, Crophawks, Smokers, Flaggers, Nozzles, Transland, Breckenridge Spreaders, Airfoil Booms, Dry Breaks, Load Hawgs All Aircraft Styles. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800325-0885 tfn Agrinautics, Inc. Best spray pumps, valves, and strainers in the business! For service w/ a smile,call us at 435-586-1200. e-mail: t f n

gps Complete Satloc Air Star GPS, $2500 Call 662-398-7833 or 662-719-2200 ( 0 3 - 11 ) TRACMAP GPS has great features, easy to use, large screen, racetrack guidance, usb key easy import of files, competitive pricing. Now available from Turbine Conversions call 616-837-9428 1 2 - 1 1 Intelliflow Flow Controls -in stock, now shipping! Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 tfn Hemisphere GPS systems in stock, Bantham, Intellistar, M3, Intelliflow, and Litestar2. We did it again, leading Level 3 Service Center/Dealer 2009. Why buy anywhere else, we’ve got what you need, and service after the sale! Call now 800-437-5319 Sky-Tractor Supply Company tfn

Used Satlocs. Litestar 1 and II. Airstar. New M3s in stock Prompt repair service Compton Flying Service 888-336-3924 t f n Satloc, Intelliflow The leading edge Satloc Level III Service repair center. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, Mo 800325-0885. t f n Satloc and Del Norte Air Repair Inc, is the worldwide leader in sales and sercece. Call Danny (sales) or Dallas (service) 662846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 tfn Hemisphere GPS & Flow Control Dealer Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: t f n Authorized AgNav Distributors. New and used systems. GIS Spray data services/conversion. Summit Helicopters Inc. Call Gary at 816-813-0442. (0 3 -11)

parts Hopper from 402, removed for upgrade $2000 Call 870734-6064 (0 3 -11) Angel Personal Flight Assistant - in stock, shipping today. Premium quality Bluetooth interface for the cockpit. Noise free cell phone use without fumbling for your phone. Caller ID, direct dial, redial, voice dial, download phonebook and call list entries, dial direct., Stream bluetooth music and control, E6B flight computer, Stopwatch, fuel and approach timer. Large full color easy to read backlit screen, intuitive menus, automatic cut out with radio transmissions, ambient light sensor. Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 A t f n LOAD HAWG-The modern, efficient, safe, perfect way to improve your solids application. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 TFN Thrush tail control surfaces,recovered with ceconite and waiting for your choice of color. Rudder, vertical fin, horizontal stabalizer, elavator. Complete with paint $10,000.00 call Andy @ 580-761-1844 ( 0 3 - 11 ) Thrush metal elevator, left side, like new. $5,000. Chad Stuart, Airplane Services Inc. 850-380-6091 (0 5 -11)

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NatioNal agricultural aviatioN MuseuM Where a Way of lIfe, comes to lIfe. natIonal agrIcultural avIatIon museum 1150 lakeland drive, jackson ms monday - saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

601-713-3365 800-844-TOUR this project is partially funded through a grant by the jackson convention and visitors Bureau

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502 hopper and door for sale /no cracks or leaks $3000, dry spline PT6 starter generator $3000, working Satloc 99.5 $4000. Call 318-722-3501 email: ( 0 3 - 11 )

Cleveland Wheels and Brakes. Buy used and save money. Air-Tractor, Thrush, Ag Cat. Chad Stuart Airplane Services Inc. 850-380-6091 (0 5 -11)

GPS Antenna Mount, for specific ag aircraft, Performance and looks, slip stream design delivers peak signals. Contact Terry Barber 605-258-2743. ( 0 3 - 11 )

Affordable pricing on GE Parts! Large inventory. Free parts locater service for additional items. Same day shipping. Contact Bill Grewing, Parts Manager, 24/7 and toll-free at 888.863.9996 or 0 6-11

Working starter removed from 1340. Part number 1416. $1500. Call 920-324-3519 or 715-498-1157. (0 3 -11)

For Sale, M18 wings, ailerons, flaps. 0 since new, propeller still in box, for sale or trade on people airplane. 573-2463216, 573-225-8019 (0 3 -11)

Fiberglass Speed Rings for P&W 985 or 1340. $1,000 Chad Stuart, Airplane Services Inc. 850-380-6091 ( 0 5 - 11 ) Um par de asas estendida 95% completa do Thrush S2R. A pair of extended wings 95% complete Thrush S2R. Brazil. / 16 36274879 (t f n) J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc has purchased a large new inventory of Citabria GCBC part in late 1977-79 rnge. Lots of common everyday parts. Landing gear, wheels 7 brakes, engine parts etc. call Jerry or Sid today 800-542-8565 or email A 8 -11 For Sale: As removed Zee SZ45-002-1A Motor and Compressor assembly. Removed to install factory air. $1500. Call Tommy or Matt @ 870-295-6218 or email t f n Spend your time doing what you do best “SPRAYING” and let us find those parts for you. Part numbers are really important. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email A 8 -11 3 sets new heavy gear for S2R Thrush. $10,000 per set exchange for core. Many other S2R parts/components. Call or fax Bruce’s Flying Service, Inc. 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. E-mail (03-11) New AT-602 Cascade Aircraft Conversion pressure cowl. Immediately available in Arkansas. New AT-402 Cascade Aircraft Conversion P-Cowl available in Kansas. AT-401 firewall forward with R1340 Covington overhauled engine 1100 SMOH; 12D40 propeller with 6106 blades. Cascade Aircraft Conversion 509-635-1212 tfn Remember J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. Is a Transland, Black Steel Brake and McFarlane dealer. We have a large amount of these brands inventory in stock as well as Cleveland. GE Lighting, Cessna, Piper etc. give us a call for all your parts needs at 800-542-8565 or email us at A 8-11



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Used serviceable PT6 starter/generators. Wet or Dry spline. Guaranteed to work. $3,500 Chad Stuart. Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091 (05 -11) 1set serviceable S2R wings. Group 1 Wing. 196 gal. fuel/ wing extension yellow. Eddy Current inspected. Found no cracks. These wings were removed from a 600 Thrush. 9000 hrs. $40,000 Call or fax Bruce’s Flying Service, Inc. 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. E-mail (03-11) Cessna Ag Parts. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 t fn Vacuum Meters ready to ship. Clean, accurate, closed system. Why pay 50,000 for a accurate system when you can do it for a fraction of the price and require no computers. Compton Flying Service 888-336-3924 tfn J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. still has one of the largest Cessna, and Piper Ag Aircraft inventories in the USA and has a huge inventory of Lighting and wheel and brake inventory. Let us be your total part provider. Call in your needs - Sid or Jerry 800-542-8565 or A 8-11 J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has 29” wheel sets. We will accept your 10” wheel and brakes in exchange. Also have 29” Thrush Landing Gear. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email A 8 -11 Retrofit Hopper Door for AT502 and AT602. Now available for fall and winter installation Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 t fn Complete Thrush Factory Metal Tail W / Updates.Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 559-686-1794 / Email t fn New Thrush -34, -60,-65 models.Your North American Thrush distributor. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885. tfn

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vehicles 1500 gal Jet A refueler; Nissan UD 3300 truck; epoxy lined steel tank: Liquid Control counter with predetermining counter (new 2003); single point and over the wing nozzles: automatic reel. Truck and pump work well; good rubber $15,900 Call 501-985-1484 AR location. tfn Auger Trucks For Sale (Trade-Ins) Also list of customer trucks. Call Auger Dan Office: 870-578-6133 Cell: 870-919-2317 A3-11 1993 Peterbilt folding BAG truck, built for Air Tractor 802. Loads 6,000 lbs, has fuel tank and reel. Great shape. Call Brandon 318-303-3147 ( 0 3 - 11 )

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Beautiful 2.73 ac wooded lot in upscale Pine Ridge Equestrian Estates, located in Citrus County, Florida only five miles from Crystal River. Covenants, 27 miles of horse trails, community center, pool and golf course. Nicer homes and mini-ranchettes. Zoning allows up to three horses and stables permitted on lot with your house. Horse trail borders back end of lot that is 298’ wide and 400’ deep on 3620 Stirrup Drive, Beverly Hills, Florida (Google it!). Public water and septic sewer. Contact Bill Lavender 888-987-2250 HOTSTUFF AG AIRCRAFT CLEANER Call to order the # 1 Ag Aircraft cleaner in the country, Used by over 400 operators Coast to Coast. Blue Stripe Distributing 877-924-5025 A tfn One-acre-square house lot for sale in new Plane Living Sky Park neighborhood with 2,000 s.f., all brick, covenants. Lot is one of 13 directly on new sod runway. Taxi out of your hangar, directly onto the runway. Located in Peach County, Georgia. Public water, septic sewer. paved streets, curb and gutter, street lights. Less than five miles west of I-75, Exit 142, approximately five miles to Fort Valley, GA and approximately 10 miles to Warner Robins, GA. Google It! South side of Hwy 96 at 50 Lane Rd., Fort Valley, Georgia 31030 (Google photo before development). Save thousands and buy from owner. $50,000 OBO, includes closing costs. 888.987.2250.

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Wheels up. PIM Aviation Insurance is one of the oldest and most experienced ag aviation insurance providers in the industry. We provide access to creative negotiation and problem solving for all your risk management needs. Our passion to keep you flying is deeply rooted, resulting in knowledgeable recommendations and cost-sensitive pricing. For a free, no-obligation quote, call 800.826.4442 or visit us online at Proud member of NAAA. tfn The Right Aviation Insurance Broker makes all the difference in the world. A 35 year professional pilot and former Ag Insurance underwriter work together to give you the experience and knowledge to get you the right coverage for the least cost. We work for you, not the insurance companies. Jim Gardner and Rick Langley @ Insuramerica Aviation, Inc. 978-936-4000. 800-654-7892 ext 4108 or 4104. jgardner@ t f n INSURANCE from the Leading Ag Aviation Brokers. 62 Years Risk Management, Lowtime Pilot Coverage. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 t f n “Insurance from a name you can trust, at a price you can afford”, is what we do and it’s our motto. Hardy Aviation Insurance, Inc, is centrally located in Wichita Kansas and has been servicing the aerial application market for years now. RANDY HARDY established Hardy Aviation Insurance in 1995 with aerial application as his main focus. Prompt courteous service from a staff dedicated and knowledgable includes ANGIE BANZ and RITA ETHRIDGE, both of whom have years of experience servicing the aerial application business. Give us a try, you might be suprised. Call 1 800 721-6733 or fax us at 316-945-2330. Get an online quote from our web site at or e-mail us at t f n DOUG DAVIDSON, aircraft owner and commercial pilot, has served the unique insurance needs of the agricultural aviation community since 1982. He founded Davidson Solid Rock Ins. in 1995 on Christian principles, honesty, integrity, and the commitment to provide insurance products as solid as our name! One call is all it takes to shop all available markets for your specialized aviation insurance needs. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you at 800-358-8079. Or visit our website at .t f n

Penderson Powder coating. Custom Colors and two tone available. For more information Call 706-604-4934 (03-11) AG Pilots: Don’t lose money waiting for maintenance help! Contact Bill Grewing with Smyrna Air Center at 888.863.9996 for GE parts and service 24/7. Field maintenance available; Large parts inventory to help with faster turnaround. 0 6-11

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FAA repair station for all ag equipment. Thrush spar replacement, annuals. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 tfn We rebuild and refinish any fibreglass part for Weatherly, Cessna, Piper and Ag-Cat (A, B and Super B,C and D). Call for prices. Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 t f n Stainless Steel Fabricators, Inc. --- Stainless spreaders and accessories new and used. We repair all models including Transland and Swathmaster. Call us at 800-736-3433 or 870-217-9232. ( 0 3 - 11 ) Borescope and Videoscope Repair Services. Any brand or any model. Your one stop source for the best value visual inspection equipment since 1981. Check out our new products and rental units at or call Borescopes-R-Us at 931-362-4009. ( 0 3 - 11 )

Jeffries Airwork Dynamic Propeller Balancing with Chadwick Helmuth engine printout equipment. Jeffries Airworks, Dynamic Balancing, Vibration Analysis. Much more than just a balance. Call Jim Jeffries, A&P/IA, 985-507-9981, Nationwide service on your location. (t fn) !!Attention Thrush Owners!! North Star Aviation Inc is now the new STC holder of the Thrush Reinforce Leading Edge Skins. If you are getting ready to rebuild your Thrush wings due to AD09-26-11 or tired of bird strikes and ugly leading edges!! Now is the time to install North Star Aviations new Thrush heavy duty reinforced leading edge skins fully STC’d SA03518AT no Field approval required. For more Info contact Wendel or Steve @ North Star Aviation Inc. 620-356-4528 t f n

Ag Aircraft Wanted: Immediate cash for Ag planes - All considered - Contact Darryl Riddell at 870-572-9011 ( 03-11) Ag Husky Wanted. Australian operator seeks a good low time T188C Cessna Ag Husky. Prefer low time, NIL accident history with good paint. Would also consider a good airframe without engine or prop. Please e mail details to geoff@ ( 0 3 - 11 )


Doctor’s Orders: A pilot’s vacation home with a pilot discount! St. George Island, Florida. Directly on private beach with expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico, three levels of covered furnished decks. Spacious open living/dining/kitchen area. Five bedrooms including two master suites and four baths, multiple TVs/DVDs/VCRs/wireless Internet. Occupancy 12, beds: three kings, four twins, one queen sleeper sofa. Underhouse concrete parking, 15’ x 30’ pool (heated for a fee), enclosed hot/cold outdoor shower, fish cleaning area, parkstyle grill. Paved 3339’ airport on island (F47) a quarter mile from the house. Ask for “pilot’s discount” Major discounts for Spring and Fall! Visit for photos, 877.272.8206. AgAir Update “Endorsed”. ( t f n)

wanted to buy Air Tractor AT-301 Wanted to Buy, late model, clean aircraft, top money for good airplane. Nev Dunn dunn. ( 0 3 - 11 ) Wanted - Satloc M3 to run Airstar software. Prefer with small screen and Aerial Ace flow controller. call +61 427 802 502 or email ( 0 3 - 11 ) EXHAUST Wanted: R-1340 and R-985 Exhaust Send Old Exhaust segments for exchange or Sell them! Call Daryl @ 940-902-0797 tfn Wanted to Buy Air Tractor AT-301 or AT-401, Ferriable Southeastern Aircraft Sales 800-441-2964 or t f n

One plane operation, good customer base, crops worked are beans, cotton, corn & Wheat. excellent ground support equipment. The gross is in the six figure range. Please send responses Operations 2 c/o Agairupdate PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 email subject Operations2 or fax 866-382-6951 ( 0 3 - 11 ) Midwest operation needs contract aircraft for corn/soybean run for 2011 and beyond. Need quality minded operators looking for a long term mutually beneficial relationship. We can keep your plane/pilot busy July/August if you are able to offer a little work to us some other time of the year. ( 0 3 - 11 ) Eastern Washington spraying and water truck business, 3 leased strips/ no aircraft, $250,000 of equipment / $100,000 for business. Season starts end of Feb. contact or 509-337-6553. (0 3 -11) Looking to buy successful, established aerial applications business with growth potential and loyal customer base. 100,000+ annual acres preferred. send to Business Wanted C/O Ag Air Update P.O. Box 850 Perry GA 31069 fax 888-382-6951 or email subject Business Wanted ( 0 3 - 11 ) Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Only $45 888-987-2250. Fax: 888-382-6951. ESTABLISHED HELICOPTER SPRAYING SERVICE FOR SALE. Strong customer base w/ 35 yrs. in same area & a continuous year-round work flow. Must have 5 years helicopter crop spraying experience. *Added Bonus* Helicopter & mix trailer for sale. Call for full details 863675-6919 or 305-216-1967, ask for Marvin Scripter (03-11)

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seat wanted AG Pilot looking for seat, Graduated from Flying Tiger AG school, exp. in Pawnee, AG-Cat, TW exp., Com. PL, Instrument rated, Looking for first seat, hard working and reliable, eager to learn and work my way up. Available immediately, will license anywhere, Call 310-493-3979 , email: ( 0 3 - 11 ) Ag Pilot looking for Seat Graduate of AG-Flight INC. 1/14/11. Proficient in: Air Tractor 301, Stearman N2S-3, AG-Cat, Pawnee 235, Maule M-5-235, PA-18-150, NE-1. Aerospace Major, Agriculture Minor at MTSU. Very Dependable and Serious. Available anytime after May 7th in the U.S. Resume and References available. Contact Alex W. Tuttle. located College Grove, TN USA. Telephone: 615-613-1487, 615-368-3264 ( 03-11) Looking for a seat this 2011 Season. Just finished with Flying Tiger, Basic Ag and Turbine Transition. Very Motivated and Positive Person. Excellent refrences available. Ready to WORK! 806-236-2620 or ( 03 -11) AG PILOT FOR HIRE. Dependable! TT 2540 AG 1640 Available from 4/8/11 anywhere in the US. Resume - References available. Licensed FL and NE . Contact Leonardo H. Heymann located Orlando, FL. e-mail: ,Ph:407-252-1894 (home), 407-249-5573 (cell) (0 3 -11) Have 502 Will Travel. M-3, flow control, flat fan nozzles. Experienced herbicide pilot. call Greg @ Kubin Aerial Inc. (Based at SW Kansas) 620-598-2356, Licensed in KS, OK, Co, IA, ND, IL & willing to license where needed (0 3 -11) Commerical Pilot looking for Seat, 900 total, 800 tail wheel, loading exp., willing to work on Ground with future in air, willing to relocate. Call 505-629-3113 or email misterwillie@ ( 0 3 - 11 ) Low time ag pilot looking for seat. Will graduate from Ag Flight Inc. in February. 250TT 190TW. Raised and worked on row crop and cattle farm in central Missouri. Will Work in any state. Call 660-441-3085 or email (03-11) A&P seeking ground crew/maintenance, position in a sound operation. Farm and Ground Rig Applicator experience. Looking for a reputable operator that will grant an opportunity to advance into a pilot seat in the future. B.A. Degree. Self Starter, Strong Work Ethic. ( 0 3 - 11 ) Safe and Productive pilot, looking for a seat. 10,000 hour Pilot 9,000 turbine, 4,000+ night hours, lots of Heribicide exp. non drinker, excellent ref. Call JL at 208-459-6713 ( 03-11) Looking to send low time AT-402 -15 or -34 510 Thrush and Pilot out for work. High hour and responsible pilots with many years experience. Available March-June 2011. Call 308-995-4646 or 308-991-3432 ( 0 3 - 11 )

Need experienced 502 pilot for Midwest corn/soybean July, August, possible June. Must know balance of safety & productivity. Need excellent references, good attitude in return for good pay, good aircraft, excellent & well organized work. Minimized ferries. Top notch only. Send resume to: 502 Pilot C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or email subject 502 Pilot or fax 888-382-6951 ( 0 3 - 11 ) Looking for contract work for 2011’ season. I have 1 or 2 Super Braves w/pilots available. A/C & Pilots are top-notch and Professional. Contact Brent at: 620-640-6838 or (03-11) Pilot Needed - Full time, year round position available for a motivated experienced turbine pilot. Individual must be versatile and willing to learn new areas. Season is winters in the Desert Southwest and summers in the Midwest. Please call 928-344-5009. (0 3 -11) Wanted full time AP/IA mechanic to maintain turbine AgCat or Air Tractor aircraft in southwest Louisiana. Pay comensurate with AG experience. Send resumes to AP/IA mechanic C/O AgAir Update Po Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 email to subject AP/IA mechanic. ( 0 3 -11)

Experienced AG or fire suppression pilot for rotation employment in Colombia. Minimum requirements: 2000 fixed wing hours; 1000 flt hours AG or fire suppression; FAA Cass II Medical; Must speak to ACTFL Intermediate Low or IRL Level 1 Spanish proficiency. Background check required. E-mail resume to: An Equal Opportunity Employer ( 0 3 - 11 ) Full time A&P or A&I needed for Mid-West Air Tractor maintenance shop. Applicate must be highly motivated and willing to work, especially during the spraying season. Shop is new with top of the line working conditions. Position available immediately. For more info, send resume to ( 03-11) Advertising salesperson wanted. Work from home/ remote location. Must have internet access and telephone. Experience with helicopter industry a plus. Send resumé to or fax to 478-987-1836 12 -11 Resumes accepted to fill A&P position, 30 Miles SW of Houston, TX, PT6 and Air Tractor exp.a plus, IA a plus, fax: 281-232-5401, email: T F N



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Cessna 180-185-188, PiPer Brave & Pawnee, CitaBria, DromaDer aero CommanDer Lark & Darter sCott & XPm taiLwheeL Parts, ContinentaL, LyComing, transLanD, harDware, ChamPion & CitaBria, mCfarLane, ag fiBergLass anD a Lot more.

Micron Sprayers Limited....................... 21

Having trouble finding tHose difficult parts!!!

Orsmond Aerial Spray Pty. Ltd............33

Lane Aviation, Inc................................... 33 Mid - Continent Aircraft Corp.............20 NAA Museum.......................................... 35 Perkins Technologies.............................. 23

LET our STAff fINd ThAT hArd To LoCATE PArT for you.

Preferred Airparts................................... 36 Queen Bee Air Specialties.................... 21

Aircraft hardware

Sky Tractor Supply Co............................ 17 Southeastern Aircraft............................. 38 Souther Field Aviation, Inc.................... 37

Seat wanted. 1660TT, 1570TW, 1220 towing banners, 40 ag from Agflight. For resume call Virgil 615-418-8971 or ( 0 3 - 11 )

Spectrum Electrostatic Sprayers, Inc..28

Seat Wanted: Experienced herbicide, insecticide, fungicide. 1650Total Time: 900 Ag; Licensed ND, will license to your state. Comm/Multi/IFR. Call: Dean North Carolina 704-6609849 or ( 0 3 - 11 )

Thrush Aircraft Inc............................. 2, 36

help wanted Pilot(s) needed for Fire (SEAT) must have 5 years experience min., be in good standing with the Gov., Level 1 802 card. current ag experiece a plus. Top pay. Send resume to: Fire Seat C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or email subject Fire Seat or fax 888-382-6951 (0 3 -11) Experienced helicopter Ag Pilot. Southern California. Year round Work. Email resume to ( 0 3 - 11 ) Pilot - SkyCroppers Griffith, NSW, Australia Experience - Firebombing, AG1 Turbine, Charter Duties include firebombing, grasshopper spraying, charter and aerial work for various government utilities, and spraying/spreading on rice, cotton and cereals. AG1 turbine essential, IFR preferred but not essential. ( 0 3 - 11 )

Sun Air Parts............................................ 37

your Authorized Transland dealer wE buy SALvAgE & NEw PArTS INvENTorIES

TracMap NZ LTD.................................... 27 Trace Engines........................................... 22 Transland ................................................ 21 Tulsa Aircraft Engines............................ 26 Turbine Conversions Limited................26 Universal Turbine Parts Div.................. 31

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800-542-8565 • 580-661-3591 (OK) • 580-661-3783 (FAX) • email address:

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March 2011



Repair Station No. CP2R750K

P&WC Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facility


Dependable Engines. Affordable Prices. For more than a quarter of a century, Covington Aircraft has been providing professional pilots with the highest level of radial and turbine engine overhaul and repair. Today, the Covington reputation is world-renowned for its quality, advanced technology and skilled technicians. So whether you need service in the field, engine repairs, a major overhaul or the affordable Light Overhaul, or even an engine exchange, choose the name that’s trusted by more professional pilots than any other – Covington. Available Engine Services • PT6A, R-985, and R-1340 Engine Overhaul • PT6A/Radial Engine Troubleshooting & Repair • Hot Section Inspection • Power Section Module Repairs • Overhaul Level Repairs • Periodic Engine Inspections • Fly In Facility For All Your Engine Needs • Rental Engines Available (PT6A) RADIAL DIVISION (R1340/R985) (918) 756-8320 Hwy 75 & Airport Rd. • P.O. Box 1344 • Okmulgee, OK 74447 TURBINE DIVISION (PT6A) (918) 756-7862 201 East Airport Road, P O Box 1336 , Okmulgee , Ok 74447 40

March 2011 - Edition in English  

AgAir Update, ag aviation's newspaper. March 2011 - Edition in English.

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