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Morris Ag-Air, leading the way in the American Southwest

Yank flies ag in Australia

Australia has always had a certain appeal to Jake Perry.

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keep turning… this issue Volume 31 Number 5 | may 2013

12 16 Yank flies ag in Australia 19 20 years of everything PT6

Morris Ag-Air, leading the way in the American Southwest

Yuma is living up to its claim as the lettuce capital of the world.

Australia has always had a certain appeal to Jake Perry.

For a turbine powered ag-plane, the most important component is the engine.


Air Tractor AT-802A #500 delivered to its new owner The single-seat 802 series aircraft reached another milestone April 4th.

27 20 years ago

Blanch’s, Braves & Bananas.

6 Calendar of Events 7 From the Cockpit 8 AgAir Mail 14 Canada Fly-in On the cover - Morris Ag-Air Thrush working while the sun goes down. Photos provided by Morris Ag-Air.


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Bill Lavender L.D. Blake of Prime Turbines and I discuss the attributes of having letters for a name. I wonder what the L.D. represents.

from the cockpit

Grinding on the grindstone

Finally, spring has arrived in the southeastern U.S.. However, in mid-April the midwestern states are still battling storms with snow, of all things. For many parts of the country, planting will be delayed and so will the start of the season there. This can set the stage for a compressed season. When that happens, aircraft get behind on their work schedules. This is the nature of the beast for aerial applicators, but a time when the awareness factor should ramp up a notch or two. This month’s cover and feature article is about Morris Ag-Air in Arizona. It was written by AgAir Update columnist Tracy Thurman. Not too many years ago, Tracy submitted his first article to me. It was an “ok” article, needing only a little grammar editing. So, I decided to give him a chance to see what he could produce. What I thought would fizzle with time has turned out to be one of AgAir Update’s more popular columns, “Hands-On Flying”. Tracy has a unique way of connecting with AgAir Update readers. Usually, his column is about his experiences flying ag in the western states, either Arizona or California. He has an impressive background with extensive flight time in several agaircraft models for both night and day flights. I put a great deal of confidence in his articles and I know AgAir Update readers do, too. This month’s article about Morris Ag-Air is a venture from the norm for Tracy. He did good, as always.

a great article about a green ag-pilot who flew over 800 hours his first year. Expect business-related articles that will tell you more about the services and products they offer. As always, there will be human interest articles, as well as articles from around the world. The pot is on its way to filling. Graham is working on a monthly “pilot profile” column that I know you will find interesting. Visit to learn more about it and how to make a submission. Trust me when I write that finding good information to fill the pages of AgAir Update every month of the year is challenging. Our industry is small and somewhat limited, but amazingly there always seems to be something on the horizon worthy of publishing. With that in mind, let me see what else there is to do today! Until next month, Keep turning...

Now that the trade show circuit for the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 is behind me, there will be visits to create a melting pot of future articles. Already, I have in the cooker

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agair mail memories Hey Bill, Thanks for the copy of AgAir Update Latinoamerica. Hope the guys down “south” enjoy the article Fumigadores, vacas y rifles. Many years ago, us gringos flew in many of those countries covered by AgAir Update and we experienced back in those days being shot at by a rifle, or a shotgun. Seems like it is still occasionally being experienced by crop duster pilots here in the good old U.S.A. Folks just don’t seem to ever realize the possibility of a fatality to the pilot, or serious mechanical damage to an airplane. A couple of mornings ago, just at dawn while enjoying a cup of coffee, a wonderful sound permeated the still clear dawn. The sweet sound of a Pratt & Whitney 600 on take-off. Oh, the memories of that sound.

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I know operators and pilots are looking forward to spring and a busy season. However, I read where some water suppliers here in southeast Texas have warned area rice producers that water needed for irrigating rice fields may not be available for this year’s crop due to the drought. I feel sad for those farmers and operators, who have depended on this resource for so many years. Hopefully, it can be resolved. Thanks to folks like you who keep our industry updated and in preserving the world of “Air Agriculture”. Bob Wheat Anahuac, TX Hello Bob; Good to hear from you. Only been shot at once that I know of when flying over a dove shoot. Recently, a Texan got 18 months and about a $300,000 fine for shooting at and hitting an ag-pilot’s plane. The bullet went through the engine, firewall, hopper and into the cockpit and through his pants leg. Wow! That was just a little too close. Imagine the angle of the bullet to make that trajectory. Yeah, I remember those P&W 1340s. Attended a spray clinic earlier this week and heard and saw a 600 Ag-Cat go over the test string. It reminded me of my Ag-Cat days in the late 1970s. You are right, no sweeter sound.—Bill


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I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the reprint of the radial engine article from 1975. Super good information! Some things are timeless! I started out flying round engines. I was taught to fly the engine as much as the airplane. “Nurse the old girl and take care of her and she’ll do the same in return”. I especially liked the paragraph about derating to 500 H.P. and saving some power back. It was one of the lessons that was drilled in by the guy who taught me to fly. I hope your round engine readers found it as useful today as it was in 1975. Thanks again and please give my regards to your crew! Tracy Thurman Gridley, CA Hello Tracy; Thanks for your comments. I too thought it was interesting reading. I wish I had the info in 1977 when I was operating a radial Ag-Cat. Everyone at AAU says, “Hi!”.—Bill

achievement Good morning Bill, I was informed this morning that Dick Spivey has passed away. Dick was the owner of Cordele Flying Service back in the 60s. He sold the flying service to his chief pilot, Dub Cooper; about 1969 I think. Dick worked here in Foley, Alabama from 1972 until his retirement. Dick was one of the few that was able to fly until he was 78 years old [crop spraying]; He, Cotton Carnahan, Ralph Frizby and a few others. Bill Bergman Delhart, TX Good morning wild Bill; Thanks for the info on Dick Spivey. I did not know him, but very familiar with Cordele Flying Service. It seems he had a very long life filled with ag-flying.—Bill

four friends Thanks for the hard copy of March AAU. Really enjoyed. Hardly recognize anyone in the pictures anymore. Too much time away. The copy jarred my memory with four good friends. Michael Rutledge has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and he still has the “duster bug” Tried to discourage him and was too hard so decided to help him by recommending he talk to Rick Reed. Clicked, and that was the second friend in the issue. Next was the picture from Russ Walker. Worked with Russ many years and knew him for many more. Last was the article from a reprint by Everett Sneed. Many years on the CAAA board together. Learned a lot from Everett and many other old timers that taught us newcomers about radials. Miss all my friends from the many years. However, I do not miss the county man with his ticket book and the lawyers. Tom Mills XDUSTER Brawley, CA Hey Tom; Great to hear from you, as always, from your perch below sea level in Brawley. I am starting to realize exactly what you are feeling. We often reprint “20 Years Ago” articles. It amazes me the photos I see! Sure brings back the memories, all good ones.—Bill

hat collection If you are still collecting caps, here is one you have probably missed. Circa about 1978. Best regards, G.A. Walker St. Albert, AB Canada Hello George; I am presuming the 1978 “antique” Golden West Aviation hat came from George Walker. Many thanks my friend.


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Mystery aircraft Can you identify the plane in this photo? Submitted by Mike Feeney Hamilton, New Zealand See page 23 for answer.

Yes, I am still collecting ag-aviation caps. I have several hundred and looking for more wall space to display them. Many of them bring back memories of friends and visits from the past. I have been considering trying to “light the fire” to get another round of agoperators sending me the latest version of their cap. —Bill

enjoyed Greetings from Arkansas Bill! I just read your article about Joe Huysmans in your latest edition. I enjoyed the article very much. I get the opportunity to fly with Joe every summer during the corn run flying for Schertz Aerial. He is indeed a remarkable man, quiet and unassuming, but when he does speak you would do well to listen. Working beside him sometimes I just wanted pull over to the side and park to watch him fly. He is the consummate professional and a nicer man you will never meet. I feel lucky to have been able to work beside someone like Joe. Thank you for telling his story but somehow I think you may only have only touched the tip of the iceberg. Stop in if you are ever in the neighborhood. Mark Hartz Almyra, AR Hello Mark; Thanks for the favorable comments about Joe. Tracy Thurman, who has a regular column with AAU, wrote the article and flies with Joe. I hope your season gets off to a good start. If I get lost in Arkansas, you will be the first one I call. —Bill

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Hey, I just read an article in the news about a helicopter crash in EMS that spoke about texting while in flight. I myself had a near miss last season from this exact situation along with the way management ran the show for the pilots at this particular outfit.   I feel it would be beneficial to do a story on this to bring awareness to our industry on the huge distraction from utilizing a cell phone for texting and other tasks while in the cockpit. We have so much information at our fingertips these days and it creates a false sense of productivity when using a cell phone for many of our daily working tasks.   I have been outa the loop for a while, but I feel this topic is important to share. Andy Stein Durham, CA Hello Andy; Good to hear from you. I am aware of the problem texting while flying creates. I know NAAA is addressing this issue. I’ll try to keep it forefront with AAU readers, but you can only drag the horse to the trough. You can’t make it drink.—Bill

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The article on Lakeland was so erroneous it seems like it was a reprint from the 80s. You may want to talk to Reid Potter next time. They haven’t had a recip for YEARS. Joseph Bognuda Santa Maria, CA Oops! I guess it would have helped to have read the title first on the Lakeland article. Rumor has it there will be pilot profiles in the future? I read AAU cover to cover every month. My apologies, Joseph Bognuda Santa Maria, CA Hello Joe; Apologies not needed. Glad to see ya reading AAU!  We like to stir old memories with our 20 years ago articles

I am Deke Walker from Americus, Georgia and now fly in Michigan. There are four pilots up here, Bill Hatfield, Kenny Reese, Maurice Quesnel and Bob Muller who are great pilots with lots of history. If your are think about coming up here sometime, they would be a great story. Deke Walker Americus, GA Hello Deke; Long way from home, aren’t ya? I bet you aren’t flying the PZLpowered Kruk up there! Good to hear from you and thanks for the invite. I am always looking for a good story. I know those four marauders, five including you, and would love to write an article about them. I am not sure when I can be that way, as we are in the planning stages for late spring and summer travel. If I had to guess, maybe in May. Let’s stay in touch. —Bill

Yep. You got it. Graham is collecting enough pilot profiles to be sure we can maintain the column for at least a year. Ya got anyone you’d like to submit? You can go online through and submit a profile. —Bill

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Morris Ag-Air, leading the way in the American Southwest by Tracy Thurman Yuma Arizona is an agricultural contradiction. The primary growing season is late fall and winter. While the rest of the country is dealing with ice and snow, Yuma is living up to its claim as the lettuce capital of the world. Produce is grown here; enough to stock the shelves of supermarkets around the country and in places around the world. Here, aerial

Miles Morris, owner operator Morris Ag-Air Southwest in Yuma, Arizona.

application is growers preferred choice of crop protection and none other is better at it than Miles Morris of Morris Ag-Air Southwest. Miles Morris was born into the business, the youngest son of Gary Morris of Morris and Sons Aviation. The family operated in Yuma Arizona, a with another business in Orovada Nevada. Tragically Gary Morris was killed when he collided with high voltage power lines in 1999. The family business would soon be sold out. Miles‘ brother Mike held onto the Orovada operation and still runs it today. Miles and Mike are not only brothers, but best friends. They worked for many years as partners under the same operating certificate. They have separate certificates now, and still consider their partnership as viable as ever. Miles speaks highly of their connection, “I have been very fortunate, very blessed. One of the things I am most glad for is my brother. We have a great relationship. I know I can always depend on Mike and he knows that I’m always here for him.” It is a good thing to hear when all too often the story of two brothers is much different. Miles is a relatively young man compared to most operators. Average build and height, with a lightning fast grin that flashes like sunlight off of water and a disarming personality that makes complete strangers feel like old friends. He believes in the ag-aviation industry and serves as the Arizona NAAA representative. He is a farsighted individual who looks to the horizon and sees the promise that lies ahead. He pays his employees and pilots well. As a testament of his personality and ethics, he treats everyone with respect and consideration. It’s these attributes that carry him through life and certainly have had a big impact on his success. Miles started his business by buying out Pierce Aviation from the family after Jim Pierce’s untimely death in 2004. He was flying for Pierce Aviation at the time. Miles was twenty-four and the thought of being an operator was a daunting one. Miles mustered his courage and made a bid on his former boss’s business. Working his way through banker after banker until he found one that would take a chance on a young, unproven ag pilot, he borrowed what he could. With his brothers airplanes


shouldering the liens and every dime he could scrape together, Miles Morris took a deep breath, threw his shoulders back and stepped into the ring. The business came with three high-time Thrushes and a couple of equally high-time pilots. He was a fresh faced kid in the midst of some mighty salty old timers. They knew him though and had flown alongside him. When the business became Morris Ag-Air, they simply changed hats and continued doing what they had been doing for all the years before. Miles was probably shaking like a leaf inside, but he never showed anything but steadfast determination. Ag pilots respond favorably to strength and leadership and this young, new operator took the reins in hand and steered the operation competently. Spraying over half a million acres a year, it’s a busy operation. He owns six turbine Thrushes and one OH-58 helicopter. He employs five full time pilots, other than himself, and adds a “back up” pilot during the busy season. He also employs forty ground support personnel. He signs a lot of paychecks.

many seasons. One has over thirty thousand hours. He is continually rebuilding, improving and upgrading the aircraft, updating their technology, while enhancing their safety, reliability and comfort parameters. Those old birds wear their scars with dignity and sport their refinements proudly. Miles’ operation encompasses a vast area. Besides working four valleys that make up Yuma County, he works in neighboring Bard, California and owns a satellite operation in Blythe, California. He also sends a couple of airplanes and pilots to Iowa in the summer to join Midwest Airspray in their corn and soybean runs. I asked Miles about his experience being an operator. He looked to the side and summed it up succinctly. “When it’s good, it’s good, but when it’s bad... it’s really bad. We’ve been very fortunate and I do truly love this business.”

The aircraft generally log well over a thousand hours a year. A cadre of mechanics maintain the machines during the day, since most of the flying is conducted at night.

The good has certainly far outweighed the bad and Morris AgAir Southwest is thriving like never before. “The customers like us. We do good work and we are always ready to lend a hand when they need us,” he added. Lending a hand is no problem. Miles and Company are very active in the community and give generously to the various organizations and charities. He is proud of his roots and the diverse land that is his home.

“I like the old, light frame Thrushes,” Miles points out. “They are just better airplanes and fit us just right. I’ll keep these airplanes until I retire.” Indeed his airplanes are veterans of

Morris Ag-Air Southwest is going to be around for a long time. Not just because they can, but because Miles Morris has earned it.

Morris Ag-Air OH58 being loaded on a nurse truck adjacent to a lettuce field.

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Yank flies ag in Australia By Jake Perry Australia has always had a certain appeal to me. The culture, the people, the landscape, the oceans and the language were just a few reasons for going there. Not just to visit, but to live. After all, I had been looking for spray jobs there before I had even set foot in an ag plane. It all started in March of 2011. Dad and I were driving to Kansas to retrieve our hunting gear from the previous season. As we drove along I made my way to the classified section of AgAir Update and found a listing requesting a pilot for Australia’s summer season. I knew there would be more experienced candidates out there but figured I finally had enough experience to be a legitimate one myself. Within a few minutes I emailed Skycroppers in Griffith, NSW, inquiring about the pilot position for the southern hemisphere’s 2012 season. Mr. Gerard Higgins, owner of Skycroppers, replied to my inquiry and the process slowly started to come together. The massive time difference (17 hours, which often led to different days) created some challenges with communication; not with Mr. Gerard, but with CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Administration – Australia’s FAA).

Getting a license there was no small task, as I couldn’t find anyone who had done this transition recently and CASA often had conflicting instructions. In short, there are four main prerequisites to flying ag in Australia. First, your Australian employer must do a work-sponsored visa. Next, you have to apply for a security badge; which varies depending on the type of airport(s) you’ll be flying out of. The badge I needed was an ASIC badge. Once the security check is done, you can apply for a license transfer, which also involves getting a physical, an eye exam and a language test. Taking the Australian applicator’s exam was the easiest part; the test wasn’t easy, but it was at least straightforward. I departed Monroe Regional Airport, Louisiana, on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. The whole process had been dream-like until the cabin door closed on the flight to DFW. I was excited, but also sad to see my friends and family fade into little dots through that cabin window. I arrived in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, October 20. I spent my first week in Sydney finishing up my medical and tying up loose ends of the ASIC card and license transfer. I arrived in Griffith on October 28 where I was greeted by Mr. Gerard and the rest

Jake Perry

of the Skycroppers crew. We quickly got acquainted and went to work. Since I was still waiting on a license transfer, Mr. Gerard offered to let me work on the ground crew so I could study for the applicator’s exam and learn the ropes of the ground operation. Much to my relief, my license transfer finally went through on November 11. Ground work seemed to have lost the appeal it once possessed when I was kid. Skycroppers runs four airplanes, a 402, 502, 504 and an 802. The day I was cleared, Mr. Gerard put me in the 402 for a pilot proficiency flight which included stalls, GPS tracking and water dumps. I found the transition from the 602 back home to the 402 in Australia to be quite easy. In my opinion, their characteristics are closer than any two ag planes I have flown, although the 402 was considerably lighter on the controls. Skycroppers covers a large area of crop land. To the best of my memory, their furthest client was approximately 70 miles from their base. They do most of their work from satellite strips. There were at least six strips set up for spray and many more for dry work, which made fertilizing a dream. I don’t recall flying over more than five miles for a fertilizer ferry and often times we were fertilizing right next to the strip, which as we all know is very, very convenient.

(L-R) David Rennie, Andrew Rennie, Dominic Maher, Jake Perry, Annette Coates, Tristan Rountree, Isabelle Gilbert, Philip Payn, Jeremy Bluck, Hanna Higgins, Gerard Higgins.


The day after my proficiency flight I started spraying. My first job was glyphosate on cotton off of a satellite

strip approximately 20 miles West of Griffith. Glyphosate came in a solid state which I found very nice and should be something we should look into in the future for the States. Cotton was very small that early in the year, much was only six-eight inches tall when I arrived and some was still being planted. With intense irrigation in the area, courtesy of the Murray Darling River Basin, we were able to spray cotton multiple times as the ground rigs couldn’t get in the field. The 402 was also set up with JABRA booms and was a good tool to have; I personally used this feature a lot. I have often been asked about the field sizes, as many people see videos of Australia with twoeight mile runs. I didn’t experience these in the Griffith area but nonetheless the flying was good with fewer and smaller trees than at home. With two–four planes spraying and fertilizing rice and cotton all over creation, plus long travel times for ground crews, coordination was vital in running the operation efficiently. This is where Dave Rennie helped greatly. He

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industry should use the IMSAFE risk mitigation strategy. As the name suggests, it could make the difference between a safe flight, and “I knew I should not be flying, but I did it anyway.” Matt Rigsby is a transportation industry officer and accident investigator in the FAA Rotorcraft Directorate. He is an A&P as well as a fixed and rotary wing pilot, who has worked in the helicopter community for 20 years. He has participated in more than 90 helicopter field accident investigations, both domestically and internationally.

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NAAREF’s Fly Safe messages make great bulletin board material It’s probably fair to say aerial applicators have never had more information available to help them make safe, accurate and efficacious applications than they do now. From advanced GPS capabilities to aerial spray nozzle models and weather data at your fingertips, 21st century ag pilots are privy to a sea

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Each Fly Safe is formatted like a mini-poster suitable for posting on a bulletin board for everyone in an operation to see. Subject matters are frequently based on current events and other matters of ongoing safety concern. For example, a recent Fly Safe on cockpit distractions (see sample) illustrates the dangers of texting while flying—or even when you are on the ground preparing to fly. Other Fly Safe alerts include reminders to take time to keep your body healthy by eating right, getting sufficient rest and drinking plenty of fluids; minimize stress; maintain equipment properly; plan your flights to leave a way out of potential trouble; avoid ground-based obstructions like power lines, trees, towers and wind turbines; and above all, recognize and heed your gut feeling! The origins of the Fly Safe Campaign date back to 2002 when NAAREF started a safety program called “Fly Safe in July,” historically the peak month for ag accidents. Since then, the Fly Safe messages have increased in frequency. In addition to going out every Monday in July, Fly Safe messages come out every other Monday in April, May, June and August and whenever aviation activity warrants additional safety reminders.

If you are a Part 137 operator or ag pilot who has not been getting NAAREF’s Fly Safe alerts, contact NAAA at (202) 546-5722 or to be added to the recipient list. Back issues are also available to NAAA members at content/fly-safe-messages.

In the interest of safety, Fly Safe messages are freely shared with NAAA members and non-members alike—specifically, all aerial application operators and pilots with a valid email address, fax or both on file with NAAA. If you are a Part 137 operator or ag pilot who has not been getting Fly Safe, please contact NAAA Director of Education & Safety Ken Degg at (202) 546-5722 or to be added to the recipient list. Although this advice is free, the resources to produce it are not. Funding for NAAREF services and programs, such as PAASS, the Fly Safe Campaign and Operation S.A.F.E., comes from NAAA and other donors willing to invest in the future of agricultural aviation. We invite you to join the cause of preserving and protecting the aerial application industry, your livelihood and your life by joining NAAA if you aren’t a member already. To join, call (202) 546-5722 or visit membership to apply online. To make a charitable donation to NAAREF, please visit to donate online. To donate by mail, a printable pledge form is available at content/printable-paass-pledge-and-donation-form. Donations to NAAREF are tax deductible.  

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What action will you take if you are making an application pass and the engine begins to lose power or another emergency situation occurs? Pilots in other aviation fields spend countless hours developing and learning emergency procedures to use automatically when faced with a given threat. Should we as ag pilots do any less? We want to believe the aircraft will not fail us - but what if it does at ten feet above the ground? The logical first step in planning is to thoroughly understand your aircraft’s systems. Understand the fuel selector use if you have multiple tanks. If the fuel pump fails, should a boost pump be switched on? Or a wobble pump? Pilots have brought an aircraft home by pumping the primer to supply fuel to the engine. What is the restart procedure for the engine you are operating? Don’t neglect one of the most important safety features of an ag aircraft – the ability to dump the load. No one wants an environmental clean-up by dumping a load but if you crash, you probably will have the problem anyway! Try to imagine different emergency scenarios, analyze the situations and practice your possible reactions. Do it before the need arises for real!

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Ben Blanch prepares Ted’s Brave for next day’s work parked in opening of drive-thru load facility. cane are the major crops. Ted explained how these growers make the best customers. Unlike many growers in other parts of the world, the Australian banana and sugar cane growers work in their fields. Ted believes this keeps them in touch with their operations. He explained they were as much friends as customers. I found this to be true. One of his customer friends, Nat Laspina, drove me around the Tully Gorge area introducing me to the “Wet Tropics”, a “protected” rainforest jungle. The bananas require spraying at 14-day intervals with a fungicide, mancozeb. Sometimes Tilt is used as a curative application on fungi. On rare occasions Lorsban is applied for control of various insects. The applications on bananas are applied year-round.

Four years ago Ted built the present loading facility at Tully. It is a drive-thru design. The load pad is covered with a 55-foot wide hangar with the front and rear ends open. The pad is designed to drain any rinsing or spillage to one central point. One side of the hangar serves as a 40 x 25 storage facility for chemicals. Inside this area is the mixing vat. Ted and his son, Ben, designed a vacuum system to remove the dust from the fungicide powders. The dust extractor removes the dust during the mixing operation. Although the dust from the fungicide is not toxic, it makes for a better mixing and working environment. Less than 100 pounds of dust accumulated in the filtration system the first 18 months of operation. The Tully loading facility vastly improves loading for the two Braves and provides a clean place to work. In 1983 Ted and Mary bought Sky Ranch, located outside of Walkamin. This 165-acre ranch, planted in part with mangos and citrus fruit trees and a 2,000 feet sod strip, is home for the

The banana plantations require intense use of manual labor. Primarily Europeans, as well as people from other parts of the world, work on the banana plantations cutting back the baby banana trees (shoots) and clipping down the banana bunches. The workers are very aware of the aerial applications. This requires Blanch’s Aerial Agriculture to schedule applications over the week-ends. Applications start early Saturday morning and finish by Sunday afternoon. Any application not completed must be applied the following morning or late evening while the workers aren’t in the fields. Night spraying on bananas is not possible. Nor can applications in the hottest part of the day be made. The banana leaves close-up at nightfall and from heat stress during the day. This closing of the leaves limits the amount of fungicide that can be deposited on the leaves. Sugar cane requires one or two herbicide applications in the early season. The herbicide is a 2,4-D hormone in combination with Starane (a product similar to 2,4,5-T). The herbicide acts primarily on vine-type weeds. The average sugar cane field is 20-30 acres with the average farm about 150 acres. Blanch’s Aerial Agriculture operates two Pawnees and three Braves. A long time friend and customer of Johnston Air Service, two of Ted’s Braves have the California-based company’s

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Overview of Blanch’s drive-thru hangar. A music radio is left playing over a loudspeaker during the night to ward off roosting birds.

(L-R) Ben and pilot, Peter Stevens, load a Brave from remote airstrip north of Tully.

Blanch’s. Some spraying is done in Walkamin; a few potatoes, melons, and odds and ends.

Often the muster pilots sleep in the outback during the week and return to civilization for the weekends, a modern day cowboy.

Peter Stevens, pilot for the Blanch’s, lives at Sky Ranch. This year begins his fourth season flying ag. Before ag work, he flew helicopters mustering cattle. Mustering is the art of herding cattle with a helicopter. A common practice in Australia. Wouldn’t mustering be a form of agricultural flying?

With Don at the controls of the helicopter, Sandy and I received a first-hand demonstration on how mustering in Australia is done. Don adeptly moved the cattle from one pasture to another, closing the gates with the skids of the aircraft. Utterly amazing. It was Sandy’s first helicopter ride, which included aerobatic rotations. A knuckle-gripper for her. Helicopter muster pilots must be some of the best helicopter pilots in the world.

More about mustering. Ted and Mary’s son, Don, musters cattle with a Hughes 300 when he is not flying ag for the business. The mustering operation can encompass as much as 400 square miles.

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I commented to Ted, during one of our trips from Tully to Walkamin, on how many American ag pilots dream of coming to Australia to fly ag. I noted how he had a model operation, flying in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia. He had the kind of operation the American pilots were dreaming about. Ted was quick to tell me the reality of an American flying ag in Australia was practically nil. Ag pilots in Australia are required to hold one of two ag ratings, AG-1 or AG-2. The AG-2 is similar to a journeyman certificate permitting the pilot to fly supervised work. The pilot must hold the Australian commercial pilot’s certificate. He must pass a written ag exam. Then he must complete 40 hours of flight training with an approved instructor for the AG-2 rating at an approved school. Once the pilot succeeds at this, he is certified as an AG-2 pilot. This will permit him to work under an approved ag operator for overseeing AG-2 pilots. This requires another 20 hours of direct flight supervision. Next the pilot logs an additional 1,000 flight ag hours with remote supervision. This allows him to be eligible for his AG-1 rating. Not an easy task. Ted’s 20-year old son, Ben, has just earned his AG-2 rating. Although not ag flying, he is presently in the States building flight time and experience.

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Our visit with the Blanch’s came to a close after four fantastic days. We saw some of the best of Queensland, Australia. Our next destination would be the AAAA convention in Surfers Paradise. From there we departed for New Zealand. Next month read about a flight in the world’s only PT6 powered Cresco aircraft built by Pacific Aerospace in Hamilton, New Zealand. —AAU


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1976 G164B; 420 Gal. Maxicat conversion 1982; 11528 TT; 1118 SMOH Tulsa 96; Albatross blades; next insp 1-20 -16 NWProp; Satloc M3 Intelliflo; 3 boom shutoffs; 5 blade Weathaero Alu -97 pump; 3 booms, AFS Rotary, ULV; wire cutters; bottom load fuel; Oregon aero soft seat; tall straight tail, much more. Owner flown since new, owner retiring. 509-429-2217 (05-13)

1984 AgCat Super B N3628D; 10844 TT; 11138 SNEW; 382 SHSI; VFR; 2012 Paint; 1 Seat; Great Super B AgCat. 10,844 TT, 382 SHOT by Pro-Turbines, 211 SIRAN power section, New Paint... $295,000. For more information call Darryl or Bill 870-572-9011 (05-13) 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 At fn

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2009 Air Tractor 602-60 5 inch Hyd. Gate, intelliflow and dry gate controller, 2 sets of booms, Gps equipped,available in Oct. with frest hot/annual. 3200 hrs TTE/AF very clean. $795,000 Call Chuck 662207-6682 or emailcottonwingair@yaoo. com (05-13) FOR LEASE 2009 AT 502, For more information call Darryl Riddell 870-5729011 days or 870-995-1323 nights and weekends (05-13) PRICE REDUCED! 1999 AT-802 5062 TTAE PT6-67AG engine work done by prime turbines test cell approved, 10 HYD Gate, Loadhog, Smoker, Satloc M3,Pulse lights, Single pt fuel, Lane fan, FastStart, Ramair, Crophawk, Shadin Fuel Flow. Call 800 736 7654 tfn 2006 Air Tractor AT-401B, 1,180 Horas desde nuevo, Pratt & Whitney R1340, 18 horas desde overhaul mayor (Covington). Hélice Hydromática de tres palas, 800 hora s desde overhaul mayor. GPS SATLOC M3 con control de flujo, Aire Acondicionado, Radio comunicador, Transponder. Este avión se encuentra en muy buenas condiciones, listo para trabajar. $335,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn 2012 AT-802, N928SM, -67, elec. brake gr. adj., smoker, CP flat fan, Wingman, G4 w/flowcontrol, 10” Hydraulic Gate w/Vondran controller, fresh annual, fresh HSI. $1,240,000.00 Call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 tfn

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1980 AT- 301 8960TT Super 6 engine, 902 TT hydromatic prop Tall Tail, all metal control surfaces, aileron servos, Satloc lite, fresh annual with sale, $115,000 559-6867401 or email valleyaircraft@clearwire. net (04-14) 2013 Slots Available Call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 tfn 2002 Air Tractor AT-802A -65, 4153TT. single place, 308 gallon fuel. See @ TFN

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AT-504: Learn and earn. With sideby-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. TFN 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 tfn

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1976- Cessna Bonair,-A188B, 3227.0TT, ENGINE TIME: 456.0, New Tail Wheel Assembly, S.S. Boom, Satloc Lite Star II, Smoker, Locking Tail Wheel,Nozzles 42 Ea Tee Jets, NEW MOTOR IN HYDRAULIC MANUAL PUMP W/NEW HOUSING Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573359-0500 tfn 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. TFN 2013 Air Tractor AT-502B, PT6A-34AG 750hp, Nuevo para entregar en Junio de 2013. Equipado con freno eléctrico y abanico variable “Lane”, sistema de riego de dos pulgadas con 44 boquillas, aire condicionado, horizonte artifical, radio comunicador Garmin, certificado de aeronavigabilidad de exportación $815,000.00 Sun Valley Dusting, 956399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn

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 Aviation INC 800-542-8565 or Email Sid or Jerry at Atfn 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; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn J & C enterprises Aviation Inc. Wants to buy your Cessna aircraft, New & Used part of any kind. Call Jerry 800-542-8565 or email Atfn 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 Atfn Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836.

dromader 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. TFN


1978 Cessna A188B, 3628.3 TT AF, 4481.3 TTE, 755.4 TTP. Yates Engine Conversion, Electric Tach, Satloc M3, Stainless Steel booms and hangers. $115,000 For more information call Darryl Riddell 870-572-9011 days or 870995-1323 nights and weekends (05-13) 1975 – N9482R - Cessna Ag Truck, 3500 3600TT, 300 SMOH, NEW Crankshaft, Bantam, SL40. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn 1977 Cessna TU206G, 1330 TT Airframe/ Engine/Prop. Clean, original factory paint and interior. Call 503-510-6489 (05-13) 1982 - N9996J - Cessna Husky, 5100TT, 130 STOH, 1250 SMOH, new cylinders, air, satloc, smoker. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn


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piper J & C Enterprises Aviation 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 Atfn Piper 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; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn

Order your Piper Pawnee Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S &H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN 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, $135,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-3995323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn

thrush 1993 Ayers Thrush N6018T, ser. no. T41192, TTAF 8131. PT6A-41 S/N PCE-80243, TTE 11,057, 1265 SHSI. TSOH on prop 169. 1415 hrs. since spar caps replaced. Annualed Jan. 2013, Bantam with Intelliflow control, Weathaero fan, SSF spreader, Load Hawg, CP’s. Call 870-479-3737 or email (05-13) 1996 Ayres Thrush, N3299P ser. # T42213, PT6A-42 S/N PCE93532. TTAF 7688, TT engine 9741, 820hrs. since HSI ( 1st and 2nd stage PT blades replaced). TSOH on prop 222hrs. Recent paint and belly skins. Bantam GPS with flow control,SSF spreader, Weathaero fan. May annual. Call 870-479-3737 or email fbfsllc@gmail. com (05-13)

1993 S2R Thrush, N6126Q, TT 7934.0 hr, Wing Spar-Century Spar Mod, 60,000 hr life, Fresh paint Red over White, M3 Satloc, A/C, Complete spray system w/ CP nozzles, Lane Electric Brake, Dry Spreader included, smoker $450,000 For more information call RFS sales 210-8444074 (05-13) 1992 DC Thrush model S2R-T34, ser. no. T34-171DC, N95GP. Airframe T.T. 8594, engine T.T. 10,030, SMOH 3687. SOH on prop 2127. Bantam GPS, Intellistar flow control, CP’s, SSF 13 vane spreader, Weathaero fan, Load Hawg. $335,000 Call 870-479-3737 or email raider.rider@att. net (05-13) 2011 – N7008M, Thrush S2R-T34, 490 TT SNEW, weathaero fan, 66 cp’s nozzles, s.S. Drop boom, led lights, air/heat, bantam gps w/intelliflow, bottom load fuel, vg’s, winglets, smoker, load hawg Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 (tfn) 1974 S2RG5/525(Goering conv.-750 SHP) - 12,624 TT/ 94 since IRAN engine/ 2704 since new 4 blade prop: 525 gal hopper, Simplex pump and electric fan brake, stainless booms, 2” left side load, extended wings, droop tips, aileron ser vos, vor tex generators, 106 gal fuel, bottom load fueling, nav/strobe/ instrument and landing lights, spring steel tailwhl gear w/ 5.00x5 tire, air cond., Satloc M3 GPS with Raven flow control, Big butterfly wing splice plate, 800 hours remaining on wing lower spar caps, good paint/tires/glass/ fabric. $225,0 0 0 559 - 686 -1794 / Email www. tfn 2011 – N70060, Thrush S2R-T34, 1080 TT SNEW, 228 GAL FUEL, WEATHAERO FAN, 60 CP’S NOZZLES, S.S.BOOM, FA N B R A K E , LOA D H AWG , VG’ S , SMOKER, LED LIGHT, BANTAM GPS W/ INTELLIFLOW, MVP-50, 3” SIDE L. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573359-0500 (tfn)

1995 Thrush 510-10, 8000 TT,700 Since New spars 4550 since o-haul, 500 SHOT and gearbox, Turbo Max Crossover, 200 on prop with new blades, Cool Start, Leading edge lights, Bantam GPS, Fresh Paint and Annual, Asking $375,000. 318559-1617 or 318-282-9263 (05-13)

2010 Thrush 510P, 60 0 TT, engine warranty remaining, MVP-50, Single point fuel, Smoker, VG’s, cool start, fresh annual, and More! Call ASI JET AG Division for price, pictures, and details. ASI JET AG Division is an authorized Thrush Dealer! Selling NEW and Used aircraft ASIJET-AG.COM or give us a call 952-941-6255 (01-14) 2010 – N7023B - Thrush T34, 510 gal, 795 1365 Total, all options, dual cockpit, winglets, priced to sell. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn 2009 – 5301W, Thrush S2R-T34, 1785.6 TT, Smoker, Shadin Fuel Flow, S.S. Boom, Satloc M3, 5 Blades Weathaero Fan, Smoker, Air condition/heat, 228 gallon fuel system, VG’s, Load Hawg. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 (t fn)

2000 S2RT65/660(1300 SHP) - 5895 TT/ 0 since O/H engine and 5 blade prop: 660 gal hopper, factory spray system, Lane fan and electric brake, stainless booms, 3” left side load, 26,000 hour life wing, 230 gal fuel, bottom load fueling, aileron servos, quick start system, nav/ strobe/instrument and landing lights, air cond., Load Hawg, good paint and glass, new tires and brakes. 559-686-1794 / Email www. tfn 2000 660 Thrush 5000 TT 0 time PT6A65 Zero time prop. New blades, load hot fast start, bottom fuel, new batteries, new tires and brakes. Spray system. Fresh Annual 812-877-2587 jim@turbinesinc. com (06-13) 2000 – N4081P, Thrush S2R-T660, 7506 TTA, 6825TT SNEW 0.0 SINCE HSI, 4150TT SNEW ,0.0 SIRAN, 660 GAL, 66 CP’S NOZZLES, S.S.BOOM, WEATHAERO FAN, 3” TRANSLAND PUMP, M-3 SATLOC W/FLOW C Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 (tfn) Ayres Thrush Commander - Great Opportunity, I’m selling because the company closed, the engine is newly overhauled with only 30m flytime and cost me more than I’m asking for the plane. The plane also includes a tail ready to receive turbine engines. Giving some material for free too. gustavo.fialho@ (05-13)

Parting out: 1974 Turbine Thrush, Lane Conversion, large fuel, email norm@ (05-13)

2012 THRUSH 240 HRS SNEW Pratt PT6A-34AG, 750 SHP, Hartzell Constant Speed 3 blade Prop, 510 gallon hopper, 250 Amp Starter/Generator, Spray System w/ 41 in SS Gate box, Jet Glo Paint, 2” SS Spray System, 5 Blade WeathAero Cockpit Adjustable Fan, 3” Side Loader, Streamlined Aluminum Booms, Wing Tip Nav & Strobe Lights, 228 Gal Fuel System, Windshield wiper & washer, outside air temp gauge, 5000-pound certified hooker harness, inertia reels, 29” high flotation tires and wheels with dual caliper Cleveland brakes, Zee A/C and Cabin Heat. $810,000 Call Frankie at Souther Field Aviation, INC, 229-924-2813 0 9 -13 1975 – N48399, Grumman G16 4A , 2630TTAF , TSMOH 521 Aero Engines, TSIRAN Prop 522 Ag-100, Spin On Oil Filter, Chip Dect., Digital Tach, Strobes/ Navs., 80 gal fuel, locking Tailwheel, 3” spray sys.w/Lane brake, ext. wings, TE booms, KY97A Comm, GTX320A Trans w/mode C Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 (tfn) Refurbished Thrush 1974-2012 7560 TT Engine M-601-E-11 GE O-SMOH by GE New Avia prop, New air, booms, side panels, glass, belly skins, tires, brakes, batteries, Refurbished 450 gallon hopper, extended fuel, new lower spar cap, new leading edges, new paint, EI glass panel. Call Johnson Airspray, Home of the Johnson Sidewinder 218-437-6415 or cell 218-201-1450 or visit our wesbsite (05-13) 2013- N30620, Thrush, S2R-T34, Factory NEW call for information. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn Thrush 510-34 for more information and price call Darryl or Bill 870-5729011 (05-13)

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510 Thrush • 660 Thrush • Radial Air Tractor • Turbine Ag-Cat Measures 3.75” x 2’ 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. tfn

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We completely rebuild/repair/modify Thrush and Brave aircraft!! Thrush Wing spar Cap Sales and Installation Thrush Reinforced Wing Leading Edge Sales and Installation Thrush Fuel Capacity Increase. Thrush Landing Gear Repair/Rebuild and Sales. Brave Wing Spar Cap Kit Sales and Installation. Brave / Thrush Fuselage Repair and Modification. Distributor / Rebuilder of Emco Wheaton Dry Breaks Distributor / Dealer for All Ag Equipment. Parts & Services Catalog Available. We Overhaul and Test Run VO435/VO540 helicopter engines Distributor for APS “Bla ck Steel®” Brake discs and linings

1983 DC Thrush TT 16000, Walter 601E-11, 29,000 hour wing, no AD’s, Satloc M3, Crophawk, fuel flow, a/c, heat, intercom, audio panel, vhf and business com radios, new tires and brakes, strobes, ss booms, cp nozzles, electric pump brake, single point fuel, wingman, spreader,vg’s, winglets. $325,000. 912384-6466 or 912-592-5334. (05-13)

We Rebuild and RecoveR ThRush and ag caT Tail FeaTheRs We stock Thrush units 24 HR. PHONES: 559-686-1794 or 686-2161 FAX: 559-686-9360 P.O. Box 1457, Tulare, CA 93275 Se Habla Español •

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1977 Turbine Thrush S2R TPE-331-1 (Super) 0 SHSI, 0 SPOH, 9940 TT. Wing Spar due in 1250. Hemisphere intellistar w/intelliflow. AC, landing/NAV lights, comm, smoker, E.I. Fuel Flow, and a Fresh Annual! Call ASI JET AG Division for price, pictures, and details. 952.941.6255 ASI JET AG Division is an authorized Thrush Dealer! Selling NEW and Used aircraft ASIJET-AG.COM or Give us a call! 952941-6255 01-14

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2012 - N30538 – Thrush –S2R-T34 -2012 PT6-34 Ag 510, FTO only 210TT, SMOKER, VG’S, MVP-50T, AIR/HEAT, LED LIGHTS, SPRAYER, MID CONTINENT BOTTOM LOADER. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn

1989 THRUSH S2R-T34 N61378; 6245 TT; 7196 SNEW; 0 SHSI; VFR; 1 Seat; ‘94 Thrush. 6244 TT A/F, “0” SHOT, 216 SIRAN Prop, 216 SIRAN power section, Alum Booms, CP’s, 4 blade Lane, M3, Flow, $410,000. For more information call Darryl or Bill 870-572-9011 (05 -13)

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. www.thrushaircraft. com tfn

1995 S2R G6 Thrush 4170 TT 0 Since Cam, M3 Satloc, fresh annual, single pt fuel. Call 605-350-4536 (05 -13)

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2005 Thrush S2RHG-T65, TT: 3950 Hrs, Engine: Garrett TPE331-10-511M TT SCAM: 3860 Hrs , SHSI 930 Hrs. w/ New Gearbox,Propeller: Hartzell HC-B4TN-5NL TT: 3950 Hrs, SMOH: 0 Hrs. One Owner/ Pilot SNEW. New Factory Spray System, 64 Nozzles, Weathaero Pump Fan, 3” side loader, cockpit heat & A/C. Windshield Wiper/Washer, 550 Gal Hopper, Satloc GPS with Intelliflow, 228 Gal Fuel. No damage history, well maintained. Current Annual. Good Paint. Tires and Glass are Excellent. $480,000 Call Frankie at Souther Field Aviation, INC, 229-924-2813 0 9 -1 3 Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836.

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New 2013 Thrush 510P with a PT6A34AG or GE H80 engines available, 2013 Deliveries available now. ASI JET AG Division is an authorized Thrush Dealer for North America! We specialize in NEW and Used aircraft sales. ASIJET-AG.COM or Give us a call! 952-941-6255 01-14 WORLD WIDE U.S. Dealer New/Used Ag Thrush, 34-510, 550-60, *FINANCING AVAILABLE* Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 http://www. tfn

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bell - hiller Bell OH-58C Garlic Conversion, certified in restricted use category only. N139RD, S/N: 71-20396. Helicopter has 11689.1 total flight time and 8454.1 total engine time. VFR with Carter Engineering Audio Panel, 804D-20, Garmin GNC 250XL GPS/ Com, Garmin GTX-320 Transponder, FDC Aerofilter Kit, Facet external oil filter kit, wire strike kit, and Isolair belly mounted tank and spray system with Kawak hydraulic drive. This ship has been used for ag spraying. An additional set of new Bell main rotor blades (not surplus) are available for purchase with purchase of helicopter. Contact Bart Alexander at 318-424-8395 for information. (05-13)


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Br and New Ag plane for s ale with Lycoming IO-540-K1J5 Straight off the assembly-line. br/en/projeto.php Contact me with any questions. Caio Villares email caio. or call 1-305-3957814 (05-13)

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. tfn

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FAA repair station for all ag equipment. Thrush spar replacement, annuals. MidContinent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800325-0885 tfn

The 550 Thrush of fers 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. www. TFN

Unlimited Racer Project: 85% complete Yak 11, 3350 turbo compound with many spare parts including engine. Call with best offer. Will also consider trade. For pictures and details 870-295-6213 tfn

COMMANDER ROCKWELL 112TCA 1977- S/N 13194 TT: 800 hours, fresh annual, all paperwork updated new paint, tires, windscreen and windows green tinted, always hangared.- All ADs complied with.- All instruments inspected.- Radio Nav/Com OK Engine: Lycoming TO-360C1A6D; TT 800 hours TSOVH: 22 hours (TBO calendar) New three blade propeller (STC); new governor Asking U$S 140.000.- Airplane is in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia Owner: Verly Valdez Please email to: (tfn)

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bargains Use this category for your items that will sell under $500. Place the classified of one item, one time at $40.00 and the classified will continue running until you sell the item and cancel the ad. Call 478987-2250 to place your classified today.

engines (1) Allied Signal / Garrett / Honeywell TPE331-6-252 engine, complete FWF, include all accessories, starter generators, propellers, oil coolers, inlet cowls & all hoses. $125K. Phone: (772) 468-9292; Fax (772) 468-9297; Email: turbgrp@aol. com (05-13) R-1340 Engine, 0 SMOH by Aero, $54,000 OBO 12D40-211 Propeller, 0 SMOH. $12,500 OBO call Robert Eisele 307-672-3421 (05-13) (2) PT6A-20 engines for sale, (1) TSO 1,000 (1) TSO 1500, price $69,000 each will exchange. Also in stock PT6A-28 engines,Contact Robert at Conquest Aviatio n, 58 0 -239 - 9626 o r e mail (05-13) Jet Set Airmotive PT6A-21 TSO 0 PT6A-28 TSO 1900 PT6A-34 TSO 0 PT6A-135A TSO 326 PT6A-60AG TSN 5284 Fresh HSI. Email Email (05-13) Universal Turbine Parts has the following engines for sale: 11 ea: PT6A-27/28 TSO 0,0,0,0,0 892, 1256, 1458, 2243, 2936, 3602 3 ea: PT6A-114A TSO 0,0,854 2 ea PT6A-135A TSN 653, 653 2 ea PT6A-34 TSO 0,0 1 ea PT6A- 34AG TSO 0 1 ea PT6A-60 TSO 0 1 ea PT6A-65 TSO 275 1 ea PT6a-67 TSO 0 We also buy PT6 Engines in all conditions. Please call Bill or Joel at 334-361-7853 or email or t f n PT6A engines for sale -15, -20, 27, 28, 34, 41, 42, 45, 65, 112, 114, 114A, 135. Contact Robert at Conquest Aviation, 580-2399626 or email conquestaviation@gmail. com (05-13) 1985 Ag Cat Engine for sale. 0 Hours since Covington O/H, TT 3678.6. $53,000 outright, no core. Engine is at Covington. For more info Email or call 573-692-2160 (05-13) 1985 Ag Cat Engine for sale. 0 Hours since Covington O/H, TT 3678.6. $53,000 outright, no core. Engine is at Covington. Also, AgCat firewall forward for engine For more info Email or call 573-692-2160 (05-13)

R985-AN14B 792-SMOH (API) $10,500 R985-AN14B 1045 SMOH (Cov) $15,500 R1340-AN2 1114 SMOH (Cov) $23,500 AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) agcat@ t f n

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Geared 1340 Tulsa engine for sell only 95 hours since Major. Continental 220 radial engine core. Call Hershey Flying Service 308-368-5556 (01-14) Available Immediately! PT6A-67AG This engine has recently been removed from and Air Tractor 802 and is ready for sale. This engine has been maintained in accordance with Pratt & Whitney standards and is in great condition. (TSO: 1054.2 CSO: 1266) All information is available for review by contacting Grant Wallace at Wipaire. Please call 651-4146828 (01-14) Pratt and Whitney overhauled 1340 cylinders call Terry at 870-536-1348 or David at 870-550-1664 (05-13) 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. 661257-7708 fax 661-257-7710 TFN 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 A4-14 Covington Turbine Engines Available. PT6A-34AG 50 TSN PT6A-34AG 1789 TSO SOLD PT6A-34AG 780 TSO SOLD PT6A 2800 TSO SOLD PT6A-15AG 0 Time Since Covington Light Overhaul PT6A-34AG 0 TSO PT6A-34AG 0 Time Since Covington Light Overhaul. Contact us for New Engine prices. We are interested in buying or exchanging for any core you may have regardless of condition. Contact: David Hamilton at 918-7567862 or Pr at t & W h i tn ey R- 985 & R-13 4 0 Overhauled Engines in stock. Props, carburetors, magnetos, alternators, & accessories for above engines. Call Ches ter Rober t s Supply Company, Collinsville, TX Tel: 903-429-6805 Fax: 903-429-6047 10 -13 J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. ha s 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 jcaviation@ At fn R-1340, Zero Time Since Overhaul By Covington $63,500.00 PT6A-34AG, 6,434 TTSN, P/S LIGHT OVERHAUL, NEW CT BLADES, O/H VAIN $260,000.00 NEW PT6 -11, 15, 34, 60, 65, 67 Outright Or Exchange $CALL$ Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-3425451 or FAX 281-232-5401 TFN Cilindros en venta- Completos con pistones nuevos.Listo para instalar. R-985. $1250,00 el par o 5% descuento por cantidad.R-1340 $1950,00 el par o 5% descuento por cantidad.Precio sin recambio: incluye todas las juntas.Sun Air Parts tel. 661-257-7708. Fax 661-2577708. tfn

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PT6-67AG engine outright sale, also PT6114A disassembled 612-867-6160 01-14


AIRCRAFT 2013 AIR TRACTORS, RESERVE YOUR POSITION NOW...............................................................$CALL$ 2012 AT-502B, 250 TTAF&E, SATLOC, SS SYSTEM, HEATER, NDH, LIKE NEW .......................$825,000 2011 AT-504, FTO - NEW, LANE BRAKE AND FAN, GARMIN COMM, GARMIN TXP................$849,450 2011 AT-502B, 920 TTAF&E, SATLOC, VG’S, LANE BRAKE & FAN, FRESH HOT & ANNUAL ..$760,000 ENGINES R-1340, ZERO TIME SINCE OVERHAUL BY COVINGTON ............................................... $63,500 PT6A-34AG, 6,434 TTSN, P/S LIGHT OVERHAUL, NEW CT BLADES, O/H VAIN .......... $260,000 NEW PT6 -11, 15, 34, 60, 65, 67 OUTRIGHT OR EXCHANGE ..........................................$CALL$ PROPELLERS HARTZELL 3 BLADE AND 5 BLADED PROPS – New And Used ........................................$CALL$ DISPERSAL EQUIPMENT TRANSLAND 10 VAIN SPREADER FOR 38” GATE, NEW .................................................... $9,500 AGRINAUTICS, ROOT, CROPHAWK, TRANSLAND, OTHERS ............................................$CALL$

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281-342-5451 TEL • 281-232-5401 FAX e-mail: • P.O. Box 432 • Rosenberg, Texas 77471

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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; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn

dispersal equip Multiple spray systems for sale that fit 206Bs, OH-58s, and 47Gs. Multiple systems including Simplex belly tanks, various booms, and all components. All equipment is in good to excellent condition, we are simply reducing our surplus inventory from 40+ years of spraying operations. Hydraulic and electric systems available. Call Bart with any questions at 318-424-8395. (05-13)

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Spreader Pan 13 Vane Stainless Steel Fabrication, 38 inch gate, good condition, $3,750. In AR Call 501-516-5874 (05-13) EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR FIXED WING OR HELICOPTER JAS 559-686179 4, FA X 559 - 6 86 - 936 0, e - m ail: web site: www, t f n CP N OZ ZLE S AND CH ECK VALVE S “The Drift fighters”. Plus they improve your spray pattern. Contact Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-6861794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: info@ web site: www. tfn 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. Now STC’d for all 400 and 500 series Air Tractors. (05-13) Transland and Agrinautics authorized distributor – Call us with your needs. Sid or Jerry @ J & C Enterprises 1-800-5428565 or e-mail Atfn


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gps Satloc M3 Aerial Ag GPS. 8.4” touch screen, light bar type 2, cresent receiver. email or call 204325-7206 (05-13) Satloc, Intelliflow The leading edge Satloc Level III Service repair center. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, Mo 800-325-0885. tfn

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Intelliflow Flow Controls -in stock, now shipping! Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-4375319 tfn

Satloc G4, M3, and Bantam. Air Repair inc, is the worldwide leader in sales and service. Call Danny (sales) or Dallas (service) 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 tfn Hemisphere GPS systems in stock, Bantam, G4, Intellistar, M3, Intelliflow, and Litestar2. We did it again, leading Level 3 Service Center/Dealer 2012. 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 Hemisphere GPS & Flow Control Dealer Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: tfn

parts Thrush S2R STC battery retrofit kit. 300% longer battery service life. 200% faster starts. Battery replacement cost 25% of original. Kawak Aviation Technologies 541-385 -5051 w w w.kawakaviation. com (09-13)

Satloc IntelliStar for sale. Includes CPU, Display, Lightbar, antenna, all cables, manuals, and installation hardware. Only used on the bench and ready for install. Asking $12000, If interested call 877-9235832 ext 703 or email for more information. (12-13) Tools for reaming attach bolts Wing Main (Centerwing to Outboard wing) attachment joints for Dromader M-18 per repair service bulletin #e/02.170/2000 Available for rent. Contact Nancy at Turbine Conversions - 616 - 8379428 12-14 Cockpit adjustable flow control kit. Manual control or GPS variable rate ready Integrates into existing hydraulic systems. More info at Kawak Aviation Technologies 541-385 -5051 w w w.kawakaviation. com (09-13) Used Load Hawg in excellent condition out of AT-602, $8000. For More information call 337-789-3529 or email lakeairser@ (05-13) Air Tractor auxiliary hydraulic system. 20lbs/hr LESS fuel burn, improved spray pattern, reduced maintenance cost, cockpit adjustable flow controls. Inquires call 541-385-5051 or www.kawakaviation. com (09-13) 25 inch Breckinridge Spreader. $1500. Call Chad Stuart. Airplane Services Inc. 850-380-6091. tfn Let us help you meet increa singly stringent precision application demands. Our systems meet those demands, lower operating costs, and increase your profits. Call 541-385-5051 or www. (09-13) Superbooms for Cessna, Piper, Thrush, Air Tractor and custom manufacture; THRUSH AILERON SERVOS-STC’d kits. TSA 800642-5777 or (TFN)

GPS Antenna Mount, for specific ag aircraft, Performance and looks, slip stream design delivers peak signals. Contact Terry Barber 605-258-2743. (05-13)

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O/H’D THRUSH 29” LANDING GEAR & WE CAN REPAIR / REBUILD YOURS. JOHNSTON AIRCRAFT SERVICE, INC. 559686-1794 / Email info@johnstonaircraft. com tfn

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PARTS, PARTS, PARTS. For all your ag aviation needs, please call Southeastern Aircraft Sales & Service 800-441-2964 Air Tractor Dealer tfn

Air Tractor Parts New and Used (Associate dealer for Lane Aviation). FWF cowlings 402, 502, 602 many to chose from, removed for Factory and Cascade P-cowl conversions. New and used (Factory Rebuilt) Aileron, Flaps, Elevators, Rudders, Horz/Vert stabs in stock and ready to sale or trade. Call Steve @ North Star Aviation 620-356-4528 tfn

Thrush S2R aircraft.

Lifetime Spar (60,000 Hr) without inspections. It is economical and easy to install. Call Eugene For Details at 979-533-1720

The “Century” Wing Spar is now in HERE! FIRST KITS NOW IN STOCK

Call Bruce’s Flying Service for all of your Thrush parts needs! 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. E-mail bruceandrews62@ 09-13

Pressure Cowls for all PT6 Air Tractor and Thrush. Reduce ITT 35 to 70 degrees. Reduce fuel consumption. Save on Hot Section Inspections. Easy access to fuel nozzle & air filter. Reduce NG 1 to 3%. Make your -15 perform like a -34. ELIMINATE ONGOING AIR FILTER PURCHASES! Now taking deposits and scheduling deliveries for mid-late 2011 and early 2012. Please contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or . (08-13)

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 jcaviation@ Atfn Um par de asas estendida 95% completa do Thrush S2R . A pair of extended wings 95% complete Thrush S2R. Brazil. / 16 36274879 (tfn)

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Garrett TPE-331-10-511M 1 engine available with lots of time and cycles remaining. Call for info.

The mid-west Air tractor dealer, Farm Air Inc. has expanded its parts department. Call Carrie or Randy for all your Air Tractor parts needs at 877-715-8476. tfn

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LOAD HAWG-The modern, efficient, safe, perfect way to improve your solids application. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 TFN

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Accessories & Parts! 100’s of new and OHC accessories, parts for just about everything. Big discounts! Please have par t numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn Thrush parts - Wings, props, tail feathers, batteries, tires - we have the inventory. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: tfn Serviceable S2R wings, Engine Mount Ayers 45-60 Series, short extension wing tip assy, seat assy, strut assy, left engine exhaust stack, control sticks, steps, splice blocks, throttle quadrants, control quadrants, and MANY various other parts. For more information call Bruce’s Flying Service 229-725-4150, fax 229-7255135. E-mail bruceandrews62@gmail. com. (09-13)

Cascade Aircraft Conversions Barrier Filter System for the Soloy Turbine Converted Bell 47/Hiller 12 Helicopters. See decreased TOT by up to 38 degrees C. Pull full torque at lower TOT temps, burn less fuel, extend the life of critical turbine parts. Contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or tom@ . ( 08-13)

Replacement parts. New and used for all Ag Cat models. Also carry New Piper tailwheel springs and Transland Dealer. Call Hershey Flying Service 308-3685556 (01-14) 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 Atfn S & T Aircraft Accessories, Inc. specializes in the overhaul of Radial and Turbine engine accessories. We have most items in stock ready to ship for exchange. Give us a call @ 830-625-7923 or fax 830-6254138. tfn Accessories & Parts! 100’s of new and OHC accessories, parts for just about everything. Big discounts! Please have par t numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn Agrinautics, Angel Flight Assistant, Automatic Flagman, Aero Engines, Arrow prop, Air Tractor (Associate dealer Queen Bee Air Specialties) CP Nozzles, Compro Smoker, Crophawk, Covington Aircraft Engine, Collins Air Conditioner, Cleveland, Chip Detector, Hemisphere GPS, Hot Stuff, Nieto Products, New and used aircraft, (large) Parts Inventory, S e r vAe ro, Sp r ayin g Sys te ms , Co., Superbugs, SPH-4 Helmet, Simplex, Tires, Transland, WeathAero. Sky Tractor Supply 800-437-5319, www.skytractor. com,, 701-6365881 (fax) TFN

Cessna Par t s - Engine, propellers, authorized service center. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-6861794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: info@ web site: www. tfn

Brave and Pawnee parts - engines, props, spar kits, fuel cells and foam kits, and much more. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-6869360, e-mail: web site: t fn

8 Million new surplus parts for Cessna, Piper, and other aircraft; Continental and Lycoming engines; and a few spray system parts, big discounts. Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800 -433- 0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. tfn

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 tfn

We have all fibreglass parts for Weatherly and Ag-Cat (A, B and Super B). Call for prices. Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 tfn 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 At fn Large inventory of Thrush parts surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 tfn COMPLETE THRUSH FACTORY METAL TA I L W / U P DAT E S . J O H N S TO N AIRCRAFT SERVICE, INC. 559-686-1794 / Email www. tfn 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; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn

Air Repair Inc. is the source for the Fast Start Kit to get yours today call Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 tfn 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 jcaviation@pldi. net At fn NEW! CP11TT/w-3 Tips & Shutoff in stock ready to ship today.1-800-437-5319 SkyTractor Supply Company tfn Retrofit Hopper Door for AT502 and AT602. Now available for fall and winter installation Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 tfn Jasco Alternator kits in stock. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 tfn

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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 jcaviation@pldi. net At fn Cessna Ag Parts. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 sales@ 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 jcaviation@ At fn Emco Wheaton/Buckeye Dr y Break Couplers and adapters, Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FA X 559 - 686 -936 0, e - mail: info @ web site: www. tfn

propellers H ar t ze ll m o d e l H C- C 2Y K-1B F, s/n CH-16579E. For more information email (05-13) For Outright Sale: Overhauled 5-Blade Prop. Hartzell HC-B5MP-3C. Fits AT-502A, AT-503, AT-602, AT-802, Thrush S-2R-T65 & S-2RHG-T65.’06 Hartzell Overhaul. TSN: 1379.5 (TSO:0). Call Steve or Gary 210924-5561. (05-13)

H ar t ze ll m o d e l H C- C 2Y K-1B F, s/n CH-41802B. For more information email (05-13) McCauley model 2D36C14-F, S/n 737538. For more information email Chucao@tie. cl (05-13)

J & C Enterprises has a Cessna 188 props in Stock Y.T. Also offer some STC’d propellers. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email Atfn

For sale Hamilton Standard 12D40-403 0-since IRAN. Email: or call 701-284-6755 (05-13) 2D30-6101A20,A/R. $4,500 2D30-6101A12,0/IRAN $10,500 22D40-6533A-12, 852-SOH(Beautiful) $19,500 AmAg 870-886-2418 (89F) agcat@bscn. com 12D40-AG100-4S,375-SOH,Nice Blades $12,500 12D40-AG100-4S,OHC $15,500 22D40-AG200-2, 1200-SOH, 60-SIRAN & ADCW $20,500 AmAg 870-886-2418 (89F)agcat@bscn. com 22D30-6533A12, OHC $15,500 12D40-6101A12. 175-SIRAN $11,500 H C - B 3 T N - 3 D/ 5 M , O H C W/ N E W 4Blades $23,000 AmAg 870-886-2418 (89F) Props for Sale: 2D30-6101A-18, 22D30-6533A-12 12D40-6101A-12, 12D40-AG100-2 22D40-6533A-12, 23D40-6533A-18 23D 4 0 -70 05A-12, Call PropWork s, Winnipeg, Canada Tel: 888-679-2965 email: 1 2-13Hartzell 3 Blade and 5 blade Props, new & used $CALL Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-232-5401. TFN

GE M601- E11 751 HP TURBOPROP Conversions for Air Tractor and Thrush. Increased Reliability. No Hot Section Inspections. No Nozzles to Service. Cascade Pressure Cowl – Standard Equipment with Lifetime Serviceable Air Filter System! 3,000 HR Engine TBO. Auto Start Systems. Lower Operating/ Maintenance Costs. Improved Safety. Ease of Maintenance Access. Warranty: 1,000 Hr / 1,100 Cycles or 2 Years. Now taking deposits and scheduling deliveries for mid-late 2011 and early 2012. Please contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or tom@ . t f n Best Classified Buy In The Industry. 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836.

finance/lease For Lease: Late model Air Tractor 502 for the 2013 season. Inquire - South Delta Aviation. Darryl Riddell 870-5729011 days or 870-995-1323 nights and weekends. (05-13)

Air Tractor financing can put an Air Tractor in your hangar. Air Tractor offers competitive financing options in the U.S. and Canada from Wells Fargo Equipment Finance. Fly now and take seven years to pay, 10 years to amortize and have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. Other attractive term periods are available, too. These financing options are available on both new and used Air Tractors purchased through Air Tractor dealers. See your Air Tractor dealer today! t f n Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836.

vehicles Auger Trucks For Sale (Trade-Ins) Also list of customer trucks. Call Auger Dan Office: 870-578-6133 Cell: 870-9192317 A 04-13 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 $13,900 or Will consider trades for auto, truck, or aircraft Call 501-985-1484 AR location. tfn

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We build loader trucks to your specifications. Stainless Steel Straight and Fold Up. Mild Steel Straight and Fold Up. Mild Steel Hopper w/Stainless Steel Tube. Been in loader truck business since 1980.

Fight rodent infestation with Cascade’s i n n ov a t i ve a n d e x t r e m e l y s i m p l e solution, Mouse Pants! Hand crafted from the highest quality 2024-T3 aircraft aluminum (lighter and not as likely to carve up an operator like galvanized steel). Quick action Wing nut CAMLOC aircraft grade fasteners. Rubber trimmed to protect your aircraft’s finish and the flooring surface. Order your set of three for only $599.00 plus shipping and handling. Please contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or tom@cascadeaircraftconversions. com (08-13)

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Get these photo mats before they fly off the shelve. A great way to display your favorite photos. Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at tfn

NEW to the DeSpain Collection, Customizable Note Cards featuring your favorite Pen and Ink drawing. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at t f n

Toy plastic model Air Tractor. 12” wingspan, removable stand. Great toy for the kids or desktop model. $15 + s/h order online at or e-mail tfn Help your little pilot fly high in dream world with these Bi-Plane PJ’s... Assorted sizes available. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at tfn

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New from our DeSpain Collection, Pen and Ink Thirsty Stone Coasters. These high quality coasters will look great on any desktop or table. Set of 4. Makes a great gift! For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at tfn

Aviator Backpack and matching coin purse (sold separately). Available in blue and pink. For more information call 478987-2250 or visit our Market Place at tfn


Fly through your mail with our Airplane Letter Opener! Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or vist our Market Place at t f n PC SPRAY Dedicated Application Software, Version 3. Fully-functional program. Buy it once, use it forever! No annual fees. Technical support for the life of the product. Call or email for demo today. Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 t f n Crop Duster Video - “The Crop Dusters - The Early Years 1921-1955”; the era of Stearmans and Cubs flying the fields will never be seen again. Available in VHS or DVD. Only $20.00, plus S&H. MC and Visa accepted. Call 478-987-2250 Fax 478-9871836 Historical Video Productions. tfn Reduce Drift, Increase Deposition and Retention use Control™ FREE SAMPLE Call 765-395-3441, mrfoam1@garrco. com tfn

Order your The AgOp Collage Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at t f n Specialty belt buckles, show your pride in style. Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at tfn w w w. Aircraf tCost AG Operators can calculate your breakeven, % investment return, profit potential, and produce annual & monthly cash flows. Project your financials without sp ending ho ur s of yo ur time . A ll reports are produced automatically and accurately after you provide your cost inputs and gross application fees. Types of analyses performed include: C o m p a ny/ I n d i v i d u a l O w n e r s h i p, Managed with/without Leaseback, Commercial Operation, Agricultural/ F i re/A m b u lan ce O p e r ati o ns , J o i n t Ownership, Fractional Ownership, and Charter/Rental. AG sales organizations can provide prospects with customized & professional ownership cost analysis. This program is a great sales aid and management tool. FREE sample reports. Click REQUEST INFORMATION on the website or call 281-419-7443 tfn SUPERBUGS A safe and economical way to speed up Mother nature! Dispose of hazardous waste in loading and spill areas, ponds and ditches. SUPERBUGS disposes of insecticides, Fungicides, herbicides, and petroleum products Such as waste oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, solvent or anything of organic nature. Blue Stripe Distributing Toll Free 877-924-5025 tfn

J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. Is always looking for all types of derelict aircraft, parts inventory, both new and used. We will buy small or a shop full. Contact Jerry Buster 800 -542-8565 or email At fn

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 Atfn English to Spanish Technical Translations Fo r m e r A &P a n d Ag - Pi l o t, C a r l o s Retamosa Specializing in translating: • Aviation technical manuals • Airworthiness Directives (ADs) • Service Bulletins (SBs) Contact info 598-53-24376 retamosa@ 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. $35,000 OBO. 478.987.2250 t f n HELMET with slide up visor $850. Deluxe Kevlar Helmet with ANR, Softskins, Oregon seals $1200. Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 At fn

INSURANCE from the Leading Ag Aviation Brokers. 64 Years Risk Management, Low time Pilot Coverage. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 www. tfn 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 tfn “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 knowledgeable includes Angie Banz, Tim Wiebe, Dick Russell and Rita Ethridge, whom have years of experience servicing the aerial application business. Give us a try, you might be surprised. 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 tfn

services Cascade Conversion for Thrush and Air Tractor. Fuel Saving, Cooler running, more power available. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 tfn

Jeffries Airworks 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.

Jeffries Airworks 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. tfn

Let us sell your Ag plane! Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. 1601 Hwy 84 East Hayti, MO 63851 800-325-0885 tfn !!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 tfn !!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 Steve @ North Star Aviation Inc. 620-356-4528 srice@pld. com tfn

wanted to buy WANTED: S2R 600 radial Thrush. Any year, any condition. Engine optional. Call Bruce’s Flying Service 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. bruceandrews62@gmail. com (06-13) Wanted - Turbine Thrush or Air Tractor, all considered, email specs and pictures to (05-13)

Northwest operation FOR SALE. Ten month season, multiple crops, irrigated with plenty of water and sun. Established business over 36 years, with 68 acres, 2800 ft. blacktop runway, 75ft. by 100ft. heated hangar, with apartment above. Available end of season (Sept.30th 2013) Please email inquires to blindads@agairupdate. com subject: Northwest operation mail inquires to Northwest Operation C/O AgAir Update Po Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or fax inquires to 478-987-1836 Attn: Northwest Operation (05-13) For Sale; 45 year established ag operation with 2 airstrips, one paved, with 50X100 Hangar ETC. No aircraft just land & business. Possible lease purchase. E-mail (05-13) Montana aerial application business with FBO. Year round income; ag, 135, fuel and maintenance, included hangar, office, fuel systems with truck and equipment. Aircraft included, contact BigSkyDN@ (05-13)



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EXHAUST Wanted: R-1340 and R-985 Exhaust Send Old Exhaust segments for exchange or Sell them! Call Daryl @ 940-902-0797 or evans.daryl@sbcglobal. net tfn Ag Aircraft Wanted: Immediate cash for Ag planes - All considered - Contact Darryl Riddell at 870-572-9011 (05-13) Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Only $45 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836.

operations Midwest Ag Operation FOR SALE. 28 years established. Multiple crops both irrigated and dry land, long season. Owner to retire and will sell with or without Turbine Air Tractor and Ag Cat. Available now or fall 2013. Email responses to blindads@ Subject Fall Operation or fax 478-345-AGAV (2428) or mail to PO Box 850 Perry GA 31069 subject fall operation (05-13) Successful mid West operations for sale with or without turbine aircraft. Very successful with diverse crops, seasons April-September. 250-300 K annual acres and growing. Qualified buyers only. Please email responses to blindads@agairupdate. com subject: Operation for sale or fax 478345-2428 att: operation for sale or mail to Operations for Sale C/O AgAir Update Po Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (05-13)

Plane and Pilot insured Pawnee 235 licensed in AL, IL, NE. available for Spring and early Summer work email jcobb4443@hotmail. com or call 205-422-7624 (05-13) Looking for spring and summer work with reputable operator. High time Ag pilot FW/RW with Ag equipped R44 II Former Owner/Operator 37 years/12,000 hrs. Will exchange references. Will entertain all offers. Please send resumes via email to subject: seat wanted Fax to 478-345-AgAv subject seat wanted or mail responses to Seat Wanted C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (05-13) 1600+hrs helicopter, 400+ hrs Ag. Able to travel as needed, Certified applicator Kansas with reciprocity. Contact Ken at 316-209-8466 (05-13) AT-502 & Pilot Available: I am currently looking for spring work. I fly a 502A with M3, flow control, & flat fans. I have herbicide experience & am licensed in several states, north & south. I am a professional & work well w/ others. Contact Brent (620) 640-6838 or (620) 649-3224 (05-13)

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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 tfn

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Need another plane? Short-term or longterm, Northern Illinois operator with AT-602 and Pilot looking to schedule work in 2013. Please call Jerry at 217304-5557. We are mobile with ground support if needed and are probably already licensed in your state. (05-13) Looking for Seat for 2013 season. 2056 TT, 325 hrs Ag, currently flying acrobatic T-6 and biplane rides looking to get back into Ag flying. Will relocate anywhere for the season. 770-286-6076 or pilot2256@ (05-13) Plane and pilot available in the Midwest for July and August 2013. Late model Turbine with GPS equipment, 15,000+hr pilot lic in NB, CO and KS. For more information call 308-995-4646 (05-13)

help wanted Seeking pilot(s) for the upcoming 2013 season and beyond, May - Sept. in the Midwest (MN, IA, IL, etc.) For a turbine Thrush. Preferred 1000 hrs AG and 250 hours Turbine time. Also have a piston seat, min 250 hours AG time. Looking for long term employees and team players, A&P a plus!Send resume to blindads@ or mail to A & P c/o AG Air Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (01-14) Immediate full time positions for entry level A&P mechanics. Please send resumes to North Star Aviation, Inc. Fax 620-3563864 or email (08-13)

Western Montana aerial application firm has an immediate need for one full time A&P mechanic. Bell and Hiller experience preferred but not required. Must have or be willing to get a CDL with hazmat. Extensive travel. Competitive compensation. Email av8orrheli@gmail. com or call 406-360-0207 (05-13) Wanted Ground Crew Personnel for midwest Ag Operation. July, August. Great Prerequisite to learn the business and meet/work with Ag Pilots in the industry. Fax resume with letter of introduction to 866-607-5825 (05-13) Wanted: Cessna C188 and 450 Ag Cat pilot for the corn run in July in Iowa must have 1000hrs Ag and REFRENCES send information to REPettis1@yahoo. com (05-13)

DeSpain Collection Stone Coasters $29.99 DeSpain set of four stone coasters. Set includes Ag-Cat, AT-502, Cessna, and Thrush 510


WANTED Experienced pilot for immediate position with aggressive company. Opperate 7 turbines in MN, ND, SD, IA and IL. Will be based in SD flying a AT50234. Forward resume to jim@agrimaxllc. com (05-13) 478-987-2250

Experienced pilot wanted for 2013 and beyond for M3 with Intelliflow equipped 600 B-model Ag-Cat. Work will be mainly in MN. Work will require travel. You will be subcontracting for other operators and mostly off of private strips without direct supervision of owner. Work will include herbicide, fungicide and insecticide, as well as urea dry work on rice. Expected average is 20,000 acres and 225 hours flying. Pay will be a negotiated commission of percentage of application rate based on experience and ability to be self motivated. Bryan @ 320-760-6474 or (05-13)

WANTED high time rice pilot for the 2013 season and beyond. Northern California. Must have experience in -34 510 Thrush. Please forward resume, flight times and refrences to (05-13) Seeking an A&P for a central Minnesota Maintenance operation. AG experience a must, general aviation experience is a plus. Looking for long term employees and team players, IA’s and Pilots are a plus! Send resume to blindads@agairupdate. com or mail to A & P c/o AG Air Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (01-14) IA and A&P mechanics needed. Call 870 -295- 6213 Salary depending on qualifications and experience tfn Immediate full time positions for entry level or experienced A&P/IA mechanics. Please send resumes to A&P c/o AgAir Update Po Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or email blindads@agairupdate subject A&P or fax 478-987-1836 (tfn) Experienced Cessna Ag Pilot Needed for summer season in Missouri and Kansas. Call 816-536-6959. (05-13) Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. Only $45 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836.

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