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keep turning… this issue Volume 31 Number 6 | June 2013

9 Air Tractor goes Hollywood 19 The “custom” in Custom Air, Inc. 25 DRP-955 opens doors for Davidon

A big promotional effort surrounding the release of Disney’s Planes.

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Gardisser named distinguished alumnus by college of engineering Banquet honors leaders in engineering and business fields

A special section devoted to aerial firefighting and forestry

F-12 So you want to be a SEAT pilot? F-15 Aerial fire control in Chile, in a big way 6 Calendar of Events 7 From the Cockpit 8 AgAir Mail

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Where am I, did you Photoshop me out? (Page B-3, April) I just see my beautiful wife and kids.

I hope you and the rest of the family are doing well! The new issue looks good and we sure appreciate Deb taking such good care of us with our advertising!

Can’t say I’d blame ya though. Bryan Hauschild Fergus Falls, MN Hello Bryan; The short answer? I didn’t want to mess up such a great photo with you in it! Ha. Actually, it was a space issue with my graphics person editing the photos. When I saw the collage for final proofing, I didn’t realize you were “cropped” out (no pun intended).

On April 15, John (Garr) and Dennis (Gardisser) are hosting the fly-in that was a live auction item at NAAA. They are going to be in Delaware. I don’t suppose you have any free lancers floating around the DC area! If not, we’d love to write up something after the fact. Could you use a piece with nice images that talks about the issues that popped up? Thank you, Jennifer Marsik Friess GarrCo Flower Mound, TX

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Hello Jennifer; Good to hear from you. I hope you are taking good care of the John and Jane. Unfortunately, no one from AAU will be in the DC area next week. However, I would greatly appreciate photos and text for an article. Try to keep the word count under 1,000, especially with photos. Needs to fall around 700. If you want to get a little technical, that would be good; something the reader can “take to the bank”.— Bill

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doubled I know that you have probably already found this out, but somehow the article on Joe Huysmans repeats itself on page A-18. I guess you were just making sure that someone is reading. Terry Gage President California Agricultural Aircraft Association Hello Terry Yes, that was a test and you passed! Actually, we missed it in proofing. Unfortunately, it happens. Thanks for the heads up. Hope all is good with you.—Bill


Hey! I am Brittany with Croom Aviation in Donalsonville, Georgia. My son, Reed (28 months at time in photo) loves to watch his pappy and crew fly over our home during the busiest time...summer. He was swimming (naked) and heard the plane coming, ran and jumped on the cow gate and waved proudly because he saw one of his pappy’s planes. This picture is the talk of the airport and we wanted to share it with you . At his fingertips is an ‘89 Ayres Thrush. Hope it brings a good laugh. Thanks Brittany Phillips, Donalsonville, Georgia

Great article about Miles Morris! Miles was in the Syngenta Leadership Program with me in 2008-2009, he was a really neat guy to get to know. His operation in Arizona is certainly different from ours in the delta. Brenda Watts Watson, AR Thanks Brenda. However the kudos go to Tracy Thurman who occasionally flies for Morris Ag-Air and has a regular column in AAU. We were pleased to feature the well deserving company. Hope you are having a safe and profitable season. Give Rick my regards.—Bill

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Air Tractor goes Hollywood “We’re really pleased that Disney approached Air Tractor to help with this project. When the Dusty Air Tractor flies past air show spectators, they’ll be entertained and learn how aerial spray planes play a big role in helping feed the world -- as well as how we do our job in a professional and responsible way to protect our environment.” The Dusty Air Tractor airplane is scheduled to appear at 11 air shows across the U.S. and Canada beginning Memorial Day weekend, and continuing through the summer and fall months.

An Air Tractor AT-301 from south Texas has gone Hollywood as part of a big promotional effort surrounding the release of Disney’s Planes animated comedy adventure movie. The AT301 airplane, owned by veteran ag pilot Rusty Lindeman, has undergone a star makeover in the form of a turbine engine conversion to an Air Tractor model AT-400A, along with a fresh new paint scheme so that it now resembles the movie’s hero, a crop duster named Dusty. For thousands of air show attendees this summer, Disney’s Planes will zoom to life with Dusty’s flying performance at select air shows across the United States. Lindeman will be in the pilot’s seat flying aerial demonstrations for the crowds.

“Our entire industry was excited to learn that the little crop duster ‘Dusty’ is the hero of Disney’s Planes,” commented Kristin Edwards, Air Tractor’s Vice-President, Sales. “We’re happy to help in bringing Dusty to life for the air show performances and hope that the audience will have fun and learn a bit more about the role of aerial application in modern agriculture.” In addition to an Interactive Disney Display Hangar offering a variety of activities, Air Tractor will provide kids and parents with puzzles, other giveaways and information explaining Air Tractor’s role in helping farmers grow an abundant, safe and healthy crop and to protect our environment and natural resources. Disney’s Planes takes off in theaters on August 9, 2013. For information about the movie, go to

Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch sees a powerful opportunity to reach a lot of people with a positive message about our industry.

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Flying through sequestration Compared to 2012, the 2013 fire season is off to a slow start. By this time last year, several large fires were ongoing across Western states such as New Mexico and Colorado. However, this year the first week of May saw snow accumulation along with subfreezing temperatures across those states, as well as much of the Rockies and the Midwest. The Predictive Services Office of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) released their fire forecast for the country in early May. It shows a few hotspots in California, Arizona and New Mexico for the early part of the season with activity migrating to the Pacific northwest by late season. Most of the country shows normal to below normal fire activity. The forecast is good through the end of August. It has been about a year and three months since the United States Forest Service (USFS) issued its solicitation for bids for the next generation of heavy air tankers. As I write this in early May, no action has been taken and we are well into fire season. For many months now, the USFS has been saying the solicitations would be out “soon”. I imagine the vendors who have invested tons of time and

money in their equipment are getting a little nervous. The USFS has extended the contracts for the “legacy” air tankers. That is how they refer to the remaining 1950s era P2-Vs that are currently the only heavy air tankers available. As it stands now there are only eight of them nationwide. In the Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) world there are two types of contracts administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Call When Needed (CWN) contract is just what it says; when the need arises the aircraft and crew will be placed on duty and when the need goes away they can be released. The Exclusive Use (EU) on the other hand guarantees the vendor from thirty to ninety days of availability with an option to extend. The availability and flight time costs are much less on an EU. The EU contract is a better value to the government when there is fire activity but if it a slow season they are stuck with the aircraft for the duration of the contract. Last year there were about fifteen EUs with the majority of the contracts being CWN. In 2013 the government has chosen to double the number of EU contracts to about thirty.

It remains to be seen how the sequestration will affect wildland firefighting. With budget cuts in every agency involved, it is bound to have some consequence. The USFS has already announced it would have about 500 fewer boots on the ground this summer and there have been rumors that it is the reason for the delay in the nextgeneration heavy air tankers contracts. Historically, when lives and property were threatened the suppression funds were made available. I hope by June all aircraft are on contract including the next generation heavies. Let’s all be safe out there. We lost too many fellow aerial firefighters last season. Have a prosperous season and maybe I’ll see you in the mountains.

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So you want to be a SEAT pilot? by Marc Mullis Today Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) contracts require the contractor to create and implement a Safety Management System (SMS). This system covers all aspects of company activities including operations, training, safety, planning and response. Our company manual at M & M Air Service is more than six hundred pages and is very cumbersome, so we converted it to digital discs which each pilot and driver has while on contract. The contents of the disk are available for viewing on a laptop computer while in the field. This, combined with a compact scanner and printer, makes for a mobile and efficient overall system that clicks with the government’s move to a paperless system. Required content in the SMS includes a company training program for newly

hired fire pilots. As our company’s Fire Instructor Pilot, I was tasked with developing and administering this program. It consists of twenty-five hours of classroom interaction and twenty-five hours of flight time in one of our Air Tractor AT-802 air tankers. The applicant must meet the minimum experience requirements listed in the contract. It usually takes between ten days and two weeks for a pilot to complete the course, depending on weather and the learning curve of the student. Mornings are spent in the classroom and afternoons in the cockpit. Each item in the curriculum must be covered through the course of the program. In early March I received a phone call from fellow Texan, Todd Landry. After introducing himself, he explained he had spoken with with our company

T-424 getting a load at the Ft. Stockton SEAT Base.


owner about a job as a SEAT pilot and had been instructed to contact me about attending our training program. He said he had been flying an AT-802 in the State Department’s drug spraying eradication program in South America and had grown weary of being shot at by the drug cartels. After comparing schedules, we agreed on a date to meet in Ft. Stockton, Texas (FST) to begin the training. Ft. Stockton is where we hangar our SEAT aircraft and is also close to mountainous terrain which would be needed for some of the simulated fire operations. The office in the hangar also serves as a classroom. A few weeks later Todd arrived at FST on a Friday afternoon. After he checked into a hotel, we had dinner and discussed the upcoming day’s work schedule. I supplied him with a copy of the current

Call When Needed (CWN) contract and instructed him to look through it when he returned to the hotel room. Our step with training the next morning would be contract content. The contract is the bible we operate under and a complete understanding of its contents is vital to a new SEAT pilot. Saturday morning Todd and I met in the office to go over the contract item by item. After a morning of delving into the finite wording of the contract, we moved onto aircraft familiarization. Tanker 424 was used for the training and Todd spent the next few hours getting used to the placement of switches and radio operations. Per contract, all company aircraft must have consistent locations of all pertinent controls. A pilot moving from one aircraft to another should have no problem with orientation. The rest of the afternoon was spent with Todd flying the aircraft and getting used to its feel and operation. The student was given more material to study upon his return to his hotel room. As day two dawned, we were in the classroom discussing a long list of subjects that included fuel types, fire behavior, incident command system, airspace over a fire, radio procedures and much more. The morning sessions went by fast as Todd was very interested in learning all he could and asked a lot of questions. Incorporated into the sessions were videos, many of them taken over

actual fires that included audio between the various aircraft. These are important learning tools because they give the student a feel for what it is like to be operating in the fire traffic area. After lunch we moved into the cockpit to learn about the operation of the hydraulic gate system. We discussed coverage levels versus line length and emergency procedures in case of a malfunction. Todd spent the afternoon dropping loads of water to develop his accuracy skills and getting used to the aircraft pitching up when the load is released. Most agpilots have never practiced dumping a full load from their aircraft. If not prepared for the effect, loss of control is possible. Todd started with a small load and gate opening and progressed up to a full load and maximum coverage level. When the gate is opened to its widest deflection, its aerodynamics add to the pitching of the aircraft. I placed a barrel by the runway for a target and we went to work. With a radio in hand, I stood near the barrel and gave Todd tips on altitude and start points. By the end of the day he had it down pat. As the days progressed, the missions became more complex and realistic. After nailing accuracy and altitude, we advanced to splitting loads. Oftentimes SEAT pilots are asked to put one load of retardant on more than one target. I have split one load into as many as six drops. This can be accomplished with

the computer on the gate controller, but I wanted Todd to be able to master the split procedure manually. It is a skill that only comes with practice. After our morning classroom sessions I always give a briefing on the afternoon’s activity. Having covered all the basics, it was time to start flying on simulated fires. For these missions, I served as dispatch and aerial supervision using my experimental RV-4 as an aerial platform. I could select the location for the simulation by going to Google Earth™ and select a latitude and longitude in suitable terrain. I filled out an aircraft dispatch form, handed it to Todd and timed him on how long it took him to set up his aircraft with frequencies and lat-long positions. Our first few missions were carried out in relatively flat terrain. I played the part of Air Tactical Group Supervisor or Air Attack. Without actual smoke and flames on the ground, it can be very difficult to convey a target description to the student, so I used physical features such as roads and fence lines for targets. Mission after mission was flown with each one becoming more difficult for Todd. Distractions such as frequency mix-ups and diversions became the norm, along with the terrain becoming more extreme. As we moved into the mountains, my role switched from Air Attack to Lead Plane. With a Lead Plane the tanker pilot doesn’t have to receive a

Typical terrain in the Glass Mountains where the training takes place.

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target description, you just follow Lead and he shows you where to put the retardant. I had made arrangements with the Texas Forest Service to send engine crews out to our simulations and participate in our training. However, at the last minute they had other priorities arise. Even so, I did my best to make each mission as realistic as possible.

The RV-4 used for an aerial supervision platform during the training.

After we had completed each item in the curriculum, I issued Todd a completion certificate. He and I both felt assured that he was now ready for a real fire mission. He had already attended the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) training program in Boise, Idaho and completed the required online tests. All that remains with his carding process is an oral exam and check-ride with an inspector from the Office of Aircraft Services (OAS). Upon completing these items, he will be issued a Level II card, which will allow him to serve as an apprentice for one year. After twentyfive successful documented missions he will receive a Level I card, which will allow him to fly initial attack missions.

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When I first entered the National SEAT program many years ago there was no required training to be carded. If you had the proper credentials and could pass the oral and check-ride you were in. I was carded in Buckeye, Arizona one day and flying on a fire in New Mexico the next day. I could fly the airplane, but knew nothing about the fire aviation world other than what I had learned on my own. It was truly on the job training. Soon after that, the BLM initiated the National SEAT Academy in Safford, Arizona. It was better than nothing, but was not a really good learning environment. After several years of trying to make it work, the BLM abandoned it and shifted all initial training to individual vendors. This change has been a huge success and seems to be getting better each year.

Aerial fire control in Chile, in a big way by Bill Lavender In Chile, forest fire protection is big business. In order to do it, a fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft is required if a company is going to participate in fighting these wildland and urban interface fires. Fumigacion Aereas Analusa Sociedad Agronima (FAASA) is one of the major aviation companies in Chile that private forestry plantations depend on to protect their forest from fires. Grupo FAASA was founded in Spain in 1945 by Sebastion Almagro. Then, the company started with a Pawnee and Ag-Cat for crop spraying. As less crops were being sprayed, Almagro expanded the business into aerial firefighting in 1966. He started with Puma and Super Huey helicopters. Today, FAASA has over 60 operational bases in Spain, with its primary base in Palma del Rio in the province of Cordoba and employes over 300. Of these, just over 100 are pilots; 4-5 engineers, 6-7 supervisors and 20 mechanics. FAASA operates a fleet of more than 65 aircraft of which seven are AT-802s. Five of those are dual cockpit models. The rest of

their fleet are helicopters: Bell 212, 222, 412, Augusta 119 Koala (24) and three Kamovs. Three of these nearly 60 helicopters are outfitted as med-evac units.

Grupo FAASA Chile employees over 100 people: one engineer, five supervisors, 18 mechanics and 42 pilots. In 2006, FAASA expanded its firefighting operations into Chile forming Grupo FAASA Chile. A portion of the Spanish fleet travels to Chile to work fires from November to April. This compliments the Spanish fire season that runs from May to October. Five AT-802s, of which four are dual cockpit models, are ferried from Spain to the Chilean base at the Carriel Sur International Airport in Concepcion, 500 km south of the capital city of Santiago. They are never all ferried at the same time. Twenty-one helicopters are shipped on different ships with a minimum of 15 days between shippings, protecting the

(R) Jaime Lopez Bubert has been with FAASA for five years after working as a spray pilot flying an AT-802. Today, he flies very little, mostly as a back up pilot. He is kept busy managing the pilots and day to day operations of the company. Along with Jaime is Francisco Carrasco Contereras, who is the Logistics and Spares Manager. He resolves issues and provides solutions. He is also responsible for importing parts, speciality tools and aircraft.

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Grupo FAASA Chile employees over 100 people: one engineer, five supervisors, 18 mechanics and 42 pilots. All pilots work in Spain during its fire season. The pilots flight time is regulated by the Chilean DGAC (FAA). No more than 12 hours on call are allowed with only eight of those being flight hours. The pilots are allowed a maximum of 30 consecutive days of being on call before they are required to take a 12-day off duty rest. FAASA pilots are required to have a minimum of 1,000 flight hours and an aerial firefighting certificate. The company has an ongoing training program that each pilot must participate in annually. Training is done at the Spanish primary base, Palma del Rio. A FAASA-owned company, C.A.E.N.A. (Compania de Enseñanza Aeronautica) can train a pilot from his first flight to the aerial firefighting cockpit.




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The pilots are allowed a maximum of 30 consecutive days of being on call before they are required to take a 12-day off duty rest. FAASA, Chile or Spain, no longer conducts any crop spraying. It is solely an aerial firefighting company. In Chile, the company has three, major clients and CONAF (Corporacion Nacional Forestal, the Chilean government’s firefighting department). Chile has over 16 million hectares of forests. There are over 2,250,000 hectares of privately owned forest plantation, primarily owned by three private companies. The forests that FAASA is responsible for are through the center of Chile from Concepcion to Santiago. The lakes of Chilean are not conducive for the AT-802 Fire Boss, so FAASA flies from about 15 remote

bases. The helios use a Bambi bucket, dipping water from lakes and reservoirs. Sometimes, a heli-tank is used and filled with pumps. Each base has a 200,000 liter water reservoir with fuel tanks mounted on trucks and living quarters for the pilots and ground crew. It is necessary for the pilot that is on duty to stay near the aircraft. He is required to be in the air within seven minutes of the fire call. Each forestry client has an operations center with watch towers strategically placed in the forests. When a fire is spotted, the pilot is called directly and given the coordinates. The client decides if the pilot uses water or foam, depending on the size of the fire. If the fire is large enough, the client will require the use of a retardant. The type of aircraft used depends on where the fire is located, using the aircraft that is the closest. Each aircraft is tracked in real time by FAASA using GPS and cell phone connectivity. Managing over 65 aircraft from more than 75 bases of operation in two countries can no doubt be challenging. Grupo FAASA’s Spain and Chile operations have been doing it successfully for many years. It recognized the need for aerial fire protection decades ago and has since grown into one of the world’s leading aerial firefighting companies. FAASA Chile based at Concepcion, operates form a modern facility.


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The “custom” in Custom Air, Inc. by Bill Lavender Ag-pilots are known for their innovation; custom building improvements to their equipment that is vital to their day to day operations. The industry thrives on that innovation, as well as reliability and efficiency. Often, when an ag-pilot sees where he can make a change to improve, he exercises his innovation. The results more often than not are changes that will benefit him and his fellow ag-pilots. Michael Hutchins started working at Custom Air, Inc. directly out of high school in 1991. The company was then owned and operated by Jim McKown in Roe, Arkansas. McKown had formed Custom Air, Inc. in 1974 and like so many other operators, was challenged by that era’s Thrush tailwheel. The tailwheel was, as some would say, missing the reliability and efficiency required of multiple, loaded takeoff and landings made daily working rice in central eastern Arkansas. McKown designed and built a single-arm style tailwheel that was superior to the yoke type tailwheels found on Thrush

aircraft in the 1980s. The Custom Air, Inc. tailwheel gave a solid ride with no shimmy. The side hub cap helped keep fertilizer and other contaminants out of the wheel bearings. When Michael Hutchins came to work for McKown, he had no aspirations to fly ag. At the time, he was attending college at Arkansas State University working toward a degree in Education. However, it wasn’t long after being around agplanes that he was bit by ag aviation. As good fortune would have it, Michael’s brother-in-law, David Strohl, was flying ag at Custom Air, Inc. He taught Michael how to fly and soloed him in 1994. In 1996, Michael flew his first season in a 600 Thrush. The following year, McKown moved him into a 1989 model 510 Thrush. Michael moved back after college and worked full-time with McKown at Custom Air, Inc. He expanded his flying experience by helping other operators throughout the country during his off season.

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In 2007, Michael’s life took an unexpected turn; McKown was injured in an ag-plane. Michael was already in the process of buying Custom Air, Inc. and its tailwheel STC over an extended period. The accident accelerated this purchase and Michael finalized the purchase of the company in 2007. All of Michael’s previous experience working under McKown and flying for various operators in different types of ag-aircraft came together that first year as sole owner of Custom Air, Inc. Michael, being an innovative guy, started designing improvements for items he considered problems with his ag-aircraft.

Out of necessity, Michael Hutchins modified the Air Tractor T-boom connections on the AT-802 and AT-602 to a rigid tube. This sped up the spreader change over by eliminating sway bars.

After flying forestry work in an AT-602, Michael met John Schwank of Aero Spray in Appleton, Minnesota through a nearby friend, Darrin Henry. This was Michael’s entry into aerial fire fighting. He trained for aerial firefighting in both Boise, Idaho and Stafford, Arizona. Michael’s first aerial firefighting job was in 2005; seeding with an AT-802 in St. George, Utah.

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he designed a tow ring that would double for a jack point on the gear leg making it easier to service tires. With rice work, often the spreader is changed several times a day; time being of the essence. The Air Tractor’s spreader attachment points required several steps to attach and remove the spreader. Michael designed a rigid tube that extends from the belly to the attach point of the spreader, eliminating the need for sway bars. This considerably sped up attaching and removing the spreader. When traveling to help other operators spray corn in the Midwest, or for a firefighting contract, Michael saw a need for a radio cabinet. From that, Michael designed a custom built cabinet for GE Aviation aircraft radios. An operator can describe the type radios he wants in the cabinet and the type aircraft and Michael will design and build one. Michael’s design is compact GE H80 Series engines are built to last with advanced materials with easy access for the and a robust turboprop design. Combining the latest technologies with modern 3D aerodynamic design, these powerplants deliver pilot to the radio controls. the enhanced takeoff power, dependable hot day performance and The cabinet is accessible reduced cost of ownership required by the modern aerial applicator. through the rear. Switches and circuit breakers are To experience the next generation of engine performance, call: inside the cabinet, along Greg Ryan Michal Ptacnik with a bus bar for the Sales Representative Sales Representative wiring. The unit comes preNorth and South America Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia wired. It is slightly offset +1.954.292.5312 +420.222.538.701 from the righthand cockpit door opening to help avoid water and fertilizer. It also provides a comfortable right leg support.

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The firefighting version AT-802 has the Vondran fire gate. Michael developed and shared with Vondran the original software that controls the hydraulic gate. Michael used a 510 Thrush for his test bed. “The 802 will undoubtedly do a lot of work when it comes to row crops,” explains Michael. “However, if I am asked to pick the aircraft I like flying the best, it is the 510.” Even so, Michael primarily flies the AT-802 for row crop work, while Cleo King flies the AT-802 for firefighting. Clay Able, who has been with Custom Air, Inc. for four seasons, flies the 510 Thrush. The administrative work is carried out by Michelle Bueker.

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Bridge the consumeragriculture divide with these tools from NAAA Are consumers buying what production agriculture is selling? In the literal sense, the answer is yes, but according to research conducted by the United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), the general public has been largely unreceptive to traditional ag industry messaging and skeptical of modern farming practices. As the chart below shows, what production agriculture is saying and what consumers are hearing are two different things.

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Peter and John went to the temple to pray and God used them to heal a lame man. The people gathered around and Peter began to preach about Jesus Christ. The Pharisees and Sadducees heard about the healing and preaching and had Peter and John arrested. These Jewish leaders questioned John and Peter about how this miracle was performed and Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said it was Jesus Christ who healed this man. These Jewish leaders couldn’t deny the miracle, but they told the apostles not to speak in Jesus’ name again (Acts 4:1-18). Peter said, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard”

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I flew a 600 B-Model and comparing it to today where the C-Model Frakes Turbo’s have become a mainstay with Ag Cat operators. My, how time changes things. Then in mid-August I had the opportunity to knock on the door of a giant of a man who had been brought down by a tiny eight-legged Brown Recluse spider! Craig Keller just couldn’t get his heart into an interview with AAU; running fever, feeling like a truck had run over him. It was time to step back, reschedule and come back at a later date. That date was the following month and it was well worth the wait.

Nothing quite out turns and beats the safety of an Ag Cat Weiner, Arkansas - This visit Craig Keller was his normal self. Stepping out the door of his Arkansas home, he immediately insisted I put down my junk and come fly his Garrett powered B-Model Ag Cat, and without ever asking me when was the last time a had flown an Ag Cat (remember 14 years?). Of course I accepted the offer to fly his Ag Cat, not only had I not flown an Ag Cat in 14 years, but had not ever flown a turbine powered Ag Cat! Craig didn’t ask and I didn’t tell. Afterwards, Craig’s wife, Dixie, paid me one fine compliment by saying, “Bill, Craig has never seen his Ag Cat fly until today. I told him you fly just like he does.” Well, the Ag Cat didn’t fly bad at all. It was surprisingly fast, and of course, could turn around on spare change. It was most enjoyable, but flying Craig’s Cat wasn’t the reason for my visit.

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Keller Flying Service has been around since 1990 when Craig sprayed the 1,400-acre family farm, equally divided between rice and soybeans, with a 180 hp Champion Scout outfitted with a 90-gallon Sorensen spray system. Craig had always respected the performance of Ag Cats he had watched over the years working in the northeast Arkansas rice fields. So, his natural choice for a bona-fide ag plane was Ag Cat, a 1991 Queen Cat powered by a Pezetel 3-S engine with a 335-gallon hopper. The second year, in the spring of 1992, a loader accidently bumped the throttle of the Queen Cat sending the Cat spinning around in circles on the load ramp. After hanging on the wing and chasing after the Ag Cat for over an hour, the aircraft finally got away plowing into a loader truck! With spraying on the books and no time to wait on repairing the Queen Cat, Craig


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DRP-955 opens doors for Davidon by Bill Lavender When David Chancy started his ag flying service in 1966 in Dooly County, Georgia, the Hutchison 235 Pawnee was king. When he got behind in cotton spraying, simply adding another Pawnee would get the job done. Drift and pattern accuracy were just not as important during that time period. Fast forward nearly 30 years: the Pawnee is gone, replaced by larger aircraft and the need to put the application on target, accurately, is priority number one. In 1995, David incorporated Davidon for the manufacture of DRP-955 adjuvant and the Hi-Tek atomizer. These two products addressed an area in the aerial application business that David felt needed improvement, application accuracy. Five years earlier, David had started the research and development to bring DRP955 and the Hi-Tek Rotary atomizer to


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FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The University of Arkansas College of Engineering honored Dennis Gardisser with a Distinguished Alumni Award at its annual banquet on Saturday, April 13. The College of Engineering Alumni Awards recognize graduates of the college who have demonstrated exceptional professional and personal accomplishments and made important contributions to their professions and communities. The Distinguished Alumni Award honors College of Engineering graduates who have provided leadership in their communities and achieved distinction in their fields of endeavor.

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Gardisser received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering in 1979, a master’s degree in 1981 and a PhD in 1992, all from the University of Arkansas. He is currently the president of WRK of Arkansas, an application technology and aviation insurance company. WRK specializes in all types of pesticide application technology and has software and hardware

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GE Aviation increases production for H80 turboprop engine GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — GE Aviation is increasing the production of its H80 turboprop engines this year to meet customer demands. “The H80 turboprop engine is flying on the Thrush 510G, and Aircraft Industries received its EASA certification in April for the L410 that was re-engined with H80 engines with aircraft being delivered,” said Jim Stoker, president and managing executive of GE Aviation Czech. “To meet the growing demands, we are increasing production to more than 70 engines this year.” GE Aviation Czech is manufacturing the H80 engines at its Letnany facility in Prague. The site employs more than 400 employees. The employees at the GE Aviation Czech facility manage the entire lifecycle of the turboprop engine from design and development to assembly and overhaul. The H80 turboprop engine family incorporates GE’s 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a powerful, fuelefficient, durable engine with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The engines feature a service life of 3,600 flight-hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls. The H80 engine family also offers a standard auto start and limiting unit to simplify engine start-up as well as a choice of propeller governors to allow customers flexibility in propeller selection.

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GE Beacon attracts engine operators More than 500 downloads of free mobile customer service and support app GE Aviation logged more than 500 downloads for its GE Beacon mobile app since its launch in November. GE Beacon allows operators of GE’s business aviation engines to have one touch access to support services 24 hours a day, seven days a week no matter where they travel.

The H80 engine received eight engine type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Uruguay. Certification efforts are underway in China, South Africa and the Philippines.

“The customer response to the GE Beacon mobile app is very strong,” said Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation organization. “To date, we received 40 service calls, several sales inquiries and five aircraft on ground (AOGs) beacons. Our customers who are using GE Beacon have been very pleased with the results and the speed of our response to their needs.”

Last year, GE Aviation launched two H80 derivative engines, the H75 and H85 engines. The H75 engine is rated at 750

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1985 Super B AG Cat N773D 6403 TT, Hobbs 869.7, 607 TTPOH, 607 TTAF OH, new instrument panel, G4 with intelliflow, Electronics International MVP gauge, long range fuel, air conditioner and heater, 38” Transland gate, bottom load dual fuel, right boom shutoff, smoker, airfoil booms, flat fat CP nozzles, aileron and rudder servos, ss tailwheel. Sky Tractor Supply Aircraft Call for details call Scott 785-336-3788 or 800760-4964 Fax: 785-336-3913 (06-13)

1983 G164 Super B - 10,300 TT/ 295 since O/H engine/ 10 since O/H AG100 Prop: 400 gal hopper, stainless booms, electric fan brake, Transland gatebox, Swathmaster sprdr., 2” left side load, extended metallized wings, 80 gal fuel, bottom load fueling, goose foot aileron servos, nav and strobe lights, smoker, stainless tailwhl, Satloc Airstar II GPS with Raven flow control, very good paint/tires/ glass and fabric. $179,000 559-686-1794 / Email www. tfn

**AgCat Quailty/Value Headquaters** B600GN 350g/80f TL DAF Sprayer AAIIRANAF/114-SMOHE M-3 Mint $155K B450 300g/80f Grmn DAF sprayer AAIIRANAF/1046-SMOHE Beautiful. $129K AmAg 870-886-2418 (89F) *AgCat Sales/Parts/Service since ‘71*

air tractor 19 9 0 A i r Tr ac to r 4 01 To t a l T i m e 5610 696 SMOH Tulsa 22D40 AG200 2nd year on AD inspection. WAG Flagger I, Crophawk. Lane Electric Brake. CP on Stainless boom. 188.5 hrs to go on Eddie current inspection. Been in Colorado for 23 years. spar wag with airplane. Art Jones 719-852-3241 (06-13)

1976 G164B; 420 Gal. Maxicat conversion 1982; 11528 TT; 1118 SMOH Tulsa 96; Albatross blades; next insp 1-20-16 NW Prop; 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 (06-13)

1960 G164 converted to a 3 place, stick and rudder in front. Garmin 250xl gps/ comm. 8000 TT 1300 SMOH on 985, 25 spoh. Airworthiness is experimental/ exhibition. 414-587-1528 (06-13)

1974 A model Ag-Cat, 1100 TSMOH eng. on Covington Overhaul, 7200 TTAF, Satloc litestar gps, Hershey wing tips, Oil filter stc, Crophawk, Weathaero, Aileron Servo’s, 25” transland gate, Digital tachometer, Single point fuel, automatic flagman, B model canopy, 300 gal. hopper, strobe lights, New paint and fabric on top wings, ANR power for helmet. Email or call 970-529-3255 (06-13)

1975 –N8788H - AgCat 450A, Zero Covington Eng, hydromatic, 80 fuel, extended wing, Smoker, 2650 TT. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573359-0500 tfn

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 (06-13)

1992 AT-502A-45 TT 6900 Engine 0SHOT Airplane is very clean, well maintained & ready to go to work. Contact Wilbur Ellis Air 605-350-4536 for spec sheet and list of upgrades. (06-13)

1981 AT-301, Super Clean, Excellent Condition, 7512 TT, 940 hrs SMOH Cov., 3 Blade counter weight prop 52 hrs SMOH, New spar caps, Std fuel cap, 2 Retractable wing lights, SS Booms, CP Nozzles, Crop Hawk, Flagger, Smoker, 29” Tires, 2012 Satloc Lite Star II, Excellent paint and panels. Always hangared, never left outside. Call for references and more pics. $140,000 Roger Myers, Kootenai Valley Flying Service Inc. 208-290-2598 (06-13)

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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1998 AT-602, 8420 TT, -60, 0 hrs since HSI, 0 hrs since power section inspection, hydraulic gate system, single point fuel, M3, Wingman. $465,000.00 Call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 tfn 2007 802A, Red & White, -65 1170 TT AF&E&P, 10” gate, split panel, 308 fuel,M3 SATLOC, flow control, no fertilizer, no damage. Fresh annual, like new, ready to work. USD$1,150,000. For more info. email subject 802A or mail to 802A C/O AgAir Update Po Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or fax to 478987-1836 ATTN: 802A (06-13)

2005 AT-602 -60 3945TT 0 since IRAN engine 190 SNEW prop,wingman,new glass, new paint, cp nozzles,Lane brake and fan,single point fuel, new gear, new engine mount, ready to go to work, call Michael 870 -759-1888 or (06-13) 2009 Air Tractor 602-60 5 inch Hyd. Gate, intelliflow and dry gate controller, 2 sets of booms, Gps equipped,available in Oct. with fresh hot/annual. 3200 hrs TTE/ AF very clean. $795,000 Call Chuck 662207-6682 or emailcottonwingair@yaoo. com (06-13) FOR LEASE 2009 AT 502, For more information call Darryl Riddell 870-5729011 days or 870-995-1323 nights and weekends (06-13) 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 2013 AT-502B and 802-A Available, see at or call 800-736-7654 tfn

2009 AT-802A Total time since new, 2,100 hours ENGINE PT6A-65AG hot section inspection at 1700hrs. 3” spray system 10” Transland gate in lieu of 38” wide gate pump shut-off valve Options included: Electric brake with Lane fan installed, Center point Fuel, Load Hawg hopper loading system, Smoker, Satloc G4, flow control, Garmin SL40 Comm, Garmin 327 transponder PRICE: Make offer email call 907-351-4557 (06-13)

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 h o r a s d e s d e ove r haul m ayo r. G P S 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

Major airframe repair and rebuilds for all models of AgCats. We will build your dream AgCat from the ground up. Closest thing to a new AgCat out there. Call Hershey Flying Service at 308-368-5556 and ask for a quote. (01-14) For Sale 600 gal PT6-42 (850 HP) Turbo C-Model Ag Cat TT-5099 NDH 0-SHSI 0-SNEWP New Turbo Cat Conversion (frakes) New Single Point Fuel New Turbine Conversions LTD Tailwheel (600 - 6) New Bantam Satloc New TCL Rotary gate system(refined duke system) New Paint New Glass 120 gal fuel Raised Wing 600 gal John Herr hopper expansion 25 inch Transland SS Spray system One of a kind NDH aircraft that has been maintained to government standards $650,000 trades? 701-789-0666 Call or text John (06-13)


1983 AT-400, PT6A-34AG, 25” gate, Stainless Steel Booms with CP Nozzles, 4 blade Lane fan with electric brake, Harbour A/C . M3 Satloc. For more information call Darryl Riddell 870-5729011 days or 870-995-1323 nights and weekends (06-13) Order your B Model Ag Cat Pen and Ink Drawing From our DeSpain Collection today for $60. plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at T F N

1978 AT-301 8800 tt, 900 engine, lower spar,2000 tt new leading edge and ribs 100hs 115000.00 Satloc, lite, crophawk 940-886-8292 (06-13)

1999 AT-802 with Pratt & Whitney PT6A67AG Turbine engine. - ACTT..7,723 - Engine TT..5,855 - Prop TT..1,209 - Feb. 2013 Annual - FCU & Main Pump overhauled @ 7,590 - Kawak Hydraulic S p r ay Sy s te m - To u ch S cre e n M3 with Autocal - Drop Booms with Flat Fans - Single Point Fuel - Wingman Swathmaster Spreader with Transland Vanes on Gate Door - Air Condition - *Hot Section Inspection will be performed for purchaser $499,900 *Call Geoff Gamble @ 318-235-7419 (06-13)

1991 AT-401 - 5160TT/ 811 since O/H engine/ 38 since O/H Hydromatic prop: 400 gal hopper, Lane fan and electric brake, dropped stainless booms, CP nozzles, 2” left bottom load, spreader, 126 gal fuel, aileron servos, vortex generators, nav/strobe/instrument and landing lights, electronic tach, Satloc Airstar 99 GPS, very good condition. 559-686-1794 / Email www. tfn 2013 AT-502B -34AG available now. Southeastern Aircraft Sales & Service 800-441-2964 Air Tractor Dealer t f n 1982 - N9996J - Cessna Husky, 5100TT, 130 STOH, 1250 SMOH, new cylinders, air, Satloc, smoker. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn

AT-401B: Power and payload at the right price. Step up to a highly productive, low maintenance piston engine ag plane for a price that makes solid business sense. The economical 400-gallon capacity AT-401B has a piston-engine price tag, plus all the reliability, durability, safety features and flying ease that make Air Tractor the industry leader. For qualified buyers, Wells Fargo has attractive and flexible terms available. Call your Air Tractor dealer. TFN

1976 AT-301 SN 0030. 4736 hrsTT. 1322 engine SOH. Prop 1101 hrs SO. 126 Gals Fuel, flagger, smoker, Satloc litestar 2, Have 0 time since overhaul engine and prop available. Make an offer. call Robert Eisele 307-672-3421 (06-13) 2004 AT-802A, N8525D, 4123 hrs, -65, light overhaul done with 1500 hr warranty by Dallas Air Motive with new CT blades, fresh prop, fresh annual, fresh starter , 10” hydraulic gate, Vondran gate, cp 11s, ram air, radio stack, flow control, Intellistar, all new gears, new engine mount, SS fasteners $835,000 Call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 tfn 2011 AT-802, 1100 TTAF&E, -65, smoker, Wingman, 10” hydraulic gate, fresh annual, fresh HSI. $1,130,000 Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 TFN

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

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2011 AT-802, N6007S,1100 TTAF&E, -65, smoker, Wingman, 10” hydraulic gate, fresh annual, fresh HSI. ................................................................ $1,130,000 2010 AT-802, N422BR, 1910 TTAF&E, -67, smoker, elec. brake gr. adj., air, heat, 10” hydraulic gate w/Del Norte controller, Del Norte w/flow control, single point, Wingman, fresh annual, fresh HSI ................................................. $1,100,000

Order your Turbine AT-402 Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN Large inventory or Air Tractor Parts. Surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 tfn

2008 AT-602, N132JW, 2300 TTAF&E, -60, hydraulic gate w/Vondran controller, Wingman, heat, smoker, single point, shadin fuel, elec. brake gr. adj., fresh annual, fresh HSI ..................................................................................................$875,000

2004 AT-802A, N8525D, 4123 hrs, -65, light overhaul done with 1500 hr warranty by Dallas Air Motive with new CT blades, fresh prop, fresh annual, fresh starter , 10” hydraulic gate, Vondran gate, CP 11s, ram air, radio stack, flow control, Intellistar, all new gears, new engine mount, SS fasteners .......................................... $835,000 1998 AT-602, 8420 TT, -60, 0 hrs since HSI, 0 hrs since power section inspection, hydraulic gate system, single point fuel, M3, Wingman. ..........................$465,000

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 ........................................................................................... CALL

2010 AT-802, 1100 TT, 400 TT Engine, -67, smoker, elec brake gr. adj, load hog, 10” hydraulic gate, fresh annual, fresh HSI. $1,100,000 Frost Flying Inc. 870-2956213 t f n Air Tractor 402 for more information and price call Darryl or Bill 870-5729011 (06-13)


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2005 AT 402B -15 P&W engine, 3225 TT, Windshield washer, New Bantham GPS with large screen,smoker, tank rinser, single point fuel, 1 owner, bought new. $582,500. Call 256-426-7242 or 256-2475694 (06-13)

2013 AIR TRACTORS , RESERVIE YOUR POSITION NOW $CALL$ 2012 AT-502B, 250 TTAF&E, SATLOC, SS SYSTEM, HEATER, NDH, LIKE NEW $825,000.00 2011 AT-504, FTO - NEW, Lane brake and fan, Garmin comm, Garmin transponder $849,450.00 2011 AT-502B, 920 TTAF&E, SATLOC, VG’S, LANE BRAKE AND FAN, FRESH HOT AND ANNUAL $760,000.00 2013 AT-802A/67AG, FTO, LANE BRAKE & FAN, SS CAMLOCS, SMOKER $1,353,900 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-3425451 or FAX: 281-232-5401. tfn

AT-402B: Go turbo. The AT-402B, with the time-proven Pratt & Whitney PT6A15AG turbine engine, offers impressive climb rates and overall performance. The AT-402B’s light handling characteristics help reduce pilot fatigue – while delivering the payload, speed and productivity that helps create profits. Visit your Air Tractor dealer and learn how Wells Fargo’s financing options for qualified buyers make owning an Air Tractor more affordable than you might think. TFN

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AT-502B: More performance; more profit potential. With Air Tractor’s AT-502B there’s plenty of power and a big, 500gallon payload to please both pilot and operator. The Pratt & Whitney PT6A34AG turbine engine delivers efficient and effective performance that shortens ferry times and reduces takeoffs and landings. Since 1987 the AT-502 series has set the standard as the industry’s most popular ag plane. You can own one with attractive financing options from Wells Fargo. Talk to your Air Tractor dealer. TFN

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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

cessna AT-504: Learn and earn. With side-by-side cockpit seating and 485-gallon capacity, the AT-504 is a great way to train new ag pilots and earn while they learn. Powered by the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34AG turbine engine, you’ll get working speeds and performance like the tried and true AT-502B. And when the training day is done, you’ll see that it was productive workday, too. Wells Fargo financing for qualified buyers is available; just visit with your Air Tractor dealer. TFN

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1982 Cessna Ag Husky. 6760 TTAF, 790 TT Engine, 1878 SMOH Prop. Air Star 99, Flagger, Smoker, VHF radio, Crophawk, VGs, leading edge extension, night wing tips, spreader. Hangared. Great Flyer! Fresh annual, ready to work! $110K OBO. 402-618-9340 (06-13)

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 At fn

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 (06-13)

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

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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 artificial, radio comunicador Garmin, certificado de aeronavigabilidad de exportación $815,000.00 Sun Valley Dusting, 956399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn


1966 Piper Pawnee 235-250. 6490TT, 1440SMOH, 1440SPOH, Satloc lite, CP nozzles, smoker, flagger, very clean, working now. $75,000. Call Doug 605870-2697 (06-13)

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 1982 - N9996J - Cessna Husky, 5100TT, 130 STOH, 1250 SMOH, new cylinders, air, Satloc, smoker. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn

2011 Thrush PT6-34 – 1080 TT, load Hawg, VG’s, smoker, lane fan. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573359-0500 tfn

1978 Refurbished 500 Gallon S2R Thrush GE M-601-E-11 engine 1200 SMOH Avia 106 in prop 1200 s/new glass canopy, glass panel, MVP 50 extended fuel Hatfield fuel load M3 SATLOC flow control, Agrinatics pump, Lane brake and fan, 3200 HRS. remaining on the wings. $285,000 Call Johnson Airspray, Home of the Johnson Sidewinder 218-437-6415 or cell 218-201-1450 or visit our wesbsite (06-13) 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. Annual Jan. 2013, Bantam with Intelliflow control, Weathaero fan, SSF spreader, Load Hawg, CP’s. Call 870-479-3737 or email (06-13) 1996 Ayres Thrush, N3299P ser. # T42-213, PT6A-42 S/N PCE93532. TTAF 7688, TT engine 9741, 820 hrs. since HSI ( 1st and 2nd stage PT blades replaced). TSOH on prop 222 hrs. Recent paint and belly skins. Bantam GPS with flow control,SSF spreader, Weathaero fan. May annual. Call 870-4793737 or email (06-13)

J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. Wants to buy your Piper, Pawnee or Brave aircraft. We are also looking for parts inventory, or derelict aircraft as well call Jerry at 800-542-8565 or email At fn 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 (06-13)

1975 – N9482R - Cessna Ag Truck, 3500 3600TT, 300 SMOH, NEW Crankshaft, Bantam, SL40. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn 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



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1982 Piper PA-18 -150 Super Cub, 500 horas desde nuevo!!, Tela nueva, pintura nueva, micas nuevas, recién inspeccionado, GPS, Comm, Transponder. El PA-18 más nuevo y bonito en el mercado, $135,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 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 Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836. 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

2010 Thrush 510P, 600 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)

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 (06-13)

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 1977 Turbine Thrush S2R TPE-331-1 (Super) 0 SHSI, 0 SPOH, 9940 TT. Over $160K invested into the engine this off season! 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! 952-941-6255 01-14 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 servos, vortex 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. $225,000 559-686-1794 / Email www. tfn Parting out: 1974 Turbine Thrush, Lane Conversion, large fuel, email norm@ (06-13) 2011 – N70060, Thrush S2R-T34, 1080 TT SNEW, 228 GAL FUEL, WEATHAERO FAN, 60 CP’S NOZZLES, S.S.BOOM, FAN BRAKE, LOAD HAWG, VG’S, SMOKER, LED LIGHT, BANTAM GPS W/INTELLIFLOW, MVP-50, 3” SIDE L. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 (tfn)

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, 6825 TT SNEW 0.0 SINCE HSI, 4150 TT 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) 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 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

Ayres Thr ush Commander - G reat 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@ (06-13) 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)

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“Century” Spar Cap Kit for Thrush Aircraft 60,000 hour fatigue life, at 10,500 gross weight We sell and install! 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. Distributor for APS “Bla ck Steel®” Brake discs and linings

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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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)

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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 218-2011450 or visit our wesbsite johnsonairspray. com (06 -13) 2013- N30620, Thrush, S2R-T34, Factory NEW call for information. Mid Continent A ircr af t Co r p H ay ti, M O 573 -359 0500 tfn

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

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 (06 -13)

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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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. TFN FAA repair station for all ag equipment. Thrush spar replacement, annuals. MidContinent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800325-0885 tfn WORLD WIDE U.S. Dealer New/Used Ag Thrush, 34-510, 550-60, *FINANCING AVAILABLE* Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 www.midcont. net tfn

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1983 DC Thrush TT 160 0 0, 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. (06 -13)


Thrush 510-34 for more information and price call Darryl or Bill 870-5729011 (06-13)

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. tfn

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. ASI JET-AG.COM or Give us a call! 952-941-6255 01-14

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BUILD CHEAP TAIL WHEEL TIME to train for Ag Career 1941 AERONCA Defender(L3) Historic Civil Air Patrol Markings Asking $22,500. Hangar kept. 3675 TT- 520 SMOH-150 STOH-Air frame rebuilt 1995 with Stits (in green) Great trainer! Call 772-285-5506 (06-13)

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bell - hiller (3) Hiller 12E--4500 Spray Systems, Satlocs, etc. Parts & Tools Inventory Available Also. Phone 612-751-0864; (06-13) Bell OH -58C Garlic Conversion, cer tified in restricted use category o n l y. N1 39 R D, S/N : 71-2039 6 . 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 ha s been used for ag spr aying. An additional set of new Bell main rotor blades (not surplus) are available for purchase with purchase of helicopter. Contact Bart Alexander at 318-4248395 for information. (0 6 -13)

COMMANDER ROCKWELL 112TCA 1977- S/N 13194 TT: 800 hours, fresh annual, all paper work 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 -360 - C1A6D; T T 80 0 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) 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

Brand New Ag plane for sale with Lycoming IO-540-K1J5 Straight off the assemblyline. php Contact me with any questions. Caio Villares email or call 1-305-395-7814 (06-13)

(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 (06-13) R-1340 Engine, 0 SMOH by Aero, $54,000 OBO 12D40-211 Propeller, 0 SMOH. $12,500 OBO call Robert Eisele 307-672-3421 (06-13) (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 Av i a t i o n , 5 8 0 -2 39 - 9 626 o r e m a i l (06-13)

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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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 (06-13) Universal Turbine Parts has the following engines for sale: 11 ea PT6A-27/28 TSO 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1256, 1458, 2243, 2936,3602 2 ea PT6A-114A TSO 0, 0 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 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 (06-13) 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 (06-13)

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engines Pratt and Whitney overhauled 1340 cylinders call Terry at 870-536-1348 or David at 870-550-1664 (06-13)

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PT6-67AG engine outright sale, also PT6114A disassembled 612-867-6160 01-14 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@ *AgCat Sales/Parts/Service since ‘71* tfn 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) 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

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Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67AG Engine. 1054 TSO, 1266 CSO. Call Grant Wallace at Wipaire for Details 651-414-6828 Email: 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 2013 AT-802A/67AG, FTO, LANE BRAKE & FAN, SS CAMLOCS, SMOKER .......................... $1,353,900 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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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) 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 E n g i n e p r i ce s . We a r e i n te r e s te d in buying or exchanging for any core you may have regardless of condition. Contact: David Hamilton at 918-7567862 or

J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has the larges t selec tion of Lycoming and Continental engine cores in stock. Over 100 to choose from. Call Sid or Jerry for your parts or engines needs. 800-5428565 or email Atfn 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 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 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 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

dispersal equip Hi-Tek Rotary Atomizer - Rotary atomizer Nozzle delivering Uniform Droplet Spectrum, Low Drag, Low Maintenance, Dependable performance. Made In USA. Davidon, Inc. 229 - 6 45 -3605 w w w. tfn Boom Clamps - The Davidon Boom Clamp was designed with simple form and workmanship for ease of use and ease of mind about function. Aluminum construction for 2” and 3” inch airfoil booms. The one you’ve been looking for. Made in USA. Davidon Inc. 229645-3605. tfn


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Spreader Pan 13 Vane Stainless Steel Fabrication, 38 inch gate, good condition, $3,750. In AR Call 501-516-5874 (06-13)

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D i s p e r s a l E q u i p m e n t : We a t h a e r o Feathering Fans, Crophawks, Smokers, F l a g g e r s , N o z z l e s , Tr a n s l a n d , Breckenridge Spreaders, Airfoil Booms, Dry Breaks, Load Hawgs All Aircraft Styles. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800325-0885 tfn 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 con dition, we are simply re ducing our surplus inventory from 40+ years o f s p r ay i n g o p e r at i o n s . H yd r au l i c and electric systems available. Call Bart with any questions at 318-4248395. (06-13)

St a i n l e s s Ste e l Fa b r i c ato r s , I n c .- Spreaders and Accessories. Satisfying customers coast to coast for over 30 years. Manufacturer of “original” 10 vane, 12 vane & “the 13 vane” spreaders plus many more. Repairs on all makes and models including Transland and Swathmaster. Call us for all of your spreader needs 800-7363433 or 870-217-9232. (06-13) CP NOZZLES AND CHECK VALVES. Distribuidor en Argentina: ArAvia S.A. - Venado Tuerto (Sta Fe) T.E. 54-3462433540 - FAX: 438344 tfn 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 ASC Rotary Atomizers - Why use old hydraulic nozzle technology? Rotary Atomizers are proven a s the most accurate method to apply both low & high volume formulations. Made in USA., 317-896-2561 A01-14 CP N OZ ZLE S AN D 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. (06-13) Transland and Agrinautics authorized distributor – Call us with your needs. Sid or Jerry @ J & C Enterprises 1-800-542-8565 or e-mail At fn A SC Rotar y Atomizers - See w w w. results and April 2009 issue of AAU, A. McCracken. Made in USA., 317-896-2561 A01-14 Agrinautics, Inc. Best spray pumps, valves, and strainers in the business! For service w/ a smile,call us at 435-586 -1200. tfn Transland and Agrinautics, overstock sale. Call for listing 662-846-0228 Fax. 662843-0811 t f n TRANSLAND 10 vane spreader for 38” gate, new $9,500.00 AGRINAUTICS, ROOT, CROPHAWK, TRANSLAND, OTHERS $CALL$ Lane Aviation 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-2325401. t f n ASC Rotary Atomizers - Consistent droplets, large flow openings, easy to mount without changing your existing pump, boom and flow control method. Made in USA., 317896-2561 A 01-14

gps Satloc, Intelliflow The leading edge Satloc Level III Service repair center. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, Mo 800-325-0885. 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

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)

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

Thrush S2R aircraft.

Lifetime Spar (60,000 Hr) without inspections. It is economical and easy to install.

Tools for reaming attach bolts Wing Main (Centerwing to Outboard wing) attachment joints for Dromader M -18 p e r r e p a i r s e r v i c e b u l l e t i n #e/02.170/2000 Available for rent. Contact Nancy at Turbine Conversions 616-837-9428 12-14

Hemisphere GPS & Flow Control Dealer Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: tfn

Used Load Hawg in excellent condition out of AT-602, $5000. For More information call 337-789-3529 or email lakeairser@ (06-13)


New Piper tailwheel springs. Call Hershey Flying Service 308-368-5556 (01-14)

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)

Call Eugene For Details at 979-533-1720

The “Century” Wing Spar is now in HERE! FIRST KITS NOW IN STOCK Call today to purchase your kit!!!

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

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)

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)

25 inch Breckinridge Spreader. $1500. Call Chad Stuart. Airplane Services Inc. 850-380-6091. tfn

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


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

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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. (06-13) Cessna Authorized Parts Center: Prompt, World-Wide Par ts Service, Engines, Bonaire 550 Conversions, Wings. MidContinent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-3250885 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

O/H’D THRUSH 29” LANDING GEAR & WE CAN REPAIR / REBUILD YOURS. JOHNSTON AIRCRAFT SERVICE, INC. 559686-1794 / Email info@johnstonaircraft. com 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 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 Serviceable S2R wings, Engine Mount Ayres 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 229-725-5135. E-mail bruceandrews62@ (09-13)

LOAD HAWG-The modern, efficient, safe, perfect way to improve your solids application. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 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 Um par de asas estendida 95% completa do Thrush S2R . A pair of extended wings 95% complete Thrush S2R. Brazil. g arciav i ag r i co l a @ u o l .co m . b r / 16 36274879 (tfn)

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 C o nve r s i o n s at 5 0 9 - 635 -1 21 2 o r . (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

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 tom@ ( 08-13) PARTS, PARTS, PARTS. For all your ag aviation needs, please call Southeastern Aircraft Sales & Service 800-441-2964 Air Tractor Dealer 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 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 Large inventory of Thrush parts surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 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

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

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, ServAero, Spraying Systems, Co., Superbugs, SPH-4 Helmet, Simplex, Tires, Transland, WeathAero. Sky Tractor Supply 800437-5319,, email@, 701-636-5881 (fax) 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

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 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 Air Repair Inc. is the source for the Fast Start Kit to get yours today call Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 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 AT-502 and AT-602. Now available for fall and winter installation Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 tfn

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

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

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 Atfn


Jasco Alternator kits in stock. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 tfn J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. still has one of the largest Cessna, and Piper Ag Aircraft inventories in the USA and has a huge inventory of Lighting and wheel and brake inventory. Let us be your total part provider. Call in your needs - Sid or Jerry 800-542-8565 or 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

propellers H ar t ze ll m o de l H C- C 2Y K-1B F, s/n CH-16579E. For more information email (06-13) 2D30-6101A20,A/R....................... 4,500 2D30-6101A12,0/Iran..................10,500 22D30-6533A12,OHC ................... 5,500 AmAg 870-886-2418 (89F) agcatbscn. com. *AgCat Sales/Parts/Service since ‘71* 12D40-AG100-4, OHC ................15,500 22D40-AG200-2, 1200-SOH, 60-SIRAN & ADCW.........................................20,500 22D40-6533A-12,852 SOH (beautiful).. ........................................................ 19,500 AmAg 870-886-2418 (89F) agcatbscn. com. *AgCat Sales/Parts/Service since ‘71* 12D40-6101A12, 175-SIRAN......11,500 12D40-AG100-4S, 375 SOH, 0-IRAN..... ........................................................14,500 HC-B3TN-3D/5M,OHC w/new +4 Blades ........................................................23,000 AmAg 870-886-2418 (89F) agcatbscn. com. *AgCat Sales/Parts/Service since ‘71* H ar t ze ll m o de l H C- C 2Y K-1B F, s/n CH-41802B. For more information email (06-13) McCauley model 2D36C14-F, S/n 737538. For more information email Chucao@tie. cl (06-13) For sale Hamilton Standard 12D40-403 0-since IRAN. Email: or call 701-284-6755 (06-13) 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. (06-13) 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: 12-13 Hartzell 3 Blade and 5 blade Props, new & used $CALL Lane Aviation 888-995LANE 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-2325401. T F N 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

GE M601- E11 751 HP TURBOPROP C o n v e r s i o n s f o r A i r Tr a c t o r a n d Thrush. Increased Reliability. No Hot Section Inspections. No Nozzles to S e r v ice . C a s c ad e Pre s s u re Cow l – St andard Equipment with Life time 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 Cy c l e s o r 2 Ye a r s . N o w t a k i n g deposit s and scheduling deliveries for mid - late 2011 and early 2012. Please contact Cascade Aircraf t C o n v e r s i o n s a t 5 0 9 - 6 35 -1 21 2 o r to m @ c a s c ad e a i rcr af tco nve r s i o n s . com . tfn


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. Call Pat Ballard Office:870-697-2004 Fax:870-697-3568 185 Hwy. 42 West , Hickory Ridge, AR. Auger Trucks For Sale (Trade-Ins) Also list of customer trucks. Call Auger Dan Office: 870-578-6133 Cell: 870-919-2317 A06-13 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

Air Tractor financing can put an Air Tractor in your hangar. Air Tractor offers competitive financing 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

NEW to the DeSpain Collection, Customized 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

miscellaneous Five day KS rifle hunt. 100% success last 2 years, tags available OTC in June. Can accommodate group up to four. $3500 per gun. I am operator and pilot in South AR. Call Al for details, 870-265-5011 or email (06-13)

To y p l a s t i c m o d e l A i r Tr a c t o r. 12” wingspan, removable stand. G re at toy fo r th e k i ds o r d e s k to p m o d e l . $1 5 + s/ h o r d e r o n l i n e a t w w w. t a k e o f f t o y s . c o m o r e - m a i l t r e v o r e d w a r d s @ s w. r r. c o m t f n

finance/lease 1980 International we t/dr y truck . Automatic Allison Transmission, all Hydraulic with Telescope Boom. $15,000 Call 573-989-6529 (06-13)

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. (06-13)

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 tfn

Don’t miss a great deal on these beautiful models, great addition to your growing collection. Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at t f n

Trade with members of NAAA

2013 AT-502B-34AG available now AT-502B -34AG May 2013 AT-602 -65AG, AT-802A -65AG slot available Fall 2013

800-441-2964 Ask for Rick or Chuck Stone F O B Fort Pierce, FL


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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 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@ (08-13)

iPhone 5 bumpers, Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at t f n

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

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

w w w. Aircr af tCost AG Operators can calculate your break even, % investment return, profit potential, and produce annual & monthly cash flows. Project your financials without spending hours of your time. All reports are produced automatically and accurately af ter you provide your cost inputs and gross application fees. Types of analyses performed include: Company/ Individual Ownership, Managed with/ without Leaseback, Commercial Operation, Agricultural/Fire/Ambulance Operations, Joint 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 t f n 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


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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 fn 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 tfn 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

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 tfn 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

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

HELMET with slide up visor $850. Deluxe Kevlar Helmet with ANR, Softskins, Oregon seals $1200. Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 At fn

English to Spanish Technical Translations Fo r m e r A &P an d Ag - Pi l ot, C ar 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 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 Atfn

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. 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 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 Steve @ North Star Aviation Inc. 620-356-4528 srice@pld. com tfn

wanted to buy Looking to lease turbine PT6 thrush for summer and fall. Please email responses to subject looking to buy or fax 478-987-1836 subject looking to buy. (06-13) 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 (06-13) 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 (06-13)

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. 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

operations Ever wanted to star t your own AG OPERATION (Under Part 137)? As Ag Aviation Consultants we can help you find an airplane, train you. We can help you get your Operating Certificate-Part 137, Private or Commercial. Call Eagle Vistas LLC 772-285-5506 (06-13) Ag Operations for sale, established 30+ years, seasoned Feb-Aug, 2 Airstrips, both w/concrete runways, 100x100 Hangar, 3 Air Tractors, with or without planes. All ground support equipment. Available Fall 2013. Send interests to: blindads@ subject 30 yr operation. or mail interests to 30 Yr. Operations C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry GA 31069 (06-13)

Looking for a multi piston or single turbine operator to buy-out. I prefer chemical sales, a long season, diverse crops, office, hangar and decent equipment. I’m in my late 20s and 8 years of AG. Please email repsonses to or mail to Looking to Buy C/O AgAir Update Po Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (06-13) 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@ (06-13)


Available May-Sept. High time Ag Pilot. FW-RW. 12,000 hrs. Prefer RW but will listen to all offers. Max Trost. 337-8024209 (06-13) Turbine pilot seeking a seat. Have flown AT-502’s, Turbine Thrushes, and turbine Cats. Experienced with everything from rice to corn run work, 35 years old, extremely easy to get along with, and married. Looking for something long term, but will take short term seats until I find it. Licensed in AR, LA, and TX. Getting licensed in others will be no problem. or call 903-949-4966 (06-13) Pilot w/ 3000 Hours 2800 ag time 2600 turbine 12 Piston looking for seat. All ag time was in Arkansas rice & Iowa corn. Lic. Tx, AR, KS, NB, MO, IL and IA, PASS cert. Hard working and capable free to travel wherever the season takes me. Email or call 870-215-2481 (06-13) Pilot and 500g Garrett Thrush available mid-May until the corn run and afterwards. Thirtieth season, licensed in many states. Call Craig @ 970-630-0922 (06-13) Co m m e r c i a l Pi l o t s e e k i n g a s e at . 400TT, 390 TW, 100Ag. Extensive farm background. A&P with Ag A/C experience. NA A A member, PA A SS at tendance. Willing to work ground crew. Looking to become an asset for your operation. References Available gatebox1981@ (06-13)

ENTRY LEVEL AG PILOT TR AINING utilizing Pawnee PA-25/260 CS Dual Cockpit,Dual&Solo Flight Time in Ag Plane. SATLOC BANTAM. Ag Aviation Consultants for Ag Operating Certificate Part 137.See videos at: www.eaglevistas. com. E AGLE VISTA S LLC 772-285 5506 (06-13)

seat wanted Ag Pilot needs work, 12,000 ag, all make and models, 8000 turbine, A&P IA . Please email responses to blindads@ subject Ag Pilot or fax 478-987-1836 attn: Ag Pilot (06-13) Father-Son team seeking full time long term seats. 20,000 hours total time, 14,000 turbine time, 19,000 ag time 35 years experience.(Father) 4,000 hours total time, 2100 turbine time, 3500 ag time 8 years experience.(Son) Licensed in AR and La, Midwest seats welcome christopherowen70@yahoo. com or call 318-418-2493 (06-13) Ver y c apable B ell 20 6 Je t R anger, pilot/mechanic, and ground support equipment in search of ag work or other job opportunities. Please call 561-8762944. (06-13) Ag Pilot with 6,000 Ag; 16,000 TT, Turbine ag time, No accidents, No incidents, No Violations. Looking for Midwest seat, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa. Contact: 314-9688815; Mobile: 314-239-0343 Available immediately (06-13) 3rd Generation pilot, 2nd Generation crop duster looking for my 1st seat. Flying Tiger Graduate w/ Turbine Transition in Thrush S2R-T15. 600TT, 320TW, 20Ag. Instrument rated Commercial pilot. PAASS attendance, available immediately, references available call 863-557-3480 or email marcus.hinshaw@chaletsuzanne. com (06-13)


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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 (06-13) 1600+hrs helicopter, 400+ hrs Ag. Able to travel as needed, Certified applicator Kansas with reciprocity. Contact Ken at 316-209-8466 (06-13) AT-502 & Pilot Available: I am currently looking for May & June 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 (06-13) 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 217-304-5557. We are mobile with ground support if needed and are probably already licensed in your state. (06-13)

help wanted Wanted: Helicopter Ag Operator with ground support equipment to work with midwest operator approx July, August 2013. Prefer turbine. Fax letter of interest to 866-607-5825. (06-13) Wanted: Cessna C188 and 450 Ag Cat pilot for the corn run in July in Iowa must have 1000hrs Ag and REFERENCES send information to REPettis1@yahoo. com (06-13)

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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 (06-13)

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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 (06-13) Year-round helicopter pilot needed for the Southwest area. Night applications mainly. Turbine helicopter, Ag experience a must. Call Miles 928-580-9970 (06-13)



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Back-up Pilot wanted. Ag-Cat with a Garrett TPE331-6 engine. Please send your resume to (06-13) Piston Seat available for the upcoming 2013 season and beyond, May - Sept. in the Midwest (MN, IA, IL, etc.) Min 250 hours AG time, no incidents, clean record. Looking for long term employees and team players Send resume to blindads@ or mail to A & P c/o AG Air Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (06-13) INSTRUCTORS/MENTORS FOR ENTRY LE VEL AG PI LOTS ,CFI O R M e dic al not required for MENTOR POSITION, Flexible times available. Your experience makes you valuable! Give back to the industry! Contact EAGLE VISTAS LLC 772-285-5506 (06-13)

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) IA and A&P mechanics needed. Call 870 -295- 6213 Salary depending on qualifications and experience tfn 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 or mail to A & P c/o AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (01-14) 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) Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. Only $45 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836.

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 AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (01-14)


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AgAir Update, ag aviation's newspaper. June 2013 - Edition in english.

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AgAir Update, ag aviation's newspaper. June 2013 - Edition in english.