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SEATs key element in Texas wildfires inside this edition: Fire burns 11,000 acres in Nebraska • FAA issues Air Tractor SAIB • AAU’s Argentina Excursion 2011 • Adjuvants affect droplet size and anti-evaporants substitute for crop oil Terry Humphrey joins Thrush Aircraft in sales and marketing

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calendar of events June 2011 June 1-2, 2011 IlAAA Spray Clinic Hendrickson Flying Service Rochelle, IL Sue Koning 815-857-4422 Scott Bretthauer 217-722-2212 June 7-8, 2011 IAAA Operation SAFE Clinic Newton, IA Dennis Gardisser 501-676-1762 June 9-10, 2011 IAAA Operation SAFE Clinic Connersville, IN Dennis Gardisser 501-676-1762 Jeff Dungan 765-827-1355 June 9-12, 2011 AgroActiva 2011 Establecimiento El Laurel Santa Fe, Argentina 02477 424040 June 13-16, 2011 Australia AAA Convention Adelaide Hilton South Australia Phone: +61 2 6241 2100 Fax: +61 2 6241 2555

June 15-17, 2011 SINDAG Convention Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul

July 2011 July 3-5, 2011 New Zealand Conference 2011 Wellington, New Zealand

September 2011 September 8-9, 2011 OkAAA Operation SAFE Clinic El Reno, OK Dennis Gardisser 501-676-1762 Sandy Wells 405-341-3548 September 26-30, 2011 SAFE Analyst Training La Junta Municipal Airport La Junta, CO Dennis Gardisser 501-676-1762 September 29-30, 2011 CoAAA SAFE Fly-In La Junta Municipal Airport La Junta, CO Dolle Lehrkamp 719-768-3367

October 2011 October 7-9, 2011 NAAA Fall Board Meeting Greensboro, NC Peggy Knizner Tel: 202-546-5722 Fax: 202-546-5726 October 18-19, 2011 MiAAA Convention University Quality Inn and Conference Center Lansing, MI Polly McKillop 248-760-0732 October 24-26, 2011 KsAAA Annual Convention Grand Praire Hotel Hutchinson, KS Chris Wilson 785-232-2131 October 31- November 1, 2011 M601E Line Maintenance Training Customer Technical Education Center Cincinnati, OH Volume 29, Number 6 JuNe 2011


inside this issue Calendar of events .................................................................................................................... 5 AgAir mail ...................................................................................................................................... 6 It is going to be a busy one................................................................................................................. 9F SEATs key element in Texas wildfires................................................................................................. 10F Simplex Manufacturing acquires Heli-Ap Aviation Products granular spreader................................12F Fire burns 11,000 acres in Nebraska............................................................................................... 14F Aerial fire code proposed in New Zealand........................................................................................ 14F Planes help douse grass fire............................................................................................................. 15F FAA issues Air Tractor SAIB................................................................................................................. 17 Leland Snow memorial scholarship established at Texas A&M University...........................................19 AAU’s Argentina excursion 2011......................................................................................................... 21 Adjuvants effect droplet size and anti-evaporants substitute for crop oil..........................................24 Terry Humphrey joins Thrush Aircraft in sales and marketing............................................................28 Stay with the two.................................................................................................................................. 29 Classified ads.............................................................................................................................. 30


SEATs key element in Texas wildfires inside this edition: Fire burns 11,000 acres in Nebraska • FAA issues Air Tractor SAIB • AAU’s Argentina Excursion 2011 • Adjuvants affect droplet size and anti-evaporants substitute for crop oil Terry Humphrey joins Thrush Aircraft in sales and marketing

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agair mail avgas help We need an ag plane in our area of Toombs county and surrounding counties to do crop spraying on cotton, soybeans, peanuts, corn, etc. Do you know anybody close by that can come, or that I can contact! Enjoyed seeing you fly the new Thrush. Jerry Lilliott Lyons, GA 912-565-7280 Jerry, Hello Jerry. Not sure who you would contact, but maybe someone near you will read your letter and contact you. ­—Bill

the best Enjoy publication! I was saddened by the passing of Mr. Leland. One of the best people I’ve ever met in this industry. Without, him we might be still flying Pawnee’s and Super Cubs. Great fellow! Have a great year. David Owen Kilbourne, LA

Do you have the contact info on any ag operators in Venezuela? I have to get some info on av-gas there. regards, Dudley Beek St . Mary, Jamaica Hello Dudley, How are things in Jamaica? About providing contact info, as a matter of policy AgAir Update does not provide subscribers’ addresses, since we have been entrusted with them, plus consideration for U.S. privacy laws. Good luck finding fuel. Getting pricey here. I remember in the late 90s flying my V-Tail Bonanza to visit you (the first time) and you telling me fuel in Kingston was going to be $5. At the time, I thought that was totally unacceptable! —Bill


Mr. Warren; Thank you for bringing the national problem of MET towers endangering ag-pilots to light on the News10 web site. It should be obvious the wind turbine companies are being negligent in placing these MET towers without David, proper notification and identification. True words there, “we might still be This is proven by the fact they flying Pawnees and Super Cubs”. intentionally design the towers to be Thanks for the compliment on AAU. two feet less than the 200-foot height ­—Bill that requires marking. Mr. Allen’s death is reported to add be the third due to unmarked towers. Hi There! This is Terri Holbert in There will be more if this problem is Purchasing at Air Tractor, Inc. in Olney, not addressed. The towers not only Texas. I would like to be added to the threaten the lives of ag-pilots (you list of people here who receive the Ag don’t survive a collision with a MET Air Update Ag Aviation’s Newspaper tower), but also our search and rescue, at Air Tractor. How would I go about aerial fire fighters, forestry and pipe doing this? What is the price and what line patrol, life flight and other first all is required? Would appreciate your responders. God forbid a life flight help in this matter. helicopter with pilot, nurse, paramedic Sincerely, and patient collide with one of these Terri Holbert towers, not that their lives are any Olney, TX more important than Mr. Allen’s or others. Hello Terri; Best regards, Consider it done. We’ll use the Olney Bill Lavender address with your name in Purchasing. Hope you enjoy.—Bill

Thanks for the feedback. I was personally outraged when I learned the energy companies actively work to conceal these towers. I’m a pilot myself (inactive recently) and have spent a lot of time in TV news helicopters at low altitude. I think AB 511 is a good start, but it’s ridiculous that there isn’t a national regulation on this. George Warren Reporter, KXTV (ABC) News10 Sacramento, CA

aerial seeding Great reports on aerial seeding and how to measure the swath width, etc. I have been working with aerial application of solids in various foreign countries and have developed very simple, low cost practical methods for conducting field analysis that have been used for seeds and also for insecticide granules. Would like to know if you would like a short report for publication? Best regards, Alan McCracken MACBRI Kansas City, MO Alan, I am always receptive to any articles you have about your work in South America and the U.S. —Bill

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Identify these three aircraft used in fire fighting and where you think the photo was taken. Send your submission to

Alaska My name is Doug Glenn I am the president of Glenn Air, Inc in Palmer, Alaska. I have been a Part 137 operator since 1988. I stand by to spray oil dispersant for CISPRI that is a conglomerate owned by Chevron. Tesoro, Unical, Marathon Oil, Shell, etc. I have been a first responder with my Thrush since 1990. It works. I look forward to hearing how it worked out for you in the Gulf of Mexico last year. I was flying about 800 hours per year in the 1990s that has gradually decreased to about 250 the last few years. I do a lot of heavy mine reclamation work, dozers etc. We moved 275,000 yards of top soil on

wiping the ends China is the top export market with $15.1 billion in purchases, nearly 20% of all U.S. exports. Canada is the number two. — OkAAA Congratulations to Derek Williams of Tauranga, New Zealand who, on May 18th, has been agricultural flying for half a century. Derek is still busy aerial topdressing in a Fletcher FU-24-400 in the Bay of Plenty region. — Courtesy Mike Feeney.

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one job last year then flew on seed and fertilizer. I also aerially stock fish. I have dropped two billion salmon so far, actually a few more than that. I have a weird ag business. I also deliver fuel with the Thrush if I can make a buck doing it, I hate it though. We manufacture oil absorbent boom and straw wattles in Palmer, so that keeps us totally busy. You can look at my web site, just Google Glenn Air Alaska and check it out. Dave Johnston and Gustins in Idaho have supplied my parts for years. My dad has an air taxi in Wasilla and used to have an Otter, a Maule and a Cherokee 6. The got rid of the Otter a few years ago. It was too much work for him, almost 70. I have quite a bit of otter and beaver time and was lucky to have owned a Pilatus porter at one time. I got to fly Bob Hoover around here in it and that was a highlight for me. We had a ball also had a bit much to drink the next night. He can put it away. Have you been here before? I sold a beautiful low time Bull Thrush to S.S Helicopters in David, Panama in 2002. Should have kept that plane I bought it

new from Dick Reed. Actually picked it up at the factory from Fred Ayres. Doug Glenn Glenn Air, Inc Northern Reclamation Services LLC Palmer, AK Hello Doug; A very interesting email, to say the least. Actually, I only reported on the SEAT response for the Gulf oil spill and was not involved in it directly. All in all, it was deemed a success. It proved to oil companies the job could be done safely single engine and single pilot. I’m not privy to all the information and I am sure there are details to be worked out, however, I expect should a spill happen again, the SEATs will be a part of the action. It is truly a whole different kind of flying with all the discipline and procedures. I believe I used to have a photo of your Thrush, taken by my South American representative (long story) who flies for United, often to AK. Mark your calendar, I’ll be knocking on your door come July. Of all the places in the world I have chased down ag-operators, never have I been to Alaska. I look forward to it! -Bill

Texas fire When this aircraft came over, I thought of Sandy and you. I took this photo with my cell phone. The pilot was dropping right next to our shop. Here in Possum Kingdom, Texas, we are experiencing the worst wildfires I have ever seen. On the south end of the lake several multi-million dollar homes are totally gone, even a few new ones. Roads are blocked everywhere and people have been evacuated. It is pretty scary and it’s not over yet. Roger is a volunteer fireman and has been fighting these fires on the ground. He’s exhausted, like all of our firemen. Carol Wallace Possum Kingdom, Texas

Hello Carol; I’m sure everyone is very grateful for the efforts your husband, Roger, and all the other firefighters and volunteers have exerted to minimize this terrible wildfire. I’m glad your family and property escaped damages. The aircraft is Tanker 834, an AT-802 Air Tractor manufactured not far from you in Olney. -Bill

loved the story and would never have guessed an original ex-WWII Stearman would still be spraying or dusting. Do you have an email for Joe? Leland Snow’s passing has also made me thoughtful and sad. Even over here in Africa, he took the time to respond to media email enquiries and some Air Tractor questions a few years ago. It’s amazing how a simple act of consideration could inspire such a high regard for a company and person on the other side of the world. How do I get hold of his autobiography? Best regards John Miller Linden, South Africa Hello John; You are welcome for the AgAir Updates. I looked on the Air Tractor web site to see if you could buy Mr. Leland’s book there, but couldn’t find anything, www. I suggest you contact Mrs. Ickert at Air Tractor. She can steer you in the right direction. Also, I’ve forwarded your email to Joe. I’m sure he’ll be in touch. Hope this helps,—Bill

rotor wing Taken a few weeks ago in Northern California, fungicide application in prune orchard. I have more of fixed wing as well, please contact me if you have a need for additional photos. Chris Haile California


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Please put my sub on auto-renewal using my credit card. Love the paper! Hammer Patterson Town Creek, AL Hammer, Consider it done. This way, you don’t have to worry about renewing, plus you get an additional, 13th edition each renewal. —Bill

story Thank you very much for mailing me copies of your magazine - I enjoy every one of them. I was looking at the January issue story of Joe Woolslayer and if you have no objection, I would like to ask Joe if he has a photo of his Stearman that I could use for a small pic and caption in one of the African magazines. I might also send it to a couple of historic aviation magazine friends I have. I

Hello Chris; Great photo. Many thanks for submitting it to AgAir Update. We will be sure it is uploaded to our photo gallery with your credits. As with all photos, there should be a good story. If you have one related to this and/or other photos, please feel free to submit to be considered for publication.—Bill

great life Just finished the April issue. Great tribute to Leland Snow. His many innovations to this industry are a great

accomplishment for a great life. Thank you Leland. Many of us still think his best aircraft was the S2R. How many knew that the R was for “rice model”. The front window was supposed to open so that the pilot could help with the loader, just like with the Stearmans or Ag Cats? I remember when Leland brought his A model to the California convention in Palm Springs. He sold three aircraft to the Imperial Valley operators. Then, he later returned to Douthitt Airstrip in El Centro where four operators were based, my father-in-law being one of them. He was in a B model. I can well remember the distance between the firewall and the back of the 985 P&W. You could hardly get your hand between the firewall and the mags on the Stearman, but I could stand up between the firewall and the engine on the B model. He then went up to Calipatria to demo the plane to Wally Pankratz. Wally felt Leland was on the right track, but wasn’t quite there. Also the 985s were getting expensive and the 1340s were dirt cheap at that time. Wally had bought a bunch of them intending to install them on his N3Ns.I believe Wally invested money with Leland and sent Sam Cook home with him in order to help refine what Wally felt were necessities to Leland’s design and later fazed out his Ns with several C models with the 1340s.He then went through several Ds and into the Rs. I believe Wally also prospered when Leland sold out to Rockwell. Wally remained with the R design and later added the Garrett engine. The Thrush always remained strong in the Imperial Valley. Also in the April issue was a feature on cover crops. I can remember in the late 50s, we flew hairy vetch over cotton in Tennessee before the pickers drug their sacks through the fields. The sacks helped push the vetch into the soil and it provided both pasture and nitrogen for the winter. I spent a lot of hours seeding in my 40 years and remember the frustration of getting a good pattern. The best seeder I ever had was a 1976 AgWagon with a small Swathmaster. With the wing extensions, the Swathmaster had the best reputation for seed and dust in the Valley. I got a lot of new business with that machine. I finally concocted a “feeler gauge”

from strips of scrap galvanized metal as a gate measure so that I could accurately switch from dust, to seed and to granules at different rates. Crop duster innovation, just like many others have had to do. We always held back from the ends (remember a beneficial plant is a weed where it isn’t wanted) and trimmed the ends with the wheels on the deck. Added extra seed for a nice finish on the ends. Thanks for listening to old tales. Tom Mills (XDUSTER) Brawley, CA Hello Tom; Thanks for the compliments. You are a wealth of information. I never knew and probably most pilots don’t, the “R” stood for rice. Seems logical. As for your comment “Thanks for listening to old tales”, I think you should write down these memories and turn them into a series of articles for AgAir Update! You write really good. I can just see the column name — “XDuster Tales”. I bet my graphics people could create a really nice column style graphic with the X, kind of swooping over the “Duster” that has a puff of dust coming from it... Let me know,—Bill

vanity plates Thought you might like this for the occasional license plate pix! A rarity to have two together I believe. The one on the left, “CROPJET”, is mine, and the one on the right, “AGAIR”, is John Cooper’s. We’ve got Idaho covered on ag aviation vanity plates! Sincerely, George J. Parker III

Hello George! Thanks for the pix. You are certainly hanging with a rough crowd (John Cooper). Hope you have a great season and give my regards to John—Bill

will have my Commercial, Instrument, and Multi-Engine ratings. Mr. Edwards Barham with Flying Tiger Aviation referred me to you. If you get the chance, I would greatly appreciate if you would give me a phone call, so I can hear what information you can provide for me. Sincerely, Craig Wheat Henderson State University Hello Craig; Thank you for your email. You are exactly right to start your agpilot career by attending an ag-aviation school. I don’t have a magic wand that will help you get into ag-aviation. I can tell you that only those with immense determination make it, and of course, excellent flying skills. Get involved by visiting Flying Tiger Aviation. That will tell you more about this industry than I ever could. Read everything you can get your hands on, then you’ll know better what kind of questions to ask and better understand the answers you get. The best way to get a jump start in ag-aviation is to subscribe to AgAir Update. We have a special promotion

called: “Ag-Pilot Wannabe”. This gives you a 6-month subscription to AAU, a CD library of last year’s editions of AAU and other valuable information for $29.95. Check our web site for more info: On the side bar click on “You want to be an ag-pilot?” for the $29.95 promo and we’ll send you the “Ag-Pilot Wannabe” packet today. Good luck—Bill

thanks Thanks you for the additional copies of AgAir Update. The article was really fun to read. We really did have a lot of fun on the fishing trip. See you this fall Brenda Watts Watson, AR Brenda; You are welcome and many thanks go to Lynn Baxter, the author and ya’ll’s partner in crime on the fishing boat! Did you eat or catch and release? See ya,—Bill

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It is going to be a busy one Fire season is in full swing and it appears that it going to be the most active one in years. It started in December across Texas and a good swath of the south central states. Texas began contracting aerial resources in mid-February and by mid- April nearly every available aircraft in the country was in the Lone Star State. They would include the DC-10 very large airtanker, seven Air National Guard Modular Aerial Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS), and the Evergreen 747 very large airtanker. Since the first of the year wildfires have ravaged about one and a half million acres and destroyed almost four hundred homes, businesses, and churches. There is no end in sight as the long term forecast calls for

above average temperatures and below average precipitation. Governor Rick Perry asked residents to pray for rain over Easter Weekend to end the inferno. The Evergreen 747 has been based at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, but it is contracted to fight a huge fire burning in Mexico, about seventy miles south of Eagle Pass, Texas. The Mexican government appealed to the United States and Canada to help battle the blaze which is doing a great deal of damage in an ecological sensitive area in a national park. Along with the 747, the Mexicans have contracted three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), and two Type One helicopters. Mexico has appropriated

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$8.3 USDs to support these efforts. All Variable Term Contracts for SEATs have been been canceled for the 2011 fire season. Legal issues over the ranking system the government uses to issue the contracts led to the cancellation. The government has never made public the criteria used to rank the vendors. Many think the system was flawed since its inception and maybe the lawsuits will make it more fair and strait forward. In mid-April, the government canceled the aerial firefighting contract with Aero Union. This is the company that operates the entire fleet of P-3 Heavy Air Tankers. This came at the peak of the Texas spring fire storm. One would think that the government would have allowed

the P-3s to operate during this critical period and straighten out the dispute later. Within about a week, the issues were settled and the aircraft were back in service. It is shaping up to be a very active season across the western states this year, as well. After a three-year slump in activity, it will be welcomed by most aircrews. I hope all have a safe and prosperous season and maybe I will see you in the mountains one day.


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SEATs key element in Texas wildfires by Bill Lavender The official start of fire season in the Lone Star State was mid-November, 2010. A drought of historical proportions combined with a heavy fuel load from the previous heavier than normal summer rains set the stage for the worst fire event in state history. By mid February, the first aerial resources were called out in the form of two SEATs dispatched to Sweetwater in the north central part of the state. They were to be followed within a few days by four more SEATs, along with helicopters and heavy airtankers. Late in the month, the first fire storm hit as a strong cold front brought blustery winds which pushed flames over hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed more than eighty homes. Unfortunately there would be more to follow. During April 2011, Texas was ravaged with unprecedented wildfires, now becoming probably the largest wildfire event in United States history. By the last week of April, in the Possum Kingdom Complex, about 70 miles west of Fort Worth, more than 160 homes and 150,000 acres were lost. Two firefighters on the ground lost their lives fighting the fires. During this same period almost the entire range of the Davis

Mountains was lost to the Rockhouse Fire which scorched over 335,000 acres. Early spring fuel moisture in the single digits, wind speed in the double digits and temperature readings in the triple digits, it was not if, but when these fires would erupt in Texas, a “Perfect Storm”. The Texas Forestry Service (TFS) contracts with private Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) operators to be on standby for wildfires. When the wildfires exploded in the Abilene area, the TFS already had a Portable Airtanker Base (PAB) in position at the Abilene airport supporting eight Air Tractor AT802 SEATs and three “heavy” P2Vs and P3As. By the end of the month, there were 14 AT802s working with the heavies, along with four MAFFS (Modular Aerial Fire Fighting System, a C-130J with a 3,000-gallon tank). MAFFS are not called in until all available resources are being used. It can drop a swath of retardant one-fourth mile wide and 60 feet wide. The SEATs work well in the mix of larger aircraft as they are used to fill in gaps in the retardant lines or reinforce weak areas. Also, Evergreen’s DC-10 has

D-75F fire retardant granule containers with AT-802 in background.


been utilized carrying more than 11,000 gallons of retardant. The aircraft can be filled in eight minutes and its computerized, gravity-fed dump system can release its entire load in eight seconds. It creates a three-quarters mile long and 300-feet wide swath. The Texas Forestry Service is the controlling agency for the Texas fires. It works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forestry Services. These interagencies use a Resource Ordering System (ROS) to determine which, where and how many firefighting resources are used. Wildfires are rated based on the level of planning necessary to coordinate between agencies. Planning Level 1 starts with the initial fire call and these levels increase as the fires ramp up to a maximum of Planning Level 5. In April, the Texas wildfires were at Planning Level 4. Once all resources, ground and air, are fully utilized with all available units working with considerations for flight times, retardant and fuel supplies having reached their limits, Planning Level 5 is implemented.

Mike Kidwell, an employee of the BLM, was the PAB’s Air Tanker Base Manager (ATBM). He arrived on the job April 3 from his home base at Reno-Stead airport in Nevada. Originally, planning on a two-week stay, his command was extended to 30 days, being relieved the last week of April. With Kidwell managing the PAB, 546,715 gallons of D-75F fire retardant was dropped in 15 days. The fires still raged. As one fire event would come under control, another outbreak would occur. From early January when the first fire event occurred in 2011, until early May, more than 4.5 million gallons of retardant have been dropped and over 3,000 flight hours logged by the aerial resources. D-75F fire retardant was used to assist in containing the fires, laying fire lines ahead of the ground personnel and drops on targeted areas. The remaining world’s supply of D-75F was on the ramp at Abilene in late April, about 200 bins. Once it is gone, a new and hopefully even better material will replace it. D-75F retardant is delivered in a collapsable container in powder form. An air blast hose is attached to the bottom of

the container, pushing the dry material up into a pipe that mixes the material with water and stores in one of two 2,500-gallon, spill-contained poly storage tanks. The 2,000-pound container of D-75F mixes with 1,800 gallons of water for a 8.91-pound per gallon fire retardant solution. This solution contains NPK fertilizer, salt, coloring agent and an antievaporate dropping agent. The salt is a tried and true fire extinguisher (“throw salt on the fire”), while the NPK helps to restore the land nutrients, coloring agent to see where the retardant lands and the anti-evaporate helps reduce evaporation in very adverse conditions. The mix ratio of D-75F to water is critical, as well as the salt content of the solution. A MicroMotion machine assures the solution is the correct density. A spectrometer checks the salt content. The P3A is loaded 22,721 pounds (2,550 gallons), the P2V with 18,533 pounds (2,080 gallons) and the AT802 with 6,683 pounds (750 gallons) of the D-75F mix. The loading is overseen by two mix managers, while three ramp managers direct the aircraft on and off the loading ramp. SEAT aircraft contracts are flight time managed, both for pilot safety and payment. The flight time starts when the pilot announces on take off, “On the roll” and stops when the pilot pulls up on the ramp and announces, “I’m in the blocks”. The pilot is limited to a 14-hour workday with no more than eight hours of actual flight time during that period. There must be a minimum of 10 hours of uninterrupted rest between workdays and there must be at least one 24-hour period of off time away from the fire base every seven days. Helicopters, which operate from a different base but coordinate with fixed wing aircraft and “heavies” are the primary aerial defense, while SEAT aircraft (all AT802s) fills a unique position with its maneuverability, catching tight spots and filling gaps in fire lines. The SEAT is most effective within a 50-mile radius of the PAB or a satellite base. If the SEAT has to ferry more than 50 miles, between loads the time element allows the fire to get ahead of the retardant’s effect. All flights are coordinated with the lead spotter aircraft, usually a King Air, that makes the fire drop run to be sure it is safe for the air tankers. The pilot relays this information to the air tankers as well as the Incident Commander,

who choreographs ground operations. Sometimes the spotter aircraft has an Air Tactical Group Supervisor on board. Then, the spotter aircraft is designated as a Bravo Ship. After a drop inspection has been made by a Bravo Ship, the pilot can circle above the fire while the Air Tactical Group Supervisor makes decisions about the dynamics of the fire while directing air traffic and relaying information to the ground ops Incident Commander. Unless there is a miracle of wet weather and subsided wind, the Texas wildfires will continue on into the summer. Depending on the weather, the Planning Level could remain at four, increase to five or be reduced. The fuel for the fires is persistent and in combination with dry, windy conditions, the wildfires and the aerial assaults will continue with SEAT aircraft playing a vital role. It wasn’t that long ago, the availability of a SEAT did not exist. Only in recent years has the SEAT proved itself as a viable firefighting tool.



1. Mike Kidwell with D-75F containers. Air is blasted into the retardant container to stir up the powder that exits the top of the container into a hose that is connected to the red venturi-like pipe. Here, water is injected into the powder as it passes through, mixing it into solution as it dumps into the 2,500-gallon holding tank. 2. Mix managers set up the MicroMotion machine. It monitors the density and load amount to the air tankers. 3. Interior office of the PAB with computers tracking air tankers working fires. 4. One of two U.S. Portable Airtanker Bases, working from the command center; all the Air Tanker Base Manager needs is a ramp to store fire retardant, water supply and aircraft fuel. Inside is an office for monitoring fire activity and tracking in real-time by the air tankers using transponder-based Automated Flight Following (AFF). Also, the unit contains an inventory of supplies typically needed at an air tanker base.

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indication of Simplex Manufacturing Co’s continued investment in the agricultural spray market”. He also commented that “Simplex has been the leader in the spray business for 65 years and we intend to maintain that leadership position with additional new agricultural products that will be introduced later this year”.

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Fire burns 11,000 acres in Nebraska A wildfire April 22nd burned 11,000 acres near Thedford, Nebraska threatening at one point to spread to buildings in the community. Thomas County Sheriff Gary Eng said no structures were damaged, no wildlife were killed and the only injuries were two firefighters from Valentine who suffered minor burns. Eighteen sections of land were blackened by the blaze. Sheriff Eng says the fire was started when an all-terrain vehicle being used by a rancher checking his livestock ignited dry grass in a field. Eng said with the fire being whipped

along by 30-to-40 mph winds, losses could have been much worse. At its peak, the fire was nine miles long and a mile wide...coming to within about two miles of federal land managed by the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands. More than 200 firefighters from over 20 departments spent about seven hours battling the blaze, with help from a plane flown by NATA member Garry Wells, Wells Air Service in Scotia, dropping water and foam. Source: NATA newsletter

Planes help douse grass fire from Aurora News-Register A smoldering burn pit caught fire late Wednesday afternoon along 18 Road near Phillips and burned an estimated quarter section of grass before area firefighters and two airplanes combined efforts to bring it under control. Giltner Fire Chief Perry Hosier reported from the scene that strong winds were apparently a factor in the fire, which broke out on property owned by Gene Gustafson. “It looks like it started in a burn pit area,” Hosier said. “When we got here the winds were up to 15 to 20 miles per hour. It’s something that could have been burning a week or two weeks with that much stuff in a pile. The winds just picked up and with everything so dry we’re very fortunate to have the mutual aid departments and the aerial apparatus.”

“If they get a fire that gets away from them or one they need extra help with, the local fire department contacts NEMA (the Nebraska Emergency Management Association) and then they approve it and either call the fire chief or dispatcher to line it up.” Jensen noted that both of his two aircraft on site at the Aurora Municipal Airport were undergoing annual maintenance, though he was able to get

one ready for service rather quickly. “I had to put some panels on one airplane so it took about 35 minutes from the time they called until the time we were in the air.” Jensen called Rick Boardman at Henderson, who was quickly in the air headed for the Aurora airport. Both planes were filled with water by the Aurora Cooperative, dumped their load on the fire and then returned to be filled

again, this time by area farmer Galyn Hurst, who brought his water-loaded semi to the airport. Doug Krueger piloted the Traudt Aerial plane, while Boardman flew the plane from Henderson. “They were able to get into some areas where the fire department couldn’t get with their trucks and equipment,” Jensen said. “They thought they did some good.” Source:

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FAA issues Air Tractor SAIB Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) CE-11-30, issued May 9, 2011, informs registered owners/operators of all Air Tractor, Inc. AT-250, AT-300, AT400, AT-500, AT-600 and AT-800 model series aircraft (under Type Certificate Data Sheets A9SW, A17SW, and A19SW) of an airworthiness concern. Specifically, this SAIB provides guidance with special emphasis for general and detailed inspection and repair of corrosion that can be expected in the Air Tractor airframe structure under the severe special use environment these airplanes operate in. At this time, this airworthiness concern has not been determined to be an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received reports of severe corrosion affecting various primary structure in Air Tractor, Inc. model airplanes. The range of Air Tractor models shares a similar philosophy in both structural design


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Leland Snow memorial scholarship established at Texas A&M University Olney, TEXAS – The family of aviation pioneer and Air Tractor founder Leland Snow and the non-profit Texas A&M Foundation have established an endowment fund for the Leland Snow Memorial Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering. The scholarship fund will provide resources to assist Texas A&M Aerospace Engineering students who show exceptional leadership and problem-solving skills, creativity in aircraft design, and academic promise. Leland Snow, Texas A&M Class of ‘52, founder and President of Air Tractor, Inc., died February 20, 2011 at age 80. He built a 53-year legacy of aircraft design and innovations that ushered in the era of the modern agricultural spray plane. Olney Texas-based Air Tractor, the company he founded in 1972, produces the world’s most popular aerial spray aircraft and single engine air tankers for aerial firefighting. Snow was actively involved in engineering and management of the company until his death. In Snow’s book, Putting Dreams to Flight, he described his days as an adventurous young student at Texas A&M making numerous parachute jumps near and on the campus. This was in the late 1940’s when parachutes were intended for emergency use rather than sport. As a senior Aeronautical Engineering student, he began design and construction of his first airplane, the Snow S-1. As a member of the Cadet Corps, he lived in the dorm and would not be allowed to store the steel tubing for the fuselage frame in his quarters without violating the school’s military code, so he hid the tubing in a long

shipping box between two sofas in the visitors’ room. Kristin Edwards, Snow’s oldest daughter and Vice President - Sales at Air Tractor, commented, “The qualities that my father exhibited as a young Aggie – a willingness to take risks and a focused determination to achieve his goals in spite of obstacles – are what helped make Air Tractor the success it is today. Our family wants to continue his legacy by rewarding a student who shows similar characteristics.” Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch remarked that Snow was a prolific aircraft designer whose accomplishments impacted the lives of millions. “Leland Snow was single-handedly responsible for certifying 29 different model airplanes. And then there’s an additional 20 variant models that were certified from his early designs sold to Rockwell-Standard Aero Commander in 1965. His bright yellow airplanes are responsible for increasing the production of food and fiber in the United States and many countries around the world.” Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas, head of the Aerospace Engineering Department at TAMU, remarked, “The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University is very proud of the accomplishments of Leland Snow and would like to see his legacy continue for years to come. His tireless efforts, keen intellect, strong discipline and work ethic resulted in lasting aircraft designs that will provide inspiration to future generations of students. They will know that their potential for growth and success has no limits because Leland has

paved the way for them. The gift by the Snow family to establish the memorial scholarship will allow his name and legacy to continue and we are thankful for that.” Donations to the Leland Snow Memorial Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering can be sent to:

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From the first to the last Ag Cat by Bill Lavender Along interstate I-10 in southern Louisiana sits the oldest ag-operation in the state, Lyon Flying Service. Started in 1954, the company has always been owned by one man, Emery Lyon. Lyon Flying Service was one of the first Ag Cat operators and distributors in the country, buying its first Ag Cat in 1959. Not only does Lyon Flying Service still operate Ag Cats in the rice country of Louisiana (two turbine-powered, 550-gallon modified hopper D-models), it continues to stock over $20,000 in Ag Cat parts, even though the aircraft is no longer manufactured. In the early 1950s while Emery Lyon’s brother was away at college, Emery decided that he could fly his brother’s Vagabond. Without permission, training or an incident, Emery successfully circumvented the 45-minute bus ride

to school and commuted via aircraft. He continued flying, unlicensed, to airshows and events as far away as Houston, Texas. It was on one of these cross country trips the FAA finally caught up with him. To satisfy the FAA, and to the dismay of Emery’s brother, Emery’s parents sold the Vagabond. Letting a little time pass after the run-in with the FAA, Emery decided to purchase an Aeronica Chief and use the aircraft to formally attended flight school on the Welsh airport. After Emery graduated with a Private Pilot’s License, there was a fatal accident at the flight school that closed its doors, ending Emery’s “formal” flight training. Later, Wilson Dorion formed Welsh Flying Service using Stearmans. Knowing Emery was a pilot, Dorion asked Emery to fly for him. Emery declined, citing his lack of Stearman time. Undeterred, Dorion insisted Emery

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Lyon decided he would never own a mono-wing aircraft; ending any further discussion about buying a Thrush. After the Stearman crash, Emery sent a letter to Grumman Aircraft inquiring about buying an Ag Cat, even though at the time the aircraft had a poor spray system and no dry system. That year, Lyon Flying Service bought its first Ag Cat, Serial Number 5. In 1961, executives from Grumman visited Emery in Welsh. This visit started the process that eventually replaced the six Stearmans with four Ag Cats

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and established Lyon Flying Service as a dealer for the next thirty-plus years. While in Welsh, the Grumman executives hired Emery’s shop foreman “Sparky” Heisten, who eventually engineered and patented a vane spreader and a sliding, cam hopper gate door for the Ag Cat. He eventually retired from Grumman. Since that first Ag Cat purchase, Lyon Flying Service has sold over 900 Ag Cats. The company has bought over 50 Ag Cats for its use; flying, then replacing them in three or four seasons with new ones. As an Ag Cat dealer, Emery worked with Grumman to develop the Ag Cat spray and dry systems, as well as 46 and 64-gallon fuel tanks. He recommended to Grumman that they not offer the 46-gallon fuel tank, but Grumman did anyway. Between Lyon Flying Service and Dick Reade’s Mid-Continent Aircraft Sales and Service in Hayti, Missouri, 80% of all Ag Cats built were sold by them. Lyon Flying Service sold its last new Ag Cat in 1992. During its 55 plus-year history, Lyon Flying Service was a Cessna and Dromader dealer. In the early 1980s while a Dromader dealer, the company helped Melex certify 35 Dromaders.

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Lyon Flying Service has certified 35 new A and B-model Ag Cats with turbine conversions. The company would use a radial “ferry” engine to bring the aircraft from the Ag Cat factory in Elmyra, New York to Welsh where they were converted to turbine power. Lyon Flying Service bought the first turbine “D” model, 550-gallon Ag Cat in 1981. The engine was a PT6A-15AG. The company still owns the aircraft and has operated it every season since. Now, the aircraft has a PT6A-34AG engine. In the aircraft’s 30-year history, it has survived

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30 pounds of seed per acre. During soybean planting, timing is critical, with a watchful eye on the weather. If there is rainfall before the aerially planted soybean is two inches tall, it will rot and require replanting. Lyon Flying Service used to treat 15,000 acres of sugar cane. The applications came at a time that fit well with the rice work. However, sugar cane acreage has reduced to about 2,000 acres, being replaced by soybeans and rice. Emery Lyon and Lyon Flying Service have served southern Louisiana farmers and Ag Cat operators from around the world for over 50 years. Emery experienced the beginning of what once was the greatest and most popular ag aircraft built, the biplane Ag Cat. Emery, Lyon Flying Service and Ag Cat’s history is inseparable.

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NTSB Identification: *ERA11LA216* Date: March 25, 2011 Location: Culpepper, VA Aircraft: HILLER UH-12E Injuries: 1 Uninjured. On March 25, 2011 a Hiller UH-12E helicopter was substantially damaged during a forced landing into an open field, following an uncommanded high engine rpm and a loss of lift, while surveying an area for spraying near Culpepper, Virginia. The pilot reported that he was flying approximately 150 to 200 feet above ground level when he noted an uncommanded high engine rpm; the helicopter turned approximately 60 degrees in heading, and experienced a loss of lift. He reduced the collective and initiated an auto rotation. After

the helicopter came to rest, the pilot exited the helicopter, and reported that the transmission was “hot” and the transmission cooler was “the same temperature as the outside air temperature.” According to photographs provided by a FAA inspector that responded to the accident location, the helicopter was resting on the hopper that was utilized to carry the applicant and it was leaning about 45 degrees to the left. The tailboom was severed and the main rotor blades were damaged.

NTSB Identification: *WPR11LA181* Date: April 01, 2011 Location: Palouse, WA Aircraft: CESSNA 188, Injuries: 1 Serious. On April 1, 2011, about 1240 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna A188B collided with terrain during an aerial application flight near Palouse, Washington. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage from impact forces. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The operator reported that the pilot was on his third pass on the field, which was bordered by a butte. During the turn out, the airplane collided with the terrain.

AAU’s Argentina excursion 2011 AgAir Update’s Argentina Excursion - Part 2 by Bill Lavender In the May edition of AgAir Update, on Day 1, Walt and I arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina from the United States and drove north to overnight in Rosario. On Day 2, we drove further north where we visited SpeedAgro and Tiger SRL in Sauce Viejo, in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina north of Buenos Aires about 450 km (300 miles). After a full day, we returned to Rosario for the evening. Day 3—In Rosario for day 3, Walt and I visited Arrowws, which was founded in 1998 by Lisandro Falzone, the company’s president. Arrowws manufactures AgroSpray adjuvant products for agricultural aviation. All AgroSpray products are 100% manufactured in Argentina. AgroSpray’s Harrier is an oil-based anti-evaporate. It replaces higher concentrations of emulsifiable crop oil and is more compatible. One liter of

Harrier is the equivalent of twenty liters of crop oil. Used primarily with herbicide applications, Harrier contains silicone agents that help break surface tension when the spray droplet contacts the plant and improves penetration. Harrier Strike is designed for use with insecticides and Harrier Sentry for fungicides, each formulated to give the best possible results with each type of chemical.

AgroSpray’s Maxi-Drop is an adjuvant that is combined with Harrier in tank mixes. Its mission is to minimize drift from the target site and work as a sticking agent. The mix rate is 10-20 ml per 100 liters of water. A typical 1500-liter tank mix would require 1.5 - 2 liters of Maxi-Drop. AgroSpray continually monitors the mixing and application procedures of

(L-R) AgroSpray Technical Representative, Gustavo Ghirardi, and AgroSpray’s Roberto Falzone at the AgroSpray offices in Rosario, Argentina.

the new customer, showcasing their concern for the customer’s success when using AgroSpray products. This insures the applicator selects the right product and mixes it correctly. One way this is accomplished is using AgroSpray’s Full Control to check the pH of the mix water. By adding a measured amount of Full Control, the pH of the water can be determined by its color. Once that is done, the pH can be corrected with the prescribed amount of Full Control to neutralize the water, making the chemicals in the mix more effective. AgroSpray’s products are tested with aircraft spraying dye-sensitive cards placed in a line perpendicular to the aircraft’s flight path. The check cards are scanned and evaluated using “Stainmaster” computer software. Arrowws employees 16 people. It is building a new facility in Rosario in order to handle the increased demand for its AgroSpray products. AgroSpray products are certified and sold in Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Uruguay. With lunchtime quickly approaching,

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late at night for dinner is the norm in Argentina. It was mid-afternoon before beginning our lunch under the trees beside the hangar. As it often is, a glass of Argentina red wine (vino fino tinto) spurs the conversation, comparing ag-aviation in each country. With the day coming to a close, Walt and I bade farewell to the Fargioni’s and returned to our hotel in Rosario. Tomorrow would be Day 4 (of six days) when we would visit an operator near Las Parejas and from there to see an old friend, Guillermo Giordana, in Venado Tuerto for the night.

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Walt and I excused ourselves and departed AgroSpray to visit with Fargioni Servicios Aereas in Pujato, about a 45-minute drive. Mauricio Fargioni and family had prepared us a very delicious parrillada (BBQ) lunch at their hangar. Mauricio Fargioni started spraying in a C-188 AgTruck in 1978. In 1997, he made the transition to an AT502 with a PT6A-15AG engine - buying it used from Ag Sur, the Argentine Air Tractor dealer. By 2006, he had added a new AT402 with a PT6A-11AG engine. Last year,

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New Thrush spar cap STC by Bill Lavender There is an estimated 800 Thrush aircraft in the U.S. and another estimated 600 worldwide that will require the replacement of the lower spar cap to remain airworthy. Depending on the AD identified group the aircraft is in, the lower spar cap and splice block will have to be replaced somewhere between 5,400 and 6,200 hours of total time on the wings. This excludes recent and current production Thrush aircraft with its 29,000-hour wing. Previously, the choices available to meet the FAA’s AD have been a replacement of the lower spar cap with a new production unit, or installing the STC’d Avenger kit. In July 2011, the Century Wing Spar Mod, STC’d by Gulf Coast Ag Aircraft Sales and Service of Wharton, Texas will be available. The Century Wing Spar Mod is a lifetime wing lower spar cap fix that comes with a new lower spar cap and splice block assembly, hardware and tool list. Eugene Shanks, Sr. began developing

the “Century” in 2009. Originally, the design would have allowed the kit to be installed without removing the wing. However, the FAA would not approve the procedure and Shanks had to develop a replacement kit that is now the Century. The STC was issued April 8, 2011 and includes all S2R and S2D model Thrushes up to the factory’s 29,000-hour wing. Gulf Coast is currently establishing a network of dealers throughout the U.S., who can provide the kit and/or install it. The kit is shipped in a 20-foot container via truck. The lower spar cap is made from heat treated, aircraft grade, 4340 American steel. The steel is ultrasound checked before the spar cap is machined from the stock. The estimated installation time is 300 shop hours. This includes drilling off the fuel tank bottom of each wing and the leading edge skin from the rear spar line to the nose of the rib. The remaining top half of the wing remains intact. The bottom wing skins are drilled

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Adjuvants affect droplet size and anti-evaporants substitute for crop oil The following is a presentation made by Alan McCracken (MACBRI) at the 2010 ASABE/NAAA Technical Session, sponsored by ASABE Technical Committee PM-23/6/2, at the 44th NAAA Convention & Exposition in Savannah, GA December 6, 2010. Written and submitted to AgAir Update by Alan McCracken and Victor Escalas (SpeedAgro). A series of field tests were conducted in Argentina to report on the use of adjuvants for improvement in the deposition of spray droplets and their effect in reducing losses due to evaporation. During the tests it was observed that the applied products behaved differently when applied through rotary atomizers than when applied using hydraulic nozzles. The outcome of the tests proved that adjuvants have a positive effect on the number of droplets collected when using water sensitive collection cards. The tests were conducted during

temperature ranges of 28-34°C (5870°F) and a relative humidity range of 22-45% with wind speeds ranging 5-11 MPH with an average of speed of 8.8 MPH at 90 degrees to the line of flight. Six different aircraft with different “found” spray systems (without making modifications) were used; Ayres Turbo Thrush, Thrush 600, Air Tractors AT401 and AT401, Cessna 188 and Kruk-106. Four types of rotary atomizers were represented; Micronair, Techmoliq, Aleman and JIB. The last three are manufactured in Argentina and Micronair in England. Also included in the spray equipment were ceramic hollow cone and CP09 nozzles. The spray volumes ranged from 0.3 - 1.2 GPA with a red dye added to enhance the visual effect of the droplets. The objective of the tests was to compare the efficiency of droplet collection with water sensitive cards [25 cm x 75 cm] placed at different

angles relative to the wind direction at a height of 20 cm. A total of four consecutive swaths were made upwind with an analysis made of the first swath. The Ayres Turbo Thrush with Tecmoliq rotary atomizers made the application for Graph 1. This graph evaluates the relative droplet collection efficiency of cards placed at different angles using a silicon additive (SpeedAgro’s SpeedWet Siliconado NG). Average number of droplets/cm² collected with five lts/ha.

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the vertical cards, most likely due to the effect of the product in reducing the surface tension and consequently smaller droplets. Both the visual observation and the droplet analysis confirmed the following result; Horizontal cards were best for the collection of large drops, however had a low efficiency in the collection of small droplets. The other extreme was with vertical cards that collected very few or no large droplets. This trial demonstrated clearly that for collection of a complete droplet spectrum the cards must be placed at a 45 degree angle facing the wind direction. With the Kruk-106 using hollow cone

nozzles set at 90 degrees relative to the wind and applying 12 l/ha (1.1 GPA) and the AT402 using CP09 nozzles with an application rate of 8 l/ha (0.75 GPA), the addition of SpeedWet reduced the values for Dvo.1, Dvo.5 and Dvo.9 as well as the %CV confirming the effect of producing a more uniform droplet size (see Tables 3 and 4). It is also apparent the Nimbus-brand oil had a dramatic effect in reducing the droplet size, probably due to the effect on the surface tension. With an AT502 using Micronair AU3000 rotary atomizers at an application rate of 3 l/ha, the addition of SpeedWet resulted in larger droplet sizes

Table 3: KRUK-106 Hollow cone nozzles at 90 degrees and 12 litres/ha [1.2 gpa] Test

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With the Air Tractor-402 using CP09 flood nozzles at an application rate of 8 l/ha, the test cards were placed horizontally, 45 degrees and vertically at five positions across the swath with a crosswind. Note the very dramatic difference in the number of droplets collected between the horizontal cards and those at 45 degrees and vertically, with as many as six times more droplets being collected on the inclined and vertical cards when compared to the horizontal.

Table 4: AT-402 with CP09 nozzles, 8 litres/ha [0.8 gpa] Test

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

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

2003 802A -67AG 2046 TTAF Standard Transland Gate, Radio Package, Satloc M3, Red and White, Very nice Call Brandon 318-303-3147 ( 0 6 - 11 ) 1996 AT-502B 7,900 horas tiempo total. 900 horas desde sección caliente y reparación de caja de potencia. 900 horas desde reparación hélice. Vigas nuevas instaladadas en fábrica, Equipado para combate de incendios con compuerta hidráulica y radios. SATLOC M3, aire condicionado, abanico variable con freno eléctrico, boquillas CP. $460,000Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 t f n 2007 Air Tractor AT-401B, ¡65 Horas desde nuevo! Satloc M3, Medidor de flujo Micronair, Helice hydromatica de 3 palas, en condiciones de nuevo. $355,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 t f n

AT-401s several units 2006 and 2007 year models. Less than 200 hours TT. Like new. 3-blade prop. Contact for prices:, +34667102184. tfn Large inventory or Air Tractor Parts. Surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662843-0811 tfn Save money. Buy used. Parting out several Air Tractor 402, 502, 602, and 802, Thrush and , Ag Cats. Call Chad Stuart. Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091 ( 0 6 - 11 )

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

FOR SALE: USED AT 401 & 1340 ENGINES & ACCESSORIES We are converting our spray planes to turbines, therefore we have the following for sale:

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

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

1987 AT 301 N7312R TT 5373.3 hrs, engine TT SMOH 1020.8 hrs, prop AG 100-2 w/138.7 hrs smoh. AC, flow controller, windshield washer, smoker, 47 CP nozzles, spreader,SS spray valve, new battery, annual May 2010. Center section butterfly done. $69,500 Call HM 843-5869422 or Cell 843-454-6206 ( 0 6 -11)

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(1) 1340 engine--with 830 TT................ $25,000.00 (1) 1340 engine--with zero time--Tulsa Aircraft Overhaul ............................................... $52,000.00 1969 Cessna 188 Ag Wagon, 2500 TT, 55 SMOH, Motor da caixa Continental, Satloc Lite, duas pares de barras inox (CP & rotativos), Spreader e mais. Muito bem conservado e arrumado Pronto para trabalhar. R$280.000,00 Homoligado em Brasil em 2005, Localisado em Goias ( 0 6 - 11)

(2) Hamilton Standard props model 12D40, Ag 100

1955 Cessna C-170B 2050TTSN, 350SMOH by High Performance Aircraft Engines of Mena, AR. Very nice 170B. Excellent trainer for ag pilot. 870-897-4548 ( 0 6 - 11)

(2) sets of 1340 exhaust pipes........... $3,500.00 ea

1977 Cessna 150, 3,100 Horas desde nuevo, “0” horas desde reparación mayor – motor. GPS, Nav-Com, Transponder w/ encoder. Recién pintado. $35,000 956-399-5323, t f n

AT-402B: Go turbo. The AT-402B, with the time-proven Pratt & Whitney PT6A-15AG turbine engine, offers impressive climb rates and overall performance. The AT-402B’s light handling characteristics help reduce pilot fatigue – while delivering the payload, speed and productivity that helps create profits. Visit your Air Tractor dealer TFN 2005 AT-602-60 Ready Nov. 2011 current 3650 est hours in Nov. 4200+ Del Norde variable rate, elec. brake, wingman, smoker, spreader, CP’s. Call 662-588-6002 ( 0 6 -11) 2007 AT-401B, 65 TTAF, 65 SMOH, 3 BLADE HYD, COM, TXP, LIKE NEW $355,000.00 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-342-5451 or FAX: 281-232-5401. t f n

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

cessna Cessna airframe parts, Continental and Lycoming engine parts, and a few spray system parts, new surplus, big discounts! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-6980280. Check stock at t f n

Will trade nice 1972 Super Viking for flying Ag Truck or Pawnee. Will consider projects. Call Jerry at J & C Enterprises Aviation, Inc. 1-800-542-8565 A 8 -11 WE have the largest NEW inventory of Cessna 188 AG Truck & Ag Wagon parts in the USA. Parting out many other air crafts as well. J & C Enterprises Aviatiion INC 800-542-8565 or Email Sid or Jerry at A 8 -11 Cessna 337, several units, very low flight hours, perfect state, extremely careful maintenance, fully equipped, long range tanks, fully IFR, contact for prices and specs. info@, +34667102184 t f n

dromader 1996 M18A 7000 TTAF, 900 SMOHE, center section needs repair, $50,000. call Matt 830-334-3373. (0 6 -11)

blades .............................................. $10,000.00 ea (1) Hamilton Standard prop model 12D40, Ag 200 blades ....................................................$11,000.00 (1) 1340 used alternator ......................... $1,200.00 (2) Air Tractor speed rings .................... $800.00 ea (1) dry spreader for Air Tractor with 28” gate$400.00 (1) dry spreader for a Brave....................... $400.00 (1) dry spreader for a Pawnee ................... $200.00 (2) magnetos for a Brave IO-540-Lyc ... $800.00 ea (1) starter for a Brave IO-540-Lyc ........... $1,200.00 (1) 1340 Air Tractor engine mounts ........ $2,000.00 (1) 1340 Air Tractor (Pacific Oil) oil cooler . $800.00

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M18 7200 TT, 800 SMOH, 300s/new prop. perfect corn airplane! 200+ acre loads easy. Pay for it in one week. 80’ swath, all options, Satloc, smoker, emergency hyd., tall tail strut. $80,000 Call 573-481-0474; 573-246-3216 (06-11)

piper 1979 Piper Pawnee Brave, PA 36-450, Conversion a Pratt & Whitney Radial R-985 de 450hp! 3,972 horas tiempo total, 712 horas desde reparación mayor motor. $75,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 t f n

1971 Pawnee C serial 25-5454 Always Canadian registered 5547 TTSN 1884 SMOH 775 since bottom overhaul Prop 775 since overhaul. Kron STC 250 HP. AgNav Guia Gold GPS micronair monitor. Spreader available. CP nozzles on drop stainless booms. Aircraft in good condition. $48,000 Cdn without GPS $40,000 Cdn for more info email or call 519-633-7277 ( 0 6 - 11 )

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; 330698-0280. Check stock at tfn

WORLD WIDE THRUSH Sales Exclusive U.S. dealer Canada, Mexico- New/Used Ag Thrush, 34-510, 550-60, 660-67. *FINANCING AVAILABLE*Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO/ (573) 359-0500. 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 A 8-11

‘91 S2R T34/510, 9983 TT AF&E, fresh annual & HSI, fully equipped, M-3, A/C, etc. Call for price. Darryl Riddell. South Delta Aviation. 870-572-9011 (06-11)

Thrush Aircraft has two Radio Magnetic Indicators – K1 229, Part # 066-3038-00, 14/28 vol to sale. New and only asking $4005 each. Email or call 229.789.0453. (tfn)

1979 Thrush (T-27) 400 gallon 10,900 TTAF, fresh annual, all Breckenridge SS spray system w/SS spray valve, elec Lane fan brake, M3 Staloc, relined hopper, good glass, metal tail, 3 strobe & landing lites, polished spinner, Fresh wing insp & 1000 hrs left on spar caps. Nice paint, new Thrush scheme. Starter gen 0SMOH, fresh hot section, 1200 since Iran, 500 SPOH W/+4 blades, dual aileron servos, smoker, all CP Nozzles. $270,000 MO 573-481-0474; 573-246-3216 (06-11)

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

“The World Center of Ag Aviation” Distributors - New Thrush, Cessna, Satloc, Weatherly So whether it’s ag-craft sales, services, parts or insurance We are Big enough to serve you Anywhere - Anytime - PromPtly Small enough to need and appreciate your business

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

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1989 S2R M601E-11/400 (751 SHP) TIGER PACK WALTER CONVERSION 5212 TT 50 S. O/H ENGINE NEW 3 BLADE AVIA PROPELLER 400 Gal Hopper, Agrinautics Fan and Lane Electric Brake, Stainless Booms, CP Nozzles with AFS Check Valves, 2” Left Bottom Load, Extended Wings, 230 Gal. Fuel, Aileron Servos, Vortex Generators, 29” Tires, Nav / Strobe / Instrument / Landing Lights, Flagger, Smoker, Satloc Lite Star GPS, Good Paint / Tires / Glass / Fabric. $ 385,000.00 U.S Email t f n

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1969 S2RM601E-11/400 (751 SHP) TIGER PACK WALTER CONVERSION 9635 TT 2345 SINCE OVERHAUL ENGINE 175 S. O/H 3 BLADE AVIA PROP. 400 Gal. Hopper, Stainless Steel Spray System, 58 CP Nozzles, Lane Fan and Electric Brake, 2” Left Side Load, Extended Wings, 106 Gal Fuel, Wing Root Fairings, Aileron Servos, Serv-Aero Turtleback, Nav / Strobe / Instrument / Landing Lights, 29” Tires, Oregon Aero Seat Cushions, Smoker, Flagger, Satloc M 3 GPS, Big Butterfly, Good Fabric / Paint / Tires / Glass. $ 210,000.00 Email info@ t f n 1992 Ayres 510 D C - 7,600 Hrs. TT; Garrett -6 Engine Low Time; M-3 with Variable Rate Flow Control, C.P. Nozzles; SS Spray System with Lane brakes; Air Conditioner; Smoker; Low time Prop; Nice clean airplane that is ready to work Priced To Sell Call Eugene 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A 4 - 12

thrush 1993 Thrush S2R with PT6A-41, 6,745TT, 180 SHOT, 0 SPOH, 510 Gallon Hopper with hydraulic lid opener, long range fuel(230 gal), Air Conditioning, Heater, Metal Tail, heavy duty gear, aileron servos, CK-AG-41A installed, smoke system, digital fuel flow, hopper wash out tank, single point fuel, wing extensions, spring tail, strobes, retractable work lights, $365,000 call 559-259-2268 (06-11)

1965 Piper Pawnee PA25-250 TT 4483, TSOH & prop 652, Lite Star II, smoker, flagger, fresh annual $62,500. For more information call 308-778-6592 ( 0 6 - 11 )

1970 S2R Thrush 600 Turn windows, Ailero servos, extended wings, new main tires and brakes, 763 SMHOE, 430 SPOH, 14785 TTAF, $50,000 229-886-8592 (06 -11)

1982 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, 500 horas desde nuevo!!, Tela nueva, pintura nueva, micas nuevas, recién inspecionado, GPS, Comm, Transponder. El PA-18 más nuevo y bonito en el mercado, $160,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 t f n J & C Enterprises avaition Inc. Wants to buy your Piper, Pawnee or Brave aircraft. We are also looking for parts inventory, or derelect aircraft as well call Jerry at 800-542-8565 or email A 8 - 11

1946 PA 12 Supercruiser. 160 HP engine with 440 hrs TT, Excellent logs of total restoration in 2002. To many mods to list. PA 18 tail and wings with 60 gal fuel. Scott Howze 830-275-9845. $72,000 located in south Texas ( 0 6 - 11 )

93 Thrush T34-510, 9643 TTAF, Recent annual & HSI, M-3, A/C, Smoker, VG Kit, Lane 4, Brake, SS Booms, CP nozzles, Super Clean, Call for quote. Darryl at 870-572-9011 (06-11)

1983 DC Thrush Walter 601E-11, 1000hrs left before overhaul, new gear box, new prop, 29,000 hr spar caps, no ad’s, VG’s, winglets, 80’ swath, Satloc M-3, CP’s, electric brake, SS spray valve, Crophawk, smoker, ac/heater, fuel flow, single pt fuel, strobes, wingman, spreader, intercom, paint 09 $350,000. 912-384-6466 ( 0 6 - 11 ) 1973 S2R 1820/480 (1200 HP) VIPER CONVERSION 6783 TT 750 SINCE OVERHAUL ENGINE 116 S. O/H PROPELLER. 480 Gal. Hopper, Stainless Steel Spray System, Weath-Aero Fan, Stainless Booms, CP Nozzles, 2 “ Left Side Load, Extended Wings (455 Hours since CK AG-41 Spar Cap Kit installed), Heavy Duty Wing Leading Edge Skins, Serv-Aero Turtleback, Cool Seat, Nav / Instrument Lights, Rotating Beacon, 29” Tires, Flagger, Crophawk, Satloc Lite Star GPS, Upper Center Instrument Panel, Speed Ring with Cooling Baffles, 1500 HP Cylinders, Many Spare Parts and Tools, Good Tires / Glass / Fabric. $ 105,000.00 Email info@ t f n

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

1 The 550 Thrush offers new sturdy hopper and innovative large hopper door to improve access when loading dry chemicals, while providing a 550 gallon capacity. Fuel economy, low acquisition cost and proven performance makes the 550 Thrush a great option for operators. The 550 Thrush offers a choice of power plants, allowing you to tailor the aircraft to meet the demands of your particular operating environment.

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.

1994 Zlin Z 137T Turbo Agro Walters Turbine 530 shaft HP, 47 hrs TTA&E No damage No corrosion. All logs, manuals. 300 liter fuel capacity in 2 tanks. $98,000 Call David or Shiloh 505-983-5454 or 505-470-3616 or Visit us at www.nmjet. com Global Delivery Available! (0 6 -11)

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976 Ayres 400 Gal. Thrush with -6 Garrett Engine; Satloc; Air Conditioner; Smoker; 29” Wheels and Brakes; New Paint; Fresh OH Prop; SS Spray System; Lane Brakes. Call Eugene 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A4-12 For sale 2-600 hp Rockwell Thrushes, current annuals, always hangared, excellent condition, Call 306-861-0177. (06-11) Large inventory of Thrush parts surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 t f n

bell - hiller For Sale (1) Bell 47 Mark 5 Tom Cat with trailer and SS spray gear $90,000 (1) Bell 47 G-5 with spray gear with trailer and GPS $110,000. Call 717-334-0280 or 863-675-6919 (06-11)

miscellaneous aircraft 2000 Beechcraft Bonanza ¡Turbohélice!, 200 horas desde nuevo con radios Garmin (530,430), y King. Motor-Rolls Royce 450hp. ¡Rapido! Como nuevo. $740,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 t f n Unlimited Racer project: 85% complete Yak11, 3350 turbo compound with many spare parts including engine. Call with best offer. For pictures and details call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 t f n

B1-A Callair Manufacturing Rights. Available now is the type certificate, drawings, jigs, tooling, aircraft parts, and property associated with this 300 gal Pratt and Whitney 985 powered sprayer. Start your own aircraft company or expand your line. Call for details. Airplane Services Inc. 850-675-1252, 850-380-7268, 850-380-6091. (0 6 -11)

engines PT6-20 Engine 3500 SMOH 50 SHSI runs Great 60K.; PT6-20 Engine 2000 SMOH 90 SHSI Runs Great 90K; 802 RH wing make an offer; 802 Eng. Mount & cowl make an offer. 612-867-6160 Bob ( 0 6 - 11 ) Continental C85-12 1600 TT, 600 SMOH $8000 OBO Call 870-866-6151 ( 0 6 - 11 ) PT6-45R, “0” Since Light O/H power section, 3264 SOH power section, 1498 SOH gas generator, “0” SHOT, OHC prop gov., $250K. AR/870-572-9011 (0 6 -11) Garrett TPE-331-10-511M 2 engines available with lots of time and cycles remaining. Call for info. 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A 4 -12




AIRCRAFT 2011 AT-502B, -34AG, FALL DELIVERIES, ................................................................. $CALL$ 2011 AT-802A, -67AG, FTO, 308 FUEL, LANE FAN & BRAKE, SMOKER ..............$1,272400 ENGINES R-1340, ZERO TIME SINCE OVERhAUL By COVINGTON .................................$57,500 NEW PT6 -11, 15, 34, 60, 65, 67 OUTRIGhT OR ExChANGE ...........................$CALL$ PROPELLERS hARTZELL 3 BLADE AND 5 BLADED PROPS – New And Used .........................$CALL$

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R1340 0-time since OH. $49,500 call 979-234-7725 (06-11)

Pratt and Whitney overhauled 1340 cylinders $1850, called Terry at 870-536-1348 or David at 870-550-1664 ( 06 -11)

Garrett TPE331-6-252M Please call for info. 2 engines available. 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A 4-12 PT6A Engines: Deal Direct with ATS to buy, sell, lease or exchange ~ view our current inventory at www.PT6A.Aero (FAA C.R.S. TQZR133K) tfn

FOR THE LIFE OF ME (MY ENGINE) Cascade Turbo inlets Saves fuel -lower ITT Distributor: Mid Continent Aircraft Company Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 t f n 6 ea PT6A-27/28 TSO 0, 691, 3482, 3598, 3614, 3882 PT6A-34 TSO 0 2 ea PT6A-34AG (2) TSO 0 PT6A-41 TSO 0 5 ea PT6A-50 TSO 3137, 3869, 5297, 6205, 7051 We also buy PT6 engines in all conditions. Please call Bill or Joel at 334-361-7853 or email t f n

Mid-Time PT6A-65AG available. TSO-1331, TSN 3830. Rare find. Avoid the middle-man and buy directly from ATS. All engines listed are owned by us and in our inventory. To see full inventory visit t f n New PT6-34 ag engine in stock Call for price Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 A tfn R-1340, zero time since overhaul by Covington $53,500.00 New PT6 -11, 15, 34, 60, 65, 67 outright or exchange call Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-232-5401 t f n

Cylinders For Sale – Overhauled complete assy’s with new pistons installed. Ready to install. R-985 $1250.00 each Two or more less 5%: R-1340 $1950.00 each Two or more less 5%: Outright price: includes all gaskets. Sun Air Parts. 661-257-7708 fax 661-257-7710 T F N TPE331-PC (2.5 Cores) .......$5,000* TPE331-6-252M (Dmgd Core Nice Logs)... $7,500* (*Buy PC cores & -3”wreck” for $10,000 ) TPE331-1-101Z 468-Scam/0-Siran (Exec) $155,000 R985 AN1792 SMOH (API),.......................$10,500 R985-14B 0 SMOH (AMI) ..........................$29,500 R1340-AN2 (Cov) 1115-SMOH...................$19,000 R1340-AN1 1258 SMOH (Cov/W12-1 Blower)...$19,000 .....also Radial and Turbine Accessories. AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) t f n

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

10,000 P/N of Continental & Lycoming parts, 50% discount on most new! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330698-0280. Check stock at t f n JETSET AIRMOTIVE has the following PT6 engines for sale, lease or Exchange. M.O.R.E ready to TBO 8000 hours. PT6A-11 TSO Zero PT6A-28 TSO Zero PT6A-34 TSO Zero PT6A-114A Zero time overhauled PT6A-41 TSO 974 Email or Khris or Max at 305-8252001 or Email ( 0 6 - 11 ) Covington Turbine Engines Available. PT6A-20 2800 TSO PT6A-15AG 0 Time Since Covington Light Overhaul PT6A-34AG 1789 TSO PT6A-34AG 780 TSO PT6A-34AG 0 TSO PT6A-34AG 0 Time Since Covington Light Overhaul We are also interested in buying or exchanging for any core you may have regardless of condition. Contact: David Hamilton at 918-756-7862 or davidh@ At fn Pratt & Whitney R-985 & R-1340 Overhauled Engines in stock. Props, carburetors, magnetos, alternators, & accessories for above engines. Call Chester Roberts Supply Company, Collinsville, TX Tel: 903-429-6805 Fax: 903429-6047 (0 4 -12) JETSET AIRMOTIVE Buys and Sells all models of PT6 engines and has an extensive inventory of materials in various conditions. Call Paul at 682-738-3031 Email preeves@jsamiami. com or Khris or Max at 305-825-2001or Email krod@ ( 0 6 - 11 )

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


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

we also rebuild Piper Brave wings and fuselages and install the factory spar cap kits. we sell and overhaul emCo wheaton (Buckeye) dry Break equipment

dispersal equipment Stainless Steel Fabricator, 38 in. 12 Vane spreader $3500 Call 870-866-6151 (0 6 -11) Transland and Agrinautics authorized distributor – Call us with your needs. Sid or Jerry @ J & C Enterprises 1-800542-8565 or e-mail A 8 - 11 CP NOZZLES AND CHECK VALVES. Distribuidor en Argentina: ArAvia S.A. -Venado Tuerto (Sta Fe) T.E. 54-3462-433540 FAX: 438344 tfn ASC Rotary Atomizers - See and April 2009 issue of AAU, A. McCracken. Made in USA. asc@, 317-896-2561 A 0 1 -12 Stainless Steel Fabricators, Inc. ---Stainless spreaders and accessories new and used. We manufacture 12 vane,13 vanes and 10 vane spreaders. Call us at 800-736-3433 or 870-217-9232. (0 6 -11) ASC Rotary Atomizers - Consistent droplets, large flow openings, easy to mount without changing your existing pump, boom and flow control method. Made in USA. asc@dynafog. com, 317-896-2561 A 0 1 -12

distributor / dealer for all ag equipment and have a huge inventory of parts (ask for our parts/ service catalog)

Everything you need for fixed wing or helicopter JAS 559-6861794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: www, t f n

distributor for aPs “Bla ck Steel®” Brake discs and linings

TRANSLAND 10 vane sprder for 38” gate, new $9400 Agrinautics, root, Crophawk, Transland, others Lane Aviation 281-342-5451 or FA X 281-232-5401.t fn

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


Newberg Electrostatic Spraying LLC is the exclusive distributor for Spectrum Electrostatic Spray Systems. Do more acres with better performance. Call Ed Newberg 320-848-2745. Serving northern US and Canada. For southern US and other countries call Spectrum Corp. office 713-783-5771. (06-11) CP NOZZLES AND CHECK VALVES “The Drift fighters”. Plus they improve your spray pattern. Contact Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: t f n Transland and Agrinautics, overstock sale. Call for listing 662846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 t f n SprayTarget variable rate nozzles in stock. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 t f n

ASC Rotary Atomizers - Why use old hydraulic nozzle technology? Rotary Atomizers are proven as the most accurate method to apply both low & high volume formulations. Made in USA., 317-896-2561 A 0 1 -12 Variable Rate OC and engine driven hydraulic spray control systems. Coming soon variable rate dry for standard gate and hydraulic flaps. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 t f n Dispersal Equipment: Weathaero Feathering Fans, Crophawks, Smokers, Flaggers, Nozzles, Transland, Breckenridge Spreaders, Airfoil Booms, Dry Breaks, Load Hawgs All Aircraft Styles. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800325-0885 tfn Agrinautics, Inc. Best spray pumps, valves, and strainers in the business! For service w/ a smile,call us at 435-586-1200. e-mail: t f n

gps TRACMAP GPS has great features, easy to use, large screen, racetrack guidance, usb key easy import of files, competitive pricing. Now available from Turbine Conversions call 616-837-9428 1 2 - 1 1 Intelliflow Flow Controls -in stock, now shipping! Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 tfn Hemisphere GPS systems in stock, Bantham, Intellistar, M3, Intelliflow, and Litestar2. We did it again, leading Level 3 Service Center/Dealer 2009. Why buy anywhere else, we’ve got what you need, and service after the sale! Call now 800-437-5319 Sky-Tractor Supply Company tfn Used Satlocs. Litestar 1 and II. Airstar. New M3s in stock Prompt repair service Compton Flying Service 888-336-3924 t f n Satloc, Intelliflow The leading edge Satloc Level III Service repair center. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, Mo 800325-0885. t f n Hemisphere GPS & Flow Control Dealer Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: t f n



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Satloc and Del Norte Air Repair Inc, is the worldwide leader in sales and sercece. Call Danny (sales) or Dallas (service) 662846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 tfn Authorized AgNav Distributors. New and used systems. GIS Spray data services/conversion. Summit Helicopters Inc. Call Gary at 816-813-0442. (0 6 -11)

parts Parting out Air Tractor AT-802. Wheels, brakes, controls, A/C parts etc. Call (559) 259-2268 (06-11) Bosch Mag. P/N SB9RU-3, Overhauled by Aircraft Accessories, $1000, Call 701-444-3772 (0 6 -11) 1 set serviceable S2R extended wings 228 gall fuel. TTSN 2600hrs. sb AG-39 big butterfly c/w at 1811 ttsn. last eddy current at 2100 hrs -no cracks. VG’s fitted. (06-11) New M3 (LAST ONE) Intellistar, Bantum, Litestar II, Intelliflow Systems. On the shelf ready to ship. Used Litestar II, Used Airstar. READY Compton flying Service 888-336-3924 t f n Thrush Aircraft has surplus inventory - Tube Engine Control: 19561T004, 19561T005, 19561T006, 19561T007, 19561T008, Gussett Engine Control: 19561T009, 19561T010, 19561T011. Email or call 229-789-0453. ( t f n ) DROMADER PARTS. Props, Carbs, Cylinders, Large Oil cooler, Cowl Parts, Fuel Filters, Starters, Generators, Tools, Engine Cores, ALL KINDS OF ODDS AND ENDS for round motor DROMADERS. Call 309-253-2128 WILL PRICE IT TO SELL! (06-11) Thrush Aircraft has surplus inventory – interested? 19500T010 Plate Outside Finger, 19500T011 Plate Top, 19500T012 Plate Cross Bay, 19500T013 Plate Clevis Wrap, 19500T014 Plate Cross Bay, 19500T015 Plate Clevis Wrap 19500T035 Plate, 10734T001 Plate, 10734T002 Plate, 19530T013 Plate Cross Bay 19533T002 Plate Muff End Liner, 19533T007 Plate Muff End, 19533T008 Plate Muff End Outer. Email or call 229.789.0453. (tfn) LOAD HAWG-The modern, efficient, safe, perfect way to improve your solids application. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 TFN

AG Aircraft parts in stock! Discounts ranging from 25% to 85% off!

Announcing Extended Sales Hours! Starting January 31st we will be extending our office hours to 8:00pm EST. to help us better serve our customers. We will still open at 7:15am EST. and are able to ship until 5:15pm EST. Now we will have a small staff here to answer your calls and give you quotes until 8:00pm EST.

New surplus aircraft parts in stock for: Cessna, Piper, AG Cat G164A/B-600 and many others, fixed and rotor wing! • • • • • • • •

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2011 Slots Available ..................................................................Call 2008 802A, 1,322 Hrs TT AF&E, -67, Smoker, Electric Brake Ground Adjust, Single Point Fuel, CP’s with Swivels, Satloc with Flow Control, Wingman, 10” Hydraulic Gate with Del Norte Controller, Fresh HSI, Fresh Annual, Prop, Iran.............................................. $1,150,000


OLD S 2008 AT-802A, 1030 TTAF&E, -65, smoker, single point fuel, elec. brake gr. adj., 40 extra nozzles, Del Norte Gate controller, Wingman, 10” D L O hydraulic gate, fresh HSI, fresh annual............................ $1,060,000 S 1995 AT-502B, 8159 TTAF&E, -34, 0 SHSI, 441 hrs on spar, 441 hrs LD on gear, smoker, CPs, load hog, air Satloc, 3”side load, ..O S $365,000

2008 AT-802A, 923 TTAF&E, -65, smoker, single point fuel, elec. brake gr. adj., 10” hydraulic gate, fresh HSI, fresh annual .......... $1,060,000

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Large Selection of PT6 Accessories New Turbine Props and Blades 0 SMOH 1340 Younkin S/S Pumps, Booms and Center Boom for Air Tractor

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Large inventory of PT6 and Air Tractor parts • Financing Available Call for Wingman installation For AgAv Parts & Accessories Call Tommy Allen

June 2011


Thrush Aircraft has surplus inventory. Dishpan Brackets 19520T010, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22;Dishpan Top 19520T005; Dishpan Cuff 19519T001. Email thrushac@ or call 229.789.0453. (t f n) Angel Personal Flight Assistant - in stock, shipping today. Premium quality Bluetooth interface for the cockpit. Noise free cell phone use without fumbling for your phone. Caller ID, direct dial, redial, voice dial, download phonebook and call list entries, dial direct., Stream bluetooth music and control, E6B flight computer, Stopwatch, fuel and approach timer. Large full color easy to read backlit screen, intuitive menus, automatic cut out with radio transmissions, ambient light sensor. Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 A t f n

Um par de asas estendida 95% completa do Thrush S2R. A pair of extended wings 95% complete Thrush S2R. Brazil. / 16 36274879 (t f n)

Spend your time doing what you do best “SPRAYING” and let us find those parts for you. Part numbers are really important. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email A 8 -11

J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc has purchased a large new inventory of Citabria GCBC part in late 1977-79 rnge. Lots of common everyday parts. Landing gear, wheels 7 brakes, engine parts etc. call Jerry or Sid today 800-542-8565 or email A 8 -11

Vacuum Meters ready to ship. Clean, accurate, closed system. Why pay 50,000 for a accurate system when you can do it for a fraction of the price and require no computers. Compton Flying Service 888-336-3924 tfn

For Sale: As removed Zee SZ45-002-1A Motor and Compressor assembly. Removed to install factory air. $1500. Call Tommy or Matt @ 870-295-6218 or email frostparts@ tfn

J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. still has one of the largest Cessna, and Piper Ag Aircraft inventories in the USA and has a huge inventory of Lighting and wheel and brake inventory. Let us be your total part provider. Call in your needs - Sid or Jerry 800-542-8565 or A 8-11

Fitting Engine Attach 15019T002, Doubler – Engine Attach 15019T906, 1340 Engine Mount, 19500T001, Engine Mount Ring Assy, 15019T906.Email or call 229.789.0453. (tfn)

1 set new heavy gear for S2R Thrush. $10,000 per set exchange for core. Many other S2R parts/components. Call or fax Bruce’s Flying Service, Inc. 229-725-4150, fax 229725-5135. E-mail ( 0 6 -11)

Thrush metal elevator, left side, like new. $5,000. Chad Stuart, Airplane Services Inc. 850-380-6091 ( 0 6 -11)

ITT Gauge for a G6 (100-5812-01) and 67 (PT6A-67 Ag, part#590-40020, range 200-1200’C) engine, 100-5812-01 Email or call 229.789.0453. ( t f n )

Thrush Aircraft has excess inventory – ready to move. Circuit Breakers, Transformers, Studs, Bolts, Rivets, Starters, Gauges and more. For complete listing of inventory, email or call 229.789.0453. Be sure to check out our website at under service and parts. (tfn)

Remember J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. Is a Transland, Black Steel Brake and McFarlane dealer. We have a large amount of these brands inventory in stock as well as Cleveland. GE Lighting, Cessna, Piper etc. give us a call for all your parts needs at 800-542-8565 or email us at A 8-11

502 hopper and door for sale /no cracks or leaks $3000, dry spline PT6 starter generator $3000, Call 318-722-3501 email: ( 0 6 -11)

Cleveland Wheels and Brakes. Buy used and save money. Air-Tractor, Thrush, Ag Cat. Chad Stuart Airplane Services Inc. 850-380-6091 ( 0 6 -11)

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

Used serviceable PT6 starter/generators. Wet or Dry spline. Guaranteed to work. $3,500 Chad Stuart. Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091 (0 6 -11)

Starter, Generator and Quad Kit for a G6. Email thrushac@ or call 229.789.0453. (t f n) Fiberglass Speed Rings for P&W 985 or 1340. $1,000 Chad Stuart, Airplane Services Inc. 850-380-6091 ( 0 6 - 1 1 ) Kulite Model APTE 211 1000-70D Transducer for a G5, G6 or G10 engine. Voltage 28 OVDC and Torque Gauge part #21743101. Email or call 229.789.0453. (tfn)

Bendix/King GPS, KLN900, Part #066-04034-0104. TSO C129 Class A1 DO-178A Level 12 Power 18-33 VDC/3.3A Max . Email or call 229.789.0453 ( t f n ) 1set serviceable S2R wings. Group 1 Wing. 196 gal. fuel/ wing extension yellow. Eddy Current inspected. Found no cracks. These wings were removed from a 600 Thrush. 9000 hrs. $40,000 Call or fax Bruce’s Flying Service, Inc. 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. E-mail (0 6 -11)

• We Supply & Stock Pratt & Whitney PT6 / PW100 Engine Parts in Overhauled Condition. • We Purchase Surplus PT6 / PW100 Engine Parts & Engine Cores. Jet Link Turbines, Inc. 878 E. Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33432 USA Ph: 561-392-3210 Fx: 561-392-3160 ASA-100 / FAA AC-00 Accredited


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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 Wendel or Steve North Star Aviation 620-356-4528 t f n We have all fibreglass parts for Weatherly and Ag-Cat (A, B and Super B). Call for prices. Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 t f n J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has 29” wheel sets. We will accept your 10” wheel and brakes in exchange. Also have 29” Thrush Landing Gear. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email A 8 - 11

Superbooms for Cessna, Piper, Thrush, Air Tractor and custom manufacture; THRUSH AILERON SERVOS-STC’d kits. TSA 800-642-5777 or (TFN) Vacuum Meters ready to ship. Clean, accurate, closed system. Set of new Thrush Aircraft current production wings featuring the 29,000 hour life limit on low spar caps. Upper and lower 4340 Chrome-Molly steel spar caps with 114 gallon fuel tank on each wing, 0 SNEW. Contact Thrush Aircraft Spares Department 229-883-1440, O/H’D Thrush 29” Landing Gear & We Can Repair / Rebuild Yours. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 559-686-1794 / Email t f n PARTS, PARTS, PARTS. For all your ag aviation needs, please call Southeastern Aircraft Sales & Service 800-441-2964 Air Tractor Dealer tfn Accessories & Parts! 100’s of new and OHC accessories, parts for just about everything. Big discounts! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. t f n Emco Wheaton/Buckeye Dry Break Couplers and adapters, Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: t f n Jasco Alternator kits in stock. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 tfn

Retrofit Hopper Door for AT502 and AT602. Now available for fall and winter installation Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 t f n

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

GPS Antenna Mount, for specific ag aircraft, Performance and looks, slip stream design delivers peak signals. Contact Terry Barber 605-258-2743. ( 0 6 - 11 )

Cessna Ag Parts. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 t f n

Complete Thrush Factory Metal Tail W / Updates.Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 559-686-1794 / Email t f n

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

New Thrush -34, -60,-65 models.Your North American Thrush distributor. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885. tfn

World-one stop Ag aviation center, all parts and accessories for everything in Ag Aviation for 62 years. MidContinent Aircraft Hayti, Mo. 800-325-0885 tfn

Cessna Parts - Engine, propellers, authorized service center. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: A tfn Cessna Authorized Parts Center: Prompt, World-Wide Parts Service, Engines, Bonaire 550 Conversions, Wings. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 t f n

Props for Sale: 2D30-6101A-18 OHC 23D40-7035A-12S OHC 22D40-6533A-12 OHC 23D40-6533A-18 Serviceable cond. 23D40-6533A-18 Serviceable cond. Call: PropWorks, Winnipeg, Canada Tel: 888-679-2965 email:

NEW! CP11TT/w-3 Tips & Shutoff in stock ready to ship today.1-800-437-5319 Sky-Tractor Supply Company t f n

Hartzell 3 Blade and 5 blade Props, new & used $CALL Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-232-5401 t f n .

Thrush par ts - Wings, props, tail feathers, batter i e s, tire s - we have the i nve ntor y. Jo hn s to n A ircraf t Ser v ice, Inc. 24 hr. Te l 559 - 686 -1794, FA X 559 - 6 86 -936 0, e - m a i l: i n f o @ j o h n s t o n a i rcraf web site: w w w.johnstonaircraf fn

1993 Peterbilt folding BAG truck, built for Air Tractor 802. Loads 6,000 lbs, has fuel tank and reel. Great shape. Call Brandon 318-303-3147 ( 0 6 - 11 )

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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 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: t f n 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 830-625-4138. t f n Agrinautics, 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, Hot Stuff, Honda Engines, Johnson Sidewinder, Nieto Products, New and used aircraft, (large) Parts Inventory, Schweizer, Spraying Systems, Co., Superbugs, APH-4 Helmet, Simplex, Tires, Transland, WeathAero. Sky Tractor Supply 800-4375319, 701-436-5881. t f n 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 t f n

Air Tractor financing can put an Air Tractor in your hanger. Air Tractor offers competitive financing options in the U.S. and Canada from Wells Fargo Equipment Finance. Fly now and take seven years to pay, 10 years to amortize and have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. Other attractive term periods are available, too. These financing options are available on both new and used Air Tractors purchased through Air Tractor dealers. See your Air Tractor dealer today! t f n

vehicles 1986 F350 Stainless Steel Auger Truck, $15,000. OBO Call 870-866-6151 ( 0 6 - 11 ) 1500 gal Jet A refueler; Nissan UD 3300 truck; epoxy lined steel tank: Liquid Control counter with predetermining counter (new 2003); single point and over the wing nozzles: automatic reel. Truck and pump work well; good rubber $15,900 Call 501-985-1484 AR location. tfn

propellers Complete Hamilton Standard Prop 6101-12 blades Zero since overhaul & yellow tag by San Antonio Propeller $16,500. Call 254-749-8820 ( 0 6 - 11 ) For Outright Sale: Overhauled 5-Blade Prop. Hartzell HC-B5MP3C. 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 210-924-5561. ( 0 6 -11) IA200/FA8452, NEW $4,500 2D30-6101A20, A/R. $3,500 2D30-6101A12, O-IRAN $10,500 22D30-AG200-2 OHC $15,500 12D40-AG100-4S, OHC $15,500 22D40-AG200-2, OHC, $21,000 22D40-AG200-2, 190 SOH, /new blades... $23,000 33D50-7005A, A/R-Knocked Down. $6,500 HC-B3TN-3D/5M, OHC/+4NB’s. $19,500 23D40-7005A-17 502-SIRAN &ADCW...$15,000 C-B3TN-3D/5M OHC w/NEw+4 blades....20,000 AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) 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 A 8 -11

TOY MODEL AIRPLANES! These make great gifts! These toy airplanes are made from solid wood w/metal landing gear and are painted to match your own airplane with all extra color details, rubber wheels, and your own Tail number. These airplanes are all built to fairly close specs with a Wingspan range of 20-24 inches. I build any model of airplane (Air Tractor, Thrush, AgCat, Cessna, Pawnee) which come complete with spray system built to them as well as an added spreader attachment if you choose to have one. You call or email me with your order and specs and I will custom build them and ship them within 2 weeks after payment by check or money order is received. Airplanes are $150 +shipping. Spreader attachment $10 extra. 325-428-6585 cjmurph@ ( 0 6 - 11 ) 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 800-5428565 or email A 8 - 11 HELMET with slide up visor $850. Deluxe Kevlar Helmet with ANR, Softskins, Oregon seals $1200. Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 Atfn English to Spanish Technical Translations Former A&P and Ag-Pilot, Carlos Retamosa Specializing in translating:  • Aviation technical manuals • Airworthiness Directives (ADs) • Service Bulletins (SBs) Contact 598-53-24376

Allied Helicopter loading pad Goose neck trailer with 8 wheels 8 lug nuts 1600 gallon water tank with 3” transfer pump electic start,500 gallon fuel tank with pump 2 yrs old call for more info 806-946-3399 (0 6 -11)


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1993 F-600 Auger truck, 500 gal. fuel, good paint, good rubber, $11,000 979-234-3620 (0 6 -11) Auger Trucks For Sale (Trade-Ins) Also list of customer trucks. Call Auger Dan Office: 870-578-6133 Cell: 870-919-2317 A6-11

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INSURANCE from the Leading Ag Aviation Brokers. 62 Years Risk Management, Lowtime Pilot Coverage. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 t f n

We rebuild and refinish any fibreglass part for Weatherly, Cessna, Piper and Ag-Cat (A, B and Super B,C and D). Call for prices. Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 t f n

Wheels up. PIM Aviation Insurance is one of the oldest and most experienced ag aviation insurance providers in the industry. We provide access to creative negotiation and problem solving for all your risk management needs. Our passion to keep you flying is deeply rooted, resulting in knowledgeable recommendations and cost-sensitive pricing. For a free, no-obligation quote, call 800.826.4442 or visit us online at Proud member of NAAA. tfn

FAA repair station for all ag equipment. Thrush spar replacement, annuals. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 tfn


The Right Aviation Insurance Broker makes all the difference in the world. A 35 year professional pilot and former Ag Insurance underwriter work together to give you the experience and knowledge to get you the right coverage for the least cost. We work for you, not the insurance companies. Jim Gardner and Rick Langley @ Insuramerica Aviation, Inc. 978-936-4000. 800-654-7892 ext 4108 or 4104. jgardner@ t f n

Ag Aircraft Maintenance, Upperwest Aviation, NE, SD, ND. Annuals, Major/Minor Maint, Radials & Turbines/. STCs, ADs. AD 2009-26-11; Biennial Flight Reviews for you old Ag Pilots. Your Location. No Bargains, Just Good Work. or call 203-512-4706 (0 6 -11)

“Insurance from a name you can trust, at a price you can afford”, is what we do and it’s our motto. Hardy Aviation Insurance, Inc, is centrally located in Wichita Kansas and has been servicing the aerial application market for years now. RANDY HARDY established Hardy Aviation Insurance in 1995 with aerial application as his main focus. Prompt courteous service from a staff dedicated and knowledgable includes ANGIE BANZ and RITA ETHRIDGE, both of whom have years of experience servicing the aerial application business. Give us a try, you might be suprised. Call 1 800 721-6733 or fax us at 316-945-2330. Get an online quote from our web site at or e-mail us at t f n

!!Attention Thrush Owners!! North Star Aviation Inc is now the new STC holder of the Thrush Reinforce Leading Edge Skins. If you are getting ready to rebuild your Thrush wings due to AD09-26-11 or tired of bird strikes and ugly leading edges!! Now is the time to install North Star Aviations new Thrush heavy duty reinforced leading edge skins fully STC’d SA03518AT no Field approval required. For more Info contact Wendel or Steve @ North Star Aviation Inc. 620-356-4528 t f n

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

Stainless Steel Fabricators, Inc. --- Stainless spreaders and accessories new and used. We repair all models including Transland and Swathmaster. Call us at 800-736-3433 or 870-217-9232. ( 0 6 - 11 )

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)

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Penderson Powder coating. Custom Colors and two tone available. For more information Call 706-604-4934 (06-11)

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

AG Pilots: Don’t lose money waiting for maintenance help! Contact Bill Grewing with Smyrna Air Center at 888.863.9996 for GE parts and service 24/7. Field maintenance available; Large parts inventory to help with faster turnaround. 0 6-11

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

wanted to buy Wanted prop for R985 on AG CAT. repettis1@yahoo. com ( 0 6 - 11 )

Trade with members of NAAA

2011 AT602 PT6A-60 AG available November 2011 2010 AT502B-2703 PT6-34AG available early to mid July. Call for info. 2012 slots available – all models.

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



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Wanted Satloc M3 with small screen call +61 427 802 502 email ( 0 6 - 11 ) Ag Aircraft Wanted: Immediate cash for Ag planes - All considered - Contact Darryl Riddell at 870-572-9011 (06-11) Ag Husky Wanted. Australian operator seeks a good low time T188C Cessna Ag Husky. Prefer low time, NIL accident history with good paint. Would also consider a good airframe without engine or prop. Please e mail details to geoff@ ( 0 6 - 11 ) EXHAUST Wanted: R-1340 and R-985 Exhaust Send Old Exhaust segments for exchange or Sell them! Call Daryl @ 940-902-0797 tfn Wanted to Buy Air Tractor AT-301 or AT-401, Ferriable Southeastern Aircraft Sales 800-441-2964 or t f n

operations Flying service located south of Beedeville, Arkansas. Nice 1,800 ft paved strip with parallel burmuda strip, Late 90’s office, two large storage trailers, covered mixing area with ss vats and extra steel vat, large concrete/asphault loading pad, large newer vertical fuel with large electric pump, plenty of acres to build large hanger/hangers on. Base crop is rice, and there’s plenty of potential for someone starting. Send Response to AR Operations C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 or email blindads@ Subject AR Operations (0 6 -11) TURN KEY! DIVERSE FBO & AG BUSINESS, Military & Government Contracts, Part 135, Aircraft Hangar, Clean Equipment on municipal airport with three long runways. Strong IA mechanic, manager, & pilots. Gorgeous Montana town. For More info. ( 0 6 - 11 )

schools Ag Pilot Training-Now utilizing Pawnee PA-25/260 Dual Cockpit, Dual and Solo Flight Time in Ag Plane. DGPS LIGHTBAR, and Spin/Upset Recovery. See our videos at: EAGLE VISTAS LLC PH 772-285-5506 (0 6 -11) Tailwheel endorsements and time building in south Texas for aspiring ag-pilots. C-170 available for training and rental with discounts for block time. Contact Clyde at 956-202-2094 or t f n

seat wanted Ag pilot looking forward to earn a seat in 2011 season. I am 33 years old with ag background and a Bachelors degree in ag. Willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done! Graduated from AG FLIGHT INC., Bainbridge GA. Learned to fly in a tail wheel. Please call Jesse McLaughlin 270-366-1892 (06-11) Australian Ag Pilot interested in seasonal work in the Midwest on a regular basis. 7,000 hours,mainly Air Tractors, Cotton night rated. broad acre work. Please email resumes, blindads@ subject Ag Pilot, AG Pilot C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry GA 31069, or fax 478-987-1836 ( 06-11)

Help Wanted: Air Tractor Turbine pilot for midwest ag operation. Experience, high character a must. Short season, but good pay and excellent equipment. Send resumes to Turbine Pilot C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or email fax 888-382-6951 (0 6 -11) AT-802 IP needed at PAFB, FL. Minimum requirements: 2000 fixed wing hours; 1000 flt hours AG or fire suppression; FAA Class II Medical; CFII; Must speak to ACTFL Advance High or IRL Level 2+ Spanish proficiency. Background check required. E-mail resume to: An Equal Opportunity Employer. ( 0 6 - 11 ) Midwest ag operation looking for ground crew personnel. Opportunity for ag seat in the future for the right individual. Integrity and high character for fast-paced, team-oriented company. Send resumes to Grounds Crew C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or email or fax 888-382-6951 ( 06-11) Looking for spring work, have well equipped 502 and experienced herbicide pilot. Call Greg @ Kubin Aerial Inc. (Based at SW Kansas) 620-598-2356, Licensed in TX OK, KS and other states. (0 6 -11)

Looking for contract work for 2011’ season. I have 2 Super Braves w/pilots available. A/C & Pilots are top-notch and Professional. Contact Brent at: 620-640-6838 or ( 0 6 - 11 ) Experienced AG or fire suppression pilot for rotation employment in Colombia. Minimum requirements: 2000 fixed wing hours; 1000 flt hours AG or fire suppression; FAA Cass II Medical; Must speak to ACTFL Intermediate Low or IRL Level 1 Spanish proficiency. Background check required. E-mail resume to: An Equal Opportunity Employer ( 0 6 - 11 ) Full time A&P or A&I needed for Mid-West Air Tractor maintenance shop. Applicate must be highly motivated and willing to work, especially during the spraying season. Shop is new with top of the line working conditions. Position available immediately. For more info, send resume to blindads@ ( 0 6 - 11 ) Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. 888-987-2250. Fax: 888-382-6951.



Looking for turbine seat: TT 26,000+, 2,000 USAF, 24,000 AG, 20,000 Turbine. Ag Pilot 1977-2009. Owner/operator 1980-2009. Farmed cotton, rice, S/B, Wheat, etc. 1980-2009. Call 318-366-7644 ( 0 6 - 11 ) Seat wanted 1500+ TT, CFI / CFII / MEI / A&P/IA mechanic 700 tailwheel, instructed at Ag Flight. Will license where needed. Collin Davis 831-262-0259 (06-11) Seat Wanted: Experienced herbicide, insecticide, fungicide. 1650Total Time: 900 Ag; Licensed ND, will license to your state. Comm/Multi/IFR. Call: Dean North Carolina 704-6609849 or ( 0 6 - 11 )

help wanted Resumes accepted to fill A&P position, 30 Miles SW of Houston, TX, PT6 and Air Tractor exp.a plus, IA a plus, fax: 281-232-5401, email: T F N

Acorn Welding......................................... 37 Ag - Nav, Inc. ............................................3 Air Tractor Inc.......................................... 18 Airforce Turbine Service........................ 27 American AgViation............................... 37 Apollo Spray Systems................................7 Auto-Cal, Inc...............................................6 Collins Aircraft Dynamics, Inc............. 24 Covington Aircraft Engines..................40 Desser Tire & Rubber Co...................... 21


DynaNav................................................... 28


Gulf Coast Ag Aircraft SS..................... 24

Frontier Ag Inc......................................... 31 Frost Flying............................................... 35 GE Aviation - Walter Engines............... 19 Hemisphere GPS........................................8

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

J & C Enterprises, Inc............................ 39 Jet Link Turbines...................................... 36 Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc.............. 34 Lane Aviation, Inc................................... 33 Macbri....................................................... 27 Machida Borescopes.............................. 31 Micron Sprayers Limited.......................20

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Mid - Continent Aircraft Corp.............32 Orsmond Aerial Spray Pty. Ltd............ 31

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Preferred Airparts................................... 35 Queen Bee Air Specialties....................20

Pilot with 2500 TT, 2200 AG, 950 Turbine, and plenty of herbicide, fungicide, insecticide, and fertilizer experience. Can get licensed in any state required. Experience with satloc, satloc m3, and wag flagger on. 903-949-4966 ( 0 6 - 11 ) Ag Pilot available for this season, 11,000+ ag time, lots of time in Cats, Dromader, etc. Experienced Herbicide, Boll Weevil, Orchard, Rice, Dust, Former Owner Operator, No Drift Claims. Some Turbine. 956-429-1312 ( 0 6 - 11 )

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Sky Tractor Supply Co............................ 29 Southeastern Aircraft............................. 38 Souther Field Aviation, Inc.................... 37 Spectrum Electrostatic Sprayers, Inc..26

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June 2011 - Edition in English  
June 2011 - Edition in English  

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