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Dusty comes to life

A welcome return to Curico

Aguas Negras is a prominent ag operation in Curico.

Covington expands to Tunica

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keep turning… this issue Volume 31 Number 7 | July 2013

14 Bringing Planes’ Dusty to life A life-size “Dusty” airplane has been created.

18 20 Ag-Nav Auto Booms 25 A welcome return to Curico 28 Covington expands to Tunica 34 Thrush 510G wins Brazil certification Air Tractor AT-602 receives Type Certification in Brazil

ANAC has granted Type Certification for the AT-602 airplane.

The demand from the aerial application market encouraged AgNav to further enhance its system.

Aguas Negras is a prominent ag operation in Curico.

Taking the initiative to update its shop.

South America’s largest country welcomes new aircraft.

6 Calendar of Events 7 From the Cockpit 8 AgAir Mail

36 AAU Marketplace 37 The Hopper 39 Classifieds

On the cover -Rusty Lindeman demonstrates Dusty to the crowd at the Waterloo Airshow in Ontario, Canada June 1 & 2, 2013. This is one of several air shows, including Oshkosh, where Dusty will be demonstrated to help promote the Disney movie, Planes, as well as the ag-aviation industry. Photo: Eric Dumigan


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from the cockpit

To stall-spin or not In May, Brazil lost another ag-pilot. This time, all evidence points to it being a stall-spin accident in an AT-502. This is an all-too familiar accident for the U.S. ag-aviation industry. The AT-502 is an excellent flying ag-plane. Any “502” pilot will tell you this. The stall-spin accident is not the fault of the aircraft. Simply stated, it is always the fault of the pilot; unless there has been a structural failure. That having been said, the question is why? Ag-pilots by definition are highly capable of flying an aircraft on the edge of a stall in various weight configurations. They are acutely aware of the consequences when flying at gross weight. However, my speculation is they let down their guard as the aircraft becomes lighter during the application. I don’t have the data and doubt it is even collected, but I feel confident believing most stall-spin accidents occur in lightly loaded aircraft; precisely when they shouldn’t ever happen. The performance of an ag-plane once it reduces its load to near nil can be astounding. After battling this ship for an extended time, flying near the stall, it becomes somewhat of a relief to feel the performance of the plane with its light load. Factor in that a lightly loaded aircraft is more productive; the pilot now may try to make up for perceived lost time during the loaded phase of the application.

the aircraft; every turn was like the first one. I did not see him “jacking” the aircraft around when it became light. It was an interesting observation because he was just as productive, if not more so. An ag-pilot should realize simply being in the cockpit of an ag-plane makes him “the pilot other pilots want to be”, as the bumper sticker says. He should not feel the pressure to prove otherwise with exotic turns that put his life and the aircraft in jeopardy. That’s right, his life. Pilots don’t survive stall-spin accidents. There are two types of audiences the hot dog ag-pilot is performing for; those who don’t know what it takes to fly an ag-plane and those who do. The ones who don’t know, like the general public pulled off the side of the road to watch them fly, are more impressed with their low flying than their turning. Those who do know are not impressed with their lack of judgement. The next time you have the urge, when it is cool or late in the day and the aircraft is performing beautifully, think if it is necessary to live on the edge of a stall-spin accident. Trust me, better pilots than you have been killed by not being able to resist. Until next month, Keep Turning...

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I think you may not remember me. I used to be an ag-pilot in Uruguay, a long time ago. We meet in Punta del Este back in 2002, I think. Now, I’m flying a Boeing 767 for LAN Chile. I wonder, where I can get a scale model ag-plane, like the Cessna C-188 Ag-Truck, an Ipanema, Piper Pawnee, or something similar to put on my desk. Thanks a lot. I miss the ag world. Sincerely Gonzalo Menendez Melo, Uruguay Hola Gonzalo; Please forgive my memory for so many years ago! AgAir Update has several Air Tractor models for sale; AT-401, AT-802F and AT-802. You can view on our website, I am not sure where else these kind of models can be purchased, particularly the ones that you mentioned.—Bill

When are you and Grant going to come see Jan and me? Come up when we have our Cubs on floats and you will get to do the most fun flying out there. Chris Zimmer Upham, ND Hello Chris; You can bet Grant and I will be up there before frost! I am thinking sometime in September. What a great opportunity to fly a Cub on floats. I will be in touch for sure. Thanks!—Bill,

extra Thanks for the extra copy of AgAir Update. I had read the article in my regular copy and was pleasantly surprised. Glad I could make a contribution. Of course, I promised you a Command article about 10 years ago, so maybe this fulfilled that promise! Call anytime I can help. I love your industry and your publication. Cheers. Ford Baldwin Austin, AR

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Looks like a wing-load test! Keep up the great work educating our youth. —Bill

Hello Ford; Well... I guess we could let this article count. Just kidding with ya. Please keep AgAir Update in mind when addressing aerial applicators’ concerns.—Bill

Blanch’s, Braves & Bananas Thank you so much for including the article on Ted, Ben and our operations, and thank you for dedicating it to me. Not one day goes by without me missing my men, and I have great pride knowing what they achieved in their lifetimes. I have sold the business now, as I finally accepted they weren’t coming back, but it wasn’t easy, even then, it was our life for a long time. Thank you Mary Blanch Queensland, Australia Hello Mary; It was good to hear from you. I hope all is going well with you these days. Sandy and I will always be grateful for your family’s hospitality during our first trip to Australia nearly 20 years ago. You were very kind to take into your home for a week we “yanks”. —Bill

as well as a bunch of other stuff. Already this has been my best spring on record. There are reports of army worms in the wheat and I’m expecting calls to come in on that, plus, it’s time for the first application of post plant glyphosate on corn with another five days of rain in the forecast. Based upon the “trend”, it’s looking like urea on corn if the rain keeps up, most of the corn is in the ground. The farmers are worn out, they spent the last ten days to two weeks planting and managed to get it all in the ground. If the rain keeps up, we’re going to see a lot of urea spread here. It could dry up tomorrow, but based on the trend, it’s looking good.

Long time no email—LOL

On the down side, rice seed sales have been down due to several factors. The drought in SE Texas limiting the available rice ground, plus the price of corn has pulled rice farmers over to the dark side. On the other hand, some have not been able to plant corn and have had to switch back over to rice. Several have had to replant rice due to the lower temperatures, it’s been a crazy year so far. I’ll try and keep you posted, but don’t know if I’ll have the time. Jay’s Flying Service Jason Blanke Hannibal, MO/Puerto Rico

This year is shaping up pretty well in the corn belt from what I can see. It’s been rain, rain and more rain. I just feel like it’s going to be a steadily busy season here, all the corn has gone in at once here. I feel like with the amount of rain we’ll be doing urea on corn

Hello Jason; Good to hear from you. Been meaning to check in, especially when I heard about a Pawnee crash out your way with a green pilot, thought you might know something about it.

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Anyway, glad your season is shaping up. Nothing like a few extra acres on the books. I often think about mine and Sandy’s trip to Puerto Rico. It was great fun and we often talk about it. We even tried to get our daughter to go there versus Las Vegas on her honeymoon, but nada.

Hello Brenda Thanks for the kudos. It was good getting to know Michael. I will be sure Sandy gets her daily dose of hugs!—Bill

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I returned from a trip to Brazil a week ago where I visited four rice operators in Rio Grande do Sul (southwest Brazil near Uruguay and Argentina borders). Two of the operators were also rice farmers with 30,000 to 40,000 ha (75,000 to 100,000 acres). This kind of acreage is not uncommon in Brazil, so it is also not uncommon for the grower to have a turbine ag-plane. Interesting stuff.

I really enjoy your publication and would love to see more of Arkansas featured! Keep up the good work! Brandt Bottoms Gould, AR

For example, one rice farmer’s pilot flies a single AT-402B and treats 80,000 ha (200,000 ac) in a season and has to call in help to treat another 10,000 ha. He does this in about 600 tach hours, so you can imagine the size of the fields. Oddly enough, an auger loader truck is not common, mostly done by handed-up or with bags and a crane.—Bill

Hello Brandt; I received your AAU subscription renewal and wanted to thank you for it. Also, thank you for your kind compliments about AgAir Update. As you may have read, AAU’s May edition featured Arkansas operator Michael Hutchins. I have another Arkansas operator article in the “cooker”. Hopefully, it will make it to press by fall. July’s edition features a neighboring Mississippi pilot and an engine company. So, we are trying!

great article Great article about Michael Hutchins. Michael serves as the North Regional Director on the AAAA Board and will attend the Syngenta Leadership Program this fall. Very informative.

Take care and fly that AT-602 with care—Bill

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I think your readers would be interested to know how their “own” states stack up when it comes to sales tax on fuel and the purchases of new and used aircraft. Every state seems to do things differently.

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Course in Marcos Juarez Air Club (Argentina) carried out last May 2013. Your contribution was very valuable and allowed us to receive visitors from Brazil, United Sates, Colombia and Spain. In addition to this, we received visitors from important Argentinian ag companies.

I know my response has not resolved your problem, but hopefully is food for thought. You could move to Texas. They don’t have aircraft tax or income tax!—Bill

Make it a great day, Laurie Robbennolt Gettysburg, SD

We are very interested in repeating this event next year and it would please us if you could attend and more important to eat great Argentinian barbecue and meeting up with old and new friends. I leave you with a nice farewell and thank you very much again for doing a great job promoting this activity that we all like so much. Best wishes. Roberto Tomassoni Synergy S.A. Cordoba, Argentina

Hello Laurie; Such a great photo! Much better than the one where I cropped out Bryan in the last edition of AgAir Update. Don’t let on to him you sent this to me. I’ll print it and let’s see if he reads the July edition as closely as he read the May edition! —Bill

Hola Roberto; Thank you for your complimentary email. It was my pleasure to help promote the clinic. Maybe you have a few photos and a short article about it that you could submit to AAU?

photo After reading the “lost” article from Bryan Hauschild about you cropping him out of his family photo and your response, I couldn’t resist sending this picture!

Event I hope you are ok. This mail is to thank you for the kindness of publishing our information on the 1st Aeronautical Training

I agree with you about the importance of Argentine barbecue. It is always excellent! Please keep me updated as this event is planned and I will see about attending.—Bill

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Dusty to life by Graham Lavender What does Disney do when promoting the upcoming release of Planes, an animated movie about a lone ag-plane that has aspirations of entering the air racing world? A film, whose lead character, Dusty, is afraid of heights and speed but full of courage? Planes brings Dusty to life, literally. After Disney approached Air Tractor with their idea of making a real-life Dusty, Air Tractor vetted the film, along with the NAAA, to ensure a positive message for ag-aviation was being delivered. Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch also saw a powerful opportunity to reach a lot of people and educate them about the ag-aviation industry. “We’re really pleased that Disney approached Air Tractor to help with this project. When the Dusty Air Tractor flies past air show spectators, they’ll be entertained and learn how aerial spray planes play a big role in helping feed the world, as well as how we do our job in a professional and responsible way to protect our environment,” commented Hirsch. Once Air Tractor’s extensive research of the movie was complete, they reached out to Rusty Lindeman of Rusty’s Flying Service in

The insignia on Dusty’s nose may resemble a skull and crossbones. However, it is actually the emblem of a badge of honor for Dusty’s mentor in the movie Planes, Skipper Riley, a Navy Corsair. The official name of the insignia is Piston and Cross-Wrenches, which is derived from Jolly Wrenches, a squadron commanded by Skipper Riley.

Rusty and Lea Lindeman in front of Dusty at the Vectren Dayton Airshow in Dayton, Ohio.


D’Hanis, Texas. Rusty has been in the agricultural aviation industry for over 20 years. His business, apart from spraying, is rebuilding wings and airplanes, including painting them. The initial idea involved using one of Rusty’s aircraft, but since the request came in during the busiest part of the spray season, he proposed to rebuild an AT-301 that was already in his hangar, actually converting it to a AT-400A. Once that plan was in place the biggest challenge lay ahead, time. With the steadfast support of Air Tractor, R.T. Turbines, NorthStar Aviation, PPG Aerospace, International Title and most importantly, his wife Lea, Rusty was able to bring Dusty to life within six weeks. Air Tractor provided a plethora of parts, and their lead mechanics were available around the clock for consultation. R.T. Turbines made the engine work painless. The staff at International Title handled all the paperwork. Rusty worked closely with Disney Planes director, Klay Hall, who even visited Rusty’s operation during the painting of Dusty. The rebuilding process usually takes six months; however working sometimes through the night, Rusty and his team transformed the bare-bones fuselage of the AT-301 into what you see today,

Six weeks — a star is born

Rusty Lindeman prepares to demonstrate Dusty, the AT-400A created by his team for the Disney animated movie Planes.

In just six short weeks, Rusty Lindeman and his team, with help from Disney, Air Tractor, R.T. Turbines PPG Aerospace and International Title transformed an AT-301 into an AT-400A and the real-life version of the Disney movie Planes’ main character, Dusty.

Dusty, the star of the Disney’s Planes. The real-life Dusty is licensed in the experimental/exhibition/ movie promotion category from the FAA. Initially licensed as a restricted category aircraft, Rusty had difficulty getting the plane into Canada. Again praising the team effort of all the people that helped bring Dusty to life, Rusty was able to get the licensing quickly changed. The FAA had a turnaround of a couple of days! Speaking with Rusty at the Vectren Dayton Air Show, in Dayton, Ohio in June, the Texas ag-pilot radiated with enthusiasm. “Every time Dusty is on display, kids of all ages are fascinated with him. During the air show, Dane Cook (the voice of Dusty in Planes) narrates to the crowd. Children all around think Dusty is talking to them!” Lindeman also sees a tremendously positive affect for the ag aviation industry, now and in the future, as a result of Dusty. “Now, children will want to learn more about ag-aviation and not be timid when an ag-plane is working. This movie will hopefully inspire children and young adults to become involved in our industry. I am just thankful that I can help be a part of it,” commented Rusty. Rusty Lindeman is flying the Dusty AT-400A throughout the country this summer, introducing Dusty to the world. He will be in Oshkosh July 29-August 2 for the prerelease of Planes. The best part of the experience for Rusty - his grandkids think Dusty was born in grandpa’s hangar. For more information on the Disney movie Planes and to watch the trailers, visit

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Air Tractor AT-602 Receives type certification in Brazil OLNEY, Texas – Air Tractor, Inc. president Jim Hirsch recently announced that Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) has granted type certification for the company’s model AT-602 airplane. With this certification the AT-602 joins the rest of the company’s product line, which are already type certified in Brazil and other countries in South America. “Air Tractor, Inc. has worked hard to build a significant presence in Brazil and all across South America,” said Hirsch. “Now, with the introduction of the AT-602, Brazilian operators will have another highly-efficient, high-capacity aircraft that’s designed for the type of large-scale, high-yield farming that is

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becoming more and more prevalent there.” With its Pratt & Whitney PT6A60AG turbine engine, its 630-gallon hopper, 56-foot extended wingspan, and proven highly effective spray patterns, the AT-602 is perfectly suited to high-production production work. Its fuel efficiency, wide swath width, large payload, and fast ferry speeds allow it to accomplish in one load what might take other airplanes two or three loads. Brazil is presently the world’s second largest grower of soybeans; the third largest of corn. Its agricultural growth rate—far faster than neighboring countries—leads some economists to believe that Brazil’s agricultural output will surpass the United States and Europe by 2030. “The agricultural boom that Brazil, and much of South America, is experiencing is truly remarkable,” said Hirsch. “And Air Tractor, Inc. is supporting aerial applicators in those rapidly growing markets with the most modern, efficient and reliable agricultural aircraft manufactured anywhere in the world.”

Air Tractors have been sold in Brazil since the 1980s with the 400-gallon capacity AT-401 series, followed by AT-402 and 502 series. Several of the 800-gallon AT-802 series have been sold in Brazil for firefighting and agricultural work. The AT-402B and AT-502B are the most popular models among aerial spraying operators in Latin America. “We are pleased that our airplanes have been so well received in Brazil, said Hirsch, “it’s a recognition, not only of overall Air Tractor aircraft performance and reliability, but also the resourcefulness and responsiveness of our South American dealers.” Brazilian aircraft type certification for the AT602 took around a year to complete and opens the door for deliveries of the AT602 to aerial spray operators looking to step up to a larger capacity aircraft.

about At its Olney Texas manufacturing facilities, Air Tractor produces a line of eight aircraft that includes 400, 500, 600 and 800-gallon capacity planes, all of which are powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6 engines. They are used for agricultural and forestry purposes, fire fighting, narcotic crop eradication, fuel-hauling, fighting locust plagues, military strike/reconnaissance, and cleaning up oil spills in coastal waters. From North, South and Central America, to Australia, Indonesia and China to Spain, Italy, Croatia and Africa, Air Tractor aircraft can be found in more than 30 countries around the world and are supported by a global network of Air Tractor dealers.

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AgNav Auto Booms by Lai Nguyen AgNav GPS Twenty-one years ago, I started working for Picodas Group, Inc. after graduating from the University of Waterloo Canada. My job was mainly developing software for a new product which would be used for aerial agricultural spraying. Picodas was well known for developing and manufacturing GPS navigation systems for geophysics surveys. A year later, the new product was manufactured and named AgNav. To introduce the system to end users, a Picodas dealer hired a bus to bring a group of aerial applicators from Michigan to Toronto to show them how the system worked. Some of these applicators later became first users of the AgNav GPS system. They were pioneers in using the early technology of GPS and computers in

aerial agricultural applications. They had foresight, because then GPS errors could be 300 feet due to the selective availability the U.S. government intentionally added to GPS signals. Also, computer engines were as slow as 1.0 MHz with a memory capacity measured in kilobytes. However, the demand from the aerial application market encouraged AgNav to further enhance its system. Hardware was redesigned. Software was improved. The hardware engineers knew when GPS signals became more accurate, applicators would want to go one step more to control spray on/ off. So, AgNav added a component in the AgNav hardware for this feature. This was simply a built-in relay. With this component, every AgNav product is capable of handling booms on/off automatically. By the mid-1990s, the

first company to use the AgNav Auto Booms system was Skyline Helicopters of Wisconsin and later by Forest Protection Limited in Fredericton, Canada. Proven to work well, nowadays more applicators are using this technology.

Proven to work well, nowadays more applicators are using this technology. There is nothing wrong with manually turning booms on/off when the aircraft is crossing the spray area boundary. However, errors are made with this method. The errors might be from the sight direction of the boundary, the clarity of a landmark, or the pilot’s

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In the above graphic, the sawtooth spray pattern was not caused by GPS signal lag.

Using the same airplane, same spray system, an experienced pilot can perform like this:

No question that pilot experience improves the application. However, there are still human errors in this application.

With the AgNav system, a line is selected to spray and follow the guidance to spray the area. When the aircraft is crossing the area from outside, the built-in AgNav relay will close its contacts. This will energize the booster relay to start the pump or open the spray valve to turn on spray exactly at the boundary. The spray continues until the pilot reaches the end of the line. At the boundary, the AgNav relay will open its contacts. This will deactivate the booster relay and turn off the spray. For this to work properly, it requires a precise boundary of the spray area. The Auto Booms mechanism will make the on/off spray performance of beginner and experienced applicators the same, provided they follow the guidance correctly. With the Auto Booms circuitry, the result should be similar to this graphic:

Another source of errors in manual booms is the spray system delay. When using nozzles, most require pressure to be opened. The time for spray pressure to build up and the ground speed of the aircraft are factors that result in a delay in boom control.

Looking at the graphic, the on/off is still not perfect. In reality, the spray delay is varying from line to line depending on many factors. The average values work well for most lines, but may still have small errors. The worst error is normally found on the first line where spray turbulence and bubbles are likely happening.

When using nozzles, most require pressure to be opened. Combining human errors and spray delay errors, manual booms can have the following results:

delay, the guidance system is told to turn the spray on or off a little earlier before the aircraft crosses the boundary. Delay times for spray on/off are different. The Auto Booms system needs two parameters to define the spray delay. With the AgNav, these are SprOnTime and SprOffTime. First, the delay times are estimated entering 0.0 second for both parameters. Make a test flight on an area with a clear landmark boundary and spray a few lines. Then, replay the spray data to view any gaps at the beginning of each line and outside the area. Next, calculate the average delay in seconds. Verify the results by entering the calculated values into the guidance system and make another test flight, fine tuning the values if necessary. If the values are correct, the results of the Auto Booms will be like this:

Obviously, it’s not perfect. The gap on the first line on the left and spray coverage outside the boundary indicate the second major source of errors, the spray system delay. Every spray system has some delay. To compensate for this

It is a good practice to estimate delay times for the spray system. A GPS guidance system should be smart enough to do it on-the-fly. For the AgNav system, this is called Relay AutoCalibration. This simply measures how long it takes from the time the booms-on function is triggered until the spray is on. This delay

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is used for Spray On Time. In the same way, it measures the Spray Time Off function. The graphic below is an AgNav experiment conducted by Lee County Mosquito Control District: 

north to see how the spray on/off delay varied from line to line. The lines start from left to right of the test field. The Auto Booms worked well for most lines. The delay times measured on the first line were used for the second line. The gaps shown of the booms-on at the end of the field were caused by low pressure created when the hopper level decreased.

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Presently, AgNav is not ready to make the Auto Booms system fix the gaps in the middle of field. However, now the under-and-over sprays at the boundaries are reduced.

has found many factors during flight can cause spray delay to change suddenly.

The SprOnTime and SprOffTime were set to “0” at the beginning. The pilot sprayed in one direction from south to

From real flight data, AgNav has found many factors during flight can cause spray delay to change suddenly. The average of delay times on all sprayed lines make the overall booms on/off function work better than the delay times of the previous line. Below is the result of using average delay times:

AgNav would like to thank the many applicators who helped AgNav over the years to improve its guidance system by giving their feedback, ideas and testing new features of AgNav units. Special thanks go to Forest Protection Limited and Lee County Mosquito Control District for their help with the Auto Booms tests.The Auto Booms system is free from AgNav for owners of AgNav GPS units.



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Felipe’s father, Hugo Casale, with three partners. They started with a 115 HP Piper Cub and later made the transition to Piper Pawnees. In 1999, Sr. Casale bought out his partners and the company changed its name to Servicios Aéreos Aguas Negras. Sr. Casale’s son, Felipe Casale, has continued working for Aguas Negras as a consultant for maintenance, spare parts management and aircraft electrical repairs.

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private airstrip. The company has built new hangar and loading facilities on the 850-meter sod runway. The company owns additional land for future expansion of the runway to 1,500 meters. Aguas Negras’ spraying operation consists of nine aircraft with eight pilots; two Ag-Cats, a 1972 A-model and a 1985 B-model with R-985 engines (450 HP), six PA-25 Pawnees of which one is a LAVIASA-built (Argentine manufacture) Puelche on contract and a 300 HP Gippsland GA200C. It is difficult to find and keep good agpilots says Felipe Casale. They want to fly ag as a way to build flight time for a stepping stone into the airlines. Each of the aircraft have GPS units installed. Seven of these are Sylcomp units built in Argentina and two are Dyna-Nav units manufactured in Canada. “We have found that the GA200C performs as well as the 450 HP AgCat,” explained Felipe Casale. “It is in its second season with Aguas Negras and we are very pleased with it.”

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aerial application of seed versus traditional hand seeding. Aerial seeding is more evenly planted and results in a higher yield using less seed. The Pawnees are capable of seeding about 200250 acres a day. Later in the season, a fertilizer application of 46% urea is applied to the rice at 120 lbs/ac. The busy time for Aguas Negras is from December to midFebruary spreading sulfur dust on the vineyards and seed corn applications. Nearly 50% of grapes for wine production are planted in the Maule Region where Curicó is the second largest city.

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NAAA Washington update One of the National Agricultural Aviation Association’s (NAAA) major objectives is to serve as the voice of the aerial application industry. In fact, the first objective listed in Article II of the NAAA Constitution states, “NAAA will be the recognized public policy advocate for the agricultural aviation industry.” NAAA works to influence the federal government and Congress in a manner favorable to the agricultural aviation industry. The following areas are five of the top 12 issues NAAA’s Government Relations Committee identified as paramount to aerial application. The Government Relations Committee consists of 13 aerial application operators located throughout the U.S. and two NAAA allied members.

NPDES/Clean water permits for pesticide applications A 2009 federal court case has for the first time ever brought the full weight of the Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting requirements and enforcement (EPA regulations and citizen suits) down on pesticide applications made into, over or around waterbodies. To meet the court’s requirement, EPA and states have implemented pesticide NPDES general permits (PGPs). For the states in which NAAA members operate, it is imperative aerial applicators know what’s needed to avoid violating these PGPs and triggering enforcement action, or worse, citizen suits. NAAA has prepared a comprehensive document, including an analysis of state permits, a checklist of compliance activities and a sample contract for aerial applicators ( to aid in this burdensome task. As the ag aviation industry works to comply with federal and state PGP requirements, we likely can expect continued legal challenges from


anti-pesticide activists. There is also a risk that activists will push to expand these permit requirements to direct cropland applications away from a water source but where runoff could be a risk. Because there are many uncertainties with both the state permits and the federal permit many aerial applicators are avoiding doing application work over water. NAAA, as part of a larger ag coalition, was successful in including NPDES PGP exemption language in the House version of the farm bill. Unfortunately, the full House of Representatives was unable to pass the farm bill on its first attempt June 20 by a vote of 195-234, but NAAA will continue pushing for NPDES exemption language to be included in any final farm bill that may later be brought back up should differences in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding be resolved.

voluntary DRT program is designed to identify technologies that have verified spray drift reduction capabilities and accelerate their use by providing buffer zone reductions to applicators that use them. As part of the implementation process NAAA responded to an EPA Information Collection Request (ICR) regarding DRTs and urged the agency to ensure the DRT verification procedures are not so costly and unnecessarily repetitive that they deter legitimate, effective aerial DRTs from undergoing the DRT certification process. NAAA supports the concept of a DRT validation program to provide incentives, but urges EPA to ensure testing requirements are realistic, readily understandable and replicable for practical use. NAAA has and will continue to work to ensure the registration of crop protection products allocated for aerial use.

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After several attempts by EPA to include uniform spray drift language on all pesticide labels, it appears the agency is backing off this approach. NAAA, working with a number of other agricultural organizations, raised concerns with language EPA proposed that would violate an applicator if he “appl[ies a product] in a manner that results in spray … drift that could cause an adverse effect to people or any other non-target organism or site.” Since any application could cause drift, even though it might not, NAAA protested about the egregiousness of this proposal. Recently EPA informed NAAA that it was evaluating drift on a product-by-product basis rather than through uniform drift language. It also stated it was focusing on drift in other ways. One of those ways is by implementing a drift reduction technology (DRT) certification and implementation program. This new,

The ability of pilots to see and avoid other aircraft and hazardous obstructions is paramount in ensuring the safety of low-level aircraft pilots. Communications towers, wind generation turbines and meteorological evaluation towers (METs) are being erected at an alarming rate, and next on the horizon is the imminent likelihood of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). NAAA’s efforts to date on this issue have led to expanding an FAA Advisory Circular providing guidance on marking METs below 50 feet and the inclusion of language in the FAA Reauthorization Bill directing the Administrator of the FAA to conduct a feasibility study on the development of an online public resource that would list the location and height of potential low-altitude aviation obstructions, such as guy-wire and freestanding towers. It would also give the

Administrator one year to conduct the study and report to Congress. To ensure safe coexistence of UAS and low-level pilots, NAAA has also urged the FAA to follow through on the safety recommendations sent by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) May 15, 2013, regarding Meteorological Evaluation Towers (METs). These recommendations include: (1) creating and maintaining a publicly accessible national database for the required registration of all meteorological evaluation towers; and (2) amending 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 77 to require all meteorological evaluation towers be registered, marked and—where feasible—lighted. NAAA made these requests directly to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta with an expanded request that all towers—both guy-wired and free-standing—be properly marked and database locatable. NAAA also emphasized to the Administrator the importance of ensuring UAS be strobelit, marked and have their operational activities made known to manned pilots of low-level aircraft via a similar database system as is already in use within the FAA for towers above 200 feet that these tower sponsors are required to register. NAAA has met with not only the FAA’s Obstruction Evaluation Group and UAS offices multiple times, but also with the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the appropriate congressional representatives to express our concern and desire to ensure the safety of pilots operating at low altitudes.

Preventing user fees for airport/ airspace use In the fall of 2011 President Obama proposed a broad deficit reduction plan that included a $100 per flight fee, payable to the FAA, by aviation operators who fly in controlled airspace. Military aircraft, public aircraft, recreational piston aircraft, air ambulances, Canadato-Canada flights and aircraft operating outside of controlled airspace would be exempted. The President’s proposed 2014 budget again includes the $100 user fee and, according to the White House, “would generate an estimated $7.3 billion over 10 years.” In early 2007 a similar plan was proposed to significantly increase the

amount that general aviation aircraft that use public airports pay into the federal aviation infrastructure system. NAAA was successful at that time in carving out an exemption from user fees for aircraft used for agricultural purposes, as ag pilots do not typically use the air traffic control system because they are doing operations in rural, uncontrolled airspace; and ag aircraft typically operate off of private landing strips, not public airports. Congress has rejected user fees in the Obama administration’s past two budgets thanks to the general aviation coalition, which includes NAAA, opposing them by soliciting the support of a bipartisan group of congresspersons. In fact, this year 223 members of the House of Representatives preemptively signed a letter to the president opposing user fees. NAAA members have also been active on this issue. For example, Kansas operator Scott Heinen spoke out about the proposed fees to Nebraska’s KLKN TV stating, “We could have as many as 10 to 20 takeoff and landing aircraft a day at $100 a piece that could be as much as $2,000 per unit … it could cost my business a half million dollars a year.” The general aviation coalition’s additional arguments against user fees are that general aviation pilots pay their fair share of fuel taxes and the FAA has established rules and regulations providing guidance for public airport entities to recover costs through fees and other charges to make the airport self-sustaining.

Federal funding for aerial application research The USDA-ARS Aerial Application Technology (AAT) Program is recognized nationwide for conducting innovative and environmentally sound research pertaining to making aerial applications more efficient, effective and precise. Since 2002 NAAA has been successful in lobbying the government for an additional $6,512,500 to be invested in aerial application research. To date, in the 113th Congress, NAAA has again been effective in ensuring the importance of aerial application research to USDA and Congress. In June the House and Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill and included language endorsing the continued support of the USDA-

ARS AAT Program. NAAA is hopeful identical language will be secured in the later version of the farm bill that could be brought back again before the House. This continued government support will ensure the continued design of aerial application technologies, tools and techniques that mitigate drift and make aerial applications more efficacious, and result in fuel savings. These are just five of many, many government relations services NAAA provides the industry in Washington, D.C. NAAA urges aerial applicators throughout the country to be politically active, to get to know their government officials, to contribute to political causes and political action committees they believe in—such as the AgAv PAC—and to respond to grassroots requests NAAA sends out on specific issues. By following these steps and with representation in the nation’s capital we have the best chance of ensuring a workable tax and regulatory structure for the aerial application industry.

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Wayne commented about the changes in his business and in applicators in general. He stated, “When I started my own business in 1987, I had over 200 customers, now I’m down to 75. But, I still spray the same number of acres over the same fields. In several cases tree lines and fence rows have been knocked down and field sizes have increased. All in all this has been good for me. Fewer growers means less paperwork and easier management of materials and spray schedules.” Wayne has also seen changes in North Carolina’s aerial applicators. “We applicators have really cleaned up our act here in North Carolina. We have less drift complaints now and have worked hard to present a more professional image to our respective communities. Operators are also more cooperative with each other, more willing to help each other and share information. We are down in numbers, from 60 operators 10 years ago to 35 now and that has had a big impact on the way we look at each other, less as competitors and more as fellow pilots and applicators who need to stick together for the mutual benefit of all.”

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“This is a very important program for our industry,” explained Andrew Moore, executive director of NAAA, who made the trip from NAAA’s office inside the Washington, D.C. Beltway to observe the event. It’s an industry that in 2011 included 1,350 operators with 2,835 aircraft, or 2.1 aircraft per operation. “This industry is very fortunate to have professionals such as Dennis Gardisser and John Garr who donate so much of their time, effort and resources calibrating ag aircraft nationwide,” he added. “Also for operators like the Chormans, who put their equipment through the calibration process. It is what makes Operation S.A.F.E. a premiere program and the farmers reap the dividends.” The added benefit is that Operation S.A.F.E. certified operators have maximized their performance, which gives them and their customers – especially Chorman customers, who saw this in action – peace of mind. “I didn’t fully understand what the Operation S.A.F.E. program was all about until we were all done, and I had time to debrief with Dennis and John,” Chorman said. “Their expertise is excellent.” Contact John Garr at 765-395-3441, or visit Contact Dr. Dennis Gardisser at or visit

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Covington expands to Tunica How it started — In 1972, when R-985s and R-1340s were the mainstay of the agricultural aviation industry, Bob Covington formed Covington Aircraft Engines in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. The company’s focus was rebuilding the radial engines that were so prevalent at the time; until the industry began to make the transition to turbine power in the late 1970s. Covington Aircraft Engines became a leader in taking initiative and embracing this powerplant evolution - updating its shop for these new engines that were just emerging in ag-aviation.

In 1995, Covington Aircraft became the only Pratt & Whitney Canada agricultural service center in the world, providing mro services to all pt6a engines used for agricultural purposes. In 1995, Covington Aircraft became the only Pratt & Whitney Canada agricultural service center in the world, providing mro services to all pt6a engines used for agricultural purposes. In 2009, Covington expanded its relationship with Pratt & Whitney Canada to become OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) authorized for MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A series engines. This is a DDOF designation (Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facility) for

Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines. The company offers new and used engines for sale and rental engines, plus an inventory parts and engine accessories. The Tunica division — Covington Aircraft is owned and operated by Paul and Betty Abbott. Also, their two sons, Aaron and Luke, have come on board working and managing the company. Realizing a significant portion of the company’s business was located in the Mississippi Delta, including nearby Arkansas and Louisiana, Covington Aircraft Engines expanded its operations in January 2013 by opening a shop at the ideally located Tunica Municipal Airport in Tunica, Mississippi. This shop is managed by Luke Abbott, president of Covington Aircraft and Robert Craymer, who has been with Covington since 1996 as a line inspector. Now, Robert is Chief Inspector of the Tunica division. Currently, Covington Aircraft Tunica is operating in a 20,000-square foot hangar with a 28’ x 120’ door that is large enough to accommodate a Boeing 737. Obviously, Covington Aircraft Tunica is not anticipating work for a 737, but it sure makes it easy to bring in multiple ag-planes of any size. From the Tunica facility, Covington can perform a multitude of services for both the Pratt & Whitney Canada radial and turbine engines that will put the AOG ag-plane back in the air, including handling Pratt & Whitney Canada warranties. Hot Section Inspections (HSI), on-wing maintenance, 100hour inspections, propeller balancing, compression checks, accessories exchanges and borescope inspections are just some

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of the maintenance an ag-operator can expect from Covington Tunica; where there is a growing inventory of PT6A, R-985 and R-1340 parts and accessories that are supported by the shop in Okmulgee. A rental PT6A-34AG engine is staged at the Tunica facility. An operator can fly to the facility for the engine exchange, or Covington Tunica can deliver the engine to them. For a quicker turn-time, Covington Tunica can also utilize it’s Cessna C-206 to get the operator back in the air faster. Engine overhauls are done in the Okmulgee shop, where there is a larger rental pool of PT6A engines. When an ag-operator brings his aircraft to Covington Aircraft Tunica, or if he calls for in-field maintenance, he knows he will receive the same quality of service and satisfaction the Covington Aircraft reputation represents. It’s guaranteed.



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Aerial application and the 101 critical days of summer By Scott Tyrrell (International Helicopter Safety Team member)

The 101 critical days of summer are here and we need to be prepared and to be more vigilant. Numerous years of safety statistics show that pilots are statistically more likely to be involved in an off-duty accident during the 101 days of summer. In the United States, that’s Memorial Day weekend through the Labor Day weekend. Since 1983, the U.S. helicopter industry has averaged 19.6 accidents per month during these 101 critical days of summer. This is 65 percent higher than the months outside of the 101 critical days (11.9 accidents per month). Comparing fatal helicopter accidents, the monthly average since 1983 is 3.0 fatal accidents during the 101 critical days of summer as compared to 2.2 fatal accidents in the non-summer months. Regardless of true statistical significance, the increase of nearly one fatal accident per month during the summer months will ALWAYS have real life significance for the pilots and passengers who lost their lives and for their remaining family members. During the summer, there are more occasions to have a great time in great weather, but with an increased aviation activity level, there is a potentially greater chance for more accidents to happen. Three decades of U.S. accident statistics show this to be true:

The aerial application industry is not immune from this increased level of accident activity. The last decade indicates that the months May – September account for 76 percent of all the accidents. By the end of the summer of 2012, the Aerial Application industry had accounted for 13 accidents with one accident being fatal. In the month of May, the industry has experienced three accidents which are indicative of a season that will be on par with previous seasons. Is this accident rate acceptable or is there sufficient justification to make a change in the program?

following Calendar Years: 2000, 2001 and 2006. The Aerial Application industry accounted for 54 of the 523 accidents (10.3 percent). The fatal accident count is four (7 percent). The following charts provide the Top 5 Occurrence Codes, Standard Problem Statements (SPS) and Intervention Recommendations (IR) identified in the accident causation methodology for Aerial Application accidents: See charts below. The most recent accident rate statistics that include an accident rate are available from the 2010 FAA GA Survey. Do to the delayed implementation of the 2011 FAA GA Survey, the report has not been published and so our 2010 source provides the following statistics:

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has accomplished extensive analysis on 523 accidents in the Occurrence Code Strike AUTO-Autorotation SCF – System Component Failure FUEL LOC – Loss of Control

Sub-Occurrence Code LALT/M - Low Altitude Mission E - Emergency H - Helicopter EX - Exhaustion PM – Performance Management

SPS Level 1 Mission Risk

SPS Level 2 Terrain/Obstacles

Mission Risk Pilot Judgment & Actions Ground Duties

Pilot Intensive Landing Procedures Aircraft Preflight

Pilot Judgment & Actions

Human Factors – Pilot’s Decision

IR Level 1 Safety Management

IR Level 2 Risk Assessment Management Safety Training

Training/Instructional Systems and Equipment Systems and Equipment Systems and Equipment

SPS Level 3 Mission Involves flying near hazards, obstacles, wires Mission requires low/slow flight Autorotation Forced Performance of Aircraft Preflight procedures inadequate Disregarded cues that should have led to the termination of current course of action or maneuver

IR Level 3 Mission Specific Risk Management Program Mission specific risk assessment training - Ag Ops Cockpit Indication/Warning Fuel System improvements Situational Awareness Install proximity detection Enhancers system Post Incident Survivability Install WSPS

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FAR Part 137 helicopter accidents during the period from 2001 through 2009 averaged less than 12 accidents per year. The FAR Part 137 helicopters accident rate during this period was 9.26 accidents per 100,000 flight hours while the accident rate for all FAR Part 137 aircraft (airplanes and helicopters) was 7.47 accidents per 100,000 flight hours. The accident rate for all types of helicopter operations (not just FAR Part 137 operations) for 2000 thru 2009 was 6.40 accidents per 100,000 flight hours. Although somewhat dated, these statistics remain unchanged. As you can see the increased rate requires attention and deserves immediate action to Many variables contribute to these top causal factors. Some hazards are more prevalent during summer operations. Two such hazards include high density altitudes and pilot fatigue. Aircraft may routinely operate near maximum gross weight at times and this combined with high density altitude may result in situations when the power required exceeds the power available. With more daylight hours and warmer temperatures during the summer months, pilots may work as many as 12 to 14 hour days, seven days a week. In addition, operators routinely perform refueling and reloading operations while the aircraft is still running, hot refueling/servicing, which often doesn’t allow pilots to take a break from their duties. Another common accident within the industry is the “unattended” aircraft. This involves the pilot leaving the controls of a running aircraft and the aircraft becomes airborne with the pilot’s seat vacant. If this procedure is necessary, please ensure adjustable friction controls are set to prevent inadvertent movement and subsequent involuntary movement by the helicopter. Fuel contamination and exhaustion accidents may result from operators occasionally having to fuel their aircraft out of barrels or portable tanks that may not have proper drains or filters on them. Pilot fatigue, steep turns and pushing the limit between refueling operations can all contribute to fuel exhaustion accidents. Accurate fuel logs for both the helicopter and refueling vehicles are essential for safe operations


Agricultural aircraft routinely operate at or below the height of wires and other obstacles. Power lines, wind turbines and unmarked meteorological towers are a growing concern for aerial applicators. One study showed that about 40 percent of wire strikes involved wires that were already known to pilots. Due to the need to fly close to the ground during agricultural operations, pilots have very little time to react if an unusual or abnormal situation arises. Controlled flight into terrain accidents tend to be in greater numbers because of the reduced reaction time allowed to make a correction or necessary adjustment.

Operators (SAFO) that apply to their operations: SAFO 10015, Flying in the Wire Environment; and SAFO 10020, 14 CFR, Parts 91, 133, and 137 and Hot Refueling/Loading. These SAFOs advise operators of potential hazards in these environments and provide guidance and best practices when conducting operations in these environments. These documents are available at http://www. airline_operators/airline_safety/safo/.

Helicopter Agricultural Operators should revisit two FAA Safety Alerts for

The forecast for this summer is troubling. During the first five months

Increasing the focus on fatal accidents the following breakdowns of the previously mentioned dataset: See charts below.

Fatal Accidents Only Occurrence Code Sub-Occurrence Code SCF – System Component Failure H - Helicopter VIS – Visibility N – Night/Darkness STRIKE LALT/M – Low Altitude Mission LOC – Loss of Control EP – Emergency Procedures ARC – Abnormal Runway Contact ARC

SPS Level 1 Part/System Failure Safety Systems and Equipment Post-crash survival

Pilot Situational Awareness Pilot Judgment & Actions

IR Level 1 Training/Instructional Training/Instructional Systems and Equipment Safety Management Safety Management

Fatal Accidents Only SPS Level 2 SPS Level 3 Aircraft Tail Rotor Drive System Component Failure Safety Systems and Intolerance to Wire Strike Equipment Safety Equipment Passenger/crew survival gear not used (e.g. Includes helmets/ restraints, etc.) External Environment Failed to recognize cues to terminate Awareness current course of action or maneuver Human Factors - Pilot/ Perceptual judgment errors Aircraft Interface Fatal Accidents Only IR Level 2 IR Level 3 Safety Training Recurrence Training Mission Specific Proficiency training night aerial application and landings Situational Awareness Wire detection system for low alt ops Enhancers SOP – Ops Pilot Conduct site reconnaissance at safe altitude SOP – Compliance Establish oversight to ensure compliance with published procedures in AFM

of calendar year 2013, the U.S. civilian helicopter industry has experienced a total of 52 helicopter with an average per month is 10.4 accidents. If the U.S. helicopter industry maintains its 30year average for those inclusive months during the next 101 critical days, we will add an additional 79.2 accidents to the cumulative total through Labor Day 2013 and another 34.8 accidents through the remainder of the year. This would create a total of 166 accidents and place 2013 among the worst during the past decade. This is not a noteworthy safety statistic to be celebrated and placed in the record books. In the category of fatal accidents, if we do not change the course, we can expect to have more than 30 fatal accidents with approximately 69 fatalities during 2013.

(Self-regulating Application & Flight Efficiency) programs, and the Women of the National Agricultural Aviation Association (WNAAA), to provide research and educational programs focused on enhancing the efficacy, security and safety of aerial application; and to communicate to the public the importance of aerial application to agriculture, forestry, and the public welfare. More information is available at

Too many memorials are filled with pilots who recklessly sacrificed their lives and, perhaps more tragically, the lives of their crew and passengers.

In addition to the IHST website (www., where numerous reports, safety leaflets, and toolkits available to them, helicopter AG pilots should also equip themselves with great tips, tools and techniques from the FAA Safety Team (FAAST), the Helicopter Association International (HAI), and the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC). Helicopter agricultural operators have additional sources available to help them operate more safely. The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is an organization that provides services that directly benefit their members by providing programs to enhance safety and encourage professionalism. More information is available at http://www. The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is an organization that works in partnership with the National Agricultural Aviation Research & Education Foundation (NAAREF), which administers the Professional Aerial Applicators’ Support System (PAASS) and Operation S.A.F.E.

Often in aviation we create memorials for those who have lost their lives while performing their duties and this is admirable. However, the real heroes are those pilots who perform consistently and flawlessly and create the opportunity to safely leave the earth and most importantly return without error. Too many memorials are filled with pilots who recklessly sacrificed their lives and, perhaps more tragically, the lives of their crew and passengers. This past U.S. Memorial Day weekend, the lives of two people were cut short in a single helicopter accident near Wheatland, Missouri. In the aftermath, the respective families were left with the grave duty of caring for the victims’ memorials and funeral services. We should reserve Memorial Day for those U.S. military men and women who lost their lives fighting for their country versus those who have died in an aviation accident. From a U.S. military perspective, the 101 Critical Days of Summer is an aviation safety campaign that is very familiar to those who have served in the United Sates Air Force. The Air Force has designated May 25 – Sept. 4 this year as

the “Critical Days” for aviation safety. Their vision for 2013 is to ensure all of their airmen have zero preventable fatal mishaps and an injury-free summer. With this worthy goal in mind, what can we as a civilian helicopter industry learn from the military? Can our civil helicopter community fly this summer focused on excellent Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), on making accurate risk assessments, on precision flight maneuvers, and with a vigilant passion for safety? With the U.S. Memorial Day weekend officially behind us, we can unofficially kick off the 101 Critical Days of Summer for helicopter flying. Using many available IHST safety resources, let’s focus on a summer with few accidents and is free from fatalities. The true meaning of Memorial Day focuses on remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The origins of the holiday stem from Decoration Day which was established in the 1860s to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. Now in the 21st century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. Let’s honor America’s heroes by flying safely this summer! Scott Tyrrell, is a retired U.S. Air National Guard officer, is a Continued Operations Safety Specialist and Accident Investigator in the FAA Rotorcraft Directorate. During his military career his experience included over 20+ years in aircraft maintenance including extensive knowledge of aircraft maintenance (F16, T-43A and C-130). He served as the Commander of an Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Logistics Readiness Squadron and a Mission Support Group. His helicopter accident investigation experience has included 11 major accidents including two NTSB Go-Team investigations, one NTSB Board accident and one international investigation.

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Thrush 510G wins certification in Brazil South America’s largest country welcomes new aircraft into rapidly expanding market. Albany, GA—Thrush Aircraft announced this week that the Brazilian civil aviation authority (ANAC) has granted full type-certification for the new GE-powered Thrush 510G for operations in that country. This is a major milestone for both Thrush and GE as, over the next ten years, Brazil is predicted to require a rapidly growing number of new agricultural aircraft to replace ageing fleets. Brazilian certification of the new 510G comes hot on the heels of certification of the new aircraft in Argentina, which was received in March of this year. The 510G was FAA-certified in October, 2012 and has quickly gained an enthusiastic following – as the GE H-80 engine, combined with the rugged Thrush 510 airframe, is proving to be a extremely effective combination for operators in a wide variety of environments. The Thrush 510G has a hopper capacity of 510 gallons and a gross weight of 10,500 pounds. In addition, the 510G is over 200 pounds lighter than its sister ship – the legendary Thrush 510P. The 510G also carries a new fuel pump system and a new solid state GCU electrical system as well. With GE’s new H80 engine up front, the 510G is expected to bring a higher level of performance to agricultural operations – from enhanced hot and high capabilities, to higher cruise speeds, improved reliability, and increased fuel efficiency over other aircraft in the category. Thrush distributes its aircraft in Brazil through Thrush Aircraft do Brasil, a full service sales and support center located in Anápolis, Brazil – a city deep in the heart of the agricultural rich state of Goiás. Thrush Aircraft do Brasil will be receiving


five or more new 510G’s over the next several months – with the first one scheduled to be on display at this year’s SINDAG 2013 show in June. Thrush is certainly no newcomer to Brazil, as a large number of its legendary Pratt & Whitney-powered 510P aircraft have been in long-term use by several of the country’s largest agricultural aviation operators for many years. Recently, Thrush has also increased its product support capabilities for the region as well – with a large in-country spares inventory now in place, as well as enhanced pilot and mechanic training for South American customers at the company’s headquarters in Albany. “We’re extremely humbled and very happy that the ANAC has granted certification of the new 510G in Brazil,” said Payne Hughes, president of Thrush Aircraft. “Brazil has a thriving and advanced ag aviation industry, and we’re proud to be able to provide them with the innovative aircraft and advanced support they need to be even more successful” he continued. “We’re looking forward to introducing the new 510G to everyone at SINDAG in the weeks ahead, and to having it become a very capable stable-mate to our popular 510P – as both are tremendous aircraft, and both have been designed to help ag pilots everywhere do what they do best: Work hard, fly well, and come home safely every night.” To learn more about the new 510G in Brazil, customers are encouraged to contact Jim Cable, president of Thrush Aircraft do Brasil at: (62) 3316-0000, or Ready to go to work in Brazil – The new Thrush 510G earned ANAC Type Certification in the country in June, 2013.

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2001 AT-602. Aircraft TT 6,032; Propeller TSO 0.0; Engine PT6A- 45 w/TSHSI 0.0 and OH CT Blades; Fuel Control, Engine Driven Fuel Pump, and Prop Governor all TSO 0.0. Includes: Fuel Capacity 218 gal; Hopper w/Rinse; Smoker; Bottom Loader; Flow Meter; Lane Electric Pump Brake; GPS (Del Norte); Flagger; Load Hog; Wingman; KY96 VHF; Shadin Fuel Flow; Air Conditioner (Engine Driven); New Batteries; Cockpit Heater; Night Lights; Windshield Washer; Fresh Annual; Fresh Paint. Price Reduced to $495,000. Jim Mills 812-877-2587 or (07-13) 1976 AT-301 SN 0030. 4736 hrsTT. 1322 engine SOH. Prop 1101 hrs SO. 126 Gals Fuel, flagger, smoker, Satloc litestar 2, Have 0 time since overhaul engine and prop available. Make an offer. bha2@ call Robert Eisele 307-6723421 (07-13)

Don’t miss a great deal on these beautiful models, great addition to your growing collection. Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at t f n 1998 AT-602, 8420 TT, -60, 0 hrs since HSI, 0 hrs since power section inspection, hydraulic gate system, single point fuel, M3, Wingman. $465,000.00 Call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 tfn 2009 Air Tractor 602-60 5 inch Hyd. Gate, intelliflow and dry gate controller, 2 sets of booms, Gps equipped,available in Oct. with fresh hot/annual. 3200 hrs TTE/ AF very clean. $795,000 Call Chuck 662207-6682 or emailcottonwingair@yaoo. com (07-13)

1992 AT-502A-45 TT 6900 Engine 0SHOT Airplane is very clean, well maintained & ready to go to work. Contact Wilbur Ellis Air 605-350-4536 for spec sheet and list of upgrades. (07-13)

2006 Air Tractor AT-401B, 1,180 Horas desde nuevo, Pratt & Whitney R1340, 18 horas desde overhaul mayor (Covington). Hélice Hydromática de tres palas, 800 hora s desde overhaul mayor. GPS SATLOC M3 con control de flujo, Aire Acondicionado, Radio comunicador, Transponder. Este avión se encuentra en muy buenas condiciones, listo para trabajar. $315,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn

1981 AT-301, Super Clean, Excellent Condition, 7512 TT, 940 hrs SMOH Cov., 3 Blade counter weight prop 52 hrs SMOH, New spar caps, Std fuel cap, 2 Retractable wing lights, SS Booms, CP Nozzles, Crophawk, Flagger, Smoker, 29” Tires, 2012 Satloc Lite Star II, Excellent paint and panels. Always hangared, never left outside. Call for references and more pics. $140,000 Roger Myers, Kootenai Valley Flying Service Inc. 208-290-2598 (07-13)

2005 AT 402B -15 P&W engine, 3225 TT, Windshield washer, New Bantham GPS with large screen,smoker, tank rinser, single point fuel, 1 owner, bought new. $582,500. Call 256-426-7242 or 256-2475694 (07-13)

20 01 AT- 602 590 0TT A/C , heater, wingman, fast start, M3 moving map, Lane fan pump, loaded. Flashing LED lights nose and tail. Clean. Call 870-866-7636 (07-13)

1976 G164B; 420 Gal. Maxicat conversion 1982; 11528 TT; 1118 SMOH Tulsa 96; Albatross blades; next insp 1-20-16 NW Prop; Satloc M3 Intelliflo; 3 boom shutoffs; 5 blade Weathaero Alu -97 pump; 3 booms, AFS Rotary, ULV; wire cutters; bottom load fuel; Oregon Aero soft seat; tall straight tail, much more. Owner flown since new, owner retiring. 509-429-2217 (07-13)

1983 AT-400, PT6A-34AG, 25” gate, Stainless Steel Booms with CP Nozzles, 4 blade Lane fan with electric brake, Harbour A/C. M3 Satloc. For more information call Darryl Riddell 870-572-9011 days or 870995-1323 nights and weekends (07-13)

PRICE REDUCED! 1999 AT-802 5062 TTAE PT6-67AG engine work done by prime turbines test cell approved, 10 HYD Gate, Loadhog, Smoker, Satloc M3,Pulse lights, Single pt fuel, Lane fan, FastStart, Ramair, Crophawk, Shadin Fuel Flow. Call 800 736 7654 tfn 1992 Air Tractor AT-401, 4,500 horas desde nuevo, 150 horas desde reparación mayor en el motor (R1340, 600hp), freno eléctrico con abanico variable “Lane”, aire acondicionado, boquillas CP, radio comunicador. Disponible en Septiembre. Muy buenas condiciones. $225,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956399-2320 tfn

1991 AT-401 - 5160TT/ 811 since O/H engine/ 38 since O/H Hydromatic prop: 400 gal hopper, Lane fan and electric brake, dropped stainless booms, CP nozzles, 2” left bottom load, spreader, 126 gal fuel, aileron servos, vortex generators, nav/strobe/instrument and landing lights, electronic tach, Satloc Airstar 99 GPS, very good condition. 559-686-1794 / Email www. tfn 2013 AT-502B and 802-A Available, see at or call 800-736-7654 tfn 2011 AT-802, 1100 TTAF&E, -65, smoker, Wingman, 10” hydraulic gate, fresh annual, fresh HSI. $1,130,000 Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 TFN

2002 Air Tractor AT-802A -65, 4153 TT. single place, 308 gallon fuel. See @ TFN

Air Tractor 402 for more information and price call Darryl or Bill 870-5729011 (07-13)


Order your Turbine AT-402 Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN Don’t miss a great deal on these beautiful models, great addition to your growing collection. Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at t f n

Order your AT-502 Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN 2013 AIR TRACTORS , RESERVE YOUR POSITION NOW $CALL$ 2012 AT-502B, 250 TTAF&E, SATLOC, SS SYSTEM, HEATER, NDH, LIKE NEW $825,000.00 2005 AT-402B/34AG, 1,250 TTAF&E, AGNAV, HEATER, 216 FUEL, LANE BRAKE, CLEAN $640,000.00 2006 AT-401B, 1,231 TTAF, 70 SMOH, A/C, SATLOC W/FLOW, LANE BRAKE $300,000.00 2011 AT-504, FTO - NEW, LANE BRAKE AND FAN, GARMIN COMM, GARMIN TRANSPONDER $849,450.00 2011 AT-502B, 920 TTAF&E, SATLOC, VG’S, LANE BRAKE AND FAN, FRESH HOT AND ANNUAL $760,000.00 2013 AT-802A/67AG, FTO, LANE BRAKE & FAN, SS CAMLOCS, SMOKER $1,353,900.00 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-3425451 or FAX: 281-232-5401. tfn

AT-401B: Power and payload at the right price. Step up to a highly productive, low maintenance piston engine ag plane for a price that makes solid business sense. The economical 400-gallon capacity AT- 4 01B has a piston - engine price tag, plus all the reliability, durability, safety features and flying ease that make Air Tractor the industry leader. For qualified buyers, Wells Fargo has attractive and flexible terms available. Call your Air Tractor dealer. TFN 1980 AT- 301 8960TT Super 6 engine, 902 TT hydromatic prop Tall Tail, all metal control surfaces, aileron servos, Satloc lite, fresh annual with sale, $115,000 559-6867401 or email valleyaircraft@clearwire. net (04-14) 2013 Slots Available Call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 tfn

Large inventory or Air Tractor Parts. Surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 tfn

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

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2010 AT-802, 1910 TTAF&E, -67, smoker, elec brake gr. adj, load hog, 10” hydraulic gate, fresh annual, fresh HSI. $1,100,000 Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 tfn

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

Order your AT-802 Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN 2013 Air Tractor AT-502B, PT6A-34AG 750HP, Nuevo para entregar en Agosto de 2013. Equipado con freno eléctrico y abanico variable “Lane”, sistema de riego de dos pulgadas con 44 boquilllas, aire acondicionado, horizonte artificial, radio comunicador Garmin, certificado de aeronavigabilidad de exportación $815,000.00 Sun Valley Dusting, 956399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn

1998 AT-602, 8420 TT, -60, 0 hrs since HSI, 0 hrs since power section inspection, hydraulic spray system, single point fuel, M3, Wingman..........................$465,000 Unlimited Racer Project: 85% complete Yak 11, 3350 turbo compound with many spare parts including engine. Will also consider trade. For pictures and details ......................................................................................................... $150,000

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

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1974 Cessna AG Truck, 8100 TT, 500 TTEOH, 400 hours on new landing gear. Satloc GPS, Stainless Steel low booms, Speed Mod, smoker, hydraulic spray pump, manual spray valve, recent paint, new tac & tac cable, 662-803-5102 (07-13) AT-504: Learn and earn. With side-byside 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. just visit with your Air Tractor dealer. TFN

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piper 1978 Cessna A188B, 3628.3 TT AF, 4481.3 TTE, 755.4 TTP. Yates Engine Conversion, Electric Tach, Satloc M3, Stainless Steel booms and hangers. $115,000 For more information call Darryl Riddell 870-572-9011 days or 870995-1323 nights and weekends (07-13) 1975 – N9482R - Cessna Ag Truck, 3500 3600TT, 300 SMOH, NEW Crankshaft, Bantam, SL40. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn

Order your AT-602 Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

AT-802: Capacity that creates profits. An 800-gallon hopper, zippy 190 mph ferry speeds, and greater working capacity than any other ag aircraft on the market - the AT-802 is simply a hoss. With the AT-802 you’ll ferry faster, spray more fields and do bigger jobs all in one load. That’s production that only Air Tractor can offer you. Visit with your Air Tractor dealer about the AT-802. And ask about special Air Tractor financing now available from Wells Fargo for qualified buyers. TFN Save money. Buy used. Parting out several Air Tractor 402, 502, 602, and 802, Thrush and , Ag Cats. Call Chad Stuart. Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091 tfn

1976- Cessna Bonair,-A188B, 3227.0TT, ENGINE TIME: 456.0, New Tail Wheel Assembly, S.S. Boom, Satloc Lite Star II, Smoker, Locking Tail Wheel,Nozzles 42 Ea Tee Jets, NEW MOTOR IN HYDRAULIC MANUAL PUMP W/NEW HOUSING Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573359-0500 tfn

Cessna airframe parts, Continental and Lycoming engine parts, and a few spray system parts, new surplus, big discounts! P l e a s e h ave p a r t n u m b e r s w h e n contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www.preferredairparts. com tfn Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Only $45 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836. J & C enterprises Aviation Inc. Wants to buy your Cessna aircraft, New & Used part of any kind. Call Jerry 800-542-8565 or email Atfn

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 centerpivot circles. Step it up with an AT-602. Visit your Air Tractor dealer. TFN

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


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


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

1966 Piper Pawnee 235-250. 6490TT, 1440SMOH, 1440SPOH, Satloc lite, CP nozzles, smoker, flagger, very clean, working now. $75,000. Call Doug 605870-2697 (07-13) J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. Wants to buy your Piper, Pawnee or Brave aircraft. We are also looking for parts inventory, or derelict aircraft as well call Jerry at 800-542-8565 or email At fn

WE have the largest NEW inventory of Cessna 188 AG Truck & Ag Wagon parts in the USA. Parting out many other air crafts as well. J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc 800-542-8565 or Email Sid or Jerry at Atfn 1982 - N9996J - Cessna Husky, 5100TT, 130 STOH, 1250 SMOH, new cylinders, air, Satloc, smoker. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn

Order your M18 Dromader Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60. plus S&H. Call 478987-2250 or order online at agairupdate. com TFN

1989 Thrush S2R T34, N3098C, PT6A34AG, TT 13,880.1. Aluminum booms, CP nozzles, smoker, Air Conditioner, 4 blade Lane fan, electric Brake. For more information call Darryl Riddell 870-5729011 days or 870-995-1323 nights and weekends (07-13)

Order your Piper Pawnee Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S &H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN Piper airframe parts, continental and Lycoming engine parts and a few spray system parts, new surplus, big discounts! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn

1993 Ayers Thrush N6018T, ser. no. T41192, TTAF 8131. PT6A-41 S/N PCE-80243, TTE 11,057, 1265 SHSI. TSOH on prop 169. 1415 hrs. since spar caps replaced. Annual Jan. 2013, Bantam with Intelliflow control, Weathaero fan, SSF spreader, Load Hawg, CP’s. Call 870-479-3737 or email (07-13) 1996 Ayres Thrush, N3299P ser. # T42213, PT6A-42 S/N PCE93532. TTAF 7688, TT engine 9741, 820 hrs. since HSI ( 1st and 2nd stage PT blades replaced). TSOH on prop 222 hrs. Recent paint and belly skins. Bantam GPS with flow control,SSF spreader, Weathaero fan. May annual. Call 870-479-3737 or email fbfsllc@gmail. com (07-13)

1995 Thrush 510-10, 8000 TT, 700 Since New factory spars, 4550 since o-haul, 500 SHOT and gearbox, Turbo Max Crossover, 200 on prop with new blades, Cool Start, Leading edge lights, Bantam GPS, We just finished refurbishment including new paint, Extensive list of new parts. This plane is ready to work. Asking $375,000. 318-559-1617 or 318-282-9263 (07-13)

1982 Pip e r PA -18 -15 0 S up e r Cub, 500 horas desde nuevo!!, Tela nueva, pintura nueva, micas nuevas, recién inspeccionado, GPS, Comm, Transponder. El PA-18 más nuevo y bonito en el mercado, $135,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 t f n

thrush 1974 1820 Thrush super doer conversion, 11085tt,664 engine,fresh prop. 1973 1820 Thrush super doer conversion 10938tt, 691 engine,fresh prop, Both aircraft excellent condition with all updates. email Mrsmith@Wilburellis. com or call 509-988-0075 (07-13) 2000 660 Thrush 5000 TT 0 time PT6A65 Zero time prop. New blades, load hot fast start, bottom fuel, new batteries, new tires and brakes. Spray system. Fresh Annual 812-877-2587 jim@turbinesinc. com (07-13) 1995 Thrush –6 and 2008 Thrush –10 your choice, very clean aircraft. Ready to go. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn

2010 Thrush 510P, 600 TT, engine warranty remaining, MVP-50, Single point fuel, Smoker, VG’s, cool start, fresh annual, and More! Call ASI JET AG Division for price, pictures, and details. ASI JET AG Division is an authorized Thrush Dealer! Selling NEW and Used aircraft ASIJET-AG.COM or give us a call 952.941.6255 (01-14) 2009 – 5301W, Thrush S2R-T34, 1785.6 TT, Smoker, Shadin Fuel Flow, S.S. Boom, Satloc M3, 5 Blades Weathaero Fan, Smoker, Air condition/heat, 228 gallon fuel system, VG’s, Load Hawg. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573359-0500 (tfn) 2010 – N7023B - Thrush T34, 510 gal, 795 1365 Total, all options, dual cockpit, winglets, priced to sell. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573359-0500 tfn

2011 – N7008M, Thrush S2R-T34, 490 TT SNEW, weathaero fan, 66 cp’s nozzles, s.S. Drop boom, led lights, air/heat, bantam gps w/intelliflow, bottom load fuel, vg’s, winglets, smoker, load hawg Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 (tfn) 1974 S2RG5/525(Goering conv.-750 SHP) - 12,624 TT/ 94 since IRAN engine/ 2704 since new 4 blade prop: 525 gal hopper, Simplex pump and electric fan brake, stainless booms, 2” left side load, extended wings, droop tips, aileron servos, vortex generators, 106 gal fuel, bottom load fueling, nav/strobe/instrument and landing lights, spring steel tailwhl gear w/ 5.00x5 tire, air cond., Satloc M3 GPS with Raven flow control, Big butterfly wing splice plate, 800 hours remaining on wing lower spar caps, good paint/tires/ glass/fabric. $225,000 559-686-1794 / Email www. tfn 2011 – N70060, Thrush S2R-T34, 1080 TT SNEW, 228 GAL FUEL, WEATHAERO FAN, 60 CP’S NOZZLES, S.S.BOOM, FAN BRAKE, LOAD HAWG, VG’S, SMOKER, LED LIGHT, BANTAM GPS W/INTELLIFLOW, MVP-50, 3” SIDE L. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 (tfn) 2000 S2RT65/660(1300 SHP) - 5895 TT/ 0 since O/H engine and 5 blade prop: 660 gal hopper, factory spray system, Lane fan and electric brake, stainless booms, 3” left side load, 26,000 hour life wing, 230 gal fuel, bottom load fueling, aileron servos, quick start system, nav/ strobe/instrument and landing lights, air cond., Load Hawg, good paint and glass, new tires and brakes. 559-686-1794 / Email www. tfn 2000 – N4081P, Thrush S2R-T660, 7506 TTA, 6825 TT SNEW 0.0 SINCE HSI, 4150 TT SNEW ,0.0 SIRAN, 660 GAL, 66 CP’S NOZZLES, S.S. BOOM, WEATHAERO FAN, 3” TRANSLAND PUMP, M-3 SATLOC W/ FLOW C Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 (tfn) Ayre s Thr ush Commander - G reat Opportunity, I’m selling because the company closed, the engine is newly overhauled with only 30m flytime and cost me more than I’m asking for the plane. The plane also includes a tail ready to receive turbine engines. Giving some material for free too. gustavo.fialho@ (07-13) 1977 Turbine Thrush S2R TPE-331-1 (Super) 0 SHSI, 0 SPOH, 994 0 T T. Over $160K invested into the engine this off season! Wing Spar due in 1250. Hemisphere intellistar w/intelliflow. AC, landing/NAV lights, comm, smoker, E.I. Fuel Flow, and a Fresh Annual! Call ASI JET AG Division for price, pictures, an d d e t ails . 952.941.6255 A S I J E T AG Division is an authorized Thrush Dealer! Selling NEW and Used aircraft ASIJET-AG.COM or Give us a call! 952941-6255 01-14 WORLD WIDE U.S. Dealer New/Used Ag Thrush, 34-510, 550-60, *FINANCING AVAILABLE* Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 t fn

1975 – N48399, Grumman G164A, 2630TTAF , TSMOH 521 Aero Engines, TSIRAN Prop 522 Ag-100, Spin On Oil Filter, Chip Dect., Digital Tach, Strobes/ Navs., 80 gal fuel, locking Tailwheel, 3” spray sys.w/Lane brake, ext. wings, TE booms, KY97A Comm, GTX320A Trans w/mode C Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 (tfn) 2012 - N30538 – Thrush –S2R-T34 -2012 PT6-34 Ag 510, FTO only 210TT, SMOKER, VG’S, MVP-50T, AIR/HEAT, LED LIGHTS, SPRAYER, MID CONTINENT BOTTOM LOADER. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 tfn

Refurbished Thrush 1974-2012 7560 TT Engine M-601-E-11 GE O-SMOH by GE New Avia prop, New air, booms, side panels, glass, belly skins, tires, brakes, batteries, Refurbished 450 gallon hopper, extended fuel, new lower spar cap, new leading edges, new paint, EI glass panel. Call Johnson Airspray, Home of the Johnson Sidewinder 218-437-6415 or cell 218-201-1450 or visit our wesbsite (07-13) 2013- N30620, Thrush, S2R-T34, Factory NEW call for information. Mid Continent Aircr af t Corp Hay ti, M O 573 -359 0500 t fn

1989 THRUSH S2R-T34 N61378; 6245 TT; 7196 SNEW; 0 SHSI; VFR; 1 Seat; ‘94 Thrush. 6244 TT A/F, “0” SHOT, 216 SIRAN Prop, 216 SIRAN power section, Alum Booms, CP’s, 4 blade Lane, M3, Flow, $410,000. For more information call Darryl or Bill 870-572-9011 (07-13)

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“Century” Spar Cap Kit for Thrush Aircraft 60,000 hour fatigue life, at 10,500 gross weight We sell and install! Thrush Wing spar Cap Sales and Installation Thrush Reinforced Wing Leading Edge Sales and Installation Thrush Fuel Capacity Increase. Thrush Landing Gear Repair/Rebuild and Sales. Brave Wing Spar Cap Kit Sales and Installation. Brave / Thrush Fuselage Repair and Modification. Distributor / Rebuilder of Emco Wheaton Dry Breaks Distributor / Dealer for All Ag Equipment. Parts & Services Catalog Available. Distributor for APS “Bla ck Steel®” Brake discs and linings We now have Thrush NEW CONTINUOUS DUTY 6000 hour airframe fuel pump/motor combo’s. Radial engine users Ask about our “DEAL” on Phillips x/c 25W-60 oil. 24 HR. PHONES: 559-686-1794 or 686-2161 FAX: 559-686-9360 P.O. Box 1457, Tulare, CA 93275 Se Habla Español •

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1992 DC Thrush model S2R-T34, ser. no. T34-171DC, N95GP. Airframe T.T. 8594, engine T.T. 10,030, SMOH 3687. SOH on prop 2127. Bantam GPS, Intellistar flow control, CP’s, SSF 13 vane spreader, Weathaero fan, Load Hawg. $335,000 Call 870-479-3737 or email raider.rider@att. net (07-13)

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(3) Hiller 12E--4500 Spray Systems, Satlocs, etc. Parts & Tools Inventory Available Also. Phone 612-751-0864; (07-13)

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

New 2013 Thrush 510P with a PT6A34AG or GE H80 engines available, 2013 Deliveries available now. ASI JET AG Division is an authorized Thrush Dealer for North America! We specialize in NEW and Used aircraft sales. ASI JET-AG.COM or Give us a call! 952-941-6255 01-14

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

Unlimited Racer Project: 85% complete Yak 11, 3350 turbo compound with many spare parts including engine. $150,000, Will also consider trade. For pictures and details 870-295-6213 tfn

Brand New Ag plane for sale with Lycoming IO-540-K1J5 Straight off the assemblyline. php Contact me with any questions. Caio Villares email or call 1-305-395-7814 (07-13)

Order your Radial Thrush Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S &H. Call 478987-2250 or order online at agairupdate. com TFN FAA repair station for all ag equipment. Thrush spar replacement, annuals. MidContinent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800325-0885 tfn

Order your Dual Cockpit Thrush Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60. plus S&H. Call 478987-2250 or order online at agairupdate. com TFN


BUILD CHEAP TAIL WHEEL TIME to train for Ag Career 1941 AERONCA Defender(L3) Historic Civil Air Patrol Markings Reduced to $19,000.Hangar kept.3675 TT- 520 SMOH-150 STOH-Air frame rebuilt 1995 with Stits(in green) Great trainer! Call 772-285-5506 (08-13)

Order your Boy and AgCat Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at t f n

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

Order your Stearman Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN Unlimited Racer Project: 85% complete Yak 11, 3350 turbo compound with many spare parts including engine. Call with best offer. Will also consider trade. For pictures and details tfn

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

Order your Thrush 660 Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at T F N


Order your Weatherly Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S &H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

Order your AT-802F Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at tfn

bell - hiller Bell OH-58C Garlic Conversion, certified in restricted use category only. N139RD, S/N: 71-20396. Helicopter has 11689.1 total flight time and 8454.1 total engine time. VFR with Car ter Engineering Audio Panel, 804D-20, Garmin GNC 250XL GPS/Com, Garmin GTX-320 Transponder, FDC Aerofilter Kit, Facet external oil filter kit, wire strike kit, and Isolair belly mounted tank and spray system with Kawak hydraulic drive. This ship has been used for ag spraying. An additional set of new Bell main rotor blades (not surplus) are available for purchase with purchase of helicopter. Contact Bart Alexander at 318-424-8395 for information. (07-13)

Order your Clipped J3 Cub Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Ask about our Gift wrap option. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at t f n COMMANDER ROCKWELL 112TCA 1977- S/N 13194 TT: 800 hours, fresh annual, all paperwork updated new paint, tires, windscreen and windows green tinted, always hangared.- All ADs complied with.- All instruments inspected.- Radio Nav/Com OK Engine: Lycoming TO-360C1 A6D; T T 80 0 hour s TSOVH: 22 hours (TBO calendar) New three blade propeller (STC); new governor Asking U$S 140.000.- Airplane is in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia Owner: Verly Valdez Please email to: (tfn)

Order your In-Formation Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S &H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at T F N

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

engines Walter M601, inspected, run on test stand, preserved. Prop hub & spinner also available. Call 701-454-6588 (07-13) Honeywell TPE331-1-151A, 2 engines available Contact Rick Forbes or David Finley for details. 972-248-3108 (07-13) Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67AG Engine. 1054 TSO, 1266 CSO. Call Grant Wallace at Wipaire for Details 651-414-6828 Email: 01-14 R-1340 Engine, 0 SMOH by Aero, $54,000 OBO 12D40-211 Propeller, 0 SMOH. $12,500 OBO call Robert Eisele 307-672-3421 (07-13) (2) PT6A-20 engines for sale, (1) TSO 1,000 (1) TSO 1500, price $69,000 each will exchange. Also in stock PT6A-28 engines,Contact Robert at Conquest Av i a t i o n , 5 8 0 -2 39 - 9 626 o r e m a i l (07-13) Jet Set Airmotive PT6A-21 TSO 0 PT6A-28 TSO 1900 PT6A-34 TSO 0 PT6A-135A TSO 326 PT6A-60AG TSN 5284 Fresh HSI. Email Email (07-13) Universal Turbine Parts has the following engines for sale: 10 ea PT6A-27/28 TSO 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1256, 1458, 2243, 3602 2 ea PT6A-114A TSO 0, 0 2 ea PT6A-135A TSN 653, 653 2 ea PT6A-34 TSO 0, 0 1 ea PT6A-34AG TSO 0 1 ea PT6A-60 TSO 0 1 ea PT6A-65 TSO 275 1 ea PT6A-67 TSO 0 We also buy PT6 engines in all conditions. Please call Bill or Joel at 334-361-7853 or email or PT6A engines for sale -15, -20, 27, 28, 34, 41, 42, 45, 65, 112, 114, 114A, 135. Contact Robert at Conquest Aviation, 580-2399626 or email conquestaviation@gmail. com (07-13) R985 O/H engine is at covington $53000 no core, with fire wall for ward for AgcatFor more info Email repettis1@ or call 573-692-2160 (07-13) PT6-67AG engine outright sale, also PT6114A disassembled 612-867-6160 01-14 R985-AN14B 792-SMOH (API)......$10,500 R985-AN14B 1045 SMOH (Cov)....$15,500 R1340-AN2 1114 SMOH (Cov).......$23,500 AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) agcat@ *AgCat Sales/Parts/Service since ‘71* tfn Geared 1340 Tulsa engine for sell only 95 hours since Major. Continental 220 radial engine core. Call Hershey Flying Service 308-368-5556 (01-14)

Honeywell TPE331-6-252M 1 Ea engine available. 0 Time since Hot section overhaul by Honeywell service center and 0 hours since gearbox overhaul $175,000.00 Will consider partial trade credit. Contact Rick Forbes or David Finley. 972-248-3108 or / (07-13)

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Available Immediately! PT6A-67AG This engine has recently been removed from and Air Tractor 802 and is ready for sale. This engine has been maintained in accordance with Pratt & Whitney standards and is in great condition. (TSO: 1054.2 CSO: 1266) All information is available for review by contacting Grant Wallace at Wipaire. Please call 651-4146828 (01-14) Pratt and Whitney overhauled 1340 cylinders call Terry at 870-536-1348 or David at 870-550-1664 (07-13) Cylinders For Sale – Overhauled complete assy’s with new pistons installed. Ready to install. R-985 $1250.00 each Two or more less 5%: R-1340 $1950.00 each Two or more less 5%: Outright price: includes all gaskets. Sun Air Parts. 661257-7708 fax 661-257-7710 TFN Garrett TPE-331-10 -511M 2 engines available with lots of time and cycles remaining. Call for info. 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A4-14 Covington Turbine Engines Available. PT6A-34AG 50 TSN PT6A-34AG 1789 TSO SOLD PT6A-34AG 780 TSO SOLD PT6A 2800 TSO SOLD PT6A-15AG 0 Time Since Covington Light Overhaul PT6A-34AG 0 TSO PT6A-34AG 0 Time Since Covington Light Overhaul. Contact us for New Engine prices. We are interested in buying or exchanging for any core you may have regardless of condition. Contact: David Hamilton at 918-7567862 or Pr at t & W h i tn ey R- 985 & R-13 4 0 Overhauled Engines in stock. Props, carburetors, magnetos, alternators, & accessories for above engines. Call Ches ter Rober t s Supply Company, Collinsville, TX Tel: 903-429-6805 Fax: 903-429-6047 10 -13 J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has the larges t selec tion of Lycoming and Continental engine cores in stock. Over 100 to choose from. Call Sid or Jerry for your parts or engines needs. 800-5428565 or email Atfn R-1340, Zero Time Since Overhaul By Covington $63,500.00 PT6A-34AG, 6,434 TTSN, P/S LIGHT OVERHAUL, NEW CT BLADES, O/H VAIN $260,000.00 NEW PT6 -11, 15, 34, 60, 65, 67 Outright Or Exchange $CALL$ Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-3425451 or FAX 281-232-5401 TFN Cilindros en venta- Completos con pistones nuevos. Listo para instalar. R-985. $1250,00 el par o 5% descuento por cantidad. R-1340 $1950,00 el par o 5% descuento por cantidad. Precio sin recambio: incluye todas las juntas. Sun Air Parts tel. 661-257-7708. Fax 661-257-7708. tfn 10,000 P/N of Continental & Lycoming parts, 50% discount on most new! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn

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AIRCRAFT 2013 AIR TRACTORS , reserve your position now ............................................................................$CALL$ 2012 AT-502B, 250 TTAF&E, SATLOC, SS System, Heater, NDH, Like New .................................$825,000 2005 AT-402B/34AG, 1,250 TTAF&E, AGNAV, Heater, 216 Fuel, Lane Brake, Clean.....................$640,000 2006 AT-401B, 1,231 TTAF, 70 SMOH, A/C, SATLOC w/Flow, Lane Brake ...................................$300,000 2011 AT-504, FTO - NEW, Lane brake and fan, Garmin comm, Garmin transponder ....................$849,450 2011 AT-502B, 920 TTAF&E, SATLOC, VG’S, Lane Brake And Fan, Fresh Hot And Annual .........$760,000 2013 AT-802A/67AG, FTO, Lane Brake & Fan, SS Camlocs, Smoker........................................ $1,353,900 ENGINES R-1340, ZERO TIME SINCE OVERHAUL BY COVINGTON ............................................... $63,500 PT6A-34AG, 6,434 TTSN, P/S LIGHT OVERHAUL, NEW CT BLADES, O/H VAIN .......... $260,000 NEW PT6 -11, 15, 34, 60, 65, 67 OUTRIGHT OR EXCHANGE ..........................................$CALL$ PROPELLERS HARTZELL 3 BLADE AND 5 BLADED PROPS – New And Used ........................................$CALL$ DISPERSAL EQUIPMENT TRANSLAND 10 VAIN SPREADER FOR 38” GATE, NEW .................................................... $9,500 AGRINAUTICS, ROOT, CROPHAWK, TRANSLAND, OTHERS ............................................$CALL$

Lane Aviation, Inc. “Specializing in Turbine and Piston Air Tractors”


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

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dispersal equip Hi-Tek Rotary Atomizer - Rotary atomizer Nozzle delivering Uniform Droplet Spectrum, Low Drag, Low Maintenance, Dependable performance. Made In USA. Davidon, Inc. 229 - 6 45 -3605 w w w. tfn Multiple spray systems for sale that fit 206Bs, OH-58s, and 47Gs. Multiple systems including Simplex belly tanks, various booms, and all components. All equipment is in good to excellent condition, we are simply re d ucing our surplus inventory from 40+ years o f s p r ay i n g o p e r at i o n s . H yd r au l i c and electric systems available. Call Bart with any questions at 318-4248395. (07-13)

St a i n l e s s Ste e l Fa b r i c ato r s , I n c .- Spreaders and Accessories. Satisfying customers coast to coast for over 30 years. Manufacturer of “original” 10 vane, 12 vane & “the 13 vane” spreaders plus many more. Repairs on all makes and models including Transland and Swathmaster. Call us for all of your spreader needs 800-7363433 or 870-217-9232. (07-13) Tri-Set Hydraulic Nozzle - Three Deflection angles, Three Orifice sizes, Quick Easy Adjustment, USDA Performance Tested and data Available. Made in USA. Davidon, Inc. 229-645-3605. www.davidononline. com tfn


800-542-8565 SPECIALISTS IN CESSNA 188

Boom Clamps - The Davidon Boom Clamp was designed with simple form and workmanship for ease of use and ease of mind about function. Aluminum construction for 2” and 3” inch airfoil booms. The one you’ve been looking for. Made in USA. Davidon Inc. 229645-3605. tfn D R P - 9 5 5 D R I F T R E TA R D E N T PENETRATOR-SPREADER/STICKER-UV Protectant For drift reduction, deposition increase, University tested. Big Gun in the war on Drift! Made in USA. Davidon, Inc. 229-645-3605. www.davidononline. com tfn CP NOZZLES AND CHECK VALVES. Distribuidor en Argentina: ArAvia S.A. - Venado Tuerto (Sta Fe) T.E. 54-3462433540 - FAX: 438344 tfn D i s p e r s a l E q u i p m e n t : We a t h a e r o Feathering Fans, Crophawks, Smokers, F l a g g e r s , N o z z l e s , Tr a n s l a n d , Breckenridge Spreaders, Airfoil Booms, Dry Breaks, Load Hawgs All Aircraft Styles. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800325-0885 tfn EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR FIXED WING OR HELICOPTER JAS 559-686179 4, FA X 559 - 6 86 - 936 0, e - m ail: web site: www, t f n


ASC Rotary Atomizers - Why use old hydraulic nozzle technology? Rotary Atomizers are proven a s the most accurate method to apply both low & high volume formulations. Made in USA., 317-896-2561 A01-14

Cessna 180-185-188, PiPer Brave & Pawnee, CitaBria, DromaDer, aero CommanDer Lark & Darter, sCott & XPm taiLwheeL Parts, ContinentaL, LyComing, ChamPion, mCFarLane, anD a Lot more. HAVING TROUBLE FINDING THOSE DIFFICULT PARTS?


CP N OZ ZLE S AND CH ECK VALVE S “The Drift fighters”. Plus they improve your spray pattern. Contact Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-6861794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: info@ web site: www. tfn

Transland and Agrinautics authorized distributor – Call us with your needs. Sid or Jerry @ J & C Enterprises 1-800-542-8565 or e-mail At fn A SC Rotar y Atomizers - See w w w. results and April 2009 issue of AAU, A. McCracken. Made in USA., 317-896-2561 A01-14

gps Used Satloc M3 GPS System 4 yrs old. For more information plea se email dave @ or c all 20 4 - 870 2828 (07-13) Satloc, Intelliflow The leading edge Satloc Level III Service repair center. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, Mo 800-325-0885. tfn Intelliflow Flow Controls -in stock, now shipping! Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-4375319 tfn Satloc G4, M3, and Bantam. Air Repair inc, is the worldwide leader in sales and service. Call Danny (sales) or Dallas (service) 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 tfn Hemisphere GPS systems in stock, Bantam, G4, Intellistar, M3, Intelliflow, and Litestar2. We did it again, leading Level 3 Service Center/Dealer 2012. Why buy anywhere else, we’ve got what you need, and service after the sale! Call now 800-437-5319 Sky-Tractor Supply Company tfn Hemisphere GPS & Flow Control Dealer Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: tfn

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

Newberg Electrostatic Spraying LLC is the exclusive distributor for Spectrum Electrostatic Spray Systems. Do more acres with better performance. Call Ed Newberg 320 -848-2745. Serving northern US and Canada. Now STC’d for all 400 and 500 series Air Tractors. (07-13)

Aircraft Hardware

Your Authorized Transland Dealer WE BUY SALVAGE & NEW PARTS INVENTORIES

Se Habla Español Airport Road #14 • Thomas, OK 73669

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


Custom Boom Systems – Specializing in 2” and 3” Airfoil Aluminum Booms custom built to your specifications. Length, Nozzle Spacing, Attachment ends, all tailored to your specific needs. Stainless Steel Available also. Made in USA. Davidon Inc. 229-645-3605. www.davidononline. com tfn

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Agrinautics, Inc. Best spray pumps, valves, and strainers in the business! For service w/ a smile,call us at 435-586 -1200. tfn Transland and Agrinautics, overstock sale. Call Danny for listing 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 sales@airrepairinc. com tfn

Satloc IntelliStar for sale. Includes CPU, Display, Lightbar, antenna, all cables, manuals, and installation hardware. Only used on the bench and ready for install. Asking $12000, If interested call 877-9235832 ext 703 or email for more information. (12-13)

TRANSLAND 10 vane spreader for 38” gate, new $9,500.00 AGRINAUTICS, ROOT, CROPHAWK, TRANSLAND, OTHERS $CALL$ Lane Aviation 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-2325401. t f n

Tools for reaming attach bolts Wing Main (Centerwing to Outboard wing) attachment joints for Dromader M -1 8 p e r r e p a i r s e r v i c e b u l l e t i n #e/02.170/2000 Available for rent. Contact Nancy at Turbine Conversions 616-837-9428 12-14

ASC Rotary Atomizers - Consistent droplets, large flow openings, easy to mount without changing your existing pump, boom and flow control method. Made in USA., 317896-2561 A 01-14

Cockpit adjustable flow control kit. Manual control or GPS variable rate ready Integrates into existing hydraulic systems. More info at Kawak Aviation Technologies 541-385 -5051 w w w.kawakaviation. com (09-13)

Air Tractor auxiliary hydraulic system. 20lbs/hr LESS fuel burn, improved spray pattern, reduced maintenance cost, cockpit adjustable flow controls. Inquires call 541-385-5051 or www.kawakaviation. com (09-13)

Gulf Coast aG airCraft sales & serviCe

Superbooms for Cessna, Piper, Thrush, Air Tractor and custom manufacture; THRUSH AILERON SERVOS-STC’d kits. TSA 800642-5777 or (TFN)

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

Thrush S2R aircraft.

GPS Antenna Mount, for specific ag aircraft, Performance and looks, slip stream design delivers peak signals. Contact Terry Barber 605-258-2743. (07-13)

Let us help you meet increa singly stringent precision application demands. Our systems meet those demands, lower operating costs, and increase your profits. Call 541-385-5051 or www. (09-13)

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

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

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

Accessories & Parts! 100’s of new and OHC accessories, parts for just about everything. Big discounts! Please have par t numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn

A i r Tr a c t o r P a r t s N e w a n d U s e d (Associate dealer for Lane Aviation). FWF cowlings 402, 502, 602 many to chose from, removed for Factory and Cascade P-cowl conversions. New and used (Factory Rebuilt) Aileron, Flaps, Elevators, Rudders, Horz/Vert stabs in stock and ready to sale or trade. Call Steve @ North Star Aviation 620-3564528 tfn

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

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

O/H’D THRUSH 29” LANDING GEAR & WE CAN REPAIR / REBUILD YOURS. JOHNSTON AIRCRAFT SERVICE, INC. 559686-1794 / Email info@johnstonaircraft. com tfn PARTS, PARTS, PARTS. For all your ag aviation needs, please call Southeastern Aircraft Sales & Service 800-441-2964 Air Tractor Dealer tfn

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

Used Thrush Parts for Sale

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


979-532-1718 • 979-533-1720

Souther Field Aviation, Inc.

FOR ALL YOUR MAINTENANCE & PARTS NEEDS Export Experts Authorized Turbine Brave Conversion • Transland • Covington Engines • Ag Nav • Turbine Conversions • Single Point Fueling

• Agrinautics Pumps & Valves • Wag • Cascade Conversions • TracMap


And So Much More… Frankie Williams - President— Paul Pearson - Parts & Maintenance— Stephanie Williams - Exports—

223 Airport Road, Americus, GA 31709 Phone: 229-924-2813 Fax: 229-924-4356



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

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

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Um par de asas estendida 95% completa do Thrush S2R . A pair of extended wings 95% complete Thrush S2R. Brazil. g arciav i ag r i co l a @ u o l .co m . b r / 16 36274879 (tfn)

Pressure Cowls for all PT6 Air Tractor and Thrush. Reduce ITT 35 to 70 degrees. Reduce fuel consumption. Save on Hot Section Inspections. Easy access to fuel nozzle & air filter. Reduce NG 1 to 3%. Make your -15 perform like a -34. ELIMINATE ONGOING AIR FILTER PURCHASES! Now taking deposits and scheduling deliveries for mid-late 2011 and early 2012. Please contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or tom@cascadeaircraftconversions. com (08-13) Thrush parts - Wings, props, tail feathers, batteries, tires - we have the inventory. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: tfn 8 Million new surplus parts for Cessna, Piper, and other aircraft; Continental and Lycoming engines; and a few spray system parts, big discounts. Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800 -433- 0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. tfn

Serviceable S2R wings, Engine Mount Ayres 45-60 Series, short extension wing tip assy, seat assy, strut assy, left engine exhaust stack, control sticks, steps, splice blocks, throttle quadrants, control quadrants, and MANY various other parts. For more information call Bruce’s Flying Service 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. E-mail bruceandrews62@ (09-13)

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 fn

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

Accessories & Parts! 100’s of new and OHC accessories, parts for just about everything. Big discounts! Please have par t numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn

Large inventory of Thrush parts surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 tfn

The mid-west Air tractor dealer, Farm Air Inc. has expanded its parts department. Call Carrie or Randy for all your Air Tractor parts needs at 877-715-8476. tfn Cascade Aircraft Conversions Barrier Filter System for the Soloy Turbine Converted Bell 47/Hiller 12 Helicopters. See decreased TOT by up to 38 degrees C. Pull full torque at lower TOT temps, burn less fuel, extend the life of critical turbine parts. Contact Cascade Aircraft C o nve r s i o n s at 5 0 9 - 635 -1 21 2 o r . (08-13) Replacement parts. New and used for all Ag Cat models. Also carry New Piper tailwheel springs and Transland Dealer. Call Hershey Flying Service 308-3685556 (01-14) J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc has purchased a large new inventory of Citabria GCBC part in late 1977-79 rnge. Lots of common everyday parts. Landing gear, wheels 7 brakes, engine parts etc. call Jerry or Sid today 800-542-8565 or email Atfn

Agrinautics, Angel Flight Assistant, Automatic Flagman, Aero Engines, Arrow prop, Air Tractor (Associate dealer Queen Bee Air Specialties) CP Nozzles, Compro Smoker, Crophawk, Covington Aircraft Engine, Collins Air Conditioner, Cleveland, Chip Detector, Hemisphere GPS, Hot Stuff, Nieto Products, New and used aircraft, (large) Parts Inventory, ServAero, Spraying Systems, Co., Superbugs, SPH-4 Helmet, Simplex, Tires, Transland, WeathAero. Sky Tractor Supply 800437-5319,, email@, 701-636-5881 (fax) TFN

10,000 P/N of Continental & Lycoming parts, 50% discount on most new! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn Brave and Pawnee parts - engines, props, spar kits, fuel cells and foam kits, and much more. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-6869360, e-mail: web site: t fn

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

Angel Personal Flight Assistant - in stock, shipping today. Premium quality Bluetooth interface for the cockpit. N oise 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 At fn

We have all fibreglass parts for Weatherly and Ag-Cat (A, B and Super B). Call for prices. Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 tfn

Air Repair Inc. is the source for the Fast Start Kit to get yours today call Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 tfn

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J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has 29” wheel sets. We will accept your 10” wheel and brakes in exchange. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email jcaviation@pldi. net At fn NEW! CP11TT/w-3 Tips & Shutoff in stock ready to ship today.1-800-437-5319 SkyTractor Supply Company tfn Retrofit Hopper Door for AT-502 and AT-602. Now available for fall and winter installation Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 tfn COMPLETE THRUSH FACTORY METAL TA I L W / U P DAT E S . J O H N S TO N AIRCRAFT SERVICE, INC. 559-686-1794 / Email www. tfn Jasco Alternator kits in stock. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 tfn J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. still has one of the largest Cessna, and Piper Ag Aircraft inventories in the USA and has a huge inventory of Lighting and wheel and brake inventory. Let us be your total part provider. Call in your needs - Sid or Jerry 800-542-8565 or jcaviation@pldi. net At fn Cessna Ag Parts. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 sales@ tfn Emco Wheaton/Buckeye Dr y Break Couplers and adapters, Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FA X 559 - 686 -936 0, e - mail: info @ web site: www. tfn

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

propellers 12D40-AG100-4, OHC ................15,500 22D40-AG200-2, 1200-SOH, 60-SIRAN & ADCW.........................................20,500 22D40-6533A-12,852 SOH (beautiful).. ........................................................ 19,500 AmAg 870-886-2418 (89F) agcatbscn. com. *AgCat Sales/Parts/Service since ‘71* 12D40-6101A12, 175-SIRAN......11,500 12D40-AG100-4S, 375 SOH, 0-IRAN..... ........................................................14,500 HC-B3TN-3D/5M,OHC w/new +4 Blades ........................................................23,000 AmAg 870-886-2418 (89F) agcatbscn. com. *AgCat Sales/Parts/Service since ‘71* For Outright Sale: Overhauled 5-Blade P r o p . H a r t ze l l H C- B5 M P -3 C . F i t s 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. sales@ (07-13) Props for Sale: 2D30-6101A-18, 22D30-6533A-12 12D40-6101A-12, 12D40-AG100-2 22D40-6533A-12, 23D40-6533A-18 23D 4 0 -70 05A-12, Call PropWork s, Winnipeg, Canada Tel: 888-679-2965 email: 12-13

2D30-6101A20,A/R....................... 4,500 2D30-6101A12,0/Iran..................10,500 22D30-6533A12,OHC ................... 5,500 AmAg 870-886-2418 (89F) agcatbscn. com. *AgCat Sales/Parts/Service since ‘71* J & C Enterprises has a Cessna 188 props in Stock Y.T. Also offer some STC’d propellers. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email Atfn

McCauley model 2D36C14-F, S/n 737538. For more information email Chucao@tie. cl (07-13) Hartzell 3 Blade and 5 blade Props, new & used $CALL Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-232-5401. TFN Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836.


GE M601- E11 751 HP TURBOPROP Conversions for Air Tractor and Thrush. Increased Reliability. No Hot Section Inspections. No Nozzles to Service. Cascade Pressure Cowl – Standard Equipment with Lifetime Serviceable Air Filter System! 3,000 HR Engine TBO. Auto Start Systems. Lower Operating/ Maintenance Costs. Improved Safety. Ease of Maintenance Access. Warranty: 1,000 Hr / 1,100 Cycles or 2 Years. Now taking deposits and scheduling deliveries for mid-late 2011 and early 2012. Please contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or tom@ . t f n H ar t ze ll m o d e l H C- C 2Y K-1B F, s/n CH-16579E. For more information email (07-13) H ar t ze ll m o d e l H C- C 2Y K-1B F, s/n CH-41802B. For more information email (07-13)

Aircraft for Lease: AT 502, AT 602, Thrush -34/510, & Turbine AgCat. Inquire- South Delta Aviation. Darryl Riddell 870-5729011 days or 870-995-1323 nights & weekends. (07-13)

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

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1980 International we t/dr y truck . Automatic Allison Transmission, all Hydraulic with Telescope Boom. $15,000 Call 573-989-6529 (07-13)

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

English to Spanish Technical Translations Fo r m e r A &P a n d Ag - Pi l o t, C a r l o s Retamosa Specializing in translating: • Aviation technical manuals • Airworthiness Directives (ADs) • Service Bulletins (SBs) Contact info 598-53-24376 retamosa@ tfn NE W to the DeSpain Collection, Customized Note Cards featuring your favorite Pen and Ink drawing. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at tfn

PC SPRAY Dedicated Application Software, Version 3. Fully-functional program. Buy it once, use it forever! No annual fees. Technical support for the life of the product. Call or email for demo today. Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 tfn

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

Call Pat Ballard Office:870-697-2004 Fax:870-697-3568 185 Hwy. 42 West , Hickory Ridge, AR. Auger Trucks For Sale (Trade-Ins) Also list of customer trucks. Call Auger Dan Office: 870-578-6133 Cell: 870-9192317 A 07-13 Best Classified Buy In The Industry. 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836. 1500 gal Jet A refueler; Nissan UD 3300 truck; epoxy lined steel tank: Liquid Control counter with predetermining counter (new 2003); single point and over the wing nozzles: automatic reel. Truck and pump work well; good rubber $13,900 or Will consider trades for auto, truck, or aircraft Call 501-985-1484 AR location. tfn

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

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


Fly through your mail with our Airplane Letter Opener! Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or vist our Market Place at agairupdate. com tfn

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

iPhone 5 bumpers, Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at t fn SUPERBUGS A safe and economical way to speed up Mother nature! Dispose of hazardous waste in loading and spill areas, ponds and ditches. SUPERBUGS disposes of insecticides, Fungicides, herbicides, and petroleum products Such as waste oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, solvent or anything of organic nature. Blue Stripe Distributing Toll Free 877-924-5025 tfn Aviator Backpack and matching coin purse (sold separately). Available in blue and pink. For more information call 478987-2250 or visit our Market Place at tfn HOTSTUFF AG AIRCRAFT CLEANER Call to order the # 1 Ag Aircraft cleaner in the country, Used by over 400 operators Coast to Coast. Blue Stripe Distributing 877-924-5025 Atfn w w w. Aircraf tCost AG Operators can calculate your break even, % investment return, profit potential, and produce annual & monthly cash flows. Project your financials without s p e n d i n g h o u r s o f yo u r t i m e . A l l reports are produced automatically and accurately after you provide your cost inputs and gross application fees. Types of analyses performed include: Company/ Individual Ownership, Managed with/ without Leaseback, Commercial Operation, Agricultural/Fire/Ambulance Operations, Joint Ownership, Fractional Ownership, and Charter/Rental. AG sales organizations can provide prospects with customized & professional ownership cost analysis. This program is a great sales aid and management tool. FREE sample reports. Click REQUEST INFORMATION on the website or call 281-419-7443 tfn

One-acre-square house lot for sale in new Plane Living Sky Park neighborhood with 2,000 s.f., all brick, covenants. Lot is one of 13 directly on new sod runway. Taxi out of your hangar, directly onto the runway. Located in Peach County, Georgia. Public water, septic sewer, paved streets, curb and gutter, street lights. Less than five miles west of I-75, Exit 142, approximately five miles to Fort Valley, GA and approximately 10 miles to Warner Robins, GA. Google It! South side of Hwy 96 at 50 Lane Rd., Fort Valley, Georgia 31030 (Google photo before development). Save thousands and buy from owner. $35,000 OBO. 478.987.2250 t f n

Specialty belt buckles, show your pride in style. Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at tfn Crop Duster Video - “The Crop Dusters - The Early Years 1921-1955”; the era of Stearmans and Cubs flying the fields will never be seen again. Available in VHS or DVD. Only $20.00, plus S&H. MC and Visa accepted. Call 478-987-2250 Fa x 478 -987-1836 Historical Video Productions. tfn Reduce Drift, Increase Deposition and Retention use Control™ FREE SAMPLE Call 765395-3441, t f n

INSURANCE from the Leading Ag Aviation Brokers. 64 Years Risk Management, Low time Pilot Coverage. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 www. tfn DOUG DAVIDSON, aircraft owner and commercial pilot, has served the unique insurance needs of the agricultural aviation community since 1982. He founded Davidson Solid Rock Ins. in 1995 on Christian principles, honesty, integrity, and the commitment to provide insurance products as solid as our name! One call is all it takes to shop all available markets for your specialized aviation insurance needs. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you at 800-358-8079. Or visit our website at tfn “Insurance from a name you can trust, at a price you can afford”, is what we do and it’s our motto. Hardy Aviation Insurance, Inc, is centrally located in Wichita Kansas and has been servicing the aerial application market for years now. RANDY HARDY established Hardy Aviation Insurance in 1995 with aerial application as his main focus. Prompt courteous service from a staff dedicated and knowledgeable includes Angie Banz, Tim Wiebe, Dick Russell and Rita Ethridge, whom have years of experience servicing the aerial application business. Give us a try, you might be surprised. Call 1 800 721-6733 or fax us at 316-945-2330. Get an online quote from our web site at or e-mail us at tfn

services Order your The AgOp Collage Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $60 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at t f n

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

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

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

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

!Let us sell your Ag plane! Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. 1601 Hwy 84 East Hayti, MO 63851 800-325-0885 tfn

!Attention Thrush Owners!! North Star Aviation Inc is now the new STC holder of the Thrush Reinforce Leading Edge Skins. If you are getting ready to rebuild your Thrush wings due to AD09-26-11 or tired of bird strikes and ugly leading edges!! Now is the time to install North Star Aviations new Thrush heavy duty reinforced leading edge skins fully STC’d SA03518AT no Field approval required. For more Info contact Wendel or Steve @ North Star Aviation Inc. 620-356-4528 tfn

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Jeffries Airworks Dynamic Propeller Balancing with Chadwick Helmuth engine printout equipment. Jeffries Airworks, Dynamic Balancing, Vibration Analysis. Much more than just a balance. Call Jim Jeffries, A&P/IA, 985-507-9981, Nationwide service on your location.

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

WANTED: S2R 600 radial Thrush. Any year, any condition. Engine optional. Call Bruce’s Flying Service 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. bruceandrews62@gmail. com (09-13) EXHAUST Wanted: R-1340 and R-985 Exhaust Send Old Exhaust segments for exchange or Sell them! Call Daryl @ 940-9020797 or t f n Ag Aircraft Wanted: Immediate cash for Ag planes - All considered - Contact Darryl Riddell at 870-572-9011 (07-13)

operations Business for sale: Sorensen Sprayers, maker s of the belly t ank s, such a s the Cessna Ag Carr yall for sale. Inventory,manufacturing rights, blue prints,molds and certificates. Call for price 507-360-6155 (07-13)

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Ever wanted to star t your own AG OPERATION (Under Part 137)? As Ag Aviation Consultants we can help you find an airplane, train you. We can help you get your Operating Certificate-Part 137, Private or Commercial. Call Eagle Vistas LLC 772-285-5506 (08-13) Successful mid West operations for sale with or without turbine aircraft. Very successful with diverse crops, seasons April-September. 250-300 K annual acres and growing. Qualified buyers only. Please email responses to blindads@agairupdate. com subject: Operation for sale or fax 478345-2428 att: operation for sale or mail to Operations for Sale C/O AgAir Update Po Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (07-13) Montana aerial application business with FBO. Year round income; ag, 135, fuel and maintenance, included hangar, office, fuel systems with truck and equipment. Aircraft included, contact BigSkyDN@ (07-13)

seat wanted Ag pilot (35 years old) looking to earn seat for 2013 season. Have ag background and ag degree with two spray seasons of experience. Willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done! Have flown AT 301, Ag-Cat, Weatherly, T188C Husky and Pawnee. Call Jesse McLaughlin 270-3661892 (07-13) Pilot and 500g Garrett Thrush available after Mid-West corn run. Thirtieth season, licensed in many states. Call Craig @ 970630-0922 (07-13)

Have c apable B ell 20 6 Je t R anger, pilot/mechanic, and ground support equipment in search of ag work or other job opportunities. Please call 561-8762944. (07-13) 3rd Generation pilot, 2nd Generation crop duster looking for a seat after August. Flying Tiger Graduate w/ Turbine Transition in Thrush S2R-T15. 630TT, 340TW, 41Ag. Will have more much Ag time after the corn run in MO! Instrument rated Commercial pilot. PAASS attendance, references available call 863-557-3480 or email marcus.hinshaw@chaletsuzanne. com (07-13) Turbine pilot seeking a seat. Have flown AT502’s, Turbine Thrushes, and turbine Cats. Experienced with everything from rice to corn run work, 35 years old, extremely easy to get along with, and married. Looking for something long term, but will take short term seats until I find it. Licensed in AR, LA, IL and TX. Getting licensed in others will be no problem. or call 903-949-4966 (07-13) 1600+hrs helicopter, 400+ hrs Ag. Able to travel as needed, Certified applicator K a n s a s w i t h r e c i p r o c i t y. C o n t a c t Ken at 316 -209-8466 rkshack@cox. net (07-13) Commercial Pilot seeking a seat. 400TT, 390 TW, 100Ag. Extensive farm background. A&P with Ag A/C experience. N A A A m e m b e r, PA A S S at te n dan ce . Willing to work ground crew. Looking to become an asset for your operation. References Available gatebox1981@gmail. com (07-13)


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!!Attention Thrush Owners!! North Star Aviation Inc is now the new STC holder of the Thrush Reinforce Leading Edge Skins. If you are getting ready to rebuild your Thrush wings due to AD09-26-11 or tired of bird strikes and ugly leading edges!! Now is the time to install North Star Aviations new Thrush heavy duty reinforced leading edge skins fully STC’d SA03518AT no Field approval required. For more Info contact Steve @ North Star Aviation Inc. 620-356-4528 srice@pld. com tfn

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Available May-Sept. High time Ag Pilot. FW-RW. 12,000 hrs. Prefer RW but will listen to all offers. Max Trost. 337-8024209 (07-13)

Back-up Pilot wanted. Ag-Cat with a Garrett TPE331-6 engine. Please send your resume to (07-13)

Commercial pilot 520 tt 120 tail wheel looking for work. Flying Tiger graduate ,finished flying Blackbirds in Florida currently loading in Utah Season is about over. Anybody need help call Scott 801358-7003 Will relocate (07-13)

POSITION AVAILABLE for a permanent, full time A/I mechanic to work in a full service maintenance shop in the Midwest. Please submit resume to this ad that includes references and past work experience. Send resume to blindads@ subject Mechanic or fax 478-987-1836 tfn

help wanted Aircraft Sales position for experience Ag, Turbine, CR II, super salary and benefits. Call: Richard Reade 800-325-0885 @ Mid Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO tfn SEAT AVAILABLE - AT-802 PILOT — Looking for an experienced AT-802 pilot, good seat in Midwest for corn run. Could become a permanent seat. Please provide resume listing any past incidents/accidents/violations and past work experience with contact numbers for where flown in the past when responding to this ad. Send resume to blindads@ subject 802 Pilot or fax 478-987-1836 tfn Year-round helicopter pilot needed for the Southwest area. Night applications mainly. Turbine helicopter, Ag experience a must. Call Miles 928-580-9970 (07-13) AG PILOT AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY, 1000hrs Ag , Licensed in CA NE & IA, No accidents, incidents, or claims. Married, No Vices Contact: thomas.morley66@ • 408-230-9120 (07-13)


Seeking experienced pilot for a 402 seat for our fungicide and bug runs in North Dakota from now until September 1st. 2000 hrs tt ag and 1000 hrs turbine experience a must. Call Rod 701-321-0767 or Nick 386-689-3049 (07-13) Immediate opening for experienced Turbine Ag-Cat pilot in IN/IL. From now to the end of September. Possibly a full time position. Good Equipment with Satloc M3. Must be able to get in IN/IL. Contact Ed or Eddie at Ed-Air,Inc. 812-745-2213. Email resumes to (07-13) Wanted A&P mechanic to maintain FW and Helo aircraft. Great opportunity to learn Ag b usine ss and earn Ag seat in Southern Ca. email resume to (07-13) Piston Seat available for the upcoming 2013 season and beyond, May - Sept. in the Midwest (MN, IA, IL, etc.) Min 250 hours AG time, no incidents, clean record. Looking for long term employees and team players Send resume to blindads@ or mail to A & P c/o AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (07-13)

Seeking pilot(s) for the upcoming 2013 season and beyond, May - Sept. in the Midwest (MN, IA, IL, etc.) For a turbine Thrush. Preferred 1000 hrs AG and 250 hours Turbine time. Also have a piston seat, min 250 hours AG time. Looking for long term employees and team players, A&P a plus! Send resume to or mail to A & P c/o AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (01-14) Wanted: Cessna C188 and 450 Ag Cat pilot for the corn run in July in Iowa must have 1000hrs Ag and REFERENCES send information to REPettis1@yahoo. com (07-13) Seeking an A&P for a central Minnesota Maintenance operation. Ag experience a must, general aviation experience is a plus. Looking for long term employees and team players, IA’s and Pilots are a p lus! S end re sume to blin dads @ or mail to A & P c/o AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 (01-14) Immediate full time positions for entry level A&P mechanics. Please send resumes to North Star Aviation, Inc. Fax 620-3563864 or email (08-13) IA and A&P mechanics needed. Call 870 -295- 6213 Salary depending on qualifications and experience tfn Immediate full time positions for entry level or experienced A&P/IA mechanics. Please send resumes to A&P c/o AgAir Update Po Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or email blindads@agairupdate subject A&P or fax 478-987-1836 (tfn)

AG PI LOT N E E D E D I M M E D I AT E LY Experienced Ag pilot needed to fly a Garrett Thrush in the Texas Panhandle. Guarantee pay plus acre bonus available. Must be willing to apply herbicides and be able to use a Satloc with flow control. Full time position opportunity for the right person. References required. Contact Whiteface Aviation at 806-258-7220 or by email at (07-13)


Star t to finish AG PILOT TRAINING utilizing Pawnee PA-25/260 CS Dual Cockpit&PA-25 Single for Solo/Dump/ Spray. SatlocGPS.Ag Aviation Consultants for Ag Operating Certificate Part 137.See videos at: EAGLE VISTAS LLC 772-285-5506 (12-13) Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. Only $45 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836.

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Airplane Services................................... 36A Air Tractor Inc........................................... 5A American AgViation............................... 37A Apollo Spray Systems............................ 26A ASI Jet Sales............................................ 19A Cascade Aircraft Conversions.............. 10A Central Florida Ag Aero......................... 36A Collins Aircraft Dynamics, Inc............... 18A Covington Aircraft Engines................... 52A Custom Air.............................................. 16A Davidon................................................... 36A


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Hershey Flying Service.......................... 11A J & C Enterprises, Inc............................. 44A

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Micron Sprayers Limited...................... 12A

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Lane Aviation, Inc.................................. 43A

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Sanag...................................................... 36A SATLOC................................................... 51A Schweiss BiFold Doors.......................... 36A ServAero Engineering........................... 37A Sky Tractor Supply Co........................... 23A Southeastern Aircraft............................ 47A Souther Field Aviation, Inc.................... 45A Southwest Airmotive............................. 37A Spectrum Electrostatic Sprayers.......... 20A Sun Air Parts........................................... 37A Thrush Aircraft Inc................................... 2A

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