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From Apaches

to ag flying The TangarĂĄ family of companies

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12 From Apaches to ag flying 18 The Tangará family of companies 24 We have been doing this for a long time 26 Outside the envelope From military pilot to ag pilot, Townsend lives his dream

Four companies owned and operated by members of the Magalhães family

Johnston Aircraft Service

Flying with a legend

5 From the Cockpit 7 Calendar of Events 8 AgAir Mail

15 Hands-on Flying 30 The Hopper 32 Classifieds

On the cover: Brian Townsend enters a wheat field with his Bell 206 helicopter. On this page: One of Townsend Aviation’s nurse trucks used to aid helicopter and fixed wing operations.


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from the cockpit

Not so much ability as opportunity It is not often you find me at a loss for the written word, or any hesitation to express my feelings about something. However, I feel the need to try to relay to you how I felt about a once-in-a-lifetime event for any pilot that actually happened to me. I don’t mean to gloat or brag about this, but my kinship with you, my readers, is such I want to share. About a year ago, Graham and I stopped in for a visit with Tim “Toby” McPherson of Tall Towers Aviation, located just northwest of Fargo, North Dakota. During that operatorarticle visit, Toby was kind enough to take Graham and I for a ride in his P-51D Mustang, “Boomer”. Only a pilot can understand the thrill that was experienced from the back seat of this magnificent machine of the WWII era. “Boomer” is a dual-controlled Mustang. During the joy ride, Toby allowed me to make a few “spray runs”, air maneuvers and take off and land. Of course, he was in the front seat and could have easily taken control of this 1490 HP machine. Afterwards, he complimented my flying skills and said I should return one day for a check ride with famed Reno Air Races and ag pilot Bob Odegaard. Sounded like a great idea to me! Well, sometimes people make offers and you know they are only being polite. Particularly when it involves allowing someone to fly the love of one’s life; like Boomer is for Toby. The aircraft was built piece by piece over more than a decade. Its maiden flight was July 17, 2006. On that day, I was at the hospital witnessing the birth of my first grandchild; such a

coincidence. In any case, I had my doubts if this opportunity to fly solo a P-51 Mustang would ever happen. As the months passed, Toby and I visited through emails and at trade shows. We talked about me flying Boomer, with him always saying it would not be a difficult thing for an experienced ag-pilot with “big iron” time. Then, as luck should have it, I was scheduled to be in North Dakota in May of this year for a couple of articles. I asked Toby if this would be a good time to be checked out. “No problem, Bill. I’ll check with Odegaard to see if he is available” responded Toby. It seemed I was about to find out that Toby McPherson does not make idle offers! Toby is an excellent Mustang pilot with a couple hundred hours in Boomer. However, he explained to me that Odegaard was the right pilot to check me out. As far as he was concerned, if Odegaard gave the signal to solo, that was good enough for him. The dates were set. Tuesday through Thursday, May 22-24, with several days to allow for weather and however much time it would take flying to get me up to speed to solo the aircraft. We all met for dinner Monday night and discussed the virtues of the P-51, along with other aviation-speak. You can only imagine the pressure and intimidation I felt. Here I was sitting with two excellent pilots discussing the next day’s check flight. I had read the P-51’s Pilot’s Operating Handbook and felt I knew the basics. Even so, lots was going

Taxing for the first of three solo flights

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through my head. I kept reminding myself that I had an edge with this “evaluation” flight. In all the other aircraft I have flown, there never was a check pilot. This time, there’d be someone to guide me through the process. I was only slightly relieved with that prospect. Tuesday morning, May 22, Bob Odegaard and I met at the Hector International Airport in Fargo. We went through a thorough briefing about the aircraft and how we would fly it. The plan was to depart the airport traffic area and do some airwork. I strapped myself into the front cockpit and Bob positioned himself in the rear. We tinkered with the radios, which upon departure went into the squelch mode making it virtually impossible to communicate by voice over the intercom. Talking with ATC and the tower was almost as impossible, but they graciously worked with us. With me flying, we took off and departed the pattern. We went through a few wing overs, slow flight, stalls and aileron rolls. I have to admit, with my limited aerobatic abilities, I have found aileron rolls to sometimes be a little difficult, falling out into a split-S. I can assure you, that would be a Standard No-No in a P-51 at any altitude under about 5,000 feet. The aircraft rolls perfectly, even for this novice. Bob took the controls, reduced the power and made a low level fly-by over Toby’s operation. I suppose that was the secret signal Bob was about to do the deed, let Bill Lavender solo Toby McPherson’s beloved Boomer. We returned to Hector International. The weather was perfect with a 10-knot wind almost directly down the runway. After a succession of three or four, or maybe even five (who’s counting?) take offs and landings, we taxied back to the south ramp. I am thinking, “Well, we’ll do a debrief, maybe get some lunch and go back out flying”. Wrong. Bob did do the

Gear sucked up and on the run.


debrief. Then, he asked me, “What would you like to do? There really isn’t any point to continue, since you are very much ready to fly the aircraft solo.” Hmmm... Now was the time when it all comes together. A culmination of 39 years of flying, never once thinking I’d be allowed to solo a P-51 Mustang. It is not so much the ability as it is the opportunity. The aircraft is relatively easy to fly. It does what you tell it to do. You have to have certain disciplines to accomplish controlled flight, but it is not rocket science and it surely does not make me any more of a special pilot, other than there is a P-51D Mustang endorsement in my logbook! I could go into great detail about how the next three solo take off and landings went at the Hector International Airport. Details about how Bob instructed me to always roll the canopy open on final (I bet that’s a real feat during North Dakota’s winter), just in case there’s a nose over and this would help prevent being trapped. I could explain how managing the power, keeping a 400+ MPH aircraft under gear down speed of 170 MPH while in the pattern. I don’t think I can write well enough to describe the shear adrenaline rush when the throttle is opened for the first solo take off, using only 45” of 61” (67” during a wartime emergency) of available manifold pressure to rocket the 9,000 lb gross weight aircraft into the air. And, there’s the welcome clunk of the gear literally falling into the lock position when turning on final. Instead, I will tell you I am humbled beyond description for the faith and confidence that both Bob and Toby, especially Toby, put in my ability to solo Boomer. I am truly indebted. That solo endorsement in my logbook will be one to cherish. Until next month, Keep Turning

calendar of events August 6-7, 2012 New Zealand AAA Conference Rotorua, New Zealand John Sinclair 03 5775679 August 9-11, 2012 Sindicato Nacional dos Aeronautas (SNA) Seminar for Brazilian National Agricola Aviation Pilots Municipal Airport Cachoeira do Sul, Rio Grande Brazil August 15-17, 2012 Congreso Mercosur and Latinoamericano de Aviación Agrícola Bolsa de Cereales de Rosario Pcia. de Santa Fe Argentina Contact: Sr. Guillermo Forchino-Director Ejecutivo FeArCa October 12-14, 2012 NAAA Fall Board Meeting Louisville, KY Peggy Knizner Tel: 202-546-5722 Fax: 202-546-5726 October 16-17, 2012 MiAAA Conference & PAASS University Quality Inn & Conf. Ctr. East Lansing, MI Polly McKillop 248-760-0732 October 22-24, 2012 KsAAA Annual Convention Hilton Garden Inn Manhattan, KS Angie Banz 316-617-5680

November 4-6, 2012 PNW AAA Convention Coeur D’Alene Resort Coeur D’Alene, ID Tara Lea Brown 509-989-9098 November 6-8, 2012 Mid State Ag Aviation Conference Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf, IA Don Younglove 815-538-7717 November 6-8, 2012 CoAAA Annual Convention & Trade Show Crowne Plaza Hotel Colorado Springs, CO Dolle M. Lehrkamp 719-768-3367 November 12-14, 2012 CaAAA 63rd Annual Convention Hyatt Regency Monterey, CA Tel: 916-645-9747 Fax: 916-645-9749 December 3-6, 2012 NAAA Annual Convention and Exposition Weston Hotel Savannah International Trade & Convention Center Savannah, GA Peggy Knizner Tel: 202-546-5722 Fax: 202-546-5726

January 13-15, 2013 ArAAA 51st Annual Convention Wyndham Riverfront Hotel North Little Rock, AR Ron Harrod 501-376-3233

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October 11-13, 2013 NAAA Fall Board Meeting TBD Peggy Knizner Tel: 202-546-5722 Fax: 202-546-5726 December 9-12, 2013 NAAA Annual Convention and Exposition Reno, Nevada Peggy Knizner Tel: 202-546-5722 Fax: 202-546-5726 February 14-16, 2014 NAAA Spring Board Meeting TBD Peggy Knizner Tel: 202-546-5722 Fax: 202-546-5726 February 24-26, 2014 NATA Convention Ramada Inn Kearney, NE Judy McDowell

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agair mail risky business I thought this might be interesting in light of NPDES. Orchard City is a small community we used to spray two or three times a year for mosquitoes. We have decided the litigation risk and enforcement action isn’t worth the risk for our company, so have had to turn away this type of work. Sad, but at the same time nice to know we were appreciated and hopeful that things might turn around at some point in the future. Busy with alfalfa and weeds, hoping for a good year. Deven Felix Olathe, CO Hello Deven Certainly an interesting document. I am sure more such complaints will be forthcoming, see Letters to Editor section of June AAU, where this happened in Laramie. I believe at this point the best thing that can happen is for NPDES

I have finally had a chance to look at the latest AgAir Update and I enjoyed looking at the picture and short story of our new acquisition but I also enjoyed reading your article on the Trace engine. Not sure if you knew, but we have been operating two of them for several years, since Trace got going. We have experienced exactly what you did with your evaluation flight. They


to get so convoluted it will fail and be repealed by congress. However, we are talking about a do-nothing, congress. Thanks for thinking of AAU.—Bill

brain child In the last edition of AgAir Update you published a letter written to our electrical companies. I have to give credit where credit is due. SDAA director Richard Hall was the brainchild for the letter to the electric companies. I merely am the current president and signed those letters. Bryan Hauschild Fergus Falls, MN

million acres A few years ago AgAir Update published a story on Ken Kane and his goal of doing a million acres a year. I was on the phone the other

are very good performers. The other thing that I can say from experience is that sitting behind the Trace compared to a round engine, the fatigue factor is significantly less. We will be happy to see the auto fuel and FADEC ignition when it is ready. Other than that, we have really enjoyed working our two Trace-equipped AT-401s. Your comments about performance and other things about the installation are all correct and that claim comes from our from experience. Your numbers assessment is also correct. I still don’t know how to

make the numbers work for a new turbine here in Canada. Even though we have just purchased one, it is with a different and added mission that we have made that decision. The Trace-equipped AT-401 or AT301 are excellent ag aircraft and with the ability to have an older one completely reconditioned as is with the company in Wichita Falls, it’s a pretty good option when price points and performance are considered. Great publication, AgAir Update. P.S.The calibration clinic with Dr. Dennis Gardisser went very well. We ran all three aircraft through. With all of Dennis’ years of experience and knowledge, we got them all with a very good pattern with a little tweaking. Cheers and I have included a couple of pictures of the AT-401s, the clinic and Dennis even got a ride in the new Thrush. Michael Yaholnitsky Miccar Aerial Good Spirit Air Yorkton, Canada

day with Ken and brought up the article and asked him where he was at with the goal. It sounds like if the bugs are an issue in Canada this year he might very well make the goal of a million acres. I thought you might want to follow up with him after his season to see if he made it. I hope you are doing well, you have been a huge blessing to Cascade. We are having a challenging time (great challenge to have) keeping up with the Pressure Cowl sales with new sales in South Africa, Australia and most recently Colombia, as well as a marked increase in sales in the US. Tom Welch Cascade Aircraft Conversions Garfield, WA Hello Tom; Good news about both Ken and Cascade. I am glad to hear it. As for visiting with Ken about his goal to reach a million acres, that would surely make interesting reading. I am already on it! —Bill

memories Thanks for mentioning International Crop Dusters Day in the last issue of AgAir Update. I had good responses from old and new crop dusters. I really enjoyed the article on flying the simulator. Brought back memories of when I was invited to NASA’s facility in Langley, VA. back in the late ‘70s to participate in designing a new spreader. NASA had an R-Model Thrush as its test airplane plus a Thrush

You can see how messy my desk is by the picture….heck, I even have an old calculator handy to give discounts! Regards, Fred Ramirez AgNav Canada Well, at least you have excellent reading on your desk! See ya in Campo Grande, Brazil. —Bill

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simulator. I flew the Thrush on several occasions and was also invited to fly a DC-8 simulator, a Jet fighter simulator and finally the Thrush simulator. The DC-8 and the Jet fighter were real thrills. Flying the Thrush simulator was very realistic, for it was almost an exact mock up of the Thrush cockpit. As I flew the Thrush simulator, making swaths of dry material and then returning to the airport, I decided to make a flyby, then went into a hammerhead stall at the end of the runway and then make the landing. As I entered the hammerhead stall, I was almost past vertical attitude when suddenly the controls froze and the aircraft entered an inverted attitude and headed for the runway. I tried everything to roll upright but nothing worked and all I could see was the white center line on the runway. Of course in just several seconds I slammed into the runway at 160 mph inverted. After gaining my composure, dripping with sweat, I emerged from the simulator only to hear laughter coming from the control room. Several fellows came forward and said, “Man, you should have

heard your language as you fought for control. We intentionally closed the hydraulic valves to the controls just to see how you would react.” That was one heck of a flight. Keep those good articles and information coming ! My check is in the mail for renewal of my subscription. Thanks. Bob (“Oldduster) Wheat Anahuac, TX Good morning Bob; Yes, the simulator can become quite real once a person allows himself to get engulfed with it. Flying a sim is the only time I have ever felt airsick. —Bill

request We do have the following serious request from third party : 1- Three used Turbo Thrush S2R-T34 certified in aerial spraying aircraft equipped with spray system. 2- The mentioned aircraft technical data required [remaining life and C of A validity]

3- We need your offer to operate those aircraft in Sudan in spraying of cotton/ wheat during the coming season. 4- Another offer required that we are planning to own and add this type on our fleet which is now Cessna and AN-2. We need quotation concerning the price per aircraft [at least we need 3 A/C]. Would appreciate to confirm availability and your lease and sales offer Kind regards Ahmad Alsheikh Jordan Air Wings Aviation Sudan Ahmad; AgAir Update is an agricultural aviation newspaper. It does not buy, nor sell aircraft. However, it does have an extensive agaircraft classified section in print and on our web site and in our eEditions that can list your needs and read around the world. Here is the link to place your classified ad. php Best regards,—Bill

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logos Do you have logos of the different crop dusting companies in the USA? Best Regards Carlos Motta El Dorado, Panama Buen dia amigo Yes, we have manufacturer-supplied logos. However, they are proprietary and for use you would have to get permission directly from the manufacturer. In some case, if you do not need a hi-res logo, you could copy from web sites. Hope this helps.—Bill

comment added The following comment was added to the story Another choice — The TRACE Engine V8 on agairupdate. com: I spent my whole ag-flying career in most places of the world. 22,000 hours later, I’m retired and sit and blog a bit. I enjoyed your website and it pleases me that it’s still alive and well in the States. Be well.—

Thanks for keeping me in touch with the industry. I’ve seen a lot of changes and to me one stands out. Years ago when we had more planes and pilots, when a buddy passed away, we gathered with any company that wanted to participate to fly the “Missing Man” formation. Different planes, different engines, just pilots paying respect to a friend (and sometimes a fierce competitor). I don’t know if that tradition continues in other areas, but here in the Imperial Valley, I haven’t seen the dusters continue it. When some of us flew for Jim Vedder, I later wrote a poem. This is the best memory that I have of it. Feel free to use it if you wish. Tom Mills Brawley, California

Flying For The Missing Man

Hello Tom; Sure good to hear from you. I still see around here pilots flying the Missing Man at funerals. However, you are probably right and it is not done as much as in the past. Your poem is very appropriate and will be glad to print it. I appreciate you sending it. I’ll be sure to send you the printed copy of AAU with it.—Bill

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From Apaches

to ag flying

by Graham Lavender

Brian Townsend always knew he wanted to be an agricultural helicopter pilot. From a very early age, the lure of rotor blades and low-level, precision flying was always a forethought in his mind. Brian grew up in an agricultural aviation operation ran by his father, John. Day in and day out, until Brian graduated high school, he was an active part of the flying service.

Brian Townsend (L) and his father, John, pose in front of one of the company’s two Bell 206 helicopters. Top Inset: Brian Townsend (rear) in the Apache.


him in the pilot seat of a helicopter. As with any helicopter pilot, the hardest part is finding an economical way to learn. Helicopter ratings are notoriously expensive to obtain, which is where the U.S. Army comes in. Brian saw a way to simultaneously serve his country and earn a helicopter rating. So, in 2000,he applied for the Warrant Officer program, and in 2001 entered basic training at Fort Knox. After graduation, Brian immediately entered Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he subsequently became an Apache helicopter pilot. Brian’s military career saw two deployments: Iraq in 2005/06 and Afghanistan in 2008, each with the 101st Airborne Division. On each deployment, Brian was a pilot in command in the Apache.

Brian Townsend makes a turn for re-entry into a wheat field.

John Townsend, Brian’s father, started Townsend Aviation in 1971 with a rebuilt Bell 47. This helicopter provided a solid foundation to grow their operation and a superb example for his son. In the early 90s, while Brian was in high school, the family business transitioned from helicopters into fixed-wing ag aircraft. Starting with a R-1340-powered Ag-Cat, Townsend Aviation flew exclusively fixed wing aircraft. As the business grew, the company replaced the Ag-Cat with a 400-gallon PT6-34 Thrush. Then, in 2006, the company upgraded to an AT-602, which Townsend Aviation still operates today. After high school, Brian went into college to study aviation management. He continued to assist at the spraying operation and soon realized his degree wasn’t going to put

In 2010, with Brian leaving the military, John Townsend saw an opportunity to reintroduce helicopters into his operation. After all, he now has an experienced Apache pilot ready to work! Townsend Aviation purchased a Bell 206 and began marketing the helicopter for confined space applications. This business model proved very effective in the northern part of Indiana, where wind turbines are sporadically located in fields. John proved to be an excellent mentor for Brian’s transition into agricultural flying. Pulling on years and years of John’s experience, the mentorship between father and son flourished; Brian successfully and safely finished his first season as an agricultural helicopter pilot in 2010. 2012 marks the start of Brain’s third season flying helicopters for Townsend Aviation. Since his transition from the military back to the family operation, Brian has obtained his commercial-fixed wing license and began flying the AT602. Once again, a mentorship between father and son has been established and Brian is assured to make a safe and effective transition into the turbine fixed wing ag plane.

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Farm Air—Through the storm The season started late. Eight weeks of work was going to be compressed into half that time. Operator Bill Porter, owner of Farm Air in Sacramento California, prepared his pilots and crew for what promised to be one of the most hectic seasons on record. The work started at a fair pace and gradually increased as momentum picked up. The season was barely eleven days old; Farm Air was on the cusp of everything busting wide open when tragedy struck. God only knows what happened in the cockpit of the D-model Ag-Cat in the brief moments before it struck the

ground killing pilot Nate Brown. Farm Air reeled from shock and grief. They paused to catch a breath and let the effect of the event sink in, but the battle was just beginning and the truth is the death of a comrade, as tragic and heart breaking as it is, does not negate the fact work has to continue and all hands involved have to be fully engaged in the task at hand.



0A predominant operation in the base of the Sacramento Valley, Farm Air has a history that stretches back to the days immediately following World War II. Bill Porter, the current owner and a forty-year veteran ag pilot, has seen difficult times before, but swears this year has been the worst. “It’s bad enough when something like this happens. Losing a pilot, a fellow human being, whom you’ve known and worked with for years, you ask yourself so many questions that have no answers. You have to choke it down and keep going. The operation has to continue. On top of dealing with the usual business at hand, I


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no matter what. And, we’re glad you’re here,” he said. I concurred, of course, and took my position in the loading area eager to help. Bill was everywhere, with maps and directions. I know he must have felt tremendous pressure, yet he took his time while explaining jobs and maps and treated us pilots like visiting relatives.

Bill got on the phone the day after the accident and sent out the call to neighboring operations. His calls brought a magnificent response. Operators from around Northern California sent pilots and airplanes to help out when Farm Air was swamped with work.

Bill explained to me that he was fortunate to be in an area where the season is usually two weeks different in other areas of the Valley. That difference is what allowed other operators to have the assets available to assist. He also explained he was grateful to have the kind of neighbors and fellow operators who are ready to lend a hand when needed and to answer a call for help without question. “The way everyone has pitched in sheds a good a light on our industry. Folks see that, our customers see that and they appreciate it.”

I had the opportunity to help with our company Super B Ag-Cat. I met Moe Leblanc, chief pilot for Farm Air, on a runway crammed at the end with seed and fertilizer trailers. It was evident he had been flying hard and long, but his spirit was up and he was happy to see other airplanes to help with the work load. “We are way behind and in a hurry… but we will take our time and do it safely

I asked Bill some questions about being prepared and the effects of having such an accident.

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“How can anybody really be prepared for such a thing? You spend all your time trying to make sure it doesn’t happen. There are so many variables. No one can foresee everything that could go wrong.” His frustration was evident in his voice. “Today, ag planes are built a lot tougher, training is better, we’ve all seen horrible accidents where the pilot walks away or at least survives. There are just some accidents that are not survivable. No amount of training or technology can change that. No matter what, you have to keep going. You have to tend to your business. Your employees and your customers are depending on you. You should always maintain a good relationship with your fellow operators.” Farm Air’s wounds will take time to heal. The season still has a long way to go. They will continue through the storm with an eye on the horizon and they will come out on the other side, not better for their loss, but stronger from their effort. Bill told me of a quote given him by his friend Ralph Holsclaw that ends this article well. “There but for the grace of God go I.”

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The Tangará family of companies by Bill Lavender Oftentimes, ag-aviation companies start small with a single aircraft and the spouse handling the bookkeeping and scheduling. This is true throughout the ag-aviation world. As the years pass, the small company begins to expand for a variety of reasons, sometimes because the owner’s family has grown. When Carlito (Antonio Carlos da Silva) Magalhães and his wife, Aurea Lucia, formed Tangará Aeroagricola, Ltda in April of 1985, little did they know the company would grow to be a family of four companies owned and operated by members of the Magalhães family. Carlito and Aurea, in the beginning, operated three PA-25 Pawnees. These aircraft were built in Argentina under a license from Piper. Over the next 14 years, Tangará Aeroagricola grew along with Carlitos’ and Aurea’s family and a second company was added, Aeroagricola Chapadão, Ltda in April of 1999.

Aeroagricola Chapadão was established by Carlito’s daughter, Bruna, and son Thiago, in Catalão City, Goias. Three years later, Bruna and Thiago moved the company to Orlãndia where it would be closer to Tangará Aeroagricola, which was adding more customers and needed Chapadão’s help in the state of São Paulo. In the same year, 2002, Tangará Aerocenter, Ltda was formed. Tangará Aerocenter is a repair station that conducts maintenance on the growing number of aircraft owned by Tangará and Chapadão, authorized by ANAC to perform maintenance on Air Tractors and other type ag-planes. The company also serves other general aviation aircraft in the area, as well as ag-aviation companies in the state of São Paulo (Brazil). In 2010, the fourth company, Terra Viva Aeroagricola, was formed by Bruna and her husband, Rogério Velludo Ribeiro. This fourth company extended the flying area of Tanagará and Chapadão to include working with new customers in the state of Minas Gerais. With its base at Fazenda Mosquito in Orlândia, Tangará and its three sister companies employee 25 people during the season, with a full time, year round crew of 15. One of those 15 is Célio Rodriques. Célio handles the paperwork and certifications needed to be filed with ANAC with help from company secretary, Patricia Rodrigues. To help keep the four companies organized, Carlito is the centralized manager. It is his leadership that has taken the family of companies where they are today. Nine pilots fly the nine ag-aircraft. The fleet is made up of five 375 HP Piper Braves, three PA25-235 HP Piper Pawnees and one new AT-502. Each aircraft is guided by SATLOC Lite II GPS units. In its first season, the AT-502 logged over 600 hours. The companies will keep all of its fleet, plus a second new AT-502 was added at the end of 2011 and in its first month flew 100 hours. The Pawnee works very well and is efficient over the smaller hectares of bananas. In 2001, Tangará became a LAVIASA dealer, the manufacturer of the Puelche, the Argentine version of the Pawnee PA-25. This allowed Tangará to sell the Puelche as well as convert gasoline-powered Pawnees to ethanol.

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In June of 2011, av-gas cost Tangará $3.15R per liter ($7.45 USD/gal) verses $1.25R per liter for ethanol ($2.95 USD/gal). The Pawnee requires 120 l/hr ($150R per hour) of ethanol

compared to 90 l/hr ($283R per hour) of av-gas. Using ethanol at June 2011 fuel prices is a savings of almost 50%. Comparatively, Jet-A in June 2011 cost Tangará $3.25R per liter ($7.68 USD/gal). Each aircraft has its own service truck, pilot and technician assigned to it.   Four of the service trucks have completely enclosed mix systems with double rear doors and a side access door to the enclosure. Inside, there is a 500-liter fuel tank that uses gravity to feed five-gallon containers to load the small engine aircraft. The Air Tractor is filled with a fuel pump from a Jet-A fuel tank. The service trucks for the Piper aircraft use chemical transfer pumps with 1.5” fittings. However, the Air Tractor’s service truck is outfitted with a 3-inch transfer pump and plumbing. Tangará bought its Air Tractors from AeroGlobo/Lane Aviation, bringing in the first Air Tractor to the area. During its first year with the AT-502, Tangará compared it to the production of the 375 Brave. The swath for the Brave is 16 meters, while the Air Tractor uses a 22-meter swath. The aircraft’s swath is checked by an agronomist. The Brave sprays at about 120 mph, while the Air Tractor easily makes applications at 140 mph. Tangará realized the Air Tractor was doubling the number of hectares treated per hour, 120 ha/hour for the Air Tractor verses 60 ha/hour for the 375 HP Brave. Because of this increase in productivity and related advantages for less aircraft to treat the same number


of hectares, and with a second AT-502 due, Tangará plans to eventually add a third AT-502 to its fleet if the companies’ growth continues. For the Tangará family of spray companies, sugar cane is the primary crop treated. Some soybeans are treated with a fungicide, as well. Usually, the aircraft work individually or as a group of two. The sugar cane is grown on a four-year rotation schedule; four crops are harvested per sugar cane planting. The fifth year a crop of soybeans are planted, afterwards, the four-year rotation starts over. The season for Tangará starts with a liquid insecticide for sugar cane soil insects in September or October, after a minimum of 50 mm of rainfall. The season lasts through May at harvest time. From September/October to March, the sugar cane is treated for the sugar cane borer, cicada and spittlebug insects. From the middle of February until the middle of March, ethrel is applied to the sugar cane using two liters per hectare to inhibit the flowering of the plant. Most applications are made at 30 l/ ha using CP nozzles. Thirty to forty-five days before harvest, glyphosate is applied as a maturing agent in very small amounts, approximately one-fourth l/ha. The fourth year of the sugar cane the dose is upped to three-quarters l/ha. Chemicals are supplied and delivered by the customer.


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In the past, sugar cane fields were burned off after the fourth year’s harvest. Now, only about 20% of the farmers do this and beginning in 2012, it will not be allowed for environmental reasons.

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Some of the employees for the Tangará family of companies; Tangará Aeroagricola, Aeroagricola Chapadão, Terra Viva Aeroagricola and Tangará Aerocenter in Orlãndia, Brasil.

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By late June, potato herbicide and fungicide applications have started. Different formulations of fungicides are rotated to avoid disease resistance. Potatoes are treated for diseases on a weekly schedule for about 8-10 applications. Sugar beets will receive normally three fungicide applications during the growing season. Valley Sprayers’ customers always use Headline for the last fungicide application. They have found this helps sugar beets resist an early frost and after harvest they store better than without the Headline treatment. Growers in the Park River area have found treating their dry beans with Headline and Endura fungicide not only protects the crop, but also aids with treating mold in the beans. These applications are usually applied in July. One local grower is experimenting with Twinline (a combination of Headline and Caramba fungicides) from BASF on wheat to fight scab disease. Twinline at the flowering stage of wheat has shown a yield increase, as well. Typically, wheat fungicide applications are made at five GPA in the 3-5 leaf and flag leaf stages. As the spraying season’s end approaches in August, glyphosate applications are made on wheat to aid with the harvest, desiccating the wheat. Potatoes and dry beans are also defoliated for

Jordan Loewen is honored at the 2011 NAAA convention in Las Vegas where he was awarded the 2011 NAAA/ BASF Agricultural Aviation Scholarship. This was $5,000 and a trip to the convention grant made possible by BASF Corporation.


the same reason, sometimes as late as September, depending on when a killing frost occurs. Valley Sprayers not only keeps its two Ag-Cats busy all season long, it has two high clearance, flotation ground machines. These units are driven by the pilots that fly the Ag-Cats, Jayse Wharam and Jordan Loewen. Some customers want more water for certain applications than is practical with the aircraft, so they opt for the ground machine. The machines are also used in fields too small for the Ag-Cats and near sensitive crops. Approximately 20% of Valley Sprayers’ applications require ground machines. Jordan has logged considerable time in Valley Sprayers ground machines since he came to work right out of high school in 2009. However, three years later, he is now logging time in the 600 HP Ag-Cat. He started working in the shop and originally wanted to learn to weld. Within two weeks of being around the Ag-Cats, he wanted to know how he could become an ag-pilot.

While Jordan was attending Ag-Flight, Glen sponsored him in the NAAA/BASF scholarship program. Jordan wrote an essay describing why he wanted to be an aerial applicator. He won $5,000 to be used toward his flight training and a trip to the 2011 NAAA convention in Las Vegas. Obviously, Jordan has put his scholarship to good use. It is to be hoped family owned flying services will be around for a long time. For many, pressure builds from corporations wanting to buy ag-operations. It’s with companies like Valley Sprayers where talent and dedication like Jordan Loewen’s are recognized and developed. There is no “corporate structure”, just a down-to-earth, one-on-one operation that allows for this type of flexibility. Also, let’s not forget, Vernie’s home cooking! Hardy_AgAirUpdate_38Pg_Color_07_HardyAvIns_AgAirUpdate_38Pg_02 12/12/11 11:30 AM Page

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NAAA unveils new media relations tools to help aerial applicators reach the masses By Andrew D. Moore, NAAA Executive Director Oftentimes NAAA members express their frustration about inaccurate portrayals of the aerial application industry in the media. This frustration is understandable. Unfortunately, there are those in the media who would prefer to serve up a story muddled in controversy, focusing on the supposedly extreme risks of low-level flying and the use of crop protection products, rather than an accurate depiction of the benefits aerial applicators and modern agricultural production provide society in the form of abundant, affordable, safe food and fiber. This is nothing new, of course. It has been 50 years since the book Silent Spring was published and the author, Rachel Carson, wrote that pesticide use was detrimental for the environment, particularly to birds. Much has changed in those 50 years from a policy and technological standpoint. For one, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created resulting in a more rigorous registration program for crop protection products. Furthermore, the Federal Fungicide, Insecticide and Rodenticide Act has been revised several times since 1962 providing additional safety measures. Most importantly, newer, safer technologies have been developed, including more precise application equipment and chemistries that hone in on the target pest solely. Unlike during the Kennedy Administration, today many chemicals are regarded as much more environmentally friendly because they target the pest with little or no effect on humans, wildlife, pollinators or on other beneficial insects. So why aren’t these stories showing up in the media? Actually, we are starting to see a more balanced approach. In recent months NAAA has seen several examples of the media telling a more accurate story of the benefits of modern agricultural production. For example, Scientific American magazine recently published a story that was also reported on, Time magazine’s website, about an analysis conducted by environmental scientists at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Minnesota. The analysis looked at 66 studies, compared conventional and organic crops across 34 different crop species, and found that “when it comes to major cereal crops, such as corn or wheat, and vegetables, such as broccoli, conventional methods delivered more than 25 percent more yield.”


In another issue of Time from earlier this year came a special issue titled “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life” which included a story about ensuring nature’s future in a period of human dominance and mass population. In that piece it stated we will have to promote “technology that environmentalists have often opposed, from nuclear power … to genetically modified crops that could allow us to grow more food on less land, saving precious space for wildlife.” This is reporting that advocates of modern agricultural production like to hear and particularly so from the world’s largest circulation-based weekly news magazine with a readership of 25 million. The importance of ag aviation was one of many positive messages about American agriculture highlighted in the exceptional PBS miniseries America Revealed, which premiered in April. The first episode was named “Food Machine,” and NAAA member Robert Grace of Grace Flying Service, St. Francis, Kan., wonderfully articulated the vital support aerial applicators provide to America’s farmers. NAAA realizes we can’t rely solely on the media to broadcast modern agriculture’s successful story. We must work to positively affect aerial application public relations in a number of ways. NAAA’s public relations efforts include producing the promotional video Aerial Application’s Growing Role, sending out press releases about positive industry news and directly addressing a number of media inquiries at the Association’s office. However, an important approach to be effective in reaching the media and the public is grassroots, whereby each of us communicates the positive aspects and proactive nature of our industry to public officials and media in our local area. To follow through on this NAAA has revamped its Media/ Public Relations Kit to give members practical tools they can use to communicate effectively with the media and public. The updated materials are available on NAAA’s website by visiting and will be distributed to all NAAA members. While the purpose of the Media Relations Kit is to provide tips and guidance for engaging the public and working with the media, much of this messaging advice is intended to

assist NAAA members in shaping their own story. In today’s environment, cookie-cutter messaging is out and engagement is in. The social-media generation is turned off by “corporate messaging” and turned on by authenticity. NAAA members have a great narrative to share, but articulating your story takes knowledge, skill and practice. The talking points provided in the NAAA Media Relations Kit aren’t the story, but they can help shape your unique story in a way that is consistent with the industry’s message and respond to questions in an informed, credible way. Even this approach takes resources and time, but it is the most practical course for us to follow. It is cost-prohibitive for a small association like NAAA to take out ads offered by the national media and effectively reach the public. For example, taking out a one-page, black and white ad in USA Today, the newspaper with the greatest U.S. circulation at 1.768 million, is $125,600. The ly 1 ive Ju t c e ff rates E average network television rship e b m e show (FOX, ABC, CBS, new m nto effect. i o g ately NBC) in primetime reaches roxim p p a 9.1075 million viewers, in by Save you jo ! f i % 10 according to Nielson, and 012 e 30, 2 n u J a 30-second commercial on one of those networks averages $84,000. There are huge ranges depending on the show, the timeslot, etc., but those are the averages and they are dollars NAAA can’t afford to spend without taking a large percentage out of our annual budget, much of which is vital to represent the industry before the federal government in Washington and to produce life-saving educational programming for the industry. NAAA encourages aerial applicators to capitalize on the growing number of media stories being told about the benefits of modern agricultural production. Use the NAAA Media/Public Relations Kit to inform your local public and media about aerial application and the important contribution we as an industry make in

the production of food, fiber and biofuel and environmental preservation. If we are all involved, we can have a positive, cumulative affect across the nation, as well as a strong effect in the areas where we perform our services. The NAAA Media Relations Kits can be previewed in the News & Publications section of NAAA’s website,, but you must be an NAAA member to access the full contents. If you aren’t an NAAA member but would like to become one, please call the NAAA office at 202-546-5722 or visit www.

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Circadian Rhythm Disruption The exact duration of our circadian rhythm varies and can be slightly altered. However, recent research suggests that the ideal rhythm is actually 25 hours. Normal circadian rhythms are naturally altered as one ages, including changes in sleep patterns with respect to earlier onset of sleepiness, earlymorning awakenings, and increased need for daytime napping. Any time alteration, interruption, or disruption of the normal 25-hour circadian rhythm is likely to create some kind of physiological and/or behavioral impacts. The medical and scientific community uses the term “circadian rhythm disruption,” or CRD to describe this phenomenon. People suffering from CRD may experience one or more of the following symptoms: • Difficulty falling and staying asleep

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investment return has exceeded the discount rate. If the NPV is less than zero, the investment return is less than the discount rate. In the example above, the NPV calculation produced a value less than zero, a negative $5,230.33. Since the initial investment of $100,000 produced a negative NPV of $5,230.33 using a discount rate of 10%, the investment return was less than the discount rate of 10%.

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this man where his real priorities are by asking him to give away all his wealth to the poor and follow Him—and the man walks away sorrowful (Matthew 19:22). This man’s wealth and power are his gods. He doesn’t understand that if you love the things of this world you are an enemy of God and you don’t love God (James 4:4, 1 John 2:15). You cannot love money and serve God (Luke 16:13). Many religious/works systems today fail to recognize how sinful they are and

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God (Romans 14:23, Hebrews 11:6). Jesus told this rich man to abandon all his earthly priorities if he wanted to follow Him! You cannot follow Jesus Christ when your heart and mind are dominated by the things of this world (Matthew 16:24). Jesus isn’t saying that eternal life is gained by giving your earthly possessions away. Jesus is saying that you cannot approach God through your own self-righteous good works. Jesus Christ isn’t fooled by superficial believers. Many people b e l i eved in His name, but J e s u s did not commit Himself to them because He knew what was in their hearts (John 2:23-25). Jesus knew that their belief was shallow and superficial—it was not saving faith. In John 6, after Jesus Christ tells the people that they must have a living relationship with Him, many of the people walked away from Him (John 6:53-66). You can say a sinner’s prayer and ask Jesus Christ into your heart and join and be baptized by every church and denomination in

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NTSB Identification: *CEN12LA282* Date: May 09, 2012 Location: Flora, IN Aircraft: BELL 206B-III, Injuries: 1 Uninjured. On May 9, 2012, about 0920 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206B-III impacted terrain near Flora, Indiana, while spraying a wheat field. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The following is based on what the pilot told a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector. He had exhausted his chemical load in the middle of the spraying operation and

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NTSB Identification: *CEN12CA301* Date: May 07, 2012 Location: El Campo, TX Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502B, Injuries: 1 Uninjured. While departing a private airstrip, the pilot rotated the airplane for takeoff early in order to avoid ground equipment near the end of the runway. As a result, the airplane did not climb and settled back to the runway. The airplane would not become airborne so the pilot aborted the takeoff. However, the airplane was traveling too fast to stop on the runway. The pilot maneuvered the airplane to avoid the parked vehicles, but collided with obstacles and terrain resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. NTSB Identification: *CEN12CA280* Date: May 08, 2012 Location: Sterling, IL Aircraft: CESSNA A188 Injuries: 1 Uninjured. While landing on runway 7, the pilot lost directional control after the tail wheel touched down. The pilot continued

the landing and attempted to stop the airplane. The airplane then ground looped and departed the runway surface. During the ground loop, the right main landing gear separated and the right wing bent upward. The airport reported the wind at the time of the accident from 300 degrees at 13 knots. The pilot reported no mechanical problems with the airplane prior to the accident. The airplane owner stated his pilot landed on the wrong runway based on the wind conditions. NTSB Identification: *CEN12LA310* Date: May 19, 2012 Location: Humnoke, AR Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT-602 Injuries: 1 Uninjured. On May 19, 2012 an Air Tractor Inc AT602 impacted terrain during landing when the airplane touched down short of runway 36 at a private airstrip near Humnoke, Arkansas. The pilot stated that he misjudged the touchdown point. The pilot was uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. Visual meteorological

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conditions prevailed and a flight plan had not been filed for the local flight that originated from the private airstrip. NTSB Identification: *WPR12LA220* Date: May 21, 2012 Location: Nicolaus, CA Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164D Injuries: 1 Fatal. On May 21, 2012 a Grumman G-164D impacted terrain during an agricultural application flight near Nicolaus, CA. The pilot was fatally injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. Witnesses saw the airplane make a low pass across a field, make a hard banking turn to return towards the field, and impact the ground. The airplane was recovered for further examination. NTSB Identification: *CEN12FA312B* Date: May 23, 2012 Location: Sedgwig, AR Aircraft: G-164D/AT-802 Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious. On My 23, 2012 an Air Tractor Inc. AT-802A airplane and a Grumman

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G164C airplane collided in flight while maneuvering northeast of Sedgwick, Arkansas. Both airplanes were substantially damaged. The pilot aboard the Air Tractor was fatally injured, and the pilot aboard the Grumman received serious injuries. Both airplanes were operating locally and had departed local private strips at undetermined times. According to local law enforcement personnel, the Air Tractor was applying herbicide to a rice crop in a north and south application pattern. The Grumman was applying herbicide to an adjacent rice crop in an east and west application pattern. The Air Tractor was northbound and had just finished an application pass and the Grumman was westbound, in the middle of an application pass when the two airplanes collided. The Air Tractor continued several hundred feet to the north and came to rest inverted. The Grumman continued several hundred feet to the west and came to rest on the left side. There were no ground witnesses to the impact, nor was radar data available.


NTSB Identification: *CEN12CA313* Date: May 23, 2012 Location: Clear Lake, SD Aircraft: Ayres Corporation S2R-R1340 Injuries: 1 Serious. The pilot reported that he saw the power lines at the north end of the field as he started the aerial application work. However, he reported that he did not conduct a detailed observation of the lines. The power lines encountered during the accident flight had two lower wires that he did not anticipate. The arrangement of the power lines was different from those he had encountered in the area previously. As he approached the north end of the field, he was concentrating on a small group of trees when the airplane impacted the lines. He stated that the two lower wires caught him completely by surprise. The windshield separated as a result of the impact and he had difficulty seeing because of debris and wind in his eyes. He subsequently elected to dump the application load and execute a precautionary/forced landing to an open field. The pilot reported that

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NTSB Identification: *CEN12LA323A* Date: May 25, 2012 Location: Alicia, AR Aircraft: Thrush Aircraft Inc S2RHG-T65 Injuries: 2 Uninjured. On May 25, 2012 a Thrush S2RHG-T65 sustained substantial damage when it collided with an Air Tractor AT-802A when it lost directional control during landing roll at a private airstrip near Alicia, Arkansas. The Thrush impacted the Air Tractor which was on the taxiway preparing to depart from the private airstrip. Neither pilot was injured. The Thrush departed the airstrip at 0630 and was returning to refuel and obtain more chemical when it impacted the Air Tractor as it was preparing to depart. NTSB Identification: *ERA12LA365* Date: May 26, 2012 Location: Dansville, NY Aircraft: CESSNA A188B Injuries: 1 Minor. On May 26, 2012 a Cessna A188B collided with trees during a forced landing near Dansville, New York. The airplane sustained substantial damage,

and the pilot sustained minor injuries. The pilot stated that the flight departed with 7/8 capacity fuel in each fuel tank, and approximately 11 quarts of oil in the engine. After takeoff the flight proceeded to the spray location, and he executed approximately 20 spray passes. At the completion of the next spray pass or nearing the end of his load, the engine lost power. At that time the fuel tanks had about 3/4 capacity. He maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing and during the descent, the airplane collided with trees. The airplane came to rest on its right side with the left wing separated. NTSB Identification: *WPR12LA233* Date: May 27, 2012 Location: Wilton, CA Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164A Injuries: 1 Uninjured. On May 27, 2012 a Grumman G-164A experienced an in-flight fire to its chemical dispersal system near Wilton, California. The pilot was not injured, the airplane sustained substantial damaged during the accident sequence, and was subsequently consumed by post impact

fire. The local flight departed from a private airstrip near Clarksburg about 0730. The pilot reported that he had just completed a pass over a vineyard where he was applying sulfur powder. As he pulled the gate lever to stop the flow, he felt a clunk. The sulfur continued to flow from the spreader, so he initiated a steep left turn to keep the powder within the confines of the vineyard. As he initiated the turn, the plume of sulfur ignited behind the airplane. He then felt a popping sound from the hopper, which was now on fire. He performed a forced landing into a residential driveway, and during the ground roll, the main landing gear became embedded in soft dirt, and the airplane nosed over. NTSB Identification: *CEN12LA344* Date: June 04, 2012 Location: Kenmare, ND Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT401 Injuries: 1 Uninjured. On June 4, 2012, about 0930 central daylight time, an Air Tractor Inc AT401 impacted terrain during an aborted

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As the course progresses, so does the flying demands. During day two, Wayne is having you fly the maneuvers until correction is automatic. Wayne takes the controls and places the aircraft in every situation imaginable. One of his favorite things seemed to be blurring the horizon, and as the aircraft is tumbling end over end, calmly saying, “Your airplane.” The final day of flying with Wayne Handley produced many aerobatic maneuvers and recoveries from very unusual attitudes (which rudder do you use when the airplane is going backwards?). More importantly, by the third day you understand exactly why the airplane was behaving the way it was. Stalls from uncoordinated turns were a nonevent by now and spin recovery was automatic. Since Wayne’s Unusual Attitudes and Recovery Course is tailored to each individual pilot, this provides for a remarkable platform to demonstrate to ag-pilots just how wrong things



could become in an airplane. Many agpilots take their ag-planes to the very edge of the envelope for controlled flight, all the while with less altitude needed for a recovery and often without any aerobatic training. After completing Wayne’s course, the ag-pilot leaves knowing just how dangerous a hammerhead stall, exceeding knife edge and being uncoordinated in the ag-turn can be. There has yet to be an ag-pilot to complete Wayne’s course that did not come away a better and safer ag-pilot. Flying with Wayne presents a safe way to explore the outside of the normal flight envelope; most of Wayne’s flying has been there. By sharing this knowledge and experience with other pilots, particularly ag-pilots, Wayne has undoubtedly enhanced the safety of flight and undoubtedly saved some aviators from what would have otherwise been dire a situation. For more information about Wayne’s course, or to contact him, visit

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ag-cat Gruman G-164A, fuselage & wings, 4 wheels, 6 landing gear struts, New Leading Edge wing panels, & other panels, flying wires and lots of parts. Spray parts and hopper, 3 spreaders. $6,500 call 520-4663442 (07-12)

1984 400 Gal B-Model with PT6-15 Mills Conversion, 13509 TTAF, 10549 TTE, 0 SHOT, New prop, new paint, new fabric, tall tail, raised wings, long range fuel, Hersey wing tips, new tires, A/C and heat, $350,000. Call Airplane Services Inc. 850675-1252 or 850-380-6091 (07-12)

1979 Super Ag Cat PT6A-27 O since I-ran engine, New Oil Cooler, 1000 SMOP with plus 4 blades, Electric Pump Brake, New Glass, Heater, Spreader, Stainless Steel booms, CP Nozzles, Fresh Annual Price $275,000.00 Contact Office 229-5241134 or Cell 229-220-6343 (07-12)

1967 G-164A Ag-Cat 10,000TT, 525 SMOHE, 650 SMOHP, AG-NAV2, smoker, flagger, B model canopy, Davidon Tri-Set’s, spreader included. Fresh Annual 5/3/12 $79,000 Please email george@cropjet. com or Call 208-358-1802 (07-12)

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the Turbine Ag Cat today $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN G164-C Model King Cat, firewall forward conversion includes R1820-71 engine and Hamilton Standard propeller Model 33D50-119. Engine mount cowling,oil cooler and plumbing, instrument panel also included. For more details contact Matt at Avag Inc. 530-882-4286 (07-12) Major airframe repair and rebuilds for all models of AgCats. We will build your dream AgCat from the ground up. Closest thing to a new AgCat out there. Call Hershey Flying Service at 308-368-5556 and ask for a quote. (01-13)

A+ 60 0, 30 0 gal DAF Tland Conb, 194SMOHE, 419 SOH Hyrda-Prop, SatLoc Lite, Fresh A AI LIC ., GREAT VALUE ...$130K B+600 (AN2) 350 gal DAF Tland Conb,1114 SMOHE. OHC 23D40/7005A17 prop, AACP/AAI rebuilt, 80 fuel, TST, Hvy Gear, Big Tires, M-3 StaLoc, CropHawk, Beautiful .....$155K C182B Skylane 3300 TTA, 100 SMOHE & P, S-TEC auto pilot, Nice Trade for AgCat REDUCED............................................$74K B450 300 gal DAF GAAC Comb., 1046 SMOHE, 0 IranP, ACP/AAI rebuilt, 80 fuel, TST, Beautiful...................................$129K SB+TPE331-6 400gal, Turbo Cat, “04 HFS Refurb, AC, 114 fuel (BL), loadhog, DAF 25” Tland, 1719 SHSI/3799-SGBI/1700RCs, 902-SOHP...................$315K SB-TPE331-1 400gal, Turbo-Cat, ‘05 HFS Refurb, AC, 80 fuel (BL), DAF 25” T l a n d , 2 8 91- S H S I/9 61- S G B I/3 8 6 SIRANP..........................$215K B -TPE331-1 350 Gal Turbo car ‘96 WueenCat, 8006-TTA, 1918 SoHAF/ AAI, 10351 TTE. 1918SGBI/SHSI, RCS 2106/2707/1160, 1918-Snew 106” prop, DAF Tland Conb, 80 fuel, air, AgNav GUIA GPS, CP nozzles, TST, strobes, cool seat, Big tires, fly tips, more! GREAT VALUE..... ........................$285K AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) agcat@ AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) t f n J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has the remnants of one A-model Cat with 4 decent wing cores and a center section. Can send pictures. Call Sid or Jerry 800-542-8565 or emial At fn

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the B Model Ag Cat today. $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

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20 08 AT- 602- 60, TT 134 0.4. Jump seat, 286 Big Fuel, Hatfield Fueling System, CP FlatFan Nozzle, Transland Spreader, Flow Control, Satloc M-3 w/ touchscreen & Telaflow and Wingman. $942,000. Serious Inquires only. Deposit Acceptable to hold. Available Oct. 2012. Call 870-945-1383 (07-12) AT 502A Prop HC-B5MP-3A, 10282AN+6, Fresh OHC, Located in CA. Make an offer. For more info. Call Will Staughton 316633-4262 (07-12)

1989 AT-502, TTAF 10,615, SHOT 230, SPAR Done at 9052, Satloc M3, Inteliflow, SS Plumbing, drop booms, CP’s, Lane Brake and fan, Agrinautics pump, A/C Heat, smoker, side load fuel, window washer, VG’s, referb hopper @9052,New Paint. For more info email steggs@ or call 970-854-2728 office or 970-520-2728 cell (07-12)

1993 AT-402 TT 8066.2, PT6A-15AG TT 7825.9, SHOT 543.7. HC-B3TN-3D TT 7605.6, SOH 1093.1, SIRAN 83.1, Has 9800 hour spar caps installed at TTA of 7323.5 by Air Tractor. Next replacement due @ TTA of 17,123.5 (in 9,057.3 hours) 5 blade fan, Electric brake, Aluminum booms, Satloc M3 with small screen Flow control, Harbour air conditioner, Single point fuel. Annual inspection due: 3-1-13 For more info call Darryl or Bill 870-572-9011 (07-12) Large inventory or Air Tractor Parts. Surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 tfn

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2004 AT-802.PT6A-65 extensive annual 4,133 TTE@AF new I star Satloc GPS, Hyd gate, new CT blades, wingman, side load fuel, full radio stack,New Ram Air inlet system,smoker 0SPOH, CP nozzles, Lane pump and flow control $875,000. Call Brent 870-236-3165 (07-12) 2012 602, -60, 292 gallon fuel, smoker, elec. br. gr. adj. fan in inventory....Call for price Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 t f n 1997 AT-802A, PT6A-65AG, Annual due: 4-1-2013. Spar cap replacement due at TTA of 8000.0 (in 1294.6 hours), Prop overhauled 11-8-10 with factory new blades, All new landing gear installed at 6115.5 (589.9 hours ago), A/C, Heater, CP nozzles, Swathmaster spreader, “GPS” instrument panel, Intellistar GPS, Intelliflow flow control, 38” gate, Wingman Ram air inlet, Fast Start, Offset engine mount Garmin SL40. Darryl 870572-9011 (07-12)

1991 AT-402 N4551L 402-807 -27 1004 hrs SMOH-Covington. prop 805 SOH, Airframe 6835 Since New, All AD’s and SB complied with, AT Ram Air, Single point fuel, Bleed air heat, AT AC, 3 Piece windshield w Wiper, repainted and re skinned 2005, AFS CV’s, Lane Electric fan, Trimble Trim Flight 3, Smoker, Night Lights,Garmin SL-40, GTX 327 Transcoder w encoder, AT Radio Stack, Raven Flow meter. MVP-50P engine monitor. $495,000 For more info email or call 574-5361901 (02-13)

Like new AT-301,$180,000, available for immeidate sale, TT: 7400 hrs. Engine SMOH: 48 hrs., Wings Done, New Paint, VG’s, A/C, Tall Metal Tail, M3 email or call 870-9267724 (07-12)

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the AT-602 today! $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN 2002 Air Tractor AT-802A -65, 4153TT. single place, 308 gallon fuel. See @ TFN

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of The AT-502 today! $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

1998 AT-602 -60 8610 TTAF/E. Wings done winter 2009 Fresh paint dec 2010, 10 hrs on fresh hot, Wingman, M3 flow control, 70 cp flat fan nozzles, 10 vane spreader, $650,000 Gary Flying MS Paul 662-347-1063 (07-12)

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

2012 Slots Available Call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 tfn

2012 Air Tractors, All Models, Fall Deliveries $CALL$ 2013 Air Tractors , Reservie Your Position Now $CALL$ 2009 AT-802A/65AG, 1,800 TTAF&E, HYD GATE, LOAD HAWG, G4 W/FLOW, COM/TXP $1,195,000.00 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-3425451 or FAX: 281-232-5401. tfn

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the AT-401 today $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

2012 AIR TRACTOR AT-502B, PT6A34AG, Nuevo, para entrega en Noviembre de 2012. Equipado con freno eléctrico y abanico variable “Lane”, sistema de riego de dos pulgadas con 44 boquillas, aire condicionado, horizonte artifical, radio comunicador Garmin, certificado de aeronavigabilidad de exportación $815,000.00 Sun Valley Dusting, 956399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn 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 (07-12)

1979 Cessna Turbo 206, 3,741 Horas desde nuevo, 850 horas desde motor remanufacturado, Intercooler “Riley”, Robertson STOL, Interior nuevo de cuero, Radios “King”, con inspección anual reciente. $197,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn J & C enterprises Aviation Inc. Wants to buy your Cessna aircraft, New & Used part of any kind. Call Jerry 800-542-8565 or email Atfn

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

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the AT-802 today! $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

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

WE have the largest NEW inventory of Cessna 188 AG Truck & Ag Wagon parts in the USA. Parting out many other air crafts as well. J & C Enterprises Aviatiion INC 800-542-8565 or Email Sid or Jerry at At fn Cessna airframe parts, Continental and Lycoming engine parts, and a few spray system parts, new surplus, big discounts! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the Turbine AT-402 today! $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

AT- 4 02B: Go turbo. The AT- 4 02B, with the time-proven Pratt & Whitney PT6A -15AG turbine en gine, of fer s impressive climb r ates and over all per formance. The AT- 4 02B’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


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


Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the M18 Dromader today $60.00 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 ferr y speeds, and greater working capacity than any other ag aircraf t on the market - the AT-802 is simply a hoss. With the AT-802 you’ll ferry faster, spray more fields and do bigger jobs all in one load. That’s production that only Air Tractor can offer you. Visit with your Air Tractor dealer about the AT-802. And ask about special Air Tractor financing now available from Wells Fargo for qualified buyers. T F N

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the Flying Dromader today $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

piper J & C Enterprises avaition Inc. Wants to buy your Piper, Pawnee or Brave aircraft. We are also looking for parts inventory, or derelect aircraft as well call Jerry at 800-542-8565 or email jcaviation@pldi. net At fn

AT-602: Trim your overhead. You’ll reduce costs and increase profit margins when you scale a multi-plane operation down to a single-plane operation. Air Tractor’s AT-602 makes it an easy choice. The big 630-gallon payload moves you up to high volume production, reduces loads, saves time and helps trim operating expenses compared with two smaller planes. The AT-602 is the ideal solution for 5-gallon work on center-pivot circles. Step it up with an AT-602. Visit your Air Tractor dealer. TFN

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the Piper Pawnee $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

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1980 AT- 301 8960TT Super 6 engine, 902 TT hydromatic prop Tall Tail, all metal control surfaces, aileron servos, Satloc lite, fresh annual with sale, $115,000 559-6867401 or email valleyaircraft@clearwire. net (04-13)

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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



1982 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, 500 horas desde nuevo!!, Tela nueva, pintura nueva, micas nuevas, recién inspecionado, GPS, Comm, Transponder. El PA-18 más nuevo y bonito en el mercado, $145,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-399-5323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn

thrush 1995 S2R G6 Thrush 4170 TT 0 Since Cam, M3 Satloc, fresh annual, single pt fuel. Call 605-350-4536 (07-12)

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1989 S2R G-6 8050 TTAF 610 Since Iran Engine, Drop Booms, CP Nozzels, Single Point Fuel, Satloc M3 With Intelli Flow, A/C, Quick Start.... Clean Good Flying Airplane. Asking $230,000 Please Call 806-778-1418 (07-12)

1994 S2R 510 - 45, 680 0 T TAF Fa st St a r t, Lo ad H o g , CPs , M3 W/f l ow c o n t r o l . Fr e s h P a i n t a n d a n n u a l . Asking $360,000 Call 870 -479-3737 or 870-370-0511 (07-12)

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

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1974 geared 1340 Thrush S2R 130,000 7000 TT 590 SMOH Tulsa Engine prop AD done 2 months ago, smoker , VHF radio, CPS, drop booms, strobes LTS. Single poine fuel, Lane pump brake, oil f ilter, new exhaust cost $630 0. New Spark plugs, Tires & brakes, A/C Spring Tail f lagger, SS pump, Flow Control Crophawk Aileron Ser vos Satloc 99 CHIP LT. $130,000 or Best Offer Jim Lister 405-245-8498 (07-12)

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


Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of The 510 Thrush today! $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN


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1983 DC Thrush TT 16000, Walter 601E-11, 29,000 hour wing, no AD’s, Satloc M3, Crophawk, fuel flow, a/c, heat, intercom, audio panel, vhf and business com radios, new tires and brakes, strobes, ss booms, cp nozzles, electric pump brake, single point fuel, wingman, spreader,vg’s, winglets. $325,000. 912384-6466 or 912-592-5334. (07-12)

N752WC 2010 J.A.S. REMANUFACTURED WALTER CONVERSION THRUSH 130 Total Time Since Complete Rework of Aircr af t, Fac tor y H ot and High Remanufactured Engine, (751 SHP), Cascade Conversion, New Avia High Performance Propeller, 510 Gal. Hopper, Weath-Aero Fan, Stainless Steel Booms, CP Nozzles, 3” Left Side Load, Wing Extensions, 40,000 Hr. Avenger Spar Cap Kit, New H.D. Wing Leading Edge Skins and Ribs, 192 Gal. Fuel, Vortex Generators, Wing Root Fairings, Aileron Servos, Bottom Load Fuel, 29” Tires, Spring Steel Tailwheel with 5.00 X 5 Tire, Air conditioning, New Intellistar GPS with Intelliflow Flow Control, Smoker, Flagger, Garmin COM Radio, Nav / Strobe / Instrument / Landing Lights, Oregon Aero Seat Cushions, New Side Panels with Stainless Steel Fasteners, New Custom Paint, Excellent Tires / Glass / New Poly Fiber Fabric. Tulare, California. 559-6861794 / Email 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 1996 Thrush S2R-6, 4250 TT, 500 TT Since hot Section, 1000 hrs since gearbox. $375,000. Call 229-886-8592 (07-12) JUST AVAILABLE – 2012 PT6-34 Ag 510 Thrush, FTO only. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500 TFN

New 2012 Thrush 510P with a PT6A-34AG engine available for July Delivery. ASI JET AG Division is an authorized Thrush Dealer for North America! We specialize in NEW and Used aircraft sales. Give us a call! 952941-6255 01-13

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


Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the Bell 206 Helicopter $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

misc. aircraft 1962 Mooney M20C, 5300 TT, 1100 S M O H , G a r m i n 6 5 0 , G a r m i n 3 2 7, G a r m i n 3 4 0, S L4 0, 5 6 0, K i n g 8 9 B , manual gear, $60,0 0 0.0 0 318 -7223501 (07-12)

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the Radial Thrush today a $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the Weatherly today $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

bell - hiller (3) Hiller 12E’s for sale. Simplex spray system, Satloc equipped, mid-time or better on most components for more info. email: or call: 612-7510864 (07-12) Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the Thrush 660 today $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of the Dual Cockpit Thrush, $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at TFN

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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, 850-3806091. (07-12)

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WORLD WIDE U.S. Dealer New/Used Ag Thrush, 34-510, 550-60, 660-67. *FINANCING AVAILABLE* Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO 573-359-0500. 800325-0885 t fn

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Pratt and Whitney overhauled 1340 cylinders call Terry at 870-536-1348 or David at 870-550-1664 (07-12)

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2008 BEECHCRAFT BARON G58, 1,000 Horas desde Nuevo! Equipado con la sistema Garmin 1000, con radar, trafico, nexrad, etc. Aire condicionado, certificado de aeronavigabilidad de exportación. Este avión se encuentra en condición de nuevo. $950,000 Sun Valley Dusting, 956-3995323, Fax 956-399-2320 tfn Unlimited Racer project: 85% complete Yak11, 3350 turbo compound with many spare parts including engine. Call with best offer. For pictures and details call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 tfn

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TWO - Honeywell Air Research TPE3316-252 engines. Complete firewall forward. Includes all accessories, Starter Generator, Propellers, Oil Coolers, Inlet Cowls and all hoses. 4700 hours Total Time Since Overhaul, and 1300 hours Since Hot Section Inspection. Will sell individually or the pair. Contact us @ 772-468-9292 • Fax: 772-468-9297 • email: turbgrp@aol. com (07-12) 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 A4-13 Geared 1340 Tulsa engine for sell only 95 hours since Major. Continental 220 radial engine core. Call Hershey Flying Service 308-368-5556 (01-13) Available Immediately! PT6A-67AG This engine has recently been removed from and Airtractor 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 (07-12)

PT6A-28 TSO 3684 Fresh HSI PT6A-28 TSO 0 PT6A-28 TSO 2554 PT6A-34 TSO 0 PT6A-34 TSO 4200 PT6A-114A TSO 0 PT6A-114A TSO 1866 PT6A-135 TSO 527 PT6A-135A TSO 236 PT6A-112 TSO 3240 PT6A-21 TSO 3599 PT6A-42 TSO 2901 Fresh HSI Phone: 305-825-2001 Email preeves@ Email krod@jsamiami. com (07-12) -15 AG and -34AG in stock. Call for price Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 tfn Cylinders For Sale – Overhauled complete assy’s with new pistons installed. Ready to install. R-985 $1250.00 each Two or more less 5%: R-1340 $1950.00 each Two or more less 5%: Outright price: includes all gaskets. Sun Air Parts. 661257-7708 fax 661-257-7710 TFN 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 hi 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 (10-12) 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 FOR SALE: PT6-15AG TTSN 3980, “0” time since light overhaul by Timken Aerospace,Prop Gov,Prop Overspeed gov,Starter Gen. fuel pump.$235,000.00. C a sc ade Aircr af t Conver sion 50 9 635 -1 21 2 c a s c ad e @ co m p l e te b b s . com (08-12) R-1340, Zero Time Since Overhaul By Covington $61,000.00 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 TPE-PC (2-1/2cores).............................. ......$3,500 TPE331-6-252M (Dmgd Core Nice Logs)... $6,500 R985 AN14B 792 SMOH (API)................ ....$10,500 R985 AN14 1045 SMOH (Cov)................ ....$15,000 R1340 -AN2 891-SMOH (174-SIRAN) (cov).$34,000 R1340-HYD 1046 SMOH (cov)....................$2100 A m A g 8 7 0 - 8 8 6 - 2 4 1 8 (24 8 9 F) a g c a t @ b s c n . c o m t f n

Cilindros en venta- Completos con pistones nuevos.Listo para instalar. R-985. $1250,00 el par o 5% descuento por cantidad.R-1340 $1950,00 el par o 5% descuento por cantidad.Precio sin recambio: incluye todas las juntas.Sun Air Parts tel. 661-257-7708. Fax 661-2577708. tfn Universal Turbine Parts 16 ea PT6A-27/28 TSO 0, 0, 0, 892, 1256, 1458, 1525, 2162, 2663, 3161, 3258, 3482, 3489, 3515, 3912, 3912 1 ea PT6A-34 TSO 0 2 ea PT6A-42 TSO 2140, 3234 We also buy PT6 engines in all conditions. Please call Bill or Joel at 334-361-7853 or email or T F N 10,000 P/N of Continental & Lycoming parts, 50% discount on most new! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn

dispersal equip CP NOZZLES AND CHECK VALVES. Distribuidor en Argentina: ArAvia S.A. - Venado Tuerto (Sta Fe) T.E. 54-3462433540 - FAX: 438344 tfn 38” gate 10-vane wide Transland spreader $4000. 38” gate 10-vane wide Transland spreader $2000 38” gate 8-vane deep throat Transland spreader $1000 Gary Flying Service MS, Paul 662-3471063 (07-12) D is p e r s al Eq u i p m e n t : We ath ae ro 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, 800-325-0885 t f n EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR FIXED WING OR HELICOPTER JAS 559-6861794, 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 A01-13 CP N OZ ZLE S AND CHECK VALVE S “The Drift fighters”. Plus they improve your spray pattern. Contact Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-6861794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: info@ web site: www. tfn Newberg Electrostatic Spraying LLC is the exclusive distributor for Spectrum Electrostatic Spray Systems. Do more acres with better performance. Call Ed Newberg 320-848-2745. Serving northern US and Canada. Now STC’d for all 400 and 500 series Air Tractors. (07-12) Transland and Agrinautics authorized distributor – Call us with your needs. Sid or Jerry @ J & C Enterprises 1-800-5428565 or e-mail At fn A SC Rotar y Atomizers - See w w w. and April 2009 issue of AAU, A. McCracken. Made in USA., 317-896-2561 A01-13

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

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TRANSLAND 10 vane spreader for 38” gate, new $9,400.00 AGRINAUTICS, ROOT, CROPHAWK, TRANSLAND, OTHERS $CALL$ Lane Aviation 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-2325401. t f n ASC Rotary Atomizers - Consistent droplets, large flow openings, easy to mount without changing your existing pump, boom and flow control method. Made in USA., 317896-2561 A 01-13

gps Satloc Warranty repair and service. New Bantums and Intelliflow systems in stock. New Litestar II and G4s ready to ship. Compton Flying Service Ralph or Pete 888-336-3924 or 580-217-1914 -- 1912 We do GOOD work. tfn 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 Authorized AgNav Distributors. New and used systems. GIS Spray data services/ conversion. Summit Helicopters Inc. Call Gary at 816-813-0442. summitGIS@ (07-12)


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

AIRCRAFT 2012 AIR TRACTORS, ALL MODELS, FALL DELIVERIES.......................................................... $CALL$ 2013 AIR TRACTORS , RESERVE YOUR POSITION NOW ......................................................... $CALL$ 2009 AT-802A/65AG, 1,800 TTAF&E, HYD GATE, LOAD HAWG, G4 W/FLOW, COM/TXP ...$1,195,000

Hemisphere GPS systems in stock, Bantam, G4, Intellistar, M3, Intelliflow, and Litestar2. We did it again, leading Level 3 Service Center/Dealer 2011. 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

ENGINES R-1340, ZERO TIME SINCE OVERHAUL BY COVINGTON .............................................. $61,000 NEW PT6 -11, 15, 34, 60, 65, 67 OUTRIGHT OR EXCHANGE ........................................ $CALL$

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

DISPERSAL EQUIPMENT TRANSLAND 10 VAIN SPREADER FOR 38” GATE, NEW ................................................... $9,400 AGRINAUTICS, ROOT, CROPHAWK, TRANSLAND, OTHERS .......................................... $CALL$

PROPELLERS HARTZELL 3 BLADE AND 5 BLADED PROPS – New And Used ...................................... $CALL$

parts New Piper tailwheel springs. Call Hershey Flying Service 308-368-5556 (01-13) 25 inch Breckinridge Spreader. $1500. Call Chad Stuart. Airplane Services Inc. 850-380-6091. (07-12) Superbooms for Cessna, Piper, Thrush, Air Tractor and custom manufacture; THRUSH AILERON SERVOS-STC’d kits. TSA 800642-5777 or (TFN) Cessna Authorized Parts Center: Prompt, World-Wide Par ts Service, Engines, Bonaire 550 Conversions, Wings.MidContinent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-3250885 tfn

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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Gulf Coast aG airCraft sales & serviCe Thrush S2R aircraft.

Lifetime Spar (60,000 Hr) without inspections. STC recertifies aircraft for 10,500# gross weight instead of 6,000# gross weight. It is economical and easy to install. Call Eugene For Details at 979-533-1720 The “Century” Wing Spar is now in production. First kits available the week of June 25, 2012. Call today to purchase your kit!!!

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

Used Thrush Parts for Sale

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


979-532-1718 • 979-533-1720

GPS Antenna Mount, for specific ag aircraft, Performance and looks, slip stream design delivers peak signals. Contact Terry Barber 605-258-2743. (07-12)

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

New 2 inch stainless Transland booms for Cessna $950.00ea 192” long, (34)1/8” female fittings, 5 1/2” spacing, 1-1/2” female Q.D. inboard, 1” male Q.D. outboard with dust cap, for more info. email or call 507-360-6155 also have alum streamline booms,Sorensen spray tanks, pumps & many misc items! (07-12) Air Tractor Parts New and Used (Associate dealer for Lane Aviation). FWF cowlings 402, 502, 602 many to chose from, removed for Factory and Cascade P-cowl conversions. New and used (Factory Rebuilt) Aileron, Flaps, Elevators, Rudders, Horz/Vert stabs in stock and ready to sale or trade. Call Steve @ North Star Aviation 620-356-4528 tfn Call Bruce’s Flying Service for all of your Thrush parts needs! 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. E-mail bruceandrews62@ 09-12 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 LOAD HAWG-The modern, efficient, safe, perfect way to improve your solids application. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 TFN

PARTS, PARTS, PARTS. For all your ag aviation needs, please call Southeastern Aircraft Sales & Service 800-441-2964 Air Tractor Dealer tfn Um par de asas estendida 95% completa do Thrush S2R . A pair of extended wings 95% complete Thrush S2R. Brazil. / 16 36274879 (tfn) Serviceable S2R wings, Engine Mount Ayers 45-60 Series, short extension wing tip assy, seat assy, strut assy, left engine exhaust stack, control sticks, steps, splice blocks, throttle quadrants, control quadrants, and MANY various other parts. For more information call Bruce’s Flying Service 229-725-4150, fax 229-7255135. E-mail bruceandrews62@gmail. com. (09-12)

Cascade Aircraft Conversions Barrier Filter System for the Soloy Turbine Converted Bell 47/Hiller 12 Helicopters. See decreased TOT by up to 38 degrees C. Pull full torque at lower TOT temps, burn less fuel, extend the life of critical turbine parts. Contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or tom@ . ( 08-12) Replacement parts. New and used for all Ag Cat models. Also carry New Piper tailwheel springs and Transland Dealer. Call Hershey Flying Service 308-368-5556 (01-13)

Pressure Cowls for all PT6 Air Tractor and Thrush. Reduce ITT 35 to 70 degrees. Reduce fuel consumption. Save on Hot Section Inspections. Easy access to fuel nozzle & air filter. Reduce NG 1 to 3%. Make your -15 perform like a -34. ELIMINATE ONGOING AIR FILTER PURCHASES! Now taking deposits and scheduling deliveries for mid-late 2011 and early 2012. Please contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or . (08-12) 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


J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc ha s 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 At fn 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 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 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 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

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 Cessna Par t s - Engine, propellers, authorized service center. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-6861794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: info@ web site: www. tfn Air Repair Inc. is the source for the Fast Start Kit to get yours today call Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 tfn 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 COMPLETE THRUSH FACTORY METAL TA I L W / U P D AT E S . J O H N S T O N AIRCRAFT SERVICE, INC. 559-686-1794 / Email www. tfn Large inventory of Thrush parts surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 tfn

10,000 P/N of Continental & Lycoming parts, 50% discount on most new! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at tfn Brave and Pawnee parts - engines, props, spar kits, fuel cells and foam kits, and much more. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-6869360, e-mail: web site: t fn Angel Personal Flight Assistant - in stock, shipping today. Premium quality Bluetooth interface for the cockpit. N oise free cell phone use witho ut 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 f n J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has 29” wheel sets. We will accept your 10” wheel and brakes in exchange. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email jcaviation@pldi. net At fn NEW! CP11TT/w-3 Tips & Shutoff in stock ready to ship today.1-800-437-5319 SkyTractor Supply Company tfn Retrofit Hopper Door for AT502 and AT602. Now available for fall and winter installation Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 tfn

Jasco Alternator kits in stock. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 tfn 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

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: 12-12 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

Cessna Ag Parts. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 sales@ tfn Remember J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. Is a Transland, Black Steel Brake and McFarlane dealer. We have a large amount of these brands inventory in stock as well as Cleveland. GE Lighting, Cessna, Piper etc. give us a call for all your parts needs at 800-542-8565 or email us at jcaviation@ At fn Emco Wheaton/Buckeye Dr y Break Couplers and adapters, Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FA X 559 - 686 -936 0, e - mail: info @ web site: www. tfn

propellers For Outright Sale: Overhauled 5-Blade Prop. Hartzell HC-B5MP-3C. Fits AT-502A, AT-503, AT-602, AT-802, Thrush S-2R-T65 & S-2RHG-T65.’06 Hartzell Overhaul. TSN: 1379.5 (TSO:0). Call Steve or Gary 210924-5561. (07-12)

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 Hartzell 3 Blade and 5 blade Props, new & used $CALL Lane Aviation 888-995LANE 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-2325401. T F N

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2012 AT-502B Available December

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IA200/FA8452, NEW.......................$4,500 2D30-6101A20, A/R. ......................$3,500 2D30-6101A12, O-IRAN............... $10,500 22D30-AG200-2 OHC...................$15,500 12D40-6101A12 175-SIRAN .........11,500 12D40-AG100-4S, OHC...............$15,500 22D40-AG200-2, 1200-SOH, 60 SIRAN & ADCW, . $17,500 12D40-AG100-2, 375-SOH Nice Blades... $12,500 23D40-7005A-18 891 SOH ...........$18,000 H C - B 3 T N - 3 D/5 M O H C w/ N Ew + 4 blades.. .$22,000 22D30-6533A12 OHC..................$15,500 12D40-AG100-2 OHC................$15,500 22S 4 0 - 6533A-12 852 SO H (beautiful)...................... $19,000 AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) agcat@ tfn

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Auger Trucks For Sale (Trade-Ins) Also list of customer trucks. Call Auger Dan Office: 870-578-6133 Cell: 870-9192317 A 07-12 1500 gal Jet A refueler; Nissan UD 3300 truck; epoxy lined steel tank: Liquid Control counter with predetermining counter (new 2003); single point and over the wing nozzles: automatic reel. Truck and pump work well; good rubber $13,900 or Will consider trades for auto, truck, or aircraft Call 501-985-1484 AR location. tfn


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

vehicles International Automatic Auger Trucks, flip over, big fuel,scales, ready to go. Poorboy’s Flying Service. 870-932-8020 or 870-931-8485 (07-12)



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We build loader trucks to your specifications. Stainless Steel Straight and Fold Up. Mild Steel Straight and Fold Up. Mild Steel Hopper w/Stainless Steel Tube. Been in loader truck business since 1980. Call Pat Ballard Office:870-697-2004 Fax:870-697-3568 185 Hwy. 42 West , Hickory Ridge, AR. 1995 GMC TopKick, new Auger and pipe, all stainless, New bearings and bolts, IRAN Winter 2011 by Auger Dan. $45,000. For More information Call 870-9451383 (07-12)

Toy pla stic model Air Tractor. 12” wingspan, removable stand. Great toy for the kids or desktop model. $15 + s/h order online at or e-mail (07-12) 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@ (08-12) SUPERBUGS A safe and economical way to speed up Mother nature! Dispose of hazardous waste in loading and spill areas, ponds and ditches. SUPERBUGS disposes of insecticides, Fungicides, herbicides, and petroleum products Such as waste oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, solvent or anything of organic nature. Blue Stripe Distributing Toll Free 877-924-5025 tfn w w w. Aircr af tCost AG Operators can calculate your breakeven, % investment return, profit potential, and produce annual & monthly cash flows. Project your financials without spending hours of your time. All reports are produced automatically and accurately af ter you provide your cost inputs and gross application fees. Types of analyses performed include: Company/ Individual Ownership, Managed with/ without Leaseback, Commercial Operation, Agricultural/Fire/Ambulance Operations, Joint Ownership, Fractional Ownership, and Charter/Rental. AG sales organizations can provide prospects with customized & professional ownership cost analysis. This program is a great sales aid and management tool. FREE sample reports. Click REQUEST INFORMATION on the website or call 281-419-7443 t f n PC SPRAY Dedicated Application Software, Version 3. Fully-functional program. Buy it once, use it forever! No annual fees. Technical support for the life of the product. Call or email for demo today. Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 t f n Reduce Drift, Increase Deposition and Retention use Control™ FREE SAMPLE Call 765-395-3441, mrfoam1@garrco. com tfn

Crop Duster Video - “The Crop Dusters - The Early Years 1921-1955”; the era of Stearmans and Cubs flying the fields will never be seen again. Available in VHS or DVD. Only $20.00, plus S&H. MC and Visa accepted. Call 478-987-2250 Fax 478-9871836 Historical Video Productions. tfn

Order your DeSpain Pen and Ink Drawing of The AgOp Collage today! $60.00 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at tfn HOTSTUFF AG AIRCRAFT CLEANER Call to order the # 1 Ag Aircraft cleaner in the country, Used by over 400 operators Coast to Coast. Blue Stripe Distributing 877-924-5025 Atfn HELMET with slide up visor $850. Deluxe Kevlar Helmet with ANR, Softskins, Oregon seals $1200. Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 At fn 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 One-acre-square house lot for sale in new Plane Living Sky Park neighborhood with 2,000 s.f., all brick, covenants. Lot is one of 13 directly on new sod runway. Taxi out of your hangar, directly onto the runway. Located in Peach County, Georgia. Public water, septic sewer. paved streets, curb and gutter, street lights. Less than five miles west of I-75, Exit 142, approximately five miles to Fort Valley, GA and approximately 10 miles to Warner Robins, GA. Google It! South side of Hwy 96 at 50 Lane Rd., Fort Valley, Georgia 31030 (Google photo before development). Save thousands and buy from owner. $50,000 OBO, includes closing costs. 478.987.2250. tfn 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 Beautiful 2.73 ac wooded lot in upscale Pine Ridge Equestrian Estates, located in Citrus County, Florida only five miles from Crystal River. Covenants, 27 miles of horse trails, community center, pool and golf course. Nicer homes and miniranchettes. Zoning allows up to three horses and stables permitted on lot with your house. Horse trail borders back end of lot that is 298’ wide and 400’ deep on 3620 Stirrup Drive, Beverly Hills, Florida (Google it!). Public water and septic sewer. $59,000 O.B.O Contact Bill Lavender 478987-2250 tfn

insurance INSURANCE from the Leading Ag Aviation Brokers. 63 Years Risk Management, Lowtime 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 AT 502-34 bantam with flow control, with experienced “no issues” pilot available for work now until August 1st and also after August 21st, 2012. Email blindads@ subject: 502 w/pilot or mail to 502 w/Pilot C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or Fax 4789871836 Subject 502 w/pilot (07-12) Blue Diamond Turbine Services, Inc. Honeywell TPE-331 Repair/Overhaul facility. Contact us @ 772-468-9292 • Fax: 772-468-9297 • email: turbgrp@aol. com (07-12)


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SOLD 2010 AT-602, -60, 1493 hrs TTAF&E smoker, single point fuel, elec. D brake gr. adj., Wingman, 10” hydraulic gate, Intellistar w/flowcontrol, L O S Fresh HSI, Fresh Annual. ...................................................$920,000

2010 AT-802A, 860 TT AF&E, -65, smoker, elec. brake gr. adj., Intellistar w/flowcontrol, Wingman, 10” hydraulic gate, Fresh HSI, Fresh Annual. ............................................................. $1,190,000

SOLD 2009 AT-602, 1441 TTAF&E, -60, smoker, elec. brake gr. adj., CPs, 10” hydraulic gate, M3 flow control, wingman, Fresh HSI, Fresh Annual., . ........................................................................................$875,000 SOLD 2010 AT-602, -60, 1820 TTAF&E, smoker, single point fuel, elec. brake gr. adj., Intellistar w/flowcontrol, Fresh HSI, Fresh Annual. ...$950,000

Unlimited Racer Project: 85% complete Yak 11, 3350 turbo compound with many spare parts including engine. Call with best offer. For pictures and details ........................................................CALL

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 Cascade Conversion for Thrush and Air Tractor. Fuel Saving, Cooler running, more power available. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 tfn Let us sell your Ag plane! Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. 1601 Hwy 84 East Hayti, MO 63851 800-325-0885 tfn

-15 AG and -34 AG in stock ....................................CALL FOR PRICE Complete Air Tractor Parts And Accessories Dealer For Every Major Ag Aviation Parts and Supplies


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

Jack Frost Frost Flying Inc Office 870-295-6213 Fax 870-295-6674


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

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

wanted to buy Looking for a 450hp Ag-Cat A or B, extended wings with Export C of A. Just send the specifications and photos of the unit to: Aerowurk z Aviation contact person: Hannah Daquiado email: or mobile no.: +63 9088725840 Tel. No: +63 082 234-8843 (07-12)

Ag Aircraft Wanted: Immediate cash for Ag planes - All considered - Contact Darryl Riddell at 870-572-9011 (07-12) I would like to purchase a 1990-1999 Ayres S2R Turbo Thrush. Preferences are 510 gal S2R-T45 or S2R-G10 but S2R-T34 also considered. Single or Dual cockpit OK. I want to make the purchase ASAP but do not need to take delivery until late August/early September. I am happy to lease back the aircraft until then if needed. Email response to blindads@agairupdate. com or send to Thrush wanted c/O AgAir Update Po box 850 Perry Ga 31069 or fax 478-987-1836 (07-12)

Tr a c e i s b u y i n g 4 01 a n d 4 02 A i r Tractors, any age, any engine. Prefer 20 0 0 m o d e ls an d up. A ls o b uy in g 301 and 302’s with tall tails and 350 gallon hoppers. Top price paid for clean straight airframes with logbooks intact. Prefer no damage. for more information call 214-674-4023 or email 10 -12 EXHAUST Wanted: R-1340 and R-985 Exhaust Send Old Exhaust segments for exchange or Sell them! Call Daryl @ 940-902-0797 or evans.daryl@sbcglobal. net tfn

WANTED-Simplex spray system for a early Jet Ranger. Approx. 140 Gal. For more information Email: clandells@centurytel. net or call 509-269-4003 (07-12)


An ex traordinar y oppor tunity to own Kootenai Valley Flying Service., Inc., a well established, stable and exclusive North Idaho aerial and ground application business. This package includes a 1981 Air Tractor, ground sp r aye r s , 30 0 0 ’ gr a s s r unw ay an d hangar, a 2760 sq ft home, 182+ acres and too many items and equipment to list. $1,225,000. Call Darlene or Joe at 800-669-3248 or email: (07-12) Successful established Mid-West aerial application business for Sale. modern hangar and chemical mixing building, 2-10,000 fuel tanks and pumps. local customer base, 100,000 acres plus. Currently using turbine aircraf t. Please Send Mid West operation C/O AgAir Update P.O. Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or email blindads@agairupdate. com (07-12)

Flying service located south of Beedeville, Arkansas. Nice 1,800 ft paved strip with parallel Bermuda strip, Late 90’s office, two large storage trailers, covered mixing area with ss vats and extra steel vat, large concrete/asphalt loading pad, large newer vertical fuel with large electric pump, plenty of acres to build large hanger/ hangers on. Base crop is rice, and there’s plenty of potential for someone starting. Asking $90,000 will consider trade for airplane of equal value or partial toward strip Send Response to AR Operations C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 or email blindads@agairupdate. com Subject AR Operations (07-12) Best Classified Buy In The Industry. 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836

seat wanted First year Ag Pilot seeking opportunity. Commercial Pilot 11,000. TT - Tailwheel 900, Flight Instructor 9,600., ( 21 years). Experience: Pawnee, Ag Cat, GA-200 time. 20 Hrs. Ag time with Flying Tiger. NAAA, FLAAA, PAASS. Safe and Reliable. Ready to listen and learn. Will re-locate Resume and References available. Contact: Romke Sikkema: 863-446-6879, romke. (07-12) Commercial Pilot/ A&P seeking to earn a first seat. All flight time in tailwheel A/C, 50 hours Ag in AT, Ag Cat, Pawnee. E x te nsive f ar m/gro un d ap p lic ato r experience. PAASS attendance. 850777-0554 (07-12)

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Available for 2012 Corn Run 4 planes been in the business for 21 years. Will license anywhere. Brown Aviation Inc. Ronnie Brown 281-960-3972 (07-12)

help wanted AT 502-34 bantam with flow control, with experienced “no issues” pilot available for work now until August 1st and also after August 21st, 2012. Email blindads@ subject: 502 w/pilot or mail to 502 w/Pilot C/O AgAir Update PO Box 850 Perry GA 31069 or Fax 4789871836 Subject 502 w/pilot (07-12) Ag Pilots Needed for A sian Pacif ic Rim. Must have minimum 1000 hours Ag Experience. Salary and Expenses Negotiable. Please Email your Resume and Contact Information to: aginstructor705@ (07-12) Ag Pilot Instructor Needed. Must be a CFI with minimum 1000 hours Turbine Ag Experience. Two to Four Month Overseas Contract to Train New Ag Pilots. Salary and Expenses Negotiable. Please Email your Resume and Contact Information to: (07-12) IA and A&P mechanics needed. Call 870 -295- 6213 Salary depending on qualifications and experience tfn

SEAT Pilot wanted. Must be AT-802 current and carded within the last three years. Full time position open now. Contact Western Pilot Service 602-432-6318 (07-12)

Immediate full time positions for entry level A&P mechanics. Please send resumes to North Star Aviation, Inc. Fax 620-3563864 or email (08-12)

$100K+ Turbine Pilot Position In AR. Must have 1000 hr Ag, 500 hr turbine, herbicide exp. a plus. MUST be willing to relocate! Pay based on exp. Looking for long term commitment. Send resume with 3 year work history. To Turbine Pilot C/O AgAir Update Po Box 850 Perry Ga 31069 or email blindads@agairupdate. com ATTN: Turbine Pilot or fax 478-9871836 ATTN: Turbine Pilot (07-12)

schools Hog Air Aviation Inc. We are offering a turbine transition course starting November 15th of 2012 and running till March 15th, 2013. The training will take place in a brand new AT-802 with -67 and loaded with G4 Satloc and all the radios. The course will include training from two real life ag pilots. 1. Ground school on AT-802. 2. Satloc training with the new G4. 3. Spraying. 4. Start up and proper shut down. 5. Field entry and departure. Minimum of 10 hours will be required at the price of $15,000. Financing will be available at my local bank with W.A.C.

Wanted: 502 Air Tractor pilot, at least 1000 hours turbine experience, northern season position from May until August. Any questions please contact Jim Schick at 605 -853-2777 or 605 -871-3833. Send Resume to Aero Spray Service, Inc. P.O. Box 416 Miller, SD 57362 or fax to 605-853-2332 or email to aerospray21@ (07-12) PILOT WANTED IN AUSTRALIA. Agforce Pty Ltd is based in Moree and Parkes in NSW Australia. We are looking for an experienced turbine agricultural pilot for our spring summer season - Aug/ Sept2012 to April 2013 . We operate AT-802,AT-502, PT6- 34 Thrush. We are an APPROVED SPONSOR for subclass 457 visa. Our work is cotton, cereal crops and weed work. Please apply via email to (07-12)

Call 870-236-3165 ask for Brent.

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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 (07-12)

Ag/Fertilizer/Mosquito Pilot Training utilizing Pawnee PA-25/260 Dual Cockpit, Dual & Solo Flight Time in Ag Plane. SATLOC BANTAM. See ad in this issue & check out our videos at: EAGLE VISTAS LLC 772-285-5506 0 2-13

Collins Aircraft Dynamics, Inc............... 24A

Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-987-1836.

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Queen Bee Air Specialties.................... 40A Robert McCurdy..................................... 31A Sanag...................................................... 31A ServAero Engineering........................... 30A Sky Tractor Supply Co........................... 11A Southeastern Aircraft............................ 39A Souther Field Aviation, Inc.................... 31A Southwest Airmotive............................. 30A Spectrum Electrostatic Sprayers.......... 15A Sun Air Parts........................................... 30A

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Ag Pi l o t, CF I , CF I I , Ag I n s t r u c to r seeking seat. Hours 514 Total, 206 Ag. PAASS certified. Farm background and Ag Aviation business management experience. Highly motiv ated and dependable. Resume and references available. 573-421-6164 (07-12)


July 2012 - Edition in English  

AgAir Update, ag aviation's newspaper. July 2012 - Edition in English.