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Gaivota Agricultural Aviation expanding in Brazil

inside this edition: Working east and west of the Chesapeake Bay • Tales from a corn run• Hemisphere GPS introduces Eclipse II • Sizing up agricultural aviation • The retirement of Chris Iremonger

Bill Lavender

C Ron Deck December 1941 - September 2010

from the cockpit

Industry mourns passing of Ron Deck

On the morning of September 10, I learned that my longtime friend, Ron Deck of Sky Tractor Supply in Hillsboro, North Dakota, passed away. Ron had been battling cancer for many months. I would venture to say that just about everyone in the ag-aviation business knew Ron. If you ever attended a state, NAAA or Canadian trade show, Ron would have been there in full support with his array of supplies and services that Sky Tractor had offered. When the exhibit hall doors started to close and the rest of us exhibitors were filing out, Ron would still be patiently talking with a customer, oblivious to the end of the exhibit hall time. Ron truly cared about his customers. He wanted them to succeed safely and profitably. He spent many hours explaining the ins and outs of the Hemisphere GPS systems that he knew about and understood in detail, as well as CP Nozzles, helmets, ag-aviation software and the list goes on. My friendship with Ron goes back to the early 1990s, maybe even before then. I can distinctly remember when he served as president of the NAAA in 1990 and carried around a cell phone that was so huge it looked like a military walkie-talkie. I remember times when we would ride in the old blue van from a trade show back to his

home for a bowl of homemade bean soup. Ron was an adamant Ag-Cat operator. He believed in the aircraft and made many modifications to it that improved its performance. I can remember well his struggle with making the decision to convert from his geared R-1340 radial engines to the Walter turbines. Then, after he had operated them, the big smile he had on his face with his satisfaction and enthusiasm about the converted aircraft. He could hardly contain himself, asking me to come fly them, which I did on two different occasions, several years apart. I always felt that Ron “had it figured out”. He lived in North Dakota. But, about the time the first frost fell in Hillsboro, he was packing the van, in more recent years the motorhome, to hit the road working the trade shows. While his friends were hunkering down for the cold North Dakota winter, Ron and Barb would be enjoying the warm sunshine of the South attending state trade shows. If there is any room in heaven, I know that Ron Deck will be there. He was a man of the Bible that not only did he read, but practiced and studied with a burning need to understand. More than once he would sit with me and we would enter into deep discussions about passages unlike any with a preacher or lay person. Ron could

easily quote passages from the Bible that related to whatever was going on around him at the time. He had a very good understanding of the Bible and could relate that understanding to whomever he was discussing it with. Our industry will mourn the loss of Ron Deck. It’s impossible for me to understand how such a vital, health conscious man could lose to cancer. Ron’s passing only proves we are on this Earth at the will of God. We do not have any rights to be here. What may seem unfair to us in the loss of a loved one, has to be part of a bigger plan. Ron Deck - September 9, 2010 Volume 28, Number 10 october 2010

Gaivota Agricultural Aviation expanding in Brazil

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inside this issue Calendar of events .................................................................................................................... 4 AgAir mail ...................................................................................................................................... 6 Gaivota Agricultural Aviation expanding in Brazil.................................................................................. 8 Working east and west of the Chesapeake Bay..................................................................................10 Tales from a corn run.......................................................................................................................... 12 Savvy thinking...................................................................................................................................... 18 Hemisphere GPS introduces Eclipse II................................................................................................. 20 Sizing up agricultural aviation............................................................................................................. 22 Family and friends celebrate the retirement of Chris Iremonger........................................................24 Featured classified ads......................................................................................................... 26


Working east and west of the Chesapeake Bay • Tales from a corn run• Ron Deck passes • Hemisphere GPS introduces Eclipse II • Sizing up agricultural aviation • The retirement of Chris Iremonger

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Gaivota Agricultural Aviation Expanding in Brazil (Front to back) Marcos Morandi (an owner) on the wing of a Gaivota Agricultural Aviation AT-802 with brother and owner, also on an AT-802, Fernando Morandi. Jose Marcelo Morandi, a pilot and nephew, stands on the AT-502. See story page 10.

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February 2011 February 7-9, 2011 SEAF Convention DoubleTree Historic Charleston Charleston, South Carolina Linda Minton 772-465-0714 February 11-13, 2011 NAAA Spring Board Meeting Peggy Knizner Tel: 202-546-5722 Fax: 202-546-5726 February 17-18, 2011 NCAAA Convention Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agriculture Center Williamston, NC Don Stotesberry Jr. 252-935-5000 February 17-19, 2011 Canada AAA Conference and Trade Show Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada February 21-23, 2011 NATA Convention Sandhills Convention Center North Platte, NE Contact: Judy McDowell 402-475-6282 Fax: 402-475-6282 email: February 23-25, 2011 Tri-State Aerial Applicators Convention Jackpot Junction Morton MN Ambroz Stieren, Terry 952-226-5874 Laurie Robbennolt 605-765-2707 Cindy Schreiber-Beck 701-642-5777

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agair mail AAU comment book Check out this guy maybe one chapter per month? Kirk Price Morrilton, AR Hello Kirk; Good to hear from you. Hope all is well in Arkansas. I’m familiar with the book, “Border Pilot”. I actually have a copy, somewhere. As for a monthly column, there are a few conflicting issues such as copyright laws, content and available space. I believe it would serve all better to simply write a book review. I’ll see what I can get done. Thanks for the suggestion.—Bill

aphid Graham; I’ve got the enemy by the tail. I’ve sent your dad some pictures in the past, thought this was a good one! Audubon, Iowa last week, slow right now, waiting on the aphid! Lin Stanton Greenwood, MS Lin; I have your photo uploaded in AAU’s Photo Gallery (http://www.agairupdate. com/photo_gallery.php). I have also forwarded your picture and message along to Dad! Thanks,—Graham


You are making on-line improvements every issue! Keep it going! I was wondering if there will ever be a complete on-line version, one that will carry all the content as the printed edition. I am away from home often and I just don’t want to change the mailing address every time I am out. Currently in Minnesota. Very nice here! Crop dusting is still good here, the general public doesn’t hate us. They seem to understand what we are all about, a necessary tool in the farming belt! Andy Stein Woodland, CA Hello Andy; At this time, AAU will not be online in its entirety, unless I can figure out a way to “protect” my print advertisers. I don’t want AAU’s online version competing with its print version. Actually, at some point in the very near future, the site will require a password. I’m not saying it won’t happen some day, just not today. Yes, Minnesota is a pretty good state to fly ag, just try to get south by winter.—Bill

snakedoctor I have been meaning to contact you for quite a while now, and I am happy to finally do so. I am a Mississippi native living and working in Texas now, but I still stay close to my roots in ag aviation. I just got back from a visit to my hometown of Inverness, where I flew into Mark Gary’s strip. I grew up in

awe of the “snakedoctor’s” talent and am now proud to say that I am a close personal friend. I was lucky to have the help of several Mississippi ag pilots in my early days, learning to fly from Mr. Dean Newell. Eaglerock Joe Ours soloed me, and my true mentor was Tommy Outlaw of Belzoni, if you have ever heard that name. I spent one short wheat season in an Ag-Truck before I moved on to flying people and now I fly 767s for American Airlines. I still fly GA though, living on an airpark southwest of Ft. Worth. But crop dusting got in my blood early and is still my true love. Mark always has copies of your newspaper and I really enjoy pouring over them when I visit. You put out a comprehensive, informative publication that helps keep me in touch with my past. Mark keeps inviting me to the Mississippi ag aviation convention. Maybe soon I will be able to go and I can meet you. If you are ever near Aresti Aerodrome, TE02, stop in. Thanks again for such a good publication. Sincerely, Hiram Douglas Texas Hiram; Ya start out with two damaging strikes against you; Mark Gary and an airline pilot! You should know I am seriously kidding. Mark Gary is a near and dear, long time friend of more than 20 years. He used to take me in when I was nearly broke and traveling for ag-articles giving me food, drink and a place to stay. As for the airline job, I have a high regard for airline pilots and their obvious discipline. I wish I could get some of it to rub off on my fellow ag-pilots. In recent years, I have made a friend of a United Captain (Airbus 319/320 currently, but a sleeve-long list of other aircraft), Walt Jazun. He has fondly increased my respect for airline captains, traveling with me mostly in Argentina and some in the U.S. He’s an Argentine that has lived in the U.S. for about 30 years, based out of Denver. I’ve copied him this email. Your email sounds ever so familiar to the first one

he sent me four or five years ago. Thanks for all the compliments. But, I have to ask, how did you get that 767 stopped on Mark’s 2,500’ strip?—Bill

help Can you tell me who are the aviation contractors that do G.E. Walter conversions to ag aircraft? Thank you, Karl Hello Karl; The only company converting agaircraft to the GE Aviation engine (Walter) is Cascade Aircraft Conversions in Washington state. I’ve copied the company with this email. I’m sure they will be in touch. Best regards, Bill Lavender

update from Africa Pat is being discharged from the hospital today. He celebrated by cracking a can of Old Speckled Hen, his first beer in over a month. (I don’t know how he managed for so long? My body would go into shock). Sara had to be moved to another hospital where there is a nerve specialist so she will be at least another two weeks. When you visit us we could go camping in the Mara. Cheers Russ Neylan Airspray East Africa Ltd Russ; You are too funny. Camping in Mara after all Pat and Sara went through! Well, I do like to sport hunt (see AAU about killing wild hogs from a heli), so be sure I’m properly armed for killing bandits! Please give my warmest regards to Sara and Pat. I wish them a full recovery. And, I would like to travel to Kenya to visit one day. I was thinking about my last trip to Africa just last night, trying to remember the year, 1997, I think. Thanks for the update.—Bill P.S. - I completely understand the beer withdrawal thing! -Bill

spraying Hey Bill, did a little spraying this year, sure was great to get back to it!! Wayne Slaugthter Farmville, NC Hello Wayne; How in the world have Lou and you been? I’ve not heard from you in too many years. All good here. I guess you got all the rust off those old body parts so ya could fly!—Bill

super-cub I must have missed the issue with a BiPlane Super Cub. Since I started out in this business flying Super Cubs I would sure like some info/pictures of one with two wings. I once saw a BT-13 fuselage that had structure added that looked like they were going to put a top wing on it. This may have been Clevenger also. It was on the Salinas Airport. Do you have any idea what became of that project? Russ Walker Du Quoin, IL Hello Russ; What name/company is your AAU subscription listed under? I can only

find one Russ Walker from Brawley, CA, but he’s not a current subscriber and would not have seen the Bi-Plane Super Cub. I’m not sure whatever became of the Clevenger or the BT-13. I am assuming it fell by the wayside.—Bill Didn’t realize that my sub had expired. Brawley is winter quarters now that I am retired. Soon after I sent that email it dawned on me that the picture was probably a Super-Cub with a “SpanFlow” duster installed. What looked like swept back wings (I suppose that some extra lift was obtained) of about 12 ft span was actually the dust spreader. They were a very good duster but were not worth a damn for seed or fertilizer. Back in those days airplanes and insurance were fairly cheap and on the Central Coast of California, time (fog in the morning and wind in the afternoon) was at a premium. So each pilot had a duster and a sprayer. Three of us flying, plus a spare made for seven SuperCubs. When we went to bigger airplanes (Pawnees) we sold one, or maybe two, as ag machines and the rest were

cleaned up, converted back to two seaters and sold for what was then a fair amount of money. If only we had kept them for a few years. Russ Walker Du Quoin, IL

Hello Russ; From my memory, I’m pretty sure the Super Cubs were bi-plane and not a Span-Flow spreader installed. I’ll have my office email a photo to you. Also, I’ll have Brit get in touch with you about renewing your AAU sub.—Bill

stearman Wanted to let you know the Stearman made it home to Beaumont. Andy flew it here solo from Ohio. I took these pics out of a friend’s Stearman yesterday. Andy and Mark Mitchell are the pilots. David Mitchell M & M Air Service, Inc. Beaumont, TX Hello David; What a gorgeous aircraft. Really nice. Thanks for the pix and update.—Bill

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eEdition I appreciate the expanded web coverage. Robert Grace Grace Flying Service St. Francis, KS Hello Robert; I hope your season this summer was safe and profitable. Thanks for your comment. Graham works very hard to provide the best possible Internet experience with AgAir Update. There is more to come that will be enjoyed by all subscribers to AgAir Update’s printed edition.—Bill

common sense Low-time, head colds and friends a very good article. Lots of common sense. Keep up the good work. Carlin Lawrence Carnegie, OK Thank you Carlin. See ya,—Bill

advice We are a small crop spraying business based in Zambia, Africa, shortly to complete our first year of operations. It has been a hell of a ride of which one


day we will tell all, however for now I just want to update our contact details and ask for some advice. 1. Please send our subscription to: Farm Spray Aviation, P.O.Box 28, Fringilla, Zambia 2. We purchased Cessna Ag Trucks from an organization in Turkey that sold us ‘airworthy’ aircraft. We even went and inspected them in Adana, twice. They looked a little ragged, but the seller assured us the engines would be overhauled. So, we went ahead with the sale. Well, we received to big pieces of Ag Truck scrap and ended up having to completely rebuild them. Now the issue we have besides being ripped off by this gent is that he sits with a whack of our money that we left as a deposit for another two Ag Wagons. Could you give us any advice on how to go about getting this money back? Many thanks, Geoff Thomas Farm Spray Aviation Zambia, Africa Hello Geoff; What a stroke of bad luck. I guess it goes without saying that hind sight is

20/20 and that the purchases should have been made locally or through a reliable broker or in the U.S. From your letter, it seems to me you have a case for an international lawyer of some sort. I don’t know of anything that I can do. Turkey is out of my “territory” with only about a dozen subscribers from there.—Bill

1st seat Greetings - I hope this inquiry finds you well! I’m still after that first seat. My 2+ years of searching have these constants: Operators ask whether I’m ag-schooled, but don’t have confidence in existing schools’ finished products; and graduates I’ve followed-up with feel they were sold a bill of goods. Both operators and graduates agree the tuition charged is excessive. None guarantee a job or provide jobplacement assistance. My questions to you are: Do you believe seeking a pre-employment agreement to train is better than a costly, up-front gamble, since a job is then probably waiting on the other side of the expense? Do you believe hiring someone to train you in basic

ag-maneuvers, plus focused self-study of the State-specific academics would work out well and save a substantial sum of money? I’ve found two instructors who teach maneuvers as a school does, and that local libraries can secure the same study materials for free. That has presented a route for significantly reduced expenses and personal, selfpaced home-study conveniences that produce about the same end results. Your thoughts? Thanks in advance for your time and consideration. Jeff Christie Visalia CA. Jeff; Regardless what anyone tells you, I can assure you that you’ll be a better and safer pilot after attending an agschool that teaches ag-flying and uses ag-aircraft. Your typical CFI, even an aerobatics CFI, can’t give you that, rest assured. As for the costs, you are about to embark on a career that pays as good as any college graduate expects to make. How much does it cost to attend four years of college, not accounting for the time? An education is not

cheap, whether you get it properly or through hard knocks. Most of today’s operators did not attend ag-school, me included. I managed to stay alive for five-figure hours in 27 years, but those first years contained a huge amount of luck and I made many unnecessary mistakes. If I had to do it over, I’d go to an agschool. It’s kind of like getting your IFR rating. The rating by no means makes you an IFR pilot, it only gives you the opportunity to learn to be one.  The ag-aviation industry is not the same as it was when I started in 1974. As I am sure you know, today the aircrafts’ cost approach and surpass the million dollar point. They are outfitted with sophisticated GPS and flow control units that task the pilot while spraying. Your ability to fly has to be second nature, as easy as walking, to be able to manage the systems and not bend the aircraft.  Our industry does not need any green pilots with wrong attitudes and lack of respect for the “dues that have to be paid” to be an ag-pilot. There are no short cuts and that is one of the reasons it is so hard to break into the business. Ag-pilots that survive, usually are a cut above, in a special way, than any other type pilot.  I honestly believe, overall, attending a bona fide ag-school will open more doors for you. It will not get you a job in itself. But, at least the operator knows you can land a taildragger, operate a GPS, etc. There are no guarantees when you get out of college you’ll get a job. And, when you do, it most likely will not be at the top of the ladder, but a slow crawl to that point as you become experienced in your field.  Hang tough, for those are the ones that make it in this business. Landing the seat is only part of the battle. Good luck,—Bill

Ron Deck tribute Excellent article on Ron. He will be sorely missed. Tommy Allen Parts Manager Frost Flying Inc. Marianna, AR I just read your article about Ron Deck. It just stopped me in my tracks. We always remember the people that treat you nice. What a smile he had. Contagious. Frank Martin Colusa, CA I read the tribute to Ron, thank you for your heartfelt and well written words. I feel fortunate to have known him and his family; my life has been enriched because of them. Wishing you and Sandy well. Hug your grandson for me -- he must be almost old enough to drive!! Cindy Schreiber-Beck Tri-State Aviation Inc Wahpeton, ND I wanted to tell you that your write up on Ron Deck was excellent and much appreciated. I certainly hope Ron is somewhere in the afterlife enjoying what he believed in. David Johnston Johnston Air Service Tulare, CA Thanks Bill- Members of MAAA, a old friend of all of us has passed away, Ron Deck . He will greatly missed by all.. Everyone looked foward to seeing him each year. We offer our condolences and prays to Ron’s Family during this time. We wish you the best, and be thinking about you. Will Green Poindexter Inverness MS

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Gaivota Agricultural Aviation expanding in Brazil by Alan McCracken Two brothers, Fernando and Marcos Morandi, together with a friend, Mr. Mangabina, moved to northern Brazil from Parana. They brought with them a Cessna Skylane that had been adapted to distribute grass seed for new pasture development near Amazonia. These young men were highly motivated to be successful and obviously not afraid to take risks. Their pasture seeding business prospered. They saw a promising future in agriculture aviation, especially as new farming areas began to develop in the region of Mato Grosso with a dramatic expansion of cotton, soybeans and corn plantings. They needed to buy a company to achieve their dreams. Hence, in 1995

they bought the company Gaivota Agricultural Aviation. Gaivota was founded in 1969 in Aracatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. When it was acquired by the Morandis and Mr. Mangabina, it only had one aircraft in operation, a Piper PA-18 (PT-ARU). Shortly after buying Gaivota, they bought a Piper Pawnee 260 to use in their new business. Marcos and Fernando Morandi concluded they needed larger aircraft to keep up with the work demand. They bought their first Air Tractor from the factory, a brand new AT401, registration PT-WUD. It did not take long before they realized their future needs would be for turbine ag-aircraft. The

main objective of the larger aircraft was for the application of herbicides and fertilizers being applied to the increased sugarcane being grown to meet the demand for ethanol production as an alternative fuel. In 2000, Giavota bought its first turbine powered ag-plane, an Air Tractor AT-402. Today, the company has an extensive fleet of turbine and piston aircraft; four AT-802s, one AT-502, one AT-402, one 300 Brave and one Cessna Ag-Truck. It also has a general aviation fleet for air taxi services, as well as being used in the ag-spraying operation to move personnel that includes; Cessna 210, C-206 and C-185. All of Gaivota’s pilots have completed the

Brazilian AeroFogo training course for aerial fire fighting. However, at this time they have not yet participated in this market, even though they made a corporate decision to paint their AT-802 aircraft with the bright red and white colors of a professional aerial fire bomber. Mr. Mangabina commented that the cost to paint the aircraft their striking red and white colors was more expensive, but he felt it was worthwhile to differentiate the fleet. Gaivota Agricultural Aviation is headquartered in Vilhena in the northern state Rondonia, Mato Grosso. In addition to having a large fleet of ground support trucks and equipment, it has a staff of 67 that includes pilots and office personnel. Gaivota has several operating bases located at;

With four AT-802s, an AT-502 and an AT402, plus several other ag-planes, it takes a large ground fleet to keep them in the air.


Miraselva in Parana, Sapezal in Mato Grosso and Caiabu in Sao Paulo. Typical applications are on sugarcane, soybeans and cotton. With over 90% of Gaivota’s applications on sugarcane, the company has concentrated its efforts on this crop that demands much high volume work applying liquid herbicides, ripening agents and dry fertilizers. Because of this demand for high volume applications, they have found the AT802 is an ideal aircraft for the job.

Two brothers, Fernando Morandi and Marco Morandi own and operate, as well as pilot, the aircraft of Gaivota Agricola Aviacion. Fernando is seated in the cockpit of an AT-802, while Marco is boarding an AT-802 to depart with another load.

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Working east and west of the Chesapeake Bay by Bill Lavender EASTERN SHORE / VIRGINIA — At the beginning of the summer, AgAir Update completed a trip to Delmarva. This peninsula in the northeastern United States includes the states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. It is bordered on its eastern shore by the Delaware River, Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The Chesapeake Bay borders its west side. The trip started with a stop in Delaware visiting Allen Chorman & Son (AAU August 2010) and would not have been complete without a stop to visit old friends, Carter and Matt Crabbe. I first met Carter Crabbe some time during the mid-1990s. He was serving as an NAAA director for Virginia. With his distinct Virginia southern gentleman’s accent, he would describe working the challenging Delmarva area. Delmarva has plenty of agriculture. The problem is most of the fields are

small and much of the spraying is done by ground machines. “Every farmer has a ground rig and the chemical companies have two!”, explains Carter. Carter was spraying for Bill Robinson in New Church, Virginia thirty years ago when Robinson offered to sell out to him. Today, Carter operates Car-An Flying Service from the Accomack County Airport, using two 600 HP Ag-Cats. “The Ag-Cat is a tough and dependable airplane. It is just what I need for the small fields here. Earlier this morning, I sprayed 50 acres, all in small fields. It is not unusual to have a 100-acre job in five fields. There used to be nine ag-planes working the Eastern Shore. Today, there are just my two Ag-Cats. I recently bought out the last remaining operator, an old friend of mine, Harvey “Windy” Belote, just south of here.” Most of Carter’s ag-flying is in the

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Virginia part of Delmarva. About a third of it is wheat with field and sweet corn, soybeans and lima beans making up the remainder. Application rates are two to five gallons per acre using Tee-Jet nozzles. Wind is a constant headache because open water is less than 15 miles east or west. Most of the flying has to be done in the early morning, finishing by midday. Along with wind is the influx of commercial chicken houses. “I really have to watch myself working around the chicken houses. It’s not so much the noise of the aircraft that bothers them, it’s the shadow they see coming across the ground towards them that causes them to run to one end of the chicken house which can suffocate many chickens.” There’s another part to the Carter Crabbe story. About the time Carter’s tenure as a director with the NAAA ended, his son, Matt, appeared on the scene. There were no doubts about the father-son connection, Matt’s Virginia southern gentleman’s accent gives him away. Matt Crabbe operates from the Hanover County Airport, about 20 miles north of Richmond, Virginia. Occasionally, Matt will cross the Chesapeake Bay to help Carter and vice

versa. Mostly, he stays on the mainland side of Virginia, dealing with its own set of unique challenges. Matt grew up in the ag-aviation business helping his dad. After graduating from high school, he worked in medical supplies sales while attending college and earning his pilot’s licenses. He flew charter for a while, then in 1995 started ag-flying. Today, Crabbe Aviation operates two AT-400s and a C-188. His business is based in Virginia and Elizabeth City, North Carolina where he recently bought James Fletcher’s operation. “There use to be about a dozen agplanes working in this area. Now, a good portion of the work is done with one AT-400, due mostly to urbanization and ground rigs. I have to be really careful when spraying fields, often scheduling spray jobs during the middle of the week in the daytime when people are at work, instead of while they are at home cooking hamburgers on the grill,” says Matt. It’s not just homeowners Crabbe Aviation has to be aware of. The Washington ADIZ is a half-hour flight north, which Matt sprays in. He is required to have a transponder and conduct the flight with ATC Flight Following. He maintains a good

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relationship with the Richmond air traffic controllers, who hand off him to Washington controllers. The area is littered with Special Use Airspaces, including A.P. Hill, Langley, Fort Eustese, Oceana Naval Air Station and Elizabeth City US Coast guard air station. The area is heavily congested with military aircraft at any time of the day. The main crops treated in Virginia are wheat, corn and soybeans. While 110 miles southeast to the Elizabeth City operation, wheat makes up about a third of the work, with potatoes, cabbage, soybeans and corn making up the balance. This year wheat acreage was off by at least 50% due to excessive rainfall. Along with urbanization, both operations are plagued with wind issues, causing most of the work to be flown in the morning time. It takes more than row crop aerial applications to make a flying service feasible in Virginia. Complimenting the crop applications, Crabbe Aviation also applies granule products for mosquito larvae control. Some of the dry material used is made from corn cobb impregnated with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Applications are made over marshlands and dredge sites with standing waters. Crabbe Aviation also flies wildlife surveys. Flying the rivers that lead to the Chesapeake Bay from the Virginia Eastern Shore to West Virginia in the company’s 172 RG Cutlass, eagle nests are counted and hatch numbers are calculated. Now, the eagle is off the endangered species list, largely because such surveys have shown as many as 300 of these birds in a 30-mile radius. Along with crop treatments and wildlife surveys, Crabbe Aviation has about a two-week fire season in Virginia. Flying along the border of and into the Appalachian Mountains can be challenging and every precaution must be adhered to. It is not enough that Crabbe Aviation has to deal with Special Use Airspace, urbanization, mountains and a general decline in the need for agricultural aircraft in Virginia, but also there’s the ever present competition with the ground machine. Typically, ground machines with 90-foot booms work the fields for a much lesser charge per acre than the airplane. To combat this, Crabbe Aviation participates in local community events, as well providing a brochure to his customers about “Aerial Application and How It Benefits You”.

Matt Crabbe with one of Crabbe Aviation’s AT-400s and its appropriate logo in Hanover, Virginia.

The brochure gives details about why a ground machine costs the grower more than a bushel of soybeans per acre from track damage alone, plus other detriments to using the ground machine; soil compaction, lack of timeliness and professional applications. The brochure has two photos, one of an Air Tractor spraying and another of ground machine

tracks through a soybean field. It also contains calculations that easily demonstrate a minimum of $2.50 per acre savings using the airplane as opposed to using the ground machine. The brochure is a good visual reference for Crabbe Aviation’s customers to justify using an ag-aircraft. Ag-aviation continues to be a

challenging profession. This is no more truer than in urban areas like Virginia and Delmarva. Carter and Matt Crabbe have been able to adapt over the years to be able to continue with successful businesses despite these obstacles. Diversification and diligence are the keys to those successes.



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Dark cloud on the horizon The agricultural aviation industry has evolved in leaps and bounds in recent years. New technologies and practices have moved us forward at light-speed. We are seeing a generation of pilots who have never sat behind a round engine or dabbed dope and fabric on a torn wing. We have become sophisticated, clean, computerized and professional beyond what many of our forbearers could have dreamed. Our safety record is enviable and our machines are state-of-the-art. With any society, progress and growth are what keep it viable. However, progress and growth might also bring new problems that could go unnoticed and may not be in the best interest of that society; even threatening


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I’ve had several conversations with operators around the country who have established themselves in their area and communities. They’ve worked hard and dedicated themselves to providing a necessary service to their customers and a living for their families. Then the day comes when they go to the local airport and see an unfamiliar yellow ag-plane parked next to a load truck that has the name of a chemical company emblazoned on its door. They find out the big boys have moved in, cut his prices or are giving away the application to sell chemicals. It is a predatory tactic that should be considered unethical and certainly threatens the existence of local operators. The customer has the right to find the

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substantial damage to the left wing, right wing, and empennage. NTSB Identification: *CEN10CA428* Date: July 23, 2010 Location: New Hampton, IA Aircraft: BELL 206B Injuries: 1 Uninjured. The pilot reported that he struck wires at the end of an aerial application spray run which caused the helicopter to shake violently. During the emergency landing, the helicopter landed hard and rolled over on its right side. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to its fuselage, main rotor and tail rotor. The pilot stated that he should have performed a better “recon” for obstacles and wires in the field. NTSB Identification: *CEN10CA445* Date: July 28, 2010 Location: Zwingle, IA Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502B Injuries: 1 Minor. The pilot reported that after an agricultural spraying run that he had completed, he made a turn for another pass. As he came out of that turn, the airplane was heading west into the afternoon sun. The pilot misjudged the

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Sizing up agricultural aviation - circa 1969 Back in History by D. A. Walker FLIGHT International, 21 August 1969— Next week sees the opening in Kingston, Ontario, of the Fourth International Agricultural Aviation Congress. Representatives of crop-spraying companies, aircraft and agriculturalchemical manufacturers, pilots and plant pathologists will be among the delegates. “Progress through cooperation” is the theme of the congress. What is the extent of progress so far? In this article D. A. Walker, of the International Agricultural Aviation Centre, The Hague, reviews the latest statistics relating to the use of aircraft in agriculture, forestry and public health. Reference to a country’s agricultural aviation activities will often be found in the annual report of the civil aviation authority, but such figures normally

cover only aircraft in use, hours flown, and so on, without mentioning the area treated. The International Agricultural Aviation Centre (IAAC) periodically compiles surveys of the world-wide situation, and sends out questionnaires to the authorities responsible for compiling output figures. The current survey is not yet complete, but the accompanying table provides a representative cross-section of current activity. The most accurate figure available at present, 18,700 aircraft in use throughout the world for treating 370 million acres annually, gives an indication of the scale of this tremendously fragmented and diverse activity. If estimates for the USSR are to be taken at par, then, in the Western world, the USA possesses the largest fleet of agricultural aircraft and probably the largest manufacturing

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capability for both aircraft and ancillary equipment. The 1968 figures for USA show an increase of 11 percent, both in the aircraft fleet and the area treated, over 1966. Overall utilisation is low, but this covers private aircraft used occasionally for aerial application by farmer/owners. Commercial fleet utilization is probably near to 400hr per annum. A 38 percent increase in total flying hours for the US industry is forecast for 1975 in comparison with the 1968 figure of 1.11 million hours. The 1966 figures for Canada show that 8 percent (666 aircraft) of the country’s total aircraft fleet was engaged in aerial work connected with agriculture, forestry, wildlife conservation, etc. and that these aircraft flew 67,736 hours. Within this total, 207 aircraft were specifically

engaged in aerial application of sprays and fertilizers, treating a total area of some 5.26 million acres, and flying a total of 19,536hr. Generally, the present survey reveals an expansion of activities in most countries, There are, however, certain notable exceptions. In Australia, drought conditions, affecting many parts of the country from 1965 onwards, caused a reduction in aerial agricultural work; and whilst the 1967 figures of 108,688hr flown and 15.2 million acres treated are up by 10 percent on 1966, this level is still below that of 1965. It is worth noting that considerable improvement has been maintained over the years in the safety of aerial agricultural operations, the accident rate dropping further from 3.83 (1966) to 3.58 (1967) per 10,000hr, which is lower than that of

agricultural aviation activity, 1968 Country Algeria Argentine* Australia* Colombia Czechoslovakia Denmark Ecuador Egypt France Germany (East) Guyana Greece Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel Japan Madagascar Malaysia Morocco Mozambique Netherlands New Zealand Portugal Spain Turkey UK USA USSR Yugoslavia * 1967 figures

Acres Treated 102.000 12,350,000 15,200,000 6,150,000 1,640,000 138,000 346,000 200,000 316,000 1,760,000 86,500 1,290,000 2,840,000 590,000 128,000 1,140,000 4,000,000 141,000 12,800 92,500 19,000 173,000 8,200,000 93,000 3,820,000 1,150,000 605,000 78,500,000 185,000,000 2,182,000

Aircraft Fleet 7 450 300 208 82 14 77 23 50 — 2 15 — 37 14 33 147 10 1 12 2 18 209 8 89 52 47 5,700 7,000 77

the private flying sector (3.86). In New Zealand, probably the most serious reduction in work of any country has taken place. Figures for 1968 are down by 27 percent on 1966, due to the continuing effect of the “tightening-the-belt” policy within the agricultural industry as a whole, in the wake of sterling devaluation. During the period 1966-68, the agricultural aircraft fleet was reduced by 44 aircraft to 209; however, production figures for the first two quarters of 1969 reflect signs of a gradual recovery. The agricultural aircraft fleets in Central and South America are now estimated at 2,500 aircraft and, with the exception of Ecuador, which forecasts a reduction in activity, a considerable expansion is likely. This is expected to occur especially in the field of public-health operations such as mosquito control, as use of ultra-lowvolume spraying techniques increases. On the African continent, the situation with regard to indigenous fleets of aircraft is complicated by the annual migration of aircraft, particularly from European countries; a noticeable influence is the recent

increase in operations carried out by East European operators. In 1969, according to Slov-Air, the Czechoslovak operator, up to 60 Z-37 Cmelaks, belonging to Bulgarian and Czechoslovakian companies, will be operating in Egypt and Sudan. It is expected, however, that the indigenous aircraft fleets will increase in size as experience is built up. In addition, the aircraft of the various intergovernmental locust control organizations in the inter-tropical convergence zone may maintain their utilisation by conducting agriculturalaviation activities in member countries, if the present locust upsurge dies down below plague infestation levels. Generally, useful net productivity increases have been achieved from the fleets in use over the past three years, probably due to recent trends towards using lower volumes of spray liquid with higher chemical concentrations. It is to be expected that dispersal mechanisms will improve considerably in the near future to meet more critical performance specifications required by modern methods. Source:

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A quiet achiever! Family and friends celebrate the retirement of Chris Iremonger by Mike Feeney A popular image of earlier New Zealand agricultural pilots has been that they tended to be of a somewhat exuberant, extroverted and party-loving disposition. And, thinking back, I would have to concede that there was more than a grain of truth in that belief. Certainly, when the weather prevented flying, some of we younger single chaps behaved as though it was our last night on earth... and for some; it was! However, there were many others who exercised moderation and just got on with the job in a professional and modest fashion. Our comrade Chris Iremonger is one of that sensible, yet drolly humourous breed of ag. pilots. On Saturday evening on the 10th of July, some 160 folk gathered at Te Kuiti’s Waitomo Club to enjoy time with Chris and Sibyl Iremonger. From around the region and the North Island came long-time friends and old work-mates. It was an interesting mix of loader drivers, farmers, truck operators and some venerable pilot chums, retired and current. Chris was born at Stratford on March 19th, 1944 and nearly did not pursue an aviation career as, after completing his secondary education at St. Patricks, Silverstream, in 1961 he underwent three years training to become a priest. After a rethink, he returned to the family


farm and joined the Stratford Aero club. Whilst learning under Brian Doyle he also joined Rural Aviation as a loaderdriver and was teamed up with the late Sam Bickerstaff of whom he has fond memories. He later loaded Fred Ewing and Don Erceg on Cessna 180s and 185s. This experience convinced him to attend the Wanganui Commercial Pilot School, passing his CPL flight test in late 1966. He was cleared to do some ferry flying in the Rural aircraft and saved enough to pay his way, with some help from his father, through the 50 hour course at Bereck Dalcom’s Wanganui Agricultural Flying School. He learned much from Bereck’s realistic training in Cessna 180, ZK-BUG, an excellent training type for the role. Chris got his chance at some topdressing ops. when, in July 1968, Don Erceg was out of action following a car accident. A big change in his future occurred when, in early ‘69, Rural bought out the Te Kuiti operator, Northern Air Services. Chris was moved to Te Kuiti with 480 hours in his logbook. He gradually established himself in the region where he was to remain up until the present time. From late ‘71 Chris had sufficient experience to carry our spraying operations on the forests of the central North Island and a variety of farm work. In 1973 he had the pleasure of

Chris with his Cessna 188 Agwagon when a much younger aviator.

picking up a brand new Cessna C-188B Agwagon, ZK-DJZ, which he enjoyed flying until 1986. In 1994, Rural Air Services (1986) Ltd sold the Te Kuiti operation to Wanganui Aero Work so Chris’s Ag Wagon years were over and he flew a FU-24-400 until 2000 when Cresco LTS was allocated to Te Kuiti. Chris liked the FU-24 and Cresco because of their better visibility, clean windscreens, high-lift wing and much larger cockpit for pilot and loaderdriver or farmer. He speaks highly of Wanganui Aero Work’s maintenance and the presentation of their aircraft. With 28,000 hours of ag. flying, 19,000 of them on Cessna Ag Wagons, Chris decided to move to an area rep.’s job with the company thus providing the chance for long-time loader-driver, Grannt Lennox to get a pilot’s seat. So from 2007, Chris eased Grant into the area and provided mentoring and much support until just a few months ago. Forty years of continuous ag. flying operations is a splendid achievment. A particularly significant event occurred in 1971 when Chris and Sibyl married and proceeded to add

considerably to the district’s population and to the nation’s human resources thus: Shaun (36), a RNZAF C-130 Hercules Captain; Matt (34), flying Beech 1900Ds for Eagle; Jane (32), busy mother to a daughter, son and two step-daughters; Jessica 31), a District Nurse in Auckland and twin to Robert who is a Paramedic in Auckland; James (27), also a pilot with Eagle; and finally, Kate (21) who is studying physiotherapy at Otago University. Sibyl has bee married to Chris for nearly 40 years, most of them during which Chris was actively flying. There is a degree of mental stress placed on ag. pilot’s wives due to the accident rate; very high in earlier decades, not so bad now. To the best of my knowledge, 140 pilots have been killed whilst engaged in ag. operations within New Zealand and many other New Zealanders have died when ag. flying overseas. So I asked Sibyl if she would care to reflect on aspects of being married to a 28,000 hour ag. pilot. She sent me these thoughts: “Dear Mike, A good aspect of being married to my

topdressing pilot was that he loved his job. It certainly makes life easier when your man likes going to work to earn the money to keep the household going. It was also great when the children were pre-schoolers and he was around on wet or windy days to entertain them when I was really busy. When I returned to work it was a real bonus that Chris could mind the children on non-flying days. The children had wonderful experiences flying down to Feilding with Chris when the aircraft was on a maintenance check. The downside was that who wants to go to to the beach or on a picnic when it is raining or blowing, or both! All the good days were taken up by flying. There are only so many times you can disappoint little kids who don’t really understand the importance of flying from marginal

airstrips in the best and safest conditions possible. I guess I developed a great measure of independence as I found that I had to get used to going without him. I could go on and on. The waiting for the plane to come home from Feilding on bad weather days because that was when most of the maintenence was done. It would be getting dark. You knew what time he left because he phoned for a weather report. It takes only one hour from Feilding, so where is he? Like all ag. pilot’s wives, I’ve had Chris dead and buried many a time! The dreaded phone call re. an an accident; be it your husbands, or someone never got any easier.... but I mustn’t bore you Mike; you know all this anyway. But through it all we have made a Rick Harding of Wanganui Aero Work made a presentation to Chris and Sibyl who both spoke of the memorable decades and of all the friends they had made during nearly 40 years of marriage and Chris’s long involvement in the agricultural aviation industry.

great life for ourselves. We have seven wonderful children who are working at jobs they love and Chris and I are still together. We have wonderful friends, many of whom are from the aerial topdressing industry...real characters with whom we have shared many wonderful, and not so wonderful, experiences. I hope this explains a little.” How nice it is to be writing about an ag. pilot friend who is still alive and knew when it was time to make the break from flying overloaded aircraft from

hill-country airstrips. We must all hand over to younger men, but the current Wanganui Aero Work pilot, Grant Lennox, still confers with Chris on aspects of flight operations in the region. And the quiet, modest understated achiever tells me he is quite content to have his memories as he cruises around at low speed on the local golf club’s lawn-mowing tractor. “With thanks to author Mike Feeney and the New Zealand monthly magazine he writes for

This is a current shot of the old Te Kuiti aerodrome base office and lunchroom that Chris, and many other loader-drivers and pilots, spent so much time in whilst waiting for the weather to improve. It brings back good memories for me also as, during the first half of this decade, when I was Wanganui Aero Work’s QA and Safety Manager, I always looked forward to my regular working visits to chat with the troops about safety and audit stuff. Chris, Fraser Wilson, Ronnie Henderson and Malcolm Lilley always made me welcome to the cosy office with a ‘cuppa’ and a biscuit. Sadly, Ronnie and Malcolm have left us but Fraser is with Super Air and flies a very nice Pratt & Whitney PT-6 FU-24 out of Te Kuiti. It is a great old and historic airfield with many happy memories for so many of us.

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1977 G 164A extended wing 8004 TTAF Garrett Dash 1 800 SHSI, 8035.3 TTSO all soaps available on engine, Prop 1992 TSO, New paint 09, New SS Transland airfoil booms w/brass nozzles & CP tips, Crophawk flow meter, Lane electric pump fan, Collins A/C, 128 gal fuel w/side load, windshield washer, 1 piece windshield, all new glass, sealed cockpit, Satloc lite star, cool seat, like new Grumman spreader, never any liquid fert., no damage, always hangared, owner flown, no better cat to be found! 405-797-3805, 405-542-7860 cell, Will e-mail pics. (10 -10)

1978 G 164B+ Raised Wing Ag Cat: Ground up restoration by American Agviation in 2005: 2650 TTAF, 525 SMOH on 1340 overhauled by Covington with Hydromatic Prop: 350 gal. hopper w/ 25 inch gate box: Comes with drop booms with CP Nozzles, Agrinautics Pump Fan w/Lane Brake,Swathmaster spreader, Wag GPS, Air Conditioning, Wing-man, Side Load Fuel, Smoker, Cool Seat, Strobes, Chip Lite, Oil Filter, Chrome kit on engine, C model tail spring, 5X5.00 tailwheel $122,500.00 Contact John in Arkansas at 501-940-4796 (10 -10)

1998 AT-602-0483 -60AG N5005E, TT 8424.2, A&E, PT660AG 0 hrs since power section light o/h, 519.6 hrs on new MLG and tail gear, new tires, 655.8 hrs on new engine mount, 2108.5 hrs on new style lwr spar caps, new panels, stringers, belly, turtle deck, new paint on fuselage, Satloc Airtrac, ELT, Wingman, pulse lights $625,000 Southeastern Aircraft Sales 800-441-2964 or 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. 800-542-8565 or emial A8-11 1977 Super B Ag Cat N-6689Q New firewall forward Walter Turbine, E.I. Digital Instruments. 1600 SMOH 0 since SMOH avia prop 106”. 0 since airframe sand blast and powder coat. New paint and fabric new gear, all new hardware and glass, big tires 11x29, Raised wing, 115 gallon fuel tall center line tail, drop ss booms, with CP nozzles, Satloc GPS new zee ac unit, just installed. $285,000 979-257-6695 kingrey4@ (10 -10)

1976 AG CAT Trainer G-164A, 6577 TTAF, FAA approved, dual controls, fully functional spray system, excellent logs. Call 731-571-7800 (10 -10)

1982 AT-400 PT6-15 w/12659TTA&E. Aircraft refurbed in 2008. Fresh Hot Section done. Wing spars scheduled in Sept. 2010 with 650hrs left. Automatic wingman, M3 satloc, CP’s, Smoker, ZEE Air, Crop Hawk. Aircraft appearance is 8+. $230,000.00 as is or $250,000.00 with wing spars done. 662-398-7833 or 662-719-2200 or 662-719-0647 (10-10)

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1972 Ag-Cat Model A, R-1340, 100 hrs. since Covington overhaul. 100 hrs. Hamilton Standard Prop. Wing extensions, 335 gallon tank, Automatic Flagman, SS booms, oil filter conversion. Contact: 956-239-2511 (10 -10)

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dromader 1996 M-18A 6500T TAF, 640SMOH eng,DC3 prop 1300SMOH $110,000; 2000 M-18B 4700T TAF, 100SMOH eng, 1065 SNEW prop, $150,000 Both Feb Annual, Wing AD insp due Nov 2010, both currently working 830-334-3373 (10 -10 ) 1999 PZL M18B Dromader-1700 TT AF, engine 700 hr, very clean, NDH, Satloc, air-conditioner, sprayer, CP’s, VG’s, auto flagger Mid-Continent Aircraft Hayti, Mo. 800-325-0885 t f n

WE have the largest NEW inventory of Cessna 188 AG Truck & Ag Wagon parts in the USA. Parting out many other air crafts as well. J & C Enterprises Aviatiion INC 800-542-8565 or Email Sid or Jerry at A 8 - 11 Cessna airframe parts, Continental and Lycoming engine parts, and a few spray system parts, new surplus, big discounts! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-6980280. Check stock at t f n

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1977 Ayres 500 Gal. Thrush ; -6 Garrett Engine; Fresh IRAN Airframe, Prop, and Engine; Satloc; Air Conditioner; Good Paint and Fabric; 29” Wheels and Brakes; SS Spray System; Lane Brakes Priced right to sell Call Eugene 979532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A 4 -10

Piper airframe parts, continental and Lycoming engine parts and a few spray system parts, new surplus, big discounts! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330698-0280. Check stock at tfn

thrush 1973 S2R600, 7800 TT, 300 SMOH, geared Eng., 300 SPOH Albatross Metal Tail A/C AG Nav w/Flow Control and 1973 A188B 3400 TT 740 housr on CYL “2” bottom end 740 SPOH Satlock Airstar electric pump, big tires, New Windscreen 204-362-0406 (10 -10) 1974 Thrush 8000 TT Walters 2000 hours 10 IRAN Metal tail, new SS belly, M3, Big Fuel, This aircraft is a 9 out and in. 218-201-0083 (10 -10) 1968 S2R 400 gal 8200 TT Garrett -6 1681 TT SHOT and gearbox insp., SS booms, Lane brake, CP flat fans, a/c, M3 Satloc w/aerial ace, shadin fuel flow, jpi boom pressure, 2 sets of night lights, ky 96 com, cool seat. $250,000 obo 719-340-1430. (10 -10)

1997 510 Thrush, -34, 5630 Hrs. TTAE, 25” gatebox with swathmaster spreader, M3 Satloc with Intelliflow, A/C, CP nozzles, Prop has 415 hrs. since IRAN, Lane pump brake, currently working, January annual, call 870-255-1300 (10-10) Parting out Thrush main landing gear, 29” wheels & brakes, tail wheel assy-, spray equipment etc. aircraft went in inverted. Call Sid or Jerry for specific items, 800-542-8565 or email A 8 - 11

1983 DC Thrush Walter 601E-11, 1000hrs left before overhaul, new gear box, new prop, 29,000 hr spar caps, no ad’s, VG’s, winglets, 80’ swath, Satloc M-3, CP’s, electric brake, SS spray valve, Crophawk, smoker, ac/heater, fuel flow, single pt fuel, strobes, wingman, spreader, intercom, paint 09 $350,000. 912-384-6466 (10 -10) 1994 Ayres 510 Garrett –6 Conversion - 7,800 Hrs. TT; Good Paint; Satloc; Air Conditioner; Rinse System; Smoker; SS Spray System; Electric Brakes; Landing Lights & Strobe; Not Available until September 1, 2010. Call Eugene 979-5321718, 979-533-1720 Day or night 0 4 -11 1996 Ayres PT6-45, 510 gallon, air, 228 fuel, Satloc, recent spar cap replaced, smoker, flagger, crop hawk, spray system. Make offer. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. 800-325-0885 www. t f n

The 660 Thrush with its innovative wing design and 54 foot wing span and over 400 square foot wing area ensures unmatched stability and control during Ag maneuvers. The combination of a solid airframe and powerful engine creates an airplane that outperforms the competition. Thrush is known for their structural durability and excellent performance under extreme conditions. 1976 Ayres 400 Gal. Thrush with -6 Garrett Engine; Satloc; Air Conditioner; Smoker; 29” Wheels and Brakes; New Paint; Fresh OH Prop; SS Spray System; Lane Brakes. Call Eugene 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A 4 -10

1996 S2R-T45 DC, SN T45 013 N32995, TTAF 4060, PT6-45 SN PCE 84056 TTSOH 4475 PROP Hartzell HC- B5MP-3C, TSNEW 2150, TSOH 375, This a/c is in above average condition, new paint 2008 all AD’s & Log Book in compliance, 3000 hrs left on wings, engine has recent hot section w/ Covington Aircraft, with light OVH on power section less than 200 hrs ago, New starter/gen recent FCU and fuel pump, M3 SATLOC, Com Radio w/ VOX, Fast Start, Heat and A/C. Available end of August 2010. $475,000 or OBO 712-243-4038 (10 -10) 1992 Ayres 510 D C - 7,600 Hrs. TT; Garrett -6 Engine Low Time; M-3 with Variable Rate Flow Control, C.P. Nozzles; SS Spray System with Lane brakes; Air Conditioner; Smoker; Low time Prop; Nice clean airplane that is ready to work Priced To Sell Call Eugene 979-532-1718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A 4 -10 1976 S2R-T34 400 gal Thrush. TTAF 14,042, TTE 15,947. Load hawg, air cond, weath-aero fan, SATLOC, metal tail, fresh annual (eddy current good, 1600 since wing o/h), new tires, booms, breck spreader, good paint, “0” prop IRAN, fresh annual, extensive “0” Hot by Prime Turbines Inc. $285,000 Call for HSI details 662-745-2616 (10 -10)

2009 510 Thrush S2R-T34, SN 510-312, N5298H. Brand new aircraft with new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34AG turboprop engine. $769,850 Contact ASI Jet Center Aircraft Sales. 952941-6255 or, A 11-10

The 550 Thrush offers new sturdy hopper and innovative large hopper door to improve access when loading dry chemicals, while providing a 550 gallon capacity. Fuel economy, low acquisition cost and proven performance makes the 550 Thrush a great option for operators. The 550 Thrush offers a choice of power plants, allowing you to tailor the aircraft to meet the demands of your particular operating environment. 2004 710 THRUSH W/ 844 TT / 2231 PT6A-67 ENG & 68 S. H.S.I 70 nozzles, Lane Fan & Brake, Satloc M3, Air / Heat, fuel flowmeter, D.G. attitude indicator, smoker, flagger, crophawk, Garmin radio/GPS. JOHNSTON AIRCRAFT SERVICE, INC. 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: www, t f n

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.

October 2010


engines New 1340 Cylinder $1800 and 985 cylinder $800 or Best offer 435-671-3455 (10 -10)

R1340 FWF Complete as removed from Thrush - 1014 S.O.H. Engine and 524 S.O/H AG100-2 Propeller. Very Good Condition $25,000.00 - Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 559686-1794, t f n

1 EA. Continental IO 520-D Zero SMOH in Stock. $21,000 outright or will exchange heavy case and shaft. Call Sid or Jerry 800-542-8565 or email A 8 - 1 1

PT6A Engines: Deal Direct with ATS to buy, sell, lease or exchange ~ view our current inventory at www.PT6A.Aero (FAA C.R.S. TQZR133K) tfn

For sale 2-600 hp Rockwell Thrushes, current annuals, always hangared, excellent condition, Call 306-861-0177. (10-10)

PT6A-20B S/N PCE22511. TT 7430.7, SOH 4214, 0 SHOT (Covington). Including new CT blades, New Segments, Rebuilt vane ring & burner can. Removed from AT-402 for upgrade. 507-525-3068 or 1-507-526-7264 (10 -10)

Large inventory of Thrush parts surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 t f n

New PT6-34 ag engine in stock Call for price Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 A tfn

TPE331-PC (2.5 Cores) the Lot..$5,000 TPE331-6-252M (Dmgd Core) Good Logs... $7,500 TPE331-2-201A 0-GSI/HSI 2700RCs....$115,000 R985 ANI (API), 792-SMOH....$10,500 R985-14B (Pickett) 0-SOH...$29,500 R1340-AN2 (Cov) 1115-SMOH...$19,000 .....also Radial and Turbine Accessories. AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) t f n

1970 S2R Thrush 600 turn windows, Aileron servos, extended wings, new main tires and brakes, 763 SMHOE, 430 SPOH, 14785 TTAF, $45,000 229-886-8592 (10-10) 1969 S2RW601/400 (751 SHP) Hatfield Walter Conversion 9465 TT - 2175 S factory OH eng. - 400 gal hopper, Lane Fan and elec brake, SS booms, ext wings, lights, 29” tires, Servos, Serv Aero Turtleback, Satloc M3 GPS. $225,000 JAS 559-6861794, FAX 559-686-9360, tfn

weatherly 1995 Weatherly 620B. 2990 TTAF&E, 330 SOH Tulsa, 330 SOH 3 Blade Hartzell, Hangared in SD SNEW!! SatLoc LiteStar, Crophawk 7, Stainless booms w/CPs, Weath-Aero Fan, Automatic Flagger $120K OBO. 605-448-2264 (10-10) Weatherly Headquarters - 1993,1994,1996 - In Stock. Also available 1974. Performance, low fuel burn. The ideal in-between airplane. Mid-Continent 800-325-0885 t fn

miscellaneous aircraft

1975 mod Decathlon 1765 TT 265 SMOH engine 65 SMOH constant speed prop. Call 478-973-8105 (10-10) Unlimited Racer project: 85% complete Yak11, 3350 turbo compound with many spare parts including engine. Call with best offer. For pictures and details call Frost Flying Inc. 870-295-6213 t f n


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

R-1340, zero time since overhaul by Covington $53,500.00 New PT6 -11, 15, 34, 60, 65, 67 outright or exchange call Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-232-5401 t f n

PT6A-65AG Engine for sale. Only 2025 TT, 183 TSO. Ready for immediate delivery. Call Gary or Steve 210-924-5561. sales@ (1 0 -1 0 )

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

Garrett TPE331-6-252M Part 135 Engine with 3,500 Hrs; Fresh Hot Section on 5400 HR. TBO Call Eugene 979-5321718, 979-533-1720 Day or night A 4 -11 Universal Turbine Parts has serviceable PT6 engines for sale. 2 ea PT6A-20 TSO 0, 4010 2 ea PT6A-21 TSN 1767, 1767 5 ea PT6A-28 TSO 0, 0, 2098, 3268, 3791 PT6A-34 TSO 0 PT6A-34AG TSO 0 PT6A-41 TSO 4961 3 ea PT6A-42 TSN: 2986, 3124; TSO 0 2 ea PT6A-50 TSO 3137, 3869 PT6A-65 TSO 816 PT6A-67 TSO 5222 We also buy PT6 engines in all conditions. Please call Bill or Joel at 334-361-7853 or email t f n Garrett TPE-331-10-511M Part 135 Engine with lots of time and cycles remaining. Call Eugene 979-532-1718, 979-5331720 Day or night A4 -10

JJETSET AIRMOTIVE has the following PT6 engines for sale, lease or Exchange. M.O.R.E ready to TBO 8000 hours. PT6A-11 TSO Zero PT6A-28 TSO Zero PT6A-34 TSO Zero PT6A-114A Zero time overhauled PT6A-41 TSO 974 Email or Khris or Max at 305-8252001 or Email (10 -10) Covington Turbine Engines Available. PT6A-20 2800 TSO PT6A-15AG 0 Time Since Covington Light Overhaul PT6A-34AG 1789 TSO PT6A-34AG 780 TSO PT6A-34AG 0 TSO PT6A-34AG 0 Time Since Covington Light Overhaul We are also interested in buying or exchanging for any core you may have regardless of condition. Contact: David Hamilton at 918-756-7862 or davidh@ At fn

Pratt & Whitney R-985 & R-1340 Overhauled Engines in stock. Props, carburetors, magnetos, alternators, & accessories for above engines. Call Chester Roberts Supply Company, Collinsville, TX Tel: 903-429-6805 Fax: 903429-6047 A 0 4 -11 JETSET AIRMOTIVE Buys and Sells all models of PT6 engines and has an extensive inventory of materials in various conditions. Call Paul at 682-738-3031 Email preeves@jsamiami. com or Khris or Max at 305-825-2001or Email krod@ (10 -10) Cylinders For Sale – Overhauled complete assy’s with new pistons installed. Ready to install. R-985 $1250.00 each Two or more less 5%: R-1340 $1950.00 each Two or more less 5%: Outright price: includes all gaskets. Sun Air Parts. 661-257-7708 fax 661-257-7710 T F N

dispersal equipment (3 ) 38 inch gate Breackinridge Spreaders, (2) 12 vane (1) 10 vane. Very good condition, used as spares, Call 501-5166156 (10 -10) Transland 41” 10 Vane Spreader 20250 Like new only put out 10 loads of Rye Grass, no Fertilizer list $6500. Will Sell $5000 Call 863-467-7777 (10 -10) Two 41 inch Breckenridge Spreaders. 13 vane. Used. $2500.00 each. Chad Stuart Airplane Services Inc. 850-3806091. (0 5 -11) CP NOZZLES AND CHECK VALVES. Distribuidor en Argentina: ArAvia S.A. -Venado Tuerto (Sta Fe) T.E. 54-3462-433540 FAX: 438344 tfn 10” hydraulic Transland Gate assembly complete. $10,000 OBO George 409-656-5998 (10 -10) ASC Rotary Atomizers - See and April 2009 issue of AAU, A. McCracken. Made in USA. asc@, 317-896-2561 A 0 1 -11 Stainless Steel Fabricators, Inc. ---Stainless spreaders and accessories new and used. We manufacture 12 vane,13 vanes and 10 vane spreaders. Call us at 800-736-3433 or 870-217-9232. (01-11)

ASC Rotary Atomizers - Consistent droplets, large flow openings, easy to mount without changing your existing pump, boom and flow control method. Made in USA. asc@dynafog. com, 317-896-2561 A 0 1 -11 Everything you need for fixed wing or helicopter JAS 559-6861794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: www, t f n TRANSLAND 10 vane sprder for 38” gate, new $8200 Agrinautics, root, Crophawk, Transland, others Lane Aviation 281-342-5451 or FA X 281-232-5401.t fn Newberg Electrostatic Spraying LLC is the exclusive distributor for Spectrum Electrostatic Spray Systems. Do more acres with better performance. Call Ed Newberg 320-848-2745. Serving northern US and Canada. For southern US and other countries call Spectrum Corp. office 713-783-5771. (10-10) CP NOZZLES AND CHECK VALVES “The Drift fighters”. Plus they improve your spray pattern. Contact Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: t f n Transland and Agrinautics, overstock sale. Call Danny for listing 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 sales@airrepairinc. com t f n ASC Rotary Atomizers - Why use old hydraulic nozzle technology? Rotary Atomizers are proven as the most accurate method to apply both low & high volume formulations. Made in USA., 317-896-2561 A 0 1 -11 SprayTarget variable rate nozzles in stock. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 t f n Variable Rate OC and engine driven hydraulic spray control systems. Coming soon variable rate dry for standard gate and hydraulic flaps. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 t f n Dispersal Equipment: Weathaero Feathering Fans, Crophawks, Smokers, Flaggers, Nozzles, Transland, Breckenridge Spreaders, Airfoil Booms, Dry Breaks, Stocking All Aircraft Styles. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-3250885 tfn

Agrinautics, Inc. Best spray pumps, valves, and strainers in the business! For service w/ a smile,call us at 435-586-1200. e-mail: t f n

gps Ag Nav Guia Gold systems w/ antenna and light bar. Like new. Contact Ted or Cameron for pricing at 575-763-4300. ( 10 -10) Model 33302-11 Tremble GPS receiver Call for more information 912-682-5728 (10 -10) TRACMAP GPS has great features, easy to use, large screen, racetrack guidance, usb key easy import of files, competitive pricing. Now available from Turbine Conversions call 616-837-9428 0 1 - 1 1 Intelliflow Flow Controls -in stock, now shipping! Sky Tractor Supply 1-800-437-5319 tfn Wanted: Trimble AgGps 23 Lightbar. Call Dave at 574-8624392 A tfn Hemisphere GPS systems in stock, Intellistar, M3, Intelliflow, and Litestar2. We did it again, leading Level 3 Service Center/ Dealer 2009. Why buy anywhere else, we’ve got what you need, and service after the sale! Call now 800-437-5319 t f n Used Satlocs. Litestar 1 and II. Airstar. New M3s in stock Prompt repair service Compton Flying Service 888-336-3924 t f n Satloc, Intelliflow Variable rate application. The Satloc Level III Service repair center. Mid-Continent aircraft Corp. Hayti, Mo 1-800-325-0885. t f n Satloc and Del Norte Air Repair Inc, is the worldwide leader in sales and sercece. Call Danny (sales) or Dallas (service) 662846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 tfn Hemisphere GPS & Flow Control Dealer Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559686-9360, e-mail: info@johnstonaircraf t fn Authorized AgNav Distributors. New and used systems. GIS Spray data services/conversion. Summit Helicopters Inc. Call Gary at 816-813-0442. (10 -10)

October 2010


parts J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc has purchased a large new inventory of Citabria GCBC part in late 1977-79 rnge. Lots of common everyday parts. Landing gear, wheels 7 brakes, engine parts etc. call Jerry or Sid today 800-542-8565 or email A 8 -11 For Sale: As removed Zee SZ45-002-1A Motor and condenser assembly. Removed to install factory air. $2000. Call Tommy, Matt or Bryan @ 870-295-6218 tfn 3 sets new heavy gear for S2R Thrush. $10,000 per set exchange for core. Many other S2R parts/components. Call or fax Bruce’s Flying Service, Inc. 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. E-mail (10-10) Cleveland Wheels and Brakes. Buy used and save money. Air-Tractor, Thrush, Ag Cat. Chad Stuart Airplane Services Inc. 850-380-6091 ( 0 5 - 11 ) Loadhog hydraulic hopper lid system from AT-402. Excellent condition. $3,000. Airplane Services, Inc. Chad Stuart 850380-6091 ( 0 5 - 11 ) Used serviceable PT6 starter/generators. Wet or Dry spline. Guaranteed to work. $3,500 Chad Stuart. Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091 (0 5 -11) Spend your time doing what you do best “SPRAYING” and let us find those parts for you. Part numbers are really important. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email A 8 -11 1set serviceable S2R wings. Group 1 Wing. 196 gal. fuel/ wing extension yellow. Eddy Current inspected. Found no cracks. These wings were removed from a 600 Thrush. 9000 hrs. $40,000 Call or fax Bruce’s Flying Service, Inc. 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. E-mail (10 -10) Smoke Systems. Used In great condition. $250. Airplane Services, Inc. Chad Stuart 850-380-6091 (0 5 -11) Vacuum Meters ready to ship. Clean, accurate, closed system. Why pay 50,000 for a accurate system when you can do it for a fraction of the price and require no computers. Compton Flying Service 888-336-3924 tfn

1 set S2R wings, Group 5 Wing. 2000 year model. 6000hrs TT. New factory spar caps. 0 hours with new spar caps. 228 gal fuel. $80,000 unpainted exchanged or 85,000 painted to your specification and exchanged. Call or fax Bruce’s Flying Service, Inc. 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. E-mail (10 -10) J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. still has one of the largest Cessna, and Piper Ag Aircraft inventories in the USA and has a huge inventory of Lighting and wheel and brake inventory. Let us be your total part provider. Call in your needs - Sid or Jerry 800-542-8565 or A 8-11 Remeber J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. Is a Transland, Black Steel Brake and McFarlane dealer. We have a large amount of these brands inventory in stock as well as Cleveland. GE Lighting, Cessna, Piper etc. give us a call for all your parts needs at 800-542-8565 or email us at A 8-11 Air Tractor Parts New and Used (Associate dealer for Lane Aviation). FWF cowlings 402,502,602 many to chose from, removed for Factory and Cascade P-cowl conversions. New and used (Factory Rebuilt) Aileron, Flaps, Elevators, Rudders, Horz/Vert stabs in stock and ready to sale or trade. Call Wendel or Steve North Star Aviation 620-356-4528 We have all fibreglass parts for Weatherly and Ag-Cat (A, B and Super B). Call for prices. Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 t fn For Sale, M18 wings, ailerons, flaps. 0 since new, propeller still in box, for sale or trade on people airplane. 573-2463216, 573-225-8019 (10 -10) Retrofit Hopper Door for AT502 and AT602. Now available for fall and winter installation Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 t fn

Rebuilt Thrush 510 hopper with Jon Herr door. $8,000. Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 t f n J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has 29” wheel sets. We will accept your 10” wheel and brakes in exchange. Also have 29” Thrush Landing Gear. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email A 8 - 11 Vacuum Meters ready to ship. Clean, accurate, closed system. Set of new Thrush Aircraft current production wings featuring the 29,000 hour life limit on low spar caps. Upper and lower 4340 Chrome-Molly steel spar caps with 114 gallon fuel tank on each wing, 0 SNEW. Contact Thrush Aircraft Spares Department 229-883-1440, Complete Thrush Factory Metal Tail W / Updates.Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 559-686-1794 / Email t f n New Thrush -34, -60,-65 models. 600 HP, Your Thrush distributor. Portable Air conditioner Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885. tfn Jasco Alternator kits in stock. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 tfn Superbooms for Cessna, Piper, Thrush, Air Tractor and custom manufacture; THRUSH AILERON SERVOS-STC’d kits. TSA 800-642-5777 or (TFN) O/H’D Thrush 29” Landing Gear & We Can Repair / Rebuild Yours. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 559-686-1794 / Email t f n PARTS, PARTS, PARTS. For all your ag aviation needs, please call Southeastern Aircraft Sales & Service 800-441-2964 Air Tractor Dealer tfn

GPS Antenna Mount, for specific ag aircraft, Performance and looks, slip stream design delivers peak signals. Contact Terry Barber 605-258-2743. (10 -10)

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; 330698-0280. Check stock at t f n

Thrush rebuilt extended wings with 40,000 hour approved Avenger spar cap kit installed, 192 gal fuel, new leading edge H.D. ribs and leading edge skins. Will paint your color(1).Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 559-686-1794, t 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 f n Accessories & Parts! 100’s of new and OHC accessories, parts for just about everything. Big discounts! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. t f n Emco Wheaton/Buckeye Dry Break Couplers and adapters, Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: t f n 10,000 P/N of Continental & Lycoming parts, 50% discount on most new! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330698-0280. Check stock at t f n

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World-one stop Ag aviation center, all parts and accessories for everything in Ag Aviation for 61 years. MidContinent Aircraft Hayti, Mo. 800-325-0885 tfn Cessna Parts - Engine, propellers, authorized service center. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: A tfn

Cessna Authorized Parts Center: Prompt, World-Wide Parts Service, Engines, Bonaire 550 Conversions, Wings. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 t f n NEW! CP11TT/w-3 Tips & Shutoff in stock ready to ship today.1-800-437-5319 Sky-Tractor Supply Company t f n 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: info@ web site: PARTS, PARTS, PARTS... For all your ag aviation needs, please call Southeastern Aircraft Sales & Service (800) 441-2964 Air Tractor Dealer A TFN Cessna Ag Parts. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 t f n Brave and Pawnee parts - engines, props, spar kits, fuel cells and foam kits, and much more. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: t f n Agrinautics, Automatic Flagman, Aero Engines, Arrow prop, Air Tractor (Associate dealer Queen Bee Air Specialties) CP Nozzles, Compro Smoker, Crophawk, Covington Aircraft Engine, Collins Air Conditioner, Cleveland, Chip Detector, Hot Stuff, Honda Engines, Johnson Sidewinder, Nieto Products, New and used aircraft, (large) Parts Inventory, Schweizer, Spraying Systems, Co., Superbugs, APH-4 Helmet, Simplex, Tires, Transland, WeathAero. Sky Tractor Supply 800-4375319, 701-436-5881. t f n Rebuilt Thrush 510 hopper with Jon Herr door. $8,000. Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 t f n

propellers J & C Enterprises has a Cessna 188 props in Stock Y.T. Also offer some STC’d propellers. Call Jerry or Sid 800-542-8565 or email A 8 -11 Props for Sale: 2D30-6101A-18 OHC 23D40-7035A-12S OHC 22D40-6533A-12 OHC 23D40-6533A-18 Serviceable cond. 23D40-6533A-18 Serviceable cond. Call: PropWorks, Winnipeg, Canada Tel: 888-679-2965 email:

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For Outright Sale: Overhauled 5-Blade Prop. Hartzell HC-B5MP3C. Fits AT-502A, AT-503, AT-602, AT-802, Thrush S-2R-T65 & S-2RHG-T65.’06 Hartzell Overhaul. TSN: 1379.5 (TSO:0). Call Steve or Gary 210-924-5561. ( 10 -10) IA200/FA8452, NEW $4,500 2D30-6101A20, A/R. $3,500 2D30-6101A12, IRAN $9,500 2D30-6101A12, OHC $14,500 22D30-AG200-2, OHC $15,500 2D30-AG100-2, OHC, $11,500 22D40-AG200-2 OHC..$20,000 22D40-AG200-2, 190 SOH, /new blades... $21,500 33D50-7005A, A/R-K/D. $6,500 HC-B3TN-3D/5M, OHC/+4NB’s. $19,500AmAg 870-886-2418 (2489F) t f n Hartzell 3 Blade and 5 blade Props, new & used $CALL Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-232-5401 t f n .


1993 Peterbilt folding BAG truck, built for Air Tractor 802. Loads 6,000 lbs, has fuel tank and reel. Great shape. Call Brandon 318-303-3147 (10 -10) 2 to choose from! 1992 model of International 4700. DT466 diesel, a/c, standard transmission, PTO chain drive, well maintained, aluminum wheels, your choice for pipe and hopper. 640 stainless fuel with gasoline engine fuel pump. Call Auger Dan Office: 870-578-6133 Cell: 870-919-2317 A 10 -10

Air Tractor Financing can put an Air Tractor in your hangar. For a limited time, Air Tractor is offering 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!

vehicles Loader Truck for sale. All stainless steel, all hydraulic, had aircraft fueling system and tank. Not running 6000 lbs hopper $5,000. Call 870-222-4556 (10 -10) 1984 Ford F700 diesel Allison automatic 12” mild steel folder 7000lb hopper 300 gal. fuel Honda pump. Call Auger Dan Office: 870-578-6133 Cell: 870-919-2317 A 1 0 -1 0

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miscellaneous J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. Is always looking for all types of derelict aircraft, parts inventory, both new and used. We will buy small or a shop full. Contact Jerry Buster 800-5428565 or email A 8 - 11 Original DeSpain Pen and Ink cropduster printer’s proofs now available by artist Richard DeSpain. Several to choose from, reduced sale price, $1000 each. These are the originals that the signed and numbered prints are made from. Contact Richard DeSpain 501-753 3291 or t f n

WeathAero Fans • Auto Flagger • Transland • Agrinautics Pump and Valves Thrush Parts • Covington Radial & Turbine Engines • Compro Smokers WAG • SATLOC • AgNav Phone: 229-924-2813 Office Fax: 229-924-4356 e-mail: Parts Fax: 229-924-2066 e-mail: Web:

Frankie Williams President Paul Pearson Maintenance Souther Field Aviation, Inc. 223 Airport Road, Americus, GA 31709

HELMET with slide up visor $850. Deluxe Kevlar Helmet with ANR, Softskins, Oregon seals $1200. 800-437-5319 A t f n Load hog,with hyd. Installed in a 510 gallon hopper. Good shape. Both for $14,400.00 JOHNSON @ 218-437-6415. (10 -10) Reduce Drift, Increase Deposition and Retention use Control™ For FREE SAMPLE go to freesample Call 765-395-3441, t f n English to Spanish Technical Translations Former A&P and Ag-Pilot, Carlos Retamosa Specializing in translating:  • Aviation technical manuals • Airworthiness Directives (ADs) • Service Bulletins (SBs) Contact 598-53-24376

Auger Truck for sale. 1995 FL70, all stainless steel hopper, bed and auger. folding System, hyd gate adjust, hyd fuel, air brakes, auto transmission and A/C. Scales. New Auger and PTO drive shafts and bearings last year. 870-225-3698 (10 -10) 1500 gal Jet A refueler; Nissan UD 3300 truck; epoxy lined steel tank: Liquid Control counter with predetermining counter (new 2003); single point and over the wing nozzles: automatic reel. Truck and pump work well; good rubber $15,900 Call 501-985-1484 AR location. tfn Auger Trucks For Sale (Trade-Ins) Also list of customer trucks. Call Auger Dan Office: 870-578-6133 Cell: 870-9192317 A 1 0 -1 0

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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 A 12-10 Soft stop pump brake . No more sheared keys. Fast start engine system. cut starting heat and time. A must. MidContinent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885. tfn SUPERBUGS A safe and economical way to speed up Mother nature! Dispose of hazardous waste in loading and spill areas, ponds and ditches. SUPERBUGS disposes of insecticides, Fungicides, herbicides, and petroleum products Such as waste oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, solvent or anything of organic nature. Blue Stripe Distributing Toll Free 877-924-5025 t f n AFS Check Valves- Make the switch to AFS check valves, Find out what many operators already know, increased productivity, eliminate leaks and drips, long life, and no moe trying to find buckets!!! To help clean up your operation today call 800-833-2013. www. or Fax 574-862-4669. t f n Crop Duster Video - “The Crop Dusters - The Early Years 19211955”; 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 478-987-1836 Historical Video Productions. 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 mini-ranchettes. 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. Contact Bill Lavender 888-987-2250 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. 888.987.2250.

software 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 1-800437-5319. tfn

insurance 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 .t fn Wheels up. PIM Aviation Insurance is one of the oldest and most experienced ag aviation insurance providers in the industry. We provide access to creative negotiation and problem solving for all your risk management needs. Our passion to keep you flying is deeply rooted, resulting in knowledgeable recommendations and cost-sensitive pricing. For a free, no-obligation quote, call 800.826.4442 or visit us online at Proud member of NAAA. tfn INSURANCE from the Leading Ag Aviation Brokers. 61 Years Risk Management, Lowtime Pilot Coverage. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 t f n “Insurance from a name you can trust, at a price you can afford”, is what we do and it’s our motto. Hardy Aviation Insurance, Inc, is centrally located in Wichita Kansas and has been servicing the aerial application market for years now. RANDY HARDY established Hardy Aviation Insurance in 1995 with aerial application as his main focus. Prompt courteous service from a staff dedicated and knowledgable includes ANGIE BANZ and RITA ETHRIDGE, both of whom have years of experience servicing the aerial application business. Give us a try, you might be suprised. Call 1 800 721-6733 or fax us at 316-945-2330. Get an online quote from our web site at or e-mail us at t f n

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

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

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Seat wanted 3500 ag 4400 tt recip only georgia and south dakota license,for 2011 season. Call 229-400-4978 (10-10) 2 AT-502’s w/pilots available for work. Licensed in ID, CA, IN, and reciprocating states. Will acquire additional licensing if necessary. GPS equipped. Call 208-731 5233 or 208-358 3179 (10 -10)

help wanted Exp. Turbine pilot wanted April through Sept in Nebraska. Needs to be available to fly as well as operate business. Maybe needed on the farm, when flying is slow. Must have good work ethics and get along with others. Farming Experience a plus Must have min. 3000 hrs. Turbine time 478-973-8105 (10 -10) Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. Only $45 888-987-2250. Fax: 888-382-6951.


Stainless Steel Fabricators, Inc. --- Stainless spreaders and accessories new and used. We repair all models including Transland and Swathmaster. 800-736-3433 or 870-217-9232. ( 01-11) Borescope and Videoscope Repair Services. Any brand or any model. Your one stop source for the best value visual inspection equipment since 1981. Check out our new products and rental units at or call Borescopes-R-Us at 931-362-4009. (10 -10)

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

wanted to buy EXHAUST Wanted: R-1340 and R-985 Exhaust Send Old Exhaust segments for exchange or Sell them! Call Daryl @ 940-902-0797 tfn Wanted to Buy Air Tractor AT-301 or AT-401, Ferriable Southeastern Aircraft Sales 800-441-2964 or t f n

operations I would like to purchase an Aerial Spraying Business, fixed wing only. I would prefer a turbine operation but I will consider all options, a long history with a solid customer base is ideal along with chemical sales, complete records for my CPA’s review, and a current owner who can stay on board through the transition. I have 20yrs of successful experience and I am now seeking an ownership role. Thanks for your time and I look forward to visiting. (10-10)

Doctor’s Orders: A pilot’s vacation home with a pilot discount! St. George Island, Florida. Directly on private beach with expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico, three levels of covered furnished decks. Spacious open living/dining/kitchen area. Five bedrooms including two master suites and four baths, multiple TVs/DVDs/VCRs/wireless Internet. Occupancy 12, beds: three kings, four twins, one queen sleeper sofa. Underhouse concrete parking, 15’ x 30’ pool (heated for a fee), enclosed hot/cold outdoor shower, fish cleaning area, parkstyle grill. Paved 3339’ airport on island (F47) a quarter mile from the house. Ask for “pilot’s discount” Major discounts for Spring and Fall! Visit for photos, 877.272.8206. AgAir Update “Endorsed”. (10 -10)


Ag Pilot Training-PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION Initial and Re-current. DGPS LIGHTBAR, Tailwheel, and Spin/Upset Recovery by Mentor,Randy Berry, 40 Yr CFI and Active Ag Pilot. See our web site at: EAGLE VISTAS LLC PH 772-285-5506 (10 -10) Tailwheel endorsements and time building in south Texas for aspiring ag-pilots. C-170 available for training and rental with discounts for block time. Contact Clyde at 956-202-2094 or t f n Learn To Fly Ag In Sunny Brazil!!! Eight flight hours dual DGPS equipped (C170) plus 23 hours solo in EMBRAER 300 HP Ipanema (Similar To Brave 300HP) or CESSNA 188 AG TRUCK. 100 hours ground school (chemicals, crops, calibration DGPS, etc.) - Instructors are English/Spanish/ Portuguese Spoken. Only $6,500.00 USD - Contact phone/fax 55 51 3723 7000 in Cachoeira Do SuL, state of RIO GRANDE DO SUL - BRAZIL tfn

Acorn Welding......................................... 33 Ag - Nav, Inc. ............................................3 Air Tractor Inc.............................................5 Airforce Turbine Service........................23 American AgViation............................... 32 Auto-Cal, Inc............................................ 13 Collins Aircraft Dynamics, Inc............. 12 Covington Aircraft Engines..................36 CP Products.............................................. 15 Desser Tire & Rubber Co......................28


Dyna Nav Systems, Inc. ....................... 19 Frost Flying............................................... 31 GE Aviation - Walter Engines............... 24


Gulf Coast Ag Aircraft SS.....................28 Hemisphere GPS..................................... 21

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Micron Sprayers Limited..........................9 Mid - Continent Aircraft Corp.............22

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NAA Museum.......................................... 32 Orsmond Aerial Spray Pty. Ltd............ 31

ESTABLISHED HELICOPTER SPRAYING SERVICE FOR SALE. Strong customer base w/ 35 yrs. in same area & a continuous year-round work flow. Must have 5 years helicopter crop spraying experience. *Added Bonus* Helicopter & mix trailer for sale. Call for full details 863675-6919 or 305-216-1967, ask for Marvin Scripter (10-10)


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October 2010



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P&WC Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facility


Dependable Engines. Affordable Prices. For more than a quarter of a century, Covington Aircraft has been providing professional pilots with the highest level of radial and turbine engine overhaul and repair. Today, the Covington reputation is world-renowned for its quality, advanced technology and skilled technicians. So whether you need service in the field, engine repairs, a major overhaul or the affordable Light Overhaul, or even an engine exchange, choose the name that’s trusted by more professional pilots than any other – Covington. Available Engine Services • PT6A, R-985, and R-1340 Engine Overhaul • PT6A/Radial Engine Troubleshooting & Repair • Hot Section Inspection • Power Section Module Repairs • Overhaul Level Repairs • Periodic Engine Inspections • Fly In Facility For All Your Engine Needs • Rental Engines Available (PT6A) RADIAL DIVISION (R1340/R985) (918) 756-8320 Hwy 75 & Airport Rd. • P.O. Box 1344 • Okmulgee, OK 74447 TURBINE DIVISION (PT6A) (918) 756-7862 201 East Airport Road, P O Box 1336 , Okmulgee , Ok 74447 36

October 2010 - Edition in English  

AgAir Update, ag aviation's newspaper. October 2010 - Edition in English.