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keep turning… in this issue VOLUME 34 NUMBER 12 | DECEMBER 2016

A special section devoted to aerial firefighting and forestry

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AgAir Update’s AirFire & Forestry welcomes Mark Bickham “Why a SEAT Program?” Home away from home Simulator in Europe Avialsa subcontract ZTC for maintenance of Macedonian AT-802 firefighting aircraft Fire whirls; invisible danger for aerial firefighting AFF International Asia Pacific 2016 CAE to create wildfire training and simulation centre in B.C.

Year in review 2016

This past year has been one of excitement and disappointment

Looking into the future of precision application

An update from AgNav

SPE offers electrostatic spray system to int’l market

SPE, a subsidiary of the Travicar Group

Wire strike and collision with terrain involving Schweizer 269C Deloraine, Tasmania, 20 July 2016

Doing business the Smart way Smart Air Services based out of Cecil Plains, Queensland Australia

Snow S-2A airplane restoration memorial fund Seeking donations

NAAA President Brenda Watts visits PWC First official business trip outside the United States

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February 12-14, 2017 NC AAA Convention Embassy Suites Cary, NC Mike Rivenbark 910-279-7069 February 13-15, 2017 Tri-State Convention River’s Edge Convention Center St. Cloud, MN 605-690-3477 February 17-19, 2017 NAAA Spring Board Meeting Westin Alexandria Alexandria, VA Lindsay Barber Tel: 202-546-5722 Fax: 202-546-5726 February 20-22, 2017 NATA Convention Holiday Inn Kearney, NE Judy McDowell 402-475-6282 February 23-25, 2017 Canada AAA Convention The Fairmont Banff Springs Banff, AB, Canada Jill Lane 780-413-0078 May 27, 2017 International Crop Duster’s Day

August 8-10, 2017 Congresso SINDAG 2017 Edição Mercosul Gramado Canella Convention and Visitors Bureau Canela, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil August 19, 2017 Brazilian Ag Aviation Day October 6-8, 2017 NAAA Fall Board Meeting TBD Lindsay Barber Tel: 202-546-5722 Fax: 202-546-5726 October 17-18, 2017 AFF Conference 2017 at Nimes Nimes-Garons Airport Nimes, France Lauran Allan 44 (0) 128 550 041 November 2017 PNW AAA Convention TBA Tara Lea Brown 509-989-9098 November 2017 Mid-States Ag Aviation Conference TBA Don Younglove 815-538-7717 November 2017 CaAAA 68th Annual Convention TBA


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Year in review by Bill Lavender This past year has been one of excitement and disappointment. The excitement came with the U.S. certification of a new ag plane and engine; Air Tractor’s 502XP powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6A-140AG. However, the year was tainted with an unusually high number of fatal accidents inthe U.S., thirteen. Even though the actual number of accidents was less than the norm, the fatality rate of those accidents was abnormally high. JANUARY 2016

Transition to the Turbine

January AgAir Update looks back at its feature cover stories of the previous 11 months. Beginning with the January 2016 edition, it covered the all-important aspect of transitioning from a piston powered ag plane to one powered by a turboprop. Even though the article did not state, AgAir Update’s Graham Lavender attended Flying Tiger Aviation’s turbine transition course to have a firsthand experience.


Quarterly, AgAir Update publishes its AirFire & Forestry section that focuses on aerial firefighting, primarily Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs). With the March edition, a second AT-802F simulator becomes available for aerial firefighting training. The simulator is part of Avialsa’s multi-aircraft, maintenance and training company based in Spain. Another AT-802F simulator owned by AeroGlobo is based in Brazil. APRIL 2016


along in Arkansas

Pioneer company in Mato Grosso at one time operated 25 Ipanemas Teruel Aviação Agrícola

Thrush appoints new factory service center in North Dakota Industry leader Sky Tractor will service Thrush operators in five-state region

February The February edition found AgAir Update visiting a Louisiana rice operation. Bradley Reed of Reed Aviation meets the challenges of ever changing rice work, where more and more rice farmers are raising crawfish in their rice fields; effectively reducing the amount of aerial applications. A second generation company, formed in 1962 by Bradley’s father Norman Reed, keeps on top of the situation and continues to be a successful operation.



in Southern Louisiana Women in ag aviation Juliana Torchetti - Brasil

Attitude is everything From the FAA

The emergency dump Technique from Robert McCurdy MARCH 2016


AT-802F Simulator

Rebuilding the fleet Aerial firefighting’s tool box NZ operators faced with heavy levy Shortened boom swath width predictions

April Everyone knows ag-pilots are zipping along during their flying duties; an apt name for the April edition’s title, “ZIP-ing along in Arkansas”. Following in his deceased father’s footsteps, Michael “Button” Wallin, Michael “Zip” Wallin, Jr. finds himself taking over Wallin Agri-Aviation after his father’s untimely death. Zip was practically raised in an ag-plane, soloing on his 16th birthday and started flying ag in 2008. It’s a heartwarming story where Zip is known to say, “You have to just keep on keepin’ on.”

May When you look back at the last 20-30 years, ag-aviation is very fortunate to have had a multitude of new aircraft certified, along with a variety of engine combinations and conversion STCs for used ag-planes. In May, AgAir Update featured the delivery of the first 502XP Air Tractor with its PT6A140AG engine to Terry Mundell, of Mundell Enterprises, by Larry MAY 2016

502XP: Signed. Certified. Delivered.

Serrana Aviação Agrícola

Competence and tradition in the heart of Brazil

New Zealand agricultural aviation safety and activity update 2015 safety performance





















The second quarterly AirFire & Forestry section for 2016 was in the All-in with June AgAir Update edition focusing AEROTECH on a leader in the aerial firefighting industry; Ted Stalling’s Aero Tech. The Aero Tech story is one where adversity is met with determination. Coming from an ag-aviation family, starting his flying career at a very early age (14), Ted formed Ted’s Spraying Service and later Aero Tech, specializing in government contract flying. It was then that Ted had a serious flying accident that nearly took his life. Spending more than 15 months in a hospital bed, the business suffered. But, when semi-recovered, Ted began rebuilding the company from the ground up into one that is known nationwide in the aviation business for its diversity. P




’S JULY 2016

In the U.S., rice is grown not only in Louisiana, but California and Rice farming by air Texas, as well. AgAir Update finds itself visiting with NAAA Past President Rick Richter based in the Sacramento Valley of California where Richter Aviation takes advantage of the many assets offered by operating turbine powered AgCats over rice fields. With a change in weather patterns bringing rainfall to the Sacramento Valley, Richter Aviation finds itself coming within a couple hundred acres of having its all time record year.


Tri-County Ag on display in Colorado Thrush Aircraft’s Feeding The World Tour Stops at Air Repair open house

NZ Agricultural aviation activity and safety update Safety performance

Flying over the Darling Downs Wynnwood Airspray AUGUST 2016

With the September edition, the third quarterly section of AirFire & Forestry is included. “Living the dream” tells a story by AAU’s AirFire & Forestry chief editor, Marc Mullis, what it is like to be an aerial firefighter. Marc has been involved in ag-aviation for over forty years following in the footsteps of his father. Today, he is an accomplished SEAT pilot flying wherever firefighting contracts take him.

When it comes to ag-aviation and where it is done, Maine is rarely is thought to be a state with this kind of flying. However, operator Matthew Carmichael of MG Cropdusters works the northeastern state with two geared R-1340 Thrush aircraft treating primarily broccoli and potatoes, along with some forestry applications. Matt started loading for Mike Lavoie in 1989, then broke into the business under Mike’s mentorship in 1994 and eventually bought Mike’s flying service in 2000.

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Sanidad Vegetal Cruz Verde

Tour stops planned for multiple cities – beginning with EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh


Hellenic Air Force suffers its second CL-215 crash of the year

Rx Gate System provides variable and constant rates

Meeting loader truck needs in the Cayman Islands


New aerial firefighting company calls Fort Morgan home

Air Tractor’s development and visionary integration of unmanned technology

A claim for bodily injury from drift


Australian eyes in the sky

The green cross for Colombian agriculture

Thrush launches major ag aviation awareness campaign


Living the dream

Air Tractor makes entry into the UAS market — acquires Yield Defender

Granular permethrin on corn, Mirex eating dog




A different operation starts in Brazil








Corr visits Down Under

Part 2 - Operation S.A.F.E. analyst tests aircraft in Australia

Mixed feedback about the 2016 spray season 2016 Season Report

Lane/Aeroglobo tours Pratt & Whitney Canada The company held a tour in North America from July 26th to August 4th

November The statement that “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings true for Tri-County Ag’s pilot Greg Allen flying in the Wray, Colorado area. When AgAir Update viewed the professionally taken photos of Allen spraying, it was only befitting to follow the trail for an excellent article, combining storytelling text with photos.



Helicopter ag operations have been around for decades throughout the world. Oddly, Brazil had not embraced helicopter ag flying until this past year when Climb Aircraft Division began treating crops like sugarcane. The company is breaking ground in Brazil with its heli-ops. It is only a matter of time before more helicopters are used to treat crops in Brazil.

AgAir Update’s December edition wraps up its recap of 2016. For most ag operations in the U.S., the season has been “fair to midlin”, meaning not as great as some seasons in the Year in review recent past, but not a disaster year either. Other parts of the world have had a mixed bag of flying hours; South Africa was extremely depressed, while at the end of 2016 with abundant rainfall Australian operators are working at full bore. The season for South American operations is just beginning with favorable implications. Be sure to visit’s archives to read again these wonderful articles about ag-aviation worldwide, along with many other articles featured on the inside pages of AgAir Update.





















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Season of change As the fire season winds down across western states, a winter fire season is ramping up across a large swath of the southeastern United States. An exceptional drought combined with record-setting high fall temperatures has resulted in hundreds of October wildfires from parts of Louisiana stretching all the way to Pennsylvania. Hundreds of firefighters from across the west have been mobilized to lend a hand to their brethren in the east. It is usually the other way around, but I am sure all are pleased to be returning the favor. In a strange twist of events, the seven anti-government protesters that seized and occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were acquitted in October of all charges by an Oregon jury. This could have implications for federal employees that manage federal lands, as it could embolden other groups to take similar actions all across the country. Many areas have citizens that hold deep resentment for the various federal agencies that have jurisdiction over what many locals believe is their land. I have fought fire out of Burns, Oregon where this all took place (the federal agents used the SEAT base as their headquarters) and you could feel the distrust going both

ways. Most of the confrontations were a result of firefighters responding to a new fire start. An issue arose in Montana last summer that has long been ignored. SEATs are known for their ability to operate out of small municipal or county airports, therefore reducing ferry distance and time. The state of Montana wanted to set up a retardant reload base at a small airport near Broadus, about sixty miles south of Miles City. The plains of eastern Montana is big country with few airports to choose from. Broadus is not the best choice as far as pilots are concerned because the runway is short and terrain requires takeoffs only to the east. Often, fire managers only see an airport on a chart. Every airport is rated for weight bearing capacity on runways, taxiways, and ramp. Upon doing some research, myself and the other three pilots based at Miles City discovered the weight bearing capacity at Broadus was only 12,500 pounds, far below the gross weight of the AT-802s we were flying, which is 16,000 pounds. With full fuel, we could legally only haul about three hundred gallons of retardant; hardly enough to make our efforts worthwhile. Upon presenting

our findings to management, plans to locate at Broadus were immediately dropped. Further research show that numerous small airports across the country used as reload bases fell under these restrictions. In the future, this will become yet another criteria for selecting a reload base. The new Exclusive Use SEAT contracts will be awarded soon and all in the industry are anxiously awaiting the results. The lives of many crews in the aerial firefighting business will be decided for the next five years. Winter months signal the season for training and review across most of the country. Texas, Oklahoma and southeastern states often see a winter fire season and with that comes the ordering of aerial firefighting assets. I have learned to keep a bag packed year around. I hope you all have a great holiday season and maybe one day I will see you in the mountains.

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AgAir Update’s AirFire & Forestry welcomes Mark Bickham as columnist AgAir Update’s quarterly AirFire & Forestry section is excited to announce that Mark Bickham has joined our team to bring its readers insights into the everexpanding world of aerial firefighting. Mark’s column will be created from his experience of more than 40 years in aviation and over 32 years in the aerial firefighting industry. Mark is owner and COO of Salvo, LLC, an aviation advisory company. He is the past National Program Manager, Air Tankers/Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management at the National Interagency Fire Center’s National Aviation Office. Mark also is a current Professor of Aviation Management in Fire Suppression, and Aviation Program Development at Eastern Oregon University. Mark’s work experience includes Aviation Safety Inspector and Accident Investigator for National Aviation Underwriters and Aviation Underwriting Specialists (19761983), Independent Aviation Safety Inspector/Accident Investigator (19831984), USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Specialist, Engineering Technician/ Survey Crew Leader, Aerial Observer/Fire Reconnaissance Officer (1984-1990), DOI Bureau of Land Management, Safford/Tucson Fire Management Zone Aviation Officer/Air Attack Base Supervisor, Senior Aviation


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Technical Advisor, Single Engine Air Tanker Lead Development Specialist, National Single Engine Air Tanker Specialist (1990-1999) Bureau of Land Management State Aviation Manager, Montana and the Dakotas (1999-2001) National Program Manager Air Tankers/ SEATs Department of the Interior (2001 to 2011) . Mark’s experience doesn’t stop within the borders of the United States. During the spring of 2013, he worked in close cooperation with Elbit Systems LTD during the development and implementation of aerial firefighting programs and training syllabus for the State of Israel. In addition to his company, Salvo, LLC, Mark serves as Director of Aerial Firefighting Applications and consulting representative for Thrush Aircraft, Inc. He also is a consultant to several state fire agencies in developing an effective local aerial fire suppression program. Mark has too much aviation and fire experience to comprehensively list in this short introduction, but just to name a few: Senior Aviation Technical Advisor, U.S. Forest Service and Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management National Program Manager Air Tankers, Single Engine Air Tanker Coordination Specialist, Lead developer of the Aerial Firefighting

Institute for the Department of the Interior, Lead developer of the Single Engine Air Tanker National Training Course, Lead developer of the National SEAT Pilot Academy, Author and lead developer of the Close Air Support in Fire Suppression Doctrine for the Bureau of Land Management, Lead Doctrine Developer and implementation oversight coordinator of the Aerial Task Force for the Bureau of Land Management, Member of the Steering Committee for the National Aerial Firefighting Academy, Author of the Interagency Single Engine Air Tanker Operations Guide, Lead developer of the SEAT Pilot Training Syllabus, Lead Developer of the Computer Based Pilot Training syllabus, Author of the SEAT Manager Training syllabus, Chairman of the Board for the Interagency Single Engine Air Tanker Steering Committee, Voting Member of the Steering Committee for the Interagency Airtanker Board. Air Operations Branch Director, Air Tactical Group Supervisor, Helicopter Manager Type 1 through Type 4, Helicopter Coordinator, Aerial Observer, Type 6 Engine Foreman, Crew Boss, Division Group Supervisor, Single Engine Air Tanker National Coordination Specialist and Single Engine Air Tanker Manager. We hope you look forward to and enjoy Mark’s upcoming columns as he shares his expertise and insight into his aerial firefighting domain.

Initial Attack

“Why a SEAT Program?” While fighting a relatively small wildfire, (about 40 acres) in the Wind River Range of western Wyoming many years ago, the hand crew that I was attached to was struggling to build a fire line in the steep terrain. The Crew Boss happened to be standing close by and was overheard to comment “Wish I could sprout wings and fly up to the top of this ridge and put in a line to stop this thing!” I remember thinking at the time, “Amen to that, brother!” You see, back in those days the ground firefighters rarely saw any type of aircraft on a fire. As a matter of fact, the first aviation asset that I saw on a fire was an old Bell 47 helicopter that was delivering C-rations to the crews near the fire line; that was about all it could lift in the higher terrain of the western Rocky mountains. This was on my fifth fire assignment! The aerial wildland fire suppression industry has certainly grown since those days, and has become quite effective in aiding the ground firefighters in their efforts to reduce the damage to our natural resources, as well as save lives and protect property. Today, the firefighting aircraft that are available to fight wildland fires are quite extensive. The tools of the trade include all types of aircraft, from the DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) down to small general aviation airplanes such as the Cessna 172. Although the specific missions may differ, they all serve a critical role in the overall effort to contain and extinguish wildland fires. So…with so many types of aircraft available to the fire suppression industry why use ag airplanes? One of the most effective and efficient aircraft being utilized today are known

as Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs). These aircraft are current production airplanes that were originally designed primarily be agricultural application equipment. (With the single exception of the Air Tractor AT-802. This aircraft was originally designed to be an aerial firefighter, and is currently being used in both aerial application and fire suppression activities.) There are several manufacturers that produce aircraft being used as SEATs. Most notably Air Tractor, Thrush Aircraft and also the Polish-made Dromader. In order to answer that question, we need to take a look at a little history and how we here in America fight wildland fires with airplanes. The aerial fire suppression concept began in earnest back in the immediate post-World War II days. With the glut of surplus aircraft available at that time, the idea was put forward to use these assets in the same manner to fight fires as were used to win a global conflict. There were many ideas brought forward on how to best utilize this resource. Some were very good ideas, and some were quite bazaar. One that comes to mind that was not well thought out to its conclusion, was the idea of dropping wooden barrels of water from high altitude. (We did have all these B-29s sitting around doing nothing, did we not?) The tests of “Carpet Bombing” with these barrels proved to be quite dangerous to any ground firefighters in the area!

However, cooler heads prevailed and surplus aircraft were modified to drop water onto the fire from a lower altitude without the cumbersome packaging. These first attempts in using airplanes to aid the ground firefighters in their efforts proved to be of great value. Even though there were a large number of surplus aircraft available at that time, the modifications and maintenance of these airframes became expensive, not to mention the building of a complete Air Tanker Base infrastructure to support their loading and deployment. This cost kept the numbers of aircraft available down, and the locations where they were stationed became widely dispersed. This system is in place today and works very effectively, but the cost of maintaining a sizeable fleet to adequately cover the vast areas under a wildfire threat in this country can become prohibitive. What was needed was an aerial resource that was less costly to maintain and operate as well as having the capability to respond to fire activity during the initial stages of the conflagration. This aircraft also had to have the capability to deliver an adequate payload of retardant or suppressant to the fire.

Enter the SEATs. During the early 1980s, there were several aviators thinking about this problem and began to explore alternatives. Some were beginning to think “outside the box”, looking to alternatives to the surplus aircraft fleet, as well as a way to mitigate the prohibitive cost of the development of a “purpose built aircraft” for aerial firefighting. A U.S. Forest Service employee wrote a “White Paper” describing the concept of modification to existing agricultural application aircraft for wildland firefighting. The basic idea was to utilize an existing industry that could provide aircraft locally. As happens

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in large government bureaucracies, this paper was passed up the chain of command and was lost to almost everyone. During this same time period, there was a small group of visionary aviators within the Department of the Interior with the same idea. One of them happened to see the “White Paper” on a desk and added it to his folder of ideas for future investigation. It was decided to develop a “Proof of Concept” program and seek out a method of demonstration. To make a long story short… the first demonstration of an ag aircraft making water drops on a simulated fire was performed by a Hemet Valley ag operator, with an unmodified Pezetel Dromader. The year was 1984. The tests were deemed a success and that there should be further testing and capability parameters set before integration into the fire suppression effort.

Things move at glacial pace within the federal government After much discussion, it was decided to begin looking for opportunities to conduct a “Proof of Concept” demonstration on a real wildfire. That opportunity came several years later with the deployment of the first Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) on a fire in the Joshua Tree National Monument in southern California. The test was a success, and all who witnessed the application wanted to continue the use immediately.


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As we all know, things move at glacial pace within the federal government and it was not until the last part of the 1980s that additional aircraft were being used to combat wildfires. These were almost exclusively being incorporated into the fire suppression resources of local Bureau of Land Management (BLM) districts in Arizona by forward thinking fire managers. Word began to spread throughout the firefighter community about the aircraft being used in the southwest to aid the ground firefighters on initial attack fire responses. Soon, the numbers of SEATs being utilized on fires began to grow. With this growth, it became apparent there needed to be standardization of operational procedures, as well as equipment. Since the BLM had been the main agency to incorporate SEATs

communicating directly with both air and ground wildland firefighting assets.

The initial concept of SEATs within the wildland fire suppression effort was to have an aerial resource that would be capable of providing effective “Close Air Support” to the ground firefighter. The SEATs being utilized today must have a minimum load capacity of not fewer than 500 U.S. gallons. This is a minimum hopper capacity requirement; the vast majority of all SEATs today have a hopper capacity of 800 U.S. gallons.

Today’s SEAT program is the result of a lot of hard work by a large group of “forward thinking” individuals with a vision to the future. I would like to be able to mention them all here, but you guys know who you are and I thank all for your dedication and skills. When next we meet, the lemonade is on me. Bickham, out.

They are required to have a gate system that provides the operator with the ability to equally split loads dropped. Many SEATs today have a computerized, constant flow, drop gate system mirroring the drop systems of the Large and Very Large Air Tankers such as the DC-10 and BAE 146s. SEATs differ from their larger counterparts in that they have the capability to operate from smaller airfields and do not require separate dedicated facilities (Tanker Bases) for loading and deployment. Although, SEATs can and do operate from large air tanker bases, their greatest attribute is their ability to deploy from remote airports in proximity to the fire activity. This gives them the ability to respond to support requests more rapidly as well as being able to load and return to the fire in a short time span. Every SEAT has a dedicated service/support vehicle that in actuality is a portable fuel and retardant mixing and loading plant. A SEAT base can be quickly set up anywhere there is adequate runway and ramp facilities. SEATs also are required to have a sophisticated communication system on board that is capable of

In addition, SEAT pilots are some of the most highly trained and capable aviators that have ever been inserted into the wildfire aerial environment.

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into their programs, it was determined it would become the “Lead Agency” in the development of this aerial resource. Soon, a list of equipment specifications, load capacity and performance criteria was compiled and adopted for all SEAT operations. These initial specifications are the foundation of what is now a National Aviation Program that is second to none.

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Home away from home by Marc Mullis When air tanker crews go on duty each year they are often on the road three to maybe even six months at a time. This job is not for homebodies, as we often spend more nights in hotel rooms than we do at home through the year. To facilitate loading the aircraft and provide a place for aircrews to hangout, the United States aerial firefighting fleet is provided with a collection of tanker bases that are scattered all across our nation. They are managed by different agencies and are as diverse as simple portable pumps and tanks to multi-million dollar facilities, but all with the same mission, service the aircraft. Flight crews often spend up to fourteen hours a day at them. At the beginning of each season, the fire aircraft are assigned a home base or starting point. This will not necessarily

be where they will remain all year because as national assets they may be sent wherever the need arises. Some districts are more possessive than others and though they may loan aircraft out they want them back at the end of the mission. Full service tanker bases are equipped to load SEATs, heavy air tankers and possibly very large air tankers. Most are very nice permanent facilities with a flight crew lounge, rest areas, full kitchens and a laundry room. They have contracted crews that load the aircraft, manage traffic on the ramp, and record aircraft times. During heavy fire activity, they can become very crowded busy places. When the activity shifts to another area, they almost become deserted overnight.

Portable Air Tanker Bases (PABs) are large trucks that contain everything to set up a base at any location. The federal government has two of them and several states have incorporated them into their system. They do not have lounge or kitchen facilities, but the agency may bring in trailers or portable buildings for these purposes. Some SEAT bases are just as nice as their full service counterparts or they can be as simple as setting up the venders loading trailer. In this case, the crew hangout may be sitting in the service truck with the air conditioning or heater running. Tanker bases are as diverse as one can imagine, but they all have one thing in common, all are a home away from home.

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Wipaire’s visit to Spain Dale Fehrenbach and Jeff Hauck from Wipaire, the manufacturer of Fire Boss amphibious floats for Air Tractor’s AT-802, visited Air Tractor Europe’s facilities in Valencia, Spain in October of this year to finalize the order for a number of new Fire Boss float kits for Air Tractor Europe. Fehrenbach and Hauck also visited the Valencia International airport, Paterna and Viver, where they toured Air Tractor Europe’s extensive maintenance facilities. Air Tractor Europe has an abundance of Air Tractor and Fire Boss parts in stock, a direct result of their “NO AOGs” policy.

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Wipaire also toured Air Tractor Europe’s training facility, where their FTD Level 2 AT-802 simulator is based. At this EASA certified facility, Air Tractor Europe hosts a 96-hour/12day training course for mechanics. Air Tractor Europe’s AT-802 simulator is a unique example of art and technology. It is designed for pilots to earn checkouts on the AT-802 that includes operational and communications training in difficult fire environments. The emergency syllabus prepared by Air Tractor Europe allows a level of safety and preparation unique for any firefighting pilot.

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Avialsa subcontracts ZTC for maintenance of Macedonian AT-802 firefighting aircraft by Igor Bozinovski, edited for space by AgAir Update. Avialsa, the European Air Tractor dealer located in Valencia, Spain has entered into an agreement with the Croatian stateowned aircraft maintenance facility Zrakoplovno-Tehnički Centar – ZTC (Aeronautical Technical Center), to provide scheduled maintenance for the Macedonian Protection and Rescue Directorate’s AT-802A Fire Boss. The aircraft was flown to ZTC by the Availsa ferry pilot from Skopje Alexander the Great International Airport in Macedonia to Zagreb Franjo Tudjman International Airport in Croatia where the plane was officially handed over to ZTC and transferred to its maintenance facilities in the nearby city of Velika Gorica. By subcontracting the annual inspection of one Macedonian AT-802A Fire Boss to ZTC, the Spanish company provided its long-time Croatian maintenance partner ZTC with an opportunity to maintain its first non-Croatian AT-802 aircraft. Macedonia’s Protection and Rescue Directorate Air Tractor AT-802A Fire Boss Z3-BGU in ZTC hangar (photo Igor Bozinovski).

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On the other side, by doing so, Avialsa is able to improve ZTC’s capacity to be a reliable partner in providing comprehensive aftermarket AT-802 logistical support services for current and future governmental and private operators of Air Tractor planes in the Balkans. Avialsa T-35 and its sister company Air Tractor Europe, are specialized and factory-authorized to sell Air Tractor aircraft and to provide a wide scope of consultant, sales, maintenance and training services related to all types of Air Tractor aircraft and Wipaire floats in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Avialsa and Air Tractor Europe have heavily invested in establishing a comprehensive marketing network and complex one-stop logistical system composed of a Part 145 Maintenance Organization, a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO), an Approved Training Organization (ATO), and a Part 147 Maintenance Training and Examination Organization. These capacities have turned Avialsa into a principal AT-802 partner to the governments of Croatia, Israel, Montenegro, Macedonia and Cyprus, as well as to many private operators of AT-802, in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Morocco, Chile, Senegal and Australia. Avialsa is the largest operator of AT-802 aircraft in the world, possessing a fleet of 30 aircraft and 45 pilots that have flown an astonishing 100,000 plus flight hours the previous 20 years.

Following a successful full season trial in Australia in 2015/16, Trotter Controls is pleased to announce the shipment of more than 35 DataVault units for Summer 2016/17. David Coward, DataVault Product Manager & Senior Developer, commented, “We’re very pleased that we were able to satisfy NAFC’s world leading and demanding reporting criteria and proud that our customer network had the confidence to adopt our ground-breaking Message Interface.” DataVault is a proven solution to the increasingly stringent reporting needs of aerial firefighting agencies worldwide. Already providing near real-time position and event reports from the

aircraft via the Iridium satellite network, DataVault’s new Message Interface reduces pilot workload through a range of innovative data displays and inbound message communication. Examples include summary information about each sortie – engine run, flight times and drop volumes – as well as GPS functionality providing simple guidance based on task information transmitted to the device or pre-loaded waypoints. “Our PC based simulator enabled us to involve our customers extensively in the design and development process,” added Marc Gerth, Operations & Engineering Manager. “The simulator demonstrates all the key features of the Message Interface and so provides an excellent out

of cockpit means for pilots to familiarize themselves with its capabilities.”

DataVault’s new Message Interface reduces workload “DataVault was conceived as a versatile telemetry and control platform.” said Victor Trotter, President & CTO. “We look forward to working with our dealers, customers and agencies worldwide to ensure that it continues to exceed their performance expectations in the seasons ahead.”

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Fire whirls: invisible danger for aerial firefighting Compiled from original article appearing in Canadian Underwriter Four Fire Boss AT-802A Air Tractor aircraft were in the process of releasing water onto a forest fire near Cold Lake, Canada normal routine firefighting. The TSB (Transportation Safety Board of Canada) hinted that the pilot of an aircraft wouldn’t have recognized a “fire whirl” in his path, which produced severe turbulence that downed one of the four aircraft.

1.2 seconds, the aircraft’s DAAM (Data Acquisition Alarm Monitor) registered a shift from 4.8Gs to 2.1Gs. After the pilot’s head hit the canopy, the aircraft rolled right and swerved left. Its speed lowered to zero, but seconds after the turbulence hit, TSB reported that the pilot regained consciousness. 10 seconds later, the Air Boss went through turbulence of its own. Within a second, its DAAM reported a fluctuation (4.2Gs to -3.2Gs).

4 Wing Cold Lake consists of an air weapons range, as well as a couple of Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 tactical fighter squadrons bestriding the Saskatchewan-Alberta border. The Alberta branch of wildfire management sent out squads from the staging base of Beaver Lake once the forest fire was reported. Shortly afterward, four Conair Group operating Fire Boss aircraft dropped water twice on the top border of the fire upon scooping water a couple of miles west of the city. Water was dumped from up to 200 feet over ground level. Once the water was released, the aircraft ascended back to approximately 1,000 feet AGL.

After T692 ascended, it descended back down to about 400500 feet over ground level. The plane then rolled left, followed by entering a downward attitude. T692 hit the ground with its right wing lowered. The pilot received fatal injuries.

TSB reported that the fire often changed direction as it grew. One Fire Boss administered the third dump around 4:30 p.m., experiencing heavy turbulence under a minute later. Within

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Details from Bret Butler and Jason Forthofer, mechanical engineers from the Department of Agriculture in the U.S., isolated four factors that develop fire whirls. They include erratic atmospheres, a large source of heat, a powerful rotation/ vortices source and a low-to-medium ambient wind. Butler and Forthofer’s report was shown at the third Fuels and Fire Behavior Conference. Once the Fire Boss ascended into the fire whirl, the pilot probably plunged into the overhead cockpit at a negative acceleration of -3.2G, according to the TSB. Leaving the core could have once again placed the airplane’s nose in the updraft as the tail pointed in the opposite direction, resulting in the halted airplane to enter a nascent spiral. The TSB cited entering the fire whirl as one contributing factor and cause. The other involved the low-level altitude, which wasn’t sufficient to recover from the spiral.

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TSB discovered that the aircraft was moving at a ground speed of 129 knots before entering a two-celled vortex. The water bomber’s DAAM data that endured the turbulence - as well as the crashed plane – show that the two-celled vortex formed when a fire whirl started. The pilot wasn’t able to recognize the fire whirl in time, since it hadn’t absorbed sufficient unconstrained debris, according to the TSB. The pilot hadn’t experienced difficulties on prior drops.


In March of 2016, a training session was added by the TSB that focuses on the environmental dangers of a forest fire and identifying its circumstances. Conair also set up its AT-802 aircraft with 5-point harnesses. At present time, TSB claims that there aren’t any supervisory prerequisites in formal training for dangerous weather surrounding a wildfire. Fire whirls are similar to dust devils on a minor level. On a large one, they are likened to tornadoes produced from a thunderstorm, according to the TSB.

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AFF International Asia Pacific 2016 • Adelaide Australia • September 5-6, 2016

A massive thank you goes out to everyone involved in Tangent Link’s Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific 2016 (AFF APAC) which took place in Adelaide, South Australia on 5 and 6 September 2016. AFF APAC attracted 250 aerial firefighting specialists from 13 countries which included Canada, France, Hungary, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA along with representatives from all Australian States and Territories. No event can go ahead without its sponsors and exhibitors. A special thank you goes out to all those who supported AFF APAC. There was no time for rest during AFF APAC 2016 as three complimentary evening social networking opportunities made up the event to ensure every opportunity to develop business connections was available to all delegates who attended.



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CAE to create wildfire training and simulation centre in B.C. CAE announced plans in February to create a wildfire training and simulation centre in British Columbia, long before the disastrous fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. But the lessons of Fort McMurray will help guide the company as it works toward opening the centre in 2018 with Abbotsford, BC-based Conair Aerial Firefighting as its anchor customer. “The experiences in Fort McMurray and other locations are definitely demonstrating that this team environment is complex,” said Mike Greenley, vice-president and general manager of CAE Canada. “It’s increasingly complex. Fires are getting bigger and the number of assets coming in on them is increasing. You’ve got a combination of helicopters, the waterbombers that are dropping down into lakes, scooping up water and dropping it on the fire. And then these long-range chemical bombers, all working in the same airspace under coordination of the air attack officers.” “Aerial firefighting is similar to a tactical military operation, so there is an opportunity for the training environment to reflect that and to be able to train teams,” continued Greenley.

CAE has signed a contract with Conair for the centre, which will be located in Abbotsford and feature a CAE-built Avro RJ85 fullflight simulator qualified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators. The drive to create the centre is prompted in part by a market created with the conversion of RJ85 regional airliners into aerial firefighting assets. Other operators are using the aircraft primarily in Canada’s North, where it’s possible to complete short takeoffs and landings on gravel runways, said Greenley. “In Canada, there’s a decent cluster of these aircraft now being used,” he added. “There’s going to be at least three operators picking up RJ85s out of the global market, and then the biggest operator is Conair, converting them into aerial firefighting assets in both Canada and the United States.” The training centre will be suitable for giving pilots their certifications and re-certifications to fly the RJ85, but CAE will add enhancements to the simulation environment for firefighters. “They have very good visuals, very good, realistic firefighting scenes and a good modelling of the chemical release into those fires, so that we can do mission-specific training for the firefighter customers,” said Greenley. CAE expects the centre to be part of a distributed simulation network that connects wildfire training and coordination centres throughout Canada.


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by Mike Schoenau, Air Tractor Dealer, California I have spent the past few years encouraging fire managers in Southern California to seriously consider the Air Tractor AT802 as “another tool in the toolbox”. I have been heartened by the increased use of single engine airtankers (SEATs; Fire Bosses) by some Federal and State agencies to enhance their rapid initial-attack capability. However, my elation has been dampened this year by observing several large fire situations where the fires escaped initial attack. It seems that under pressure, some fire agencies tend to forget about new and emerging technologies/methodologies and revert back to traditional aerial fire-fighting tactics (e.g. indirect attack using large air tankers and retardant; dispatching SEATs from permanent tanker bases thereby increasing ferry distances; using retardant aircraft on fires that abut lakes, reservoirs, or rivers instead of calling in scooper aircraft). An AT-802 can work with its own fuel/retardant loading vehicle from smaller airports, unpaved airstrips or a closed section of highway. The Fire Boss can deliver up to 13,000 gph and work for up to 3-hours non-stop. Rapid response and quick turns are critical factors. As a California business man and taxpayer, I am concerned that some fire agencies have become too dependent on large air tankers which are often deployed after the fire has escaped initial attack. I am convinced that governments at all levels would save millions of dollars each year if they invested in fleets of smaller and less expensive SEATs and helicopters that could be pre-positioned throughout their protection areas to ensure facilitate initial attack on fires that are still small and manageable. For the past few years, I have sponsored and attended several State and Federal fire-fighting events (e.g. WFLC; NASF; Tangent Link AFF). Many senior managers have done a lot of “head nodding” about the cost effectiveness of SEATs and Fire Bosses while visiting my booth. Unfortunately, the information they glean during these events does not seem to percolate down to the appropriate decision makers within their organizations (e.g. Incident Commanders; Air Attacks; Dispatchers). In addition, internal reviews often maintain the status quo because of budget, political, cultural, and/or systemic constraints. It’s time to rationalize which tools remain in the “tool box”. It is also critical that key fire managers learn how to use those tools in the most cost effective manner.


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Looking into the future of precision application - An update from AgNav by Greg Hollyer, AgNav Inc. With another successful season in the books, AgNav will start looking into the future to new navigation and flow control technologies that are emerging for both air and ground applications. Perhaps nowhere is the dominance of fixed wing and helicopter operators more pronounced than in precision agriculture. These areas are expanding with new applications on the forefront as development is driving deployment of new AgNav systems to new heights, such as the Guia Platinum. Now, aerial applicators can benefit from the latest in navigation and application technology – powerful GPS systems that map, as well as show flight lines and ground images in advance, for safer dispersal of both wet and dry (including granular) materials.

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These systems make the entire operation more precise and flexible at the same time. Often, it’s difficult to get in touch with pilots during the day’s flying. Now, office staff can simply create an image and flight line file and transmit the results directly to the Platinum console for immediate action, such as adding on flights for adjacent fields or for other clients nearby. So essentially, applicators have the equivalent of a mini-computer

More is in the works from AgNav, including the ability to add cameras for monitoring both the underside of the aircraft and status of crops from aerial imagery. As many as two high resolution cameras can be mounted directly – giving options for viewing in all directions of the flight for even better precision and spray monitoring. Add on live-streaming video and you have a solution that can’t be matched and a potential new source of income.

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A host of new capabilities are being added for fixed wing flight: intelligent radar altimeter options enable new instruments, such as sensors for wind direction, humidity and other effects and are currently available in FlightMaster, the advanced addon feature of the Platinum. Now, in mosquito control and other missions, wind drift is lessened as an issue.

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For chemical applications, AG Flow delivers support for liquid applications in a compact package only requiring one device with a small profile and simplicity. Designed for easy cleaning, the turbine can be removed and cleaned within minutes instead of hours. The secret to the application is a special shaped ball which provides precision control. The pressure switch also indicates whether the aircraft is spraying or not.

So, as we look to the new season, we can see there is a world of opportunity for aerial applicators. From fixed wing to helicopter, to UAS to ground applications, the future is bright and will reward those who adopt the latest technologies in precision agriculture, mosquito control, animal tracking and control, forestry, ground work and more.

With new capabilities, come new applications for the AgNav system. Perhaps the masters at animal tracking and control, the Australians have adopted TraxNav as a standard package to control wild dogs (dingoes) that attack livestock in Australia. In North America, we have our own issues; perhaps wild hogs should be addressed in states such as Texas and Arkansas,

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SPE offers electrostatic spray system to international market Recently SPE, a subsidiary of the Travicar Group headquartered in Brazil, announced their product line of electrostatic sprayers will now be available to the agricultural aviation market worldwide. SPE has more than 2,500 units operating in several different countries throughout the world. The same features in their aerial product line allow for the SPE for ground application units to be delivered as a bolt-on kit ready to be installed on any type of sprayer, either on the air-assisted models used in fruit crops, backpack sprayers or self-propelled units. The SPE electrostatic system offers superior target coverage over conventional spraying methods. This


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On 20 July 2016, the pilot of a Schweizer 269C helicopter conducted aerial spraying operations near Deloraine, Tasmania. The pilot completed spraying one area, and prior to commencing spraying another, overflew it to assess the site. During that inspection, the pilot sighted two sets of power lines, one running approximately north-south, and the other branching off to the east. Based on the location of the power lines and the wind, which was a light northerly, the pilot elected to spray the paddock in an east-west direction (Figure 1). The helicopter was operating north of the powerline running east- west, and in each run, was overflying and remaining clear of the power lines at the western end of the paddock.

After overflying a dairy building, the helicopter descended as the pilot intended to commence spraying. However, the helicopter struck the power lines running east-west and subsequently collided with terrain. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, sustained serious injuries and the helicopter was destroyed

Figure 1: Area of operations showing power lines At about 1230 Eastern Standard Time (EST), after completing two spray loads, the pilot tracked south over the powerline and turned to conduct a tidyup run to the north along the road and power lines running north-south.

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The pilot commented that in the tidy-up run he should have been thinking ‘over the dairy and over the powerlines then descend’, but had momentarily forgotten about the powerlines and descended after passing over the dairy. Usually he overflew the whole paddock again to check for hazards before commencing a tidy-up run, but had omitted to do it on this occasion. The pilot was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The helmet was found some distance from the wreckage and was badly damaged.

Safety message ATSB research indicates that in 63% of reported wirestrike incidents, pilots were aware of the position of the wire before they struck it. The Aerial Application Association of Australia (AAAA) suggests a way to keep focus is to ask yourself: • Where is the wire now? • What do I do about it? • Where am I in the paddock? The ATSB publication Avoidable Accidents No. 2 – Wire strikes involving known wires: A manageable aerial agricultural hazard, explains strategies to help minimise the risk of striking wires while flying. US military research analysed helicopter accidents that were at least partially survivable. It found that occupants not wearing a protective helmet were significantly more likely to sustain severe and fatal head injuries. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also acknowledged that the use of head protection can reduce the risk of injury and death. The NTSB issued Safety Recommendation A-88-009, recommending that crewmembers of emergency medical services helicopters wear protective equipment including helmets. The ATSB investigation report (AO-2014-058) into an accident involving a Robinson R22 helicopter where the pilot sustained a serious head injury, reminded pilots and operators to consider the benefit of occupants wearing helmets to reduce the risk of head injury.



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15 Reasons to be an NAAA member—in NAAA’s Presidents’ own words The National Agricultural Aviation Association officially crossed the half century threshold last month. NAAA was founded Nov. 28, 1966, and from the beginning the association has been blessed not only with great leaders but great communicators. Over the years, the NAAA’s presidents have delivered a consistent message about the value of membership. Combing through the archives of NAAA’s newsletters and magazine issues, one finds that NAAA’s presidents preached often about the need for more members to enhance NAAA’s ability to meet the industry’s needs and be an agent for agricultural aviation in Washington, D.C. Sometimes these leaders appealed to readers’ better angels. Other presidents shared in simple, practical terms why membership just makes sense. There also have been times when their message became more pointed, imploring holdouts who don’t belong to the association to get off of the sidelines and into the game for the good of the industry. Herewith, in their own words, are the views of 15 presidents, beginning with the very first president in 1967, Dick Reade. The pearls of wisdom doled out by NAAA’s presidents resonate as much today as they did the first time they expressed them. Dick Reade, 1967 President (Missouri): “Others are asking, what am I getting out of NAAA? To answer these pessimists, we need only to look at the record. Improved national image, better public relations and communications with all phases of the industry, favorable pesticide labeling rulings, cohesive national representation on opposition to air space, annual certificate charges and gas tax increases, wage and hour ruling protection, and the favorable cotton program legislation are examples of NAAA. … This is progress!” (NAAA Washington Newsletter, Nov. 17, 1967) V. Ray Thornton, 1970 President (Louisiana): “With the trials and tribulations that face all of agriculture in this day and time, I would hate to be without representation in Washington. Why any agricultural aviator, present or future, who invests the kind of money for aircraft and support equipment


can’t, or won’t, invest in this association is beyond me. Strength is in numbers.” Don Holmes, 1977 President (Kansas): “It is difficult to understand how an intelligent, straight-thinking aerial applicator can fail to support his state and national associations. These associations are tools of ag aviation trade. They are as important as aircraft, trucks, pumps, and all the other implements operators use in aerial application every day. Associations are the tools that help bring reason to state and federal laws and regulations. Without a strong united voice, operators cannot hope to succeed in improving the regulatory picture.” Harold Hardcastle, 1979 President (Texas): “Many operators and pilots are satisfied to let someone else carry the load for them in the association. I just can’t and won’t buy that excuse that an individual doesn’t have any influence in his own association. Every operator [and pilot] can contribute by doing the following: 1. If you haven’t joined or renewed this year, do so now. 2. Bring your problems or ideas to the attention of the staff or the officers. 3. Contact your elected officials when important legislation is being considered. 4. Encourage non-members to join associations. In short—GET INVOLVED!” Roy Wood, 1982 President (North Carolina): “The income from a single hour of work by an agricultural aircraft is enough to pay its owner’s annual dues in the NAAA. That is a small price to pay for survival.” Leland Shelton, 1985 President (Texas): “When we talk to Congress, EPA or FAA, we are respected because we speak for dues-paying members, for professional agricultural aviation. No one else speaks for you and you alone every day of the year.”

Ron Deck, 1990 President (North Dakota): “As long as people don’t like what we are doing for a living, and perceive that what we’re doing is making their lives unsafe, and as long as the environmental activists perceive man as the enemy, we must be involved in the development of reasonable regulations. I know only one way. That is, join your state and national associations.” Rick Reed, 1992 President (Illinois): “I can think of countless ways that NAAA has affected my business over the years. And I firmly believe, and I’ll argue with authority, that if it was not for NAAA we would not be in business today. I think of the overregulation from the EPA and even from the FAA and state regulatory agencies. A lot of things have been held in check.” Wayne Slaughter, 1996 President (North Carolina): “It’s easy to live in our own little bubble, working too hard to make a living. I’m interested in my business and survival for our industry. Membership dues for me are pennies compared to a new piece of equipment. It’s the cheapest money you can spend to help keep your business going.” Lynn Carlson, 2000–2001 President (Minnesota): “Each year, I pay my dues knowing I am saving money. I know that if it were not for the NAAA I would be paying more fees, licenses, and dues. I would be required to have more equipment and help [to the point] that the cost would probably be 10 times higher than my dues. Where else can you turn for help when you have problems or questions about our industry?” Dennie Stokes, 2003 President (Arkansas): “With all the benefits of NAAA membership why isn’t every operator, pilot, or support business that makes a living in this industry a member? Quite honestly, it beats me. The FAA, FBI, EPA, TSA, USDA and all the other initial groups in Washington have a hard time understanding that also. More

than one agency person has asked me why would someone not be a member of the only group that represents their interest and [has] the ability to defend them, if by nothing else but by our approved and accepted programs. This makes NAAA membership and the PAASS program a bargain by anybody’s standards.” Rod Thomas, 2007 President (Idaho): “Whether you are an orthopedic surgeon, or an aerial applicator, you better be represented by a professional association. We have things happen to us from the regulatory end that might start a fire that our offices in Washington, D.C., get put out long before we feel the heat out in the field. It’s imperative that we have an organization like the NAAA to represent us.” Mark Hartz, 2012 President (Arkansas): “NAAA has affected my business in a number of ways. Take the tragic events of 9/11. Were it not for NAAA, there’s no telling how long it would have been before aerial application would have been able to continue for the benefit of agriculture. So many farmers benefited from the existence of NAAA just from that fact alone, because many crops would have been destroyed were it not for the fact that we were able to get back in the air so quickly.” Rick Boardman, 2015 President (Nebraska): “What has amazed me being the president, and even a little bit previously, is what NAAA does behind the scenes for its members and non-members alike. We’re all benefiting from it. The rules, staying on top of all these potential problems that are coming down the road. It’s amazing how many things they can get stopped or slowed down before we even know about it. I truly believe if it wasn’t for NAAA, we wouldn’t be in business now. We would be so overregulated and controlled it would be likely that it’d be impossible to do our job.” So there you have it: the views of 15 NAAA presidents stumping from their bully pulpit on importance of membership. Of course, the term bully pulpit was coined by Teddy Roosevelt. The 26th president of the United States used the power of his bully pulpit to advocate for those with shared interests to embrace their collective responsibilities. Speaking to Congress in 1908, Roosevelt said, “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” If you aren’t a member already, join wings with NAAA to preserve and protect agricultural aviation and your way of life. Whether you are an operator, a pilot or a company aligned with the aerial application industry, joining NAAA and is one of the best investments you can make for yourself and your business. To join, call 202-546-5722 or visit

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Stan Jones, 1986 President (Nebraska): “Something needs to be done about the hundreds of operators and pilots around the country who reap the many benefits the NAAA provides but fail to contribute a cent. That’s not right. Even in this free country we live in, we must contribute (pay taxes) for the privilege of being Americans. The same principle is applicable to NAAA membership. Every industry member is obligated to contribute if he or she is enjoying the benefits our national association provides.”


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different from ‘normal’ people. I’m not sure what would happen if science was able to identify the particular strand. They would probably consider it a mutation of some sort. On the plus side, they would likely garner a huge government grant to study it and we would all have our very own societal group and cause. The FAA would have to add another chapter of FARs. As December takes its place on the calendar, the nation is suffering from post election stress disorder. Well, at least a little less than half of the nation. We’ve got a long way to go as a people before we finally arrive at the point where our roads converge. I’m praying fractures that have occurred in the past will soon be filled and wedges that have been driven into our society will be removed. It’s something to think about, but not so much while we’re flying. We’re living in a time not seen for centuries. The man upstairs has his hand on the controls though. You can read all about it in the book he published a long time ago. Looking at our world today, it’s practically a real time narration. I hope we can continue our prayers for the years ahead.

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The early days down South The Equipment And People chapter three

THE MOVE WESTWARD The seven-cylinder LeRhone rotary engine screams with a bloodcurdling sound. In my record library I have a vintage LP that records the sounds of World War I aircraft. Listening to the famous Camel pursuit ship warming up that LeRhone raises the hackles on the neck and makes the blood run cold! The LeRhone's inventor had the cylinders revolve around the crankshaft,


rather than vice versa. The propeller was bolted and welded to the cylinder base. All seven cylinders and the prop revolved together, emitting a devilish sound not unlike that of a dying banshee! To make matters worse, the engine had no conventional carburetor and no throttle at all. It ran wide open. The power was reduced by grounding out individual cylinders by pressing buttons in the cockpit. The fellows who flew these aircraft were certain that the plane itself killed more pilots than the Kaiser's aces! I was a personal friend of a World War

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According to J.O. Dockery in an interview, Tipps, Smith, and Quick also installed dust hoppers in these Standards and began dusting cotton in the Brazos Valley, particularly around Sugar Land, Richmond, Bryan, and Navasoto as early as 1925. Some of their early pilots included Eddie Bond, Gardner Nagle, Lewis "Bozo" Moore, and for a while in 1926, J.O. Dockery himself.

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"You wouldn't believe it," recalls Dockery. "They had made that engine into what seemed to be an ordinary radial, but it sure had some drawbacks! To start it cold, you had to squirt a cupful of castor oil directly into the case and when you finally got it started, it hated to keep running.

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was set up in collaboration with the H.G. Wilcox Aircraft Company, which specialized in the sale of surplus aircraft, particularly the Standard Js that were plentiful. Tipps and Smith were joined by another intrepid airman, Curtis Quick, and they began converting these surplus LeRhones into stationary engines with conventional carburetors and throttles, with the crankshaft doing the rotating instead of the cylinders. They were successful to a degree, and these engines were installed in quantity in the Standards, many of which found their way into the hands of early crop dusters.

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airplane, at least not much! After engine number 14 went out, I decided that the future was sort of dim, if I had to depend on the Super LeRhone, so I handed in my quitting papers and went back to Arkansas and Mississippi." Curtis Quick, however, was not discouraged and it appears that in some manner he procured all conversion rights to this engine and continued to produce and install it in Standards, calling them "Super LeRhones" or sometimes "Quick Radials." He then organized his own crop dusting firm at Houston known as Quick Crop Dusters, or sometimes as the Super LeRhone Flying Corporation. A fairly widespread business developed and the firm became well-known in the Brazos Valley and later in the Rio Grande Valley further south. Curtis Quick, who was later nicknamed "Pappy," helped popularize airplane dusting in Texas in the 1920s. Later in the 1930s, Quick moved to Arizona and set up a dusting service in Phoenix. He and Tom Allen Scott formed perhaps the first bona fide dusting services in Arizona. During the early Texas years, marginal equipment and inferior insecticides created problems. In a 1955 interview, Holland Porter, a large planter from Bryan, talked of those days. "About 1926," he recalled, "my father and some of his neighbors contracted with an airplane company to come in and poison the army worms that were eating up the cotton. We had burned

Pilot Brown on wing of Standard equipped with ICD rotors, California, 1934. every mule and horse on the farm and broken all the chains on the old poison machines. The leaf worms were eating us up and we were trying to use calcium arsenate and Paris green, mixing them together by rolling them around in a barrel. We couldn't get it on the crops fast enough.

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tenant houses all over the fields, plus fences, telephone lines, and a lot of big pecan trees that made the job very hard and dangerous, especially when pilots tried to work around those houses. The pilots in those days were pretty wild, in the air and on the ground, but they could do some amazing things with those planes and considering how bad the terrain was and how sorry the poison was, I guess they did pretty well. When they were not flying, they were either working on the planes or in town doing a little drinking. "However, as the years went by, the pilots and planes improved a lot, but the poison didn't get much better. We kept on using calcium arsenate and Paris green. We killed a few cows and

This Hawke Crop Dusters monoplane sprayed oil on dormant fruit trees in 1933. Pilot Bob Streif stands on the wing while Al Polk assists with the loading. Photo courtesy of George Sanders horses and maybe a few bugs and we just struggled along until about 1934 with nothing any better. We could control the leaf worms, hold down the boll weevil a little, but when the boll worms showed up, we usually just quit and gave them what was left. "Then a new poison came out called flourine that was supposed to control boll worms and our dusting program increased tremendously. Flourine was not supposed to harm cattle or man and we used a lot of it. Frankly, I don't think it did the worms any harm either, but it was expensive and hard to get, so naturally we used it!

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"We had also discovered sulphur dusting by then. This started when Dr. J.C. Gaines, with the Agriculture Department, found out that the cotton leafhoppers were doing us about as much damage as the weevils and the worms. Straight sulphur would control them fairly well and some of the pilots began putting it out, even though it was apt to blow up the airplane on a real hot day! We never did have this happen on our place, but it did begin to happen in nearby areas. "We rocked along with these materials for quite a long time and finally wound up working with Gaines and Dr. B.R. Coad of Delta Air Service and doing a pretty fair job in spite of secondclass poisons. Anyway, we had come a long way from the mule and sack stage that we were in before 1926." The Rio Grande Valley and the Coastal Bend of Texas provided ample opportunity for the expansion of early Texas crop dusting. The land itself is lovely to look at, neatly laid out, much of it in nice, checkerboard fashion which presents a gardenlike appearance. The towns scattered through the area are picturesque, many with Spanish-sounding names

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that clearly enunciate their cultural ties to Mexico, just across the river. Towns like San Benito, McAllen, Harlingen, Mercedes, Edinburg, Pharr, Rio Hondo, and Mission are aviation-oriented and those early pilots loved that country just as pilots do today. The people were friendly, the food great, beer and booze flowed across the border from Mexico, and the laid-back culture and dark-haired girls were attractions that pilots couldn't resist! People down there eat huevos diablo (eggs scrambled with hot chile peppers) for breakfast and duster pilots claim that it makes for good digestion! Maybe so, maybe not, but it was agricultural flying country from the beginning and remains so today.


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What is the process, and why is it important? Is a mechanic or maintenance facility responsible for maintaining my aircraft in an airworthy condition? As a student pilot, I asked my flight instructor for the answer. He said, “No, your mechanic or maintenance facility are not responsible. You, as the owner or operator, are responsible for maintaining your aircraft in an airworthy condition, and that includes compliance with part 39, Airworthiness Directives.” Airworthiness Directives (ADs) are legally enforceable regulations

under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39. ADs let us know when an unsafe condition exists with an aircraft, engine, propeller, or appliance, if that unsafe condition is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design, and what actions we, as owners or operators, are required to do to resolve it. In fact, section 91.7(b) states “The pilot in command of a civil aircraft is responsible for determining whether that aircraft is in condition for safe flight. The pilot in command shall discontinue the

flight when not airworthy mechanical, electrical, or structural conditions occur.” Non-compliance with an AD makes the aircraft not airworthy. There’s no question that I cannot operate my plane unless I meet the conditions of the AD, or meet the conditions of an approved alternative method to comply with that AD. But does the mechanic, maintenance facility, or even the owner/operator have an input in the AD process? “Yes,”

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Non-mandatory corrective actions come in the form of recommendations, such as Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins. Mandatory corrective actions are ADs, and depending on the immediate risk, the FAA will issue either an emergency or a proposed AD.

How does GA contribute to the AD process? In cases where an emergency does not exist, the FAA publishes the proposed AD as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. The NPRM opens up a comment period that provides the public an opportunity to take a look at the issues noted in the proposed AD, the solutions the AD offers to correct the unsafe condition, and the recommended compliance timeframes.


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more on how you can help shape ADs and contribute to the AD process.

in its risk-based approach to the AD decision-making process.

Mechanics and owners can also contribute to the AD process by supplying GA aviation data to the FAA using SDRs and Malfunction or Defect Report forms. These forms report aircraft service problem data to the FAA and provide for the analysis of service problems, can detect safety issues early on, and expedite corrective actions and ultimate solutions. The aviation data provided by these reports assist the FAA

Why are ADs Important? Safety. ADs let us know when an unsafe condition exists, and sadly, there are too many cases where owners or operators did not comply with an AD, and accidents or incidents occurred as a result. This past August, a Piper PA28161 lost engine power on approach and ended up in a lake. Non-compliance on an AD was to blame for the loss of power. Luckily, the pilot swam to safety,

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but in many other cases, a fatality is the unfortunate result. Reportedly, when investigators questioned the pilot, he said he didn’t know there was an AD issued on his plane. The More You Know. Awareness of ADs that exist on your aircraft is important, and knowledge can equal safety. There are many ways that mechanics and owners/ operators can keep current on ADs issued for aircraft and their compliance timeframes. Check out the FAA’s website www.faa. gov/regulations_policies/ airworthiness_ directives/ where you can sign up for alerts. Visit rgl. to search for ADs using a manufacturer or model number. You can also go directly to the Federal Register’s site at agencies/federal-aviationadministration. Other ways to learn more about ADs that apply to your aircraft include joining a type club, subscribing to GA publications (like this one!), and becoming involved with GA organizations or advocate groups.

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Maintenance. Performance rules for repairs and maintenance apply to mechanics and maintenance facilities under 14 CFR section 43.13. However, owners or operators are responsible for maintaining an aircraft in an airworthy condition, not mechanics or maintenance facilities. It is a good idea for owners/ operators to partner up with their favorite mechanics or repair stations to keep current on ADs affecting their aircraft of responsibility, and ensure that AD compliance is covered during annual and 100-hour inspections. Owner/operators should work with maintenance

Want to be notified when there’s a new AD? Go to to sign up for email delivery of new ADs based on your aircraft type and make.

Mechanics or owners may know of less costly alternatives for compliance with an AD. You can submit Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOC) to seek approval on less expensive corrective methods or if necessary, alternative timeframes for compliance. Check out "AMOCs, ADs, and You" in this issue’s Vertically Speaking department for more details.

Want to see ADs open for comment? Go to Want to see all the ADs issued by the FAA, even as far back as 1940? Go to Want paper copies of ADs? Call the Government Publishing Office at (202) 512-1806 for a paid subscription, or go to to visit the GPO bookstore.

technicians and staff to review the logbooks after maintenance. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure AD work is complete, and recorded properly in the logbook.

and there are outstanding ADs on your aircraft, your insurance company may elect not to pay for damages, as the aircraft is considered unairworthy with non-compliance to ADs.

Insurance. Your aircraft insurance policy almost always states that you must maintain your aircraft in an airworthy condition, or the policy can be deemed null and void. If you have an accident,

Money. Research an airplane’s AD history before you buy and factor into your purchase price any compliance work that’s overdue. The last thing you want to do is buy an aircraft that has

Operators, owners, mechanics, and maintenance facilities are all partners in aviation safety, and ADs are critical elements in maintaining that safety. Stay informed, and contribute your expertise to keep planes airworthy, enjoyable, and safe to fly. Jennifer Caron is an assistant editor for FAA Safety Briefing. She is a certified technical writer-editor, and is currently pursuing a Sport Pilot Certificate.

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Reminiscing about downwind turns I was fifteen years old and had my driver’s license for three, maybe four months. It was summertime, 1955. I was a loader boy for Mr. Jimmy MacPherson (Jimmy Mac) owner of Mac’s Flying Service, a crop dusting service, not an aerial application business.

We were located at Huggins Corner on Highway 82 across from Mississippi Valley A&M College, as it was then known, about three miles west of Itta Bena, Mississippi. The Huggins family had a small general store across the street from the flying service. I remember them as a couple noticeably older than my own parents, but they had a fifteen-year-old daughter, Lois, who was rather mature for her age. She got my attention. I bought a lot of five-cent RC Colas and five-cent

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bought a new Cadillac that year with the first $5000 he made. He also bought a 1954 International ton pick-up truck with an automatic transmission and power steering. I loved to drive that fancy truck, but didn’t get to very often, because I was low man on the loader-boy totem pole. Jimmy Mac paid me $15.00 per week and I had every-other Sunday off. But I didn’t care. I loved crawling all over those nasty, smelly, oily, old Stearmans. We loaded “Black Annie” defoliant and toxaphene insecticide dust from 50-pound sacks by hand, one sack at a time. Toxaphene in any form is illegal today. God only knows how much of that stuff we breathed. If the truth be known, that’s probably why I rarely get sick today!


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Jimmy Mac had a “220” Stearman and two “450” Stearmans. Jimmy Mac flew one of the 450s and a gentleman from south Louisiana flew the other 450. He didn’t talk much and I generally stayed away from him. He made me real uncomfortable for some reason.

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Jimmy Mac had another pilot who came from Texas later to fly the 220. He was a kind-of “chubsy” fellow that in my mind did not fit the mold of a salty, wind-wrinkled, crop duster. I remember watching him practice spraying water up and down the strip. Then one day we heard a plane circling low over head. We ran outside to see the 220 at about 100 feet with only one landing gear. He had hit a cotton shack out in the field. When he eventually landed, that Stearman spun like a top out into the adjacent field. I don’t remember if Jimmy Mac ran him off or if he left on his own, but I do know he was gone before we got the plane out of the field. Jimmy Mac had another pilot from Texas. I remember him simply as Mr. Betts. He was about 65 years old, tall, skinny, snow white, flattop haircut, a handlebar mustache and a dark wrinkled face. He brought his own airplanes to the strip; two

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comes with 37 ag flying years and four months in the Fort San Houston Burn Ward (Pawnee-235, 1971), plus many, many “OH S- - - -s”, I’m here to say an airplane will bust your butt in a heartbeat when she’s heavy in a downwind turn and then be solid as a rock with that same load in an upwind turn. Also, I’m here to testify that Mr. Betts knew exactly what he was talking about. Some days there simply, “ain’t no lift in the arr.” Be safe, have fun, and make money.

Now- a-days, like in 1955, during the summer months, it gets so hot and humid you can hardly breathe. People and airplanes don’t perform very well. Mr. Betts would come in some days and say, “Thar ain’t no lift in the arr.” Of course I had no idea why the airplane wouldn’t fly, there just wasn’t any “lift” in the air that day. That’s what Mr. Betts said... so, it must be true. But then ten years later, with a college education, and ® after studying meteorology and aerodynamics in the US Navy’s flight training program, I learned just how ignorant Mr. Betts really was.

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white, PA-18 Super Cubs. One was rigged for spraying and the other for dusting. He was the only one to fly them and he could do wonders in those two little airplanes. I remember one day he took off headed for an outlying strip. He had forgotten to take his cooler, lunch or whatever. He circled over the office shack at probably 75 feet, turned into the wind, throttled-back, extended the flaps and hovered. He just stayed there, and yelled down to us exactly what he wanted us to do, then he added power, raised the flaps and left.

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The dose makes the poison by John Garr and Jerry Green, GarrCo Products A Swiss doctor named Paracelsus said, “All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy.” His statement is usually shortened to the dose makes the poison. For the recognition of that principle over 500 years ago, Paracelsus is called the “father” of toxicology.

How much is too much? Many pesticides are broadly tolerant to plants and most other non-target organisms. Drift can happen without any symptoms. For example, when fungicides and insecticides drift, they do not damage nearby crops and nobody complains if insects die unless they are bees or Monarch butterflies. The toxicity of a pesticide always depends on dose and factors such as species

specificity, potency, ability to get to its site-of-action, persistence, and whether it is metabolically inactivated, stored or excreted. We discuss pesticide dose in terms of application rates, unwanted exposure, how much remains on the crop or drifts off-target. Pesticide toxicity can be broadly grouped into short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic) categories. Short-term toxicity is usually easy to measure while long-term toxicity is more complex to determine with both direct and indirect effects often over a long period of time. Of course, nobody wants any unwanted chemical exposure. No exposure or exposure only to a dose that will not cause any effect is always the goal. No exposure is a difficult goal for applicators, particularly when the ability to detect

chemicals keeps getting dramatically lower. No exposure requires applicators use best spray management practices and application technologies to ensure what they apply stays on-target.

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to other crops. Within a species, this variation leads to selection for the resistant individuals and the evolution of resistant pests. The curious case of dicamba on soybeans The issue of non-target sensitivity is often in the news. Currently, the headlines are about widespread damage to nearby fields from the illegal use of dicamba on the newly introduced genetically modified dicamba-tolerant soybeans. An unusual situation occurred when dicamba-tolerant soybeans were approved to plant but not the herbicide designed to be used on it. Many farmers were desperate to use dicamba to control Palmer amaranth, a ‘super weed’ resistant to glyphosate and other herbicides. You can guess what happened. A large number of farmers could not wait and illegally applied currently available dicamba formulations and it drifted. Regular soybeans are very sensitive to dicamba so even a small amount of drift on them caused injury. The number of affected acres is very high and it is

unclear how the issue will be resolved. In contrast, if the new 2,4-D tolerant soybeans had been approved to plant first and farmers illegally used current 2,4-D formulations, the same amount of drift would not have been as noticeable

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Are natural chemicals safer than synthetic? Many people believe that chemicals produced by nature are safer than synthetic chemicals, chemicals made by people. Chemophobia is the fear of synthetic chemicals, some believe any exposure will cause cancer and other health problems. The public generally thinks that biopesticides and other biologicals as safer than synthetic agrochemicals. Sometimes it feels like biologicals used in agriculture get a free pass. However, there is no clear correlation to support the interpretation that synthetic chemicals are worse than natural chemicals. Chemicals have identical toxicology whether derived from nature or synthetically. Chemicals from nature can be very toxic, just think of rattlesnakes and other poisonous animals.


Many chemicals we eat and drink can be poisonous when consumed in very high amounts. Most of us voluntarily drink caffeine multiple times every day and it is always in the news about possible health effects. Water, vitamins and many other chemicals are essential for us to live, but can kill when the dose is very high. The dose is the key for both synthetic and natural chemicals.

Play it safe Scientists select new pesticides to have the best properties for efficacy on pests and safety to humans and the environment. They test millions of chemicals and study the ones they select extensively. On average, a new pesticide is studied for 11 years at a cost of over $286 million before it is ever sold to farmers. The EPA and other government agencies with advice from experts carefully review all the studies companies do to determine which chemicals can be used safely. The safety of pesticides on non-target species can determine whether a product is approved or not. The greater the risk to non-target organisms, the greater the label restrictions that EPA requires to ensure the pesticide can be used safely. Everyone should be confident that the pesticides EPA approves are safe when we follow their rules. Adjuvants play an important safety role by keeping pesticides on-target and to ensure their efficacy at lowest possible dose. Paracelsus would approve. For more information, contact John Garr at (765) 395-3441 or



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be able to bring you that article before year’s end. And, it’s not related to this article in any fashion. Back to our GPS coupled with an autopilot. How much easier do you believe flying the lightbar would be if you had a device that would assist/control yaw while traveling across the field. Consider an autopilot that would track the center light of your lightbar simply with rudder inputs. If you, as the pilot, can direct that aircraft within ten feet of the center light’s depicted line of travel, all the aircraft would need is small rudder inputs to track on-line. The pilot would control the aircraft’s altitude and roll. Not a bad concept, hey? Well, I’m proud to say I was the second person in this small world of ours to “test” fly such a device, second to the inventor, Bruce Rye who is president of Aviation Guidance Technologies, Inc. in Oak Grove, Louisiana. I’ve told you I had a great job! And, for you doubting Thomas’s, the autopilot, which is actually a yaw dampener, works!

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Bruce Rye is a pilot for Monticello Flying Service, which is owned by his brother Steve Rye, Mike Lingo, and Adam Plunkett. Adam flies the company’s AT-502 and Bruce flies the AT-401. The autopilot system, which will be sold and marketed under the trade name TrueTrackTM is installed in the AT-401. Monticello Flying Service operates in the northeastern part of Louisiana. About 25% of their work is treating rice, another 60% is cotton, and the rest is corn and soybeans. The company was bought three years ago from James Ruffin. Before Monticello Flying Service, the Rye brothers flew their farm acreage, still taking care of a 1,000 acres of the rich Louisiana soil.

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Bruce left the farm about ten years ago to pursue a career in the computer and electronic publishing business. (We had more than just airplanes to talk about.) However, he decided to return to the family business and go back to flying ag. When Bruce left in the 80s he was flying a Pawnee and marking fields with human flaggers. When he returned to ag flying in 1995 the company was using Air Tractors and SATLOC GPS units. It was a brand new world for him. For Bruce, like anyone else who first starts out with a GPS in an ag plane, the first 50-100 hours can be frustrating. He had to contend with the adjustment of not flying ag for ten years, as well as adapting to a higher performance aircraft. During this frustrtion he told himself, there must be a better way to flag fields. Because of his frustration, he developed an idea that utilized his electronic knowledge and flying experience to invent the first autopilot guided GPS. The work on Bruce’s invention began in June of 1995. It became a personal project. He would fly during the day and whenever he had a spare moment, he’d tinker on the autopilot GPS. He decided all that was needed and all that would ever pass FAA scrutiny would be a unit that would assist yaw via the rudder. With this in mind, Bruce had an electrically driven servo built, which mounts in the rear fuselage of the AT401. He then bridled the servo’s cables to the rudder cables. From there, he contracted with a control systems engineer, Dr. William Pratt Mountfield, Jr. of M & M Technolgies, Inc.,

An annunciator panel mounted on the instrument panel has a lamp that flashes when the system is processing valid data. There is also a trim control thumb wheel that allows the pilot to trim the rudder for different airspeeds and loads. An on-off push button is mounted in the control stick. The pilot activates the unit after he is lined-up with his intended swath and deactivates the unit before pulling up and out of the field. Simple. After a brief explanation and some picture taking, Bruce invited me to fly the AT-401. Let me say, I am not proficient with a GPS. I can operate one, but I don’t consider myself an artist at staying on track. Bruce explained to me that I could easily override the system and demonstrated this to me by activating the unit and having me press the rudder pedals. The rudder is a little stiff when overriding the autopilot, but nothing that could be considered a safety problem. Bruce further explained to me that I would want to rig the rudder trim on the way to the field by activating the unit, adjust the trim control thumb wheel for a center ball, then switch the unit off. With a few more instructions, I fired of the R-1340, warmed her up and headed out.


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to design the computer hardware and write the software programs that drive the digital controller of the autopilot. The digital controller chip mathematically analyzes the lightbar info stream telling the servo how much and when to actuate the rudder cables.


At the field I set the A-B line. The SATLOC unit was set up for left-hand racetrack. On the second pass I set the C-line, then activated the autopilot. The unit held a good, straight track. It should be noted that Bruce had the lightbar lights set just a little tight for me. I am sure there are “some” ag pilots that could fly their lightbar set his way. I’d like to meet them. Bruce had the first outboard light set for four inches (that’s not a typo). The next light was set for nine inches with a full deflection indicating seven feet off line!


When I made my third pass, using a wide turn, I waited until I was within 10-15 feet of center line keying off the LED numbers. Once I was within 15 feet, I activated the autopilot. The unit began feeding in corrections. After several passes I found that if my intercept angle was too great the aircraft would overshoot and the unit would be constantly feeding back and forth across the center line with less and less overshoot each time until it finally lined up. However, with a small intercept angle the unit would track to the center line, making it posible for a low-time GPS pilot to be proficient. How safe is this wonder machine. I can’t see any problems, safety wise. What about spikes, the unit failing, or the unit exerting a full deflection. I’m sure those are legitimate concerns. But, I don’t see how any can be much of one. The maximum rudder deflection is 2.5 inches at the trailing edge of the rudder with the autopilot engaged. During my flight, I exited the field, didn’t

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Sounds too good to be true. There are many good points about the unit, and there are a few problems that will be resolved. One problem initially was the lag between the aircraft’s actual position and the position the GPS calculated. Bruce tells me that since the time I test flew the autopilot changes have been made to the control algorithms to compensate for this delay. If not compensated for, at 140 mph it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out the unit could end up chasing itself, especially with a green pilot or in a crosswind. I had a strong 10 knot, 90° crosswind and was a green GPS pilot. (I hate using the word “green” pilot for describing myself.) Even so, under these conditions the unit was able to hold the centerline within 6-8 feet. Bruce explained to me that with the new algorithms, the unit is capable of staying within four feet of the centerline, better than most pilots. Makes mathematical sense to me.


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turn off the unit and made the turn with no problem. You could even finish an application with a failed unit that had a full locked rudder deflection by overriding the unit with rudder pressure.


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The pilot’s accuracy will vastly improve. I know there are those pilots who can peg the center light the majority of the time. However, I don’t think even the best ag pilot can consistently peg the center light after 10 grueling hours in the cockpit. The autopilot GPS can. Then there is the rudder trim. I’ve always adjusted the rudder trim tab on aircraft I fly to rig the aircraft in the loaded configuration. Then upon return to the base, empty, I would have to stand on the rudder to keep the aircraft coordinated. Not only is this aggravating, but it is tiring as well. With the TrueTrackTM autopilot, the pilot can set his rudder trim in any load configuration. With the autopilot GPS, the pilot can literally fly the aircraft with his feet on the floor, whether going to the field, across it, or back to the strip. I understand that tracking a GPS can be a real art when working forestry, or for applications that are considerably higher than row crops. With the TrueTrackTM autopilot, these

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thinking people will gladly take the mark of the beast because they are obsessed by worldly riches, things, and pleasures; they are without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, and lovers of money (2 Timothy 3:1-5) The Antichrist, under Satan’s control, will rule these ungodly world systems.

Sometime in the future all the political, commercialism, and materialistic systems of this world will perish. And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). The church of Jesus Christ will have been taken into heaven (1 Corinthians 15:51-52), 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 4:1-4); but God is still calling Jews and Gentiles during the tribulation to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, and there will be many who answer that call (Revelation 7:1-17). Many of them will be martyred for their faith because they refuse to take the mark of the beast. But many believers will survive until the end of the tribulation. All believers are told to not get involved in the ungodly political, commercialism, and financial systems of the Antichrist. This is also telling the unbelievers of that time in the future to “Put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior” and get out


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According to two witnesses, they each reported that they heard the airplane "flying back and forth" near their separate properties about 0915. They both further reported that the engine noise went silent and subsequently heard the sound of an impact. The witnesses were not co-located, but both reported they were within 1/4 to 1/2 mile of the accident site at the time of the accident. Neither witness observed the airplane in flight. The airplane was found in an upright position in an open plowed field just north of the field being sprayed. The wreckage path, oriented along a 300-Degree magnetic heading, commenced with broken branches, an estimated 30 feet above the ground, from trees bordering the two fields. There was then a ground scar about 60 feet beyond the trees, and about 20 feet beyond that was the separated, two-bladed metal propeller. The airplane came to rest about 20 feet beyond the propeller, heading the opposite direction, about 120 degrees magnetic. There were no ground scars between the initial ground scar and the airplane's final location. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the scene, and flight control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit to all flight control surfaces or their remnants. The fuselage exhibited impact and fire damage; however, there

Both flaps were found in an extended position. The flap handle, which was connected directly to the flaps, was found in a near-vertical position, past the flaps 20-degrees down position; however, the actual position of both the flaps and the handle prior to the initial impact could not be ascertained. The left fixed main landing gear was collapsed upward under the wing, and the right fixed main landing was separated from the wing. Further examination of the cockpit revealed that the throttle control lever was found about 1/3 forward (from idle). The propeller control lever was found in the forward position (full rpm). The mixture control was found pulled aft (toward idlecut-off), about 1 inch. The fuel ON/OFF valve was found in the ON position. A four-point lever lock style buckle was identified latched with the shoulder harness buckle ends engaged in the lever lock. The instrument panel was consumed by the postimpact fire. A fire-damaged agricultural global positioning system was

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found mounted in the cockpit and was retained to attempt data extraction. One propeller blade exhibited an aft bend, while the other remained straight. The propeller blade with the aft bend exhibited chordwise scratching from the mid-point to the tip of the propeller, while the straight blade only displayed chordwise scratches at the propeller tip. The engine exhibited thermal damage. Crankshaft continuity was confirmed from the propeller flange to the accessory section of the engine. Thumb compression and suction were attained on all cylinders when the propeller flange was rotated. All twelve spark plugs were examined with no anomalies observed. Each magneto was removed and rotated manually; spark was observed at each individual ignition lead. The engine driven fuel pump drive coupling was intact and no anomalies were found when examined. The oil filter screen was removed from the oil pump housing and no contaminants were found. The fuel manifold was examined; the filter screen was clear of debris and no fuel was present. The six individual fuel injectors were found to also be absent of debris. The throttle body/ metering unit was found to contain debris, and the screen filter was damaged but remained inside the filter chamber. The fuel throttle/metering unit was retained for further examination.

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was no evidence of fire in flight. The left wing remained attached to the fuselage. The right wing was found twisted forward of its normal position, the fuselage was canted to the right just forward of the firewall. The empennage displayed metal tearing to the right, all of which were consistent with the airplane having been in a left spin at initial ground impact. The separated empennage control surfaces were found under the rear fuselage.


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NTSB Identification: CEN17LA027 Date: October 27, 2016 Location: Hereford, TX Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502B Injuries: 1 Serious.

A Bell UH-1H rolled over during a precautionary landing near Gila Bend, Arizona. The helicopter was under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 137. The pilot was not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The local flight departed a private airstrip about two hours prior. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

An Air Tractor AT-502B was substantially damaged after impacting terrain while maneuvering near Hereford, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 agricultural application flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had not been filed.

The pilot reported that he had just completed a series of passes over a cotton field, and was maneuvering the helicopter for the cleanup pass, when during the final right turn he heard a loud bang. He was then unable to maintain lateral control with the foot pedals, so he immediately initiated an autorotation. During the landing flare, the left skid made contact with the ground, and the helicopter rolled onto its left side.

The pilot reported that he was in a right turn and flying a circular swath to "trim-up" on the outside edges of a center-pivot irrigated cotton field when the right wingtip "got too far into the cotton crop" and control was lost. The airplane impacted terrain and cartwheeled, but came to rest upright in a partially nose-up attitude. The propeller, and engine were impact separated and there was substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage, tail surfaces, both wing spars, and all control surfaces. There was a fuel leak at the scene but there was no postimpact fire. A witness called 9-1-1, and emergency responders arrived quickly and assisted the pilot to exit the wreckage.





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by Bill Lavender Smart is more than a name for Steph and Ben Smart’s Smart Air Services based out of Cecil Plains, Queensland Australia. It is a way of doing business - more than just flying over customers’ fields, but being a part of the farming community, as well. Ben started flying ag with Aerotech in South Australia in the winter of 2000, then flying the following summer season for Jones Air, St George Queensland. In 2001, he was awarded the inaugural Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia’s (AAAA) Professional Pilot award for a pilot who has demonstrated pride in being an ag pilot and showing a commitment to professionalism and safety. In 2003, Ben started flying for Cropcair on the Darling Downs and after seven years, he became chief pilot. In 2012, he purchased Cropcair from Brad Jones and renamed the company Smart Air Services. The following year, Smart Air Services participated in and received AAAA’s AIMS accreditation (Aerial Improvement Management System). The company is also Operation Spray Safe accredited. The AIMS program provides training for candidates for accreditation, including training on typical business strategy/ structures/models that facilitates. This includes a standard manual that provides templates for common aerial application

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Clinton Kummerow has been with Smart Air Services for the last three years managing the ground ops. Clinton stops working long enough while urea is being augered into the loader bucket to pose for an AgAir Update photo. Starting the season somewhat early, with rain in the forecast, growers are placing orders for urea to be aerially spread over their wheat. Here Ben Smart is taking on a load of dry urea using a ute outfitted with a hydraulic bucket that can be easily reconfigured to travel from one airstrip to another. operator applicants have to be a member of the AAAA, participate in SpraySafe and provide PPP training, as well as submitting to an independent audit. “What sets us (Smart Air Services) apart from our competitors is our dedication to safety and continuous improvement, while providing the most efficient and effective service possible for our customers. AIMS insures that those accredited meet the highest level of professionalism, best practice for product application and environment management, as well as a safe workplace for employees,” explains Ben. “It was quite an achievement for the business to receive this accreditation, as it involves a significant financial investment to implement and a rigorous independent auditing process.”

In 2014, Smart Air Services purchased Oakey-based Aerofarm from Roy Dawson, further expanding the business. In 2016, the company purchased its second AT-502 from Field Air, the Australian Air Tractor dealer based in Ballarat. The company’s aircraft fleet consists of two AT-502Bs and a Cessna C-210. Services include aerial applications on crops and aerial firefighting and a variety of helicopter services. Smart Air Services has approximately 14 satellite airstrips. This limits ferry time to seven or less minutes, which greatly improves the hourly gross of the aircraft. The company AT502Bs typically can cover 110 ha/hr (270 ac/hr). The flying area stretches from Moonie eastward across the Darling Downs to Toowoomba and from Millmeran northward to Dalby and


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Similar to other ag operations on the Darling Downs, crops treated are primarily cotton and sorghum in the summer and wheat, barley and chickpeas in winter. The summer season starts in December working cotton that was planted in October. Approximately 60% of the work is flying over cotton. Sorghum is planted where there is no cotton. The summer season lasts until April. Cotton typically receives two insecticide applications and two defoliate applications applied with CP-11TT flat fan nozzles at 30 l/ha (3 gpa). Winter crops are treated with a fungicide at 30 l/ha and depending on rainfall. Dry applications of urea are applied with rates ranging from 30-200 kg/ha (30-200 lb/ac). Usually, June, July and August are off-season months. However, late winter rains in August can cause a spring season to start sooner with fungicides on winter wheat, barley and chickpeas, which may also receive an insecticide application. Steph and Ben Smart realize that some Australian farmers don’t always think favorably of aerial applicators; buying ground rigs and using the airplane only as a last resort. “I believe as an

industry we need to make a concerted effort to change farmers’ perceptions of the aerial applicator so that they see us as a partner and valued contributor to their farming practices, as well as positive contributors to the local community,” according to Steph. “At Smart Air Services, we have been focusing on raising the profile of the aerial applicator in our local community. We do this by actively supporting our local community’s school fundraisers, footy teams and various local groups. By doing this, people realize we are a young family having a go and giving back; there is a face behind the Smart Air Services logo.” Recently, Smart Air Services sponsored a Darling Downs Cotton Grower awards dinner. It was attended by 280 local


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Built for ag — Leland Snow in the cockpit for the first flight of the Snow S-2B outside of Snow Aeronautical Co. in Olney, Texas, in 1958. The S-2B followed the Snow S-2A line of aircraft. Courtesy NAAA Eight years ago, NAAA established the Kenny Hirsch & Brandon Carter S-2A Airplane Restoration Memorial Fund after Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch lost his 20-year-old son, Kenny Hirsch,

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AT-802 Ag Aircraft Model

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Twins! Two 2017 Super A+600 Queen Cats! 350gal H-V TL Combos, B-Cabins, T.S.T. 0-SMOH AF/E/P. Fly Smart / Safe / better work! For more information contact AmAg: 870-8862418/2489FAX or Email frank.kelley@ 1976 G164A, 7632 TTAF, 870 TSMOH engine Covington, 618 TSOH Prop AG1002, 80 Gallon Fuel, 24” ext. Hershey tips, SATLOC LiteStar II, Crophawk 7B, Bottom Load Fuel, Smoker, Flagger, Tank heater, WeathAero fan, Shutter door, 500-5T/W. Call 405-263-7271

1979 Turbine Ag Cat PT6-15AG 0SHOT, 0 on Gear box (Mill’s Conversion) All the Super “B” Mods, 400 Gal., A/C, Bantam With L7, Lite Bar, 25” gate, SS Spray Valve, Lane Break with Drop SS Booms, New Fabric and Paint, New tires and Glass, $340K Call 979-257-6695

1975 G -16 4A Ag Cat, 6,995 AF TT, 4,54 0 STOH by Hershey-AF, 1,060 ESMOH(Tulsa), 1,260 SOH - Propeller, Hamilton Std 2D30 prop, 80g fuel, Smoker, Tall tail, Aileron & elevator servos, Cool seat, Locking tailwheel, Weathaero fan, SS booms, CP nozzles, Crophawk flowmeter, SATLOC Lite GPS. $69,500 Will trade. 1-877-647-6325

1976 Ag Cat B Model, 086B serial number, AFTT15900, engine TT 8000, PT6-20, slight 550 since hot, prop about 900 hrs. SIRAN, nav and strobe lights, goose feet, smoker, SATLOC GPS, ten vane spreader, CP nozzles, WeathoAreo fan, 25 inch Transland gate, A/C, 80 gal fuel, bottom load fuel, stainless steel drop booms, fresh annual and hot section. Call 318-724-6880

1979 B Model Turbo Cat. Serious inquiries only! Turbo conversion in 1989, PT6-135, 6552 hrs, 10,667 total hours, 330 gal tank, SATLOC, 1 owner retired, will turn and burn all day long. $275,000. Call John Holland at 662-654-1661 or Jack at 662-703-0375 and leave mess. or email

Turbine Super B Ag Cat, TTAF 10,200, ELM 2001, SPOH 650, 400 Gallon Super B, Raised Wing, Walter Turbine Conversion, AVIA Prop, Lane Brake, Stainless Booms, CP Nozzles, Ag Nav, Crophawk, 38” Gate, Wide Transland Spreader, 120 Gallon Fuel, Bottom Load Fuel, Cool Seat, New 29” Tires, Wings Stripped and painted last annual, Goose Feet. Contact: Cascade Aircraft Conversions 509.635.1212 or email info@cascadeaircraftconversions. com

1976 Turbine Ag Cat G164B, -27 Pratt, 1000 hrs since Engine IRAN with wet spline conversion, 561 hrs. on Hershey airframe, Prop 300 hr. Since O/H by San Antonio Prop, SATLOC Bantam, A/C, 25 in. gate & Swathmaster w/3 seasons, Agrinautics pump, Stainless Booms, Single point fuel. Annual with sale. $290,000 Negotiable. This aircraft has not been bent! Call Jeff Leger 409-659-6415 or Jeffery Leger 409-296-4300 Two Hole Ag Cat project for sale. Call Hershey Flying Service for more details. 308-368-5556 Mint G164A -450HP, 0-IRAN AF, E&P, DAF Combo, SAFE, Economic Start-up, $119K For more information contact AmAg: 870-886-2418/2489FAX or Email frank.

1990 G164 Super B+ 400 Gal *PRICE REDUCED* Ser#822 PT6A-28 TTAF 8303 Engine log upon request. Swath-master, M3, Harbor Air, Cool Seat, Goose Feet, 4yr.old tail fabric, All metal wings, New left lower wing by Hershey, Fresh Hot, Fresh power section inspection, New Prop Blades, 0 Time on factory overhaul prop hub, new prop governor, new overspeed governor, New 1 1/16 Gear legs, Fresh paint, all new bearings & hardware. $310,000 Call Jerry 870-830-3110

1976 Turbine Cat A Model, *PRICE REDUCED* 10,000 TTAF, PT6-20, 200 since IRAN and hot section, all B model updates, Satloc 99.5 w/flow control, bottom load fuel 335 hopper, right boom shut off, CP11s with swivels, clean northern plane! $215,000 Call Ryan 701360-7926 A Model Ag Cat project for sale. Includes data tag. Complete project disassembled. Frame, wings, tail surfaces repaired. Call for more details and pricing. Location in Hershey, NE at Hershey Flying Service 308-368-5556 D Model Ag- Cat -34 P&W, 550 gal hopper, 120 gal fuel, recent annual & extensive hot section on engine, too many other modifications to list. Serious inquires only. For more information call EF Lyon at 337-526-4850

CLEAN AT-502B -34AG W/WARRANTY, 915 TT, -34AG with P&W 5 year/ 2500hr warranty, SATLOC Bantam w/Intelliflow, A/C, cockpit heat, smoker, Reabe hopper quantity system, clear view canopy, AM safe shoulder harness, single point fuel, 170 gallon fuel, Com radio, Load Hawg, Shadin fuel flow, Hopper rinse, CP11’s 920-205-5900 Dean

2008 AT-502B, 3360 hours TTA&E, Hot Section, Fresh Annual, $625,000 For more information email Mike at cobbeo@

1999 AT-502B -34 w/ fresh annual, 9600 TT, Tons of cycles remaining on all rotating components, 100 since HSI, FCU, Batteries, recent CT blades & spar caps, factory drop booms, Lane fan & brake, M3 GPS, hopper rinse, smoker, AC, Bleed air heat, 170 gallons fuel. For more information go to http://craig138. $375K Call Craig 252-426-9676

SB+Mod’d Turbo-Cat, TPE331-1 Work horse! Deluxe Equipment, AAI-Annual, M3 w/FC, HV TL Combo. 218-SHSI & GBI, 5525/5210/1586 RC’s. $349K For more information contact AmAg: 870-8862418/2489FAX or Email frank.kelley@ 1976 G164A, TT 9561, R1340 1171 SMOH, SS Drop Booms, CP flat fan nozzles with swivels, Satloc 99 w/ flow control, smoker, wing extension w/ Hershey tips, Aileron and elevator servos, 80 gallon fuel w/ bottom load system, metalized wings, tall tail-centerline. Call 701-284-6755

1976 Ag Cat G164A, N48555, SN 1671, R1340 1171 SMOH, 12D40 Prop, SS drop booms, CP Flat Fan w/swivels, Airstar 99 w/flow control, Smoker, Wing extensions & Hershey Tips, Aileron & Elevator Servos, 80g fuel w/bottom load, 1” main gear, Hershey tail gear, Sealed cockpit/ 1pc windshield, metalized wings, Tall tail - centerline, Flagger, Speed Ring. For more information contact Sky Tractor LLC at 800-437-5319, www.skytractor. com, or Fax 701636-5881

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1992 AT-502A- 0166, *HUGE PRICE REDUC TIO N* N1539X , PT6A- 45R , 2,677.0 hrs SMOH, 6,403.0 hrs SNEW, Propeller 2,677.0 hrs SNEW, TSHS 0 hrs, SATLOC Bantam, Lane Brake and fan, Wingman unit, Pulse lights, Swathmaster Spreader, Annual Date of Sale. Artificial Horizon. Well maintained! $375,000 George Mitchell at M & M Air Service Inc. 409-656-5998 or 409-794-2352 Fax: 409-794-2958

1997 AT-602 -60 *PRICE REDUCED* N5096N, Night work lights, smoker, bottom load fuel, wingman, AC and heat, SATLOC Bantam GPS, HSI performed with sale. ENGINE: PT6-60, Total engine and airframe time: 7500 hrs, CT blades, vane ring, and segments: 1100 hours, New fuel controller. PROP: 150 hours since overhaul and new blades. WINGS: spar cap replacement completed at 6800 hours. $515,000 Contact Office: (870) 655-8330 Cell: (870) 623-2312 Email:


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2000 AT-602, S/N 602-5068, TTA&E 7103, P&W PT6 -60AG, S/N PCE RG0077, 0 Time since wing SPAR MOD, Brand new landing gear (Factory installed), New ATF fuselage (factory install), Horizon indicator, Lane pump fan, SATLOC M3, Engine has NEW CT blades, Vane ring & segments, New #1 & #2 Bearings, O/H oil cooler, 875 SMOH on propeller, w/ new blades, 0 time since hot section, 38” Gate. $475,000 *PRICE REDUCED* Call George Mitchell at M & M Air Service Inc. 409-656-5998 or 409-794-2352 Fax: 409-794-2958

1998 AT-602-60, N5192T SN: 602-0527. 7911 TT Engine and Airframe, Night work lights, LED nose lights, Smoker, Single point fuel, Wingman, Factory heat & AC, SATLOC M3, Intelliflow, Factory dropped booms, CP11TT’s, Lane brake and fan, Right boom shutoff, SSF 13 Vane Spreader, Garmin SL 40, Motorola business band radio. See spec sheet for more info. Selling for the Chad Frei family. $450,000. OBO! MUST SELL THIS YEAR! 208-431-4795, 2017 Air Tractors, all models, call 800441-2964 to reserve your slot!

2001 AT-802A - 65AG, Total rebuild 2865hrs ago TT 10,464, Major engine work at Dallas Air, Motive 1800 +/- hrs ago. Just came out of major annual fresh hot section, $125k spent on it. Zero on prop IRAN and starter gen., wings done 2865 hrs ago and aircraft was painted and totally redone at AG Air Aircraft. Loaded HYD gate, vondran controller, new G4 SATLOC, wingman, Lane pump, radio stack, red white paint. New landing gear, singal point fuel. Comes with 100 hr A/F warranty on labor and first 100 and 300 hour free labor with purchase. $685,000 Contact Aaron Keahey at Ag Air Aircraft Inc., 870-857-3744 Corning, AR

2013 AT- 602 - 65AG, 2,357 +/- Hrs. TTA&E, A/C, Heat, Lane electric brake & fan, air bag seat belts, SATLOC Bantam with Intelliflow, Wingman, single point fuel, Custom Air t/w, fresh H.S.I. and annual at sale. Excellent condition! $850,000 For more details call 800-4412964


2008 AT-802A, S/N: 802A-0310, PT6A67AG, 2973 TT, Fresh paint job and fresh extensive annual. New landing gear, all new windows and windshields, new engine mount, 10 inch Hyd gate with vondran gate controller, new G4 GPS with flow control, new spreader, smoker, bottom load fuel, LED pulse lights, Factory A/C and heat. This also comes with your first 100hr. and 300hr. inspections at no charge and 100hr. warranty on A/F labor at Ag Air Aircraft Inc. $965,000 Contact Aaron Keahey at Ag Air Aircraft Inc., 870857-3744 for details

19 93 AT- 4 01 N9192E, SM O H 4 0 4 (Covington), ATT 4139, Hamilton Standard Hydro-Matic 23D40 3 Blade Prop, Zero since AD compliance By Maxwell Propeller, Overhauled Hamilton, Standard Prop Governor, Updated Bantam GPS System & Flow Control, Super Booms, SmokerKansas Aircraft, No known damage or corrosion. July 2016 Annual. All following items done at current annual: Installed New Garmin com Radio and antenna, Install New Collins air conditioner, New Brakes & Disk including Master cylinders and new wheel cylinders, New Wheel bearings, New seat rails seat cushions, seat covers and seat belts, New control Stick, Torque tube and rod ends, Rebuild chemical pump New Lane electric fan brake, solenoid and wires, New boom center section, Overhaul Horizon digital tach, Install new Throttle quadrant, Rebuild complete exhaust system (Electrode Aviation), Overhauled Starter, Reseal Compass, Replace pilot tube, Check all working lights, New Bearings in Rudder, Replaced hopper lid seal. $169,000 Call Tim at 402-374-2178 or email

2011 AT-602. N6005R. 3800 TTAF&E60. New fuel controller and new high pressure fuel pump, Smoker, electric brake, air, heat, 10 inch hydraulic gate with Del Norte controller, single point fuel, Wingman, fresh annual, prop IRAN, fresh HSI, overhaul starter generator $595,000 *PRICE REDUCED* Call Al 870-265-5011

2012 AT-502B -34AG, 1703 TTAE, 648 SHOT, Fresh Annual, VG’s, Satloc G4 with intelliflow, Radio Package, Electric artificial horizon, 3” Bottom Load, Single point fuel, Smoker, Lane brake, Transland Wingman, LED strobes, LED wigwag safety landing lights, Reabe hopper and pressure gauge, Stainless steel spray system, Right hand boom shut off, AFS check valves, CP-11 TT’s, CP swivels, Stainless Camlocs, Night working lights, 25” Gate, Transland swath master, New landing gear, Stainless Steel tail wheel deflector, Laser altimeter. For more information please call Scott Rainey at 731-538-2926 or 731-446-5938 Email:

1982 AT-400, N432WA S/N: 400-0435, -15 Pratt, 15792.9 TT Engine, 2700 Hrs. Since Light Overhaul by Covington, 15571.1 TT Frame, 2985 Hrs. Since Spar Replace w/10,000 Hrs. remaining, 3 pc. Windshield, Harbour A/C, GCU., 600 hrs. on new gear, V.G.’s, Prop 300 hrs. since O/H., SATLOC Bantam, 25in. Gate w/Swathmaster, Stainless Booms, Agrinautics pump w/Lane Fan, Single point fuel. Annual with sale. $300,000 Negotiable. Call Jeff Leger 409-659-6415 or Jeffery Leger 409-296-4300 2013 AT-502B -34AG, 2050 TTAF&E, G4, VG’S, HEATER, LANE BRAKE $630,000 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE / 281-3425451 or FAX: 281-232-5401

2009 AT-502B N769PB, s/n: 502B 2691, TT 1830.0, Pratt & Whitney PT6A -34AG, s/n: PCE-PH0496, TT 1830.0, 0.0 SHOT by Prime Turbine, Hartzell Prop HC-B3TN-3D, s/n: BUA-31491. Annual inspection due: 4 -1-17. Equipment: 38” gate, Hopper rinse, Factory air conditioner, Factory Cabin Heater., Smoker, Alum. Booms w/ CP nozzles, M3 Satloc Small screen with Intelliflow, Electric fan, Single point fueling, Vortex Gen. kit, Load hawg. Call Darryl or Bill at South Delta Aviation - 870-572-9011 days / 870-995-1323 nights and weekends

1995 AT-502B 10,336 TTAF, Wing Spar Replaced 1-3-2012 7886 hours, Engine PT6-15AG S/N 14265, 10,336 TT, Prop o/h 7-13-2013, M-3 w/ Flow Control, Load Hawg, CP, Smoker, Heat & AC, Led light Spreader, Electric fan Brake, Hydraulic flaps, $350K Call Gary at 662-299-8095

2014 AT-502B -34AG, N30411, TT 1170 hrs., Wingman, Single Point Fuel, Bantam w/Flowcontrol, Smoker $680,000 *PRICE REDUCED* For more information call Frost Flying Inc. at 870-295-6213

1997 AT-602 N50738, s/n: 602-0448, TT 11,055.0, Pratt & Whitney PT6A -45R s/n: PCE-84148, TT 30,424.0, SOH 15,445.3, SHOT 713.8, Hartzell Prop HC-B5MP-3, s/n: EVA-2147, TT 6300.0, SOH 2444.7, SIRAN 494.5, Annual inspection due 10-1-16, Eddy current inspection due at TTA of 13,055.0, Spar cap replacement due at TTA of 13,569.0, Since power section IRAN: 0.0 (by Pro-Turbines) Has upper aft longeron kit installed, Has heavy horizontal brace tube assemblies Has Concord sealed batteries. See Spec Sheet for equipment. Call Darryl or Bill at South Delta Aviation - 870-572-9011 days / 870995-1323 nights and weekends

1991 AT-402A -34 Engine 11,313 hrs. TT with Fresh Hot Section & NEW VANE RING, Airframe 12,376 TT, Wings 5057 hrs. left, Prop “0” s/overhaul, New Paint in 2014, Main/Tail Springs & blocks 800 hrs. S/New, 3 pc. Windshield, A/C, Refurbished hopper installed in 2015, SATLOC Bantam, 25 in. gate with 3 yr. old Swathmaster, Stainless Booms, Air Tractor Fan. Single point fuel. Annual with sale $340,000 *PRICE REDUCED* Negotiable. Call Jeff Leger 409-659-6415 or Jeffery Leger 409-296-4300

1999 AT-802, 8065 TT, -67AG with 6195 TT, 280 since hot, FCU and flow dividers, 800 on prop IRAN, new motor mounts, 150 on new mains, SATLOC M3, single point fuel, Wingman, would consider 400 or 500 gallon airplane in trade. $599,000 Call Donald Dierks at 870-673-1821

2005 AT-802A, N8524L Ser# 202, 6500 TTAE, PT6 - 67AG, fresh hot, 2272 SGB insp, FCU, High pressure Pump, 2272 SNEW HC-B5MA-3D, 640 SIRAN, MVP50T, G4/ Intelliflow, Factory RAM Air inlet, LED nose lights w/ flash, Custom Air t/w, Reabe hopper gauge, comm, audio panel, GPS panel, smoker, hyd gate w/ Del Norte control, wingman, A/C, heat, CP11/ AFS check valves, Lane fan/ brake, Garmin 496, fast start, Paint is a 7, Available mid December. 601-668-6200

1999 AT 602, 5330 AFTT, -60AG 5330TT, 200 SHOT, Hemisphere Air Intellistar w/ flow control, Air conditioned cockpit, Single point fuel, 234 gallon fuel, Cool seat, Cockpit heater. $485,000 Will trade. 1-877-647-6325 2015 AT-402B, 680 TTAF&E, SMOKER, HEATER, 3 PIECE W/S, VG’S, L ANE BRAKE/FAN $680,000 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE / 281-342-5451 or FAX: 281-232-5401

1998 AT-602, 9630 TTE&A, PT-60AG 433 SHSI, 200 since nozzles & borescope, new filters & batteries, M3 SATLOC, flowcontrol, Shadin, CP109s w/set of CP11Ts, 2 rinse tanks, A/C, new pump, new Lane brake, new center boom, new flap motor & gears, new main & tail gear, new tires/brakes, 88” SS spreader, Load Hawg, night lights & a manual tail wheel lock. $400K Firm 318-237-7088

2013 AT-602 -65AG, 1400 hrs. TT, Engine under warranty until 2500 hrs. $950,000 Call for more information 662-588-0519

2006 AT-802A -67AG, 4730 hrs. TTSN E&A, 10” Transland gate, single point fuel, M3 SATLOC, new landing gear, red and white, working now. $685,000 Call Steve 239-860-2028

2007 AT-802A-0259, N2465D, -67AG, 4986.7 TT, SATLOC Bantam, radio pkg, smoker, electric fan brake, Fast Start, dual A/C cond., new landing gear, factory heat & air, fresh hot & annual. 2390.1 Hrs. TT since gear box and light O/H. $850,000 Available December. For more details call 800-441-2964

New AT-502XP, PT6A-140 engine, smoker, 234 fuel. For more information call 309-759-4646 or email farmairparts@

1993 AT- 402, 6402 TT PT6A-15AG engine 8671.7 TT 1254 SHSI Prop 1254 SOH SATLOC Light GPS, Lane pump brake, standard spray system, Transland spreader. Ready to go to work. $325,000 Call Mike @ Valley Air Crafts 559-6867401 or 2013 AT-502B -34AG, 1,300 TTAF&E, G4, VG’S, HEATER, COMM/TXP. $695,000 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE / 281-3425451 or FAX: 281-232-5401

1982 AT-400A, PT6-15AG, 10,350 TTAF, 9328 TTE, SATLOC Bantam with Intelliflow, AFS Check valves with CP11’s, Glass canopy, Lane Fan and Brake, VG’s, AmSafe seatbelt airbags, Smoker, Flagger, All new landing gear, Clean northern airplane, Fresh Hot Section. $285,000 Will consider a clean Cessna, Brave, 301, or 401 on trade. Call 701-370-2640 2011 AT-402B, 1,300 TTAF&E, 3 PIECE W/S, SMOKER, HEATER, LANE BRAKE/ FAN $560,000 Lane Aviation 888-995LANE / 281-342-5451 or FAX: 281-2325401 2013 AT-602 -60AG, N30562, approx. 1400 hrs TT, smoker, elec. brake gr. adj., Bantam w/Flowcontrol and Wingman...$880,000 For more information call Frost Flying Inc. at 870-295-6213

1989 AT-402, 8720 TTAF, 1700 since new spars and refurbishment, P&W -15AG, 1085 since Covington light overhaul, 570 since HSI, 1085 since prop overhaul with new blades, SATLOC M3, A/C, electric fan brake, single point fuel, Shadin fuel flow meter, flow control, smoker, windshield washer, VG’s, Load Hawg, SSF spreader pan, CP09’s. Fresh annual, clean, problem free and ready to work! $350,000 Call 501-516-5874 2015 AT-502B, PT6A-34AG, 400 TTSN, Bantam/flow, CP’s, S. S spray, com/ transponder radio’s, 234 fuel, Hatfield STC S.P. fuel, S.S. Camloc’s. For more information call 309-759-4646 or email

1996 AT-402B -34, 4600 TT Engine and Airframe, Satloc G4 w/Intelliflow, Rt. hand boom shutoff, dual side loads, auto fuel shutoff, 34 CP’s w/AFS check valves, lane brake, comm radio, Reabe canopy top, one pc. windshield, VG’s, Shadin fuel flow, AmSafe restraint system, pulsing LED nose lights. Very clean. 605-3504536.

AT-802: Capacity that creates profits. An 800-gallon hopper, zippy 190 mph ferry speeds, and greater working capacity than any other ag aircraft on the market - the AT-802 is simply a hoss. With the AT-802 you’ll ferry faster, spray more fields and do bigger jobs all in one load. That’s production that only Air Tractor can offer you. Visit with your Air Tractor dealer about the AT-802. And ask about special Air Tractor financing now available from Wells Fargo for qualified buyers.

2012 AT-802 -65AG, N363BG, approx. 2400 hrs TT, dual cockpit, smoker, elec. brake gr. adj., G4 w/Flowcontrol, CP nozzles, spreader, hydraulic gate and Wingman....$975,000 *PRICE REDUCED* For more information call Frost Flying Inc. at 870-295-6213.

1991 AT-402 PT -34 11,650TT, Engine 9,800TT, 1,400 SIRAN Gear Box, 600 SIRAN Prop, 1,200 SOH Prop (times are approx. still working) WW, Bantam, Flow Control, Smoker, New belly skins, 1 yr. old AC, Digital Hopper Gauge, SS Booms & SS Spreader, PT 111 Tips, AFS Nozzles, Stripped & Painted 3/2016, 3 pc. Windshield, Wings due at 17,378 hrs., Annual & Hot Section at Sale, Very Well Maintained. $330,000 *PRICE REDUCED* Call Michael at 229-881-1253

2000 AT-502B, 9100 TTIS AF&E. Spars done at 7988 hours. 1100 hours SGBI and prop O/H. Fac tor y heat & air. Lowered booms. Hemisphere G4 w/flow control. Smoker. Hopper rinse. CP-11’s, Weath-Aero. Wingman. Breckenridge 12 vane spreader. Sold with fresh annual and HSI. No major damage histor y $410,000 *PRICE REDUCED* 662-8223204. 1989 AT-502 -34, 4787TT, 3221 Since Covington Light OH, G4 SATLOC w/ Intelliflow, 36 CP’s w/AFS check valves, Rt. Hand boom shutoff, Lane brake, VG’s, comm radio, Smoker, Heater, Air conditioning, Reabe canopy top, Auto fuel shutoff, Shadin fuel flow, Amsafe restraint system, Pulsing LED nose lites. Solid, well maintained northern airplane. Call 605-350-4536

1994 AT-502B, 11036 Hours Total Time, 558 Hours Since Complete Rebuild by Georges Aircraft, 558 Hours since new prop, 1 season on new SALTOC G4 w/ Intelliflow, 3111 Hours since new 9800 hour lower spar caps in 2008, 558 Hours since Hot and IRAN PT6A-34AG, AFS Check valves w/CP-11, Smoker, $460,000 Call 308-991-3432 or email rdwells@

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

AT-402B: Go turbo. The AT-402B, with the time-proven Pratt & Whitney PT6A15AG turbine engine, offers impressive climb rates and overall performance. The AT-402B’s light handling characteristics help reduce pilot fatigue – while delivering the payload, speed and productivity that helps create profits. Visit your Air Tractor dealer and learn how Wells Fargo’s financing options for qualified buyers make owning an Air Tractor more affordable than you might think. 2014 AT-802A, PT6A-65 AG, Wingman, hyd. gate, GPS/flow, 1400 TTSN. For more information call 309-759-4646 or email

Several 2010-2013 AT-802 -67F, wheels configuration, full avionics, FRDS Gen II, 380 USG, full lightning protection, airbag. Detailed maintenance. Call or email: +34667102184, sales@airtractoreurope. com.

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2013 AT-802A -65AG, N522LL, 2,000 hrs. TT, Dual Cockpit, Dual Condensors, Elec. Brake Gr. Adj., LED Nose Lights, Kawak Throttle Quadrant, G4 w/Flowcontrol, Transland Spreader, 10” Hydraulic Gate w/Vondran Controller, Smoker, Wingman, S/S Cam Locks, CP Nozzles, & Single Point Fuel, $1,000,000 For more information call Frost Flying Inc. at 870-295-6213


2000 AT-402A, N623LA, -11AG, approx. 6934.1 TT, Smoker, M3 with Flow Control, Single point fuel, CP nozzles, Spreader and Wingman...$230,000 For more information call Frost Flying Inc. at 870295-6213.

Several 2006-2012 AT-802A -67F on floats “Fire Boss”, full avionics, yellow and blue paint scheme, 1600 shp, computer gate, 380 USG, NAV/COM/GPS, audio box, radio, ELT, from 200 to 1600 hours TT, extremely careful maintenance. Call or email: +34667102184, sales@ 2015 AT-502B -34AG, 300 +/- Hrs. TT A&E, 170 Gal Fuel, A/C, Heat, Lane electric brake & fan, RCA attitude gyro, 3” bottom load, S/S Camlocs, SATLOC Bantam with Intelliflow, P&W extended warranty. $785,000 *PRICE REDUCED* For more details 800-441-2964


AT-504: Learn and earn. With side-by-side cockpit seating and 485-gallon capacity, the AT-504 is a great way to train new ag pilots and earn while they learn. Powered by the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34AG turbine engine, you’ll get working speeds and performance like the tried and true AT-502B. And when the training day is done, you’ll see that it was productive workday, too. Wells Fargo financing for qualified buyers is available; just visit with your Air Tractor dealer. 2012 AT-802 Dual Cockpit/Single Control, PT6A-65AG, 2700 TTSN, G-4/flow, com radio/transponder, Wingman, new annual, new Covington hot section, 308 fuel, S.P. fuel, dual load. For more information call 309-759-4646 or email farmairparts@

1989 AT-401, 9665TT, Younkin Engine w/2 new extra cyls. & parts 973TTSMOH, JPI Engine Monitor, Hamilton standard hydro prop 0 SMOH, Wing spar caps done 1501 hrs ago, Main gear has 292 hrs, SATLOC LiteStar II, Collins A/C, WeathAero pump, Stainless steel booms, New paint in 2013, Fresh Annual $160K 601-201-9497 2014 AT-502B, 800 TTAF&E, G4, LANE BRAKE, HEATER, RADIOS, VG’S, $740,000 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE / 281-3425451 or FAX: 281-232-5401

2013 AT-502B -34, 2000 hrs TT AF&E, Working now, Owner flown, Clean, Eq uip p e d, N o damage his tor y, N o nonsense, Ready to work! Available late summer. $650K Call Paul Bruton 979543-5712 2005 AT-802 -65. 8,800 TTA&E. 400 hrs SIRAN prop, Completely refurbished 2015. SATLOC G4, Wingman, FastStart. Call for price. 318-439-0710. 2013 AT-802 (2 Seat), 4,000 TTAF&E, -67AG, Full Hydraulics, $900,000 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE / 281-342-5451 or FAX: 281-232-5401

1988 AT-502 N1004B, s/n: 501-0022, TT 7816.4, Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34AG, s/n: PCE-57182, TT 13,834.5, SHOT 1.1, Hartzell Prop HC-B3TN-3D, s/n: BUA30202, SOH 1121.4, (Aircraft converted from 501 to 502 on 10-31-05 by Frost Flying Service) Annual inspection due: 7-1-16, Hot Section Inspection performed by Prime Turbines., Has new 9800 hour spar cap’s, by Air Tractor. Call Darryl or Bill at South Delta Aviation - 870-5729011 days / 870-995-1323 nights and weekends

1998 AT- 602 S/N 602- 0466, 12153 TTE&P, PT-60, 0 SMOH, 90 Hrs. Since Hot, New Gear, New G4, Flow Control, Shadin, Cp09, 2 Rinse Tanks, A/C & Heat, Manual Tailwheel Lock, Transland SS Spreader, Night Working Lights, Wingman, SS Camlocks. Available end of Oct. $340K Call 870-633-4511

2012 AT-504, N2151E, TT 652, Crop Hawk, Single Point Fuel, VHF Radio, Transponder, AG Nav GPS, Damm Engine Monitoring System, 3” Loading. Call Chip or Joy at 800-736-7654 for more information on this aircraft.

1988 AT-502, W-34AG, Fresh Annual & Hot Section, 13,000 AFTT, Engine 14,278, TT 3633 SIRAN, 0.0 SHSI, Prop Hartzell HC-B3TN-D 630 hrs SOH, Spar Caps 5300 hrs remaining. Good Hopper & Glass, Wingman, Landing Lights, Alum Booms, CP’s 38” Gate, Lane Adj Fan w/ Electric Brake, Satloc G4 w/Flow Control, VG’s, Hopper Rinse, Paint is 2 years old. $325,000 Contact Frankie Williams at Souther Field Aviation, Inc., 229-924-2813

2016 AT-502XP, 867HP PRATT PT6A140, IN STOCK $976,400 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE / 281-342-5451 or FAX: 281-232-5401 2012 AT-502B *PRICE REDUCED* PT6A3 4AG , (750 hp) 2,550 hor a s de sde nuevo, 750 horas desde sección caliente y reparación mayor del hélice. Aire Acondicionado, Satloc G4 con Intelliflow, boquillas CP, Radio VHF, Transponder, Horizonte Artificial. Freno Eléctrico y Abanico Variable (Lane), Generadores de Vortice, 170 galones de combustible. Este avión se encuentra en buenas condiciones, un solo dueño desde nuevo, nunca dañado, con inspección anual reciente...$675,000 Sun Valley Aviation, 956-421-4545

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

2001 AT-602, 6200 TT, recent IRAN on prop and gearbox. 0 HOT section by Prime Turbines. New wings, bottom load fuel, M3 Satloc, quick start, LED nose lights, Wingman, spreader and CP09 nozzles, $525,000. 870-866-7636 2013 AT-502B Firewall forward parts: Engine mount, cowling, Ram Air filter system, Hartzell prop NC-B3TN-3D/T 10282N S+4 106”. All parts with less than 1400 hours total time. Very clean and well maintained AT-502B. Call Cascade Aircraft Conversions for more details 1-509-635-1212

1982 AT-400, N501JK, 9597 TT, SATLOC M3 GPS, Smoker, hopper auger system, MICRO VG’S. For more information call Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573-359-0500

2013 AT-802A, PT6A -67AG, TTA&E 2181 . 0 , 16 6 .7 S . H . S . I . , Fu l l f i r e configuration, Hyd. Gates & Wingman, July annual. $1,100,000 For more details 800-441-2964 2009 AT-802 -67. 6,800 TTE&A, 300 hrs SIRAN on prop, hydraulic flaps, hydraulic air conditioning, hydraulic spray pump, hydraulic spray valve, hydraulic gate, Air Repair variable rate gate controller, SATLOC G4, Wingman, FastStart. Comes with fresh annual and HSI. Call for price. 318-439-0710,



1980 AT-400, 7700 TTAF, 5500 TTE, 0 SHOT, 1500 Hrs on wing spar, New Prop, Overhauled Prop Gov, Overhauled Overspeed Gov, Overhauled Fuel Control Unit, New Landing Gear, New Paint, New Windshield, Satloc, Call Chad Stuart, Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091

1989 AT-502, N10125, PT6-34 SN:5020047, 12746 TTAF,13700 TTE,190 SHOT Satloc Bantam with G4 screen, Wingman, Smoker, 38” gate, A/C, CP11’s. New Paint Job! $325,000. Call Randy Turman 662654-0389

2016 AT-502B, PT6A-34AG, (750hp) Avión nuevo, Aire Acondicionado, Freno Eléctrico con Abanico Variable(Lane), 170 Galones de conbus tible , GPS Satloc Bantam con Intelliflow, Radio Comunicador y Transponder Garmin, Disponible en, Marzo...$891,000 Sun Valley Aviation 956-421-4545 1994 AT-502. 10,248 TTAF, 16,916 TT on -27. Fresh HSI, 275 since prop IRAN, wings done 8004 hrs, M3 w/ Intelliflow, LoadHawg, Lane elec. brake, heat/ac, LED strobes, CP11 Flat Fans, Transland 10-vane spreader. $315,000. Paul Artman, 662-347-1063

1990 AT-502, SN 502-0080, TTAF-11221, PT6A-15AG Engine TT-12607, Fresh HSI, annual & paint job . Wing spars due in 6780 hrs. Satloc Bantam w/ G4 screen, Load Hawg, A/C, CP Flat Fan, Smoker. $360,000. Call Randy Turman 662-6540389

1993 AT-402. N9165C. 8480.1 TTAF, PT6A-14AG w/ 8239.8 TTE and 0 SHOT by LD Blake, Hartzell prop (see spec sheet), Annual due 8/1/16, 9800 hr spar caps by AT installed at 7323.5 by AT, rep. due at 17,123.5 TTA, new hopper installed by AT at 7323.5 TTA, new main gear legs and axles installed at Hobbs: 1107.6, new tail gear installed at Hobbs: 1568, five blade fan, electric brake, Aluminum booms, SATLOC M3, flow control, A/C, single point fuel. New Paint! $345,000. Call Darryl or Bill at South Delta Aviation - 870-572-9011 days / 870-995-1323 nights and weekends

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2014 502B -34AG N30411, 1,700TT, Wingman, Single Point Fuel, Bantam w/Flowcontrol, Smoker............................................................ $680,000 2012 Air Tractor 802, N363BG, -65AG, approx. 2400 hrs TT, dual cockpit, smoker, elec. brake gr. adj., G4 w/Flow control, CP Nozzles, spreader, hydraulic gate and Wingman ................................................... $975,000

2013 Air Tractor 602, N30562, -60AG, approx. 1400 hrs TT, smoker, elec. brake gr. adj., Bantam w/Flow control and Wingman ............... $880,000 2000 AT-402A, N623LA, -11AG, approx. 6934.1 TT, smoker, M3 w/Flow control, single point fuel, CP Nozzles, spreader, Wingman ....... $230,000

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2008 AT-802A-0305, N4221S with PT6A67AG, 3131.2 TTAFE, Cockpit air and heat, Smoker, Flagman, Hopper Rinse System, Night Working Lights and Turn Coordinator. $975,000 Call Chip or Joy at 800-736-7654 for more information on this aircraft. Order your AT-602 Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at

1974 Cessna Ag Truck, N53243, TT 4940 hrs., Engine 698 hrs. TTSN on Cont IO-520, Hartzell 3-blade prop 698 hrs. SNEW, CP nozzles, Satloc Bantam, Smoker, New RH fuel cell in 2013 and new LH fuel cell in 2016. $110,000 Call Seaver at 575-799-2504 1979 Cessna Turbo 182RG, 3,120 Horas desde nuevo, 260 Horas desde Top y Turbo OH (Lycoming TO540. 88 Galones de combustible, Oxygeno, Radios King digitales con GPS, HSI, STEC 55 Piloto Automatico. Buenas condiciones, buena pintura, interior de cuero. $120,000 Sun Valley Aviation 956-421-4545

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


1979 AT-301 N8764S, TTAF 9663 Hrs. P&W R-1340-AN1 Engine TSMOH 235 Hrs. Covington, 2000 Hrs. remaining on wings, 12D40 Prop 385 Hrs. SOH, 126 gal. fuel, Short tail w/good fabric, Good Clean Northern Airplane w/no Corrosion, Ag Nav Guia w/flow control, New aluminum booms, CP-03’s, Smoker, Fresh Annual on purchase. Call 308-991-3432 or email rdwells@gtmc.net1979 AT-301, 7619 TTAF, 240 SMOH by Covington, Hydromatic prop 240 SPOH by Memphis, Collins A/C, M3 w/ Flow control, Smoker/ flagger, Garmin SL40, VG’s. New cool seat, AMSAFE airbag seat belts, CP nozzles, Reabe hopper gauge, 126 fuel, SS booms, All metal tail, 2011 paint, LG replaced at 6695 TTAF, Wings done at 6584, Single point fuel, Clean northern airplane. Call Kyle 970-867-8414 or 970-768-0553.



1972 Cessna 188 Ag Wagon, N21883, TT6350, 1740 SMOH, Prop165, stainless steel booms, SATLOC Lite 2, new leading edges, refurbished hopper, CP nozzles, owner flown since new. Good flying and fast! Current annual with sale. $120,000 Call Kevin at 785-386-8875

1978 Ag Wagon - IO 520-D engine, SMOH 525.6 hours, TTAF since new 7542.6 hrs., Bantam GPS with Intelliflow Flow Control and Wing fuel tanks. Clean old Cessna. Purchased to get my son ag time. He is now flying my turbine and have no need for the Cessna anymore. Contact Chris at 662-822-4278 or Phil at 662-390-7056.

1964 PA25-235, 4818TT Engine1000 since O/H. Great airplane, No damage history, Smoker, Automatic Wingman, Weathaero Fan, Rear wing attach mod done, Current Annual next due March 2017, All Logs complete. $68,000 OBO • Contact Mat at 918-225-8561

1960 Hutcherson Pawnee, Less than 300 hrs. SMOH on Continental 0470R with a constant speed prop, 4000 hrs. TTAF, 2005 Ceconite fabric, In great shape, new SATLOC, new Garmin comm radio, CP’s, automatic flagger and smoker. Ready to work! $50,000 or might trade on very nice original stock J-3 Cub that has Butyrate Dope or Poly Tone Cub yellow. US inquiries only! Call 918-704-0308 Order your Clipped J3 Cub Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99 plus S&H. Call 478 - 987-2 2 5 0 o r o r d e r o n l i n e at

1966 Cessna Ag Wagon A188, 4184 Total time with 1130 SMOH and 574 SPOH. Aero fan, CP11 nozzles, SATLOC lite, smoker and automatic flagman. Call Rex Kelley 308-214-1516

1973 CESSNA 188B, N5647G, A/F TT 4020, Continental O-470R Engine, 230 HP, Prop Time 394.8, SEE SPEC SHEET FOR DETAILS, Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885

1978 Cessna Ag Truck, 6000 TTAF, 625 TTeng, 550 TTprop, 8.50X10 Clevelands, GPS, field ready. $125,000 Call Chad Stuart, Airplane Services, Inc. 850-3806091

1976 CESSNA, A-188B, N4933Q, A/F TT 6315.7, Continental IO-520D26B 285 HP, Check Spec Sheet for all the details, SOLID AS A NEW AIRCRAFT Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 www.

1976 PA 36 SUPER BRAVE(400 HP) - 7642 Total Time/ 388 since Overhaul engine/ 0 since Overhaul 3 blade Propeller: 275 gal hopper, JAS Gate, Agrinautics pump and fan, electric brake, dropped streamlined booms with AFC check valves and CP nozzles, 2” left side load, improved hopper lid, 90 gal fuel with new fuel cells, com radio, electric turn and bank, pistol grip, nav/strobe/ instrument/landing and taxi and retractable night working lights, NEW Dyna Nav VEKTOR GPS, left entry step, good paint/ tires/glass. Just had EXTENSIVE ANNUAL INSPECTION, aircraft in good condition. $160,000. Contact Johnston Aircraft Service at 559 686 1794/ info@johnstonaircraft. com /



1976 Cessna Bonair Ag Truck A-188B, N4765Q, A/F TT 3227, Continental IO-550 Engine 300 HP, Engine Time 456, New Tail Wheel Assembly, Satloc Lite Star II, Smoker, Super Boom, Good Windows, Locking Tail Wheel, Nozzles Tee Jets, Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800325-0885 Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Read By More Ag Pilots Than Any Other Publication. Only $29.99 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-352-0025.


3 Dromaders for sale. 1998: 1600-TTAF, 0-SMOH, 850-SPOH. 1996: 2700-TTAF, 650-SMOH, 0-SPOH, 750 gallon hopper. 1995: 4400 -TTAF, 850 -SMOH, 160 SPOH. All machines are well equipped, with fresh annuals inspections completed. We have lots of spares and can supply support. Please call for details and pricing. 306-630-8870 Order your Flying Dromader Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at

1976 PA 36 Turbine Brave (550SHP) 6450TT, 3097 since P&W O/H PT6A-20A engine with 362 since HSI, 0 SOH 3 Blade Hartzell Prop, 275 gallon hopper, JAS gate, Agrinautics pump, electric brake, dropped streamlined booms with CP nozzles, 2” left side load, improved hopper lid, JAS High Lift Wing Leading Edges, 90 gal fuel, comm radio, Crophawk, electric turn and bank, clock, nav/strobe/instrument/landing and taxi lights, Del Norte GPS, pistol grip, left entry step, very good tires/glass and paint, 1739 hours remaining on wing spar caps. This aircraft was imported from Australia, and has just had an extensive annual inspection of the engine, prop, and airframe, along with a NEW Airworthiness Certificate. This aircraft is in very good condition! Need a very reasonably priced, nimble turbine that will get a lot done for small $$$? This is it!! $280,000. 559-6861794 / Email /

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Piper 1982 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, 620 horas desde nuevo!!, Tela nueva, pintura nueva, micas nuevas, recién inspecionado, GPS, Comm, Transponder. El PA-18 más nuevo y bonito en el mercado, $135,000 Sun Valley Aviation 956-421-4545

Piper PA-25-235, 6919Z, 7606TT, 725 SMOH, Full hutch conversion, SS sprayer, CP nozzles, weath aero fan, Crophawk, smoker, flagger, low time prop, 250 hp. Email or call 785282-0218

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1981 Eagle Aircraft DW-1, Aircraft can be ready for delivery this Spring!!! Airframe (times are approximate): 4850 hours TT, Engine: 1650 SMOH, Propeller: 400 SPOH, Equipment: 250 Gallon Hopper, Satloc Lite Star II GPS, Smoker, Spreader, Air conditioning, Automatic flagman, Landing/Taxi lights, Nav lights, Strobe lights, Hopper light. General Information: Upper and Lower Right wings rebuilt at Factory, New Upper Center Wing spar section done at Factory. New cockpit glass! New Paint on entire aircraft! Fresh extensive annual inspection, and Much more!$60,000 Tom Ashenfelter 952941-6255


2015 Thrush 510G, 600 hours Total SNEW. Warranty remaining! Loaded with SATLOC Bantam Big screen w/ flow control, Hatfield Single Point fuel, Electric fan brake Model 111F, Smoker, Vortex Generators, Leading edge LED lights, Night working lights/Landing light, Right and left boom shutoffs, Hopper Rinse system, GTR-225 Garmin Com R adio, RC A 26 0 0 -3 A r tif icial Horizon, Reabe Hopper level indicator, *STC Approval for Night Vision Goggles. ASI JET AG Division is an authorized Thrush Dealer for North America! We specialize in NEW and Used aircraft sales. ASIJET.COM or Give us a call! 952-941-6255

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Thrush - Marsh Conversion *HUGE PRICE REDUCTION* S2RG1/400, 1975 Total time 5,601 hr, 400 gals hopper, Blay fan electric, CP nozzles, 2” side load, 106 gal fuel, Satloc with flow control, Smoker, Spring Tail wheel, 29” tire, Stainless Steel Boon, AD 80-04-06 due at 5666.6 total time (spar inspection), One owner, hangar since new in SW KS, Engine TPE 331-1 Total time 6,703, time since repair by CD Aviation Services (new turbines wheels) 633.2 hrs engine cycles on turbines wheels, major 313, minor 1085, Prop Time since overhaul 633.2 hrs $219,000 Call 303-810-3840

1973 Geared Thrush S2R, Privately operated commercially maintained, Canada since 2004, TTAF 8682 hrs., Geared R1340 TTSO 860, Covington cam ring at 700hrs., Albatross prop 900 Since O/H, New Leading Edges and Spar Caps, 28,800 hr spar, Extended Wings, New Paint I/O 2015, New windows 2015, New Panel 2015, New Satloc Bantam GPS & Flow Control 2016, Cowl mounted Pump and Boom gages, CP11TT Nozzles, Spray Pump & Valve O/H 2016, Metal Tail, Cold Air Intake, Spin On Oil Filter, Single Point Fuel, Hopper 2014, Big Main and Tail wheels, New Rubber 2015, Aileron Servos, A/C, Cool Seat, Smoker, VG`s, Flip Flop Com, Strobes, 600 Watt Land Lights, Aeronautics Fan & brake, Boom Camera’s, Chip Detector, Battery and Oil Cooler 2016, $185,000 USD 306-737-4412 or email

2000 660 Thrush -65 Pratt, 8600hrs. TTAF, 8003hrs. SMOH, 850hrs. SHS & extensive work done to engine, prop 1100hrs. since IRAN, Load hog, fast start, flow control, heat/air, side fuel w/ auto shut off, hopper rinse, no damage history, low component times. Will sell w/fresh annual & fresh hot. 318-237-7088

1980 Ayres S2R-T34DC, 14961 TT, 3700 hrs. left on spars, PT6-34AG 4687 SIRAN, 7485 TT prop, 1025 SIRAN, Dual cockpit w/out controls, SATLOC M3 w/ flow control, Kawak control quadrant, Electric fan brake, Variable rate dry, Dual load valves, Dual single pt fuel, Zee A/C, Load Hawg and CP-11’s. $350,000 Call 318-724-6880


2006 Thrush 510P, 5670 Total Time, 29,000 hour factory Wing Spar! 850 Since Hot Section (PT6A-34AG) Bantam Satloc w/Flow control, Single point fuel, Hopper rinse tank, Load Hawg, FAST Start, Air Conditioning, Shadin fuel flow meter, Smoker, VG’s, and More!!! Asking price: $469,000. ASI JET AG Division is an authorized Thrush Dealer for North America! We specialize in NEW and Used aircraft sales. ASIJET.COM or Give us a call! 952-941-6255

2006 Thrush S2R-T34, N3067X (Revised 7 Oct 2015), SN T34-278, 5400 TT, Air Repair annual. Ready to go to work! P&W PT6A-34AG Engine SN PCE-PH0376, Total Time 5400 Very clean well maintained aircraft! Last hot section insp. 24 Oct 2014 by Air Repair at 4827 hrs. Small duct assy sent to Dallas Airmotive for repairs & blade stretch test performed. Vane ring replaced with P&W Vane Ring. Hartzell Prop Mod HC-B3TN-3D, SN BUA30645. 5400 hrs TT, Last OH by Mem Prop 3795 hrs 1 Nov 2012. Last IRAN 15 Oct 2014 by Mem Prop at 4827 hrs., Aircraft also equipped with a WeathAero fan, Air/Heat, LED strobes/nav lights, Load Hawg, Smoker, Satloc Bantam with IntelliFlow flow control, Single point fuel, Agrinautics pump & valve, Spray booms, CP nozzles, Spreader. Available for sale at $479,000 or Long Term Lease. Call Danny Lowery at Air Repair, Inc. Phone: 662-846-0228, Fax: 662-843-0811, www. WE DO CENTURY 60,000 HR. SPAR CAPS FOR THRUSH AIRCRAFT. CALL FOR AFTER-SEASON SLOT. JOHNSON AIRSPRAY INC 218-437-6415, CELL 218201-1450 LINDLEY

1974 S2R Geared Engine Thrush. 7710 T TAF, 810 SMOH engine. 330 hrs since master rod bearing reprocessed, crankshaft magnafluxed, valves reground and returned to service. 787 SMOH prop. Extensive annual with many new parts including tires, battery, A/C compressor, fuel pump, seat belts and harness. Has stainless steel pump with electric brake and stainless booms with CP nozzles. Satloc Bantam with G-4 screen and flow control. Air conditioner, chip lite, 24 volt electrical system, smoker, flagger, single point fuel, comm radio, oil filter kit, digital tach, extended wings, Big Butterfly plate, good glass and paint. All logs since new. Asking $155,000.00 OBO Call Terry 806258-7220 or email Order your Dual Cockpit Thrush Pen and Ink Drawing Call 478-987-2250 or order online at

1981 Ayres Thrush 8670TT airframe, Engine is 0 since Covington light overhaul! Prop 1351 TSOH +4 blades. Ag-tips, Duel cockpit, fast start, Avenger spars, metal tail, Cascade pressure cowl, zee air, cool seat, custom Air tailwheel assembly, SS spray system, Lane fan and brake, Satloc Bantam GPS. This airplane is ready to work! $395,000 *PRICE REDUCED* Call Chris Eskildsen at 509-539-9033

New 2017 Thrush 510P, serial number T34-451, Mid-January Delivery, All options are still available! ASI JET AG Division is an authorized Thrush Dealer for North America! We specialize in NEW and Used aircraft sales. ASIJET.COM or Give us a call! 952-941-6255

2011 Thrush 510P, N70224, 1395 hrs. TTA&E, 510 Gallon Hopper, 41 Inch Stainless Steel Gate, Stainless Steel Boom, Five Blake Weathaero, Cockpit Adjustable Fan, 3” Side Load, Strobe and Nav Lights, Leading Edge Lights, Smoker, VG’s, 228 Gallon Fuel, Bantam SATLOC, Bottom Load Fuel, MVP50T, Cascade Pressure Cowl Install 213. $650,000 Call Darryl or Bill at South Delta Aviation - 870-5729011 days / 870-995-1323 nights and weekends 2004 550 Thrush -65 8580 hrs. less engine and prop. Available Nov. 2016. SATLOC G4 w/Intelliflow, L7, Air Repair variable rate gate, Load Hawg, Lane brake, Shadin fuel, bottom fuel, fast start, smoker, strobe LED’s, Harbor A/C, VG’s, spreader, aluminum boom, CP 11’s. $100K Contact Jerry at 662-207-8088

1973 500 Gallon M601-E11, TTAF: 9500, TSOH : 26 0 0, TSPO H :26 0 0, Engine borescope satisfactory (engine is hot and high), 2 brand new batteries still in boxes, engine auto startup limiter, Time left on wing spars: 2000 approx., Wing spar inspection (eddy current) Good, Serv-Aero tailwheel, CP’s, Agrinautics pump with Lane brake and air tractor 5 blade ground adjustable fan, VG’s, Zee heat and air conditioner, Satloc Airstar with Aerial ace flow control, Dry spreader, Inertial reel Harness $205,000 Co nt ac t M at t at 20 8 - 867- 9586 o r

2005 Thrush 510P -34, 6450 TT Owner operator flown since new. NDH. No recurring AD’s or wing inspections! This aircraft is turn key ready for work! Corrosion free AZ airplane and hangared from day one! M3 SATLOC, Aerial Ace flow control, SS booms w/strainer in T boom, CP03 nozzles, 13 Vane Spreader SSF, Zee A/C, Hooker harness and night lights. Available November 1st, possibly sooner! $410,000 Call Chris at 520-251-1577

1979 Goering Thrush, Turbomax crossover TPE -331 -5, 525 Gallon, 600 hrs. since refurbish on AF, new prop and SHOT. 300 hrs. since IRAN gearbox & new fuel control. Lots of time left on wings & lots of cycles remaining on engine. SATLOC Bantam, Big Fuel & Vgs. Empty weight is 4600 lbs. so airplane is a real performer. Load it with whatever and go. Selling only because I need a bigger hopper. $350,000 Call Craig at 870-926-6354

SALE OR LEASE: 1979 AYERS THRUSH S2R-T15 Turbine conversion. Aircraft located Washington State. AFTT 7543, TPE 331-5 Engine TSN: 6818.3 TSO: 0/0 CSO: 0/0, Goering Conversion, 500G hopper, Serv-Aero Fabric Tail Serv-Aero Spring Tail, 505 Tail Wheel Conversion, Goring Engine Instrument Panel, Electronics International Instrument Cluster, Low Fuel Warning Lights, Vortex Generators, Spreader, Complete New Spray System and Pump by Gustin Aviation. Contact: Ward Rosadiukat 907-351-4557 or (Times are approximate, aircraft being used)

1978 S2RT34/400 THRUSH (750 SHP) 8900TT/3843 since O/H, 360 since IRAN and 28 since HSI & FCU O/H/ 512 since O/H propeller with new blades: 400 gallon hopper, factory spray system, Lane fan and electric brake, TJet nozzles, S.S. 10 vane spreader, 2” left side load, extended wings, 192 gal fuel, Cascade pressure cowl, 29” tires, spring steel tailwheel gear with 5.00x5 tire, nav/strobe/instrument/ landing and night working lights, air conditioning, smoker, SATLOC LiteStar II GPS, good tires/fabric/glass/paint. Fresh annual. 1200 hours remaining on wing spar caps. $287,500 Contact: Cascade Aircraft Conversions 509.635.1212 or email info@

1973 S2R “Viper” Thrush, Serial No: 1842R, Reg. No.: N5642X, Airframe: 7510 TT (approx.), Engine: R-1820, 1315 SMOH in 2005 (2000 TBO), 3308 TT. (approx.), Propeller: Hamilton-Standard 3 blade prop 640 SPOH (2008)(approx.), SATLOC M3 with Flow control, Air Conditioning, Single Point Refuel, SR 8A Electronics international Engine analyzer, KY 96A Nav/Comm, Panel mounted Boom pressure gauge, HORIZON INSTRUMENTS HI-P1000, Electric Tach, Alcor EGT, Electronics Intl. Smart Scanner, Crophawk , Smoker, 106 Gallon fuel, Aileron servos, Wing root fairings, Serv-Aero Turtle Deck, Spring steel tail wheel, Airwolf oil filter, Wing tip Extensions, AMSAFE restraint system, Stall Warning, Rotating Beacon, Strobe Light, Taxi Lights, Navigation Lights, Aluminum booms with atomizers, Installed CK-AG-40 wing spar upgrade per AD in 2007. Exterior: The aircraft top half is painted white which includes the horizontal stabilizer and rudder. The bottom half is yellow and the main wings are also yellow. All specifications and times are subject to verification upon inspection by the buyer. $99,000Call for more details! We specialize in NEW and Used aircraft sales. ASIJET.COM or Give us a call at 952-941-6255 1975 S2R Thrush, Totally Renovated, All New Paint – White with New Thrush paint scheme, New Stainless Belly Skins, New Panels, New Zero Time Spars, New 850SHP Extended Engine Mount, PT6A-41 850SHP turbine, New 106” 3 Blade AVIA Prop, New Firewall Forward including the Cascade Pressure Cowl, New LED Landing/Taxi Pulsing light system, New Upper Instrument Panel with Electronics International MVP-50T Glass Panel display, New 525 Gallon, Hopper, Spray System, Booms and nozzles, Bottom Load Fuel, Heat and Air Conditioning, Air Seat, KAWAK Throttle Quadrant, 192 Gallon Fuel. $525,000 Contact: Cascade Aircraft Conversions 903 Grinnell Rd. Garfield, WA 99130 509-635-1212

1989 Ayers Thrush 510 -34, 13,975 TT A&E since new, 3925 time remaining on spar caps, serv aero fabric tail, complete records, fully equipped, well maintained. $295,000 Call 520-251-1577

1983 DC Thrush, TT 16,581, Walter 601E-11, 29,000 hr wing spar, no ad’s, winglets 80’ swath, Satloc M-3, crophawk, fuel flow, a/c, heat, intercom, strobes, radio, SS booms, CP nozzles, electric pump brake, single point fuel, wingman, spreader, vg’s. $340,000 Call Shelton at 912-384-6466 or 912-592-5334.


1987 Thrush S2R-T34/400 Great Low Time Thrush with loads of Extras! 6950TT airframe, 5250 TT Engine PT6A-34AG (New in 2006!) recent light overhaul IRAN by RT turbines, 400 hours of warranty remaining! Cascade inlet conversion, Dual cockpit, Bantam with Flow control, Winglets, Air conditioner, VG’s, Smoker, Lane fan brake, and More! Call for more details! We specialize in NEW and Used aircraft sales. ASIJET.COM or Give us a call at 952-941-6255


Plan for the new Air Tractor in your future. YOUR #1 AIR TRACTOR DISTRIBUTOR IN SALES AND SERVICE AIRCRAFT 2016 & 2017 AIR TRACTORS , RESERVE YOUR POSITION NOW .................................... $CALL$ 2016 AT-502XP, 867HP PRATT PT6A-140, IN STOCK ....................................................$976,400 2014 AT-502B, 800 TTAF&E, G4, LANE BRAKE, HEATER, RADIOS, VG’S .......................$740,000 2013 AT-802 (2 SEAT), 4,000 TTAF&E, -67AG, FULL HYDRAULICS ..............................$900,000 2013 AT-502B/34AG, 2,050 TTAF&E, G4, VG’S, HEATER, LANE BRAKE.........................$630,000 1977 THRUSH SR2, $395,000, 400 Gal with PT6-34 converted to Turbine 350 hours ago by Valley Aircraft. Airframe TT 5086.2, Engine 2800 SIRAN/Light OVH, 350 on Prop SNEW. 4800 hrs remaining on wing spars. MVP-50 Digital Instruments, M3 Satloc with flow control and touch screen, Air Conditioning an Electric Heater. Will be sold with Fresh Annual. Aircraft located in Yuma Arizona, Contact Frankie Williams at Souther Field Aviation, Inc., 229-924-2813 Several PT6A-34/510 Thrushs for sale. Low engine and propeller times and good equipment. Please visit our web site, www., and look in our Ag Aircraft for Sale section. JOHNSTON AIRCRAFT SERVICE, INC. 559-686-1794 or e-mail

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 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 operating

2013 AT-502B.34AG, 1,300 TTAF&E. G4, VG’S, HEATER, COMM/TXP ..........................$695,000 2015 AT-402B, 680 TTAF&E, SMOKER, HEATER, 3 PC W/S, VG’S, LANE BRAKE/FAN ..$680,000 2011 AT-402B, 1,300 TTAF&E, 3 PIECE W/S, SMOKER, HEATER, LANE BRAKE/FAN ....$560,000 ENGINES R-1340, ZERO TIME SINCE OVERHAUL BY COVINGTON ................................................$64,500 NEW PT6 -11, 15, 34, 60, 65, 67 OUTRIGHT OR EXCHANGE .......................................... $CALL$ PROPELLERS HARTZELL 3 BLADE AND 5 BLADED PROPS – New And Used ........................................ $CALL$ DISPERSAL EQUIPMENT TRANSLAND 10 VAIN SPREADER FOR 38” GATE, NEW .....................................................$9,900 AGRINAUTICS, ROOT, CROPHAWK, TRANSLAND, OTHERS ............................................ $CALL$

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1980 AYRES S2R-T34, $400,000, DC 400 Gal, Air Frame TT5014 Hrs, Engine PT6A-34AG TT 5014, 1813 SMOH, HARTZELL PROP 1772 TSNEW 135 SMOH, VG’S, Wing Extensions, Smoker, SS BOOMS, Strobes, LANES Electric Brake, 5 Blade Adj. Fan, 192 Gal Fuel, Windshield Washer/Wiper, Fabric Tail. Contact Frankie Williams at Souther Field Aviation, Inc., 229-924-2813

1998 Thrush 510P S2R-T34, Airframe: Approx. 8600 hours TT, Approx.1600 hours remain on Wing Spar. Engine: PT6 - 34AG, 550 Hours Since Hot Section. Equipment: Satloc Bantam GPS with Intelliflow, Bottom Load Fuel, Load Hawg, LED Strobes, Becker Com radio, Garmin GMA 240 Audio Panel, Lane Electric Fan Brake, Hopper rinse, Smoker, Air conditioning (new in 2012)Inspection status: Sold with a Fresh Annual, New Paint and Panels in 2012. Call for more details! We specialize in NEW and Used aircraft sales. ASIJET.COM or Give us a call at 952-941-6255

1974 S2RG5/525(Goering Garrett-5 conv.-750 SHP) - 12,624 TT/ 94 since IRAN engine/ 2704 since new 4 blade prop: 525 gal hopper, Simplex pump and electric fan brake, stainless booms, 2” left side load, extended wings, droop tips, aileron servos, vortex generators, 192 gal fuel, bottom load fueling, nav/strobe/ instrument and landing lights, spring steel tailwhl gear w/ 5.00x5 tire, air cond., SATLOC M3 GPS with Raven flow control, Big butterfly wing splice plate with NEW factory lower spar caps, good paint/ tires/glass/fabric, NEW Serv Aero Tail MODIFICATION with NEW FABRIC and PAINT! PRICE REDUCED! $305K JAS 559686-1794 / Email info@johnstonaircraft. com 1999 Ayres Turbo Thrush N760BF G10154, 6008 Hrs. TTAF, 1150 Hrs. TTSN, 1150 Engine hrs. since Cam, 1150 Prop hrs. since O/H with New blades, Standard Gauges, Transponder, VHF Radio, A/C, AFS Check valves, Davidon Triset Nozzle Tips, Lane Fan Clutch, Lane Ground Adjustable Fan, Windshield Wiper, ATS VG’s, Smoker, Strobes, Aluminum Booms, 3” Side Load Valve, Bottom Load Fuel, 1150 hrs. on Spar Caps Replaced, Guia GPS & Flow Control, $525,000 Call Bruce’s Flying Service 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135 or WORLD WIDE U.S. Dealer New/Used Ag Thrush, 34-510, 550-60, *FINANCING AVAILABLE* Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO Call 800-325-0885 or visit


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. 2013 Thrush Aircraft, N762BF G10-177, 630 hrs. TTAF, 630 hrs. TTSN, Engine 630 hrs. since Cam, Prop 630 hrs., MVP 50, A/C, Guia GPS with Flow Control, AgNav, VHF Radio, Transponder, AFS Check valves, Davidon Triset Nozzle Tips, Lane Fan Clutch, Lane Ground Adjustable Fan, Windshield Wiper, ATS VG’s, Strobes, Aluminum Booms, 3” Side Load Valve, Bottom Load Fuel, $825,000 Call Bruce’s Flying Service 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135 or bruceandrews62@ 1997 Thrush S2R G10, 4987TT, 466 SCAM by CD, Turbomaxx Crossover duct, SATLOC Bantam w/flow control, A/C, smoker, REABE hopper quantity gauge, AMSAFE Airbag seatbelts. $485,000. Contact Kyle Scott 970-867-8414

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.

19 97 We at h e r l y 620 B , * P R I C E DRASTICALLY REDUCED & SELLER IS VERY MOTIVATED* 3333 TTAF, 718 SMOH by Tulsa Engine, 718 since prop, SATLOC, Always hangared, One owner, Fresh annual, Nice airplane! Call Gary or Kevin 785-626-3344


Three OH-58 Helicopters For Sale With Spray Systems - Also have several loader trucks, and support equipment available . Please see www.northstarhelicopters. com

1976 Hiller Soloy Spray ship, Kawak hydraulic Simplex spray system, CP03s, TracMapPro, AutoCal, Forestry Radio, Comm radio, New interior, Dual Controls, Skid mounted cargo racks, Hook w/ remote, Bubble Door, Shooting door, Transport Trailer, Aux Fuel tanks, misc spare new parts, new M/R hub w/120hrs SNEW w/7 months warranty remaining, -03 Blades w/4876 hrs remaining on both. All equipment and hooks have 100% correct paperwork and stcs, w/ multiple weight & balances for different Configs. Call for negotiations, possible trades for piston ship. $360,000 Justin W. Staas 530-301-5353

Order your 510 Thrush Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at www. Order your Radial Thrush Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at


1996 620B One owner dr y countr y airplane. TT 4819 hrs., TSMOH 682 hrs. Tulsa, Last annual completed Sept 2016, all AD’s complied with. Nice airplane, has been based in eastern Colorado its whole life. Airstar 99.5 with Crop Hawk, & Flagger. $90,000 Call 719-765-4532

Bell 47G-5 Fresh out of 1200- READY TO SPRAY. GOOD COMPONENT TIMES: -21 Blades, ENG VO435B1A blueprinted & balanced by LyCon. Inc., trailer and some extra parts. Email gomesfarmair@

Bell 47 Tomcat MK6C, 175 hrs out of 1200, T/r blades 175 hrs since new, M/r blades 3500 hrs remaining, Hydraulic spray system, AgNav Guia GPS installed, Dry system included, Trailer available. Call 870-886-1999 or 870-926-9313

1979 Turbo Lance 4500 hours with fresh overhaul, IFR with Garmin 430, 3 axis auto pilot with Alt hold. 320-760-2854 for more information and pictures email iflylow@

1996 Aviat Husky A-1 N90HU S/N: 1317, TTA/F: 518.5 hrs. as of 6/28/2016, En g i n e : Lyco m i n g , 0 -36 0 - A1P, S # L-34987-36A, 518.5 SNEW Compressions at 2016 annual: 72,74,74,73, Propeller: Hartzell 2 Blade, Model: HC-C2YR-1BF, Sn# NS206B, 264.1 SNEW, Avionics: King KLX 135A GPS/Com, King KT79 txpd w/ Blind Encoder, Garmin 396 GPS w/ XM receiver, Equipment: Cylinder Temp / Exhaust Temp gauge, Polished Spinner, 52 gallon fuel / 50 useableTundra Tires (31x13x6) along with regular tires and wheels $77,500 Logs complete and Annual inspection due: 7/1/2017 Call Darryl or Bill at South Delta Aviation - 870-5729011 days / 870-995-1323 nights and weekends

1977 Piper Arrow III, Great Commercial or IFR Trainer, Make / Model - Piper PA28R-201, Total Time - 4365 hrs., Engine - 2161 hrs. since new, Full IFR, Garmin 430 WAAS, Auto Pilot. Contact Darin Walton cell: 870-930-4200 email:

20 03 G l a s a i r S u p e r I I - S RG W i t h Lycoming IO 360 B1E, Propeller: Hartzell HC-FZYR-1F, Tach 307.7, Airframe 307.7, Vision Microsystems Inc. VM 10 0 0 Engine Management System, Vision Microsystems Inc. Chronometer, Vision Microsystems Inc. Air Temperature, Vision Microsystems Inc. Fuel Level Monitoring System, GNC 250 GPS Com, Garmin 496, ZAON XRX Collision Avoidance System, Amera King AK-451 406 MHZ ELT. Call Chip or Joy at 800-736-7654 for more information on this aircraft. Turbo Prop Ag Planes - Take advantage of our biggest inventory of Turbo prop ag planes. Special buys and trades welcome. PT6, Garrett, GE even Walters. Mid Continent Aircraft Corp Hayti, MO 573359-0500

B1-A Callair Manufacturing Rights. Available now is the type certificate, drawings, jigs, tooling, aircraft parts, and property associated with this 300 gal Pratt and Whitney 985 powered sprayer. Start your own aircraft company or expand your line. Call for details. Airplane Services Inc. 850-675-1252, 850-380-7268, 850380-6091.

Dispersal Equipment Rotary nozzle set for sale. Great condition! Only used 3 months. Versatile with any boom. Lost spraying contract and need to sale. Call Davidon, Inc. 229-645-3605 SUPERBOOMS, Thrush Servos; Maintenance on Ag & G.A . Aircraf t Including Heavy Structural Repairs; Robinson Helicopter Service Center; Machining, Fabricating & Sheet Metal Gurus; Tri-State Aviation, ND 800-6425777 or www.


Order your Stearman Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 or order online at agairupdatemarketplace. com

TRANSLAND PARTS AND EQUIPMENT - WE ARE A TRANSLAND DISTRIBUTOR A N D H AV E B E E N H E L P I N G A G OPERATORS WITH THEIR NEEDS FOR 60 PLUS YEARS! CALL AND LET OUR VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE SALES PEOPLE H EL P YO U !!! E XCEL L EN T PR I CE S , KNOWLEDGE, AND SERVICE. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 559 686 1794/, fax 559686-9360, Ask for our catalog. Tri-Set Hydraulic Nozzle-Three Deflection angles, Three Orifice sizes, Quick Easy Adjustment, USDA Performance Tested and data Available. Made in USA. Davidon, Inc. 229-645-3605. www.davidononline. com CP NOZZLES and CHECK VALVES THE DRIFT FIGHTERS! - We carry a VERY LARGE INVENTORY and we have KN OWLEDG E ABLE SALE S PEO PLE! Improve your spray pattern and CUT DOWN ON YOUR HEADACHES! Contact Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: /web site: LOAD HAWG-The modern, efficient, safe, perfect way to improve your solids application. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800-325-0885 Transland 10 vane spreader for 38” gate, new, $9,900; Lane Aviation 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-232-5401 NEW! CP11TT/w-3 Tips & Shutoff in stock and ready to ship today! Call 1-800-4375319 Sky Tractor LLC

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SSF 38” 12 Vane Spreader for sale. $2,500 Call 870-644-3141 for more info. Stainless Steel Fabricators, Inc. In business for over 30 years. New 7 1/2” gate spreaders. Call for more information. We are the manufacturer of “original” 10 vane, 12 vane & “the 13 vane” standard throat and high volume. We do repairs on all models, including Transland and Swathmaster. 800-736-3433 or 870217-9232 Newberg Electrostatic Spraying LLC is the exclusive distributor for Spectrum Electrostatic Spray Systems. Do more acres with better performance. Call Ed Newberg 320 -848-2745. Serving northern US and Canada. Now STC’d for all 400 and 500 series Air Tractors. New Gate Keeper technology controlled seeding gate - Pilot friendly, easy calibration, and accurate distribution. TCL’S variable rate gate it the most versatile on the market- Applies from ultra fine product like herbicide impregnated sand all the way up to coarse seed accurately. Contact Turbine Conversions - 616-837-9428 Transland and Agrinautics, overstock sale. Call Danny for listing 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 Custom Boom Systems–Specializing in 2” and 3” Airfoil Aluminum Booms custom built to your specifications. Length, Nozzle Spacing, Attachment ends, all tailored to your specific needs. Stainless Steel Available also. Made in USA. Davidon Inc. 229-645-3605. www.davidononline. com CP nozzles and check valves. Distribuidor en Argentina: ArAvia S.A. -Venado Tuerto (Sta Fe) T.E. 54-3462-433540 - FAX: 438344 Cockpit adjustable flow control kit. Manual control or GPS variable rate ready. Integrates into existing hydraulic systems. More info at Kawak Aviation Technologies 5 41-385 -5051 w w w. Rotar y atomizer Nozzle delivering Uniform Droplet Spectrum, Low Drag, Low Maintenance, Dependable performance. Made In USA. Davidon, Inc. 229-645-3605 Standard Grumman Gate Spreader. 9 vane 24” inside measurement on the throat. Motivated to sell make an offer. Email or call Monticello at 270-305-2749

Engine Geared R1340-S3H-1G Engine for sale. Used as spare but aircraft sold. Mid time 900 hr TTSOH, Pickled storage since Sept 2015, Cdn logs. $15,000 USD. Sask, Canada. Call 306-737-4412 or email Dromader USA LLC Factory NEW and Overhauled engines ASz62IR for the Dromader M18, AN2, and Otter. All engines come with Factory warranty and Accessories. Zero time overhauls in stock. Call Jeff at 317-579-6666 ext. 18 or 850SHP PT6A-41/42 Thrush FWF kits for sale. New balanced mount/Pressure Cowl included. Contact: Cascade Aircraft Conversions 509.635.1212 or email info@


Garrett TPE331-151, 4200 TT hours, 600 TT hours since hot section by Georgetown Jet, complete with all accessories including starter generator and BETA tube. $85,000 Call 772-9135225 or email Jetset Airmotive: PT6A-28, PCE50555, TSO 2693, 3000 CR build. For pricing call Paul at 817-354-2002 or email preeves@ P&W PT6A-20 550SHP Turbine Engine For Sale - Perfect for a Turbine Brave Conversion! 4521 Since overhaul, 0 since extensive hot section inspection and update, has fuel control, fuel pump, primary governor, ignition exciter box and nozzles plus complete logs. $60,000 USA FOB Tulare, CA Call 559-686-1794 R985-AN1-14B Tulsa Overhaul, New Pistons, mags. Ignition harness, carb, with warranty outright/exchange. Call Chester Roberts Supply Co. at 903-4296805 PT6A-34 Fresh test and long term preservation. TTSN: 16,355.0; TCSN: 21,203; TSO: 3,591.2; CSO: 6,147. Cycle limiter is CT Disc with 4,771 cycles remaining. TSHSI: 826.8 by Dallas Airmotive. Engine is currently stored in Grapevine, Texas in a climate controlled warehouse. Full specs and log package available upon request. Asking $170,000 Contact Chuck Farthing at 720-322-0211 or Wendell Lambert at 214-207-3426 Pratt & Whitney Piston Engines, Parts and Accessories in stock. 0-Time R-985 / R-1340 / R-1830-92 & -94 / R-2000-7M2 / R2800CB engines ready to go. Complete stock of engine parts. We stock complete OHC cylinder assys. Ready to install. Call Sun Air Parts 661-257-7708, Fax 661257-7710 or email R1340 Engine Overhauled, New Pistons, New Bearings, mags. Ignition harness, carb, with warranty outright/exchange. Call Chester Roberts Supply Co. at 903429-6805 TPE331-1-151A: *PRICE REDUCED* P-92092C, 1521 HSI, Fresh L3-GBI / CB / SBG / PG / Nozzles, RCs 46344179-3755, $119K For more information contact AmAg: 870-886-2418/2489FAX or Email Jetset Airmotive: PT6A-28, PCE41708, TSO 2816, Outright Fresh HSI/Repair. 30 days, For pricing call Paul at 817-3542002 or email A.E.R.O. Turbine Parts: Call for the R985-AN1-14B Tulsa Overhaul, New Pistons, Bosch mags. Ignition harness, carb, with warranty outright/exchange. Call Chester Roberts Supply Co. at 903429-6805 b e s t p r i ci n g o n yo u r P T6 En g i n e Parts & Rotatables. Contact sales@ or call (877) 8425640 Ext. 381. R1340-AN2 Airmotive Overhaul, New Pistons, mags. harness, carb, with warranty outright/exchange. Call Chester Roberts Supply Co. at 903-429-6805 R985-14B, $40K, 270-SMOH, 0-SIRAN Convington. For more information contact AmAg: 870-886-2418 (2489)FAX or Email R-1340, Zero Time Since Overhaul By Covington, $64,500.00 Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE / 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-232-5401

Pratt & Whitney PT6A-60AG, 4272.2 TTSNEW, 0 since power section IRAN by Prime Turbines, O/H CLS and OS governors, new #6 bearing, fresh hot section inspection, overhaul vane ring, O/H SED, fresh accessory gear box inspection, O/H HPFP by Kansas Aviation, FCU 430 since over haul by Kansas Aviation, fresh bench check, new ignition leads, certified test cell run by Prime Turbines, complete logs. $350,000 Call 903-748-9579 Pratt & Whitney R1340 AN-1. 0 time since overhaul in 8/5/03 by Covington Aircraft Engines. Tulsa Aircraft Engine ran engine test in 2/27/13. Engine is approved for return to service. Engine was obtained from a company in Spain. The engine was a spare for an aircraft bought by Hershey Flying Service. All logs and paperwork. Located in Hershey, NE at Hershey Flying Service. Asking $55,000 Call 308-3685556 850SHP PT6-42 Turboprop FWF Power Upgrade for the Air Tractor AT502/502B aircraft. Complete new FWF package ready to bolt on your aircraft. 850SHP continuous up to 106° F OAT. This power upgrade package includes engine, new engine mount, all accessories, MVP-50T glass panel engine analyzer, Cascade Pressure Cowl including the new Par 46 LED pulsing light system and field proven serviceable air filtration system providing superior protection and maximum air availability to the engine. Power up your productivity with this new STC from Cascade Aircraft Conversions. Now scheduling production and receiving deposits. Contact Cascade at 509.635.1212 or tom@ P r at t & W h i t n e y R- 985 Fo r S a l e ! *FIREWALL FORWARD FOR Ag Cat* Engine has 1068.8 SMOH, Prop has 2078.8 SMOH, Includes all accessories; cowling, engine, prop, logbooks and paperwork. Located in Hershey, NE at Hershey Flying Service. Asking $30,000. Please call 308368-5556 for details Jetset Airmotive: PT6A-28, PCE50818, TSO, 0, EOS OH, For pricing call Paul at 817-354 -2002 or email preeves@ Wright 1820 Engine and Prop inventory of parts that include Cylinders, Carburetors, Magnetos, Starters, Oil Cooler, and various other parts. Contact Hershey Flying Service at 308-368-5556 Honeywell TPE331 -1 thru -10 engines and accessories available. Contact David Finley at 972-248-3108 X 213 / dfinley@ or Rick Forbes at 972248-3108 X 302 / rforbes@turbineair. com for details. R985 AN 1/14B OHC new pistons, chrome cylinders, new bearings, Bosch mags warranty outright or exchange.  Call Chester Roberts Supply Co. at 903-4296805 Pr at t & W hi tn ey R- 985 & R-13 4 0 Overhauled Engines in stock. Props, carburetors, magnetos, alternators & accessories for above engines. Call Chester Roberts Supply Company, Collinsville, TX  Tel: 903-429-6805, Fax: 903-429-6047 or email 10,000 P/N of Continental & Lycoming parts, 50% discount on most new! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at

Garrett TPE-331-10-511M , 2 engines available with lots of time and cycles remaining. Call for info. 979-532-1718 or 979-533-1720 Day or night Jetset Airmotive can take care of all of your PT6A engine needs with engines, parts, accessories, and a knowledgeable staff. We have engines for sale or exchange. Quality work with a quick turnaround. Call us today for your PT6A engine needs at 305-825-2001. Visit us at www.jsamiami. com. PT6A-15AG Engines: Need an engine replacement or upgrade for your Ag aircraft? Pratt & Whitney Canada has some 0 TSO PT6A-15AG PT6A-15AG PT6SMART(SM) engines available. Fly with the Eagle. Explore the available options for new and used engines and make your business “PT6SMART (SM)”. Email or call 450647-3682. Jetset Airmotive: PT6A-27, P-50935, TSO 0, Ready to ship! For pricing call Paul at 817-354-2002 or email preeves@ Pressure Cowls for all PT6 Air Tractors and Thrush Aircraft. Balanced Mount/Pressure Cowls for Thrush. Reduce ITT 35 to 70 degrees. Reduce fuel consumption. Save on Hot Section Inspections. Easy access to service fuel nozzles & air filter. Reduce NG 1 to 3%. Make your -15 perform like a -34. ELIMINATE ONGOING AIR FILTER PURCHASES! Please contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or Jasco Alternator kits in stock. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811 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 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 830625-4138. Covington Aircraft - Turbine Engines Available, PT6A-21 0 TSO; PT6A-135A NEW; PT6A-34AG NEW; PT6A-34AG 0 TS Covington Light Overhaul; PT6A-41 3196 TSO; PT6A-41 3511 TSOPT6A-42 2107 TSO; PT6A-42 2066 TSO; PT6A-65AG 314 TSN, PT6A-65AG 5916 TSN/ 0 TS Covington Light Overhaul, PT6A-65AG 3998 TSN/ 0 TS Covington Light Overhaul, PT6A-67AG 2851 TSN. Contact us for New Engine Prices. We are interested in buying or exchanging for any core you may have regardless of condition. Contact: David Hamilton at 918-756-7862 or davidh@ Air Repair Inc. is the source for the Fast Start Kit. To get yours today, call Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 Universal Turbine Parts, 2 ea PT6A-25C TSO 0, 27; 7 ea PT6A-27/28 TSO 0 (5), 3384, 4091; 1 ea PT6A-34AG TSO 0; 2 ea PT6A-135 TSO 2791, 3081; 6 ea PT6A-41 TSO 482, 1219, 2810, 9930, 13065; 5 ea PT6A-42 TSO 0, 2817, 3729, 4155; 1 ea PT6A-50 TSO 0; 1 ea PT6A-65B TSO 0; 1 ea PT6T-3B TSO 0; 2 ea PT6A-114A TSO 0, 4113. We also buy PT6 Engines in all conditions. Please contact: Greg Miller phone 334-540-9480 email gmiller@ or Main office phone 334361-7853 email

United Turbine PT6 Center of Excellence since 1991!! PT6A Overhaul, Repair & Test Capability. Component & Accessory Overhaul, Repair & Test. Part Sales & Purchases. Onsite, P&W correlated test cell. Call 305-885-3900 www. Pratt and Whitney overhauled 1340 cylinders, carburetor, Ag cat spreader call Terry at 870-536-1348 or David at 870-550-1664 J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. has a large selection of Lycoming and Continental engine cores in stock. Call Cecilia Buster for your parts or engine needs at 800542-8565 or email

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

GPS Like new factor y reconditioned DynaFlight-AirAg-Pro system complete with new wiring harness, new GNSS Antenna and new display. Only the processor box is reconditioned, Special Price: $8,900 Call 604-465-0009 SATLOC GPS sales and repair center. Call for all your SATLOC needs. North Star Aviation, Inc 888-272-1417 Satloc, Intelliflow The leading edge Satloc Level III Service repair center. Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, Mo 800-325-0885 NOW introducing the new VEKTOR MAX GPS - faster, more capability and extremely user friendly. DYNA NAV VEKTOR MAX GPS - NEWEST system on the market with a FANTASTIC PRICE for all of it’s CAPABILITIES! EASY to use, RELIABLE, MUCH FASTER and HIGHER TECH. DYNA NAV FLOW CONTROL SYSTEMS ALSO AVAILABLE - PREMIUM QUALITY at an AFFORDABLE PRICE! JAS - NORTH AMERICAN DEALER Tel 559686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: / web site: Intelliflow Flow Controls - in stock, now shipping! Sky Tractor LLC 1-800-437-5319 Satloc GPS systems in stock, Bantam, G4, M3, Intelliflow, and Litestar3. We did it again, leading Level 3 Service Center/ Dealer 2015. Why buy anywhere else, we’ve got what you need, and service after the sale! Call now 800-437-5319 Sky Tractor LLC Satloc G4, M3, and Bantam. Air Repair Inc, is the worldwide leader in sales and service. Call Danny (sales) or Dallas (service) 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-8430811


Jetset Airmotive: PT6A-28, P-50875, TSO 0, Ready to ship! For pricing call Paul at 817-354-2002 or email preeves@

New 8.4” M3 Touchscreens in Stock – $1395 each. Buy as an upgrade, a replacement or for inventory. New Satloc Systems - Bantams, G4s, IntelliFlows and more in stock. From Insero - Call Anthony 480-285-4367

Insurance L A D D G A R D N E R AV I AT I O N INSURANCEWhen it comes to aviation insurance, we take our business seriously and you can be confident that we will make sure that you get the level of coverage you need. As with any business, relationships are paramount and the combination of our experience in the field along with great relationships with the insurance underwriting companies allows us to provide our clients with the Best Service, the Best Coverage and the Best Price. The commitment to these goals combined with an unparalleled work ethic and a strong desire to succeed is what our clients expect and most certainly deserve. Give us a call today and let us give you the level of service you expect from your aviation insurance agent. Call 972-250-0400 or fax 972-250-0401. Go online for a quote at or email us at THE COLE AGENCY, INC.Specializing In: Aerial Applicators, Helicopter Operations, Pleasure & Business, Commercial Aviation, Airpor t s, Life Insur ance for Aerial Applicators & Pilots, Health Insurance for Aerial Applicators & Pilots. When it comes to placing aviation insurance, you need to work with an insurance agent who specializes in that field. At the Cole Agency we make sure you receive the best aviation insurance packages, at the most competitive price. At the Cole Agency we don’t just talk aviation, we are pilots as well. When insuring aircraft, picking the right aviation specialist first is important. The limited number of aviation insurance companies will only deal with one agent at a time during the year. You want to make sure that you have a reputable aviation insurance specialist who works with these companies and underwriters every day to represent you, your aircraft and business. Give us a call. Cole Agency Inc. 319 Walnut Street, Montezuma, Ga 31063 478-472-2010, 478-472-8694 fax, www. INSURANCE from the Leading Ag Aviation Brokers. 64 Years Risk Management, Low-time Pilot Coverage. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 www. HARDY AVIATION INSURANCE, INC. “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 dedicated and knowledgeable staff that includes Angie Banz, Tim Wiebe, Mary Humphrey and Rita Ethridge, whom have years of experience servicing the aerial application business. Give us a try, you might be surprised. Call 1 800 7216733 or fax us at 316-945-2330. Get an online quote from our web site at www. or e-mail us at Best Classified Buy In The Industry. ROnly $29.99 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-352-0025.

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

DAVIDSON SOLID ROCK 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 

Miscellaneous Crop Duster Video - “The Crop Dusters - The Early Years 1921-1955”; the era of Stearmans and Cubs flying the fields will never be seen again. Available in VHS or DVD. Only $20.00, plus S&H. MC and Visa accepted. Call 478-987-2250 Fax 478987-1836 Historical Video Productions. Reduce Drift, Increase Deposition and Retention use Control™ FREE SAMPLE Call 765-395-3441, mrfoam1@garrco. com

We build loader trucks to your specifications. Stainless Steel Straight and Fold Up. Mild Steel Straight and Fold Up. Mild Steel Hopper w/Stainless Steel Tube. Been in loader truck business since 1980. Call Pat Ballard Office:870-697-2004 Fax:870-697-3568 185 Hwy. 42 West , Hickory Ridge, AR.

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 Toy plastic model Air Tractor. 12” wingspan, removable stand. Great toy for the kids or desktop model. $15 + s/h order online at or e-mail



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Lot for sale: 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. $25,000 OBO. 478.987.2250 Fight rodent infestation with Cascade’s i n n ov a t i ve a n d e x t r e m e l y s i m p l e solution, Mouse Pants! Hand crafted from the highest quality 2024-T3 aircraft aluminum (lighter and not as likely to carve up an operator like galvanized steel). Quick action Wing nut CAMLOC aircraft grade fasteners. Rubber trimmed to protect your aircraft’s finish and the flooring surface. Order your set of three for only $599.00 plus shipping and handling. Please contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or tom@ 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 Thrush S2R STC battery retrofit kit. 300% longer battery service life.  200% faster starts. Battery replacement cost 25% of original.  For more information call Kawak Aviation Technologies at 541-385-5051 or visit Keep your drink hot or cold in this insulated 16oz Air Tractor Tervis Tumbler. $14.99 plus S&H Made in the USA, Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-9872250 or visit our Market Place at www. Specialty belt buckles, show your pride in style. $39.99 plus S&H Makes a great gift! For more information call 478-9872250 or visit our Market Place at www. Fly through your mail with our Airplane Letter Opener! $13.99 plus S&H Makes a great gift. For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at Aviator Backpack and matching coin purse (sold separately). For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at www.agairupdatemarketplace. com New from our DeSpain Collection, Pen and Ink Thirsty Stone Coasters. These high quality coasters will look great on any desktop or table. Set of 4. $29.99 plus S&H Makes a great gift! For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at www.agairupdatemarketplace. com Help your little pilot fly high in dream world with these Bi-Plane PJ’s... Assorted sizes available. $34.99 plus S&H For more information call 478-987-2250 or visit our Market Place at w w w. D e S p a i n C o l l e c t i o n C u s to m i z a b l e Note Cards featuring your favorite Pen and Ink drawing. $19.99 plus S&H For more information call 478-9872250 or visit our Market Place at www.

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Ops For Sale/Wanted Centrally located, this 30 year established ag operation has much to offer. 200’X 3600’ Grass strip with loading pad, Containment fuel 18,000 gallon, 1989 AT-502 -34, 4 C-188s Auger truck with 4 0 0 gallon fuel, Por table fuel/mix trailer and various other support equip, 60x80 Hangar, an additional 70x80 Hangar is negotiable. Avg. Gross income $400K to $600K annually. $1,300,000 Additional farm and/or house for sale. Serious inquiries only! Email blindads@, Subject: Centrally Located Ag Op or fax to 478-352-0025. Looking to purchase or buy into a business in the Pacific North or Midwest areas. Just finished my sixth season of spraying and wanting to take the next step. Email, Subject: Looking To Purchase/Buy or fax 478352-0025 Solid aerial application business for sale. Has a variety of crops to include both dry land and irrigated plus pasture work. Located on 20 acres with nice loading facility and beautiful custom home. Serious inquires only. For further information, email blindads@agairupate. com, Subject: Solid Aerial Application Business or fax to 478-352-0025 Fully Running Ag Operation For Sale -Early May to Mid June - Insecticide, Wheat and Pasture. Mid August to September - Sunflower Insecticide. Late September thru October - Fall Pasture. Hangars, Office, All Equipment and Aircraft Available all together or separate. Serious Inquiries Only! Email inquires to blindads@, Subject: Fully Running Ag Op or fax to 478-352-0025 Looking for an opportunity to Lease or Purchase a small operation in the Midwest. Second generation Ag pilot, professional applicator. Have one turbine aircraft and Part 137 Certificate. Email blindads@, Subject: Lease or Purchase Small Operation or fax 478352-0025 Ever wanted to star t your own AG OPERATION (Under Part 137)? As Ag Aviation Consultants we can help you find an airplane and train you. We can help you get your Operating Certificate-Part 137, Private or Commercial. Call Eagle Vistas LLC 772-285-5506

Parts GPS Antenna Mount, for specific ag aircraft, performance and looks, slip stream design delivers peak signals. Contact Terry Barber 605-258-2743 Fr e s h G16 4 A / B/C , Fa c t o r y 41 3 0 frameworks. Long-Fuel Systems, Cool Seats, Hoppers, Wings, Struts, Wires, Tails, Mounts. For more information contact AmAg: 870-886-2418/2489FAX or Email Accessories & Parts! 100’s of new and OHC accessories, parts for just about everything. Big discounts! Please have par t numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at Cessna Ag Parts. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 sales@ H U G E I N V E N T O RY O F B U C K E Y E EQUIPMENT AND PARTS. WE SELL NEW COUPLERS AND ADAPTERS PLUS PARTS, and WE REBUILD YOUR COUPLERS/ ADAPTERS FOR ABOUT 1/2 OF NEW! Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: /web site: SB+ / SC+ AgriJet Conversions w/HD Mounts in stock. Installed or FWF-Fit package. For more information contact AmAg: 870-886-2418 or Email frank. Dromader USA LLC for all of your Dromader M18 engine and airframe parts. Spark plugs, fuel and air filters, brake pads and more. STC’s for VG’s, remote Mount Oil Filter, MTOW. Call Jeff or Corey at 317579-6666 or Fresh refurbished AT-402 hopper with lid. $7,500 Call 620-285-5609 PARTS, PARTS, PARTS. For all your ag aviation needs, please call Southeastern Aircraft Sales & Service 800-441-2964 Air Tractor Dealer Prop Tether Kits in stock, ships today. Sky Tractor LLC 800-437-5319, www.,, Fax 701-636-5881 AT-502B wings with new spar. For more information call 309-759-4646 or email

Rudder (covered) for Piper PA-25 235/250, in good condition *PRICE REDUCED* $400. Maule tail wheel $40, tire size 8x3.00x4 single arm in fair condition with good bearings and race. Call Don at 402-841-514 4 or email We have a set of Wings off of a 2012 Thrush 510P with less than 1000 hours total time on 29,000 hour spars. Available for outright purchase or exchange! Delivery available also! $99,950Call Tom Ashenfelter at 952-941-6255 for more details! Miscellaneous parts for 802 and others, most brand new: engine mounts, landing gears, 118” propellers, spr ay kit s, Micronair AU5000, pilot and mechanic complete training courses, FTD Level II simulator for AT-802. Call or email: +34667102184, sales@airtractoreurope. com PMA Piper Brave and Weatherly tailsprings in stock. Contact Hershey Flying Service at 308-368-5556 Agrinautics, Root, Crop Hawk, Transland, others, $CALL$; Lane Aviation 281-3425451 or FAX 281-232-5401 11 Million new surplus parts for Cessna, Piper and other aircraft; Continental and Lycoming engines; and a few spray system parts, big discounts. Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800 -433- 0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. Cessna Parts - Engines, propellers, and MUCH MORE-AUTHORIZED SERVICE AND PARTS CENTER. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FA X 559- 686 -9360, e-mail: par ts@ /web site: www. Cessna airframe parts, Continental and Lycoming engine parts, and a few spray system parts, new surplus, big discounts! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at Replacement parts. New and used for all Ag Cat models. Also carry New Piper and Weatherly tailwheel springs and Transland Dealer. Call Hershey Flying Service 308368-5556 Cascade Aircraft Conversions Barrier Filter System for the Soloy Turbine Converted Bell 47/Hiller 12 Helicopters. See decreased TOT by up to 38 degrees C. Pull full torque at lower TOT temps, burn less fuel, extend the life of critical turbine parts. Contact Cascade Aircraft Conversions at 509-635-1212 or tom@ Air Tractor auxiliary hydraulic system. 20lbs/hr LESS fuel burn, improved spray pattern, reduced maintenance cost, cockpit adjustable flow controls. Inquires call 541385-5051 or E V ERY TH I N G yo u n e e d fo r YO U R Aircraft-PARTS, ENGINE OVERHAULS, REPAIRS/REBUILDS/MODIFICATIONSSPECIALIZING in THRUSH and BRAVE! JAS 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: /web site: Large inventory of Air Tractor parts surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811

BRAVE and PAWNEE PARTS-Engines, Props, Spar kits, Fuel cells, Foam kits, Wings, Turbine and 400 CONVERSIONS, and much more. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559686-9360, e-mail: info@johnstonaircraft. com /web site: www.johnstonaircraft. com Retrofit Hopper Door for AT502 and AT602. Now available for fall and winter installation Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264 Thrush parts - Wings, props, tail feathers, batteries, tires - we have the inventory. Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc. 24 hr. Tel 559-686-1794, FAX 559-686-9360, e-mail: web site: The mid-west Air tractor dealer, Farm Air Inc. has expanded its parts department. Call Naomi for all your Air Tractor parts needs at 877-715-8476 or farmairparts@ Visit our website www. Piper airframe parts, Continental and Lycoming engine parts and a few spray system parts, new surplus, big discounts! Please have part numbers when contacting us. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at Tools for reaming attach bolts Wing Main (Centerwing to Outboard wing) attachment joints for Dromader M-18 per repair service bulletin #e/02.170/2000 Available for rent. Contact Nancy at Turbine Conversions - 616-837-9428

Agrinautics, Automatic Flagman, Arrow prop, Air Tractor (Associate dealer Queen Bee Air Specialties) CP Nozzles, Compro Smoker, Crophawk, Covington Aircraft Engine, Collins Air Conditioner, Cleveland, Chip Detector, Satloc GPS, Hot Stuff, Nieto Products, New and used aircraft, (large) Parts Inventory, ServAero, Spraying Systems, Co., Superbugs, SPH-4 Helmet, Simplex, Tires, Transland, WeathAero. Sky Tractor LLC 800-437-5319, www.,, 701-636-5881 (fax) We have a large selection of NEW and used inventory of Cessna 188 Ag Truck & Ag Wagon parts. J & C Enterprises Aviation Inc. Call Cecilia Buster at 800-542-8565 or email Large inventory of Thrush parts surplus to our needs. Call for list. Air Repair, Inc. Phone. 662-846-0228 Fax. 662-843-0811 Boom Clamps-The Davidon Boom Clamp was designed with simple form and workmanship for ease of use and ease of mind about function. Aluminum construction for 2” and 3” inch airfoil booms. The one you’ve been looking for. Made in USA. Davidon Inc. 229-645-3605. We have all fibreglass parts for Weatherly and Ag-Cat (A, B and Super B). Call for prices. Professional Fibreglass Repair. 530-735-6264


Lockable full swivel tail wheels for Thrush or Ag Cat, 500-5 or 600-6 wheel available all STC approved Call Turbine Conversions 616-837-9428 to order.

Used 5 Blade Hartzell HC-B5MP-3C, 572 hrs since overhaul $25,000 Call Chad Stuart, Airplane Services, Inc. 850-3806091

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

Hamilton Standard, 22D40 Hydromatic Propeller 6533A Blades overhauled complete with distributor valve and prop, Governor. Call Chester Roberts Supply Co. at 903-429-6805

Thrush parts for sale! Ayres Metal Tail, Overhauled Fuselage Frame, Thrush Landing Gear, Flaps/Thrush, Ailerons/ Thrush, Fabric Tail Complete Heavy Flying Wires, -34 Pratt & Whitney Engine (2 each), Spar Cap Replacement. Call Bruce’s Flying Service for all of your Thrush parts needs! 229-725-4150, fax 229-725-5135. E-mail Cessna Authorized Parts Center: Prompt, World-Wide Parts Service, Engines, Bonaire 550 Conversions, Wings.MidContinent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-3250885 FAA approved STC’d wire cutters for Air Tractors. Storm Cutters are the newest advancement in wire cutter technology (Patent Pending). These cutters mount to the landing gear and have adel clamps positioned along the trailing edge of the gear to secure the brake lines which do away with the standard black zip ties currently used. We now have Storm Cutters in stock and available for Air Tractor models 3 01- 8 02 . C o n t ac t H e r s h e y F l y i n g S er vice at 308 -368 -5556 to order your set, or check us out at w w w. D i s p e r s a l E q u i p m e n t : We a t h a e r o Feathering Fans, Crophawks, Smokers, F l a g g e r s , N o z z l e s , Tr a n s l a n d , Breckenridge Spreaders, Airfoil Booms, Dry Breaks, Load Hawgs, All Aircraft Styles. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885

New and used 3 and 5 blade PT6A propellers. For more information call 309-759-4646 or email farmairparts@ 22D40AG200-2 418-SOH 0-IRAN $25,000, 12D40AG100-2 OHC $23,500, 12D406101A12 OHC $22,500, 12D40AG100-4S 0-IRAN $18,500, 2D30AG100-2 OHC $21,50 0, HC- B3TN -3D/T10282N+4 New...Call for price. HC- B3TN -5M/ T10282N+4 New...Call for price. AmAg: 870-886-2418/2489FAX, Sales/Parts since 1971. Email frank.kelley@ag-cat. com HARTZELL 3 BLADE AND 5 BLADED PROPS – NEW AND USED $CALL$ Lane Aviation 888-995-LANE / 281-342-5451 or FAX 281-232-5401 3 D 40 6101 blades Ham Standard 3 bladed. Overhauled. For more information call Chester Roberts Supply Co. at 903429-6805 For Outright Sale: Overhauled 5-Blade Prop. Hartzell HC-B5MP-3C. Fits AT-502A, AT-503, AT-602, AT-802, Thrush S-2R-T65 & S-2RHG-T65.’06 Hartzell Overhaul. TSN: 1379.5 (TSO:0). Call Steve or Gary at 210924-5561 or email 2013 Hartzell propeller NC-B3TN-3 D/T 10282N S+4 with less than 1400 hours total time for sale. Please call Cascade Aircraft Conversions for more details at 509.635.1212

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Transferable government and private contracts, both state and federal, along with extensive book of commercial business. $2.8MM assets, $.5 - 2+MM income per year, by single owner/pilot. Lots of room for growth. Solid equipment, spares, and support staff in place that pays their way when you aren’t flying. Attractive lease on 6,000+ square foot hangar. Get paid to travel the world building power lines, fighting wildfires, seeding mountainsides, building ski lifts, setting air conditioners, and starring in commercials. After 40 years of this exciting, satisfying business, the owner is ready to sell and enjoy more time with grandchildren. Owner is willing to assist buyer with the transition. No debt, minimal ongoing expenses. Asking $4.5MM. Must prove financial ability to review. Serious inquiries email blindads@, Subject: Heavy-Lift Helicopter Business or fax to 478-3520025.


12D40-6101-12 Overhauled with 8130 Form. For more information call Chester Roberts Supply Co. at 903-429-6805 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.

Service Southeastern Aircraft Sales and Service. Late model aircraft sold by Southeastern Aircraft Sales & Service will have a New Annual Inspection, Fresh Hot Section Inspection and a 100 HOUR OR 90 DAY WARRANTY. Now That’s Peace Of Mind! Call Now 1-800-441-2964 REBUILT 29” THRUSH LANDING GEAR IN STOCK & we can REPAIR / REBUILD yours to LIKE NEW STATUS. Johnston Aircraft Service, INC. 559-686-1794 / Email / Let us sell your Ag plane! Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp. 1601 Hwy 84 East Hayti, MO 63851 800-325-0885 AgCat parts and service center. World wide parts and service for any model of AgCat. Hershey Flying Service 308368-5556 FAA repair station for all ag equipment. Thrush spar replacement, annuals. MidContinent Aircraft Corp. Hayti, MO 800325-0885

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

Training Training center for mechanics and pilots with 2-seat planes and simulator FTD FAA Level 6, EASA FTD Level 2 available for type training on land and amphibious AT-802, as well as operational fire fighting training. Call or email: +34667102184, Star t to finish AG PILOT TR AINING utilizing AgCat Gr164A Dual, Pawnee PA-25/260 CS Dual Cockpit & PA-25 Single for Solo/Dump/Spray. Citabria for Private all in Tailwheel, Tailwheel Proficiency, and UpSet/Spin Recovery and Ag Biennial. Satloc and TracMap GPS. Ag Aviation Consultants for Ag Operating Certificate Part 137. See videos at: www.eaglevistas. com. EAGLE VISTAS LLC 772-285-5506 Best Classified Buy In The Industry. Only $29.99 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-352-0025.

We b u i l d l o a d e r t r u c k s t o y o u r specifications. Stainless Steel Straight and Fold Up. Mild Steel Straight and Fold Up. Mild Steel Hopper w/Stainless Steel Tube. Been in loader truck business since 1980. Call Pat Ballard Office:870-6972004 Fax:870-697-3568 185 Hwy. 42 West, Hickory Ridge, AR 2 Auger trucks 1-2004 International DT466, A/C, auto trans, all hydraulic, scales, air brakes, 700 fuel, straight tube, ss hopper. 1-2009 International DT-466, A/C, auto trans, scales, air brakes, foldover tube, hydraulic gate, 700 fuel. $48,000 each Call 662-721-7931 Several heavy duty, inexpensive loader trucks for sale. Allison automatic, new auger system with scales, A/C and low miles. Call Randy Mink at Poorboy’s Flying Service 870-931-8485 Auger Trucks For Sale (Trade-Ins) Also list of customer trucks. Call Auger Dan Office: 870-578-6133 or Cell: 870-919-2317

Wanted to Buy A.E.R.O. Turbine Parts: PT6 Engines Wanted for Purchase. Contact sales@ or call (877) 8425640 Ext. 381 Ag Aircraft Wanted: Immediate cash for Ag planes - All considered - Contact Darryl or Bill at South Delta Aviation 870-5729011 or 479-935-4891 EXHAUST Wanted: R-1340 and R-985 Exhaust Send Old Exhaust segments for exchange or Sell them! Call Daryl @ 940902-0797 or

Seat Wanted Professional Aerial Applicator in his late 20s seeking long-term employment - 4,500 Total Time, 2,200 Turbine Air Tractors & 2,900 Total Aerial Application that also includes dry and herbicide. My family and I will be relocating. References including current employer available. Your confidentially is just as important as mine. Email inquiries to blindads@ Subject: Professional Aerial Applicator, or fax 478-352-0025 Ag Pilot / A&P seeking a reputable operation to become a part of the team. 921 TT, 645 AG, 80 Turbine. Herbicide and Defoliant experience. Extensive Farm Background, including Ground Rig applications. Open to Relocation. Resume with Good References available. Looking for late model turbine seat. Rice or corn run. 10,000+ accident free Ag hours. Experienced in Thrush, Ag Cat, AT-301, AT-402, AT-502A&B, AT-602, AT-802 (fertilizer only). References available upon request. Email blindads@ Subject: Late Model Turbine Seat, or fax to 478-352-0025


Looking for 2017 Seat, 9304 TT, 7680 Ag Time, 136 Turbine Time. Round, Flat or Turbine it does not matter. Resume available upon request. Call Cory at 507456-6906 or email For Hire - Older Model Ag Pilot, 12,000 Hrs TT, Fresh annual. Pressure and temps check good. No damage history. Turbines, radials, single wing or two, configured for wet or dry and SATLOC savvy. Good workhorse but stalls over little work and small fields. Contact: Geezer at 979253-3875 Reputable, hardworking commercial pilot with A&P/IA with 10 years experience seeking turbine employment with a strong, successful, and reputable company for the 2017 season, and hopefully beyond. 4500 hrs. accident free total ag time. 4000 hrs. Turbine (502 & Garrett Thrush) 500 Radial time. Lots of herbicide experience. Resume and references upon request. Email inquires to Subject: 2017 Seat, or fax to 478-352-0025

Help Wanted AG PILOT CFI INSTRUCTORS WANTED. ALSO WANTED CFI FOR PRIVATE AND COMMERCIAL ALL IN TAILWHEEL, AND TAILWHEEL PROFICIENCY. Bilingual Ag Pilot and Primary instructors also needed. Send your resume with ag Pilot hours, ag planes flown, experience as CFI, advise months available. Flexible work schedule so you can still hit your season. Above average pay for above average applicant. Stay warm in SW FL this winter! Contact Beverly Berry, 772285-5506 C a n a d i a n Tu r b i n e P i l o t W a n t e d , Kinniburgh Spray Service Ltd, based in Taber, AB is a proactive organization with over 64 years of service, requires 2 Professional Agriculture Aerial Applicators to fly our Air Tractors 502/802. Job Duties, Certifications Required and Salary can be found at http://classifieds. E-mail resume including references to Only successful applicants will be contacted. Kinniburgh Spray Service Ltd, Taber Airport Box 4361 Taber, Alberta, Canada T1G 2C8 Phone: 403-223-8245Fax: 403223-1314 North Star Aviation Inc., located in Ulysses, KS is seeking applications for an A&P Mechanic. We specialize in Turbine powered Agricultural Aircraft. Applicant must be self-motivated, dedicated and willing to live in a small town. Some benef its include Health Insurance, Vacation, Sick Leave, Retirement and Bonus. Send resumes to northsa@pld. com IA and A&P mechanics needed. Call 870 -295- 6213 Salary depending on qualifications and experience.

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advertiser index Acorn Welding........................................ 45A Action Aircraft LP................................... 38A Aero Spray.......................................... 22AFF Ag - Nav, Inc. ...................................... 3, 27A Agrinautics.......................................... 22AFF Airplane Services................................... 45A Air Repair Inc.................................... 25, 29A Air Tractor Inc...............................5A, 10AFF American AgViation............................... 45A ASI Jet Sales............................................ 35A AutoCal................................................... 36A Battlefords Airspray.............................. 27A Cascade Aircraft Conversions.............. 44A Collins Aircraft Dynamics, Inc............... 29A Covington Aircraft Engines................... 64A Desser Tire & Rubber Co...................... 41A DynaNav................................................. 30A Electrode Aviation................................. 45A Electronics International................... 14AFF FireBoss.....................................37A, 17 AFF Flight Grip............................................... 44A Frost Flying................................23 AFF, 51A GE Aviation............................................... 7A Government Sales................................. 45A Gulf Coast Ag Aircraft............................ 59A Isolair.................................................. 21AFF JetSet Airmotive..................................... 45A Johnston Aircraft Service, Inc............... 52A Kawak Aviation Technologies........... 12AFF Lane Aviation, Inc............. 15AFF, 32A, 55A Machida Borescopes............................. 31A Micro Aero Dynamics............................ 38A Micron Sprayers Limited...................... 35A Mid - Continent Aircraft Corp............... 41A NAA Museum......................................... 56A Orsmond Aerial Spray Pty. Ltd............. 62A Pratt & Whitney Canada................. 33, 43A Preferred Airparts................................. 59A Professional Fibreglass......................... 44A Queen Bee Air Specialties.................... 36A Rapco Inc................................................ 26A SANAG..................................................... 44A SATLOC................................................... 63A Schweiss Doors...................................... 45A ServAero Engineering........................... 44A Sky Tractor LLC...................................... 40A Southeastern Aircraft............................ 57A Souther Field Aviation, Inc.................... 60A Spectrum Electrostatic Sprayers.......... 44A Storm Aeronautics................................. 42A Thrush Aircraft Inc................................... 2A TracMap NZ LTD.................................... 34A Transland ............................................... 39A Travicar................................................... 28A Trotter Controls................................. 19AFF Tulsa Aircraft Engines........................... 32A Turbine Conversions Limited...20AFF, 31A Turbine Installations......................... 18AFF Universal Turbine Parts Div.................. 37A Valley Air Crafts.................................. 24AFF

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