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On the cover: An Air Tractor from Grupo DB sprays crops in the state of Minas Gerais. The agricultural company is at the forefront of research and innovation in several areas, from aerial application to animal genetics. This page: Tests being conducted by Tchecão with a new version of rotary atomizer from Zanoni Equipamentos. The nozzle managed to offer a standard of excellence in terms of droplet size, a problem that was recurrent until now for larger and faster aircraft.

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FROM THE COCKPIT

Bill Lavender bill@agairupdate.com

It’s Just The Way Things Are I am simply not going to preach in this editorial about the onslaught of fatalities thus far into this 2021 spray season. I’m sure that everyone is aware. However, it does bring up two topics that are indirectly related. Reports are that this year is probably one of the more intense runs since the start of what is known industry-wide as the “corn run”. As I write this, the corn run is still going. For many, these six weeks or so of daylight to dark flying has made a significant difference in their operation and for pilots, their checkbook. That’s a good thing and overall the corn run has been a blessing. The clock is ticking and every possible acre needs spraying, or it’s gone for another year. Rightly so, the tension mounts and the pathway for an accident all too often presents itself. For a very few, it has become the last spray run of their career. There was a fatality last month from a Dromader inflight wing separation. This was not the first time a wing has come off a Dromader. I know of three Dromader wing separation accidents. Oddly enough, there was only one fatality. However, the accident in July makes for four fatal accidents. There may have been more. An FAA Airworthiness Directive and an accompanying Melex Factory Service Bulletin followed the third accident that happened in September 2000. That AD required the periodic eddy current inspection of the wing attach points to the aircraft’s center section every 500 hours or annually, whichever comes first. I don’t know if the accident Dromader of July this year was inspected properly, or even if it was inspected. If it had been inspected properly, in my view the AD requirements may need revisiting. An in-flight wing separation is almost assured to be a fatality. Every possible means should be used to comply with the AD properly. In time, maybe the NTSB can rule on the July accident in such a way to secure confidence in the structural integrity of the Dromader. My son, Graham, returned from AirVenture in Oshkosh last month where NAAA hosted a venue. Michael Hutchins brought an AT-802 and Thrush factory pilot Terry Humphry flew in a 510P Thrush. These two aircraft gave A 6 | agairupdate.com

demonstration flights for the thousands in attendance. Several volunteers assisted in the NAAA booth answering questions about ag aviation. This is excellent public relations for the industry. Should you meet one of the volunteers, or an NAAA staff member, be sure to thank them for their hard work. I led off the previous paragraph referring to Graham, who grew up in the ag aviation industry; first as me being his ag-pilot father and in later years as editor publisher of AgAir Update. Most of the changes during the last few years you have seen with AgAir Update and the formation of AerialFire have been from the efforts put forth by Graham. He’s been a huge asset to the business. I’ve been pushing this ag-aviation rope for over 48 years. The time has come for me to step back and let youth take over. This past January 1, I sold AgAir Update and its sister publication, AerialFire, to a well-deserving man, Graham. I’ll remain on the payroll as a consultant, which means you’ll still see me at many conventions and elsewhere. You won’t see much change in AAU, except improvements. Besides, Graham has been running things for several years. I probably should have retired earlier. Almost three months into retirement, I had a full, right side, moderate stroke. I can say without reservation, it was a life changing event. If it had not been for the dedication of Graham, his wife Holly, my wife Sandy and daughter Casey, I may not have survived the three weeks in ICU. It’s been four months since I came home from the hospital. I improve daily, going from flat on my back with 24-hour home health care givers to a wheelchair, to a 4-wheel walker, to a 2-wheel walker to a cane and now to walking two miles every morning increasing that a little with each walk. If there was only one thing I could say about this “event”, it gave me a much better appreciation for God and family. Until next time, Keep Turning…


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October 8-9, 2021 NAAA Fall Board Meeting

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January 6, 2022 MoAAA Convention

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Women in Ag Hello, my name is Crystal Britt with KFVS-12 television in Cape Girardeau, MO. I read your report on women in ag aviation. I’m currently featuring one of those ladies! Do you have any idea how many women are in that business? Specifically in America…? I’m having a hard time tracking down stats. Thanks so much, Crystal Britt Cape Girardeau, MO Crystal I have no idea as to how many women are ag pilots. A guess would be less than ten in the U. S. That article you referred to was written on memory of women that were active in ag aviation, but without statistical data. All the women we know of were featured in the article. My apologies,—Bill

Getting Older Just a note to say thanks for raising the subject of age a while back, which resulted in my being much more aware than before. I don’t know if you recall, but when we had a telephone conversation a while ago, you mentioned that as you get older, your reflexes and all tend to slow down. I didn’t really pick up on that at the time, but since I’ve cracked the big 70 it has really come to the fore just how much a difference a few years make. So looks like this will be my last year in the saddle, save for ferrying hither and thither. I’ll vacate the seat for some of the younger lads. Stay safe! All the Best, Ted Delanghe Regina, SK Canada A 10 | agairupdate.com

Hi Ted It’s always good to know when to quit. I quit ag flying 21 years ago, but it wasn’t due to health or age. It was a financial decision. Now, I’ve “quit” AgAir Update, selling it to my son, Graham (see September 2021 editorial). I’ll remain on the payroll for a few years as a consultant to AAU. Take care,—Bill

Operators of M18s must understand the importance and seriousness of the wing attach fittings and the inspection with magnetic particle Inspection at the required Intervals as specified in the 2000 AD. Take Care:—L.J. Victory

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Thank you for caring about safety in ag aviation. I never flew ag but have a life long friend who flew ag for over 40 years until his health declined. I like to eat and wear cotton, so I have a vested interest in ag aviation. I subscribe to AgAir Update and appreciate your magazine. As an outsider, it helps me keep up with ag aviation. I have worked for over 40 Years in aviation as an AMT [A & P] with 35+ years at a major airline maintenance depot servicing B727, B737, B757, MD80 and CFM 56 -5 / 7 engines.—L.J. Victory - Tulsa

Bill , when watching this video closely and stopping the frames it APPEARS that the Left Wing separated the aircraft before impact because it is still intact and about 30-40 yards from the impact location. The logical question would be how or why it separated from the center section. Wanted you to see this video. L.J. Victory Tulsa OK Morning I wonder if the operator had complied with the AD? It’s been around over ten years. Also, I wonder about the impact of the turbine engine causing undue stress from weight and G-loads. Still doesn’t bring back the pilot and an AD is already in place. The question in my mind is: was it complied with and if so, was it done properly. If the answers are “yes”, then the specs/timeframe of the AD may need visiting.—Bill I agree and believe the AD needs re-visiting. The turbine engine induces different aerodynamic loads and frequencies into the airframe. May need to assign a hours wing life limit to the wings or wing attach fittings for required replacement. Just a thought. I guess the takeaway is that Owner/

Point well taken; possibly a good subject for an editorial. Thanks for stimulating the brain cells! —Bill


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Low Volume REVOLUTION by Lucas Zanoni

Analyzing the aerial spraying industry in Brazil shows many similarities to the United States - a large number of aircraft flying over fields using the latest application and guidance technology to protect infinite crops from pests and disease. But there is one remarkable operational difference that stands out - while an American ag plane will be leaving a trail in the shape of a curtain, the pattern of a Brazilian ag plane is characterized by distinctive tracks. During the last few years, the Brazilian ag aviation industry gravitated towards the use of rotary atomizer nozzles. There are many reasons: easier maintenance due to less equipment in the booms, versatility to calibrate different application rates and droplet sizes, more efficient coverage and better crop results and increased profitability for the operator. Ag aviation operators in all parts of Brazil are increasingly adapting this type of technology. From the smaller aircraft (like Embraers, Cessnas and Pawnees) to the larger ones (AT-802, AT-802 and Thrush 710P and 510P), atomizer nozzles are used with a variety of products applied to a wide range of agricultural crops. In this article, we will share the recent history of some operators who have been leading the way in Brazil.

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Tractors. The Balzan family’s company (who come from agricultural roots) was founded in 1998 and is located in the city of São Gabriel do Oeste (in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazilian Midwest). It provides services all over the country spraying sugarcane, soybeans, rice, cotton, corn and forests. Serrana is one of the ag aviation operations that have been pioneering the aerial firefighting program in recent years, working both with the Brazilian government and neighboring countries (see the January 2021 and October 2019 editions of AgAir Update’s sister publication, AerialFire).

above 1 GPA (10 liters/ha) when working with loads that have several products and require a greater dilution.

A view of the headquarters of Serrana Aviação Agrícola in the Brazilian Midwest. The company has operations all around the country and has been helping Zanoni Equipamentos to develop application technologies for over a decade.

Part of Serrana’s fleet of Air Tractors. Located in the Midwest region of Brazil, Serrana Aviação

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The company introduced the use of rotary atomizer nozzles back in the early 2000s, when it started working with application rates below 1 GPA (10 liters/ ha). Over time, the application rates have been increasingly reduced and, in the last season, tests and applications of up to 0.05 GPA (0.5 liter/ha) were carried out on cotton. The company works with rates of up to 2 GPA (20 liters/ha) with atomizers, using the lowest rate for the application of insecticides and rates

months in Brazil.

Caio Balzan, a second-generation agricultural pilot, commented on some of the reasons that led them to utilize the rotary atomzier: “The demand came from our customers and with the research, we realized that in addition to this type of application making the service faster and cheaper, the efficiency and the agronomic result were improving due to the high concentration of


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active product and better coverage. We are now able to achieve a wider swath width and a higher quality droplet spectrum when compared to conventional hydraulic nozzles”.

Bom Futuro and Tchecão The Bom Futuro (“The Good Future”) group is one of the largest agricultural companies in the world. It cultivates more than 1.5 million acres (600,000 hectares) every year producing approximately 1.7 million tons of grains. Located in the state of Mato Grosso (in the Brazilian Midwest), it runs the largest crop-livestock integration project in the world, where over 130,000 beef cattle are raised.

Paulo França (“The Big Czech”) is a pilot from Paraná who has been in the Bom Futuro group for 18 years. A close friend of the Zanoni family, he has been helping the Zanoni develop new solutions for agricultural aviation.

The fields are so large that anyone can get lost in the vastness, and are protected by a fleet of 17 Air Tractors, which is led by Paulo França, also known as Tchecão (“The Big Czech”). Paulo has been working there for almost two decades. He is a close friend to Sergio Zanoni (CEO of the Zanoni) and many of his ideas and demands led to some paradigm changes in the Brazilian aerial application industry. He tells us a little about his history in ag aviation: “I have been an agricultural pilot for 27 years. My history in aviation is the history of any boy who, since he was a child, has dreamed of being a pilot. And from the beginning, I have identified myself a lot with agricultural aviation because you can see how useful you are to the world. I started flying for Bom Futuro through

a third party that provided contract service to them, working that way for 7 to 8 years. At a certain point, as the group grew, they decided to buy their own aircraft and invited me to join as a pilot. I am now completing 18 seasons with them. In the last one, we protected more than 1 million hectares [2.47 million acres, considering the two crop seasons that the region has during the year]”. The application is made with rates between 0.3 GPA (3 liters/ha) for Malathion on cotton and up to 1 to 1.2 GPA (10 to 12 liters/ha) for insecticide and fungicide in soybeans. The pilot says that in the past there were a lot of regulations on ag aviation operations in the state of Mato Grosso, as the central region of Brazil goes beyond the so-called “ideal application conditions”, due to temperature and humidity. However, the group looked for some way to improve efficiency, adding one or two products that would improve applications: “That’s where Low Volume in Oil (BVO) came in, which is the addition of 0.1 GPA [1 liter/ha] of vegetable oil to the load. We started using BVO in 2002. There was better efficiency and we were able to increase the application window, without falling short in the quality of the application. The use of BVO in Mato Grosso compromises 100% of our work due to the efficiency of the droplets not evaporating and the better adhesion of the droplet to the plant. During our season, it rains a lot and the water washes the plant, but the oil prevents that.

Tchecão has been working with Zanoni on a new rotary atomizer specifically for the AT-602 and AT-802. He shared with us some details about the project: “For many years, we’ve heard it was impossible to work with this kind of nozzle in those larger aircraft. Everybody used to say that high speed compromised the droplet spectrum. We tested different application solutions from different brands and here we are. I’ve been working with Sérgio for 18 years and we have managed to develop a lot of interesting stuff for the ag aviation industry. This time will be no different. They [Zanoni] came here and we managed to find a common denominator, and now we are doing the agronomic research. I’ve been doing different simulations at different times for ten days in a row (at night, dawn, in the morning) with the best analysis tools available on the market. Although the tests are still preliminary, we are seeing the best possible result with this new development for all kinds of applications, including insecticides and fungicides. It was a difficult job, and took us some time and research, but this is how the industry evolves. We must look at the future, propose and be open to innovations. We still have companies manufacturing products with technology from the 1970’s or 1980’s and aircraft are using it just because it comes from outside the country. But, I can say that this development we’ve done together here in Brazil has a global standard of excellence. It is important to have people who like our industry like us, who are engaged and who want to see things evolve. People who go out into the field and see what’s happening in the real world, people who accept suggestions and criticisms to change and improve”.

Edegar Marcondes de Campos An AT-802 from the Bom Futuro group at work. The company runs an ag fleet of 17 Air Tractors and grows more than 1.5 million acres of grain every year.

Edegar Marcondes de Campos is an agricultural pilot with a lot of experience around the country. Born in the state of Paraná, he has flown for 21 seasons in different regions of Brazil. Edegar began his career in the state of Goiás where he flew for two years and then moved to ➤ agairupdate.com | A 13


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the state of Mato Grosso, where he worked for seven seasons. He says that at the time he only applied at higher application rates, from 3 GPA to 4 GPA (30 to 40 liters/ha) and, in the last two years he has started to apply at 1 GPA (10 liters/ ha).

used. It is obvious that there are issues related to drift, but this is a problem that affects our industry in any type of application, including those with 5 to 3 GPA (50 to 30 liters/ha) with aircraft and also those with 10 to 20 GPA (100 to 200 liters/ha) with ground sprayers. This can only be solved with professionalism. There are good adjuvants and carrier products available in the market, and new ones are being developed every day. Finding the right solution and investing in pre-season testing and calibration is key to success”.

Grupo DB and Rodrigo Mesquita Bueno

Embraer Ipanema 203 spraying with rotary atomizer. This type of aerial application has been the key to making smaller aircraft have a higher effectiveness in the field.

Edegar is a Brazilian pilot with experience in different regions of the country. He has seen some very big changes in aerial application parameters happen over the past few years.

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Rodrigo Mesquita Bueno also has experience in different types of applications in different regions of Brazil. He started his career in commercial aviation in 1999 and started flying agriculturally in 2007 in multiple types of aircraft including a Pawnee, Embraer Ipanema 201 and 202, Cessna Agwagon, Ag Truck and Ag Husky and now an Air Tractor from the Grupo DB. He worked one season in Bahia (with soybeans and cotton), three in Rio Grande do Sul (with rice), three in Goiás (with sugarcane, soybeans and corn) and is now finishing the seventh season in Minas Gerais. Grupo DB is an agribusiness company with operations in Minas Gerais (southeast Brazil), in the regions of Alto Paranaíba and in the Northern part of the state. Founded in 1976, Décio Bruxel grows high quality coffee, cotton, soy, corn, beans, sorghum, wheat, rice and tomatoes. They also raise beef and swine cattle and work with animal and plant genetics. It is a prominent organization in Brazil in areas of development and precision, having partnerships with several research and quality certification institutions in the country. Rodrigo currently treats 13 of their farms, three being in the north of the state that require more than an hour ferry from its central base, which is close to the city of Patos de Minas. Initially, this caused a problem with the durability of rotary atomizers, as they run much

longer than usual operations due to the length of the aircraft ferry. Their spray season runs 11 months out of the year. In 2017, the durability of the atomizers was greatly improved and solved the short lifespan issue. He highlighted that, because the region has an immense variety of crops (according to him, everything except rice and sugarcane are planted there), technologies that offer a wide range of different flows are required. For example, a specific insecticide for cotton is sprayed with application rates of 0.2 GPA (2 liter/ ha) and in tomatoes the foliar application is at 3 GPA (30 liter/ha). “The rotary atomizer has made our life a lot easier. We have already tested several application solutions, with Air Tractors and Embraer Ipanemas, and this was the one that best stood up to our pace”.

Rodrigo doing spray work on tomatoes. He was responsible for introducing new conditions for aerial applications in different crops in the region.

Rodrigo highlighted the role that the investment in research played in his operation. He points out that through many studies, spray clinics, dialogue with farmers and evaluation of results in the field, he has managed to find a standard of excellence for his aerial application work. “A spray clinic was done with our equipment and it showed a very considerable uniformity of droplet size for applications. We did studies with an application rate rate of 0.2 GPA (2 liter/ ha), which carries no water, only one liter of product and one liter of oil derived from cottonseed. An application aimed specifically at the cotton boll weevil, it had a very considerable effectiveness. We got swaths from 30 to 33 meters (98ft – 108ft) here. The use of a 0.2 GPA (2 liter/ha) was a case study. That’s the ➤


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advantage of working directly with the farmers. We’ve been explaining, looking for improvements, doing tests and lowering the application rates. I arrived here in 2013, the company outsourced the service and they used to work with application rates of 2 to 3 GPA (20 to 30 liters/ha). I asked for some areas to be tested with lower flows. One example was corn. Here we have a big pig farm, so they use a lot of corn to feed them. I came from Goiás, where I used to work with an application rate of 0.8 GPA (8 liter/ha) in corn. At first, they were hesitant of the proposal, but already in the first year everything was done using these parameters. It worked - application quality improved, application time improved and concentration changed. Cotton was sprayed with rates between 0.8 to 0.6 GPA (8 and 6 liters/ha) and they had a lot of regulatory restriction moving to 0.2 GPA (2 liter/ha). Until at one point, due to the amount of cotton, they accepted the tests to spray 0.2 GPA (2 liter/ha) with pure product (Malathion UL, a specific insecticide whose label recommends this application rate). Initially with mineral oil, then with agricultural oil and now in the last two years we are using oil derived from the cottonseed, which is attractive to the insect”.

A view of the spray trail left by the aircraft using rotary atomizers. According to the operator, this application technology was the only one that met his demands.

Finally, Rodrigo told us some more specific details about working with different crops: “The cotton application window is from 9am to 4pm due to the floral opening of the cotton bud, which is when the insect is most active on the crop. At this time of day the boll weevil (“bicudo do algodoeiro”, a very common beetle in Brazilian cotton crop) leaves the bottom of the plant and you can catch it. Its life cycle is very voracious. A 16 | agairupdate.com

Every three days, new bolls are born. A boll weevil lays approximately 200 eggs a day. It is a condition that if you are not acutely aware, if you do not have the effectiveness, the speed of application, it is easy to lose control. So the 0.2 GPA (2 liter/ha) application rate made the effectiveness of the treatment just sensational.

2014, he graduated as an agricultural pilot in Ponta Grossa (Paraná state) and his first job was in the Lucas do Rio Verde region (state of Mato Grosso), where he flew for a local ag aviation operator for three years with an 1976 model Embraer Ipanema 201.

Carlos Ferronato with his wife and son in his new hangar. The pilot has stood out for his aerial Rodrigo Mesquita Bueno, a pilot with experience

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Later we came to use 0.2 GPA (2 liter/ ha) in corn, too, to fight the leafhopper (“cigarrinha do milho”). It is a flying insect, which also lays eggs very quickly and you can easily lose control of the corn crop. Finally, we went with those special applications on coffee. The coffee culture is accustomed to working with very high application rates, between 30 to 40 GPA (300 and 400 liters/ha). With the aircraft we are spraying 0.8 to 1 GPA (8 to 10 liters/ ha), when the leaf is too heavy I make up to 2 GPA (20 liters/ha). All with atomizers. I did tests with other types of applications and nozzles, and in my opinion working with 1 GPA (10 liters/ha) on the rotary atomizer gave us the best results. I also spray with 0.2 GPA (2 liters/ha) on coffee to catch the moth of the Minas Gerais (“mariposa do bicho mineiro”), the main plague on coffee crops today. The results have been spectacular in controlling the moth flocks”.

Santa Fé Aviação Agrícola and Carlos Ferronato Carlos Ferronato is a pilot in the new generation of Brazilian ag aviation. He started in the industry in 2010 as a loader (badeco, as we call it in Brazil), helping pilots on several aircraft (Pawnee, Embraer, Thrush and Air Tractors). In

A Ferronato’s Embraer Ipanema 203 fresh from the factory, with a complete Zanoni spray system ready to be installed.

Carlos then started working for his father-in-law, who is a farmer and started to make 100% of his applications with aircraft. Together with his wife’s family, Carlos started an agricultural aviation company with an Embraer Ipanema 201 and then acquired an Air Tractor AT-402. They started to provide services to other farmers in the region of Lucas Rio Verde, Nova Mutum and Sorriso, today considered one of the largest grain producing centers in the world. The company sold the old Ipanema and bought two new Embraer 203s, spraying corn, cotton and soybeans, pastures and eucalyptus. In the last season, they treated 240,000 hectares in the region (almost 600,000 acres), mostly with BVO (low volume with oil) applications. ➤


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An Aircraft Clinic being conducted with Ferronato’s Air Tractor using rotary atomizers. The operators say calibration is essential to maximize results and enable better aircraft performance.

Carlos says that since he entered ag aviation as a pilot, he has always used rotary atomizers only needing hydraulic nozzles to spray herbicides with higher application rates. Carlos highlights that the main reasons are the quality of the application (both due to the uniformity of the swath width and the uniformity of the droplet spectrum), the aircraft’s efficiency and the versatility of the nozzle (which allows working with lower flows for insecticides and slightly higher flows for fungicides). He shared some of his perspectives about this type of operation: “We always try to work with lower application rates, depending on the weather. From early morning until 9 am, you have better performance depending on the type of application. We are doing several tests with different application rates until we are able to find the best possible result. We work with 0.3 to 0.5 GPA (3 to 5 liters/ha) for insecticides and about 0.8 to 1 GPA (8 and 10 liters/ ha) for the fungicide, and the results are getting better and better. Nowadays, with the technologies that we have been adding and using, from DGPS equipment, a good spray system, rotary atomizers and all the instrumentation for perfect calibration (for swath width and droplet size), we are optimizing the aircraft and our work. “

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agricultural aviation industry. If SINDAG (the Brazilian association of agricultural aviation companies) had a hall of fame like the US, he would certainly deserve to be there. Alan started his career in 1973, flying charter for five years. In 1979, he started making aerial applications for a farm in Pelotas (state of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil) and in 1981 he joined an agricultural aviation company, called Mirim Aviação Agrícola. With the exception of 1983, when Alan flew corporate in the state of Pará (northern Brazil, in the Amazon region), he stayed with the company until 1992. He then formed the company Taim Aero Agrícola, located in the same city of Pelotas. With extensive experience using the Embraer family of ag aircraft, he was one of the pilots who contributed to the advancement of the aircraft over the next decade, performing the first tests of the Ipanema 202 for Neiva (the old manufacturer of this aircraft, which was bought by Embraer). Poulsen also helped to develop a spreader for this kind of aircraft (the “gaucho swathmaster”), which is now widely used in Brazil.

When we talk about application technology, Poulsen stands out for being the forerunner in the use of an electrostatic system in South America. He introduced the use of this technology in the region in 2001, in partnership with Spectrum Electrostatic System (from Houston, Texas). For two decades, the company has been carrying out work with rotary atomizers, arguably making him one of the most experienced operators in the world. Alan highlights some features of this type of operation:

One of Taim’s aircraft equipped with the new Zanoni-Spectrum Electrostatic System. Alan Poulsen is responsible for introducing the use of this technology in South America.

The Taim team has been providing services in southern Brazil for three decades. Alan Poulsen is responsible for several important developments for aerial application with the Embraer Ipanema.

Taim currently treats pastures and rice, soy, wheat and cotton with liquid and dry applications. The company also provides some aerial firefighting services in an ecological reserve, which is a peculiar case because it successfully uses smaller aircraft than what is considered the norm. Poulsen also is currently one of SINDAG’s directors, responsible for operational safety in agricultural aviation.

“I have been working with this for two decades, with very satisfactory results. The use of electrostatic technology allowed us some very significant gains. First, the possibility of working with thinner droplets increases application efficiency, giving us greater coverage. The electrostatic charge ensures greater uniformity in droplet size. We have done extensive research over the years, managing to see a better deposition of droplets when compared to conventional applications. With lower application rates, typically working with 1 GPA (10 liters/ha), I have also achieved significant operational gain with my aircraft and a reduction in the use of water. But we shouldn’t see this technology as a magic solution. That does not exist. It all depends on the precise maintenance of ➤


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the system and, above all, on an application following the correct parameters and conditions. That is the way it is with any type of work. You can only achieve satisfactory results with professionalism and agricultural aviation is not a place for amateurs”. Poulsen is responsible for developing a partnership between Spectrum from the USA and Zanoni from Brazil. The two companies are developing a new system for aerial applications using electrostatic technology that is more modern and more efficient than traditional application methods. Alan has been flying this new technology for a few years and a study recently conducted at Taim has just received the “scientific award” from SINDAG in 2021. Led by Professor Alfran Tellechea Martini, a group of agronomists analyzed the impact of the electrostatic system on fungicide drift. “It’s great to see the result of serious and well-done research, like these two we did here at Taim. It is through our experience in the field and through those studies that we are able to see what works and what does not. Where there is room for improvement and how we can share good practices with others in agricultural aviation. That’s how the industry evolves”.

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An Air Tractor from Grupo Piaia spraying crop fields in the state of Piaui, one of the last “agricultural frontiers” in Brazil.

Grupo Piaia is an agricultural company with farms in the region of São Gabriel do Oeste (state of Mato Grosso do Sul) and Campo Novo dos Parecis (state of Mato Grosso), both of them in the Brazilian Midwest, and also in the region of Baixa Grande do Ribeiro (state of Piaui), one of the new “agricultural frontiers” in Brazil.

A close-up view of the application with rotary atomizers. Anderson highlights that he has always worked with this technology and that it is currently the most used in his region.

Data collection performed with the Zanoni atomizer with an Embraer aircraft. The project collaborated with several Brazilian operators helping to understand the droplet spectrum and swath width in this type of application.

Anderson Pardal and Grupo Piaia Anderson started in aerial application in 2015, after a brief stint in air transport and corporate aviation. His first two seasons were with an Embraer Ipanema 202A (powered by alcohol) and, after his boss acquired an Air Tractor, he started A 20 | agairupdate.com

rates of 0.8 to 1.2 GPA (8 to 12 liters/ha) and that atomizers are the best solution to meet this demand. In his operation, Anderson works with application rates of 1.5 GPA (15 liters/ha) for foliar fertilization, 1 GPA (10 liters/ha) for insecticide. With fungicide, it is common to spray 1 GPA (10 liters/ha) at the beginning of the cycle, and, after 70 to 80 days, they move to 1.5 GPA (15 liters/ha).

The main crops that Anderson serves in Piaui are soybeans, corn and rice, spraying foliar fertilizer, insecticide and fungicide. He says that he always used rotary atomizers and says he has nothing to complain about it: “We have been working in this way for six years and this was a record year. I flew 125,000 hectares (300,000 acres) and we had a 50% gain in productivity compared to previous years. By maintaining this type of service, we managed to control both pests and diseases. We had no outbreak issues of any kind.”. Anderson tells us that it is common to work in the region with application

Trail view of a typical rotary atomizer application in Brazil.

Last year, Anderson also started to work as a ferry pilot and is now bringing new Air Tractors from the United States to South America for AgSur Aviones. During our talks, he also highlighted the importance of information sharing and promotion in our industry: “I like to publicize our work, the work of agricultural aviation. We suffer from prejudice from all sides, with regard to safety. But when we work with professionalism, we have a margin. We need to show that the work is serious, that it is always in constant evolution. Agricultural aviation is growing a lot here in Brazil and we are presenting the day-to-day of aerial application. You have to stay tuned to innovations, keep up with new ideas, so people can see how serious we are”. ➤

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Sabri and Henrique Campos Henrique Campos is a Brazilian agronomist with a Master and PhD in Pesticide Application Technology from the São Paulo State University (UNESP), one of the most prestigious Brazilian institutions in agronomic research. His main areas of research are adjuvants, spray nozzles and techniques for drift mitigation, having also studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and being an international analyst to the NAAREF Operation S.A.F.E. Campos is associated with Sabri, a Brazilian consulting company that brings together several PhDs from the most varied fields related to agriculture. Among the company’s list of associates are some of the biggest global manufacturers of ground sprayers, drones, ceramic nozzles, adjuvants and agrochemicals, inductors, mixing tanks and digital technologies.

universities and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Already working together for a few years, now in 2021 Zanoni Equipamentos and Sabri established a partnership for research with atomizers. The two will soon make available a platform with the results of different application conditions with the Brazilian atomizer, results of a large number of field tests carried out by Henrique Campos. The Dr. shared with us some of his perspectives on the future of Brazilian aerial application:

A typical data collection for droplet spectrum and swath width analysis. Aircraft calibration and evaluation of results before season are key to optimizing the spray job.

versatility and precision it offers in terms of application rate and droplet spectrum. We see operators in Brazil working with these nozzles from ultra-low volume to applications with 2 to 3 GPA (20 and 30 liters/ha). You can produce from very fine to coarse droplets with great uniformity depending on your need, thus achieving a great balance between operational efficiency and safety. We know that there is great reluctance to work with lower volumes due to drift issues and it does make sense. But I like to say that any professional work must always follow the middle path, without radicalizing to any side or the other, always looking pragmatically at the results. Spray drift is also related to the presence of sensitive crops, therefore understanding the environment is essential for drift mitigation. And we are seeing great outcomes in Brazil, both in terms of application quality and in terms of health and environmental safety”.

Alan McCracken

Dr. Henrique Campos analyzing the condition of some atomizer nozzles during an Aircraft Clinic. His consultancy service has helped many Brazilian operators to find the best parameters to increase the efficiency of the aerial application.

With nine years of experience in field and research trials, he is one of the “new generation” agronomists who has been shaping new Brazilian aerial application paradigms. With his DoPro Agricultural Aircraft Clinic, he has been helping many Brazilian operators in determining the ideal swath width for the aircraft, checking product distribution losses, dimensioning the drift potential and in characterizing the size of the droplets. The work is done on a customer basis with a series of special technologies developed by American researchers, A 22 | agairupdate.com

Mr. Campos presenting some results to his partners. The expert says that there is no trade-off between efficiency and safety in aerial application and that the operator must always look to “all sides”.

“In my opinion, the best thing about working with rotary atomizers is the

Alan McCracken is an Irish agronomist who has lived in the US for decades. After working for several multinational companies, McCracken started acting as an independent agronomic consultant. He is largely responsible for some of the major changes in aerial application standards around the world, including the Brazilian ag aviation industry, having already worked in dozens of countries. He says he spends more than half of each year traveling the world to help our industry take the flight in the right direction. Some success and peculiar stories he likes to tell are the control of the olive Moth in Spain, the works for mosquito control in old Yugoslavia, the fight against locusts in Bolivia, the protection of banana crops in Ecuador, and the adjustment of insecticide and fertilizer applications in Mexico’s asparagus plantations. In North America, McCracken has helped operators to modify their application parameters in different


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types of spraying. Some of the works in Canada that he highlights are the calibration of aircraft to control spruce budworm (a type of application that has been done for many decades with low volume operations) and the spraying of fungicides and desiccants in canola crops. In the US, his work focuses on applications of fungicides and insecticides across the country in the most diverse types of crops imaginable.

operators and local manufacturers. In this region, his work was mainly concentrated on the gigantic grain industry (such as soy, corn and rice) and on citrus crops. He was the pioneer in introducing low volume fungicides for the control of soybean rust: “When all the experts said to use more water, we got the best possible control, and that was with lower rates. For this reason many people refer to me as the ‘5 liter man’. For me, that’s a compliment”.

Alan McCracken during one of his trips to Brazil, with two ag pilots (Erasmo Griebeler, to the left, and Rodrigo Kuhn, to the right). The Irish agronomist is a highly expert in agricultural

Alan McCracken and Grupo Piaia’s team. The

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Flying to the future

A field research conducted by Alan McCracken in the state of Piauí, with an Air Tractor 402 using a rotary atomizer.

Further south, McCracken is one of the “old school” agronomists (despite being one of those responsible for generating many innovations in the region), which greatly influenced the work being done today in Brazil and Argentina. He has followed the development of the local industry closely, attending most of the conventions and providing services to some of the largest South American

Brazilian agriculture has begun to play an increasing role in the production of food for the world. During the past 40 years, the Brazilian crop production grew by 385% while only increasing area farmed by 32%, producing more with less and maintaining 2/3 of its territory as native vegetation. According to Embrapa (the main Brazilian agronomic research institution), in just ten years Brazil’s participation in the world food market jumped from US$ 20.6 billion to US$ 100 billion. In the last two decades, the Brazilian grain production grew 210%, compared to the world production increasing only 60%. It is estimated that the Brazilian grain production could surpass 500 million tons by 2050. Brazil has gone from a food importer to one of the largest producers of oranges, coffee and soybeans as well as chicken, beef and sugar, becoming the third largest agricultural exporter in the world.

The “Mastery of Tropical Agriculture” or the “Conquest of the Brazilian Midwest”, this recent boom in the Brazilian countryside, reminds us of the Westward movement in the USA; many hard working men opening frontiers and establishing farms to produce food. But a century later, Brazil has had the benefit of US technologies. All over the countryside, you will see a lot of John Deere tractors, Ford and GM trucks and Air Tractor and Thrush aircraft caring for the crops. Many Brazilian agronomists have been able to learn from American experts through student exchanges and partnerships between research institutions. Today, Brazilian agriculture benefits from this integration between the two countries and the American agricultural industry has also gained from the bilateral exchange of technologies and knowledge. It is now common to see Brazilian developments contribute to US agriculture and agribusiness and vice versa. Instead of competitors, the two countries are part of the same Americas, the only continent capable of guaranteeing food security in a world with increasing demand. The Agricultural Aviation industry is also part of this modern advancement; from aircraft manufacturers, to developers of application technologies, agrochemical suppliers, expert agronomists and even pilots - working both in the southern and northern seasons, the US and Brazil have the two largest agricultural aircraft fleets on the planet. The experiences and successes of atomizer applications on row crops is just one way that sharing technological advancements can assist us all.

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900th AT-802 Joins Fleet of Largest Ag Operator in Western Australia

The Dunn Aviation AT802 fleet in 2014. Inset: Ian Dunn’s pilot license, and photo with the Jersey cow.

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Australian Air Tractor operator Neville Dunn of Dunn Aviation recently took delivery of AT-802A-0900, the 900th in the 802 ag and firefighting series built by Air Tractor, Inc. in Olney, Texas. It will take its place among eleven other Air Tractor AT-802 series aircraft, an AT-504, AT-502B and an AT-401. The AT-802A-0900 ferry pilot left the Air Tractor headquarters in Olney, Texas, on June 9 to ferry the airplane across the Pacific Ocean to Australia. The aircraft arrived at Dunn Aviation in midJune. Dunn also purchased AT-802A-0905, soon to arrive at Dunn’s base in Ballidu. Both airplanes are configured as single-engine air tankers (SEAT) for aerial firefighting. The singleseat fire bombers are equipped with Air Tractor’s new Gen III Fire Response Delivery System fire gate. Serial number -0900 is also the very first AT-802 series airplane equipped with Air Tractor’s XFlow ram air induction filter system. Both airplanes are powered by the 1600 SHP Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A67F turbine engine. One reason why Dunn Aviation has become the largest ag operator in Western Australia is that they offer a wide range of services, including firefighting, pest and disease control, baiting, fertilizing, seeding, oil slick pollution control, mine site dust suppression, and revegetation. They provide more services and more ways to generate

income in the rugged, hardscrabble region. Dunn’s father, Ian Dunn, founded the company in Ballidu in 1965. The elder Dunn provided spraying services for cereal crops with one 790-liter capacity IMCO CallAir A-9. Other operators in the region were using converted de Havilland Tiger Moth airplanes at the time. From that initial CallAir, the company went to four Piper Pawnees, then to six Cessna AGwagons. Farmers in 1977 started growing legumes in Western Australia amongst their cereal crops so the ultra low volume spraying in the area soon disappeared. “My father had a colorful history,” Dunn recalls. “He had never got his pilot’s license until 1961. From 1947 when he began barnstorming to 1961, no license. And to top it off, they said, to prepare the new license, you had to send them two photos. One photo is to be on file. And one photo is on the license. Dad only had two photos of himself. So, one was him standing there. And another one was him with his arm around a Jersey cow, for which he’d won the blue ribbon. Which one did they put on his license? Well, of course, the one with his arm around the jersey cow.” Neville Dunn comes from a family of pilots. “Dad had five children with our mother: four boys and a girl. We all either fly or operate aircraft,” Dunn said. “So, an aircraft to our family was like a family car. I started flying in 1984. By 1988 I was


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flying ag on night cotton operations on the east side of our country. I did 16 summer night seasons and would return home to conduct the winter/spring spraying on the West Coast. During this time, I gained 15,000 hours of ag experience, predominantly in AT-502 aircraft.” Dunn bought his first Air Tractor in 1997, an AT-502B, and has been a believer in Air Tractor planes since. “It’s just the reliability of the Air Tractor and the service network behind it,” Dunn said. Dunn recalls helping Air Tractor founder Leland Snow with airplane improvements. “American operators were probably doing about 500 hours a year on their airplanes, on average. But we were doing a thousand. So, if something was going to break, it happened here first. Then we would be ringing up

Leland saying, ‘Oh, this here is cracked, and that’s wearing out…’ And Leland would make it a bit stronger. It was part of Air Tractor’s product improvements -- constant product improvement.” Today, Dunn Aviation employs 15 pilots with a mixture of year-round and seasonal services including aerial spraying, firefighting, and providing environmental services for mining companies. Some pilots move around doing fires only; some pilots travel as far as Canada or China for agricultural work. ➤ agairupdate.com | A 25


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Ferry pilot Stephen Death prepares to depart Air Tractor for Australia with 802A0900.

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For agricultural spraying, they operate in a 300mile long by 150-mile-wide area of Western Australia. For firefighting and environmental work, the company operates statewide. Dunn was among the early adopters of the AT-802F “single-engine air tanker.” For Dunn, it was part of the evolution of the industry. “During the early ‘90s, my father lobbied the state government to start aerial firefighting. My father and I purchased one radial Dromader each. However, it became apparent very quickly that maintenance and lack of support meant we had to buy another one just to have spare parts,” Dunn recalled. “In 1996, we commenced the first trial of aerial firefighting in our state using ‘rapid initial attack’ and targeting the head fire to slow the rate of spread. The tactics were very successful. Our government studied our operation over several years, and the cost-to-benefit ratio for the community was excellent. Eventually, we grew to 7 Dromader aircraft.” In 2000, Dunn conducted aerial firefighting on the East Coast in very mountainous terrain with his AT-602 and worked alongside an AT-802 operated by Col Pay of Pays Air Service. Pay was a distinguished operator in Australia. “Col was the

first owner of an AT 802 in Australia and at that time he also had a P-51 Mustang, Kittyhawk P-40, and Supermarine Spitfire in his hangar. So when Col spoke, us young guys listened. He said that the AT-802 was the best aircraft he had ever owned. It was very clear that the AT-802F was the aircraft to have,” Dunn recalls. In 2001 Dunn sold his AT-602 to an operator in New Zealand and purchased a new AT-802, S/N -0105. “The AUD to USD exchange rate was 53 cents in those days. This AT-802 was by far the most expensive agricultural aircraft in Australia at the time. In 2004 I purchased my second AT-802 and demonstrated the 802s to our state government, and they could see the cost-to-performance benefit in comparison to the Dromader aircraft.” In 2004 Dunn began phasing out the Dromaders in his fleet. In 2008 Dunn purchased 802 S/N 0300. “In 2010 we went to all turbine Air Tractors. In 2015 we went all AT-802Fs. And in 2021, we have gone all AT-802F’s with PT6A-67F engines.” It was an important move. “Our dryland seasonal agricultural business operates only during winter/spring,” he said. “Our focus on aerial firefighting spawned from the idea of continuous ➤


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year-round work, allowing us to amortize capital outlays and retain our core employees year round,” noted Dunn. To run a versatile operation like this, training is vital. Dunn said that all his flight training is done in-house. “We start juniors in our Cessna AGhusky and then they move on to the AT-401, then into an AT-502 doing agricultural work,” he said. The company’s AT-504 is pivotal in the operation. The 2014 model AT-504 has flown about 800 hours, Dunn reports. “For fire training, we have fitted a Transland fire gate to the AT-504 and trained the pilots with this aircraft. Having side-by-side seating is excellent for both trainee and supervisor. They train at actual wildfires together for several hours in the AT-504 before going to AT-802. We have a full dual control dual instrumentation AT-802 for the next step up from

Dunn AT-802F S/N -0300 attacks the head of a bushfire.

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the AT-504. We don’t do actual fire training in this aircraft -- only simulated work as visibility is somewhat limited for the supervisor in the rear seat.” As bushfires become more frequent in Australia, Dunn believes the use of rapid initial attack strategy is essential to Australia’s aerial firefighting system. “I would like to see more rapid initial attack on the East coast of Australia—and globally for that matter. It absolutely works, and is cost-tobenefit effective,” said Dunn. It’s assured that both AT-802A-0900 and -0905 air tankers will see action soon enough in today’s intensifying environment. And it’s a safe bet that the experienced team at Dunn Aviation and their fleet of reliable Air Tractors will be doing their part to protect the land, resources, wildlife, and people of Australia from the ravages of wildfires.


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NAAA Releases Book of the Century! NAAA has released the book of the century—a century of agricultural aviation, that is. One hundred years ago, an aerial crop dusting experiment spawned the birth of the agricultural aviation industry. To commemorate agricultural aviation’s 100th anniversary, NAAA is pleased to present Agriculture’s Air Force: 100 Years of Aerial Application. Agriculture’s Air Force provides a new, updated account of aerial application’s history, 35 years after Mabry Anderson’s masterpiece, Low & Slow: An Insider’s History of Agricultural Aviation, was published. NAAA’s meticulously sourced book is based on a collective history of the agricultural aviation industry based on material from Agricultural Aviation, AgAir Update, Low & Slow and other resources. Beginning with the last issue, Agricultural Aviation has been publishing excerpts from Agriculture’s Air Force and will continue to do so through the next issue in the fall. Those stories are just a small slice of what’s in the 268-page hardback edition, however. The complete book contains so much more. Agriculture’s Air Force delves into the intersection of agriculture and aviation. It chronicles the agricultural aviation industry’s growth from its infancy in 1921 through the boom times after World War II and on to today’s modern era of high-tech aerial application. The finished hardback book has been years in the making but well worth the effort. “This is a significant piece of work covering not just the industry’s history, but its essence,” NAAA CEO Andrew Moore said. “We are proud of it and B 2 | agairupdate.com

believe it will make a lasting contribution to the industry.” The story of agricultural aviation is much like the broader story of aviation: It is mostly punctuated with interesting smaller moments sandwiched between milestone developments. Aerial application is also the story of technological leaps and bounds. Agriculture’s Air Force covers five eras spanning more than 10 decades. In addition, it features 34 Spotlight pieces focused on significant individuals, organizations, trends, technologies and topics related to aerial application. Agriculture’s Air Force: 100 Years of Aerial Application may well be NAAA’s most enduring 100th anniversary initiative. One thing’s for sure: It is no textbook. The commemorative book is written from a fresh perspective that is entertaining and enlightening. Readers will come away with a new appreciation for agricultural aviation as a profession and the dedicated individuals who propel it forward.

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Based on a collective history of the agricultural aviation industry sourced from Agricultural Aviation magazine, AgAir Update, Low & Slow and other materials, Agriculture’s Air Force chronicles the agricultural aviation industry’s growth from its infancy in 1921 through the boom times after World War II, and on to today’s modern era of high-tech aerial application.

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hirty-five years after the first great historical account of the industry—Mabry Anderson’s Low & Slow: An Insider’s History of Agricultural Aviation—comes a new, updated account of aerial application’s history from the National Agricultural Aviation Association: Agriculture’s Air Force: 100 Years of Aerial Application.

Whether you are an aviation enthusiast, have an appreciation for agriculture or are simply awed by the aerial ballet of these low-flying aviators, pull up a seat and tag along with Agriculture’s Air Force! (Available in hardback.)

A collective history of the agricultural aviation industry sourced from the National Agricultural Aviation Association’s Agricultural Aviation magazine, AgAir Update, Mabry Anderson’s Low & Slow and other materials

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NAAA Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Aerial Application in Style at August 3rd Event Observance highlighted by donation of Disney “Star” Dusty Crophopper to National Air and Space Museum NAAA CEO Andrew Moore.

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What a day, what a year, what a century! All three of those statements applied on Aug. 3, 2021, on the official date of the aerial application industry’s 100th anniversary. The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) marked the momentous occasion by hosting a special event to commemorate the industry’s centennial. Agriculture and aviation industry leaders gathered at Leesburg Executive Airport outside Washington, D.C., on Aug. 3 to reflect on a hundred years of innovation that enabled agricultural aviators to not only survive but thrive. In turn, their clientele—farmers, ranchers, foresters, firefighters, mosquito control authorities and society writ large—thrived with them.

NAAA hosted approximately 60 people at ProJet Aviation’s hangar at the Leesburg, Virginia, airport, including distinguished representatives from various segments of the aerial application industry, VIPs in the ag and aviation industries, government officials from the USDA and Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, local officials, and members of the media. The event also was livestreamed in real time on YouTube. To watch it, visit tiny.cc/agaviation100livestream. As NAAA CEO Andrew Moore explained in his welcoming remarks, the purpose of the centennial event and crux behind all of NAAA’s 100th anniversary outreach efforts to the media and public “is really to do our part for aviation and agriculture. To set the record straight about the importance of aviation and precision application to agriculture, forestry and public health and to ➤


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inform all about the giant technological leaps that have been taken over the past 10 decades to improve efficiency and stewardship of the environment by the agricultural aviation industry.” On Aug. 3, 1921, Lt. John A. Macready flew a Curtiss JN-6 from McCook Field in Ohio to a nearby catalpa grove while Etienne Dormoy manually dispensed lead arsenate over the grove to kill sphinx moth larvae. In all, the dusting plane passed the grove six times and distributed about 175 pounds of the insecticide. Less than 1% of the insects remained alive on the catalpa trees after six days of observation of the targeted area. The speed, efficiency and overwhelming effectiveness of the aerial dusting experiment spawned the birth of the agricultural aviation industry. Today, the aerial application industry treats 127 million acres or nearly one-third of U.S. cropland with seeds, nutrients and crop protection products. The industry also fights fires, protects forests and the public health by combating disease-carrying mosquitoes. Along with remarks from Moore and NAAA President Mark Kimmel, Doug McKalip, a senior advisor to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, spoke

about the importance of aerial application to agriculture. Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk also presented a proclamation from the town congratulating NAAA for the industry’s 100th anniversary and to thank the association for celebrating the centennial in Leesburg. The star of the 100th anniversary celebration was Disneytoon Studio’s animated movie hero Dusty Crophopper, the “star” of the popular animated feature films Planes and Planes: Fire & Rescue. Thanks to a donation arranged by NAAA on behalf of Rusty and Lea Lindeman, the reallife replica of Dusty will now become part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Dorothy Cochrane, the Smithsonian’s general aviation curator, accepted the full-sized, fully flight-capable replica of Dusty Crophopper on behalf of the National Air and Space Museum and announced that the Air Tractor AT-301/400A “Dusty Crophopper” would debut as the museum’s newest artifact at its “Innovations in Flight Family Day and Aviation Display” Saturday, Aug. 21. “It’s really nice to bring this aircraft in with all this modern technology that really speaks to ➤


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Dorothy Cochrane, the general aviation curator at the National Air and Space Museum accepts the donation of the replica Dusty Crophopper made from an Air Tractor AT-300/401A plane. Rusty Lindeman waves to the crowd before departing for a short flight from Leesburg, Virginia, to Dusty Crophopper’s new home at the National Air and Space Museum’s Dulles location. The crowd waves back.

why it’s important to aviation and to the general public,” Cochrane said. “Dusty brings the family aspect into it. The kids are all so excited to see it. We’ve already had people inquiring about when it’s going to be here.” The centennial celebration culminated with Dusty taking off from Leesburg Executive Airport for a short flight to Dulles International Airport and his new residence at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Air and Space Museum, where he will join the Space Shuttle Discovery, SR-71 Blackbird, and other icons of aviation history in the museum’s collection. Shortly after the event, NAAA prepared and distributed a video news release featuring a voiceover script, soundbites and highlights from the 100th anniversary event to assist the media in developing news content about the aerial application industry’s 100th anniversary. The video news release was circulated via Business Wire. B 8 | agairupdate.com

To view photos from the 100th Anniversary of Aerial Application Celebration, visit tiny.cc/agaviation100eventphotos. NAAA is grateful to the companies and industry supporters for their generosity in sponsoring 100th anniversary projects, including Visionary Sponsors Air Tractor’s U.S. Dealer Organization (Farm Air, Frost Flying, Lane Aviation, Neal Aircraft, Southeastern Aircraft & Valley Air Crafts), Covington Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rusty and Lea Lindeman and Darrel and Deb Mertens. The full list of 100th anniversary sponsors may be found at AgAviation. org/100anniversarysponsors. NAAA is also grateful to its members. We invite you to join the cause of preserving, protecting and promoting the aerial application industry and your livelihood by joining NAAA if you aren’t a member already. To join, call (202) 546-5722 or visit AgAviation.org/membership.


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NAAHOF INDUCTEE SPOTLIGHT

National Agricultural Aviation Museum’s Hall of Fame

William (Bill) O. Marsh INDUCTEE William (Bill) O. Marsh, Marsh Aviation, Phoenix, Arizona (deceased).

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ADDITIONAL William O. Marsh, better known as Bill Marsh, served as the third president of the NAAA in 1969. Marsh was a native Californian who began his ag aviation career hanging around the old Del Paso airport in Sacramento. As early as 1928, Marsh made up his mind to enter a career in ag aviation. His reasons, the pilots were better paid, they had fewer working hours per year and they were obviously technically superior! Marsh became better known after successfully operating firms in Mesa and Litchfield Park, Arizona. The Mesa company was known as Aerial Application Technology and the Litchfield Park firm was called Marsh Aviation company. Marsh was known for his leadership in developing CAM 8. His company also developed one of the very first turbine powered ag aircraft, a Garrett powered Thrush. In 1972, Fairfax Underwriters Services, Inc. established the NAAA award, The William O. Marsh Safety Award, in memory of Marsh, for significant achievements in safety, safety education or for an outstanding operational safety program.

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NAAHOF Inductees is a series of articles featuring the inductees to the National Agricultural Aviation Museum’s Hall of Fame. Although some of the information is limited, including in some cases unknown induction years, it is the best compilation available from The National Agricultural Aviation Museum, the NAAHOF Nominations Board of Directors, the NAA Museum Board of Directors and Mabry Anderson’s book, Low and Slow. Each month Ag Air Update will feature one or more individuals honored in the National Agricultural Aviation’s Hall of Fame, how many, depending on the information available about the individual. Enjoy reading about the history and the history makers of ag aviation.


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Don’t become a statistic! NTSB has reported 31 ag accidents including 9 fatal accidents so far this year.

It’s easy to get confused about what’s important for being a good ag pilot. Who’s flying the biggest aircraft, who’s turning the fastest, and who’s getting the most acres done seem to be prominent ways to judge success. The reality is none of these are the most important because none of them focus on the mission. The mission for every single aerial application flight should be doing the best quality job possible for the customer in a safe manner that returns you home every night to your family. You may fly the biggest ag aircraft there is and make the fastest turns, but if you don’t provide a quality application and return home safe with an intact aircraft, you failed your mission and could quite possibly end up dead. If something doesn’t relate to the mission, don’t do it.

Buzzing your friends, turning tight to impress onlookers, and videoing yourself for social media are obviously not part of the mission. It is critical for your operation, your career as an ag pilot, and for the ag aviation industry that you treat every field as if it was your own. If those were your crops you’re about to spray, and your livelihood depended on an effective application to protect them, how would you want the field treated? When you decide how to spray a field, don’t always think about the fastest way you can

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get it done. Think instead about what will provide the best results for the grower and the safest application flight for you. Sometimes the best way to treat a target field is not the most productive or profitable, but it allows you to avoid obstacles that present both a risk to your safety and your ability to get the product precisely on target. Buzzing your friends, turning tight to impress onlookers, and videoing yourself for social media are obviously not part of the mission. They can lead to accidents and complaints and offer no gain to your customer. It doesn’t matter what you’re flying – your mission is always the same: make an accurate and safe application that provides the application your customer needs to maximize their yield and ensures your continued success as a professional ag aviator. Ag aviation is not an airshow, it’s a needed, professional service. Source: PAASS


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The Little Engine Shop That Could... by Bill Lavender

LAKE CITY, FLORIDA — Some engine shops are big, with lots of overhead that they make up by rebuilding many engines a year. This doesn’t mean

(L-R) Terry’s Ag Sales and Service; Terry Bosserman, Jerry Clemans, Delores and Laurie Dicks, in front of the engine stand at the shop in Lake City, Florida.

they are any less of an engine shop, however on the other hand, a small engine shop can have as equal, quality overhaul as the larger shops. A small engine shop enjoys the luxury of having a few engines in process in the shop at any one time. And, in most cases, this allows the artisan engine builder time to focus on his chosen trade. ➤

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Just such an engine shop is Terry’s Ag Sales located in north central Florida. Terry Bosserman, past president of the Florida AAA, is the owner, while Laurie Dicks is the shop foreman. Laurie is assisted by his wife, Delores, literally “in the shop”. Jerry Clemans attended Emery Riddle who serves as machinist, welder and fabricator. Barry Todd runs the cylinder shop inspecting the cylinders for cracks, removes and installs all valve guides, seats and assembles the cylinder. Terry’s Ag Sales is not trying to rebuild every engine that is used in ag aviation, not even every R-985 and R-1340. Like the title, The little engine shop that could..., Terry’s Ag Sales concentrates on rebuilding about 10-12 radial engines during the course of a year. That’s the goal and so far, the shop has been able to reach that goal, turning out excellent engine overhauls. Terry Bosserman knows the importance of a good, reliable round engine; he flies behind one! Terry began ag flying in 1974 with a 1976 Ag Truck, then in 1988 bought a 1984 AT-301 that he still owns to this day. Operating under the name Terry’s Ag Service for the flying division, Terry’s season starts in late February and continues to July 4th. At that point all flying ceases for about six weeks. Then Terry’s Ag Service begins its second season of the year the last half of August and continues until Thanksgiving, a two-season a year operation. The year’s first season is flying over potatoes, then sweet corn. The second season is another round on the fall crop of sweet corn, iron clay B 16 | agairupdate.com

peas, and coastal hay grass. The peas and sweet corn make up the majority of the company’s work. Sweet corn spraying is particularly good, with applications spaced 36 hours apart. Terry says the typical crop will have about 25 applications, but on one occasion he has sprayed a crop 38 times! The spraying on corn is for insect control and fungicide for the potatoes. Terry’s aircraft is outfitted with CP Nozzles.

Terry’s Ag Sales concentrates on rebuilding about 10-12 radial engines during the course of a year. In 1995, Terry decided it would be a benefit for his operation to form an engine shop, primarily for his AT-301 and a few other radial engine operators in the tri-state region of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Terry knew just the man to call, Laurie Dicks. Laurie was retired and living on the UP (upper peninsular of Michigan). Terry waited until an unusually cold and snowy day, giving Laurie a call, asking him if he’d like to return to sunny Florida and manage an engine shop. With hands almost too numb to answer the phone, Laurie and Delores accepted the offer. Laurie and Delores Dicks are not new to ag aviation and its radial engines. Laurie, at one ➤


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Typically, Terry’s Ag Sales will overhaul the customer’s engine for $18,500, plus any core charges. The shop rebuilds the cylinders with new valve guides, seats and pistons. Typically, Terry’s Ag Sales will overhaul the customer’s engine for $18,500, plus any core charges. The shop rebuilds the cylinders with new valve guides, seats and pistons. If the cylinders require chrome plating, they are out-sourced. This is usually where the bottleneck forms for the engine overhaul turn around time. Even so, an operator should plan on having his engine in the shop as soon as possible after his season or in the fall. Eight to ten weeks later, the operator can expect Terry’s Ag Sales, more specifically Laurie Dicks, to come rolling up in the company’s service truck (specially-designed by Jerry Clemans) to install the engine. The overhaul cost does not include the installation, but Terry’s Ag Sales prefers to install their fresh overhauled engines, just to be sure it is done right. Although the engine goes through a series of test on the engine test stand at the shop, it is always best for the engine shop to install the engine, or

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so Terry and Laurie feel. There are adjustments to be made, particularly with the carburetor. And, it guarantees the customer is satisfied with the engine’s performance. Each engine comes with a 90-day or 100-hour warranty, whichever comes first. When asked about an engine overhauled but not placed into service immediately, Terry responded by saying it was about as detrimental for the engine to be installed on the airframe and not run it as it would be to operate it; thus, the reason for the 90-day warranty. Recently, Terry’s Ag Sales has added a couple of spare engines to its inventory. Along with an assortment of radial engine parts. These engines allow Terry’s Ag Sales to offer AOG service to the operator. Of course, these ready to go engines sell for a little more than the customer’s overhauled engine. When AgAir Update was visiting with Terry’s Ag Sales, Laurie and Delores were preparing for a trip south to Belle Glade. One of their customers needed a service call. That’s right. The folks at Terry’s Ag Sales believe if you build the engine you should offer service for it. Traveling in the company’s specially-designed service truck, the very people that tightened the nuts, set the seals, checked the clearances, and had a hand in every step of the way of the overhaul, are who comes to service the engine. Laurie can take one look at the engine and know it; much like the customer having his own custom-overhauled engine. Limiting shop overhauls to less than a dozen a year, allows Laurie to become intimate with his engines, know them, and easily “doctor” on them should the need arise. The little engine shop that could... You don’t have to be the biggest to be good at what you do. If an operator is looking for an engine shop where the entire overhaul is practically handled by one man (and woman), then Terry’s Ag Sales is where it’s at. Don’t everyone go at once! Remember, 10-12 engines a year, for that personalized service. Will yours be one of them?


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Gustin, now retired, told us recently about building his first sprayer. “We were groping around in the dark,” he smiled, “ and when it came to finding a pump to use, we settled at first for a cast-iron water well pump that we picked up down in California. It worked fairly well, but it rusted away quickly so we switched over to an old Allison aluminum pump that was a little bit better! Everything we had was banjo-rigged, but, as we grew into the business, we learned more and more and finally came up with some pretty good rigs for both dusts and spray.” Pilots who flew for this firm in it’s early days included Gustin, Kenny Wyatt, Jack Houston, Don Schumacher, Buck Erickson, and Wayne Hughes. Many of these men are still around and Don Schumacher operates his own firm today in Lewiston. A wide variety of crops were treated and Gustin recalls his first parathion job, a material with which

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Les Mills Perhaps the most influential figure to emerge in the Northwest agricultural flying field was Les Mills. Mills was an early pilot, having begun flying in the 1930s. He may have been the first local pilot to attempt airplane pest control work in Washington, having actually done a job of sorts in 1939 in the vicinity of Pasco. In Mills’ own words: “An invasion of Mormon crickets hit that area and some of the locals suggested that I try dropping poison bait from my plane. I took them up, loaded a few sacks of bait on board my old Stinson SMSA, sailed out over the area, opened the door, and scattered the bait out by hand as best I could. It actually worked pretty well where it hit the target area. But with no spreading ➤

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Les Mills and Jim McVey formed the West-Air Company in Yakima,

equipment, it didn’t prove to be practical, so I gave up the effort.” After working for Central, Mills, along with his pilot friend Jim McVey, left Central to organize the firm of the West-Air Company at Yakima, acquiring a sizable fleet of aircraft that included Wacos, Travel-Airs, and Stearmans. Bruce Coombs, another excellent pilot, was also with the firm and under his leadership it prospered. However, after about two years, Mills sold his interest and organized his own firm called Les Mills Aircraft, based at Walla Walla and Lacrosse. The West-Air Company continues to operate today at Yakima under the management of Bruce Coombs.

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Mills’ operation had a fleet of aircraft consisting of an ASO Waco, a Travel-Air 2000, and two Stearmans. His early pilots were Jack Larkin, Bob Barnes, Ario Osen, and Mills himself. These men, especially Larkin, became legendary figures in the Northwest and helped make this firm a leader in that region. Mills, a superb salesman, figured prominently in the rapid acceptance of ag flying by growers in that area. Mills’ operation soon expanded into a threebase operation with units at Lacrosse, Othello, and Boardman, Oregon. Much of the work done in the Boardman area was for the fabulous 42,000 acre Pete Taggares Farm, one of the Northwest’s most modem farming miracles. This same farming enterprise operates another huge spread near Pasco, Washington, called Snake

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River Vineyards. On a recent visit, I watched one of Mills’ pilots, Charlie Wynne, spray one field of Concord grapes containing 1,700 acres! Mills’ firm handles all of the work for this huge operation. Some of Mills’ current pilots are Charlie Wynne, an authentic old-timer from Greenwood, Mississippi, who began dusting in the 1930s, Harold Lewis, John O’Rourke, and Mark Conner. Conner, incidentally, is the grandson of Harold Conner, a pilot who was “broken in” to ag flying by Mills in the 1940s at Central Aircraft. Jack Larkin, who has retired from active ag flying, manages the unit for Mills at Othello. From the beginning, Mills spearheaded a drive to organize Northwestern ag flying firms into cooperative associations and succeeded admirably. He and his cohorts in these associations were extremely active in influencing legislation that affected the industry in that area. Mills also worked closely with the National Agricultural Aviation Association from the start. In 1971 he served outstandingly as its president. Mills and his firm are still going strong and will undoubtedly continue to strongly influence agricultural aviation in the Northwest.


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The Air Tractor AT-400A “Dusty Crophopper”

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On Aug. 3, the National Agricultural Aviation Association will present to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum the full-sized, fully flight-capable replica of Dusty Crophopper, star of Disney’s popular 3D computeranimated comedy films, Planes, and Planes: Fire and Rescue. Dorothy Cochrane, curator of the Air and Space Museum’s General Aviation / Aeronautics Department, will be present to accept Dusty on behalf of the museum, recognizing his symbolic representation of the significance of aerial application to American agriculture. The event in Leesburg, Virginia culminates with Dusty taking off from the airfield there and flying to its new residence at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum. Dusty will join NASA space shuttle Discovery, Bell X-1, Spirit of St. Louis, 1903

Wright Flyer, and other icons of aviation history in the museum’s collection. Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch says the event and the airplane’s new home at the National Air & Space Museum is an opportunity to “let people learn how agricultural aircraft play a big role in helping feed the world and communicate how we do our job in a professional and responsible way to protect our environment.” He adds, “We are excited that an Air Tractor will represent the modern aerial application industry to the thousands of visitors at the Udvar-Hazy Center each year.” The real-life Dusty Crophopper airplane began its life as an Air Tractor AT–301 owned by Texas aerial applicator Rusty Lindeman. With much help from Air Tractor, Disney producers and Ultra Productions, Lindeman transformed the airplane into the movie’s lead character, Dusty Crophopper. ➤


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“In just six weeks, we rebuilt everything: the fuselage, the wings, and the tail. We replaced the radial piston engine with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A20 turbine engine, and we had a propeller rebuilt,” recalls Rusty Lindeman. Says Hirsch, “This was both an exciting and challenging special project. The compressed timetable for transforming one Air Tractor model into another — and obtaining the FAA certifications and approvals — meant many long days for our project team. But this was simply an event we could not pass up.” Lindeman said the likeness to the movie Dusty Crophopper is very accurate, as they worked closely with the filmmakers, and Klay Hall, the movie director. Disney Studios provided pictures from the movie for reference, which were converted into

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Mike Hall Passes Peacefully SIKESTON -Mike Hall, 65, took his final flight home to heaven on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by family. He had spent the morning watching westerns with his girls. Mike was born Feb. 2, 1956, to the late Jim and Sally Hall of La Forge, Missouri. On May 23, 1986, he married Sandy DeWitt Hall who survives. They were married 35 years. Together they have two children: Ashley (Justin) Palmer and Katlyn (Devin) Bader. He has two brothers, Mark (Sabra) Hall of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Steve (Michelle) Hall of East Prairie, Missouri. He has three nieces that he helped raise: Sydney Craft, Jessica DeWitt, and Sarah DeWitt. He also had two grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Logan and Molly Palmer. Mike was known for his strong work ethic and for helping others. He spent 36 years as an Ag Pilot and was respected by all. He served as officer and President of the Missouri Agricultural Aviation Association for 10 years. He was a lifelong member of Mount Calvary Missionary

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“Let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16-17). It’s sort of dumb to get down on the ground and embrace someone’s shadow, instead of the real person! But many Christians do just that when they embrace the Law of Moses more than their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The Law that God gave to Moses was only a shadow of God’s righteousness that Christians have through faith in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 8:5, 10:1). The Sabbath was a covenant between God and the Jew (Exodus 31:12-13)—it was never given to any of the Gentile Nations. Trying to keep your relationship with Jesus Christ by ritualistic works is like taking your filthy

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NTSB Identification: CEN21LA148 Date: March 5, 2021, Location: Moorhead, MS Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-402B Injuries: None The pilot left Inverness, MS with a load, headed to Moorhead, MS to finish a field that was not finished before the ice storm. When he arrived at the field he started a pass from north to south, jumping numerous obstacles while diving over a patch of woods, the sun was bright and there was a power line running east and west about 100 hards out in the field. He did not see the wire until it was too late to jump over it. He struck the top of the wires and pole at that time. The pole was sticking through the wing, locking both ailerons, breaking the spar. He was afraid to dump the load, thinking it may pull the wing off. He struggled to land the aircraft loaded but was able to do so. Ag Pilots fly many different fields each day. They should always circle around every field to check for obstacles, before proceeding to work in that field. The electric companies, may erect new power lines and poles, from season to season, that they may not be aware of, as well as cell towers.

NTSB Identification: CEN21LA212 Date: May 10, 2021, Location: Norris City, IL Aircraft: RICHARDS HEAVYLIFT HELO INC UH-1H Injuries: None The pilot reported that after landing on a trailer landing pad for the purpose of hot refueling and loading chemical product onboard, on completing those actions, the helicopter slid backwards off the trailer impacting the ground. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and tail boom. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operations. The operator reported that the helicopter’s center of gravity required that both skid cross tubes be positioned over the landing pad, which required B 36 | agairupdate.com

the front cross tube to be placed precisely near the front of the landing pad. The ground crew and pilot were unsure of the helicopter’s position when it landed but recognized that it was possibly too far aft. Following the accident, the operator installed extensions to the landing pad to provide a larger landing area for the helicopter. Probable Cause and Findings—The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s improper positioning of the helicopter on the landing pad, and his failure to monitor and control the helicopter as fuel and chemical product were loaded, which led to the helicopter tipping and sliding off the landing pad, and subsequently impacting the ground.

NTSB Identification: CEN21LA237 Date: May 27, 2021 Location: Celina, OH Aircraft: Grumman G164 Injuries: Serious A Grumman G-164B airplane was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Celina, Ohio. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial-application flight. The pilot stated that he departed on the local flight with about 80 gallons of Jet-A aviation fuel and a 240-gallon mixture of fungicide and insecticide. The winds were light out of the east with a few clouds 3,000-4,000 ft above ground level. The pilot stated that shortly after takeoff from runway 8 he felt the engine lose thrust, but the engine speed remained at 100% according to the airplane’s cockpit indicator. The pilot established best glide speed and began a slight right turn to avoid trees. He then jettisoned the chemical load in attempt to maintain altitude, but the airplane descended into a waterway about 200 yards south of the departure end of runway 8. An examination of the propeller revealed it remained attached to the engine propeller shaft flange, and all three blades remained attached to the propeller assembly. All three blades exhibited leading edge gouging, chordwise/rotational scoring on both camber and face sides, bending aft and ➤


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twisting towards low pitch (Figure 1). All three blades had 3-5 inches of the tip fractured/separated. All observed damage was consistent with impact while the propeller was rotating under power and with high impact forces.

NTSB Identification: CEN21FA270 Date: June 15, 2021 Location: Paragould, AR Aircraft: Air Tractor 502B Injuries: Fatal An Air Tractor AT-502B airplane was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Paragould, Arkansas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 agricultural flight. A witness reported that he observed the airplane about one mile away flying directly toward him. It was straight and level, about treetop height. Without warning, he observed a small puff of white smoke; the airplane immediately nosed down and impacted the ground. A post-crash fire ensued. The operator reported that, on the day of the accident, a second airplane had been flying in the vicinity of the accident airplane. Both airplanes were going to and from the same loader throughout the day. Both airplanes had dispersed about 28 loads of fertilizer; during which, the accident pilot did not report any anomalies with the airplane. Shortly before the accident, the accident airplane was loaded with full fuel and fertilizer. It was actively spraying a field when the second pilot departed the area to refill fertilizer. When the second pilot returned, he observed the airplane burning on the ground about 0.5 miles east of the field it was spraying. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

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NTSB Identification: CEN21LA287 Date: June 20, 2021 Location: Sedgwick, AR Aircraft: Grumman G164 Injuries: None A Grumman G-164B airplane was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sedgwick, Arkansas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerialapplication flight. The pilot stated that he did not observe any anomalies during his preflight inspection, there was no contamination observed in fuel samples obtained from both airframe fuel filter canisters, and that he departed on the local flight with about 60 gallons of Jet-A aviation fuel and 2,300 lbs of dry urea fertilizer. The pilot reported that he had completed 5-6 aerial-application passes over the intended rice field when the airplane had a total loss of engine power while in level flight. The pilot remarked that the sound of the engine went from normal to silent in conjunction with the total loss of engine power. The airplane impacted a levee and nosed over during the forced landing. The airplane’s empennage, aft fuselage, and engine mounts were substantially damaged during the accident. The engine was subsequently removed from the airframe and shipped to the manufacturer where a detailed examination will be completed.

NTSB Identification: ERA21LA269 Date: June 25, 2021 Location: Alpine, AL Aircraft: GARLICK HELICOPTERS INC OH58A+ Injuries: Fatal A Garlick Helicopters OH-58+ was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Alpine, Alabama. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was being operated as a Title 14 Code

of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. The pilot was spraying fungicide on a corn field when the accident occurred. Examination of the accident site indicated that the helicopter had struck a fiber optic cable that was co-located with a span of high voltage transmission lines on the south side of the field, and then had impacted terrain about 415’ from the initial strike with the fiber optic cable. Further examination of the accident site revealed that a debris path existed which contained a piece of cable in a tree near the south side of the field, and a section of bent cable core which had come to rest in the cornfield. This debris path began around the area of the cable strike and continued on an approximate 300° magnetic heading to where the helicopter had impacted. The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.

NTSB Identification: CEN21FA314 Date: July 12, 2021 Location: Seiling, OK Aircraft: PZL Mielec M18 Injuries: Fatal A PZL Mielec M-18A “Dromader” airplane was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Seiling, Oklahoma. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. The airplane impacted a pasture about 1/2-mile north of the field being worked. The main wreckage consisted of the fuselage, engine, right wing, and empennage. A ground impact depression, oriented toward the northwest, was located immediately adjacent to the main wreckage. The left wing had separated and was located about 120 ft northeast of the main wreckage. The flight controls remained attached to the airframe with the


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NTSB Identification: CEN21LA319 Date: July 13, 2021 Location: Carroll, IA Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-401 Injuries: Minor An Air Tractor Inc. sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Carroll, Iowa. The pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. The pilot stated that he completed half of the planned aerial application of a field when the engine quit coming out of a turn. The pilot then performed a forced landing. The airplane impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage to its wings. The airplane was retained for further examination.

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Some atomizers for inspection at the Zanoni factory. The company has manufactured hundreds of these types of nozzles to serve its customers around the world.

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1974 Ag Cat G164A with 8829.9 total time, 2800.9 since Hershey rebuild. Pratt and Whitney Geared 1340 1241.9 SMOH. Hamilton Standard 23D40 3 blade hydrostatic propeller. Aircraft features sealed cockpit, metal wings with Hershey tips, 335 gallon hopper, 115 gallon fuel system with bottom load port, stainless steel belly and booms, and aluminum spreader. Equipped with a SATLOC M3 touch screen, smoker and flagger. Price reduced to $75,000 Aircraft is located at KHSG, Thermopolis, WY. Please call Steve at 307-277-3822 or Nathan at 307-921-8579

1989 Super B Fat Cat, super 6 engine, 500 gallon, 11,166 TT, 1189 since hot, 188 IRAN, hydraulic spray system, air conditioning and heat, wing extensions, servos, night lights, E/I digital gauges. $250K out of annual or $280K with annual. Call 509-5208267 Special “Pair” Pricing for (2) Fresh Super A+600 Queen Cats. 350 Hopper, H-V TLand Combos, 80-Fuel, B-Cabins, TST, Zero AF & E&P! Be smart, fly safe, do better work! Bank on 4-wings! $225 + invested, reduced to $199K each. Ag Cat Sales and Service since 1971. 870-2418/2489F frank. kelley@ag-cat.com

1992 Turbine Factory Super B, Air Conditioned, SS booms and spreader, Ducks feet Aileron boost, M3 SATLOC keypad entry, Big fuel. $365K steve@andersonsflying.com for more info.

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Your choice out of three 400 Gallon Super B Ag Cats. Only looking to sell one at the moment but all are well maintained and always hangared northern airplanes. They aren’t exactly alike though, so look at each photo for better details. All Garrett powered (2 have Super 1’s & one is a -1), 400 Gallon Hoppers, SS Booms, Swathmaster Spreaders, All Metal Wings, Cockpit Heat, Bottom Load Fuel, Automatic Flagman. These airplanes are all working, so the times are subject to change. $284,500 Message for more info or call 541-969-2062. 1982 Grumman G164B Turbo Ag Cat, Serial No. 679B, Registration No. N8388K, Pratt & Whitney PT6A-20, TTSN 20335.2, SMOH 4160.7. Copy of Appraisal done 06/09/2021. Available Call 405-262-6566 $300,000

1974 Turbine Ag Cat, N9853, Super One TPE331. Call Boyd at 406388-4497 for more details. Ag Cats In Progress - S/N 526B S&R TPE331-Turbo FatCat 500-gal. 126fuel, Hi&Heavy, TST, 41” TL DAF, your engine, $265K. S/N 566B AgJet TPE331-Turbo SB+ 400-gal, 120-fuel, Hi&Heavy, TST, 38” TL DAF, your engine, $335K. S/N 349B Mills PT6Turbo Std B 350-gal, 115-fuel, your engine, $255K All Look/Perform Like New! 870-886-2418/2489F 870-7591692 Cell frank.kelley@ag-cat.com AgCat Sales/Service since 1971 Better’n NEW 450 Ag Cat! Total “Ground-up” Restoration! Loads of Up-Grades. “B” Cabin, hopper, 67 fuel, TL Gate, Fly Tips, More. Best “450” performer EVER! Ready for another 50-years of Reliable, Profitable, Safe Service. $215K + invested, Worth $179K, fair offer considered. frank.kelley@ag-cat.com 870-8862418/2489F 870-759-1692 Cell. Ag cat Sales/Service since 1971. PS Would make a fantastic 2-holer.

1975 Grumman Ag Cat G164A, AFTT 5678, Engine & Prop TT 302. $100,000 Call Boyd at 406-388-4497 or 406-580-9909

1977 AT-301, Bought new and been in Montana all its life. Always hangared. TT5065, PW 1340-AN1 275 SMOH Tulsa, Prop 12D40 494 SMOH, Wing spar cap 320 HR since replacement, Ag Tips, Dyna Nav GPS w/flow control, VG’s, Speed Ring, Fresh Annual w/sale. Photos Available. $75K OBO 406-262-3826 Phone or Text

1976 Grumman Ag Cat G164A, TTAF 8689, Engine & Prop TT 0. $115,000 Call Boyd at 406-3884497 or 406-580-9909 Export Special: G164A+, Fresh AmAg repair w/factory jigged fuselage, New 335-Hopper, Ext’d/Metal Wings, 80fuel, 24V w/Strobes, E-Servo, TWL, Hybrid Combo, Ready for 1000 hr. service-run. Your R985/R1340 E&P. $69K Includes CofaW4E, your container or flyaway. AgCat Sales/Services since 1971, 870-886-2418/2489 Fax, 870-759-1692 Cell. frank.kelley@ ag-cat.com

1988 AT-301, N69WN, TTAF 8900.0, P&W R-1340 SMOH 370.0, Overhaul by Younkin, Hamilton Standard Prop SPOH 530, 320 Gal Hopper, AgPilot X GPS, Flow Control, Smoker, SS Boom, A/C, VG’s, Lane Electric Brake, Bottom Load Fuel, 25 inch gate, 2 each spreaders. MidContinent Aircraft, 800-325-0885

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1977 AT-301, Bought new and been in Montana all its life. Always hangared. TT 5301, PW 1340-AN1 373 SMOH Tulsa, Prop 12D40 “0” SMOH, Wing spar cap 385 Hr since replacement, Ag Tips, Dyna Nav GPS w/flow control, VG’s, Fresh Annual with sale. Photos Available. $75,000 OBO 406-262-3826 Phone or Text

1983 AT-301, N31580, TTAF 9679.2, P&W R-1340 Geared TTE 550.0, 350 Gallon Hopper, Bantam GPS w/G4 Light Bar, IntelliFlow, SS Boom, CP03 Nozzles, Smoker, A/C, Bottom Load Fuel, New Side Windows. 800-325-0885 www.midcont.net

1983 AT-301A, Montana airplane, 7484 TT, PW 1340-AN2 Geared 48 SMOH, 23D40 Prop 48 SMOH, Dyna Nav GPS w/flow control, New Seat Cushion w/pneumatic lumbar, A/C, Spar cap, leading edge skins & nose ribs 26 hrs, Always Hangared, Fresh Annual with sale. Photos available, $110,000 OBO 406-2623826 Phone or Text


CLASSIFIEDS 1983 Turbine AT-301 Project, Carl Bailey Garrett Conversion, 11700 TTAF, Prop strike on Engine and Prop, Minor Airframe Damage, 890 hrs spar life remaining $15,000. Call Chad Stuart, Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091 1986 AT-301, R-1340 geared engine, 600 hrs since Covington OH, Bantam GPS, CP’s, $75K no trade. Farm Air Inc. Call 877-715-8476

1997 AT-602, N602LA, PT6A-45A, 9,370 total aircraft time, air conditioner, smoker, Lane fan and brake, Bantam w/Intelliflow. 3,500 hours since Light Engine Overhaul, 1650 Since Prop Overhaul, 3,500 hours remaining on spars. Stainless booms, Reabe Hopper and Pressure Gauge. No damage history. $275,000 Larry 956-330-7119

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1990 AT-402 -34, N4540F, TTAF 7,500, Wings redone in 2013, MVP50T Glass cockpit, AgPilotX GPS, iPad display, Fresh paint, Fresh annual. $375K Call Mike at Woodley Aerial Spray 815-503-0257 or email woody911miller@yahoo.com

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2010 AT-602, PT6-60, 6100 TT, IRAN prop, replaced PT starter and governor number 6 bearing October 2019 and HSI, new CT blades and segments and bleed air valve 700 hrs (clean). Wings scheduled to be done 12/21. Price reduced to $390K Call 662-645-8790 AT-602, Complete solid airframe less engine/prop. -65 engine mount, 11,000 AFTT, 1600 remaining on spar. $85,000 For more information call 309-759-4646 or email farmair@ farmairinc.com

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2008 AT-602, TTAF 10,066, 0 Time on major overhaul PT6-65 motor from Prime Turbines, 178 hours since Prop IRAN, G4 Hemisphere, Hydraulic gate and spray valve, quick start, 3” loading valve, fuel connects both sides, ADSB-OUT, Altimeter laser, Booms, Spreader, ready to sell at end of season. 1 YR or 500 HR WARRANTY FROM PRIME TURBINES! Listing price $710,000 Contact Kevin Jones, Tunica Air, Inc. 662-363-1461 Order your AT-602 Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection. Call 478-987-2250

2009 AT-802. 10750 TTAE. Aircraft is actively flying, times will change. Prop 1000 /IRAN, Hatfield fuel, Reabe hopper gauge, hydraulic flaps, hydraulic spray valve, hydraulic spray pump, hydraulic gate - Air Repair controller, hydraulic air conditioning, Wingman, Fast Start, SATLOC G4, Comm, ADSB-Out transponder. Booms, nozzles, pump and spreader have once season since new. Call for more details. 318-439-0710

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2016 AT-802A -65, 2490TT, N80250, Available Nov 2021, 10” Hydraulic Gate w/ Air Repair Controller, Wingman, 10” Transland Spreader, G4 w/Flow Control, CP11 Nozzle’s with Swivels, Smoker, Electric Fan Brake, Hatfield single point fuel, Kawak Throttle Quadrant, Fast Start, Trig ADS-B out, S/S Camlocks, LED Pulse Lights, HSI and Annual in December 2020, 400hrs since new Vein Ring, CT Blades, and Segments, Inner and Outer Liners were Overhauled. $950,000 OBO call 870-261-2601 for more info.

2012 AT-802A, N805ET, Available Oct. 1st, 5300 hrs. airframe and power plant, Factory Heat/Air, SATLOC G4, Wingman, Smoker, Lane brake, Trans lane spreader, CP09’s, Vondran gate controller, Duplex nozzles. Call David at 870-501-1136

2017 AT-802, N869SS **WORKING NOW** Available December 2021. Approximately 3000 hrs. Hot-Section completed 2500 hrs., all in tolerance. Prop IRAN at 2500 hrs. Hatfield fuel system, single point. Manual gate & wingman system. SATLOC Bantam GPS/Flow Control. MVP Engine Display Monitor. 308 gallon tanks. Lane Fan Brake. LED front end head lights. Dual cockpit. Comms and transponder. $900,000, OBO. 318-437-8908

2004 AT-802A, N8522Q, 2,133 TT, Pratt & Whitney 67-AG, 380 Gallon Fuel, Trotter Gen III FRD, Aspen EFD, FM Comm-NPX 136D, Drift Finder Smoker & New Fire Paint in 2019. $850,000 Call Frost Flying at 870295-6213

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2007 AT-802A -67AG, Vondran Controller & Fire Door, Smoker, 3350 hrs TTAE, 308 Gallon Fuel Tank, Time Continued with Covington, Light Overhaul 1000 hrs ago, CT Disk Blades, Fuel Controller, Prop Governor Replaced, Pac 24 Audio Panel, S140 Com, NAT 136D FM, GTX345 Transponder ADSB In/Out. Willing to change over to Ag, take fire equipment off. $850,000 Call Tracy Wooten 501517-6896

2006 AT-802 -67 Total Time: 6800, Available November or December, New Paint, Annual In Jan. 2021, New Stage 2 PT Blades, SATLOC G4, Smoker, Wingman, Side Load Fuel, 10” Deep Throat Spreader, Vondran Controller, Hydraulic 10” Door, Flow Control, ADSB In and Out. $750,000 Call 501-517-6896 2002 Red/White AT-802A, N802MA, s/n 802A-0136 with 4048 TTSN, PT6A-65AG s/n PCE-PN0050, 4048 TTSN 0-since Covington hot, new CT blades, new segments, fresh liner, current FCU/pump, Hartzell propeller model HC-B5MP-3F s/n EVA2699 1450 S-IRAN, smoker, electric brake/ fan, steam gauges, 308 fuel, STC single point fuel, Kawak, G-4 GPS/flow, CP’s, Transland 7-1/2” hyd gate, Transland wingman, new annual. $725K Call 309-759-4646

2016 AT-802A, N805KP, PT6A-65AG Available September 2021. Approx. 3600 Hours TT, 10” Hydraulic Gate, SATLOC G4 W/Flow Control, Wingman, LED Pulse Lights, PS Engineering PAR 200B Audio Panel/Com, Garmin GTX345 ADSB in/ out, Garmin 796 for displaying traffic and weather, New CT Blades at 2390 Hours TT, New Landing Gear at 3000 Hours TT. Will be sold with Extensive Fresh Annual and Hot Section. $980K Contact Steve at Ag Air Aircraft 870236-0146 steve.agairaircraft@gmail. com

1998 AT-802A, N5094H, TTAE 12152.6, PT6A65AG, Hartzell Propeller 2000.0 SPOH, Reabe digital hopper quantity & spray boom pressure, E-TEC Inc. fast start system, Comm radio, Hemisphere G4 GPS, Right side boom shut off, Smoker, Hydraulic gate A/C, Wipaire vortex generators, Wingman, Annual 1/10/21. See spec sheet for details. MidContinent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-3250885 www.midcont.net

2010 AT-802A PT6A65AG, N389LA 802A0389, 3,526 TT, 10” Hydraulic Gate w/Vondran Controller, Wingman, G4 w/Flowcontrol, CP 11 Nozzle, Smoker, Electric Brake Gr Adj, Single Point Fuel & 308 Fuel, Fresh Annual. $725K Call David at 870-501-1136 2006 AT-802A, PT6A-65AG, 7700 TTSN, new wing spars, new hoppers, 308 fuel, fresh FCU/pump, CP’s, com radio, transponder/ ADSB-out, G4 GPS/ flow, S.P fuel, Kawak. $750K For more information call 309-759-4646 or email farmair@farmairinc.com

2019 AT-802 FireBoss Equipped as a FireBoss, Equipped with PT6A-67F engine, dual cockpit/ full dual controls. Air Tractor FRDS fire gates, rear seat instruments and avionics, 380 gallon fuel, and a very unique paint scheme. Aircraft is additionally equipped as a FireBoss with amphibious floats, ground fill option, and a WipAire rear seat redundancy control package. Available for immediate delivery. Call Mike at Valley Air Crafts 559-686-7401 2005 AT-802A, 6975 TTSN, PT6A67AG, 6975 TTSN, 220 since Covington hot, 0-SIRAN prop, electric brake, smoker, CP’s, G-4 w/flow, Kawak, MVP50T, wingman, 10” gate, new wing spars, new hopper, Farm Air referb, Sept. 2018 annual, NO TRADES. Call 309-303-5161

1997 AT-802AF PT667AG, TT 6677, -67AG w/ Fresh Hot Section 27960 SNEW, Prop 7591 SNEW, Hydromax Fire Gate, Fresh Annual, USFS/DOI Carded, ADSB, BK KMA 24H, BK KY196, Garmin GTX 327, TDFM 136, Sky Connect AFF. $750K 575-763-4300 or email cameron@ aerotechteam.com

2001 AT-802 -67AG, TT 4990, Engine SMOH 1369 Fresh Hot Section, Prop 148 SNEW, TDFM 138, KY196A, KY 196A, Garmin 345 ADSB, Fresh Paint in 2019, Hatfield Fire Gate or available with 10” Transland and booms. $925K Call 575-763-4300 or email cameron@ aerotechteam.com

2004 AT-802 -67AG USFS/ DOI CARDED, -67AG Fresh Hot Section, TT3932, STOH 2205, Prop 73 SPOH, KY 196A, KY 196A, TDFM 136A, GTX-345 Transponder, Smoker, Hydromax Fire Gate USFS/DOI Carded Fresh Annual. $800K Call 575-7634300 or Email cameron@aerotechteam. com for further details.

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Aircraft - Cessna

1977 Cessna Ag Truck, N731GD, S/N 18802877T, TT: 6012, SMOH: 2.0, Prop: 297 Mag-Truck Conversion Lycoming IO-540-K1J5, Ag-Tips, Super Booms, Hydraulic Spray System, SATLOC 99.5, CropHawk, 8.50x10 Mains, Big 5.00x5 Tailwheel, Smoker/Flagger. Good Flying and Working Aircraft. $125K Call Lance at 308-325-2095 with questions or offers or Nathan at 308-324-8770

Cessna T188C Ag Husky, 872 SMOH Fresh OH on fuel pump, boost pump, prop governor. 0.0 SOH by PropWorks Propeller Systems, 8742 TTAF, overhauled landing gear, new battery, new paint, new wingtips, new wing root fairings, hopper overhauled, new alternator, stainless superboom, SATLOC. A/C available for additional cost. $139,900 218-847-3233

1975 Ag Wagon, 7310 TTAF. IO-520D 1315 SMOH. Approx. 300 STOH, 570 SPOH, 86” McCauley, Winglets, Robertson STOL. Weathero Fan, Lite Star II, Smoker. $75,000 785623-3480

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. Call Kevin at 785-386-8875

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1974  Cessna C188 - For sale or trade, TTAF 7462, TTE 1000, new factory landing gears, both wings rebuilt, low booms, side step, new hyd engine driven pump, a spare chemical pump, new alternator, fuel pump, flow divider and throttle body bench tested and calibrated together, smoker, 98 SATLOC AirStar, all new glasses two years ago, SS split exhaust, also the adapter for a remote oil cooler, a new cooler not installed, remote oil filter. Asking $85,000 out right or would trade for a Bonanza or Skylane of equal value. I am retiring after 59 years. Call Ben Kirk at 662-803-5102

1975 Cessna Ag Truck, TTAF 4802, SFR 1240, SPIRAN 1240, S/S Dual Exhaust, Smoker, Wag, Crophawk 7B, Hyd/MAN SS spray system (except pump), 30 CP03, 4 Rotary Nozzles, A/C, No Heat, Landing, Inst. Lights, Hopper Light, Wing Tip Strobe, VG’s Hardwired ANR, Locking Tailwheel. $97,500 478-285-3731

1978 Cessna Ag Truck, 5832 TTAF, 625 TTE, 550 TT on prop, 8.50X10 Clevelands, GPS, field ready. Price reduced to $112,000. Call Chad Stuart, Airplane Services, Inc. Call 850-336-0552 1969 Cessna A188 Ag Truck, C-GZNI, AF 5882 TTSN, Continental IO520-D Engine 185 SMOH, 1200 Hr. TBO, Hartzell 3 Blade Prop 152 Hrs. SPOH, Overhauled 3/17, IC A200 Com, GTX 320 Transponder Mode C, Ag-Nav GPS system, Dry & Liquid Application Spray Gear, Flagger, Smoker. $64,000 OBO Call Martin at 905-853-5965

1972 Cessna A188 Ag Truck, C-GZBN, AF 4214 TTSN, Continental IO520-D Engine 658 SMOH, 1200 Hr. TBO, Hartzell 3 Blade Prop 219 Hrs. SPOH, Overhauled 4/17, IC A200 Com, GTX 320 Transponder -Mode C, Ag-Nav 2 GPS system, Nav Lights, Ag Kit Provision. $79,000 OBO Call Martin at 905-853-5965

Aircraft - Dromader

1995 M18A Turbine Dromader, 4500 TTAF, wings and tail section 2900, 400 TT SPOH, Engine TPE-331-11u-6116, 874 TSO, 400 since Teledo repair compressor housing, diffuser vane accessory drive housing, 2nd stage rotor replaced. Fresh annual w/sale. 2nd Dromader airframe less engine has new prop, only needs engine. Lots of spare parts. Asking $150,000. Very negotiable. Call 229524-1134 or 229-220-6343 Order your Flying Dromader Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250

Aircraft - Piper

1964 Cessna 310I, TT 5253, Continental IO-470U engines TSMOH LH 573 RH 249, McCauley props TSPOH LH 573 RH 670. Nice twin, true 6 seater & heavy hauler. It’s a clean northern airplane with no corrosion, new tires, new heater & fresh annual. Paint and interior are both prob a 5 out of 10. Basic radios. Would be interested in trade for Piper Cherokee 6, Saratoga, or Lance. $55,000 Call Tanner Sotvik at 701-520-0229 or 701-662-4416 Best Classified Buy In The Industry. 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-352-0025.

1981 Piper PA-36-375 Turbine Brave, PT6A-20 662 SMOH, 232 SHS, Prop TSO 542, TTAF 5722, 2382 remaining on wing spar, fresh annual, new SATLOC Bantam w/ IntelliFlow, Lane adjustable fan & brake, smoker, CP check valve nozzles, Nav/ Strobe Instrument/Landing and taxi lights. Very clean, great flying, great transition airplane. $290K OBO For more information call 318-339-4747 or email lowgoflyers@gmail.com

1982 Piper Super Cub. Lowest time Piper built Cub on the planet, 650 hours TTSN, 0 SMOH, Stits Fabric, beautiful paint, Com Radio, L3 Lynx transponder with ADSB in-out with touchscreen weather, traffic. $150,000 Call Sun Valley Aviation 956-421-4545

1978 Piper PA-25-235 Lycoming 0-540 with less than 250 SMOH, Ground up restoration 2015. Always hangared. Engine and airframe logs available. No corrosion, all AD’s complied with. Currently receiving fresh annual and wing EDY. Includes GPS, spreader, and 3 sets of nozzles. Nice looking bird. Eastern KS. $78,750 785448-3340

1978 PA-36-375 Brave, TT 2820, TTSMO 1060, 2000 TBO, 1260 remaining on spar, SATLOC M3, flow control, stainless plumbing, fuel tank foam replaced, electric fan clutch, Vortex generators, Comm radio, split spray booms, smoker, fresh extensive annual, hangared. Ready to work! $145K 281-450-0632 leave message or text.

1976 PA 36 SUPER BRAVE 400 HP - 3965 Total Time, 66 since Overhaul engine, 66 since IRAN Prop, 4040 hours remaining on wing spar caps, 275 gal hopper, Agrinautics pump and fan, dropped streamlined booms with CP nozzles and check valves, 2” left side load, extended wings, 90 gal fuel with new fuel cells, crop hawk, automatic flagger, pistol grip, nav/strobe/instrument/ landing/taxi and night working lights, left entry step, good paint, tires and glass. Price reduced to $185K or OBO. Contact Johnston Aircraft Service at 559-686-1794, info@johnstonaircraft. com or visit our website at www. johnstonaircraft.com Order your Clipped J3 Cub Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250


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1976 PA 36 Turbine Brave 550SHP - 6450TT, 3097 since P&W factory O/H PT6A-20A engine with 0 since HSI and compliance with A.D.2014-11-05, 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, CommRadio, Crophawk, electric turn and bank, clock, nav/strobe/instrument/landing and taxi lights, Del Norte GPS, pistol grip, left entry step, good tires/glass and paint, 1739 hours remaining on wing spar caps. Aircraft is in very good condition and needs to go to work! Call and let’s make a deal! 559-6861794, Email info@johnstonaircraft. com or visit our website at www. johnstonaircraft.com Order your Piper Pawnee Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99 plus S &H. Call 478-987-2250

2004 Thrush 550, TTAF 8093, with PT6-60AG 0 shot, 0 time fuel control, Bleed valve, and High pressure pump, 0 SMOH prop, Hyd. gate box, SATLOC G4, booms and spreader. Sale with fresh annual. $420,000 Call 979-257-6695

2011 Thrush S2R-T34, N70224, PT6A-34AG, TTE 3100, HSI completed 4/4/21, 50 TT Since HSI, Cascade intake, Bantam GPS w/G4 screen, IntelliFlow, 2 1/2” high volume spray pump, Lane electric brake, Leading Edge lights, Micro Vortex generators, Smoker, Bottom load fuel, Load Hawg. See spec sheet for details. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800325-0885 www.midcont.net

Aircraft - Thrush

2019 Thrush 510P with P&W PT6A-34AG, Smoker, Bantam GPS, Intelliflow, Lane Electric Brake, Single Point Fuel, Vortex Generator and Leading Edge Lights. 264 TT. $875,000 Please contact Dennis or Tim at 319-266-0474.

1996 S2R-G1, S#G104, TPE331-6 Super 6, 9688 TTAF, 3222 on Spar Caps (Fresh Eddie current) 6200 hr. life, 0 SPOH by Northwest Propeller, TPE331-Super 6, TSCAM-4928, TSHSI-0, TSGBI-0, All engine work done by TAE (AG AIR Turbines) Hatfield bottom load fuel, A/C, Vortex Generators, New SATLOC Bantam w/flow control, Stainless Spray system, AFS check valves w/CP nozzles, Agrinautics pump w/Lane brake, Aircraft radio, March of 2021 annual, $360K OBO 509-750-2309

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1979 Ayers Thrush, S2R Turbine, AFTT: 8,472, Hobbs 2101.0, Aircraft flown regularly, Engine: TPE331-5A-252D, Crossover, heavy gearbox 940HP, Propeller TTSN: 506.2,T.S.O. See spec sheet for details. $282,500 Call Ward Rosadiuk at 907351-4557

2006 550 Thrush, 4100 TTAF, TPE331-10, Completely loaded - G4 SATLOC, flow control, A/C & heat, booms, spreader, brand new 3 blade Hartzell STC, lots of airframe upgrades. Just completed 270k repairs/ upgrades including new prop, engine prop strike inspection, engine now new power section gearbox parts, all fuel control etc O/H. by Arkansas turbine, fresh hot, new tailwheel spring and accessories. It’s a real work horse. Ready to work, will deliver. $435K Call 217-556-6220 Get Serious About Selling 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-352-0025.

1995 Ayers Thrush S2R G-10, SN G10-113 TTAF 6019.00 Est. Engine TPE 331-10-511M, SN P-36450C Rebuild, 2014: TTSO: 1046.3 Est., cycles: 1065 Est. Propeller New TSN 5.3 Accident history; Kawak Hyd Spray System 228 Gallon Fuel Shadin Fuel Flow System Heater / AC M-3 SATLOC GPS System, Marburg AG Tips, Vortex Generators, Auto Cal Flow Control, Single Point Fuel, Stainless Drop Booms, Smoker, Strobe Lights, 3” Load Line, Fast Start, AG Air battery Mod ServAero Flying Tail, Low Fuel Warning Lights, Transland Spreader Aircraft in Washington State. See spec sheet for details. $309K Call Ward Rosadiuk at 907-351-4557

1995 Thrush S2R, TT 11,195.4, PT6A-34 TSO 0.0, Wings 24,000 hrs remaining, New 4 blade propeller, Power intake w/quick change filter, SATLOC w/G4 screen, L7 Light bar, Extended mount, Intelliflow, A/C, Smoker, Load Hawg, Lane Electric Brake, Fan, Spring Tail Wheel w/ 2” extension, Metal tail, Emergency hopper shut off, Booms & spray system, Bottom load fuel, Bottom load feed, New Paint, Fresh annual. Currently under lease but will be available mid August. $575K Call Turbines Inc at 812-877-2587 or email peg@turbinesinc.com

2013 Thrush S2R-H80, N3046N, TTAE 3600, Load Hawg, VG’s, Bottom Fuel/Dual Load, IntelliFlow w/Smart Pump, Leading Edge Lights, SS Booms, Hopper Rinse, Bantam, Smoker Spreader w/Kicker Plate, CP’s, G4 Intelliflow, MVP 50T Glass Panel. See spec sheet for details. Make offer, very motivated! Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 www. midcont.net Order your 510 Thrush Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 www.agairupdate. com

1977 Thrush S2R Radial, Airframe: 7500 TT, Engine: P&W 1340-2, 384 SMOH, Prop: 23D40/384 hr., Spring Tail Wheel, 20 inch main wheels, LightStar 5 GPS, 2-12V Dry cell battery, Full retractable lights and turn lights on tips. $74,800 OBO Call 760-996-2032

1989 Turbine Thrush, N3097K, TTAF 16500, TTE 16500, OH Fuel Control 2020, SHSI 200, 2016 Century Wing Spars, Vortex generators 2018, Fuel pump OH 2021, AC, Giua Gold new, New Vane Ring segment blades, New Paint. $350,000 Office: 229-524-1134 Cell: 229-220-6343

Super nice, super clean, super low time Thrush 660P -67AG, DUAL COCKPIT-DUAL CONTROL, PT-6 powered work horse for sale! ONLY DUAL COCKPIT MODEL CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON THE PLANET! Outstanding machine for crop spraying, fire suppression, and even patrolling purposes. How about FLIGHT TRAINING for any of the three? Can outfit for each purpose! Only 428 hours since new! Only 150 hrs. since hot section by Covington, and only 2 hrs. on Hartzell 115” 5 blade prop since overhaul! Get started now! Outfit and spray, firefight, patrol, or instruct, before the season begins! Call Kirby at 615-972-7423 or email k.totty@comcast.net 1992 Thrush S2R-G6, N449AT serial #G6-105, TTAF 6185, TTE since IRAN at CD Aviation 945 hrs., VG’s, night lights, 510 gal. hopper, A/C & heat, cool seat, Garmin GPS, smoker, right boom shut off, long range fuel tanks, comm radio, new spar caps installed 35 hrs. ago, recent prop overhaul by Maxwell Aircraft. Aircraft is in great condition, side load fuel, concord batteries, SATLOC M3 GPS, Intelliflow control, SS boom hangers, booms and center section, CP11 TT nozzles, Lane fan on the pump, Reabe hopper gauge w/side display. $500K Serious inquiries only! Call 701-489-3558


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1974 400 Gal Turbine Thrush, N5543X, Airframe only no engine. 8900 TT, new Century wings, 0 time prop, A/C, cool seat, 29” tires, spring tail, fabric tail, paint in 2016. Asking $150K OBO Call Kent at 229-2206343 or 229-524-1134

1996 Ayres S2R G6-510, TTAF:5690, TTE: 10,907, Engine TSMO: 364, Prop TT: 513, C.A.M.’d 400 hrs ago, SATLOC M3 w/small screen, Hartzell 3 Blade, Lane Fan & Brake, VGs, SPFS, Smoker, A/C, Smoker, Fast Start, Battery Mod, EI FP-5 Fuel Flow Indicator, EI Torque Gauge. $375K Call North Star today at 620-356-4528

1974 Rockwell S2R-600, TT: 7756, Engine TSMO: 513, Prop TSOH: 0, Geared 1340, SST Booms, Bantam w/G4 Screen, KY 964 Comm, Hartzell 3 blade, Flow Control, Smoker, SPFS, Collins A/C, Extended Wings, Spring tailwheel, Chip Light, Aileron Servo Kit, 24V Electrical System, Flagger, Digital Tach, CropHawk, SS Pump and Electric Brake. New: Battery, A/C compressor, Fuel pump, Spark plugs, Air, Fuel, & Oil filters, Seatbelt/Harness. $155K Call North Star today at 620-356-4528

2021 510P-34AG, 2” SST Spray System, 3” Side Loader, SST Reinforced 510 Gallon Fiberglass Hopper, 228 Gallon Fuel Capacity, Aluminum Booms, 250 amp Starter/Generator, A/C & Cabin Heat, Hi-Vis LED Wingtip, Navigation, & Strobe Lights, 41” SST Gatebox, Garmin G5 Attitude Indicator, MVP-50 Glass Cockpit, SST Belly Skin, Hartzell Prop, Dual-Caliper Cleveland Brakes, 21” Floatation Tires, Storm Shield, Main Landing Gear Wire Cutters. Call North Star today at 620-356-4528 to get your quote.

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1977 Thrush S2R Turbine - 11,063 hours TTAF, Johnson Conversion and rebuild in 2007 (ME601E-11 with Avia Prop), Walters ME601E-11 engine with 3 hours Since IRAN (1560 SMOH), 400 gallon Hopper, AG Pilot X GPS with Flow Control (or Satloc Bantam if you prefer), MVP-50 Engine display, Electric Fan Brake, Bottom load fuel, Smoker, A/C, Metal Tail, KAWAK Throttle quadrant, Fiberglass belly, Winglets, Nav lights, Polished Spinner. Fresh Thrush Service Center Annual! Primed and Repainted Engine cowl, leading edges, vertical stab, and winglets. Rebuilt the tailwheel and primed and painted. She’s very clean and ready to go! Bring offers and trades! All specifications are subject to verification upon inspection by buyer. ASI JET is a Factory Authorized Thrush Dealer, Service center, and Parts distributor. Specializing in New and Used aircraft sales, Call ASI Jet Sales at 952-941-6255 for more information!

2021 710P-65AG, 2” SST Spray System, 3” Side Loader, SST Reinforced 710 Gallon Fiberglass Hopper, 228 Gallon Fuel Capacity, 250 amp Starter/Generator, A/C & Cabin Heat, Hi-Vis LED Wingtip, Navigation, & Strobe Lights, 41” SST Gatebox, Garmin G5 Attitude Indicator, MVP-50 Glass Cockpit, SST Belly Skin, Hartzell Prop, Dual-Caliper Cleveland Brakes, 21” Floatation Tires, Storm Shield , Main Landing Gear Wire Cutters. Call North Star today at 620-356-4528 to get your quote.

2012 Thrush S2R-T34, N986MM, TTAE:5100, PT6S-34AG, 400 hrs. SHI, Hartzell 4 blade prop, 900 hrs.SNEW, Cascade, MVT-50 glass panel, Load Hawg, Bantam GPS, IntelliFlow, Leading Edge lights, Vortex generators, Smoker, Bottom load fuel. Very clean aircraft, well maintained and no damage history. See spec sheet for more details. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 www. midcont.net

1996 S2R-G1 Thrush, N2237D, TTAF 9688.0, Super-6 TPE331-6, TSCAM-4928, TSHSI-0, All engine work done by TAE (Ag Air Turbines), Hatfield bottom load fuel, A/C Vortex generators, New SATLOC Bantam, Flow Control, SS Spray System, AFS check vales, CP nozzles, Agrinautics pump, Lane electric brake, Aircraft radios, Fresh Eddie Current. Very clean aircraft! Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-325-0885 www.midcont.net

1997 Ayres S2R-G10, N773CC, AFTT 6500, Engine: 1813.0 SHOT/ CAM1813, Propeller O/H Conrad Maxwell on 4/5/12, Cool start system, Hatfield single point fueling, ATS-VG’s, AG-TIPS-MARBURGER, Kawak hydraulic system, SATLOC G4, Load hawg, Max weight 7900, Empty weight 4718, Useful load 3182. MidContinent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800-3250885 www.midcont.net

1998 S2R-G10/510 Thrush, N2146S, TTAF 4909.0, TPE-331-10, 825.0 TT SCAM, Hartzell propeller 0.0 SPOH, New fuel spline, Bantam GPS, Intelliflow, Lane electric brake, Smoker, Fast start, A/C, no heat, SS Boom, CP09 Nozzle, Comm radio, TRAC TXP w/ADS-B OUT, Installed new wing spar May 2016. Annual 2/21. Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 800325-0885 www.midcont.net

2009 AT-802A, Serial # 802A-0333, TTAE: 2588 hrs, Fresh Annual, 10” Hydraulic Gate, Dual Loading Valve, Smoker,Single Point Fuel, Bendix King Audio Panel, Garmin SL 40 Com, Garmin 345 Transponder, Garmin 496 GPS. $710,000 Call or text Michael 870-672-2089

1977 Thrush S2R, CFXMG, 2366R 13-40PW, 50 hrs. Prop TT, 50 hrs. TTE, 7778 hrs. TTAF. Lots of spare parts to go with it - Rudder, Finn, Stabilizer, Extra cylinder jugs, Magneto carburetor, tire tubes and many other extras. $100K Canadian. Call Ron at 306-861-0177

PT6A-41 850 SHP Thrush. N2249U, has been completely rebuilt from the spinner to the end of the rudder. We put the fuselage in our jig and replaced all the tubing from the cockpit back and upgraded to the later stronger longeron sizes. We installed all the factory beef up kits to the forward fuselage. We rebuilt the wings and installed new spar caps, rebuilt the factory metal tail, made new fuselage side panels and installed with crosspoint s.s. fasteners, we painted the aircraft with high solids Alumigrip polyurethane paint, we replaced windows, we installed a dropped stainless spray system we installed a cool seat with new covers and a Hooker harness, We installed the Cascade front end conversion kit with the 14” longer mount, we installed the MVP50T glass panel in the new upper center instrument panel, we installed a new Dyna Nav Vektor Max GPS, we installed a new KAWAK throttle quadrant, it has a radio and Harbour air conditioning, it has vortex generators, 192 gallon fuel capacity with bottom loading, it has nav/strobe/landing and taxi lights, and a 525 gal hopper. The engine is a King Air takeoff with approximately 4000 hours since P&W factory overhaul and 10 hours since hot section and test cell run. The High Performance 4 bladed Hartzell prop has 10 hours since new. The aircraft is fast, hauls a full hopper load, gets off the ground quickly, turns extremely well, and is a delight to fly. Aircraft needs to be working. Let’s make a deal! Call 559-686-1794, Email info@johnstonaircraft.com or visit our website www.johnstonaircraft.com Order your Radial Thrush Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250 Order your Thrush 660 Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99 plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250


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1999 Thrush S2R-T34, N23034, AFTT 11,048 hrs., Current Annual, Avenger Wing Spar 38,391 hrs. remaining, Extensions and Winglets, PT6A-34AG TSO: 0.0, Four Blade Hartzell Propeller STC SA04302CH, HC-B4TN-3C/ T10702NS TSN: 0.0, New Tires, New Brakes and Rotors, Zee A/C System w/Heat, Single Point Fueling System, Fuel Quantity Indicator, Refurbished Hopper with new gate box, New Booms. See spec sheet for details. Turbines Inc. 812-877-2587 www.turbinesinc.com

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1999 Thrush S2R-T34, N4061H, Frame off restoration. Like new. TTAF 5,350. Engine PT6A -34AG. TSO 0.0. Century Wings with 115 gal fuel per side, extensions and winglets. New 4 Blade Propeller STC SA04302CH. New 510 gal Hopper. New tires, brakes and rotors. ZEE A/C w/heat. Single point fueling system. Fuel Quantity Indicator. Hopper quantity gauge. New pump and stainless steel booms. Heavy duty landing gear. Cool seat. New paint. Current annual. Call Turbines Inc 812-877-2587 peg@turbinesinc. com

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Helicopters 2 Huey helicopter buckets for sale. Call Guy at 803-645-8230 1982 Hiller UH 12-E, 3112 TT, 100 hrs. on new engine. Two spray trucks also for sale. Call Guy at 803-6458230 Order your Bell 206 Helicopter Pen and Ink Drawing from our DeSpain Collection today for only $59.99. plus S&H. Call 478-987-2250

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CLASSIFIEDS Large Midwest operation looking for AT-502, AT-802 and -42 510 Thrush pilots for the 2022 season. Pilots must have 500 hours of Turbine Ag time. Also Multi-engine turbo prob experience would be a bonus to fly our Piper Cheyenne for business trips throughout the year. Slobs and princesses need not apply, only hardworking pilots with a good work ethic. No time to babysit! Email resume and references to blindads@agairupdate.com Subject: ID#3359 602 Pilot needed immediately in IL. Aircraft has PT6A-65, SATLOC G4. Corn run going now, cover crop seeding & soybean August and September. Looking for commitment through end of September. If seat filled this week, we can guarantee at least 20,000 acres of work. Experienced pilot required. Please contact me at mschertz3@gmail.com or 309-532-1720. Thanks! 402 pilot needed immediately for IL corn run and remainder of season. Aircraft is PT6A-34, SATLOC G4. Looking for commitment now through September. Turbine experience is required. Please contact me at mschertz3@gmail.com or 309-5321720. Established South Central operation looking for a full time 802 pilot to begin immediately. Brand new planes! Must have a great work ethic! Email resume and references to blindads@ agairupdate.com Subject: ID#3298. Midwest AT-602 seat on corn run! Pilot had to leave for some family issues. There is all the work you want. Pays $1.80/acre. G4, Reabe, -60. Not looking to poach from another operation. Slobs and princesses need not apply. Please include all your relevant information in your email to blindads@ agairupdate.com Subject: ID#3343 Ag Air Aircraft in Corning, Arkansas is hiring aircraft maintenance technicians. Excellent working environment, competitive pay and plenty of work. Turbine and/or electrical experience is a plus. Must have a positive attitude to be considered. Please email resume and references to kevin.agair@gmail.com or call 870-857-3744 if interested. Well established agriculture business is looking for a full time, long term ag pilot in West Texas for 502 Air Tractor. Must have turbine experience, SATLOC experience helpful. Housing available. Contact: Office 806-946-3399, Mobile 806-946-7309. Resume may be emailed to kingagsudan1@gmail.com G-10 Thrush pilot for corn. We only operate out of 2 locations. SATLOC with shape files. Usually lasts about 4 weeks. Contact Frank Ousley at fousley@citlink. net or call 815-631-3113

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Bell 206 Spray Pilot Needed - Are you a helicopter pilot looking to make a difference in the world of public health? Are you looking to join an amazing organization that values people, the planet, and doing the right thing? Then keep reading to learn more about Clarke’s Lead Pilot opportunity! Working out of our office in Roselle, Illinois, the Lead Pilot will provide contract mosquito and aquatic herbicide control services to Clarke’s customers in the Midwest via targeted aerial application from April to October each year. Aerial applications will be made in high traffic areas while safely working around controlled and uncontrolled airports. Schedule will be flexible, and similar to a two week on, two week off so you’ll still have some time for summer at home! Travel expenses will be covered by Clarke. We’re seeking an independent, self-motivated, detail oriented, and safety conscious individual with a passion for the outdoors and previous experience to join us in our mission to make communities around the world more livable, safe and comfortable. Qualifications and expectations can be found on AgAir Update’s website http://classifieds. agairupdate.com/details.php?id=3272 Interested candidates should visit Clarke’s website, click on careers and submit resume online www.clarke.com Established CO Operation seeking insurable 402/502 pilot with minimum 500 AT hours. Must have herbicide experience & willing to work in controlled airspace. Interview will include a test flight & water application. Nice on-site RV park. Qualified applicants please send resume to: airdusters@rtebb.net Hello folks! VersaAir Services is looking for a Class A truck drivers to support helicopter operations in Kansas and surrounding states. This position will require a class A and tanker endorsement. Great job with good people in a fast paced atmosphere. If your a pilot wanting to fly then don’t be afraid to apply as a driver as we are rapidly growing and will need folks to make that transition. If your interested please let me know via email jsutton@ versaair.com. Thanks! Helicopter Pilot - Position available spraying in South Texas. April thru November. Room and Board provided with excellent pay. Call Cameron Hendrickson at 815-739-6813 or 815384-5151 Open Seat for the Corn Run in July and August flying an Air Tractor 602 or Turbine Thrush. Turbine Ag Time is required for this position. If you have any turbine ag time and are interested in an Illinois seat this summer please contact Travis Hermann 217-6076383.

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CLASSIFIEDS Looking for Ag & King Air Simulator Instructors. Instructors are 1099 contractors. Work is on a per student basis. 1-3 day courses and paid by the day. Work one on one with the students. Classroom and simulator instruction. Days are 9-5 with no weekends. Lodging fees are covered for instructors that travel in to our location to teach. Flight instructor certificate not needed. Looking for someone who has an Ag pilot background/experience. Turbine experience is a must. Could be active or retired. Must have an interest in teaching and passing on their knowledge to others in the industry. Email resume and references to blindads@agairupdate.com Subject: ID#2710 Looking for the right pilot. Wilbur-Ellis is looking for a Bell 47 Pilot with row crop spray experience to work in King City California. King City is located in the south end of the Salinas Valley, 150 miles south of San Francisco, 60 miles south east of Monterey. I have a full-time position available for the right applicant. You must be stable and accident/violation free. Wilbur-Ellis has excellent benefits, including company provided transportation. The season runs from the middle of March through the middle of November. The work is difficult and challenging but rewarding. Pilots are expected to be in the office in the afternoon to prepare for the following days work. This is a full time position for an experienced Bell 47 pilot with row crop experience. If this is something you are interested in, please send me a resume. Mark Plaskett 831-594-2430mplaskett@ wilburellis.com Due to expansion opportunities we are looking for experienced 502 and 802 pilots. Must have knowledge of the latest GPS units. This is a full time turbine position in the Upper Midwest. Historically from May to October. We spray a large variety of row crops. Mostly fungicides, insecticides and micro nutrients no herbicide work. We also do dry fertilizer and cover crops. We are looking for team players willing to grow with us. A pilot with a strong work ethic is desired. Please reply with a resume to Agpilot502802@gmail.com Large midwest aerial application business looking for A&P and IA mechanics. Must have Air Tractor and PT6A experience. Starting salary is 70-80K if qualified. Must supply a resume and three references. Send resume and references to blindads@agairupdate.com, Subject: ID#2234 or fax to 478-352-0025 IA and A&P mechanics needed. Call 870-295-6213 Salary depending on qualifications and experience.

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David Clark Headset, Model number H10-13S, stereo headset in excellent shape $250. Call 402-841-5144 Used Items In Stock at Sky Tractor Agrinautics: 66450 Fan $250, 65113 Hyd. Pump $600, 65217 Pump $700. Transland: 21066 Hyd. Pump $800, Hub Assy Weath Aero $500, 21992 Pump & Lane Brake $1200. Lane: 111XLA Brake $700, 111FA Fan $550. Weath Aero: 5 Blade Fan, Transland $700. Call Peg at Sky Tractor 1-800-437-5319 AV-KOR1 Helmets Available Now! The AV-KOR1 helmet is made out of a fiberglass composite, utilizing Koroyd and an anti-microbial comfort liner making it the lightest aviation helmet on the market. Features Fire Retardant trim and a FIDLOCK buckle system. Works with any aftermarket in-helmet communications devices. North Star Aviation is the First Lift Aviation Dealer. Call today at 620-356-4528 and ask for Kyle. Ag Cat tail spring A1590-1 $1200. Please call Peg at Sky Tractor 1-800437-5319 Christmas Trump Shirt - Short and Long Sleeve. Youth small through 4XL. Contact Storm Aeronautics at 402367-3213 or send email to parts@ stormaeronatuics.com to place an order. Trump Shirts “Keeping Ag Aviation Great”. Three different designs featuring an Ag Cat, Air Tractor and Thrush. Colors are Gray, Black, and Red. Sizes Range from Youth medium through 4XL. Shirts cost $25. Contact Storm Aeronautics at 402-367-3213 or send email to parts@stormaeronatuics.com to place an order.

Parts - Airframe AT-602 Wings, as removed from wind damaged 602, 3435 hrs remaining on spar caps, repairs being made, will be ready for annual season. $40,000. Call Chad Stuart, Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091 AT-502B Wings, as removed from 2005 AT-502B, Long Spars, 2660 hrs remaining on spar caps, $25,000. Call Chad Stuart, Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091 AT-502 sheet metal. Some new, some used, all airworthy. Mostly fwd. lower fuselage. $500 for all OBO. Will box and ship for materials and labor. Call 530-345-9919 1960 Piper Comanche Wings Complete with Gear, Paint Fair, No Hail damage. Also have fuselage. $9,000 Call Tanner J. Sotvik at DEVILS LAKE AERO SERVICE 701-520-0229 or 701-6624416

Ayres Thrush ‘Hoerner’ wing tips. Left and right, no damage. $500 for the pair. Call Gary at 530-345-9919 garyhendricksonn3n@gmail.com Air Tractor Bolt In Step Extension - CNC cut anodized aluminum step extension that bolts into existing step for more footing and traction. $125 Available online only at www.ambericandesigns. com Questions - ambericandesignsllc@ gmail.com CNC cut anodized aluminum spray mirrors. $275 with mirror online only. $275 www.ambericandesigns.com Questions - ambericandesignsllc@ gmail.com Titanium Full Swivel Tail Wheel Now approved and available for S2R 660 Thrush - full swivel tailwheel with Titanium Tail Spring. Durable, long life span, lighter weight option for Thrush owners. Contact ann@ turbineconvesions.com for information and to reserve your production slot for this winter. www.turbineconversions. com Ag Cat Factory Frames - All Models, 4130 weld assys, fixture per­fect, ready to install. Upgrades, hoppers, long fuel, hi-wings, struts/wires, all components, special hardware and much more. AgCat Sales & Service since 1971. 870-886-2418/2489F, 870-759-1692 Cell, frank.kelley@ag-cat.com B-Model Ag Cat Wings. Long range fuel. Good paint. $10k each, $35k for the set. Call Chad Stuart, Airplane Services, Inc. 850-380-6091 Smokers/Driftfinders - Minimize your off target drift risk. FAA/PMA’d and STC’d for installation on most Agricultural aircraft. 44 years in business and over 6,200 units in service. For more information Please call Compro Aviation, Inc. 785-8992294 or visit us on the web at www. comproaviation.com Super “B” Ag-Cat Wings, fresh paint, metalized, big fuel. $50,000 Call Bill Kingrey at TURBINE YELLOWJACKET PARTNERS LLC. 979-257-6695 AT-402 airframe sandblasted, primed and painted. Comes with belly skin and Turtle deck. Also includes tail spring and tires. Includes tail but needs left elevator. $35,000 Call Bill Kingrey at TURBINE YELLOWJACKET PARTNERS LLC. 979-257-6695 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 Ann at Turbine Conversions 616-837-9428 or email ann@ turbineconversions.com

Blue anodized aluminum windshield washer replacement cap with handle. $65 Available online only at www. ambericandesigns.com Questions ambericandesignsllc@gmail.com Reinforced Thrush Leading Edges - Send your leading edges to us and we will reinforce them with durable custom extruded aluminum reinforcements. Available directly from Turbine Conversions,Ltd ann@ turbineconversions.com or contact our favorite Thrush dealer for more information. turbineconversions.com Front seat for a Citabria 7 series and a Maule tail wheel, tire size 8x3.00x4 single arm in fair condition with good bearings and race. Both for $175 Call Don at 402-841-5144 or email flyagrp@cableone.net REBUILT 29” THRUSH LANDING GEAR IN STOCK & we can REPAIR / REBUILD yours to LIKE NEW STATUS. Johnston Aircraft Service, INC. 559-686-1794 / Email parts@ johnstonaircraft.com or visit our website at www.johnstonaircraft.com

Parts - Engine AgJet TPE331 SB+/SC+/FC+ Conversions - Installed or assembled Kits with heavy rings. Allied/AmAg Ag Cat Center 870-886-2418/2489F, 870-759-1692 Cell frank.kelley@ ag-cat.com Radial Parts: 2 Fiberglass AT Speed Rings, 1 THRUSH Speed Ring, 1 Radial engine mount with ring. Make offer. Cascade Aircraft Conversions. 509-6351212. info@cacaircraft.com -34 Cascade Inlet System. Firewall FWD for S2R Thrush. $35,000 Call Bruce’s Flying Service at 229-7254150 Ground Support Engine Driven Transfer Pump, Zanoni Equipment’s all stainless steel construction paired with a Honda 13 HP motor. Special introductory pricing orders received by January 31, 2020. Contact Mark@ turbineconversions.com for more info.

Parts - Other Complete stock of all P&W R-985 & R-1340 engine parts. Also P&W tools, Top OH tool kits, Time Rite kits, engine mounts, Champion & Tempest spark plugs, parts books, OH and maintenance manuals, Mags, carbs, starters, fuel pumps boost pumps. Also, R-1830, R-200, R-2800 engines and parts. Call Sun Air Parts 661-2577708, Fax 661-257-7710 or email info@sunairparts.com 602 Wingman System. Call for Price: 870-672-2089


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CLASSIFIEDS Air Tractor Gen 2 Firegate, Complete system, Fairings, wire-harness. Call For Price: 870-672-2089 2013 AT-502B Firewall forward parts: Engine mount, cowling and Ram Air filter system. 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 Cockpit adjustable flow control kit. Manual control or GPS variable rate ready. Integrates into existing hydraulic systems. More info at Kawak Aviation Technologies 541-385-5051 www. kawakaviation.com 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 www. kawakaviation.com

Position Wanted We have an open seat for an Air Tractor 400/402 pilot for the 2021 Corn Run and future seasons. We’ve been in business for 23 years and added 4 Air Tractors since last season. We fly the majority of our acres in Illinois and Iowa. If interested please send a brief pilot history to Craig at 815-499-4704 or email woodleycraig@hotmail.com. Completed seat 1,2, & 3 courses including hazmat courses. Looking for Aerial Fire sponsorship and long lasting relationship with company. Please call or text Hale 678-779-4726

Seat Wanted Ag Pilot seeking work with a reputable operation. 1093 TT, 779 Ag, 85 Turbine. Extensive background in agriculture. A&P mechanic with ag aircraft experience. Resume and references available. Please Email: AgFlyer40@gmail.com Pilot looking for corn run. Experienced flying an Ag Truck, Ag Cat and Thrush round engine. Over 9,000 TT hrs., 5,000 in ag, 600 TT hrs. on twin engine turbine. Please call Donnie at 229-457-1769 or 229-424-5343 AG pilot (25+ years experience) seeks winter work in Jan/Feb/March and possibly April. A definite team player with excellent references. Looking for a professional operation with wellmaintained equipment. 8,800 hrs total time, 7,800 AG, most in AT-502. No accidents, no claims. Will consider other opportunities as well. Thank you for your consideration. Please email all inquiries to 1spraypilot724@gmail.com or call 386-963-5717, Cell 386-8540761.

Looking for long term seat in the US. I have an interesting combination of Aviation Engineering, Flight Training and Flight Experience, both Rotary Wing and Fixed Wing. Currently flying Thrush 510, Robinson 44, Robinson 66 and King Air C90. Experience in liquid application, aerial seeding and aerial fertilization. I am also URT (Upset Recovery Training) and aerobatics flight instructor giving instruction for more than 80 pilots already including AG pilots on how to recover airplanes form upset attitudes. Pilot Licenses: ATP, IFR Helicopter, CFI, TT Rotary Wing 1,500 hours. Resume and references are attached. For more information email cerionidiego@gmail.com Pilot Looking For Heli Seat - Bell 212, UH, Rangers, 500s, 133, 137, 135 AG. OAS Cardable, Extensive experience with mosquito Vector control. 40 years of ag pilot experience. Call Andy at 850686-2020 South African pilot, 56 year old, experienced on radial and turbine engines. Holder of South African commercial license, single and multi engine, IF and Ag ratings. AG Aircraft types PA 25, PA36, G164B, Air Tractor 301/401/402 B, Thrush 510 S2R-34T. Willing to relocate anywhere in the US or Canada, kindly email: craighhamman4@gmail.com

Service North Star Aviation in Ulysses Kansas has openings available for 100 Hr Inspections. Call today and ask for Nancy to Schedule your inspection. 620-356-4528 North Star Aviation in Ulysses Kansas has openings available for Hot Section Inspections. Call today and ask for Nancy to Schedule your inspection. 620-356-4528 North Star Aviation in Ulysses, Kansas wants to sell your airplane. Call North Star today at 620-356-4528. Our Brokerage Services include: Our unique, hassle-free process that keeps more money in your pocket at closing! Aircraft Expertise, Pre-Buy Inspections, Export Assistance, Insurance & Financing Referrals, Aircraft Evaluation & Pricing Assistance. Experts in AG Aviation. 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. Get Serious About Selling Classifieds Starting at $19.99 478-987-2250. Fax: 478-352-0025.

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We build loader trucks to your specifications. Stainless Steel Straight and Fold Up. Mild Steel Straight and Fold Up. Mild Steel Hopper w/ Stainless Steel Tube. Been in loader truck business since 1980. Call Pat Ballard Office:870-697-2004 Fax:870697-3568 185 Hwy. 42 West, Hickory Ridge, AR Fertilizer Loader Truck - F350 fertilizer loader truck, steel bin and 10” tube. Cab rusted but dependable $5000 Call Dave at 509-520-8267

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