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Flying the Turbine Brave

A couple of aircraft manufacturers have tried to bring a less than 300-gallon capacity ag-aircraft to the marketplace in recent years, but have not been successful. Even the two leading aircraft manufacturing companies, Thrush Aircraft and Air Tractor, still have a piston engine, 400-gallon capacity aircraft in their fleet, but rarely produce one. It seems evident, at least in the North American market, there may not be a place for a 300 or less gallons ag-aircraft.

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Understanding Operation S.A.F.E. Fly-In reports

Adapted from a factsheet by Scott Bretthauer of the University of Illinois

Operation S.A.F.E. clinics are not required, but are a great way for ag aviators to access experts who will help you to correctly set up your aircraft to maximize your spray performance. If you have a new airplane, or if it has been a year or two since your last clinic, it’s probably a good idea to attend a clinic. Interpreting the fly-in report may seem difficult, with terms like “CV”, “VMD” and “histograms” to describe your spray pattern. This month we are going to explain the terminology and break down the process so you can understand it.

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Thrush 510G Wins European Certification

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), has issued full type certification for the new Thrush 510G, which is powered by GE Aviation’s 800 horsepower H80 turboprop engine. EASA certification marks the latest international approval for the newest aircraft from Thrush – following type certification last year in Canada, Argentina and Brazil. The 510G received initial certification in the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in October 2012.

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The power of NAAA: social networking in the flesh

The National Agricultural Aviation Association, like most trade associations, serves many purposes. As the voice of the aerial application industry, NAAA serves as the industry’s spokesperson in the media and as the recognized public policy advocate for the agricultural aviation industry within the halls of government. NAAA works with its partner organization, the National Agricultural Research & Education Foundation (NAAREF), to provide research and educational programs focused on enhancing the efficacy, security and safety of aerial application. NAAA and its new Support Committee promote the benefits of ag aviation to the public at agricultural and aviation trade shows, through the media and in their communities by highlighting the importance of aerial application to agriculture, forestry and the public welfare.

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