August2014


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April2014

Hogging the air with AT-802s

Brent Carpenter started his ag-flying career in 2000. It would have been hard for him to imagine that by now he would be operating six AT-802s and two OH58 helicopters. Brent’s first season was flying boll weevil contracts in an Ag-Wagon for Rich Whitehorn. When Marshall Quinn offered for sale his flying service in Paragould, Arkansas, Brent bought the company in 2003 and named it Hog Air Aviation, after his favorite teams, the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.

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Meet the airplane behind Disney's PLANES II: The AirTractor AT-802 FireBoss

Behind every big screen hero is a trace of truth that helps us relate to the character. It's part of the movie magic that keeps us coming back for more. So when it comes to anthropomorphized aircraft Disney's Planes director Klay Hall says we only need to look at the real airplanes as the source for the character's personality. "You can look at an airplane and just by it sitting there you can kind of tell if it’s a timid aircraft; you can kinda tell if it’s strong and tough; you can kind of get a general idea just by the shape of the airplane of a basic personality."

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Pratt & Whitney Canada extends new PT6A warranty for 2014

As part of the many celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of its iconic PT6 engine, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) made available through its agricultural airframe partners a limited-time warranty extension program. The first PT6A engine benefitting from this unique offer was auctioned during NAAA’s convention last December.

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September

 

Coming in September: Wipaire, Inc. floats the FireBoss.

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NZAAAs Alan Beck accepts award for Aircare Safety Program

A safety programme developed by the agricultural aviation industry to protect the environment has won a major award. The New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Association (NZAAA) Aircare programme received the Richard Pearse Trophy for Innovative Excellence in the New Zealand Aviation Industry, named in honour of the New Zealand pioneer aviator and inventor, at last month's Aviation New Zealand conference.

AOPA comments on met towers and ag-aviation accidents with them

On Aug. 5, 2013, the 34-year-old pilot of an Air Tractor AT-400 became at least the fourth crop duster in the past few years killed when his airplane collided with a meteorological tower. This time the accident site was in the southeastern corner of the Oklahoma panhandle, but key details of the tragedy were similar to those of earlier crashes in Texas and California

Its My Job: Ag pilot

Third-generation pilot flies the Delta skies for business his grandfather started in 1961.

Long time ag pilot buys first AirForce One

Shots fired at Canadian Ag Pilot

Portage RCMP have charged a man after investigating a report of shots being fired at a crop duster airplane on Wednesday.

Aerial Application on display

A pilot takes a 510G aerial application plane manufactured by Thrush Aircraft of Albany through its paces Thursday during the 36th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Agricultural Exposition Field Day at Spence Field in Moultrie, GA

NTSB Rolls Out Ag Aviation Safety Ideas

That National Transportation Safety Board, a federal agency that investigates plane crashes and train wrecks, studied an entire industry, agricultural aviation, in 2013. Tuesday the NTSB released its results. They show aerial application of farm inputs remains a dangerous occupation, even with advances in aircraft safety, and it faces new threats, including drones--known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Oklahoma governor vetos bill requiring tower markings

A bill that would have required towers that measure wind speeds to have better markings to make them more visible to crop duster pilots was vetoed late Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin. State Sen Charles Wyrick, D-Fairland, said he authored the bill after a crop duster pilot died in Beaver County after his plane crashed into an anemometer. This deal is personal to me because my son is an aerial applicator and I know in several states he runs into issues like this on a daily basis, Wyrick said. This is a real public safety issue.

Jamaican operator featured in national news site

At 90 years old, his father Victor Beek, the first commanding officer of the Jamaica Defence Force air wing, still flies an aircraft. So it is no wonder that Dudley Beek, who is a pilot himself, is so excited about the profession.

Storm Cutters receive STC

Hershey Flying Service has introduced its all new Storm Cutters. These FAA approved STC'd wire cutters are the newest advancement in wire cutter technology (Patent Pending). Three years of research and development...

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