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April2014

Legendary ag-plane returns

A couple of months ago, I settled into the seat of the same type of ag-aircraft that started my first ag-flying season. Although the familiar appearance resonated with me, the aircraft that I found myself in some 40 years later was completely different. I remember well my very first takeoff in a Piper Pawnee PA-25 Hutcherson conversion with a 250 HP O-540 Lycoming engine and fixed pitch prop. I am not sure what the operator had done to make the engine have 15 more horsepower, but I know it required 100-octane fuel instead of the 80-octane fuel other 235 HP Pawnees were using at the time.

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Planes: Fire & Rescue hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new adventure-comedy about a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.

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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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