May2015


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April2015

Calibrating in the Southwest

The volume of crops coming out of Yuma, Arizona is vast. If you live on the West Coast and buy produce in the winter, according to Miles Morris, the local ag-operator, it’s probably from here. Yuma is the winter vegetable capital of the world and then there’s wheat, cotton, Bermuda grass, citrus; the list goes on. The sheer volume of acres means growers are counting on agricultural aviators to make sure those crops are protected to maximize yield.

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Cascade Aircraft Conversions, LLC announces performance upgrade program for Thrush 510P/S2R-T11/T15/T34 operators

Garfield, WA — Cascade Aircraft Conversions, LLC of Garfield, WA, has added an extended balanced mount upgrade STC option for the Thrush 510P or S2R-T11, S2R-T15 and S2R-T34. Cascade currently has STC SA01402SE, for the installation of Cascade Aircraft Conversions Pressure Cowls on the S2R-T11/-T15/-T34/T45/-T65/-T660 and S2RHG-T34/T65 aircraft.

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North Dakota AAA takes off the wall approach with new ad campaign

The North Dakota Agricultural Aviation Association (NDAAA) is putting its marketing eggs into a new basket this year. Outdoor advertising is out and indoor advertising is in—really in. Instead of whizzing by NDAAA’s billboard ads of old, the association’s new display ads have been strategically placed to reach North Dakotans while they are, ahem, making an application of their own.

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Air Medical Issues Take Center Stage with Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 and Revised Sleep Apnea Guidance

Pilot medical issues have taken center stage lately as the FAA reintroduced its Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) guidance for medical examiners following the backlash in late 2013 by NAAA and the GA industry over the sudden and dramatic change from the Agency’s previous guidance, which occurred without consultation with the industry or public. In Congress, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 was introduced, which contains provisions eliminating the need for third class medical certificates for recreational pilots as well as a number of reforms to the FAA’s investigatory process.

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