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April2014

Air Tractor's AT-504 earns its place in the ag plane fleet

Piston aircraft pilots and aerial application owners are looking for a practical and affordable path into turbine engine aircraft. The Air Tractor AT-504 offers one way to bridge the piston-to-turbine gap, providing the vehicle to begin bringing new pilots into the business in a way where they can learn while they earn their keep. The logic behind the 504's reason for being is gaining traction among more and more forward-looking ag operators.

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Switchback 510G Thrush debuts

The need for a versatile, rugged, and highly-maneuverable platform is becoming more and more apparent in the aerial fire fighting industry. While, at the same time, operators require an aircraft flexible enough to be used in multiple roles beyond the fire fighting arena in order to stay profitable. Recognizing this demand, Thrush Aircraft is currently in flight evaluation with an innovative new breed of aerial fire fighter that combines the day-to-day capabilities of the world’s best agricultural aircraft, with the ability to change into a highly effective aerial fire fighter in just a matter of hours. This new aircraft is intended for aerial applicators and state and local Fire Control Agencies who want a lower cost, simpler aircraft with multi-use capabilities – including dry application, liquid application, and fire fighting – all in one package.

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Also: Thrush 510G wins Canadian certification

Thrush Aircraft announced this week that Transport Canada, the Canadian civil aviation authority, has issued full type certification for the new Thrush 510G, which is powered by the new GE H80 turboprop engine.

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Standard of care - unmarked METs don’t meet this legal principle; as such the tower industry should beware

The legal term “standard of care” is one that has come up recently as it pertains to the aerial application industry. Before I provide an example, let’s review its legal definition. standard of care n: The watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would exercise. If a person’s actions do not meet this standard of care, then his/her acts fail to meet the duty of care which all people (supposedly) have toward others. Failure to meet the standard is negligence, and any damages resulting therefrom may be claimed in a lawsuit by the injured party. The problem is that the “standard” is often a subjective issue upon which reasonable people can differ.

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