50 years of the PT6
It was 50 years ago this month that engineers from Pratt & Whitney Canada gathered to witness the shipment of the first PT6 production engine. They couldn’t have known at the time the impact the engine would have on aviation around the world in the years to come. The decisions they made, the basic architecture they chose and their unwavering dedication to ‘getting it right’ powered the now legendary engine to remarkable achievements. Pratt & Whitney Canada was founded by James Young in 1928 with a mandate to repair and overhaul Pratt & Whitney Wasp and Hornet radial piston engines. From the early 1930s, when the company was a small sales and service organization serving bush flying operations, through the hectic years of World War II, the company played an important role assembling and servicing engines for the war effort. In the late 1950s, P&WC became an engine manufacturer in its own right when it began developing the PT6 engine, Canada’s first small turbine engine.
Digital versions of AgAir Update's Spanish and Portuguese December 2013 editions available
AgAir Update launches digital editions
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Crop Duster's United holds first annual fly-in
The first annual Crop Duster’s United Fly-In was held November 8-10, 2013 at Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview, Arkansas. Crop Duster’s United is a Facebook group, started in 2010 by Perry Lowry of Arkansas. Lowry was on the road working a timber contract one January evening and decided to launch the group page as another way for those in the industry to connect. The group members all share the common interest of agricultural aviation.
A look back - NAAA reflects on 2013
Tis the season to reflect on another year gone by. Amid the daily grind it’s easy to overlook the many ways NAAA serves as the aerial application industry’s wingman, but behind the scenes we’re here working for you—every day. Here are some of the ways we have helped our members and the industry over the past 12 months.