Taking the long view - three generations flying Air Tractors
Still together, after all these years. There's a loyalty between ag operators and their aircraft that you don't often see elsewhere. Like farmers who swear by their green tractors, or red combines, there's a unique fidelity between ag aircraft manufacturers and owners. Experiences, stories and friendships are passed between generations. It's a loyalty that goes both ways. We talked with three veteran ag operators to learn how their relationship with Air Tractor began and to understand why, after 40 years and so many changes in this industry, the alliance continues.
Milestone court settlement could be turning point in MET tower marking efforts
If the FAA’s Advisory Circular outlining voluntary marking guidelines for meteorological evaluation towers (MET) under 200 feet isn’t reason enough for wind energy interests to take measures to adequately alert low-level pilots to the presence of their towers, a recent $6.7 million court settlement—and the precedent it sets—should command their attention.
Are you SAFE?
That’s the biggest question you need to remember before each flight. As the Federal Air Surgeon, the one thing I want you to remember is that medical certification is an ongoing process that doesn’t end when you leave the Aviation Medical Examiner’s office. Before every flight I recommend employing the IMSAFE check list.
October digital editions of AgAir Update Spanish and AgAir Update Portuguese available!
National Agricultural Aviation Museum displays relics of industry past
Nestled within the walls of the expansive Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, Mississippi is a gem for agricultural aviation. Relics from the early days of crop dusting are showcased alongside tools used for modern aerial application. The two-room National Ag Aviation Museum opens the door to the industry’s history and accomplishments for the inquisitive visitor to see.