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Wipaire, Inc. floats the FireBoss

The iconic Fire Boss is an aircraft that one never forgets. The massive AT-802 airframe sits atop Wipline Model 10000A floats, that could pass for small watercraft, and commands a presence whether scooping water for the fire or sitting on the ramp for the next call. Ben Wiplinger, founder of today’s Wipaire, was involved in aviation at an early age. After attending the University of Minnesota, he moved to California and flew to work in a Ford V-8 powered Aero Sport aircraft. He served in WWII, where he developed a pre-oiling system for radial engine bombers. After the war, he started an aircraft repair and maintenance business called Wiplinger Aircraft Service. In 1951, he bought his first seaplane, a Piper Super Cub on Edo 1400 floats. He had issues with the Edo’s electric gear system on a set of Cessna 180 floats, so he designed a hydraulic system and sold more than 100 sets. (Coincidently, this airplane is still owned by Bob Wiplinger, Wipaire’s CEO, and is now on Wipline 2100 amphibious floats).

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Meet the airplane behind Disney's PLANES II: The AirTractor AT-802 FireBoss

Behind every big screen hero is a trace of truth that helps us relate to the character. It's part of the movie magic that keeps us coming back for more. So when it comes to anthropomorphized aircraft Disney's Planes director Klay Hall says we only need to look at the real airplanes as the source for the character's personality. "You can look at an airplane and just by it sitting there you can kind of tell if it’s a timid aircraft; you can kinda tell if it’s strong and tough; you can kind of get a general idea just by the shape of the airplane of a basic personality."

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Pratt & Whitney Canada extends new PT6A warranty for 2014

As part of the many celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of its iconic PT6 engine, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) made available through its agricultural airframe partners a limited-time warranty extension program. The first PT6A engine benefitting from this unique offer was auctioned during NAAA’s convention last December.

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Agriculture in focus: Crop dusters are essential

Ralph Lutes usually gets a 30,000-foot view of America’s farmland, piloting United Airlines passenger jets across the continental U.S. from Chicago’s O’Hare. But there are times when the 40-year flying veteran can see dew drops on the leaves as his plane skims just eight feet above corn stalks at 140 mph. Read more: