Editorials

Dangerous ground operations

I came across a friend of mine a few years ago that I noticed looked different from in the past. I didn’t often see this friend, as he lived hundreds of miles away. What I noticed was one of his

How much does it cost?

Are you ready for a contestable, detailed dissertation on the per hour costs of running an ag operation? Do you believe it is a function of fuel used and engine time only? When calculating your per hour costs, do you

Cruising through the off season

Overall, the U.S. fire activity has been very light since Mother Nature’s rain put an end to the fires in the Smoky Mountains last fall. This part of the country has always experienced late season fires, but these were made

The essence of Keep Turning…

The essence of Keep Turning… One day while driving to the office, I saw the 510P Thrush I used to fly turning over the treetops. I looked at the yellow aircraft and wondered aloud how many times have I made

The normalization of deviance

The normalization of deviance When you have invested a couple hours of your time listening to a speaker, it is always good that you take away with you at least one good item from the speech. Recently, I attended the

Decision makers

It saddens me to read about the fatality of an ag-pilot. Recently, one died in Brazil that I knew from my visits there, even once visiting this particular pilot. He was not the first ag-pilot I’ve known that has been

More agav coverage and a facelift

More agav coverage and a facelift Last month was a busy one for everyone at AgAir Update. September 1st marked the launch of the new agairupdate.com. This CMS (Content Management System)-style website will bring you breaking agav news and additional

Ag Pilots demonstrated need to be proactive during 9/11

Editor’s Note: The following is a commentary written by the California Agricultural Aviation Association’s President, Terry Gage.    September 11, 2001: For agricultural pilots, it was the first time in their lives that the entire national aviation fleet was grounded.

Where is the airplane?

I was driving down the highway one day when I came upon a large truck. On the back of the truck was a bumper sticker that read: “This truck is overloaded with federal regulations. Don’t like trucks? Stop eating, problem

The invisible, silent propeller

It is getting to be a busy time of year for most ag-operators north of the equator; acres coming in, piling up on the books, getting behind. That brings up a point that most of us don’t think about too

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