Editorials

Our losses

Sometimes you don’t realize how important somebody is to you, until you lose them. It often takes a few days to understand what has happened. Unfortunately, at least four prominent members of the SEAF associations have passed on in the

Find your friends

Today, our industry is fortunate enough to have sophisticated GPS units that can track ag-aircraft in real time using the Internet. However, not all ag-aircraft have upgraded to this very valuable function. There was a time when not all ag-aircraft

Remember where you are

The business of aerial application, or even general aviation, can be a dangerous endeavor. There is very little margin for error, which often can be deadly. If we stay in the business long enough, eventually we lose a loved one,

What’s in store for this month

In this month’s edition of AgAir Update, the cover story is about my evaluation flight of Embraer’s redesigned Ipanema EMB203 aircraft. Without hesitation, I can say I enjoyed flying it. The last 20 years of my active career in ag-flying

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

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

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