New Drones Dealing With Spray Drift

Drones designed to spray broad- acre agricultural crops usually use fine droplets with a low water-to-chemical ratio to try and make up for their limited fluid carrying capacity. This greatly limits their use, because extremely low water volumes are off-label and fine droplets are prone to drift, where they might take out a neighbour’s crop.

Air Tractor Realigns Western U.S. Dealer Sales Territories

OLNEY, Texas — Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch today has announced a change in the Air Tractor dealers serving the Western United States. Three Air Tractor dealers will service the nine-state territory formerly served by retired Air Tractor dealer Queen Bee Air Specialties. “These Air Tractor dealers are geographically well positioned to serve our Air

Rantizo Becomes First Company Fully Licensed For Drone Spraying in 10 States

Lask week Rantizo, an agtech drone spraying startup, added 5 more states to its list of eligible operations. With the latest approvals, the Rantizo footprint has grown beyond the Midwest, spanning into eastern and southern states as well. The Iowa City agtech startup is now licensed and approved to provide drone spraying services in 10

Pratt & Whitney Expands its Global Service Network in Central America with New Designated Maintenance Facility for PT6 Customers

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC, October 16, 2019 – Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has appointed Mapiex Aviation S.A. in Panama City as a designated maintenance facility (DMF) to maintain a number of PT6A, PT6C and PT6T engine models flown in Central America. Mapiex will provide both line maintenance and mobile repair team

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      While most of you, at least in the northern hemisphere, are buckling down working through the peak of the spray season, I’m sitting here in 95°F heat in Georgia planning for a 16-day trip to Brazil and Uruguay. I’ll get a break from the heat with these countries being in their winter. But, the last

    • $1,500 a Pound?0

      I was steak shopping the other day at the local butcher shop. I noted the price of the filet mignon at a staggering $22.99 a pound. Well, at least you are not paying for the weight of the bone. In the meat tray next to the filet was very nice and inviting center cut thick

    • LATN – What is it?

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      LATN – What is it?  I look back on May with sadness. Two U.S. ag-operators lost their sons; one in a general aviation aircraft and the other in an Air Tractor. Ironically, this edition of AgAir Update features a father and two sons from Brazil with ag-operations and an aerobatic team. In 2015, the father

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    • Patience0

      Patience. They say it’s a virtue, but it’s not one that many of us have in any sort of adequate quantity. We are a ‘Get there and get it done’ sort of crowd, especially when the books are getting filled and the growers are calling. Weeds are forming their own crop rotations, fungus is traversing

    • That Little Voice0

      We were flying a field that I’d never flown before. It was a good deal with a three-mile run and a low wire to hop on the north edge of the second section. There were some big, tall wires on the west edge, but they were pretty much out of the way.  Upon arriving at

    • Fertilizer challenges0

      It’s usually the thing we lead off with when the season starts; truckloads of fertilizer rolling into the airport and being staged at various remote air strips across the country.  The thing I like about dry work is it cycles quick. You’re flying a little higher, so the wires and trees are a little easier

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    • My Mistake0

      After 54 years of various type flying, navy carrier pilot, corporate pilot, ag-pilot and CFII, retired I am content to sit on my porch on the edge of the Mississippi Delta have a cold adult beverage and listen to those beautiful ag-engines (especially round engines). I thank God that I am still above ground and

    • Boo Ray and Ag Flying0

      When I was in high school and college, on weekends and sometimes during the week, we would have a friendly (usually) poker game. Often times we would play “Boo Ray.”  Boo Ray is a five-card gambling game that I am sure must have originated in south Louisiana amongst the Cajuns. It is a blood thirsty

    • Prop Arcs and Complacency0

      Many, many years ago when I was flying old Grumman S-2E Trackers off the USS Randolph then the USS Yorktown, there was a general policy that no one ever walked through the arc a propeller would make, even, of course, while the engine is not running (duh!).   In 1970, I was in the US

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