• Yamaha Motors Picks Kenya’s Astral Aerial to Promote Use of its Helicopter Drones in Kenya

    Yamaha Motors Picks Kenya’s Astral Aerial to Promote Use of its Helicopter Drones in Kenya0

    Nairobi, Kenya – Astral Aerial Solutions, an affiliate of Astral Aviation, has sealed a deal with Japanese drone manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company to provide last mile air cargo delivery and crop spraying solutions in Kenya. The deal, sealed at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) last week, will see Astral Aerial Solutions

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  • Air Tractors Buzz the Skies

    Air Tractors Buzz the Skies0

    THE sky was abuzz with the sound of low flying aviators near York recently as granular fertiliser was applied before the forecasted rains were due to hit the area. Two yellow coloured Air Tractors were in operation – skimming the trees and dropping in low over the paddocks – with New Zealand-born pilots Cameron Shaw

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  • Crop Hopes Soar Above Obstacles

    Crop Hopes Soar Above Obstacles0

    An exceptionally wet summer has local farmer Dick Works “cautiously” optimistic about potential harvests this fall. Farmers are not ready to turn the page on 2019, despite an array of obstacles. Low-flying crop dusters have been a common sight in Allen County in recent days. The cause for concern is worms. Read more on this

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  • Unique Dual-Purpose Manitoba Plane Can Dust Crops, Fight Fires With Ease

    Unique Dual-Purpose Manitoba Plane Can Dust Crops, Fight Fires With Ease0

    Rural Manitobans are very familiar with the term crop dusting — spraying fields with chemicals from a small low-flying aircraft — but how about fire dusting? After years of feeling helpless watching from the sidelines as emergency crews battled grass fires and forest fires, one Manitoba company now has Canada’s first-ever dual-duty aircraft. Read more on this story from

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  • Israeli Defense Force Shoots at Crop Duster by Mistake

    Israeli Defense Force Shoots at Crop Duster by Mistake0

    Golan Heights, Israel – An aerial application flight had a potentially tragic outcome this week as Israel’s Defense Force (IDF) opened fire on a civilian Agricultural aircraft after mistaking it for an enemy aircraft. “IDF troops operating on the Golan Heights spotted a plane that they suspected of being an enemy aircraft that infiltrated from

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  • Birtle Crop-Dusters add Firefighting to Their Profile

    Birtle Crop-Dusters add Firefighting to Their Profile0

    A Birtle-area crop-duster is getting into the firefighting business. Randy and Janet Sandstrom have expanded their crop-dusting business to now offer aerial firefighting assistance to local fire departments. They are the proud owners of a serial No. 1 from Thrush Aircraft, a single cockpit plane with a switchback fire gate, the first-of-its-kind, multi-purpose aircraft capable of assisting

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