• 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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  • Embraer Unveils Electric Technology Demonstrator

    Embraer Unveils Electric Technology Demonstrator0

    Embraer unveiled the company’s first electric-powered demonstrator in São José dos Campos, Brazil on August 16th, 2019.  The company also provided several images of the demonstrator aircraft that Embraer states will feature 100% electric propulsion technology, scheduled for its first flight in 2020. The prototype, a small single-engine aircraft, based on the EMB-203 Ipanema, is

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  • NZ Agricultural Aviation Celebrates 70th Anniversary

    NZ Agricultural Aviation Celebrates 70th Anniversary0

    “In September 1949, a group of aerial work operators got together to form the NZ Aerial Work Operators Association ‘to advance the techniques of aerial work’ in the country,” said the New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Association (NZAAA) Chairman, Tony Michelle. Read more on this story from ScoopNZ

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  • Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture seeks regulation for agriculture drone spray operations

    Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture seeks regulation for agriculture drone spray operations1

    Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture has begun the process of regulating control of drone use for aerial application of pesticides recently, drafting a set of regulations. Regulatory oversight will include provisions for allowing aerial application via drones to deliver agrochemicals in areas where aircraft cannot deploy chemicals safely, namely in areas where terrain becomes a significant

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  • Elevating Safety: Protecting the Skies in the Drone Era

    Elevating Safety: Protecting the Skies in the Drone Era1

    In the midst of a very turbulent week for DJI, the Chinese drone maker is holding an event in Washington, DC that focusses on improving the safety in the skies. In the Ronald Reagan Building, about seventy industry people gathered to listen to DJI’s latest developments and roadmap to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the

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  • Wire strikes: An Agricultural Aviation Hazard

    Wire strikes: An Agricultural Aviation Hazard0

    A Robinson R44 helicopter striking a powerline while conducting aerial spraying provides another example of the dangers posed by powerlines during low-level operations, an ATSB investigation has highlighted. The pilot then started a spray run from the eastern end of the drainage channel, and flew west towards a weir bridge and the powerline, which the

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