• The Textor Story

    The Textor Story0

    A very unique story, and at one point sad, begins in the 1980s. Like many young men, this one had a burning desire to become an ag-pilot. Influenced by his father and brother, Ruy Alberto “Beto” Textor attended CAVAG (Course for Agricultural Aviation) at the legendary Ipanema Farm. After graduation, he made his first agricultural

  • Australian Initiatives Improve Powerline Safety

    Australian Initiatives Improve Powerline Safety0

    The Australian Aerial Applicators Association has been working closely with powerline safety designers Balmoral Engineering and electricity companies Ergon Energy and Essential Energy to install new powerline markers that significantly boost powerline visibility. In addition, powerline network maps are now available in both Queensland and New South Wales through the Ergon app and Essential Energy

  • PT6 Compressor Wash: Do it or Suffer Consequences!

    PT6 Compressor Wash: Do it or Suffer Consequences!0

    When operating PT6 turbines, scheduled maintenance is regarded as being the key to flawless operations. Sometimes the compressor wash procedure is postponed as some mechanics do not fully understand its importance. Ossie Fernandez, General Manager of United Turbine, explains why it’s a very bad idea! “When you have been in turbine business for a long

  • Progress in Russia spurs T-500

    Progress in Russia spurs T-5000

    The Council of the Russian Federation has announced a round-table discussion with representatives of the Federal Executive, the states, the scientific community, agriculture aviation operators, farmers and other members to discuss agricultural aviation legislation in Russia. The goal is to remove inconsistencies in current activities to better develop the industry. According to Russia’s Agricultural Development

  • First Air Tractors delivered to Brazil 2019

    First Air Tractors delivered to Brazil 20190

    Two 2019 Air Tractors, an AT-402A and an AT-402B departed from Lane Airpark on Saturday, January 12 for Cuiaba, Brazil. The aircraft were sold by Lane Aviation’s Brazilian Air Tractor representative AeroGlobo based in Botucatu Brazil. The highly experienced ferry pilots are (L) Jack Mezzo and (R) Sean Gunter with Grant Lane (far right), president

  • Across the Prairie – Portage Aircraft Carries the Air Tractor Brand in Canada

    Across the Prairie – Portage Aircraft Carries the Air Tractor Brand in Canada0

    In the Central Plains region of Manitoba, Canada, less than 75 kilometers (47 miles) west of Winnipeg is Portage la Prairie. Boasting a modest population of around 13,000, Portage la Prairie is also home to the McCain Foods and Simplot potato processing plants, which provide French fries for McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and various other commercialized restaurant