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Omaha Airplane Supply Announces New Sales Representative

Omaha, Neb.- November 6, 2019- Omaha Airplane Supply announces the appointment of Steve Mayer as a Sales Representative. Steve Mayer, an industry veteran with over forty years of aviation parts distribution experience, has joined the Omaha Airplane Supply Sales Team. Steve brings an extensive sales background as former Sales Director of Global Parts and Regional

EPA Proposes Revisions to Pesticide Exclusion Zones

Following discussions with agricultural establishments and State Lead Agencies (SLA), the EPA is proposing amendments to the Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ) requirements of the Agency’s Worker Protection Standard ((WPS), 40 CFR part 170). According to the Agency, the “modest” amendments will improve enforceability for SLAs and reduce regulatory burdens for farmers. Read more on this story at

New Ownership at Thrush Sets Sights on a Very Bright Future

(Albany, Georgia) With the stroke of a pen and some celebratory handshakes, the planned ten-week restructuring process at Thrush Aircraft has been completed. Industry veteran Mark McDonald is the new CEO of Thrush, and he and his team      of seasoned professionals are already moving forward with plans to increase the company’s capabilities and capacity, drawing

Old Airstrip Gets a New Chance at Life Alongside Highway 6

NETTLETON – A strip of asphalt alongside Highway 6 just east of Nettleton that was vacant and overgrown for more than 25 years is gaining new life as it is being rehabilitated to its original purpose – a landing strip for crop dusters. It served as a drag strip in the 1950s and ‘60s and

During Drone Safety Awareness Week, NAAA Urges UAS Operators to be Alert to Low-Flying Agricultural Aircraft

ALEXANDRIA, VA – NOVEMBER 4, 2019 – As part of the FAA’s National Drone Safety Awareness Week, the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is reminding all Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators to be aware of low-altitude agricultural aircraft operations. “Agricultural aviators fly as low as 10 feet off the ground, at speeds up to 140

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.

Nebraska Ag Pilot Gives Rides to Vets

It was raining on the day a pilot from San Antonio came up to Nebraska to give rides in his old airplane. Scott DeLong was grounded at the Fairmont airfield, too. The Nebraska crop duster and the retired F-16 fighter pilot started talking. Hangar flying, DeLong called it last week during a lull at Farmers

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    • Sliders — a revolution?0

      After more than forty years in the ag-aviation business, it never ceases to amaze me when a new idea becomes a reality. Of the many words that can describe ag-aviation, ingenuity would be one of those words. This month’s cover story, Sliders, is a perfect example. Just when you think that everything imaginable has been

    • Our losses2

      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 last 14 months. Eddie Andrews was from a multi-generation ag-pilot/operator family. He flew ag and

    • Find your friends0

      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 had a GPS unit, but that’s not true today. I believe it to be reasonable

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    Hands On Flying

    • Rock Ding!0

      As I began rolling down the runway, a little pop of dust materialized in the prop arch. Less than a blink of an eye, it was there and gone. It was an unmistakable thing. A quick signature, signing off a rock ding in the prop. Ding! Crap! I hate getting a rock ding! I’d rather

    • A long hot summer0

      It’s been a long hot summer. Hot. Just plain old hot! Density altitude has been stratospheric in most places of the country.  Runways shrink during the day, power slacks off and things just become drudgery after a while. To my knowledge, everyone adapted well to the struggle and kept it as safe as possible. I

    • Greeting the dawn0

      Dawn seeped into the valley. The new day arrived from the other side of the Sierras heralded by the silent beauty of sunrise over the mountains; magnificent array of color and promise, a brand new canvas with only the background colored in. All else left to us to fill however we see fit or are

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    In My Opinion

    • Hammerhead turns1

      We all know of some ag pilots who make hammerhead turns, and maybe you are one of those who do make these hammerhead turns. It is my contention that those ag pilots who continue to make turns like this, will one day not be able to pull out of the dive in time and the

    • Wannabe1

      This is a topic that I have touched on in a previous IMO, but I am inspired to expand and expound on the subject; and the subject is “Wannabees” ag pilots. Recently while flying in Illinois for Mr. Chuck Holzwarth, he and I briefly discussed some of what it takes to be a good ag

    • Reminiscing (Downwind Turns)0

      I was fifteen years old and had my driver’s license for three, maybe four months. It was summertime, 1955. I was a loader boy for Mr. Jimmy MacPherson (Jimmy Mac) owner of Mac’s Flying Service, a crop dusting service, not an aerial application business. We were located at Huggins Corner on Highway 82 across from

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