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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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    • Remember where you are0

      The business of aerial application, or even general aviation, can be a dangerous endeavor. There is very little margin for error, which often can be deadly. If we stay in the business long enough, eventually we lose a loved one, friend or associate in a fatal accident. I have lost many over the last 43

    • What’s in store for this month0

      In this month’s edition of AgAir Update, the cover story is about my evaluation flight of Embraer’s redesigned Ipanema EMB203 aircraft. Without hesitation, I can say I enjoyed flying it. The last 20 years of my active career in ag-flying was in a turbine Thrush. Anytime I have the opportunity to fly an aircraft that

    • Dangerous ground operations0

      I came across a friend of mine a few years ago that I noticed looked different from in the past. I didn’t often see this friend, as he lived hundreds of miles away. What I noticed was one of his fingers was missing. Interesting. I wondered out loud, how did that happen? My friend explained

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    Hands On Flying

    • United we stand0

      There is an agenda driven sector who know nothing of ag flying, are directly opposed and even hostile to aerial application. Agricultural aviation isn’t only how we make our living. It’s much bigger than that. It’s how we live. Left to their own accord, our opponents would regulate and tax us into oblivion; and smile

    • Changes0

      We humans are creatures of habit. We like things to follow a specific pattern and current. Repetitious days where everything fits, as long it doesn’t become monotonous. We like things to change up just a little, but not much. Only enough to keep us interested without causing inconvenience. Ag pilots are probably the most notorious

    • Whiling away0

      Winter has moved in. The old boy has pretty much taken over, scattered himself all over the place, stretched out and put his feet up. The midwest is trudging along under blizzard conditions and the west is slopping through mud. I’ll take all the mud they have to offer. Out here, it is a sin

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    In My Opinion

    • Three-point vs wheel landings0

      This little essay is a pilot preference thing and truly and in every sense of the word, an “opinion-type” dissertation, mine! It seems to me, after almost many years teaching my turbine transition course with Flying Tiger Aviation, most ag pilots attending my course prefer to make wheel-type landings, as opposed to full stall, three-point

    • Sensitive Areas0

      IN MY OPINION, this little dissertation is a mild case of venting for me, as well as other ag pilots who have expressed similar feelings. It is also mildly sarcastic. For AgAir Update readers, I have “cleaned” it up considerably (use your imagination). Over the years that I have been in the business of aerial

    • Correcting the Wrong Idea0

      Pilots sometimes get the wrong idea when it comes to medication use. One of the most frequent questions we get at the Office of Aerospace Medicine is; Why don’t you have a list of approved and disqualifying medications? There are actually a few reasons why such a list is problematic at best. From our perspective,

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