• FAA and Air Tractor Host Free Inspection Authorization Renewal Seminar

    • February 11, 2019

    Air Tractor, in conjunction with the FAA’s Lubbock Flight Standards District Office, is sponsoring an opportunity for A&P mechanics to fulfill the annual training requirements for renewal of their Inspection Authorization (IA). A free Inspection Authorization Renewal Seminar will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. C.S.T. at the Air

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  • Multiple Micro VG Kits by Micro AeroDynamics Approved by ANAC

    Multiple Micro VG Kits by Micro AeroDynamics Approved by ANAC

    • February 7, 2019

    Anacortes, WA, USA – Micro AeroDynamics just received a NEW ANAC Approval for Micro VG Kit for Air Tractor models AT-401, AT-401B, AT-402A, AT-402B, AT-501, AT-502, AT-502A, AT-502B and AT-504. Micro Vortex Generators can make a tremendous difference in the slow speed handling and flight characteristics of an aircraft. The aluminum tabs lower stall speed

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From the Publisher

  • Our busy seasons0

    Our busy seasons If you have not noticed by now, then you must have not “flipped” through the pages of this month’s edition of AgAir Update! Believe me when I say, “We didn’t plan it this way.” There is an overwhelming number of Canadian-related articles in this February edition. However, it could have not worked

  • 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

  • Fertilizer challenges0

    It’s usually the thing we lead off with when the season starts; truckloads of fertilizer rolling into the airport and being staged at various remote air strips across the country.  The thing I like about dry work is it cycles quick. You’re flying a little higher, so the wires and trees are a little easier

  • Smooth Turns0

    We spend a lot of time talking about turns. Fast turns, slow turns, wide, narrow, low and high. We discuss in depth what a safe turn is and scold anyone who mentions the term “hammerhead”.  As ag pilots, we spend an awful lot of time with one wing up and the other down. Mastering good,

  • Food0

    After I landed, I rolled up to the loader truck and spun the airplane around, watching the wing tip clearance as I did so. I set the brakes, flipped on the hopper light and leaned back to watch the milky substance gurgle into the airplane. A thought occurred to me, “I’m hungry.” A load of

  • By any other name1

    The plump lady at the bank smiled sweetly and motioned for me to come forward. It was finally my turn to step out from the hold short line. I guess, for a grown up, it is a similar experience to being next to sit on Santa’s knee. She was a nice lady who invested heavily

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In My Opinion

  • The most insidious danger0

    It was around 12:30 PM, September 13, 1971 (not a Friday), when I rolled my Pawnee up in a ball and spent the next four months in the burn unit at Fort Sam Houston Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. I had been a Navy carrier pilot, and was trying to build sufficient time to

  • A Few Incidental Comments0

    It has been suggested to me by another ag pilot friend that I write about some of the safety-related items that we teach.  A lot of this will be “old hat” to many of you or maybe more like “preaching to the choir.” I have been asked on several occasions, “How fast are you going

  • Reminiscing; behind the power curve0

    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

  • 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

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