• Fools and Liars0

    You know, it’s easy to stand on the outside of the fence and criticize someone else. That’s a cheap shot. But if you’ve “been there and done that, and got a T-shirt to prove it”, you may be a little more entitled to say things. I have been there and done that and I do

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  • Rx Gate System provides variable and constant rates0

    Variable rate technology for dry applications utilizing aircraft has been around for about ten years. Pete Jones’ of Air Repair in Cleveland, Mississippi was one of the first to develop a hydraulically driven gate system that can apply variable and constant rates of dry material. As an option, the hydraulic system is also able to

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  • Young aerial topdressing pilot learns lessons1

    During the period from November 1960, I began working with Rural Aviation as an aerial topdressing pilot flying the Cessna 180. It was my first flying job and I had just passed the New Zealand CPL. My parents were very concerned about me entering the NZ aerial topdressing industry due to the number of accidents

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  • “Nothing takes the place of horsepower.”0

    Air Tractor 502XP at work in Arkansas The statement has rung throughout the ag-aviation industry since the days of removing the 220 HP Continental R-670 radial from the Stearman to eventually replacing it with a 600 HP Pratt & Whitney Canada R-1340 engine. Although there are significant advantages to improving the performance of an ag-plane

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  • The Grind0

    “It was a dark and stormy night.” Sounds like the opening line to a third rate suspense novel doesn’t it? The suspense was little old me strapped into a Thrush plowing through torrential rain. Thunder, lightening, wind and dark coming down the slot pointing the nose at blurry runway lights, counting on the lightning flashes

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  • The invisible, silent propeller0

    It is getting to be a busy time of year for most ag-operators north of the equator; acres coming in, piling up on the books, getting behind. That brings up a point that most of us don’t think about too much and that is the dangers of a spinning propeller . Almost always, our industry

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