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  • 2018 – A year in review

    2018 – A year in review0

    JANUARY With each December edition, AgAir Update traditionally publishes a recap of the previous 11 editions for the current year. The January edition of 2018 features a family-run company that has been flying ag for almost 70 years in DeWitt, Arkansas. It all started with Calvin “Cal” Aufderheide in 1947 and today the company is

  • 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

  • Dauntless Air transitions new pilots to the Fire Boss

    Dauntless Air transitions new pilots to the Fire Boss0

    By Bill Lavender Dauntless Air and Fire Boss LLC, an affiliated company of Wipaire Inc., all  based in Minnesota, have teamed up to provide training for Dauntless Air’s Fire Boss pilots this spring.  Fire Boss LLC takes single or dual-seat Air Tractor AT-802Fs and converts them into a Fire Boss by adding Wipline 10000A scooping floats,

  • Georgia Forestry Commission buys two Switchbacks

    Georgia Forestry Commission buys two Switchbacks1

    Recently, the Georgia Forestry Commission advanced its aerial firefighting program with the purchase of two new 510G Switchback Thrushes. The aircraft were introduced to Georgia Forestry Commission’s Air Operations Supervisor, Clay Chatham, during a Thrush Summer Tour in 2015 by the late Frankie Williams of Souther Field Aviation in Americus, Georgia. With a background in