• How much does it cost?0

    Are you ready for a contestable, detailed dissertation on the per hour costs of running an ag operation? Do you believe it is a function of fuel used and engine time only? When calculating your per hour costs, do you really take into consideration all of your business expenses? In a discussion many years ago

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  • The essence of Keep Turning…0

    The essence of Keep Turning… One day while driving to the office, I saw the 510P Thrush I used to fly turning over the treetops. I looked at the yellow aircraft and wondered aloud how many times have I made the same turn back to the field; time after time after time. That got me

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  • The normalization of deviance0

    The normalization of deviance When you have invested a couple hours of your time listening to a speaker, it is always good that you take away with you at least one good item from the speech. Recently, I attended the Kick-Off Breakfast at NAAA’s 50th Anniversary Convention in Long Beach, California. The speaker was Colonel

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  • Decision makers0

    It saddens me to read about the fatality of an ag-pilot. Recently, one died in Brazil that I knew from my visits there, even once visiting this particular pilot. He was not the first ag-pilot I’ve known that has been killed while doing what they loved; flying ag. This year in the U.S. has been

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  • More agav coverage and a facelift0

    More agav coverage and a facelift Last month was a busy one for everyone at AgAir Update. September 1st marked the launch of the new agairupdate.com. This CMS (Content Management System)-style website will bring you breaking agav news and additional in-depth coverage of articles that have appeared in print. When a good story unfolds, there

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  • Ag Pilots demonstrated need to be proactive during 9/110

    Editor’s Note: The following is a commentary written by the California Agricultural Aviation Association’s President, Terry Gage.    September 11, 2001: For agricultural pilots, it was the first time in their lives that the entire national aviation fleet was grounded. Every commercial aircraft and every private plane—the entire U.S. aviation industry—came to a standstill while

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