• Elevating Safety: Protecting the Skies in the Drone Era

    Elevating Safety: Protecting the Skies in the Drone Era1

    In the midst of a very turbulent week for DJI, the Chinese drone maker is holding an event in Washington, DC that focusses on improving the safety in the skies. In the Ronald Reagan Building, about seventy industry people gathered to listen to DJI’s latest developments and roadmap to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the

  • Wire strikes: An Agricultural Aviation Hazard

    Wire strikes: An Agricultural Aviation Hazard0

    A Robinson R44 helicopter striking a powerline while conducting aerial spraying provides another example of the dangers posed by powerlines during low-level operations, an ATSB investigation has highlighted. The pilot then started a spray run from the eastern end of the drainage channel, and flew west towards a weir bridge and the powerline, which the

  • Australian Initiatives Improve Powerline Safety

    Australian Initiatives Improve Powerline Safety0

    The Australian Aerial Applicators Association has been working closely with powerline safety designers Balmoral Engineering and electricity companies Ergon Energy and Essential Energy to install new powerline markers that significantly boost powerline visibility. In addition, powerline network maps are now available in both Queensland and New South Wales through the Ergon app and Essential Energy

  • PT6 Compressor Wash: Do it or Suffer Consequences!

    PT6 Compressor Wash: Do it or Suffer Consequences!0

    When operating PT6 turbines, scheduled maintenance is regarded as being the key to flawless operations. Sometimes the compressor wash procedure is postponed as some mechanics do not fully understand its importance. Ossie Fernandez, General Manager of United Turbine, explains why it’s a very bad idea! “When you have been in turbine business for a long

  • What spray volume is necessary to provide good coverage?

    What spray volume is necessary to provide good coverage?0

    The general belief among most agronomists, technical staff and university professors is the spray volume needs to be adjusted according to the area of the leaves i.e., the foliar index. Many even go so far as to calculate that while a young recently emerged crop could be sprayed with only one gal/acre, it is necessary

  • Progress in Russia spurs T-500

    Progress in Russia spurs T-5000

    The Council of the Russian Federation has announced a round-table discussion with representatives of the Federal Executive, the states, the scientific community, agriculture aviation operators, farmers and other members to discuss agricultural aviation legislation in Russia. The goal is to remove inconsistencies in current activities to better develop the industry. According to Russia’s Agricultural Development