• 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

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  • Pratt & Whitney Connects Helicopter Customers with New and Enhanced Engine Maintenance and Warranty Programs0

    ATLANTA, MARCH 4, 2019 – Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced several enhancements and options to its engine maintenance and warranty programs for helicopter operators. These include the Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) engine program for used aircraft, the Eagle Service™ Plan (ESP™) for single-helicopter operators and a new Fleet

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  • Transport Canada Approves R66 Cargo Hook

    Transport Canada Approves R66 Cargo Hook0

    Torrance, CA – On 8 November 2018,Transport Canada approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation, providing Canadian commercial lift operators with a high performance, low cost solution giving them a leg up on the competition.  The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb., and the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb. to

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  • Yamaha FAZER remotely piloted helicopter receives FAA approval0

    CYPRESS, Calif., June 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, has received an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin using its FAZER remotely piloted helicopter for select commercial agricultural spraying operations. The FAZER is Yamaha’s latest helicopter to receive FAA approval in the U.S., following the RMAX model, which is currently being operated

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  • A few thoughts about pilot complacency0

    Editors Note: Although this essay by James Wisecup is geared towards Helicopter EMS, there is valuable information here for agricultural operators and pilots. Ag aviation is a breeding ground for complacency, with long work hours and familiar work environments. The featured speaker at the National Agricultural Aviation Association’s 50th Anniversary convention, Colonel Mike Mullane labeled

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  • STC granted to Reabe Aircraft Improvement0

    Reabe Aircraft Improvement has been granted STC SR4183CH for the installation of the Reabe Hopper Quantity Indication System into the Bell 206B Jet Ranger when equipped with the Isolar belly tank. The system has been flying as a prototype for three years and shares most of the components of the airplane system. The system works

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