|The first helicopter operation starts in Brazil
MONTE MOR, SP, BRAZIL – Except for a few experimental applications on cocoa crops in the late 1970s, and over other crops in the 1980s, no rotary-wing aerial applications have been made in Brazil – until now. This is finally changing – and this change is taking place in a whole different way! Usually, most operations start with an ag pilot. He begins flying as a hired pilot, then after becoming experienced he buys a small piston airplane and starts his own spraying service. As he makes more money, he upgrades his airplane and/or buys more airplanes. Eventually, a few of those operations will become airplane dealers.
New Zealand AAA holds annual conference
The New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Association, in conjunction with the New Zealand Helicopter Association, held its annual conference in Wellington on the North Island June 25-29. One of the conference topics was the Association’s “Down to the Wire” campaign. NZAAA Chairman Alan Beck is championing an initiative to have farm wires taken down and tied to a fence line so that they at no point extend above the fence they are tied to. Current practice is to run electric fence feeder wires across gullies at heights up to 400 feet.
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Thrush gives radio interview during EAA's AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI
Thrush representative Eric Rojeck gave a great interview to EAA Radio during the 2016 AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. Thrush, along with Air Tractor, Flying Tigers, Eagle Vistas assisted the NAAA with a great 7-day exhibit promoting the aerial application industry. Listen to Eric's interview below.