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    Agricultural Aviation - For Daughters High School Paper

    My grandfather was a crop duster for 28 years in the 1960's and early 70's... He died when I was 6.
    Based on this, my daughter ( McKenna ) decided to do a high school paper on Agricultural Aviation and would like some help from the community.
    Here are her questions...

    • What is your history in agricultural aviation? (Where, around what time, what you sprayed for...)

    • What kind of aircraft did/are you use(ing)?

    • What equipment did/are you use(ing)? (Besides the plane.)

    • What guidelines/laws where/are in place where you worked/are working?

    • What are your current views on aerial applications?

    • Where do you think the future of agricultural aviation is heading?

    • How do you feel about young people in agricultural aviation related careers.

    Would appreciate the feed back...
    Thanks
    Brian.
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    Brian. I'm not a cropduster but I spend a lot of time around them. My god son manages an operation here in California and flys fixed wing and rotor. If she would like a young perspective he is 25 and I can get her in contact with him. Or if she is coming down this way for anything we can get her a hands on look at the operation. I think you'll find that the air tractor is the dominant aircraft in the industry now. Still plenty of Agcats and Thrushes around though. When I was a kid in the 60's it was mostly Stearmans in our area and a few N3N's and Travelairs. In the 70's and 80's the Agcats were dominant in our area. It's rare now to see anything with a round engine these days. PM me if she would like contact info. Brett
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    Uncle in everyhing from supercubs ot turbines.
    And my dad used pawnees, braves, and agwagons/agtrucks.
    "There are 3 kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." Will Rogers

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    • What is your history in agricultural aviation? (Where, around what time, what you sprayed for...)
    Central Louisiana in the late 1960's, early '70's between airline jobs. Spraying cotton for boll weevils, then defoliation.
    • What kind of aircraft did/are you use(ing)?
    Piper Pawnees and Stearmans
    • What equipment did/are you use(ing)? (Besides the plane.)
    A flagger in the field and a loader back at a grass strip.
    • What guidelines/laws where/are in place where you worked/are working?
    Not many laws/regs regarding application, flight hours per day, etc. Pilot jobs were hard to find and you worked as much as the boss wanted, particularly during peak times of the year. DDT was the pesticide of choice, but was being regulated out of use. (See Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.) After being exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, I figured I was bullet proof. It was a different world then. We would fly from SR to SS, then back to a hangar and work on the airplanes, eat a bunch of crawfish, shrimp and oysters, drink a lot of cheap beer and sleep in the hangar.
    • What are your current views on aerial applications?
    Aerial is the most efficient way to accomplish the job. GPS has taken a lot of guesswork out of doing the job.

    • Where do you think the future of agricultural aviation is heading?
    http://www.ulm.edu/news/2015/ulmdroneprogram.html

    • How do you feel about young people in agricultural aviation related careers.
    See above. Maybe there is no future in it unless you want to sit in an air conditioned office and fly a drone. But if I were looking for excitement and a semi-nomadic lifestyle, I would go for it. A beginner would get a great education in basic flying and problem solving, but not get any (deliberate) IMC time.

    It's been a long time - hope this helps.

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    Thanks every one for your replies and PM's... She is still working on it, have to sometimes giver her a little push...

    Brian.
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    Dad started a spraying business in the 60s using a continental 90 hp and a lycoming o235 aeronca champs. Then went to piper pawnees . He said the 90 hp would fly circles around the 0235.


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