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According to the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA), there are roughly 1,350 aerial application businesses registered in the United States and 1,430 non-operator pilots. Out of those registered businesses, 94% of the owners are agricultural pilots themselves. These businesses cover 46 states—all except Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Alaska.
Formally known as crop dusting, aerial application entails spraying crop protection products such as insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide in order to yield higher crop production from the treated farmland. Aerial application is more cost- and time-efficient than using a conventional ground sprayer. A University of Illinois study concluded that aerial application of fungicides yielded an increase of 18.6 bushels per acre.
In addition to supporting farmland, agricultural pilots play an important role in protecting the public by combating mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, encephalitis, and other diseases. Oftentimes, aerial application is the only or most economical way to apply pesticides in a timely manner to combat a growing public health issue. It allows for open, large, and remote areas to be treated quickly.
Data from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) suggests that although turbine-powered aircraft utilize newer designs and technologies than piston-powered aircraft, the accident rate in the agricultural aviation industry shows no sign of decreasing, with the number of fatalities following suit. For both engine types, there are on average 8 accidents per month with an average of 1 fatality per month.
Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accounts for the most common cause of turbine-powered agricultural aircraft accidents at 31%. Most of the CFIT incidents are due to flying into power lines during crop spraying missions and flying into ridges during firebombing maneuvers. For turbine aircraft, only 24% of accidents are due to engine malfunction compared to the much higher 50% for piston aircraft.
Out of the fleet of agricultural aircraft operating in the United States today, 67% are turbine powered. The transition from the piston to the larger turbine aircraft adds muscle for longer hours and bigger jobs. Turbine aircraft are much larger than their piston-powered predecessors and can carry 400 to 500 gallons of product.

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Thrush - S2R

Manufacturer : Thrush

Model : S2R

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Grumman - G164B AG CAT

Manufacturer : Grumman

Model : G164B AG CAT

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Air Tractor - AT-802

Manufacturer : Air Tractor

Model : AT-802

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We are selling parts for AT-802. You can send your parts enquiry for AT-802 from here.

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