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Old 09-30-2012, 12:54 PM
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Air Tractor Huckin'

This makes me want to get an Air Tractor.

http://youtu.be/GgGYsPDu7oY
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:09 PM
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All fun and games until someone dies.

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Old 09-30-2012, 01:32 PM
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It really is a cool video, but most ag pilots that fly like that end up on the news.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:20 PM
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I used to watch those guys spraying cotton and soybean fields back in Louisiana when I was a kid. Amazing to see someone flying under the electrical lines, dodging trees and making those last second pull-ups at the end of a row. Once ever few years, there would be a news story about someone who died doing what they love.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:46 PM
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I would rather die like that than in a car accident because of a moron driver!
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:50 PM
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Sure, but flying like that does not remove the death-by-dumbass-driver risk.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:48 PM
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Most ag pilots fly like that all day long seven days a week for about six or months a year. I've been doing it like that for 42 years.I Been in three crashes in that time two engine failures one tail wheel broke off on takeoff never hurt.Yes someone dies from time to time but our accidents per flight hour is many times less than general aviation.I look forward to going to work every day.We put a few onces of chemicals per acre some times as little as 1/3 once per acre,the chemicals break down with sunlight and clay particles in the soil thats why we get to do the same field more than once.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:01 PM
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You've been in three crashes, yet you think it's safer than GA flying as a whole?

NTSB shows 58 crashes so far this year for part 137 operations, five fatalities.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:39 PM
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Most ag pilots fly like that all day long seven days a week for about six or months a year. I've been doing it like that for 42 years.I Been in three crashes in that time two engine failures one tail wheel broke off on takeoff never hurt.Yes someone dies from time to time but our accidents per flight hour is many times less than general aviation.I look forward to going to work every day.We put a few onces of chemicals per acre some times as little as 1/3 once per acre,the chemicals break down with sunlight and clay particles in the soil thats why we get to do the same field more than once.
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Maybe it was the camera angle but he just seemed a lot closer to the irrigation pivots than the guys around here fly.

I envy you. Seems like one of the most fun things you could possibly do for a paycheck
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:45 PM
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That's impressive skills for sure! Bigger balls than I got. Should make an IMAX film show casing the skills those guys have
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Most ag pilots fly like that all day long seven days a week for about six or months a year. I've been doing it like that for 42 years.I Been in three crashes in that time two engine failures one tail wheel broke off on takeoff never hurt.Yes someone dies from time to time but our accidents per flight hour is many times less than general aviation.I look forward to going to work every day.We put a few onces of chemicals per acre some times as little as 1/3 once per acre,the chemicals break down with sunlight and clay particles in the soil thats why we get to do the same field more than once.
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Hey.... if you ever flew up around Monroe, Delhi, Talullah, etc.. I may have seen your work!
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:15 PM
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Most ag pilots fly like that all day long seven days a week for about six or months a year. I've been doing it like that for 42 years.I Been in three crashes in that time two engine failures one tail wheel broke off on takeoff never hurt.Yes someone dies from time to time but our accidents per flight hour is many times less than general aviation.I look forward to going to work every day.We put a few onces of chemicals per acre some times as little as 1/3 once per acre,the chemicals break down with sunlight and clay particles in the soil thats why we get to do the same field more than once.
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A few ounces per acre, it looks like so much more when it is spraying. I would have guessed gallons.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:57 PM
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You guessed right,we use water as the carrier we usually put 2 to 10 gallons total per acre depending on what we are working on.The chemical is a very small part.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:34 AM
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You've been in three crashes, yet you think it's safer than GA flying as a whole?

NTSB shows 58 crashes so far this year for part 137 operations, five fatalities.
58 vs 1000+ Id say those are favorable numbers not to mention far more fatalities with the GA side.

Lets face it, AG pilots require a far more specialized skill then the run of the mill GA pilot. Are accidents going to happen in those flight attitudes/conditions/performance.....of course.

Explain the countless number of accidents where a GA pilot crashed because he forgot to add fuel....

You can attempt to draw some sort of plausible comparison, but it just wont hold water with respect to the complexity of the AG pilots job/flying skills versus the GA pilot.

You asking him about his 3 crashes as an AG pilot is the same as asking a Nascar driver about his crashes while driving. Same correlation of skill requirement versus situation
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