Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Your Sunday Morning Turboprop Noise

An Air Tractor at work:

Crop dusting Aerial application is a lot safer than it once was, back when the airplane of choice was a converted Stearman. Spray rows were marked by "flaggers", kids who stood at the edge of the field and held up a flag to mark the edge of the las sprayed row.

Now they do it with GPS.


Deadstick said...

There was another means of marking swaths: a chalk dispenser. At the end of a pass they'd drop enough to make a white spot, then line up the next pass with that on the wingtip. It didn't offer any guidance during the swath, but the crop rows were generally enough for that.

Deadstick said...

Should have added: There used to be something called "frost flying" that made old-style dusting look comparatively safe. On a clear cold night in the Florida citrus fields, it's common to have enough temperature inversion that the oranges are freezing under a layer of non-freezing air a hundred feet up. So ag pilots would do continuous runs, ALL NIGHT, to stir it up.

bmq215 said...

Deadstick, I live in an apple/grape region and frost flying is still very much a thing although these days it seems to be entirely done with helicopters. Makes sense, I suppose. After all they're just giant vertical fans. Still not a job I would want.

Ole Phat Stu (CFII) said...

Don't knock the Stearman, I learned to crop-dust in one many many years ago :-)