Meet The World's Bravest Ag Pilot

  • Jul 22, 2015 5:59am GMT
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One of the most overlooked jobs in the aviation field is that of a crop dusting pilot although these days the preferred term is “ag pilot” or “aerial applicator.” Organizations like the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) in the U.S. are working to change the stereotype of the cavalier ag pilot. This video isn't going to help. Most aircraft now use state-of-the-art equipment like GPS swath guidance, prescription mapping and dispersal systems that have revolutionized the industry. Thanks to the recent farming boom, aerial application is a hot field. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, hours flown by crop-dusters is on the rise in sharp contrast to the majority of other aviation fields. While most aircraft makers are in a slump, Air Tractor Inc. in Olney, Texas, is making more planes every year. But some places still haven't caught up. From the village of Kéty, Tolna county in Hungary comes this video of a 40+ year old Russian built helicopter starting up before doing some "aerial application".