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April 02, 2021

Ag-Milestone: Air Tractor Produces 4,000th Airplane

The Company Was Founded By Leland Snow

Last week; an Air Tractor 502XP, a single-seat agricultural aircraft, was delivered to its new owner during a send-off ceremony attended by employees and local dignitaries. It is the 4,000th airplane Air Tractor has produced since it began operations in 1972. "After 49 years of continuous production of airplanes, all of us here are really pleased to celebrate this moment,” said Jim Hirsch, Air Tractor president. “Only eight years ago we built our 3,000th airplane; now we just surpassed number 4,000. This year we find ourselves in the fortunate position to have historically strong demand for our aircraft. While we are subject to agricultural market ups and downs, our manufacturing continues year af

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Classic Aero-TV: Drones to the Rescue-DJI Reports On Global Drone Rescues

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Assisted In The Rescue Of At Least 65 People On Five Continents In 2017

At least 65 people have been rescued by drones in the last year, according to a new report from drone maker DJI. The report, "More Lives Saved: A Year Of Drone Rescues Around The World," is available for download. It highlights how improved drone technology, rapid adoption by first responders and smart aviation regulations have combined to increase the pace of drone use in critical public safety missions.

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Avfuel Now Supplying Neste MY SAF at Monterey Jet Center

The FBO Received Its First Load Of The Fuel On March 11

Avfuel Corporation is now supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel on a consistent basis to its branded FBO, Monterey Jet Center (KMRY), in Monterey, Calif. The FBO received its first load of the fuel on March 11, marking the beginning of a new era for the Avfuel Network in sustainability: "Avfuel's provided a number of demonstrative SAF loads over the years, but this is our first opportunity-through Neste MY SAF-to regularly provide the fuel for a customer," said Keith Sawyer, Avfuel's manager of alternative fuels.

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Aero-Bucks! FAA Awards $627.7M in Airport Improvement Grants

449 Grants To 390 Airports In 39 States, Puerto Rico And The Federated States Of Micronesia

The FAA will award more than $627.7 million in infrastructure and safety projects through the FY2021 Airport Improvement Program (AIP). AIP projects promote safety, efficiency, environmental stewardship, infrastructure, and security at the nation’s airports. The grant announcement includes 449 grants to 390 airports in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the Federated States of Micronesia. “These grants are an investment in safety and continued innovation,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “Every airport in every community plays a vital role in our air transportation system.”

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