Quest Aircraft Co. has received FAA approval for a TKS Tank installation in the KODIAK cargo pod. This optional TKS tank will be available for production KODIAKs after the first of the year. A retrofit installation for KODIAKs in the field will also be available.
One of our regular regulars, Brittany Kerr, responded immediately to our call for readers who make their living in general aviation:
“As soon as I got to the airport this morning, I started my day off by reading today’s The Pulse of Aviation from General Aviation News (which has become my daily routine). When I read this, I knew immediately I had to respond!
Since 2010, I have made my living through general aviation in the middle of rural South Dakota.
Beechcraft Corporation announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition that beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014, the latest model of the King Air C90GTx will offer new standard features that deliver shorter takeoff and landing distances and better handling characteristics.
The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation will announce Nov. 1, the 2014 Pilots Choice Award winning aviation charities as chosen through online voting by the aviation community. Since March, 15 finalists have been reaching out to pilots to garner their votes as the best organizations for 2014. They hope to share in $50,000 of grants with a top award of $10,000.
By TRACY T. THURMAN
An ag pilot’s day starts early, just as the sun lifts itself above the horizon. It’s cool in the morning. The air is clean and crisp. Standing on a dew sparkled grass runway watching the landscape emerge into the light of a new day is part of an ag pilot’s daily commute.
The morning calm however, is soon broken by a demanding shout. “Clear!” The ‘tick tick tick tick… whirrrr…’ of a turboprop engine coming to life shatters the serenity and the work day has begun.
All across the country, on air strips in rural valleys and farmlands, the same procedure is repeated. There are millions of acres that need to be planted, treated, and protected. Before most people have had their first cup of coffee, the men and women of agricultural aviation are in motion doing just that.