Air Tractor president briefs Congressional staff


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jim Hirsch, president of Air Tractor, and a board member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), briefed staff of the U.S. House of Representatives this week on the Export-Import Bank’s importance to small businesses.airtractor11

Based in Olney, Texas, with about 260 employees, Air Tractor manufactures airplanes used to treat crops and fight fires. The Export-Import Bank helps support about a quarter of the company’s overall sales and has allowed it to grow by developing new markets in places such as Spain and South America, Hirsch said in his remarks.

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Air Tractor unveils new airframe and engine warranty

From left to right : John Saabas, President, P&WC, Jim Hirsh, President, Air Tractor, Denis Parisien, Vice President, General Aviation, P&WC and Maria Della Posta, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, P&WC.

At the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) Convention this week in Reno, Nevada, Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch announced a new airframe and engine warranty policy to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary and to mark 50 years of Pratt & Whitney’s PT6A engine.

The new Air Tractor airframe warranty is a full warranty on the airframe for one year or 500 hours, plus two years or 1,000 hours on major structural components.

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Airbags now standard on Air Tractors


airbagIn use in commercial and general aviation for many years, airbag technology has now become standard equipment on all current production Air Tractor aircraft.

The AmSafe airbag system is an important new safety enhancement for agricultural aviation, according to Leland Snow, Air Tractor president.

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