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 delivers aircraft to China

Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch and Managing Director Peter Mackay of Field Air Sales & Maintenance Pty. recently participated in a colorful ceremony in Jiamusi China marking the delivery of six Air Tractor AT-802F aircraft to Beidahuang General Aviation Company (BGA).

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FAA certifies MVP-50T Engine Analyzer for Air Tractors

At the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) Convention in Reno, Nevada, Air Tractor reported that the Electronics International MVP-50T Engine Analyzer has received FAA certification for use in Air Tractor aircraft.

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Air Tractor unveils new airframe and engine warranty

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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3,000th Air Tractor delivered

OLNEY, Texas — An international gathering of dignitaries was on hand as Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch presented the company’s 3,000th Air Tractor airplane to its new owners from Brazil.

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Air Tractor joins GAMA

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has approved Air Tractor as its newest member. GAMA’s membership currently stands at 77 manufacturers.

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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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Air Tractor’s new trainer takes off

Air Tractor has introduced the AT-504 – an all-new turboprop spray plane and trainer.

Side-by-side cockpit seating is the most noticeable feature of the AT-504. Under its aluminum skin the AT-504 is built on Air Tractor’s AT-502B airframe. It also is powered by the same engine, a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34AG turboprop.

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