A King Air circles the Gulf of Mexico, directing Air Tractors towards oil slicks. Once at a slick, the Air Tractors spray Corexit, a chemical dispersant. The unlikely team of King Airs and Air Tractors is the newest “critical tool” for cleaning up major oil spills, according to a report on the National Business Aviation Association website, which notes the nimble Air Tractors are making effective “spot treatment” of heavy oil slicks possible for the first time, with the King Airs guiding them to those slicks.
The story quotes Scotty Meador, air boss for the clean-up effort:
“They’re doing a great job. These airplanes can cover a lot more ground, get a lot more done.”
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