Simplex® Aerospace announced it has received FAA STC SR02629SE for their latest agricultural spray system for the Robinson R66 helicopter. The spray system, Simplex® Aerospace Model 266, is a next-generation spray system integrating several of Simplex® Aerospace’s newly developed agricultural spray technologies including new composite techniques and carbon-fiber booms. Simplex is the sole U.S. producer… Read more »
Peter Garden has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit due to his conservation and aviation services he has performed. He ran his own company, Peter Garden Helicopters Ltd, for 25 years in Otago and Southland doing agriculture work. This line of work introduced him to working for the Wildlife Services… Read more »
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is pleased to announce the inaugural commercial operation of its RMAX remotely piloted helicopter for agriculture spraying service in the U.S. The RMAX flight was completed this week in California for Napa-based Silverado Farming Company, a leading vineyard management company. During its debut the RMAX applied a fungicide for preventative control… Read more »
The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter accident near Camila, Queensland on 25 March 2016. During crop spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines before colliding with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by post-impact fire.
According to the pilot, he departed with 25 gallons of fuel and 80 gallons of chemical to spray a bean field near Cresco. About 5 minutes into the application, the engine lost power and the pilot initiated an autorotation to a water way on the side of a hill. Upon touchdown on the uneven terrain,… Read more »
Washington State University is partnering with Digital Harvest Corp. to test an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could provide a safer, less expensive means to blow rainwater off cherry orchards to avoid fruit losses. Rain can cause splits in the skin of cherries and similar fruits, rendering them susceptible to premature decay and, thus, commercially… Read more »
Helicopter was being used to spray fungicide on fields of corn. The pilot approached and overflew one field checking for hazards and wind conditions, and then began a spray swath across the field. Midway through the first swath, the pilot heard the low rotor horn sound. Manually rolling the throttle up did not prevent the… Read more »
Over the last three years there has been a significant increase in use of rotary wing aircraft (helicopters) in agriculture aviation resulting in a growing demand for helicopter pilots. Said Dr. Barbara M. Hanson, Chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College, “In response to this growing demand, we are adding a rotary wing application to our… Read more »
Crashed in low level agricultural work after impacting a fence, killing pilot Frank Gomes Jnr. Ground crewmen who worked for the operator had just refilled the fertilizer tank on the helicopter prior to its last departure. When the helicopter did not return for its scheduled rinse load the crewmen drove out to the field to… Read more »
Simplex Aerospace has been granted validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Brazilian Agencia Nacional de Dviacao Civil (ANAC) for its Model 244 Agricultural Spray System for the Robinson R44 helicopter. The Brazilian ANAC approval, CST# 2015S05-06, gives Brazilian helicopter operators the opportunity to meet contract requirements in Brazil’s growing agricultural industry. The Brazil… Read more »
A helicopter spraying company and a pilot who were each fined $10,000 for spraying pesticides on rural homes in Southern Oregon have asked for an administrative hearing at which they will contest the penalty. see full story. This article refers to the helicopter being an OH-58
News about forthcoming rules from the Federal Aviation Administration for the operation of drones was met with mixed reaction by those experimenting with unmanned aerial vehicles. At least one person expressed concern that the rules may inhibit adoption by farmers, while others saw any potential movement by the FAA as a good sign that the… Read more »
A helicopter pilot who flew over Curry County residents last October and sprayed them with herbicides meant for timberland will have his spraying license revoked for a year and be fined $10,000, the maximum allowed by law, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday. See Full Story
Crahed into roof of barn. Pilot named in news reports as Gary Oleen, aged 71, critically injured. AirCare helicopter attended per this YouTube clip On 05-Jun-14 this became a fatal accident following the pilot’s death from his injuries as reported here
Helibrás will attend the 21th edition of Agrishow , International Fair of Agricultural Technology, which runs from April 28 to May 2, in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo. The event is an opportunity to show the news of the company for the agribusiness sector, the market in which the employment of the helicopter has been growing in recent years… Read more »
A state investigation has determined that a helicopter hired to spray herbicides on some commercial timberlands in southwestern Oregon more than likely allowed some to fall over people’s homes as it flew by. See full story
The helicopter took off to reposition for refuelling and after about 1 minute, at about 30 ft above ground level, the engine stopped. The helicopter landed heavily, collided with an embankment and was substantially damaged.
During agricultural operations on a banana plantation, the helicopter clipped a tree and subsequently collided with terrain. As a result of the collision the pilot sustained injuries and the helicopter was completely wrecked (photo)
During a frost protection exercise, the tail rotor struck grape vine cables. The aircraft was flown back to base and the post-flight inspection revealed damage was sustained by the tail rotor blades, stabilisers and the tail boom.
Simplex® Aerospace announced today it has received FAA STC number SR02276SE for their latest agricultural spray system for the Bell 212 helicopter. The spray system, Simplex® Aerospace Model 204, is a next generation spray system integrating several of Simplex® Aerospace’s newly developed agricultural spray technologies. Simplex is the sole producer of FAA STC’d spray systems… Read more »
Crashed into Braga Ranch lettuce field near Chualar River Road in Gonzales after reported engine failure. Pilot Doug Walker was not injured. Helicopter ended up on its side, tail boom cut by main blades
The AutoCopter™ is a UAV helicopter providing remote sensing of crops using three full-sized cameras (multi-spectral, DSLR and HD Video) while flying a GPS plan for over two hours without the need to refill fuel. After landing the data is moved to the ground control station and processed and created into GeoTiff images to import directly into… Read more »
Under the watchful eye of news media and area winegrape growers, a remote-controlled helicopter, fitted with a spray applicator system, was field tested today over a vineyard in the heart of the famed Napa Valley by engineers at the University of California, Davis, and Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA. For 20 years, the small motorcyle-sized helicopter,… Read more »
50 year old pilot seriously injured and 30 year old passenger minor injuries after helicopter crashed c9.30am local time while spraying a vineyard on a steep slope. Helicopter is believed to be D-HIBS 500D (1035D) but we await confirmation
Professors at the University of California, Davis, recently demonstrated an unmanned helicopter that could have numerous vineyard uses including spraying liquid and granular pesticides, seeding cover crops and sensing and implementing precision agriculture. (see full story)
Helicopter crashed during agricultural work. Pilot reported as Hernán Cabrera, age 47. Distant photo shows helicopter landed upright in the crop, although tail does not look quite right! Chilean sources are quoting the accident as a UH-1H, but we do not agree – see the two stabilizer end-plates, definitely a LongRanger!
American Eurocopter today announced Brevard County, Florida, has purchased two AS350 B3e helicopters. The aircraft will be utilized for mosquito control, firefighting and herbicide application throughout the county, which is located along Florida’s east coast, replacing an AS350 B3 and two 206Bs currently being used. “We carefully considered our options before making the purchase,” said… Read more »
Contacted the ground during a sharp turn while spraying, causing the helicopter to crash. The pilot (the sole occupant) suffered minor injuries. The helicopter reportedly was substantially damaged. CADAORS ref 2012O2922