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08-Jan-13 N911PT Bell OH-58C Lemoore, US-California

08-Jan-13 N911PT Bell OH-58C Lemoore, US-California

8-Jan-2013

Helicopter on agricultural ops crashed near HWY 41 and Harlan Ave. near the Fresno Co and Kings Co border... Read more

09-Dec-12 VH-WOH Robinson R44 Mudgee, Australia (1F)

09-Dec-12 VH-WOH Robinson R44 Mudgee, Australia (1F)

9-Dec-2012

Crashed during crop spraying operations.  Sole occupant pilot killed.... Read more

06-Nov-12 Bell 206L Chincolco, Chile

06-Nov-12 Bell 206L Chincolco, Chile

6-Nov-2012

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!... Read more

Florida – Brevard County buys two AS350B3e for mosquito control

Florida – Brevard County buys two AS350B3e for mosquito control

31-Oct-2012Source: American Eurocopter

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

01-Oct-12 C-GTPG Bell 206B Sudbury, Canada

01-Oct-12 C-GTPG Bell 206B Sudbury, Canada

1-Oct-2012

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... Read more

19-Sep-12 N222GR Bell 206 Mammoth Lakes, US-California

19-Sep-12 N222GR Bell 206 Mammoth Lakes, US-California

19-Sep-2012

Tail rotor struck ground.  Helicopter had been working on powerlines at the time of the accident.  Helicopter caught fire and burned out – also causing a 1.5 acre brush fire... Read more

18-Sep-12 N957R Robinson R44 Slaton, US-Texas

18-Sep-12 N957R Robinson R44 Slaton, US-Texas

18-Sep-2012

Pilot lost control in the hover, helicopter crashed and burnt out... Read more

18-Sep-12 F-GHYS Agusta-Bell 47G-2 Basse-Pointe, Martinique

18-Sep-12 F-GHYS Agusta-Bell 47G-2 Basse-Pointe, Martinique

18-Sep-2012

Tail rotor contacted crop during agricultural operations, pilot lost control and helicopter crashed.  Aircraft destroyed.... Read more

30-Aug-12 F-GHYS Agusta-Bell 47G-2 Ajoupa-Bouillon, Martinique

30-Aug-12 F-GHYS Agusta-Bell 47G-2 Ajoupa-Bouillon, Martinique

30-Aug-2012

Emergency landing after loss of engine power while on agricultural operations... Read more

27-Aug-12 N503DR Bell OH-58C Escalon, US-California

27-Aug-12 N503DR Bell OH-58C Escalon, US-California

27-Aug-2012

Pilot Bill Cavanaugh, was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital following crash on agricultural operations.  His son told a TV station that his father had over 20,000 hours of flying experience... Read more

10-Aug-12 RA-3054K Mil Mi-2 Proletarsky, Russia (1F)

10-Aug-12 RA-3054K Mil Mi-2 Proletarsky, Russia (1F)

10-Aug-2012

Helicopter crashed while carrying out agricultural work.  No further details at this time.  Pilot fatally injured... Read more

02-Aug F-GFHL Bell 47G-2 Lamentin, Guadeloupe

02-Aug F-GFHL Bell 47G-2 Lamentin, Guadeloupe

2-Aug-2012

Loss of engine power at low level while crop spraying.  Badly damaged landing in the crop... Read more

27-Jul-12 N652HA Bell 47G2A New Frankfort, US-Indiana

27-Jul-12 N652HA Bell 47G2A New Frankfort, US-Indiana

27-Jul-2012

Kevin C. Rossan, 35, from Troy, Mich., was transported to the King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison after his Bell 47 crashed in a field while on spraying operations after the main blades came into contact with the ground.  Helicopter ended upright, but badly damaged (see photo)... Read more

25-Jul-12 N73252 Bell 47G2A Le Sueur, US-Minnesota

25-Jul-12 N73252 Bell 47G2A Le Sueur, US-Minnesota

25-Jul-2012

Tail separated during agricultural flight... Read more

21-Jul-12 HL9196 Eurocopter AS350B2 Daegu, Korea (1F)

21-Jul-12 HL9196 Eurocopter AS350B2 Daegu, Korea (1F)

21-Jul-2012

Struck wires at low level while spraying and ended up upside-down on roof of building.... Read more

20-Jul-12 Mokau, New Zealand

20-Jul-12 Mokau, New Zealand

20-Jul-2012

helicopter involved in agricultural work crashed.  Pilot Marty Fry walked away from the accident... Read more

09-Jul-12 N2919W Bell 47G.3B.2 Treynor, US-Iowa

09-Jul-12 N2919W Bell 47G.3B.2 Treynor, US-Iowa

9-Jul-2012

Main blades contacted tail boom during agricultural operations... Read more

04-Jul-12 C-GUIK Bell 206B Silverton, Canada

04-Jul-12 C-GUIK Bell 206B Silverton, Canada

4-Jul-2012

JetRanger crashed in open field during agricultural operations.  Pilot in hospital after walking to nearest farm for help. Helicopter destroyed.  CADAORS 2012C2726... Read more

South Florida Water Mgt District seeks aerial application proposals

South Florida Water Mgt District seeks aerial application proposals

26-Jun-2012Source: HAI

The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed proposals up to the 2:30 p.m. opening time on July 26, 2012 for the spraying of aquatic, ditchbank and invasive vegetation by helicopter and provide aerial flight services for site inspection... Read more

13-Jun-12 ZK-ISG Robinson R44 Opuawhanga, New Zealand

13-Jun-12 ZK-ISG Robinson R44 Opuawhanga, New Zealand

13-Jun-2012

Helicopter struck power lines during an agricultural spraying operation. The helicopter was damaged but a safe landing was made.... Read more

Ownership change at Farm & Forest Helicopter Service

Ownership change at Farm & Forest Helicopter Service

1-Jun-2012Source: Wilbur-Ellis

Wilbur-Ellis Company, a recognized leader in the distribution and marketing of crop protection, seed and nutritional products, announced today that it acquired the assets of Farm & Forest Helicopter Service, Inc., based in Napavine, Wash. Farm & Forest has been servicing the forestry, nursery and Christmas tree businesses in Oregon and Washington since 1964.  The... Read more

30-May-12 N106TV Bell 206B Burbank, US-Washington

30-May-12 N106TV Bell 206B Burbank, US-Washington

30-May-2012

Crashed into an apple orchard after losing power.  Tail damage.  Pilot not injured... Read more

09-May-12 N1069Z Bell 206B Flora, US-Indiana

09-May-12 N1069Z Bell 206B Flora, US-Indiana

9-May-2012

Crashed into a wheat field during agricultural operations.  Pilot named as Brian Townsend... Read more

27-Apr-12 Bell 206 South Londonderry Township, US-Pennsylvania

27-Apr-12 Bell 206 South Londonderry Township, US-Pennsylvania

27-Apr-2012

Agricultural accidents.  Starboard skid reportedly hit crop, Pilot got out on his own.  Tail boom severed from fuselage.  Pilot later named in press as 59-year-old Thomas Green of Gettysburg... Read more

Enstrom 480B spray system certified in China

Enstrom 480B spray system certified in China

10-Apr-2012Source: Enstrom

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation and Isolair Inc. recently received Chinese certification for the Innovator II 3900-480 spray system.  The lightweight system fits all Enstrom 480 and 480B models, and can be quickly installed or removed for ease of use.  The launch customer in China for the Isolair spray system was long time Enstrom customer Wuhan Helicopters,... Read more

16-Mar-12 F-GBEG Bell 47G Basse-Pointe, Martinique

16-Mar-12 F-GBEG Bell 47G Basse-Pointe, Martinique

16-Mar-2012

Helicopter on agricultural operations crashed in a banana field.  Pilot got out OK and then helicopter caught fire and burnt out.... Read more

12-Mar-12 F-BXXL Agusta-Bell 47G2 Lorrain, Martinique (1F)

12-Mar-12 F-BXXL Agusta-Bell 47G2 Lorrain, Martinique (1F)

12-Mar-2012

Struck powerlines during agricultural operations, crashed and burnt out killing the pilot – Luke Chassery... Read more

08-Mar-12 Tamworth, Australia

08-Mar-12 Tamworth, Australia

8-Mar-2012

Agricultural operations – helicopter hit powerlines... Read more

HAI Aerial Applications Committee seeks new members

HAI Aerial Applications Committee seeks new members

4-Feb-2012Source: HAI

The mission of HAI’s Aerial Application Committee is to promote the use of helicopters and enhance helicopter safety in the agriculture industry; forestry, right-of-way, mosquito abatement and production agriculture. This committee currently has three vacancies. If you have experience and wish to share it, and take part in this worthy mission, come visit the committee... Read more

SB47 at NAAA with refurbished 47G-2A

SB47 at NAAA with refurbished 47G-2A

2-Dec-2011Source: Scotts Bell 47

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. will be exhibiting a refurbished 47G-2A at the NAAA (National Agricultural Aviation Association) Convention Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada Dec 6-7. This helicopter, operated by sister company Scott’s Helicopter Services, Inc., is an example of the quality of refurbishment that SB47 hopes to offer to the marketplace in the... Read more

Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia says carbon tax will hinder aviation

Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia says carbon tax will hinder aviation

24-Jul-2011Source: Brisbane Times

The Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia, which represents the aviation companies involved in firefighting, crop spraying and oil-spill clean-ups, warned the carbon tax was a “direct attack” on the industry for “absolutely no benefit”.  Adding six cents a litre to aviation fuel, chief execctive Philip Hurst said that companies will struggle with the price hike... Read more

Australian Farmfest event features unmanned agricultural helicopters

Australian Farmfest event features unmanned agricultural helicopters

16-Jun-2011Source: Stock & Land

Yamaha’s Liam Quigley  believes there is “a strong role” for the Rmax to be used anywhere for work that is “dull, dirty or dangerous” using a small spray boom to treat 7.7m wide swaths on each pass across a paddock.  See article... Read more

Simplex Manufacturing acquires Heli-Ap granular spreader

Simplex Manufacturing acquires Heli-Ap granular spreader

8-May-2011Source: Simplex

Simplex Manufacturing of Portland Oregon have announced that they have acquired the granular spreader product line from Heli- Ap. Simplex will build the full line of spreader at their Portland, Oregon headquarters. The new Simplex GS250 30 cubic ft. spreader weighs in at an industry low 90 lbs while the Simplex GS400 55cubic ft. spreader... Read more

Iraq orders seven AS350B3s for agricultural missions

Iraq orders seven AS350B3s for agricultural missions

1-Nov-2010Source: Eurocopter

Marignane, France, October 31, 2010: Eurocopter today signed an agreement for the supply of seven AS350 B3 Ecureuil helicopters to the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture for crop spraying missions over vast fields of date palm trees – which provide a major source of agricultural revenue for the country. Deliveries of these single-engine workhorse rotary-wing aircraft... Read more

Victoria government reviews farm helicopter rules

Victoria government reviews farm helicopter rules

9-Sep-2010Source: Weekly Times

The Victorian Government has launched a rapid-fire review of restrictive planning laws limiting the use of helicopters on farms.... Read more

18-Jul-63 N8785F Hughes 300A Heckingham, UK (1F)

18-Jul-63 N8785F Hughes 300A Heckingham, UK (1F)

18-Jul-1963

Crop Spraying accident... Read more

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