Crop dusters, though there are other kinds of dusters used as well, are typically aircraft used for spraying or dusting large acreages with pesticides. In order to quickly cover vast areas when pesticide application is most effective, aerial spraying and dusting are used instead of wheeled vehicles, which could harm crops.
When ultra-low-volume applicators were created, which allow concentrated pesticides to be applied in dosages as low as 1 ounce per acre, the technique was significantly improved. (70 grams per hectare).
The Global crop duster plane market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
Firefighting-Convertible Crop Duster Launched by Thrush. When in firefighting mode, the conversion includes a gate box that enables a full or partial fire retardant drop that is fast and extremely precise.
The 510G, which has a GE H80 turboprop engine and can hold about 500 gallons of liquid, is designed to fly close to the ground, so it can approach fires much more quickly than larger firefighting aircraft. This allows the pilots to hit their targets with the fire retardant more precisely.
The load can be dropped in less than two seconds with the Switchback system implemented. Crop Dusters will receive training in airborne firefighting during the four-day AG SEAT programme. When the programme is launched, it will be accessible to all crop dusters, not just those who operate Thrush aircraft.
Colorado’s Department of Public Safety has been presented with a plan that would use the trained AG SEAT pilots as contract firefighters while also offering the training at no cost.
As a result of the initiative, the state would have up to 88 SEAT aircraft instead of just two. Any possible fire in Colorado would have at least one firefighting aircraft nearby within an hour if all of those pilots registered to become AG SEAT certified, which would result in a much faster reaction time than is currently the case.
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