Indonesian pilots are training to become licensed aerial applicators at Miccar Aerial. Instructors Michael Yaholnitsky, left, and Devan Yaholnitsky, far right, are working with Favian Citra Wijaya, Vaderman Fuso, Firliawan Muhammad Bhantiyo and Mochammad Reza Rachmat.
|  Firliawan Muhammad Bhantiyo photo

Indonesian crop dusters train with Sask. firm

Pilot training has become another revenue stream for prairie aerial applicators as the industry undergoes change

Four Indonesian pilots have passed the first phase of training in Saskatchewan as they prepare to become licensed aerial applicators. The young pilots started their training in April with Miccar Aerial of Yorkton, Sask. Indonesia’s PT Elang Nusantara Air chose Miccar to train the pilots for its aerial fertilization program. All four Indonesians arrived with […] Read more

While bigger than a man, the Yamaha Rmax is still not a full-sized aerial spray unit. It is now licensed for use in the U.S. and there is interest in Canadian agriculture as well.  |  Yamaha photo

Chopper drones developing ag uses

Drones can deliver pizzas and perform military strikes — and now Yamaha helicopters can spray pesticides and fertilizer in the U.S.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approved the use of drone helicopters for pesticide application May 1, and the first unit is now spraying in California orchards and vineyards. These aren’t the small battery-powered hand-launch helicopters with cameras strapped to their bellies. Instead, they are 207 pound Yamaha choppers powered by two-stroke and […] Read more

Clayton Rempel will address your concerns and questions regarding aerial spraying in his column. Contact him at 306-497-7401 or email claytonairsk@gmail.com.

When it’s all up in the air: rotary or conventional nozzles

What would farmers think about turning half the nozzles on their ground sprayer upside down so they point straight up rather than down toward the crop? Researchers have established that when mounting nozzles on spray planes, it’s important to locate them as far down and aft of the wing as possible. This gets the product […] Read more