Air Tractor announced a new airframe and engine warranty policy to mark the company’s 40th anniversary and to commemorate 50 years of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6A engine. The new Air Tractor airframe warranty covers one year or 500 hours, plus two years or 1,000 hours on major structural components. Air Tractor has coupled this with an extended warranty on all PT6As for 2014 deliveries. This offer extends the PT6A warranty to 2,500 hours or five years.
This week’s Dubai Airshow was the first time that a UAE Air Tractor AT-802i has been shown in public. The UAE purchased 24 of these highly modified agricultural aircraft, and took delivery of the first in late 2010. Media reports suggest that six of the aircraft are being donated to Jordan but probably with armament capability removed.
Making its public debut at the Dubai Airshow is the Air Tractor AT-802i, an agricultural aircraft heavily modified for counter-insurgency/light attack/ISR missions. The aircraft were purchased by the UAE with a mission system integrated by Iomax, and it is believed that a batch of 24 is nearing the end of delivery after the first arrived at the end of 2010. The U.S.-based company has now migrated the mission system from the Air Tractor AT-802 to the outwardly similar Thrush 510P airframe and launched the aircraft as the ArchAngel at this year’s Paris Air Show.
In a surprise announcement, Leland Snow, president of agplane manufacturer Air Tractor, said his company is developing a new passenger/utility turboprop airplane that will be put to work by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).
Air Tractor of Olney, Texas, better known for its line of Air Tractor agplanes, is working on an amphibious 10-passenger turboprop called the S-22 Surveyor.
Development of the 10-passenger, single-turboprop S-22 by agplane builder Air Tractor of Olney, Texas, slowed last year due to the company’s focus on providing a highly modified version of its AT-802 to the U.S. government for drug crop eradication in Colombia, according to Kristin Snow, communications director and daughter of founder and president Leland Snow.
In an unusual move, Air Tractor has established a college education fund for children of pilots who are killed in accidents involving the company’s aerial application aircraft. The fund is being financed from the profit on sales of Air Tractor replacement batteries. According to a company executive in Olney, Texas, there has been an average of five to six fatal accidents annually in the last five years.