Crop Jet's aircraft of choice is the rugged and dependable Ayres turbine Thrush. With either a reliable 750h.p. Pratt & Whitney PT6-34 or Garrett TPE-331-6 turboprop powerplant and 50 foot wing span it accomplishes the task at hand quickly and efficiently. Its 500+ gallon or 65 cubic foot hopper has the capacity to haul up to 1600 lbs of grass seed or 4000 lbs of fertilizer. To enhance its performance capabilities at high altitudes we have further modified the airframe with wing mounted vortex generators, Ag-Tips winglets, and a ram-air engine intake. The aircraft is also equipped with a programmable forest service type FM radio as well as VHF aircraft radio. To aid in precision application we have enlisted the SATLOC M3 moving map GPS system with flow control. To provide the best possible spray pattern the use of the latest CP Products flat fan nozzles and AeroFlow check valves are implemented. When working border critical herbicide fields the use of a right boom shut off valve and clear oil smoker is incorporated when nearing the susceptible crop or sensitive area.
- SATLOC M3 moving map
- GPS CP Products'
- CP-11TT flat fan nozzles
- Vortex generators
- Ram-Air engine intake
Above is a sample GPS screenshot showing applied areas in green and non-spray flight lines in blue.
SATLOC M3 GPS moving map systems provide precision application and the capacity to utilize GIS shape files and create post-work downloads to memory stick, floppy disk, CDROM and a hard-copy paper print out. Files can also be converted for use with ARCInfo GIS.
- Precision guidance in featureless terrain.
- Provides application records.
- Allows for accurate continuation of fields after a shutdown.
- Capacity to operate more than one aircraft accurately in the same field.
- Necessary platform for flow control usage.
- Foundation for aircraft operation with prescription agriculture.
Crop Jet is fully equipped with a wide array of ground support equipment with specific focus on the ability to accomplish large application projects, both liquid and dry, in remote locations.