AG Flight, Inc

Curtis_Hancock

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Does anyone have any experience whth AG Flight in Bainbridge, GA. I will be going there on Feb. 1 to do crop duster training and was wondering if anyone has been there or heard anything about them. They seem to have a very nice program.even get 5 hours in an Air Tractor, even though it is just a piston model.
 
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I'm sure agcatman, can help ya out there. He's our resident dusting expert.
 

agcatman

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Does anyone have any experience whth AG Flight in Bainbridge, GA. I will be going there on Feb. 1 to do crop duster training and was wondering if anyone has been there or heard anything about them. They seem to have a very nice program.even get 5 hours in an Air Tractor, even though it is just a piston model.

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What's your experience? Whatcha planning on doing?
 

Curtis_Hancock

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I don't have much experience with hem yet. I am sceduled to start on Feb 1st. I have researched some Ag pilot shools through the internet and I decided to go with them. I would like to get a crop dusting job after i finish at AG Flight. I would appriciate anything you could tell me about the crop dusting line of work. Are you a Ag pilot?

Curtis
 

MikeD

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I don't have much experience with hem yet. I am sceduled to start on Feb 1st. I have researched some Ag pilot shools through the internet and I decided to go with them. I would like to get a crop dusting job after i finish at AG Flight. I would appriciate anything you could tell me about the crop dusting line of work. Are you a Ag pilot?

Curtis

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In addition to Ag, flying a SEAT isn't a bad job either. Got a few people I know flying AT-802Fs and Dromadears.
 

agcatman

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I don't have much experience with hem yet. I am sceduled to start on Feb 1st. I have researched some Ag pilot shools through the internet and I decided to go with them. I would like to get a crop dusting job after i finish at AG Flight. I would appriciate anything you could tell me about the crop dusting line of work. Are you a Ag pilot?

Curtis

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Yeah, Curtis, I've got around 5000 hours ag time and I've owned my own business about nine years now.

I just noticed you're from Jonesboro. There's a place doing training at Wynn, just over your way. You might go by and check them out since you're close. I don't know that any one school is particularly better than the other. I do know of one to avoid from what I've heard in the past, but it's not in the US, so as long as you stay in the States you should be okay.

I was asked about Ag Flight's guaranteed insurance deal, take it with a grain of salt.

How much aircraft experience do you have? How much tailwheel time? Did you grow up on a farm? Are you familiar with farm chemicals, crops being grown, etc.? What ratings do you have?

Give me some idea of your background and I can be a little more specific.
 

Curtis_Hancock

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Yeah, SEAT flying does look like a nice route to go. I have looked into that as well, but there is much more ag here in my area.

I haven't heard of the ag training at wynne, but I will try to check on it. I have 253 hours TT, Commercial Single and Multi engine, Instrument Airplane, but I have 0 tailwheel time. The folks at AG flight said not to get tailwheel training before I arrive so that they could teach me the "right way" to do it. I have been around farming all my life, my Grandpa was a farmer and now my dad, and I worked off and on for my grandpa and 2 years full time with my dad. I am pretty familiar with the crops, and have minimal knowledge about the chemicals. That was one of the benefits I found with AG Flight, they give full ground school about plants, insects, and chemicals as well as GPS training. What kind of training did you receive before starting out. Do you think that I will need more flying experience, or should 300 hours TT be good enough to get a job?

Curtis
 

agcatman

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Yeah, SEAT flying does look like a nice route to go. I have looked into that as well, but there is much more ag here in my area.

I haven't heard of the ag training at wynne, but I will try to check on it. I have 253 hours TT, Commercial Single and Multi engine, Instrument Airplane, but I have 0 tailwheel time. The folks at AG flight said not to get tailwheel training before I arrive so that they could teach me the "right way" to do it. I have been around farming all my life, my Grandpa was a farmer and now my dad, and I worked off and on for my grandpa and 2 years full time with my dad. I am pretty familiar with the crops, and have minimal knowledge about the chemicals. That was one of the benefits I found with AG Flight, they give full ground school about plants, insects, and chemicals as well as GPS training. What kind of training did you receive before starting out. Do you think that I will need more flying experience, or should 300 hours TT be good enough to get a job?

Curtis

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Unfortunately 300 hours is probably not nearly enough time. You're going to run into a problem with insurance no doubt. And SEAT operations require even more experience than regular ag work. Tailwheel time is a must, you're probably going to need around 250 hours. Probably around 1000 hours TT. Your ag experience will be a definite help. I'd recommend you go to the ag services that your family uses and discuss it with them. They'll give you a pretty good idea of what it is that they like to see in a new hire. As for myself, I couldn't really even consider someone with less than 1000 hours. The only way I'd look at the situation differently would be if they had at least 500 hours verifiable ag work time.

Unfortunately you're going to find that there is a definite Catch-22 in ag work, that being that insurance will not underwrite someone with less than 500 hours. But how do you get the 500 hours without insurance?

There are companies that will consider low-timers, usually because they will fly a less than desirable (read: beater) aircraft for less than desirable (read: cheap) pay. The best advice I can give is start beating on doors and make yourself known. You're in a great area for it but it's not going to be easy. You may find it helpful to start out working on a ground crew and go from there.

I'm curious as to Ag Flight's take on tailwheel. I didn't go there and so I'm wondering in what way I've been doing it "wrong" for thousands of hours.


Best of luck.
 
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