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Jim Hirsch, President of Air Tractor, accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Texas State Representative James Frank, and owner of Transland LLC, one of Air Tractor’s long-time suppliers. Jim challenged his good friend Ryan Densham of Pratt & Whitney to "get his chill on" with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Because much of Texas is in the midst of severe drought conditions, water used in Jim's Ice Bucket...
Pilot Jesse Weaver has just arrived at his new home for the summer, an aerial firefighting aircraft and smokejumper base surrounded by the Payette National Forest in Idaho. When a wildfire flares up, he'll climb into the cockpit of his Air Tractor AT-802F "Fire Boss" and zoom off to help snuff it out with 500-800 gallons of water or fire retardant. Jesse and his airplane are the real-life inspiration for Dusty...
Air Tractor, Inc. President Jim Hirsch and Managing Director Peter Mackay of Field Air Sales & Maintenance Pty. Ltd. participated in a colorful ceremony in Jiamusi China marking the delivery of six Air Tractor AT-802F aircraft to Beidahuang General Aviation Company (BGA). The company is a subsidiary of the Beidahuang Group, a provincial-level state farm agribusiness corporation based in the northeastern China...
At the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) Convention in Reno Nevada, Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch announced a new airframe and engine warranty policy to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary and to mark 50 years of Pratt & Whitney’s legendary PT6A engine.The new airframe warranty is a full warranty on the airframe for 1 year or 500 hours, plus 2 years or 1,000 hours on major structural...
"It's been a year of milestones at Air Tractor," says company President Jim Hirsch.  The world's leading manufacturer of agricultural aircraft had another banner year in production of ag and firefighting airplanes in 2013 reports Hirsch.  "By the end of 2013, Air Tractor will have built 183 aircraft, comparable to last year’s record production numbers, and reflecting the strong world demand for our...