Earlier this summer, David Ligon, Engineering Manager, and Phil Jeske, Finance Manager, attended the Congresso SINDAG agricultural aviation convention at the Santa Maria airport in Campo Grande, Brazil. Campo Grande is located in south central Brazil in the State of Mato Grosso. Mato Grosso is in the heart of Brazil’s agricultural belt. The SINDAG convention is an annual ag aviation event that draws vendors and attendees from all over Brazil and Latin America. Air Tractor’s dealers for Brazil were also sponsors of the convention, AgSur Aviones of Argentina, Frost Flying represented by DP Aviacao of Brazil, and Lane Aviation represented by Aeroglobo Aeronaves of Brazil.
According to Nelson Paim, current President of SINDAG (and an Air Tractor owner) the attendance at the 2012 convention was better than in previous years. David Ligon gave a presentation for attendees that outlined the history of Snow and Air Tractor models, safety innovations, new product-line features, and our production history and projections.
David Ligon, Air Tractor Engineering Manager speaks at SINDAG.
Serrana Aviacao Agricola Ltda. provided their new AT-502B as our display aircraft and flew it in spraying and firefighting demonstrations. Every time the aircraft was flown, the taxiway was covered with participants as they took photos of the demonstrations.
With over 125 Air Tractors in Brazil, it was a great opportunity for our owners to meet with Phil and David. There was a steady flow of Air Tractor owners and potential customers to our booth. It was David’s first trip to Brazil so the Air Tractor owners kept him busy with engineering discussions for the entire three-day event. The customers are very happy with the performance of our airplanes and the support that Air Tractor and our dealers provide. Brazil is a very important market for Air Tractor and will continue to be so for a long time.