Post by Peter Lewis on Mar 31, 2009 7:41:39 GMT 12
During my time in Tasmania I was amazed at the size and extent of the lavender farms there. They seem to have the world market pretty well sown up. The top left hand corner of Tasmania around Devonport/Burnie is apparently a great crop growing area, and the only place in the (civilized) world where it is legal to grow opium poppies. We thought they had a great cut-flower trade, but the locals laughed. You can grow the opium in large scale commercial quantities provided you sell the output to one of the licenced processing facilities where it is processed into pain-killing pharmaceuticals. Driving down the road, there is just a three-strand wire fence between you and acres of the poppies.
Can anyone imagine what New Zealand would be like without aerial agriculture???
Probably much the same only farmers and agriculturists would be doing all the work by hand, by horse and by tractor rather than pilots by air. I'd much rather watch a skilled pilot spreading fertiliser than a tractor any day.
Some of the turbine repowered fletchers have been stretched,cockpit shifted forward to put the larger hopper foward for cog. Can you Zac give us a rundown on this please.
Unfortunately WAW isn't involved with this conversion, as our experimentation was limited to the Cresco/Fletcher "Falcon" hybrid, flown in 2000 and lost in 2003.
One stretched conversion is the Fletcher Crusader, a Fletcher fuselage with PT6A-15AG, larger hopper, dorsal fin fillet, Cresco undercarriage and Cresco wing (and fuel system). I believe ZK-DDX is the sole Crusader. ZK-DZN (ex=WAW) was to be converted but there was a large amount of work involved and this wasn't carried out. Crusader DDX was owned/leased by Wanganui Aero Work for a short time, and most recently popped by our facility for some GPS tinkering.
My information shows ten stretched PT6A-powered Fletchers have been converted by Super Air, four of these were produced for export.
Anyone have photos of ZK-CBD in the Air BP scheme? In the original Warbirds Over Wanaka book (covering 1988-1992) it can be glimpsed on the flightline in green and white with Air BP logos. I'd be very keen to see more of this.
Not my job unfortunately - I'm merely an apprentice engineer! Unfortunately the staff member responsible for the website left the company, and I'm not too sure who will take over the role. It certainly does need a bit of an update though!