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Rhoads287 08-13-2019 01:53 PM

Crop Dusting
Anyone ever do any research into Ag flying? What is involved in getting into it? I assume itís a lot like corporate where the easiest way to get into it is by knowing someone.

dustrpilot 08-14-2019 05:16 AM

Itís been discussed here before, but I hate the search function too, lol!, so here it goes.
Itís real hard to get into unless you know someone in the business, or you get lucky.
I didnít do it, and when I owned a business, I started my son without him going to one, but it seems as though most go to an Ag school. Talking to the insurance people, I think itís probably going to be a requirement in most cases.
Youíll probably have to load planes for a season, being mechanically inclined is bonus points. Youíll find that itís hard work with long hours in hot weather and few days, if any, off during the busy season. That busy season and how long it lasts depends on the location.
Once you finally get a seat, ie ďpilot jobĒ, youíll find that itís harder than it looks. Some people love it and some quickly figure out that itís not for them.
If your willing to work, the pay can be fantastic, and in a lot of locations the cost of living is relatively low so the money goes a long way, but there is no guarantees of what youíll make.

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OkieDuster 08-15-2019 05:00 PM

Easiest way is to know someone yes, if you have no farm experience at all I would highly recommend finding someone to work with as a loader for a year or 2. Ag flight schools are given almost no credit by anyone other than insurance companies and even that is waning.

Rhoads287 08-16-2019 10:15 AM

Thanks for the info guys!!

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