Aviation

AGRICULTURE
1:45 am
Wed December 17, 2014

For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

A pilot for Earl's Flying Service sprays chemicals on a field in southeastern Missouri.
Courtesy of Mike Lee

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 9:29 am

Crop-dusting pilots are the adrenaline junkies of the agriculture world. They whiz through the air, flying under power lines to sow seeds or spread pesticides on farmers' fields.

It's a dangerous job, and now these pilots are facing a new challenge — short towers that can sprout up in fields overnight. These towers are used to gather data for wind energy companies.

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NEWS
1:29 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Fraud Investigation Continues, Lawsuit Filed At Grand Junction Regional Airport

The Grand Junction Regional Airport, formerly known as Walker Field
Credit Tomorrow Hill Farm (CC-BY)

It's been a dramatic couple of months at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, since FBI agents searched the airport's administrative offices in early November and seized some documents as part of a fraud investigation.

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COMMUNITY
8:15 am
Tue July 30, 2013

North Fork Valley Airport Hosts Fly-In Breakfast

Herb Anderson with the experimental plane he built himself
Jim Brett

Herb Anderson parks his plane on the tarmac at the North Fork Valley Airport in Paonia. He’s one of a handful of pilots and aviation fans out for a Saturday-morning “fly-in, drive-in” breakfast. Like some of the others here today, his plane is “experimental,” which basically just means he built it himself. 

Born and raised just west of Olathe, Herb started flying when he was a sophomore at Olathe High School, or as he tells it, when he wasn't there: he used to play hookie to take flying lessons. 

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