A Tale of two AG Pilots
Enjoy these tales told in parallel by two wannabes, both of whom had a burning desire to fly agricultural aircraft and become qualified, working Ag Pilots in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Peter Lawton and John Hoyte describe their separate tactics and routes towards achieving their Holy Grails. Their paths crossed for the first time in 1977 and then again in 2014 when they realised that they each had a story to tell. They wrote this book because they wanted to share their stories of Ag pilot adventures with a wider audience. This book is for all those who are interested in aviation and flying small agile planes in sometimes dangerous environments.
The two Ag Pilots spill the beans on flying Pawnees, Piper Super Cubs, De Havilland Beavers, Austers and Cessna Ag Wagons to keep the bugs off peas and potatoes, fertilize cereals and put the flavour into grapes. They describe in detail the sheer exhilaration of flying less than six feet above the crop at 100 mph, manoeuvring round obstacles and flying under wires.