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Thrush agricultural plane gets FAA type certificate


Thrush Aircraft started deliveries of its newest model, the 510G, this week after receiving FAA type certification for the aircraft. The Georgia-based company has been developing the plane for three years and plans to produce about 60 planes per year once it ramps up to full production. Thrush is one of only two companies in the U.S. making agricultural aircraft, but many of its orders are from overseas customers, company officials said. The $700,000 plane is equipped with a new General Electric turboprop engine that lets it operate at between 90 and 150 mph. It can hold up to 66 cubic feet of dry chemicals or 510 gallons of liquid spray chemicals. Thrush competes with Air Tractor in the market for new agricultural sprayer aircraft. While both companies have several models that can hold more than 700 gallons of chemicals, Thrush is aiming for smaller operators working on tighter budgets with its new model.