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TAS Country : June 21st 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012 Tasmanian Country 7 News Low-level flying reaps benefits HOVER: Pilot Jake McGoldrick spraying at Wesley Vale. Picture: CHRIS KIDD From page 3 Before starting his helicopter agricultural training, he spent 12 months flying turbine helicopters on ships, mustering tuna in the Pacific Ocean. However, Mr McGoldrick said that agricultural flying in Tasmanian terrain was a completely different ball game. ''It's good fun, but some days when you've been flying for a few hours it's pretty tiring because you have to concentrate the whole time,'' he said. ''We do see some pretty good things though.'' Mr Strawbridge said using helicopters for aerial spraying in Tasmania's North-West was ideal. More manoeuvrable than fixed-wing aircraft, the helicopters are well suited to the smaller paddock sizes and confined areas they are required to spray in. ''A lot of the work we do is in small areas where there are trees and houses and powerlines,'' Mr Strawbridge said. ''With the helicopters, we can land right next to the paddock we're spraying to fill up. We don't need a long airstrip to land.'' The helicopters have a spray width of about 10m. Flying at about 120km/h, the helicopters can cover large areas of crop in a short amount of time. The helicopters are fitted with tanks that can hold 300 litres of spray mixture. Mr Strawbridge said another major advantage of aerial spraying was that sprays could be applied when needed, even if the paddocks were too wet to drive on. He said there were also no issues with soil compaction. There is also the opportunity to use the helicopters for fertiliser application as well. Mr McGoldrick said flying in close proximity to possible hazards such as trees and powerlines did involve a high level of concentration. ''I like to think of it as controlled crazy,'' Mr McGoldrick said. ''They're quite touchy to fly, a bit like a Ferrari without wheels.'' Mr Strawbridge said spraying potato crops made up about 80 per cent of their business, but they also sprayed a wide variety of other crops, such as poppies, peas, tulips and pastures when needed. Each year, they spray 30,000ha to 35,000ha of crop. The peak spraying season begins in December and continues through until about mid-March. After that, the work is then more focused on weed control in pastures. Mr Strawbridge said that because they could cover ground in a short period of time, aerial spraying was very cost-competitive compared with ground spraying. The information contained in this correspondence is not a substitute for professional advice and does not take into account your personal or nancial needs or circumstances. ^Farm Management Deposit eligibility criteria applies. ANZ recommends that you seek appropriate advice (including taxation advice) and read the relevant Terms and Conditions and the Financial Services Guide before acquiring any product. Terms and Conditions apply. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. AFSL/Australian Credit Licence Number 234527. ANZ s colour blue is a trade mark of ANZ. A C 7/ anz.com/agri ith the flexibility of both fixed and variable rates or a combination of the t o an ANZ Agribusiness Manager can help you find a solution for your business. isit anz.com/agri or call 1800 462 474 today. Help make a good year a great one ith an ANZ Farm Management Deposit Account^ .
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