Thrush Lands twenty aircraft order to China

2013-07-18 09:19:41

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New Dual Cockpit 510G’s to replace aging fleets in world’s most populated country

(Albany, GA) –Thrush Aircraft began shipment of the first three of some twenty shiny new dual cockpit model Thrush 510G’s to China this week. It is the single largest order ever for the company and, with the included spare parts and training, one valued well into eight figures.

Heilongjiand State Farms Beidahuand Group in Jiamusi, China will take delivery of the newly FAA-certified dual cockpit 510G’s upon their arrival in country – which is anticipated in a little over two weeks. The first three aircraft are being ferry flown from Thrush headquarters in Albany, Georgia, and the remaining seventeen will be containerized and shipped via ocean transport for the more than 7,000 mile journey.

In preparation for the aircraft’s arrival in China, Thrush has been conducting pilot and mechanic training at the company’s Training Center in Albany over the past two months. In addition, once the aircraft arrive in Jiamusi, Thrush will be providing additional on-site orientation and assistance to help crews there in putting the new aircraft to work as soon as possible. At least six of the new Thrush 510G’s are planned to be ready for service during China’s 2013 spray season. The country’s primary crops that utilize aerial application include rice, soybeans and corn.

“The airplanes destined for Jiamusi represent a tremendous milestone for everyone here at Thrush, and for the State of Georgia – as well as a meaningful validation of the increasing levels of cooperation and trade between our nation and China” said Payne Hughes, president of Thrush Aircraft. “Our customers in China did an almost unbelievable amount of research, comparisons and evaluations prior to purchase” he continued “and I’m darn proud they selected us for such an important order.”

At the 2011 NAAA Convention in Las Vegas, we invited world renowned crop spraying expert Alan McCracken to join us during our Concurrent Session and present the findings of his latest research. In addition to Alan’s summary, Payne Hughes and Eric Rojek presented the latest updates from Thrush, including progress reports on the 510G, the 710P, and our expanding support network. Here is the PowerPoint show used during the session.