Thrush 510G Awarded Type Certication in Argentina

2013-03-09 09:26:39

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First certification in South America heralds more the come

(Albany, GA) –Thrush Aircraft announced this week that the Argentinian aviation authority (ANAC) has granted type certification for the new GE-powered Thrush 510G for operations there. This is the first certification for the new airplane in South America, and several more countries in the southern hemisphere are expected to quickly follow suit.

The 510G was FAA-certified in October, 2012 and has rapidly gained an enthusiastic following – as the GE H-80 engine, combined with the rugged Thrush 510 airframe, is proving to be a extremely effective combination for operators in a wide variety of environments.

The Thrush 510G has a hopper capacity of 510 gallons and a gross weight of 10,500 pounds. In addition, the 510G is over 200 pounds lighter than its sister ship – the legendary Thrush 510P. The 510G also carries a new fuel pump system and a new solid state GCU electrical system as well. With GE’s new H80 engine up front, the 510G is expected to bring a higher level of performance to agricultural operations – from enhanced hot and high capabilities, to higher cruise speeds, improved reliability, and increased fuel efficiency over other aircraft in the category.

Thrush currently has several Pratt & Whitney-powered 510P's operating in Argentina, and the newly certified 510G will add significantly to the company’s presence there. Payne Hughes, president of Thrush Aircraft said: “The pilots and operators in Argentina are very important to us, and having the 510G certified in-country, gives them an even wider choice of aircraft to suit the missions that are unique to their region."

The first 510G destined for Argentina was delivered in December, and has been awaiting completion of certification activities prior to getting down to work. Now, with the new certificate in hand, the new 510G is expected to draw significant interest from local operators thanks to excellent initial reviews by both pilots and crews there.