Thrush 510G Awarded Type Certification in Brazil

2013-06-12 09:23:12

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Thrush 510G Wins Certification in Brazil

South America’s largest country welcomes new aircraft into rapidly expanding market.

(Albany, GA) –Thrush Aircraft announced this week that the Brazilian civil aviation authority (ANAC) has granted full type-certification for the new GE-powered Thrush 510G for operations in that country. This is a major milestone for both Thrush and GE as, over the next ten years, Brazil is predicted to require a rapidly growing number of new agricultural aircraft to replace ageing fleets. Brazilian certification of the new 510G comes hot on the heels of certification of the new aircraft in Argentina, which was received in March of this year.

The 510G was FAA-certified in October, 2012 and has quickly 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 distributes its aircraft in Brazil through Thrush Aircraft do Brasil, a full service sales and support center located in Anápolis, Brazil – a city deep in the heart of the agricultural rich state of Goiás. Thrush Aircraft do Brasil will be receiving five or more new 510G’s over the next several months – with the first one scheduled to be on display at this year’s SINDAG 2013 show in June.

Thrush is certainly no newcomer to Brazil, as a large number of its legendary Pratt & Whitney-powered 510P aircraft have been in long-term use by several of the country’s largest agricultural aviation operators for many years. Recently, Thrush has also increased its product support capabilities for the region as well – with a large in-country spares inventory now in place, as well as enhanced pilot and mechanic training for South American customers at the company’s headquarters in Albany.

“We’re extremely humbled and very happy that the ANAC has granted certification of the new 510G in Brazil,” said Payne Hughes, president of Thrush Aircraft. “Brazil has a thriving and advanced ag aviation industry, and we’re proud to be able to provide them with the innovative aircraft and advanced support they need to be even more successful” he continued. “We’re looking forward to introducing the new 510G to everyone at SINDAG in the weeks ahead, and to having it become a very capable stable-mate to our popular 510P – as both are tremendous aircraft, and both have been designed to help ag pilots everywhere do what they do best: Work hard, fly well, and come home safely every night.”

To learn more about the new 510G in Brazil, customers are encouraged to contact Jim Cable, president of Thrush Aircraft do Brasil at: (62) 3316-0000, or jcable@thushaircraft.com.br

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Ready to go to work in Brazil – The new Thrush 510G earned ANAC Type Certification in the country in June, 2013.

About Thrush Aircraft Company

Headquartered in Albany, Georgia, Thrush Aircraft manufactures a full range of aerial application aircraft used in agriculture, forestry and fire fighting roles worldwide. Founded in 2003, Thrush is well-known for building the most durable aircraft in the aerial application industry, as well as the best flying – from both pilot and operator perspectives. All Thrush models provide superb visibility, light control response, and a high degree of maneuverability and speed, along with superior efficiency and low direct operating costs. Today there are more than 2,000 Thrush aircraft operating in some 80 countries around the world.

About the new GE H-80 turbine engine

The H80 turbine engine is built by GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric. The H80 combines the robust design of GE’s highly regarded M601 engine family, with 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine compared with the original M601. In addition, the H80 requires with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The H80 engine will also feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls. There are more than 1,600 GE M601 engines in service today, in business and general aviation, and these engines have accumulated a more than 17 million flight hours to date.