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Published on: Apr 7, 2010 Category: General Aviation, Aerobatics, Sailplanes,  

The recent increase in the production of bio-fuels has skyrocketed the demand and price of corn. This heightened demand for corn is helping to drive a revitalization of the aerial application industry which has been in decline for decades. With prices for corn soaring ever higher farmers are more willing to apply insecticides and pesticides to protect their most valuable crops. In 2008 the number of acres to be crop dusted jumped dramatically and so did the demand for dusting pilots. I had the chance to interview a pilot (Steve Schaler) and managed to gain some insight into the life of a crop dusting pilot and the associated hazards.

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