Excellent new advancement coming to our Ag Air Industry: Jared Storm of Hershey Flying Service has taken on the mission of improving Air Tractor and Thrush wind shields to protect Ag pilots from a potential drone strike and bird strikes. Working through 2016 he has found an option with new state of the art technology as seen in row 4 in the picture below (the current Air Tractor windshield material is in row 1). The new material was was tested this past summer at Wichita State University (National Institute for Aviation Research) and it proved to be 8 times stronger than Air Tractors OEM wind shield. They are currently in the process of obtaining an STC from the FAA for this product which will be called "Storm Shield". The FAA seems to be excited about the project Jared says and to the best of his knowledge it will be the first product of its kind in the general aviation field. The Ag market is a great proving ground for this technology. Storm Shield work to date will be at the NAAA at Long Beach in California in early December.
New Windshield being developed to protect from bird & drone strikes!
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