• Short Summary

    At Cranfield in Bedfordshire, UK, Sept 18, a crop-spraying display was given by aeroplanes and helicopters adapted for agricultural purposes.

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    At Cranfield in Bedfordshire, UK, Sept 18, a crop-spraying display was given by aeroplanes and helicopters adapted for agricultural purposes.

    The display, in which some 15 types of aircraft from countries including Czechoslovakia, France, Holland, Italy, Canada and the USA took part, followed three days of technical discussions by 250 experts from 25 nations represented at the first International Agricultural Aviation Conference.

    The sponsors of the conference, the European Productivity Agency's Agricultural Aviation Centre, point out that air-spraying is becoming increasingly important in Europe. Some 200 aircraft are at present being used for the purpose, nearly half of them British-owned.

    Many technical and economic problems remain to be solved to enable the best use to be made of the short spraying season. Safety precautions must be as complete as possible, both to diminish the risk of toxic sprays drifting on to crops or livestock feeding areas, and to protect the pilot.

    Many insecticides, while not toxic in the normal sense, affect various parts of the nervous system. There have been numerous crashes due to the pilot's vision being impaired by insecticides.

    Materials for insecticide tanks, as well as the means of guarding against corrosion of the airframe by spray substances, are receiving more and more attention. Plastics may be useful, but one typical difficulty is that the effects of new chemicals on the structure of the aircraft are not yet sufficiently well known.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACV4TYC6KSK1S5QACJDFBO0FXF
    Media URN:
    VLVACV4TYC6KSK1S5QACJDFBO0FXF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/09/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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