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1414allhehadtoofferatrst.UnlikeColleenwhodescribesherselfasthelittlegirlwhogrewupontheairportKevincametoprofessionalaviationbyanunorthodoxroutehanggliding.IstartedoutinhangglidingbecausethatwasallIcouldaffordhesays.ButhangglidinginnorthernIllinoisandWisconsinhassomereallimitssoheturnedhislifelongpassionforighttowardpoweraircraftandin2000hebeganlookingforamentortoshowhimtheropesofagriculturalaviation.Twoyearslaterhewasacommercialinstrument-ratedpilotyingforhirearemarkableachievementinanindustrywheremostcometoitbywayoffamilytraditionwhatColleencallsahand-me-downskill.JustascrucialtoAgriFlitessuccessasKevinspassionandaptitudeforyingishisbackgroundinfarming.Helooksataeldwithafarmerseyebutfromabirdspointofview.Kevinbelievesthatperspectivegiveshimandthushisclientsacompetitiveedge.Itakesomeofmycustomersupinmylittlegeneralaviationplanetosurveythecropsandtheinformationtheygetfromthatisinvaluable.Theressomuchatstakeinagriculturethesedays.Thecropdusterisanimportantpartnerincommercialagriculture.Whenthecorngetshighoracropisleaningfromwinddamageconventionalgroundequipmentisntalwaysthebestsolution.Solateinthesummerwhenthecornstartstasselingmanyfarmersturntothesky.WeretheretocomplementthegroundequipmentnotreplaceitKevinsays.Weallhaveaparttoplay.AgriFlitesmainprogramisfordiseaseandinsectcontrolbutfungicideshavealsoproventobegenerallybenecialforthecorn.Kevinisastrongadvocateforsuchpreventativeapplication.HeexplainsSprayingdoesntjustcontroldiseaseitcanmaketheplanthealthieroverallandsopeoplehavefoundyieldadvantagesregardlessofdiseases.Contrarytowhatmanypeoplebelieveaerialapplicationisalsousedbyorganicfarmers.ItsnotsomuchwhatyouareapplyingasthewayyouareapplyingitwhichbringsupKevinsgreatestfrustration.OurbiggestbattleiswithpeoplenotunderstandingwhatwedoasanindustryKevinsays.Peoplehavenoideahowmuchtechnologyandresearchgoesintothematerialsorthewaywedeliverthem.Aerialapplicationisverysafeandextremelyaccurate.Whenweywetakeintoconsiderationtheneedsofeveryonefrombeekeeperstoorganicfarmers.WetakespecialcareinyingnearACHIEVEMENTAgriFlitedoes85ofitsbusinessinabout20days.KevinMarshall