ACP100 – Agricultural Flying Careers

by CarlValeri on December 10, 2015

CropDusterWelcome to Episode 100 of the podcast where we take you inside the many careers in aviation. Today we will take you inside agricultural flying careers. When we started this podcast our intention was to help you understand the many aerospace careers and motivate you to move forward in your aviation career. Since then we have added many resources including our scholarships guide, career coaching, and interview preparation. I encourage you to find out more about these services at

Today we get back to our grass roots dating back to episode 1 when we interviewed an international airline pilot and introduced you to his world. In Episode 100 we introduce you to another aspect of aviation, agricultural aviation, or as many like to say “crop dusting”. To help us understand the challenges and rewards of agricultural flying careers is Leif Isaacson, an agricultural pilot and Past President of the National Agricultural Aviation Association.

Lief and I discuss agricultural flying careers:

  • What is Agricultural Application.
  • Why you would consider a career in crop dusting.
  • The various non-flying jobs in Ag flying.
  • How drones have changed the career field.
  • The challenges of an Ag pilot.
  • The lifestyle of a crop duster.
  • Where to begin your career in Agricultural flying.

Scholarship of the week:

Agricultural Aviation Scholarship from The National Agricultural Aviation Association $5,000

Dave Garbus December 20, 2015 at 11:51 am

I just listened to your podcast about ag flying with Lief Isaacson. When I was just getting out of the Air Force in 1984 I was considering a career as an ag pilot but everyone I talked to at that time said that the industry was going away. Clearly that hasn’t happened.

I got my pilot’s license when I was 17 and now have about 550 hrs TT with multi-engine, commercial and instrument ratings. I’m an early riser with a strong work ethic but am now 53. Like yourself, I feel that I missed a calling in life. So my question is this, does Lief think that there would be anyone ie: mentor, who would put the time and money into someone at my age? I understand there’s a point of diminishing returns. I don’t mind paying my dues and I have the means to get my foot in the door so to speak.

Would be interested to hear what he has to say.

Dave Garbus

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