‘Super’ start for Super Air

TAKING OFF: Super Air has been flying Gisborne skies for a while now, and manager John Elliott said the move into the Gisborne topdressing market has been well worthwhile. The single Cresco aircraft they operate here is flown by Matt Wilson (pictured). “The aircraft is ideally suited to the big Gisborne hills.”
Picture by Paul Rickard

THE new topdressers flying Gisborne skies come to the district to provide the timely delivery of fertiliser and lime onto the region’s farms and so far their work has been well-received, said Super Air manager John Elliott.

The company has a Cresco aircraft based in Gisborne flown by Matt Wilson.

“The Cresco is a high capacity plane ideally suited to the big Gisborne hills,” Mr Elliott said.

“We aim to fill a gap in the topdressing market here, creating and maintaining the standard of care our existing customers elsewhere currently enjoy.”

Super Air has been in business for 30 years and operates right throughout most of the North Island with a fleet of a dozen aircraft.

“Our focus is on a great customer experience with all of our customers and we do that with good communication with farmers and prompt application of product. “We achieve that by moving planes into regions where the work is, thereby allowing ongoing prompt application.”

Mr Elliott said Super Air strictly adheres to Spreadmark certification, where all planes get tested for spread pattern by product.

“This is important to ensure uniform coverage on a job to get the best possible agronomic response from the nutrient applied.

“We use proprietary technology (SpreadSmart) that allows constant and variable rate application via a computer controlled hydraulic hopper box.

“This is a New Zealand first and has been used on Landcorp farms in Gisborne (Tutamoe and Parakanapa) for several years with significant agronomic, environmental and economic benefits being achieved,” he said.

“Customers who have used us in Gisborne so far have been very happy with the prompt application of fertiliser and the quality of the job done.

”You could say we are off to a ‘super’ start,” Mr Elliott said.

THE new topdressers flying Gisborne skies come to the district to provide the timely delivery of fertiliser and lime onto the region’s farms and so far their work has been well-received, said Super Air manager John Elliott.

The company has a Cresco aircraft based in Gisborne flown by Matt Wilson.

“The Cresco is a high capacity plane ideally suited to the big Gisborne hills,” Mr Elliott said.

“We aim to fill a gap in the topdressing market here, creating and maintaining the standard of care our existing customers elsewhere currently enjoy.”

Super Air has been in business for 30 years and operates right throughout most of the North Island with a fleet of a dozen aircraft.

“Our focus is on a great customer experience with all of our customers and we do that with good communication with farmers and prompt application of product. “We achieve that by moving planes into regions where the work is, thereby allowing ongoing prompt application.”

Mr Elliott said Super Air strictly adheres to Spreadmark certification, where all planes get tested for spread pattern by product.

“This is important to ensure uniform coverage on a job to get the best possible agronomic response from the nutrient applied.

“We use proprietary technology (SpreadSmart) that allows constant and variable rate application via a computer controlled hydraulic hopper box.

“This is a New Zealand first and has been used on Landcorp farms in Gisborne (Tutamoe and Parakanapa) for several years with significant agronomic, environmental and economic benefits being achieved,” he said.

“Customers who have used us in Gisborne so far have been very happy with the prompt application of fertiliser and the quality of the job done.

”You could say we are off to a ‘super’ start,” Mr Elliott said.

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