New engineering enhancements

Thrush aircraft have always been known for their superior handling, amazing durability and, most important, being purpose-built to bring their pilots home safely each night. But here at the factory, we never rest on our laurels. And, in fact, our engineers are constantly looking for ways to make the aircraft we build even better. 

We always maintain a primary focus on safety – and then expand our engineering team’s work to include ease of operation and maintenance, enhanced productivity and consistently better production techniques. Just as important, we listen to the folks who own, operate and maintain our aircraft day-in and day-out and we act on what we hear. From aircraft accessibility during preflight inspections, to improving electrical connections and extending fuel nozzle life – the things we learn in the field allow us to constantly improve the aircraft we build.  

1. Hopper redesign
We’ve redesigned the hopper on the Thrush 710P and, as a result, all the individual parts fit more precisely during the build process – which reduces maintenance in the field and reduces the weight of the aircraft by an estimated ten pounds. 

2. Tube nut securing with one bolt
We’ve redesigned the tube nut joint retention feature at the wing splice for the Thrush 510 series models. This new design reduces spare parts count and provides easier maintenance.

3. Improved turtle back design
We’ve redesigned  the turtle back on the dual cockpit 710P to provide more precise fit and finish and to correct some reported field issues. This redesign also saves weight and reduces maintenance

4. Engine nozzle drain rerouting
On the Thrush 701P, we’ve rerouted the engine nozzle drain hose to provide better fuel drainage, reduce maintenance needs, and increase life of the engine fuel nozzles.  

5. Additional step path
On the Thrush 710P, we’ve designed steps and installed handles to create an alternate path for pilots to enter and exit the aircraft. This enhancement was designed at a request of pilots and operators. This new path begins from the leading edge of the wing and will ease preflight inspections by shortening the path to the cockpit. . 

6. Additional grab handles
We’ve added additional outside grab handles for all our current models to aid entrance and egress to the cockpit. These handles are ergonomically located and are especially helpful when the cockpit windows are closed.

7. Stainless step
On the Thrush 510P, we’ve implemented a stainless-steel step (similar to the one found on the 510G) to provide better corrosion resistance and longer life, as well as improving how darn good the airplane looks every time you walk up to it.  

8. New fire extinguisher
The new fire extinguisher is as efficient as the previous design, but more environmentally friendly – and its installation location is now unified for all models. The new fire extinguisher is installed in the cockpit on the left side of the aft cabin wall – and is now clearly visible from the outside as well.

9. New electrical power cables
We’ve upgraded our power cables to military specifications. We’ve also revised routing of the cables to prevent moisture accumulation at the termination points. Both of these improvements will greatly reduce maintenance needs.

10. New batteries
We’ve implemented new sealed, non-spillable batteries in all of our aircraft. These new TSO Authorized, DO-160E tested batteries provide better build quality, implementation of modern technology and less maintenance. And, due to the increased service life of these new batteries, less expense on spare parts as well.

11. “Cool” windows
Beginning next year, we’ll be implementing ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) resistant windows for our side windshields and cockpit side glazing. This improvement will reduce heat transfer into the cabin, and make air conditioning more efficient – both of which will greatly reduce pilot fatigue.

12. Bird strike resistant windshield
We’ve teamed with Storm Aeronautics to incorporate their legendary Storm Shield™ windshields as standard equipment on all new Thrush aircraft. These new windshields provide superior protection for pilots against bird strikes and enhance the overall durability of our aircraft.