A ban on crop-dusting flights was lifted by the federal government as of 12:05 this morning after a one-day grounding ordered Sunday was extended to Monday in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast.
Crop-dusting aircraft were grounded nationwide because the federal government feared they could be used to distribute chemical or biological weapons. Crop dusters were previously grounded Sept. 11 and again Sept. 16
"We're back up," said James Callan, executive director of the National Agricultural Aviation Association.
Byron Nelson, manager of Frontier Aviation in Calexico, confirmed he had one crop duster in the air this morning.
Callan stopped short of saying whether crop dusters would be grounded again but said he hopes there are no more threats. If there are no more threats, he doesn't see any reason crop dusters can't stay in the air.
Callan said it would be unlikely a typical pilot would be able to use crop-dusting aircraft because the craft require specific training.