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Alfred C. Glaser was born on November 25, 1929, on a small farm three miles west of Spalding, Nebraska. He came from a hard working family of seven children. Glaser began flying lessons in 1942 at the age of 12. He received his private license in 1947 and his commercial in 1950. After making plans to keep his flying service operating, he volunteered for Army Aviation and served in the Korean War from 1951 through 1953, where he operated and maintained helicopters. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

 

Glaser saw the need for rotor wing aircraft to be added with fixed wing aircraft as a tool in agriculture and took his skills and military background to his business. He was one of the first aerial applicators in the state and the first to use helicopters. The business grew to include aerial seeding, pollination and freeze prevention. Glaser Flying Service Inc. adopted the motto “Crop Care by Air”. The business continued to grow with: search & rescue, air ambulance, charter, predator control, fire control, instruction, aircraft sales & service and many new types of aerial application.

 

For many years, Glaser had a seven state distributorship for the North American Aircraft, which included aircraft sales, service, work with design and test flight of new equipment. He was instrumental in the start of the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association (NATA). He served as their President in 1964 and their Secretary-Treasurer in 1965. Glaser was a test pilot in the first Wide Area Spray Program (WASP), which proved that new generation aircraft could spray 10,000 acres per day with the Federal and State evaluators giving a 100% rating on coverage.

 

Glaser also holds certificates and ratings of instrument, single/multi engine land, commercial rotor wing and airframe and power plant with inspection authorization. In 1976, Senator J.J. Exon recognized Glaser as a true “Pioneer in Ag Aviation”. In 1981, he received the Airman of the Year Award from the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association. Glaser represented Nebraska as the Executive Secretary for the start of the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA). In 2003, Glaser was the recipient of the prestigious Charles Taylor Award which is given for fifty continuous years in aviation maintenance. He has also been honored with the Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award for fifty years with no violations or accidents. At age 77, Alfred Glaser has spent over half a century as a commercial pilot along with being an STC holder. He is still flying and actively promoting aviation in Nebraska.

 

 

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