Thrush Aircraft LLC Reports Record Year in 2023 Results

ALBANY, GEORGIA, February 28, 2024 – Thrush Aircraft LLC, (“Thrush” or “the Company”) an established American aerospace and technology company with a vision to make agricultural and fire-fighting aviation as safe, reliable and efficient as possible, today reported that 2023 was a record year.

Management Commentary

“Aircraft deliveries increased again in 2023 to the highest levels since we re-launched Thrush over four years ago,” said CEO Mark McDonald. “We had a record sales year. We certified new aircraft models and delivered them to multiple countries, delighting our customers. We sold out of one of our product lines, dramatically improved our spares and support services, and our safety record continues to lead the industry,” continued McDonald. “I’m proud of the Thrush team, both here in Albany, and around the world. They’ve done wonderful work.”

“We knew there was something special here when we bought the company,” McDonald said. “Our goal was to bring deep aerospace leadership and financial stability to Thrush. Now, after four years of hard work by lots of stakeholders, including our terrific dealers, the Thrush team has done that. Our people make fantastic aircraft that are serving the world and bringing pilots safely back home every single day.”

In 2023, Thrush continued delivering the company’s strategy. The team at Thrush:

  • Increased sales by 70% year-over-year bringing stability to the company and the industry
  • Certified the dual cockpit version of the 510P2+, bringing one of the best power plants in the world to the best Ag plane in the world
  • Improved our customer service performance – spares availability, technical support, and general responsiveness
  • Continued various operational initiatives which improved the quality and reliability of Thrush products
  • Improved factory efficiency and invested in tooling and process improvement that will generate further productivity in 2024
  • Expanded staff, invested in training programs, and served our local community

“Thrush people are some of the hardest-working, most highly-skilled professionals in the aerospace industry,” McDonald said. “Because of their hard work and dedication, we’re making important progress across our entire business. I could not be more proud of our team and the professionals we serve.”

About Thrush Aircraft LLC

Thrush Aircraft LLC is an aerospace and technology company focused on making the safest, most reliable agricultural and fire-fighting aircraft in the world.  As an American original equipment manufacturer, Thrush has decades of experience designing and building safe, high performance aircraft and systems. Thrush also integrates aircraft with state-of-the-art technology, enabling pilots and fleet operators to optimize route efficiency and lower the total cost of a demanding set of missions. All Thrush aircraft are designed to make customer’s missions safer and more efficient. For additional information visit

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