Pluhar owns Plu’s Flying Service Inc., an aerial application business located in Ekalaka, that operates three aircraft. Since establishing the business in 1996, he has been servicing producers across southeastern Montana for more than 20 years. Pluhar hires pilots as needed, but does most of the spraying himself. He primarily applies herbicides to winter wheat and spring wheat, but he also treats a great deal of pasture and alfalfa, with some safflower, sunflowers and corn. His season starts in April and ends in November. Because July and August can sometimes be slow months for aerial application in southeast Montana, Pluhar uses that time to help other aerial application operators across the Midwest when they get busy. “I know what it’s like to be behind and need help ASAP, so I tend to return the favor and help other operators out whenever I can,” Pluhar said.
Pluhar has been an active member of the Association of Montana Aerial Applicators and NAAA for years. In 2008-09, he went through the NAAA/Syngenta Leadership Training Program, which develops new leaders and advocates for the agricultural aviation industry. He joined NAAA’s board of directors as Montana’s state representative in 2013 and has served on several key committees, including NAAA’s government relations, bylaws, and safety/federal aviation regulations committees.
Pluhar is honored to serve alongside his fellow officers. “When asked to serve I felt like it was my duty and look forward to it,” he said