•         Licensed in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Florida

  •         Over 14,000 hours of flight

Bachelor of Science from UND in Airway Science

  •        Commercial Pilot - Single and Multi-Engine, Rotorcraft

Airborne Custom Spraying, Inc. has been committed to providing the highest quality aerial application services for over 30 years.


Dean Solum, company owner, graduated from Minnetonka High School in 1981. He began working in the aviation application industry in 1982 under the mentorship of Schroeder Aviation. Dean started as an aircraft mechanic and immediately began working his way up in the company. In 1984, he began flying as an aerial applicator. Working as a hired pilot gave him the opportunity to fly for various application companies throughout the Red River Valley.


Dean purchased a Cessna Skymaster in 1986 and founded Airborne Custom Spraying to fulfill the need of aerial mosquito control up and down the valley. He continued working as a contracted aerial crop applicator while expanding the mosquito application business. Airborne Custom Spraying broadened applications to include gypsy moth and cankerworm control for residential, lake areas and municipalities. Dean relocated Airborne Custom Spraying to a private airport in Halstad, MN in 1991 to provide the services of mosquito control, crop spraying, and gypsy moth and cankerworm control.


In 2011, Airborne Custom Spraying acquired a 2006 Robinson R44 and Dean earned his commercial helicopter license. Airborne Helicopters, LLC obtained a 135 certificate to provide charter helicopter services in the Red River Valley.


Airborne Custom Spraying believes in a customized approach when providing their services. Each customer whether a municipality, agricultural grower, lake cabin or resort owner, or helicopter customer are entitled to a custom service that meets their specific needs.

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