Rick Richter grew up on a small dairy farm near Maxwell in Northern California. He continues to live, with his wife Brenda, on property that has been in his family for four generations.
After attending local schools, he began working toward a B. S. degree in General Agriculture from Chico State University; while attending college, he began to pursue his lifelong dream of flying. Upon graduation from Chico State in 1975, he became employed at a local crop dusting business that was managed by his cousin and was soon focused on making agricultural aviation his career choice.
In 1983, Rick formed Richter Aviation with one A-model Ag Cat and about 2,000 acres of rice work. Today, Richter Aviation services more than 33,000 acres of rice in addition to other diversified crops throughout Colusa and Glenn counties. Richter Aviation currently flies four Ag Cats: three with turbines and one with a piston engine (the same plane he started with back in 1983).
In 1988, Rick and his wife began growing rice and now farm 450 acres of their own land in the Maxwell area.
Rick became active in the California Agricultural Aircraft Association in the 1990s and has served as chairman of the Board of Directors. He was also honored to serve the NAAA as the 2009 Vice President and the 2011 President. He is currently director of a local irrigation district board and was recently appointed representative to the Joint Powers Authority Board for an off-stream storage reservoir project near his home.
Rick has also mentored his son, Nick, in the family business. Nick just completed his second ag flying season this year and has transitioned to the turbine aircraft quite well.
Rick recognizes the importance of mandatory education and recurrent training in our industry, and he is looking forward to making his contribution to the PAASS Program by furthering these goals.