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The Thrush 710P

Big Fields + Big Planes = Big Productivity

The 510 Beauties: 510G and the 510P



We are delivering 2020 quotes. Plan 2020 now.  Productions slots going FAST!

So What's It Like To Fly A Thrush

We had the pleasure of sitting down with two high time Ag pilots after completing their first season in a Thrush 510. Both were high time Air Tractor pilots.

Part One - "The Aircraft to Be In"

Rob Adams shares his perspectives on:

Factory simulator / training                The cockpit
Take-off and landing ease                 The stick forces
The gear                                            The flying stability
Fatigue factors                                   The aircraft profile

Part Two - "I Love It"

Paul O'Carroll, a passionate aviator and an experienced Ag pilot shares his experience and perspectives after his first season in the Thrush 510.

Paul talks about:

Getting comfortable                       Crosswind capabilities
Landing ease                                 Take off differences
Turn stability                                   Seat arrangement
Visibility                                          Engine monitoring
The aircraft profile

THE SWITCHBACK: Crop to Fire in Minutes

                                This is the latest Thrush initiative- the Georgia State took possession of two Switchbacks December 2017.

 Georgia State Fire Commissioner
         1 of the 2 Switchbacks delivered to the State of Georgia

Powered by a GE H80 turbine engine, the Switchback is designated as a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) aircraft and will be used by the Georgia Forestry Commission for fire detection, rapid response firefighting and training.  Thanks to its size and maneuverability, the 510G Switchback has the ability to quickly deliver 500 gallons of water, retardant or fire suppressant with pinpoint accuracy in tight environments.  In addition, the Switchback has the ability to switch from agriculutral spray duties to firefighting capabilities in a matter of minutes thanks to its unique fire gate delivery system.  See the full article here.

The Switchback Gets Certified!

The Switchback is designated as a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) aircraft.  Thanks to its size, speed and maneuverability, it has the ability to deliver 500 gallons of water, retardant or fire suppressant with high accuracy - all while operating in tight environments.

Read the full press release.

 Check out Transland's website for full details on the Switchback.


Built Tough

Ruggedness and dependability are passions of Thrush and they have been for over 40 years. In this airframe you will experience a lifetime of productivity and value. Consider this, we have a stainless steel belly!  All safe life limits exceed the competition.

Built with Pilot Safety in Mind

Also passionate about innovation and safety Thrush designs for superb visibility, pilot comfort and unsurpassed pilot safety. The large wing and the roll cage designed to withstand high G overturn impact. Wire cutters are standard equipment.  We encourage innovation.

It’s beautiful to be this rugged.

Easy. Higher. Bigger. Best.

Easy to fly, no flaps in turns. Higher effective speeds. Bigger swath widths. Best deposition. Best penetration. Much of this thanks to the large wing area. Get more done, safely.

Making the best even better is all in a day’s work for us.

Advanced Avionics

Advanced but standard to us, the MVP-50T glass panel display allows you to monitor all performance parameters while maintaining excellent situational awareness. 

No Airworthiness Directives

Zero on all Thrush Aircraft built after 2007. Less cost, less downtime. You make your money in the air and you get to keep more of it..

Simple to Maintain

Maintenance requirements are less and all safe life limits exceed the competition. The aircraft was simply made more simple - accessibility to all systems & frequently inspected parts on the ground is part of our design. Quality is more than a tradition for us. It’s a way of life. 

These are just some of the details, find out more!

Interested in the Thrush! Thank you- we're here to help

We have a ton of information for you.  What are you looking for?

Thrush AdvatangesThrush Model Differences
Productivity/Performance AnalysisOperating Cost Analysis
Understanding Transport CanadaPrivate vs Commercial Operator
Finance OptionsInsurance Options
Training Options/SupportImporting an Aircraft into Canada
Staying flying- Warranty 

This and so much more.  Call us at 1.800.776.4656 or email us with your questions.


THRUSH Training Courses

BETTER TRAINING. SMARTER MECHANICS. SAFER PILOTS. Whether you're a new technican or an experienced pilot, Thrush has a training course for you.  See the details!



Jeff Farr of Farr Air Inc. was able to spend a week down in Albany, Georgia at the Thrush Factory to review the new training courses.  Jeff "learned more than (he) critiqued, so it was a very worthy exercise".  Take a look at his thoughts on these training initiatives.




Way Better Than XBox or PS4 Flight Simulator Gaming

And if you are an ag pilot, way way better yet. 

Practice all those emergency procedures here and now. 

If you would like to book a seat on this full actuating simulator, please get in touch with us.  We will make it happen. 

Here are the details on this exciting, first of its kind of Ag, simulator.



Thrush is all about your safety, and they also have a host of training videos here.  Short, to the point, but informative, take a view.

YAS works closely with Thrush to ensure we are meeting the needs of all customers.  In 2017, we hosted our first Canadian Thrush tour.  It was one day of looking, touching, feeling, riding and flying the Thrush.  In 2018, we made a whole week of training and Thrush joined us, again.  We can't wait to see what we can come up with next.  


            Pilots Planes & Prep 2019 - Press Release


   Pilots Planes & Prep 2018- Press Release



   Thrush Rush 2017- Press Release



Meet Thrush Test Pilot: Terry Humphrey

Terry is legendary in our opinion.  

To confirm that you just need to talk to some of our Thrush owners that have flown and been trained by Terry!

Without him, we wouldn't be able to offer test flights

We were so excited to hear the National Agricultural Aviation Association awarded Terry with their Industry Safety Award at NAAA 2015.

Terry, in his humble way, says he is just an Ag Pilot.  Terry, you are way more than that, our friend.

Well deserved Terry!


This is from 2013, but we are still so darn proud...

 Thrush Ag aircraft are designed with pilots in mind. They are built to make your life easier and your job more successful. When your work as an ag pilot is in the cockpit of a Thrush, it’s going to be a good day at the office.

That’s why, at Yorkton Aircraft Service, we are proud to be a Certified Thrush Dealer. We believe it was time the Canadian Ag industry had a Canadian dealer represent Canada operators!

Thrush appointed us because of our proven model of dependable service to the Ag Industry and our reputation.   Commitment proven over 25 years of business runs deep.  Also, we won the appointment because we do not run an Aerial Application operation.  Thrush believes their representatives should be independent, not competitors - and we agree. Our customers, not our own operation, come first.  

Founder of Yorkton Aircraft, Allan Denesowych, was an AME and a Commercial Ag Pilot.  He gave up flying Ag because he didn't like the model of competing with the very customer he needed to make his shop successful.  It was the right thing to do and he has taken this philosophy with him as Yorkton Aircraft has grown.

We will give this aircraft the same attention and support we give all of our product lines.  And we will give you all of our attention too.  We are committed to keeping you and the aircraft in the air, because that's where you make your money. 


Why Deal with us? Our value propostion and our commitment to you:

Yes, we are the Canadian dealer!

*Thrush is the first manufacturer to understand the importance of Canadian support.  They chose an independent Approved Maintenance Organization to help their Canadian friends grow.

*We understand Transport Canada. We know our civil authority and requirements.  You can count on us to help you navigate these regulations.  No one knows the regulations like a Canadian.

*Financing and Insurance. We have options for you.  We've worked hard to educated these partners about this industry and your investment.  We continuously work towards a Supported in Canada solution. 

*We are not an Ag Operator with our fleet competeing against our customers for both acres and support attention.  This is unique amongst North American aircraft dealers.

*Certified. Our shop is P&W and GE Certified. We take your best interests very seriously.

*We are also a dealer/representative for practically every system on your Thrush - "if you fly with it, we support it".  Anything that happens we have a solution, we have the support.  We respect the investment you have made, we work hard to bring you the ultimate in support.  Who else offers this level of support?

*We promote the Aerial Application Industry. Real leaders promote their industry, not their company.  This is why we organize the "New to the Industry" session at the Annucal Canadian Aerial Applicators Association.  This is why we embrace newcomers. This is why training is a key component to our service delivery.  This is why we stay on top of industry advancements to support and enable our customer's growth.  This is why we work towards being full service and support.  Support, not the sale, is at the heart of every level of our organization.

This is not a new theme for us- see our 28 year old story here.

Who to call at YAS about a Thrush?

Cheryl takes the lead and then the rest of the team comes on board as required.  Call Cheryl and get the details. 1.800.776.4656.

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