|"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the airplane, the pessimist the paratchute." George Bernard Shaw
I guess that is why Aircraft Maintenance Engineers were invented too!
Our Services Include:
* Annual Inspections
* Structures and Welding Work
* Prop Balancing
* Mobile Repair Service
* Extensive In-House Parts Supply
* Aircraft Washing (2500psi, Hot Water)
* Courtesy Aircraft, Courtesy Car
We pride ourselves on our workmanship and knowledgeable, reliable service.
"We're there to keep you in the air!"
What do customers say about us? Click here for some testimonials.
Yes, accidents and incidents create work for our maintenance shop. But just as our focus is on safety, we believe yours is too. But from time to time "things" happen. We all have to be focused on minimizing our risks. And so we bring you these Risk Management Ideas.
We've researched some of the better tools and wish to pass them onto you. Remember, we're there to keep you in the Air." Read on...
Unfortunately but it's true - the majority of all aircraft accidents are attributed to pilot error. Most accidents occurred because of a chain of events or factors that contributed to the accident. If any one of these events in the chain had been broken or stopped it is likely that the accident could have been avoided. Break the chain, prevent the accident.
These ideas will be an attempt to give us a few tools we can learn to use to manage the risks associated with every flight. Proper risk assessment and management begins before the flight -- sometimes days before the flight -- and continues throughout the flight until we land and the engine is shut down. Remember the goal, your landings should equal take-offs.
Flying seems to be all about acronyms and we are going to present a couple of them here. These tips have an easy to remember method in hopes they are easy for you to adopt into your regime.
Some you may have heard of already and some may be new to you but -- if used consistently -- data show that these tools significantly reduce the risk and the number of accidents and incidents. Take a look!
(We will add to these ideas as we build our website, be sure to check back often. If you can contribute some acronyms you use, share them. We'd be happy to pass on the knowledge.)
In Appreciation of Heart Surgeons & Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
An AME was removing a cylinder head from the engine of a Thrush S2R when he spotted the local, well-known heart surgeon (also a flyer) arrive at the airport.
While the surgeon was waiting for his aircraft to be pulled out of the hangar
the AME shouted across the hangar, "Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?"
The surgeon a bit surprised, walked over to the AME working on the Thrush. The AME straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take valves out, fix 'em, put 'em back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work?"
The surgeon paused, smiled and leaned over, and whispered to the AME...
"Try doing it with the engine running."
CAAA Mentorship Program
Yorkton Aircraft is pleased to announce that our Director of Maintenance, Allan Denesowych, has been named as a mentor in the Canadian Aerial Applicator Association (CAAA)Mentorship Program.
The CAAA has long recognized a need for new applicators to have a confidential source of advice and mentoring. To address this need, the CAAA established the Mentorship Program. Mentors have agreed to speak confidentially to applicators.
Allan would be pleased to talk to anyone about maintenance matters. He is a commercial pilot as well and has flown as an ag pilot in the past.
Joining Allan on the mentor list is:
Jon Bagley, 204-763-8998
Johnny Bestland, 204-736-4793
Matt Bestland, 204-736-2476
Fran de Kock, 306-445-3099
Bruce Gair, 780-352-7833
Brent Lange, 780-352-7833
Clarion Seib, 306-786-6072
Wayne Silzer, 306-598-2033
Maintenance Tips :
Obviously an aircraft that is well maintained will do its part in ensuring the pilot is safe.
But the consequences of a pilot having to deal with a poorly maintained aircraft and /or a weak maintenance program can be costly to the operation as well.
Problems, even accidents, result from fatigue and ignorance.
Consider the frustration the pilot has to endure when he can only turn in one direction on full loads because the airplane is poorly rigged.
Consider the apprehension a pilot feels when he has been barely introduced to an aircraft, its systems and the operating area and he has to take off fully loaded on a short strip.
Consider the stress a pilot endures when he suspects there may be trouble with the aircraft but has no idea who to call or has no authority to call anyone.
Consider the aggravation endured by a pilot who can't see out of the windscreen past the oil.
Consider the annoyance the pilot has to endure when his fan control or brake is not working and he has to constantly remember not to let the hopper run dry.
Consider the costs associated with lack of production, avoidable downtime, or in the worse case, accidents.
Components of a Sound Maintenance Program
Proper Training - Knowing how to fly the aircraft is not enough.
Make sure the pilot completely understands how the aircraft operates including all of its systems - do they know what to look for, listen for, and feel for to ensure everything is operating properly?
Include maintenance training as part of the annual re-currency training and competency checks.
Adopt Only Excellent Maintenance Practices
Maintaining your aircraft by only the minimum required standards will give you only minimum efficiency and low return.
Maximize efficiency and return on your investment by maximizing the longevity of your engine and accessories - longevity can only be realized with excellent maintenance practices.
Make certain everyone knows the maintenance standards and schedules and maintains proper records to ensure schedules are met.
Develop Strong Liaisons - Plan for the Unplanned
Particularly with your AMO and its AMEs - develop a strong winter maintenance program and arrange dependable in-season support.
Give your pilots authority to contact the AMO with their questions and observations so they can make the correct operating decisions.
Have parts on the shelf or know where you can get parts to minimize downtime.
A sound maintenance program will pay you back in:
Peace of Mind
Maintaining aircraft is a serious business.
This Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's Creed is highly respected in the aviation community.
And this one is just plain fun:
God grant me the Patience to defer what I can,
The Courage to fix the things I can, and
The Wisdom to know the difference.