"Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box."
Reviews on our "New to the Industry" Session we hosted Feb 21, 2013 in Calgary
Laura Lawrence, Ag Pilot in Training: Judging by the full room I think it was definitely well
worth the effort and a great presentation. The video was very well done, I know I learned from it,
especially not being as mechanically inclined as the others may be. There were valuable lessons
to be learned from the speakers. Also I think a big thing that the first speaker hit on (I can’t
remember his name) was not to over-book yourself, essentially not making promises to farmers
if you can’t deliver. This is especially stressful to the office staff who have to deal with the customers!
....Laura emailed us with her feedback and also commented that the info presented was very
good for wives and support staff and thought more of these people should be encouraged to
attend. We agree Laura!
John Berthaudin, a repeat attendee: The Yorkton aircraft seminar was very good as usual!
From Mike Alarie: (One of the 3 experienced aerial applicators who spoke to the group)
I truly enjoyed participating in your company panel discussion in Calgary.
During the convention, I was approached by 2 new start ups, 2 relatively new operators and
3 individual pilots who attended the session. Their positive feedback and expressed gratitude
were focused primarily in the following 2 areas:
1. The information, stories and insight of all three panelists.
2. Yorkton Aircraft's proactive approach to safety and concern for the well being of all who
work in the industry; especially for the "new kids on the block" if you will, who at times may
feel left out. I thought you should be made aware of the positive impact your company
is having out there. Thank you again for asking me to be part of your panel. A safe and
prosperous year to you and your company. Good health and warm regards.
From Adam Giesbrecht, Western Air Spray
I really enjoyed the new pilots session, it was great to hear a different perspective from pilots,
owner operators and ground crew. There was some great advice given by the speakers, and
some excellent information in the Video. Looking forward to next year.
This is our 4th year hosting this event
To see testimonials from previous years, click here
Here's an interesting article on Crop Dusting and Aerial Application
Some highlights within the article:
"Without pesticide use, the world's food supply would be reduced by 40 to 50 percent,
resulting in an increase in food prices estimated at more than 50 percent ..."
"As the demand for meat rises, the demand for grain and protein foods rises as well.
It takes eight pounds of grain to make one pound of beef."
Might be a good information handout!
We love this picture - Wings or Wheels Over Crops?
Our latest enhancement to the Aerial Application industry...
This 2011 season we did a number of pressure gauge installs under the GPS lightbar.
One gauge monitors pump pressure, the other boom pressure.
As the pictures show, in some installs we just mount pump pressure gauge.
Pilots are telling us this ability to monitor differential pressure at the lightbar has
made a tremendous difference to the operation of the spray system
and their flow control.
This eliminates flow valve hunting and flow valve slamming.
This saves the pump, valve and fan from being overtaxed - which means less maintenance
over time and longer life.
This is particularly kind to the electric brake too!
An added bonus, the pilot can now tell if his spray pump is working on those long ferries.
It really has been amazing to hear pilots say they had no idea they were delivering 70-100
pounds to their pump and their flow valve. All they knew previously - if they had a boom pressure
gauge mounted - was their pressure at the boom. Now they open up to just over the pressure
needed to achieve their target volume.
Pressure guages are very affordable and yes we carry them in stock.
Now this, is managing pressure.....
Phone Allan and speak to him about this installation.
Responses to our Free Maintenance Presentation delivered to
New Ag Air Industry Entrants at the CAAA . . . from previous years
Thanks again for allowing me attend your course. I could see it as a very large benefit to someone brand new in the industry.
Too bad you didn’t have more time. You could have turned it into a whole day affair with questions, and not run out of subject matter.
The pilot section was a great touch. I agree that too bad we didn’t have more time to spend with Clarion however it was a good introduction to allow us to talk to him later in the show… a suggestion maybe if you have more time for that section you could find a few wise pilots for us to fire questions at. Then there are a few different opinions and experiences. Also then us new guys can meet a few more people in a small environment before setting us free in a jumble of new faces.
Finally I’d like to compliment everyone in your organization. Everyone I talked to was Polite, Courteous, Knowledgeable and friendly.
Keep up the good work. - Charlene
Hey Cheryl how are you? I think the seminar you guys put on was very good both in presentation and information (although some didn't pertain to me, helicopter pilot) and i also thought you guys answered the questions that were presented very well.
I attended the short little section Allan put on for a couple guys moving into radials and the depth he explained the content in was appreciated. Even Justin commented to me how we had been doing some things wrong while pressure washing. I know time is a huge factor for you but it would be nice to see such a level of depth on all topics. More from Clairon would also have been nice. I have no idea how you guys will be able to fit everything in. This course is appreciated Allan, Neil and the rest of your staff are more than qualified and were all valuable for this course. I think you guys did a great job and this type of course is needed thanks for putting it on. Say hi to everyone in the shop for me. I'm looking forward to the upcoming season and working with you guys.
Hi Cheryl, I really enjoyed the presentation you guys did it was very well done and very professional. I was expecting just a few pointers and general discussion from a AME point of view. It was well beyond what I expected. I just finished my first year of spraying in an ag truck, I faced alot of the challenges you guys had discribed in your presentation, ex broken spray lever, hydraulic pump failures, (not fun to change by the way), etc and I think I can improve my suckback on shutoff after attending your presentation. I also have a greater knowledge on the round engine and know what early detection signs to watch for, if advancing to a radial this year. I liked the class, u had old parts to display and reference, good slide pictures to see. I think there's alot of value in attending. I wish I seen it before I started spraying, definetly worth credits it should be.
As for improvement comments I find myself stratching my head, keep doing what you two are doing your on the right track, I like that it was catered to beginners and the planes that we'll most likely be working with. Thanks again, Stephan Gamache
Hello Cheryl . I thought your session was well done and worthwhile . Our industry is becoming so turbine centred, it was a valuable exercise to gather new pilots and focus on common maintenance issues affecting entry level machines. Particularly during your spray system and calibration section, I was impressed by the level of knowledge the young fellows in the room possessed. My only suggestion would be to lengthen the session to allow more questions and time to interact with your guest pilot,( inspired choice this year by the way ). Hope you and Al decide to make this an annual event . Cheers Mark Kinniburgh
I attended the course by Yorkton Aircraft for new pilots. I am not a new pilot, but the information that I received from Allan on the operation & maintenance of the 1340 was invaluable. I also wanted to mention that by bringing the new up and coming pilots together this created a safe environment for them to ask questions without the pressure of a large audience. I witnessed these young fellows interacting with each other, during this whole time Allan facilitated the group discussion and did a great job.
I wanted to pass along my thanks to both you and Allan for this excellent training opportunity- Todd Lewis
The Maintenance Presentation that Yorkton Aircraft Service provided at the CAAA convention in Regina was invaluable, by having said that I am saying that the sharing of maintenance knowledge and common troubles that arise in the spray season and how to avoid them in particular, as an owner operator I found it to be invaluable. Time is money and you don't make money when your grounded or hurt by poor maintenance, most of this is due to a lack of knowledge by the pilot or owner. I am an owner operator and would like to be the first to sign up for next years program, I hope it is even more in depth by Yorktons Team. - Travis Karle
Thanks Cheryl and Alan…I think it was a very well done up seminar." What to look for” in each make and model was very good…..and perhaps for next time when you find out who is attending, then find out what they are flying too…just to be sure that a little is covered on each make, such as the job you did on my common wagon. It was good to know what to look for from the AME’s point of view as they are the ones to see the machine failures and very often it is just not looked at enough by the guys pushing them up and down the runways, But now I know where to look at the weak points ……….. I wonder if there is anything that can be compiled in a short picture book…just like your slides for each plane type of its weaknesses, so on a windy day down time or even every morning a more intense check can be performed above the normal walk around check list
Thanks again - John W. Berthaudin
The presentation was great. The reason I wanted to attend was because I know you guys are the best in the business and I took in some great info about my prop on my ag-cat. Thanks Allan and Cheryl. - Brad Matthiessen
Thanks to you and your staff for having this session. All the responses I got were very good and a lot of interest in the topics presented. It is wonderful to have people in our industry helping tutor the new pilots. - Jeff Farr