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Training Workshops Available now!
Single Engine Air Tanker Firefighting Training- Fred Bradshaw (MLA- Carrot River, former Ag pilot) and Chip Kemper (Queen Bee Air Specialities) are putting together an aerial firefighting training class. Tentative dates of February 1-2 in Prince Albert, Sk. If you would like more information, please email Fred.
Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace Training- Quality Assurance for 702s Workshop- February 20-21, Saskatoon Saskatchewan
Mark Your Calendars!- From May 7th to May 11th 2018, we will be hosting a series of mini seminars at our facility here in Yorkton. Sessions In the works include
- Satloc Forestry: A Refresher
- Variable Rate & Ag Air
- Dry Break Maintenance
- Atomizer maintenance and more!
As we book presenters, we will udpate this page, so keep your eyes peeled!
Sessions already confirmed
- Friday May 11th - Robin Lavoie from Pratt & Whitney will deliver "Getting To Know Your PT6".
Stay tuned for more details.
DTI Training- Workshops are available in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg. Session topics include:
- Basic Quality Assurance
- Developing an Acceptable Corrective Action Plan
- Basic Auditing Principles
To look up dates and register, click here.
DUECK AVIATION- CARs Maintenance Control & Maintenance Training
To look up dates and to register, click here.
Attending the CAAA is a great way to connect & learn
Yup we will be there - let's meet up
Canadian Aerial Applicators Association Conference - February 22-24 Winnipeg Manitoba
- If you're new to the industry, and you're going to be at the CAAA make sure to come check out our "New To The Industry" session featuring guest speaker, Doug Ingham and special guest Kevin Mooney.
Excellent Training Videos, Reference Material
178 Seconds - flying in marginal weather
Mentoring and what it meant to me - written by a rookie Ag Pilot
7 Habits of Highly Effective Pilots - great article, it's a take on the Steven Covey book
Thrush Training Center- see what Thrush Aircraft has to offer
if you have any material you would like to share with industry let us know, we would be happy to post it!
Flight Simulator Training
Yup! Ag specific. Terrific for emergency preparedness training. See our information here.
Get to know your PT6 engine
We are currently working with Pratt & Whitney Canada to offer a pilot refresher / familiarizaiton training for pilots new to the PT6. Meant to augment flying skills, little time will be spent on maintenance so it will not be boring! Early April 2018 is the proposed time frame, let us know you are interested please.
Pattern Testing Clinics
Our clinics were very well attended and much was learned. We will be hosting more clinics in the future. Please let us know your interest.
Welcoming (and helping) the new to the AG Air industry
And it was a success! Our Welcome to the Industry course held at CAAA 2017 could not have been better!
A big thanks to our Navy SEAL speaker Michael Rutledge.
For two hours - yup 2 - Mike didn't miss a beat about sharing his story. This is a knock your socks off kind of accomplished guy - yet he admits his rookie mistakes when it came to Ag flying. Clearly his message was ag flying is no walk in the park, it must be taken seriously. Good habits, practicing routine, avoiding distractions, good nutrition and on and on it went. He calls himself an anal kind of guy (I'm sure you have to be to have the successful military career he has had) so he wrote a journal about all the things he struggled with and learnt from as he went from Pawnee, to AT301, to AT402, AT502 and now a AT602. And we literally got to read his journal! He is passionate about sharing all this - even if it only makes a difference in one person's life.
There were pilots, mixers, office staff, children of ag pilots and spouses in the crowd,
At the show many said thanks.
This email came in first thing Monday morning on our return to work:
Just wanted to pass along my thanks to you for bringing up Michael Rutledge for the convention this year. I did get to his morning presentation and thought that it was really good to hear from him and he had a very relevant message. Most of our young guys were there and really hope they can take away some of the very practical aspects of his talk.
The way he intensively approaches ag flying after years of military experience is a great message for the younger people involved in this industry.
Much appreciated. Levi Wood, Provincial Airways
And this one came, later that afternoon
Also, I would like to personally thank Yorkton Aircraftl for all that you do at the CAAA. Your morning session speaker was really interesting and unique. The amount of care and effort you put in to the industry does not go unrecognized!
Have a great day, talk soon!