Jeff Farr of Farr Air Inc. had the chance to travel down to Albany, Georgia to the Thrush Factory to review their new training initiatives. 1…
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Why Deal with us? Our value proposition 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 educate 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 competing 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/representaive 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 Annual 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
We're There to Keep YOU in the Air
The Thrush Family of Products
The Thrush 710P
Big fields + Big planes = Big Productivity
The Switchback: Crop to Fire in Minutes
This is the latest Thrush initiative - the Georgia State took possession of two Switchbacks December 2017.
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 agricultural spray duties to firefighting capabilities in a matter of minutes thanks to its unique fire gate delivery system. See the full article here.
Stay tuned - we will update our page as this initiative develops.
THRUSH Training Courses
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 upcoming training initiatives.
Pratt & Whitney Canada & thrush
Offering world class support - increased TBO's - support & care for Ag industry.
Here's industry support proof: At the 2017 NAAA AG Expo Ryan Densham of P&WC awarded the Safety Award in recogniton of the steadfast commitment to aviation safety and safety education.
Allied members stepping up like this deserves huge applause.. Well done Ryan and Pratt & Whitney!
GE & Thrush: 2017 marks the 100TH 510G delivered
2017 Milestone for this new engine option!
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 for 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.
Thrush Rush Tour a Success - Performance & Stability
They looked, touched, felt, rode and even FLEW the THRUSH! Thank you Thrush Aircraft for making this tour such a success especially Terry Humphrey, Chief Pilot for Thrush and our Tour.
Over 50 rides, piloted by 10 Turbine pilots all comments were extremely positive.
Most common comments were targeted around performance and stability of the aircraft.
Full fuel, full 510 gallons, two people in cockpit, high heat days (+75deg, +25cel) and this bird still got off the runway before 2000 feet.
Light on the controls, Terry demonstrated the maneuverarability of the plane and the hard to stall characteristics that make this plane stable and one of the safest to fly.
Notice was taken of the huge wing, small tail, and how she flys loaded like she's empty. This is a well built, hard working plane Canada. Thanks for your interest and support Canada during the recent tour.
This Canadian Tour also brought focus to the important role Canadian Aerial Applicators play in helping to feed the world. The decal featured here was on the tail of the tour plane. This awareness initiative of Thrush Aircraft is in support of the industry it serves. “Ag aviation will not continue to prosper as an industry, long-term, if we don’t get more people aware of its benefits – and of its importance to increasing crop yields for farmers around the world,” said Payne Hughes, president of Thrush Aircraft. “Population growth combined with economic challenges is putting tremendous pressure on farmers right now to produce more from the ground they have – and ag aviation can help. Coupled with this of course, is the clear fact that we need more pilots to join the industry and make it a career,” he continued.
“We learned a long time ago that leaders promote their industry, while others just promote their products” said Eric Rojek, Vice President of Thrush. “The Feed the World campaign has been created to help everyone in our business – from customers to competitors – because it’s a story that needs telling. And, if we do it right, we’ll help secure the future for an industry that has served all of us well."
To read the full press release on the tour, click here.
Thrush Releases a Video Series
Because actions speak louder than words, and Thrush cares about your flying experience and your safety.
Become a Center Fold!
Congrats to Randy Sandstrom and the Kammer Brothers for being featured in the Industry's Ag Air Update Paper. Thank you Thrush Aircraft for making this safe, dependable, hard working aircraft and keeping flyers safe.
Congrats as well to these valuable repeat customers:
Farr Air x 3
Provincial Airways x 3
How do you feel about #18! Yup, that's next up
Building a Thrush nation, one plane at a time ...
#13, Here she is - Center front - along with sisters #3 and #4 and the rest of the Thrush fleet
This newest Canadian Lady holds the record for the fastes flight home from the factory to Canada.
Thank you Provincial Airways for your continued support. Safe Flying!
#12, Arrived April 25! Congratulations to Randy & Janet Sandstrom of Manitoba's Prairie Dusters (their 2nd H80)
First Dual Control H80 in Canada! The occasion called for Champagne & Cigars all around
#11 Arrived April 5, Congratulations to Doug and Chris Kammer on airplane #2
This time the wives came out to welcome the new plane!
Quite the crew - great people
#10 Arrived December 20, 2016
Congratulations to Jeff and Jody Farr of Farr Air Inc.
The Farr Air Trio - #1, #2, #10
#9 Might be the sexiest so far
She has that "why look like everyone else" attitude
Thrush's 660 doing a little more than crop spraying as an Archangel
"Hanging from the Archangel’s six underwing hardpoints are enough laser-guided munitions—rockets, bombs, and missiles—to level a half-dozen chicken coops, and a flare and chaff dispenser is ready in case the chickens fight back with surface-to-air missiles. Even if we held onto our heavy weapons load—waiting perhaps for a more significant target to appear—we could orbit over this territory for up to five hours. This is the essence of the light attack mission, a capability the U.S. military all but gave up two decades ago."
This a portion of the article about the transformation of Thrush's 660 model from ag spraying to warfare. See the whole article here.
Promote Your Role In Feeding the World
Furthering their campaign to build awareness and appreciation for the hard work of ag pilots and their aircraft and the tremendous role they play in feeding the world, Thrush has a sticker (see the picture below) you can proudly display and disburse. Email us with the number you need.
Thrush Supporting the AG Industry in a Major Awareness Campign
Thrush Aircraft is dedicating considerable resources and effort to a campaign designed to build awareness among an international audience regarding the benefits of agricultural aviation. The campaign is named "Ag Aviation - Feeding the World" created to share with growers, operators and pilot prospects the increasing importance of the ag aviation industry - not only in terms of improved crop performance, but also as a career opportunity for pilots. Read the full press release here
Who do you 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
The 2016 stories:
April 2016- She's home! #8 landed safely in Yorkton April 27th !
Big Congratulations to the Kammer Brothers on their new 510G ... Raymore Saskatchewan you will be very impressed!!!!
Thrush Airplanes built rugged to work hard, just like you
Here is an informative and entertaining video on a Thrush operation in Kenya - click to view.
Building a Thrush Nation, One Plane at a Time
These new 2015 birds met the Canadian challenge and are ready for 2016.
We are doing some serious flying Canada!
CONGRATULATIONS TO RANDY & JANET SANDSTROM - 2015
Manitoba you have a new Thrush and Canada's first Dual Cockpit H80!
CONGRATULATIONS Alberta, YOU HAVE A NEW THRUSH - 2015
Alberta you have a NEW Thrush!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SUTTER FAMILY & TROY HILLABY - 2015
Proud owners of Canada's first H80 Powered Thrush Aircraft
We admire Thrush's marketing approach. They deal simply and directly. They work at making it easy to deal with them. Another HUGE bonus in our mind, is the work they do promoting the Aerial Application industry.
Here is an example - this handout is one type delivered at farm shows by Thrush..
Also, Thrush is the only AG aircraft manufacturer to attend Osh Kosh. Their primary motive is that a large number of rural people attend this show. Getting the message to the farm gate about the aerial application industry and the advancements in the industry from the old "crop dusting" days is the key objective. We at Yorkton Aircraft appreciate their work, we are certain today's aerial applicator does as well.
Did you know:
THRUSH was the first AG Plane manufacturere to promote Aerial Application at the World's largest aviation show, OSH KOSH - That's support!
On board now is Air Tractor and the NAAA.
This is from 2013, but we are still so darn proud...
Yes we are a CERTIFIED, FACTORY APPOINTED Thrush Dealer
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.