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McCracken - Minimizing effects of high temp, low humidity

June 18, 2014

Courtesy of AgAir update

When working with agricultural aircraft on a hot dry day I often question the logic in loading an aircraft with water knowing that a very significant  portion will never reach the crop due to evaporation losses, especially so when the product label specifies high volumes of 3-5 gals/acre.  On many occasions when I applied sun protectant I observed that the whitish cream stayed wet for many hours even though it had some water, an invert emulsion.  This observation led me to contact chemical suppliers searching for products that could be missed in the field to form a stable invert emulsion with agro-chemicals.

This short report deals with some aspects of this development and potential benefits for aerial application with emphasis on improved deposition under hot, dry conditions.

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McCracken evaluates Mexican AT-402B spray pattern

June 18, 2014

Spray Patter

Courtesy of AgAir update...

When most people hear the name Chihuahua, they think of the smallest breed of dog. However, Chihuahua is a state in Mexico with a colorful history of Spanish, French and American occupation. The region of Cuauhtémoc is a beautiful open plain famous for apple production and more recently the production of corn utilizing the latest technology complete with irrigation and agricultural aircraft for the control of pests and diseases. It is the third largest city of the state at an altitude of over 6400 ft MSL and is located 103 km (64 mi) west of the state capital. Most of the modern farming is conducted in various Mennonite colonies surrounding the city.

This report deals with a technical visit to calibrate an AT-402B, sold by Lane Aviation and to determine the optimum settings for the ASC Rotary Atomizers supplied by Encap-it. A number of flight tests were made to evaluate the droplet spectrum with emphasis on obtaining a narrow droplet spectrum with a minimum of very small droplets that could be lost to drift and also a minimum of large droplets that result in poor crop coverage.

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Winnipeg Conference

March 11, 2014

Devan Yaholnitsky and Francis Wilcox attended the Manitoba Aviation Council and Central Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association conference held in Winnipeg March 6 and 7th.  The conference was informative and it was great meeting new people from the industry.  During the conference they were able to take a tour of Standard Aero PT6A repair and overhaul facility.


2014 CAAA Conference

February 25, 2014

Highlights from the 2014 CAAA (Canadian Aerial Applicators Association) conference in Regina, SK.

First we would like to pass along a thank you to all that came by and said hello during the Trade show Thursday and Friday and a congratulations to this year’s recipients of the various awards and scholarships. It is always special to receive an award amongst your peers.
The conference covered a number of different topics this year with the major focus on Transport Canada rules and regulations and the operation and maintenance of Turbo Prop engines. The following is a brief overview of what we felt was important to share.

Transport Canada

1. There will not likely be any changes made to the regulations regarding the Flying Farmer now or in the future.
2. PVI audits are not going to go away, you need to pull your manuals off the shelf and ensure that what is written in the manual reflects how your business operates day-to-day.
3. As the popularity of dual controlled aircraft grows and more operators find themselves with one or two in the fleet make sure you have Operations Specification 40. This operations specification will ensure that if you have someone other than flight crew on board you are not in violation of the air regulations.
4. Self-Training: For companies that are a one person operation you must ensure that your manuals reflect this type of operation. This has been a finding at a number of 702 operators, a review of policy letter 175 would be a good place to start.

Turbo Prop Engine Tips

1. Engine Bleed valves should be inspected and cleaned during a Hot Section Inspection.
2. Starter Generator overhauls should be accompanied by a report from the overhaul facility. Armatures should be balanced and the starter Gen should be tested for magnetism. Before installing the overhauled unit, inspect the unit and check the paperwork.
3. As an owner or operator of a PT6A-AG engine you should be receiving Service Bulletins from Pratt & Whitney, they are important and should be reviewed to ensure compliance. Proper documentation and reviews of SB may ensure you coverage down the road if you have problems with an engine.
4. Fuel Nozzle overhauls should accompany flow reports before and after cleaning. The fuel nozzles in your engine are one of the most critical components that can lead to engine trouble down the road. Ensure your nozzles are coming from a reputable shop with the proper paperwork.
If you would like any more information on any of the topics above please give us a call. Our knowledgeable maintenance staff would be happy to discuss your Turbine engine with you. For questions regarding a PVI inspection or regulatory matters Michael or Devan would be happy to answer any questions you may have or assist with manual amendments or updates.

Thanks,
The Miccar Aerial Ltd Team!
Miccar Aerial Ltd - Maintenance / Hangar telephone: 306-786-3360
Miccar Aerial Ltd - Main Office telephone: 306-786-3345, or 1-866-786-3345

Proud New TracMap Dealers!

November 15, 2013

New Canadian Dealer - MICCAR Aerial, based at Yorkton, SK

 

 

From left; Ian, Devan, and Michael Yaholnitsky with Colin Brown, with the training school Pawnee in the background.

 

In March, MICCAR purchased their first TracMap to use in their Pawnee for Ag pilot training and the results speak for themselves with MICCAR now taking on the TracMap dealership. Michael Yaholnitsky from MICCAR said "I liked TracMap from when I first saw it with its simple wireless data shifting and aircraft tracking. As it turned out, our increase in crop area this year meant the Pawnee ended up doing 350 hours crop spraying, and the TracMap performed faultlessly." 

 

"We at TracMap are delighted with this new dealership as it provides us with a good presence in the center of the country."

 

 New & Improved External Lightbar Design      New & Improved Lightbar Design

 

Harvey (left) discussing the

lightbar with TracMap

president Colin Brown.

TracMap is excited to launch our newly designed External Lightbar at the upcoming National Convention in Reno. This new design has already received positive comments with Harvey Songer from Kin-Co Ag Aviation in Beech Grove saying "It's got the two main things I need; good big numbers and four number choices".

 


 

Crop Spraying 2013

September 30, 2013

For Information on Rhizosphaera Needle Cast & Stigmina Needle Cast

May 30, 2013

AG Pilot Grads!

May 30, 2013

Miccar Aerial is proud to announce our graduates from our first AG Pilot Training course! (left to right) Michael Yaholnitsky - Instructor, Pier-Luc Daigle from Quebec, Dylan Carritt from Manitoba, William Londono from Ontario, Devon Byblow – Instructor, Devan Yaholnitsky – Instructor – missing from picture

Services we Provide:

May 13, 2013
  • Training Facilities
  • Agricultural Seeding/Spreading
  • Aircraft Storage
  • Charter Service
  • Forestry Seeding/Spreading
  • Aerial Application
  • Transport Canada Approved Maintenance Organization
  • Dry Fertilizer Spreading
  • Seeding

Canadian Distributor

May 3, 2013

Miccar Aerial Ltd. is excited to be working in cooperation with Mid-Continent Aircraft in bringing additional services to the Canadian aerial application market. This relationship will allow us to sell used aircraft from their inventory into the Canadian market and will give us another strong market for good used Canadian aircraft. We have a fully licensed AMO with 3 licensed AME’s who have years of experience on turbine and radial engines on staff. We offer Flight Training, Ag Pilot Training, Turbine Conversions, Ag Aircraft Sales including New Thrush Aircraft, and full Ag aircraft maintenance with plenty of experience in imports and aircraft acquisition. We are your full service Aerial Ag Support Centre.

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