Ag Pilot Training
Above left to right: Michael Yaholnitsky - Instructor, Ian Yaholnitsky - Aerial Work Manager, Devan Yaholnitsky - Instructor
Background: Dual Control Thrush 510P for advanced Turbine Transition Training
Above: PA25-235, Thrush 510P, Citabria
Initial Agricultural Pilot Training Course
The course is offered in the spring (April - May) and again in the fall (September - October). Our class size is kept at a maximum of 6 students to ensure we can meet our training timelines and goals and ensure all students have an equal opportunity for flying.
Throughout the course the primary focus is upon developing safe and effective aerial application techniques spanning a wide range of subjects, including standardized ground and flight procedures, pesticide handling, risk management, initial and ongoing training programs, logistical and administrative support elements.
Duration of the course is usually 3 to 4 weeks dependant on weather. Students upon successful completion of the training will have approximately 40 hours of Ag Flying Experience which can be applied against any insurance requirements. Students are issued a Certificate of completion for the training and referral letters can be provided as required.
The training is broken down into 3 phases;
Phase I – Aircraft Handling (approx 10 hours flight time)
Phase II – Basic Aerial Application Techniques (approx 15 hours flight time)
Phase III – Applied Aerial Application Techniques (approx 15 hours flight time)
Aircraft utilized for the Training are:
- 1 - DeHavilland Chipmunk - Initial Tail Wheel conversion and used for demonstration of Ag flying techniques throughout the course.
- 2 - Piper Pawnee PA25-235 - Initial Ag Aircraft Trainer, utilized for all solo flight and aerial application training.
Cost for the Initial Agricultural Pilot Training:
- $14,000.00 + GST
Click here to download a PDF copy of the Ag Pilot Training Course Syllabus.
Turbine Transition Training Course
The course is offered throughout the season (April – October) when aircraft and instructors are available. The course is designed to take an existing Ag pilot and introduce a complex turbine powered aircraft. A thorough ground school is conducted on the basic operating principles of turbine engines including normal, abnormal and emergency operating procedures. The flight training which consists of approximately 5 hours flight time incorporates the ground school material with the actual operation of the engine and aircraft. The focus is to ensure students are capable of operating the aircraft and engine within the limitations specified in the aircraft flight manual while conducting Ag flying manoeuvers.
The course can be completed in a day or two weather permitting.
Aircraft utilized for the Training is:
- 1- Thrush 510P eqquiped with a PT6A-34AG Turbine Engine
Cost for the Turbine Transition Training:
- $5,500.00 + GST
Click here to download a PDF copy of the Turbine Transition Course Syllabus.
For additional information on either of the training courses please give us a call 1(306) 786-3345 or fill out the Contact Us form.