Provincial Airways is located at the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport, 10 miles northeast of the city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. We are pleased to be a full service FBO that provides aerial application, fuel, aircraft maintenance, tie downs and hangar storage. The Moose Jaw Municipal Airport is well maintained year round and is equipped with a 3,000 ft asphalt runway, lighting and an IFR approach. The aviation community is strong in our surrounding area. Moose Jaw is the home to 15 Wing Canadian Forces Air Base where military pilots from all over the world are trained.
James Wood, a farmer from Pense, Saskatchewan started Precision West Ag over 30 years ago, which still provides aerial application services to central Saskatchewan. Over the years, Precision West utilized Pawnee's, Hughes Helicopters, S2R's, AG-Cats, and an M-18 Dromader in it's fleet of Ag aircraft which was based out of his farm near Pense. In 2008, Precision West took over Provincial Airways - an Aerial Application business located 20 miles west of Pense near Moose Jaw. Combined, these two companies have formed an effective and efficient operation with an excellent relationship with the agriculture community.
Today Provincial Airways is a thriving business that has a sizeable market share in Saskatchewan's agriculture aviation industry. We primarily conduct operations around Moose Jaw, Pense, Regina and a recently acquired base of operations 250 miles north east near Carrot River, Saskatchewan. We have excellent relationships with operators all over Canada. Often we will help out other operators in Alberta and Manitoba. We are active members in good standing with the NAAA, as well as both the CAAA and Saskatchewan's Aerial Application Association.
Nationally, Provincial Airways is centrally located as well as ideally positioned in the heart of Canada's agriculture industry and Ag aviation industry. The majority of Canada's Ag aircraft are located in the three prairie provinces and we are well situated to service that market. Our facilities and the Moose Jaw Airport are ideal for an expanding business.
At Provincial Airways our focus has been to provide professional and effective aerial application while maintaining strong relationships with our customers, community and other industry competitors. We have always been able to work together with our neighboring operators and provide them with exceptional service and maintenance.
Employees at Provincial Airways are all very passionate about aviation. Currently we have a maintenance staff of five, with three licensed aircraft maintenance engineers and two apprentices. Collectively there is more than 70 years of aircraft maintenance experience. We have five seasonal pilots with experience on every kind of Ag aircraft. Two bookkeepers and two ramp attendants round out our staff and help with the day-to-day's of our operation. All our staff is continuing their aviation education through flight training, recurrent training, and maintenance apprentice programs, and are great examples of Provincial Airways' strong future in aviation.
We take a great deal of pride in our maintenance facility. We have a modern 10,000 sq/ft hangar well equipped to handle any Ag aircraft, as well as an 8,000 sq/ft storage hangar adjacent to it. We have an impressive array of tooling, as well as a current and complete subscription to all maintenance manuals. We utilize a state of the art maintenance, tracking, parts and inventory software system that improves efficiency and helps with quality assurance. Our staff has experience with many kinds of turbine engines, with type courses including line and heavy maintenance. Our shop is a Transport Canada AMO #63-09 (Authorized Maintenance Organization) with a structures endorsement.
Saskatchewan has half of Canada's total cultivated farmland, with a total value of crops exported in 2008 of $8,341,000,000. While a lot of North America is enduring an economic recession, Saskatchewan's economy has grown thanks largely to Ag industry. There is a long rich history in Ag aviation in Saskatchewan, and hope this continues.