Crew

George J Parker III, Owner/PilotGeorge Parker III - N40101

George was born into an aviation family being a third generation pilot as well as second generation ag pilot. He began logging flight time at 15 years old and soloed at 16 with private, seaplane and instrument ratings at 17 followed by commercial, multi-engine and commercial seaplane at 18. He began flying skydivers at 18, this experience spanned everything up to 20+ passenger multi-engine turboprops.  During this time he also made over 1500 skydives and became a USPA rated jump master and tandem instructor.  Other flight experience included flying charters into British Columbia, Canada in DeHavilland Beaver floatplanes.  His most recent accomplishment has been the addition of a commercial helicopter rating in 2007.

His ag flying career began in 1997 at age 23 and he has been flying ag exclusively since 1998. George's flight time now totals over 16,000 hours with 12,000 ag time. Previous to moving to Idaho in 2005 to start Crop Jet Aviation he filled 19 different seats in agricultural aviation in 14 states. Flying on over 20 different types of crops in 16 different models of ag-specific aircraft including almost 2000 hours in the Air Tractor 802. While flying those aircraft he has become familiar with six different GPS units specializing in SATLOC. Due to the fact that a good portion of his experience is working for government agencies and large timber corporations most of his flight time is GPS equipped. In 11,800 hours of GPS equipped ag time over 9,300 hours of that has been data logged and printed for billing approval prior to payment. Of that 9,300 logged and printed over 5,600 hours of his experience was utilizing GIS shape files for flight guidance and field boundary identification.

His work in the Intermountain West since April 2005 consists of over 250,000 acres of regular farm crop work, grass-hopper control for USDA-APHIS and over 250,000 acres of application work for the BLM. Over 120,000 of those acres applied being fire rehabilitation seeding of native grasses with the balance being liquid herbicide work for cheatgrass control.  All of the BLM and APHIS work required the use of GIS shape files and a downloaded printout for billing.

An active participant in industry organizations George is currently the president of the Idaho Ag Aviation Association as well as an Idaho director for the Pacific Northwest Aerial Applicator's Alliance.

George currently holds pesticide applicator licenses in Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

 

Dan Jeske, PilotDan Jeske - N9724

Former owner of Wheatland Aviation for over 30 years, Dan now pilots the Ag-Cat handling most of Crop Jet's row crop customers in the Eastern Magic Valley out of Hazelton.  Dan has over 24,000 hours of agricultural flight time and his years of hands-on operating experience with row crop and the Ag-Cat make him a valuable asset to Crop Jet.  Dan currently holds pesticide applicator licenses in Idaho and Washington.

 

 

 

 

Jason Tucker, PilotJason Tucker - N945X

Jason is a wealth of knowledge and experience in the cockpit as well as with loading and maintenance.  Not only does he have his CDL driver's license with HAZMAT and tanker endorsements, he is also an FAA certified airframe and power plant mechanic.  Jason's history includes a loading/driver position with a helicopter operator in another state.  He is also quite an accomplished commercial pilot having flown his own Maule bush plane during the moose and caribou hunts in Alaska.  Jason has over 2,200 flight hours including his agricultural pilot time.


Ground Service Personnel

Crop Jet Aviation maintains a full staff of ground service personnel for the loading and maintenance of aircraft.  Crop Jet loading crew hold CDL/HAZMAT, tanker endorsements and are Idaho State Department of Agriculture mixer/loader trained.