Aircraft Loading Facilities
Jones Air has constructed loading facilities in strategic positions in the St George and Dirranbandi district to give the most efficient and economical coverage of the area.
Airstrip -- St George
This loading facility was established in 1999 in response to increased
cotton spraying requirements in the St George district. The bitumen
runway, large loading pad accommodating two aircraft, and bulk chemical
storage ensure that service to the farmers is optimal at all times.
The farms serviced by the Kia-Ora strip are those mainly
to the west of the Balonne River.
Zagazig Airstrip -- South-East of St George
Our newest airstrip, to the South-East of St George, was
completed in time for the 2001 cotton season. The design is based
on the very successful Kia Ora airstrip built two seasons earlier. Zagazig
Airstrip is equipped with the most advanced loading equipment
available. Farms serviced by this strip are primarily the channel-irrigated
farms to the South-East of St George.
Many of our clients have asked why the farm and airstrip is called "Zagazig". It is named after a cotton growing area in Egypt where Peter Jones worked for a season. This area is renowned for growing some of the best cotton in the world.
Airstrip -- Dirranbandi
This strip fulfils the aerial spraying requirements of the majority
of cotton farms in Dirranbandi, including Cubbie Station, Booligar,
Hooloovale and Trafalgar.
to these strips, we operate from "satellite strips" on
properties throughout the area.
Jones Air employs a number of agricultural pilots year round. Extra
pilots are employed on a seasonal basis as work dictates such as
during the peak summer cotton season.
traditionally start their careers in the smaller aircraft such as
the Cessna Agwagon, and progress through the radial engined Air
Tractor up into the turbine powered Thrushes, Dromaders and AT-802.
This fits in with the Jones Air philosophy of employing
pilots of varying experience in order to develop the career
skills of individual pilots.
The aircraft are fuelled and loaded with
chemical by Ground Crew or 'Mixers'. Mixers are generally employed
on a seasonal basis however we do employ core Ground Crew all year
round. Due to the importance of this job, as well as the transient
nature of most of these employees, an emphasis is placed on training.
Over the past few years we have developed detailed training programs,
which have proven to be successful.
Interested in a career in
Agricultural Aviation? - Contact our office on telephone
07 4625 5366 or check out the AAAA website (see our links page).