2019 SAAA Distinguished Award Of Performance
Congratulations Gary Moffat
It is my pleasure to present a very special award tonight
It is the Distinguished Award for Performance in memory of Penny O’ Carroll
This award is meaningful because I know Penny is with us here tonight as she is very pleased to be remembered this way. She had a ton to contribute to our industry and our association. She was taken from us all too soon.
And I also know she is endorsing this choice, because this year’s recipients is a character, a fighter, a resilient person He is somehow likeable even when I think he is wrong – just kidding.
This year Penny and I are pleased to present the award to Garry Moffat of Specialized Spray Systems based in Lethbridge Alberta.
Lethbridge may be Garry’s base, but his real home has been airports, farmer yards, grass strips, the highway, gravel roads and his RV.
For many, many years Garry has been providing mobile, on site spray pattern testing and certification services. His start he says was in 1982 – a great majority of you ag pilots were not even in God’s plan just yet.
This certification work he did then, and even now is hindered by weather and it takes a great deal of planning and then patience to be ready to work when the weather opp presents.
However, you will never find Garry miserable. He has this “what can you do” demeanor, a cheeky smile and a hearty laugh.
There is hardly an operator, whether it be air or ground, in Western Canada that doesn’t know Garry and I know first hand how often Garry’s clinic has been called upon sometimes at the last minute to assist an operator with his setup.
Garry works very hard to keep up with the technology and he is often challenged, even by me! While it’s true that Garry and I have been in competing roles at times, our friendship is based on both of our intents to try and support the industry and help the industry to evolve.
But as a colleague of his, I can tell you Garry has taught me a lot. We have collaborated on many projects together. I have immense respect for how hard he has worked, respect for his story and respect for his contributions over the years.
He has a sidekick named Chad, who happens to be Garry’s son, that is taking on more and more of the lead role at Specialized but he and Garry are very much a team. Succession planning at its finest.
Garry I know that your real love is not fast airplanes, it is Nascar racing
so good on you for finding a way to make a living that allows an occasional pass through Vegas and Florida NASCAR roadways.
AS I’ve said, this world of pattern testing is continually evolving. And this ag air industry has evolved big time.
Garry we want you to know that we respect all you have done for our industry – whether it’s challenging us, introducing new spray methodology, being there for the parts call, making a difference in whether an operator could aerially apply or not, or just sharing laughs with you,
i am honored to present you with this award tonight on behalf of Penny, your peers and the Saskatchewan Aerial Applicators
2018 SAAA Distinguished Award Of Performance
THIS YEARS AWARD GOES TO A GREAT ORGANIZATION.
THE DEDICATION BY THE WHOLE TEAM TO THE CANADIAN AERIAL APPLICATION INDUSTRY IS SECOND TO NONE.
THEY HAVE BEEN SERVING OUR INDUSTRY FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A CENTURY AND THEY CONTINUE TO EVOLVE TO MEET OUR EVER CHANGING NEEDS.
DURING THE BUSY SPRAY SEASON YOU CAN ALWAYS ACCESS SOMEONE, DAY OR NIGHT FOR SERVICE AND SUPPORT WHETHER IT BE AIRCRAFT, GPS, SPRAY SYSTEMS, OR THE OCCASIONAL “DUMB QUESTION!”
THE CREW CONSISTS OF A GREAT TEAM OF AIRCRAFT MECHANICS WHO TAKE PRIDE IN THEIR WORK.
NEW TO THE TEAM IS A FIRST CLASS AVIONICS TECHNICIAN. WITH HIS ADDITION, THEY ARE NOW SASKATCHEWANS NEWEST FULL LINE GARMIN SALES AND SERVICE CENTRE.
THE REST OF THE STAFF KEEPING THE PAPERWORK IN ORDER, DEALING WITH CUSTOMERS, ORDERING AND STOCKING PARTS, WASHING AND MOVING AIRCRAFT AROUND ALL CONTRIBUTE TO KEEP THINGS FLOWING SMOOTHLY.
THEY ARE THE THRUSH AIRCRAFT DEALER FOR CANADA. SELLING AND SUPPORTING OVER 20 NEW AIRCRAFT IN THE PAST 6 YEARS. AS A THRUSH AIRCRAFT OPERATOR I CAN SAY THEIR SERVICE AND SUPPORT HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING. I COULD NOT BE ANY HAPPIER WITH MY CHOICE!
ON BEHALF OF THE SASKATCHEWAN AERIAL APPLICATIORS ASSOCIATION, I AM HONORED TO PRESENT THE 2018 DISTINGUISHED AWARD OF PERFORMANCE TO THE ENTIRE TEAM AT YORKTON AIRCRAFT SERVICE LTD.
Distinguished Award Of Performance
2019 Gary Moffat
2018 Yorkton Aircraft Staff
2017 Doug Ingham
2016 Brian McFarlane
2015 Dale Gross
2013 Marilyn Grose
2012 Stan Neu
2011 Cheryl and Allan Denesowych