Doug Thiel, the founder of Thiel Air Care has been flying Ag Aircraft since 1977. Armed with a BA in Ag Business from Fresno State University and being raised on a cotton/grain farm in the Chowchilla/Le Grand area he understands the challenges area growers face.
A hands on owner/operator he understands that one cannot ever stop learning if one is to survive in today’s modern agriculture. To facilitate this he remains active in State (CAAA) and National Association groups (NAAA) as well as many local community committees and groups. Currently he is Vice-Chairman of the California Agricultural Aircraft Association in Sacramento and a 7th year PAASS Presenter with the National Agricultural Aircraft Association (NAAA) located in Washington DC.
Being one of twelve active national presenters, programs are presented to State Associations throughout the contiguous United States during the offseason, a presenters home state is never on the slate, everybody knows that the dumbest person living always resides across the street! PAASS stands for “Professional Aerial Applicators Safety Support” and is a program designed to promote safety and professionalism, reduce accidents/fatalities and drift incidents throughout the country through education.
The program originated in 1999 and has proven to be highly successful. Among its many sponsors and supporters are Chemical Manufacturers, Chemical Companies, Insurance Companies, Aircraft and Engine Manufacturers and even the EPA. Each year personnel from Research and Development work side by side with Applicators to create a real world/scientific program that hits home with the audience. Four one hour modules involving Security, Human Factors related to accidents, a Drift Module that defines the science of drift movement and concluding with a “Hangar Flying” session that deals with new and current legislation that affects Ag Pilots and also challenges knowledge of application in today’s environment. Doug is very proud to play a part in maintaining and elevating the knowledge manning the cockpits of today.
From the very beginning we have had a Christian Family atmosphere and want to make you feel like one of us. In 1997, Doug and Alison Thiel formed the company with the help if Susan “Lindy” May- Doug’s sister. Bonnie Thiel (mother) helped in the office for a number of years and Ed Thiel (father) spent most of his retirement years as Doug’s “field finder”. Through the years at times Lindy’s daughter (Katie) answered phones and husband Dusty has worked on the ground crews. Brother-in-law Art Handy, Son –in-law Ross Anderson are airplane pilots on staff and Robert Thiel (Son) flies our Bell 206 helicopter. Imagine that much family and still spending Christmas together.
A “Family Atmosphere is how we are most comfortable and wouldn’t have it any other way! Every member of our payroll have become extended family which makes us who we are! We love interaction with our customers and vendors
Thiel Air Care, Inc. has two locations in Central California at Chowchilla and Firebaugh. We serve the Central California region.