Details of EPA's NPDES Pesticide General Permit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final Pesticide NPDES General Permit (PGP) on Oct. 31, 2011. NAAA has developed a comprehensive overview of the permit detailing the impacts of the permit on aerial applicators. The Association has also developed a number of documents to aid aerial applicators in complying with the permits.

Letters Warning MET Entities About Liability for Not Marking Towers

In another move to ensure proper marking of towers under 200 feet, NAAA has sent letters to the American Wind Energy Association and dozens of U.S. meteorological evaluation tower (MET) manufacturers warning them that ignoring an FAA Advisory Circular (AC) providing guidance on the marking of METs and other government warnings on the risks posed by unmarked METs would very likely result in legal liability for a tower company whose tower resulted in an accident due to improper marking. 

Leif Isaacson of Terreton, Idaho, Elected 2014 NAAA President

The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is pleased to announce that Leif Isaacson has been elected president of NAAA for 2014. Isaacson is the owner of Desert Air Ag, an aerial application business that operates in Terreton, Idaho. Desert Air Ag has four turbine Air Tractor 502 ag aircraft, one Air Tractor 302 and an Enstrom 280 Shark helicopter. Wheat, barley, alfalfa and potatoes are the primary crops in Isaacson’s trade area. Serving alongside Isaacson on NAAA’s 2014 officer team are Vice President Perry Hofer of Doland Aerial Spraying, Doland, S.D.; Secretary Glen Wharam of Valley Sprayers Inc., Park River, N.D.; and Treasurer Craig Craft of Craft Air Services LLC, Hertford, N.C.

Let's Be Fair About Sharing The Air

The airspace aerial applicators work in is becoming increasingly obstructed by transmission lines, wind turbines and hard-to-see meteorological testing towers. That concerns the aerial application industry, not just in terms of safety, but also in terms of accessing farmers’ fields to treat their crops. In response, NAAA has launched a public outreach campaign to raise awareness about the worrisome effects of wind energy development on agriculture and aviation.

NTSB MET Safety Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued six safety recommendations regarding Meteorological Evaluation Towers (METs) in the wake of investigations into three fatal aircraft collisions that resulted in four deaths. The recommendations were issued May 15, 2013, and are directed to the Federal Aviation Administration, the American Wind Energy Association, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 46 states, four territories and District of Columbia without MET legislation.

Aerial Application 101 Presentation

NAAA is pleased to provide members with a presentation that provides an overview of the ag aviation industry and the vital role aerial applicators play in helping to produce a safe, affordable and abundant supply of food, fiber and biofuel. We encourage members to use the PowerPoint presentation as one of many tools in educating the public about the industry and the intricacies that make us a highly regarded partner in production agriculture.

Happy Birthday, PT6! NAAA Members Join in on Video Tribute

Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrated the 50th anniversary of the PT6 engine at NAAA’s 2013 Convention & Exposition in a big way by providing a special 50th anniversary PT6A-34AG engine to NAAA’s Live Auction and marking the occasion at its booth and a festive reception. Pratt & Whitney also captured several well-wishers on video at the NAAA Trade Show who delivered a series of happy birthday messages to the PT6.

FAA Releases Guidance on Marking MET Towers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the long-awaited guidance for marking MET towers less than 200 feet above ground level (AGL) in remote and rural areas. NAAA is very pleased to report that the comments provided by members and the Association have yielded guidance favorable to agricultural aviation. The FAA agrees that marking these structures would enhance the conspicuity of these METs, particularly for low-level agricultural operations.”

NAAA Releases 2012 Aerial Application Survey

Eight years after NAAA conducted its last survey a new view of the industry has emerged thanks to two landmark new surveys of Part 137 operators and pilots conducting agricultural operations. The results are documented in the 2012 NAAA Aerial Application Industry Surveys of operators and pilots, which are available exclusively to NAAA members. The survey of non-operator ag pilots is the first of its kind. Taken together, the 2012 operator and pilot surveys paint the most comprehensive portrait of the aerial application industry ever.

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