NAAA works to support the agricultural aviation industry which is made up of small businesses and pilots that use aircraft to aid farmers in producing a safe, affordable and abundant supply of food, fiber and biofuel, in addition to protecting forestry and controlling health-threatening pests.
$6.7 MILLION SETTLEMENT ISSUED FOR UNMARKED MET RESULTING IN AG PILOT’S DEATH: A settlement has been reached in the wrongful death action filed by the family of California agricultural aviator Steve Allen in the amount $6.7 million against a group of defendants representing tower manufacturing, wind energy, land-owning and farming interests for not marking or making the pilot aware of the location of an unmarked meteorological evaluation tower (MET). The settlement sends a strong warning nationwide to companies that erect unmarked towers that they are accountable for their actions—and inaction—should they choose to ignore state and federal recommendations and requirements for marking towers less than 200 feet tall. Read more
PROTECTING AG PILOTS FROM THE THREAT OF UAVS: When the FAA ushers in a new era in the near future by allowing UAVs to legally share the national airspace with manned aircraft, the effects will be profound and far-reaching, but in no sector more so than agriculture. What gets lost amid all the rosy projections for UAVs’ commercial uses is the safety concerns of pilots, and in particular the concerns of aerial applicators and other pilots operating in low-level airspace. Read more
NAAA COVER CROPS WEBINAR AVAILABLE ON DEMAND: In June NAAA and Practical Farmers of Iowa hosted the webinar, “Successfully Aerially Seeding Cover Crops.” In it, NAAA pilot member Brian Berst and two Midwest cover crop consultants shared their insights, advice and strategies for effectively seeding cover crops by air. Read more
DETAILS OF EPA'S NPDES PESTICIDE GENERAL PERMIT: Read more
LETTERS WARNING MET ENTITIES ABOUT LIABILITY FOR NOT MARKING TOWERS: Read more
INTERESTED IN A CAREER AS AN AG PILOT? VISIT OUR CAREERS SECTION: Read more
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