2017-2018 Program Summary

The 2017-2018 PAASS Program will celebrate its 20th year of safety-education programming by presenting the module topics outlined below.
 
Agricultural Aviation’s Airfield Watch
Since September 11, 2001, the aviation industry and our own aerial application segment has been focused on preventing civil aviation from being used in terrorist activities. If an ag aircraft was used as a weapon, the stigma would cause disastrous damage to the perception of the aerial application industry. However, sound security has the additional benefit of protecting the facility against threats from common vandalism, theft, fire, natural disasters, and other perils. This module will assist operators in auditing security of their facility and suggest ways to improve it.
 
Human Factors in Agricultural Aviation – “Maintenance Related Aircraft Accidents”
According to NAAA accident data, maintenance problems account for about one-third of ag aircraft accidents reported by the NTSB. In this session, NTSB’s Senior Aviation Accident Investigator Tom Little, a former ag pilot, has agreed to lead attendees in an investigation of accidents where improper or lack of maintenance was determined to be the accident’s cause. Selected accident reports will be presented in detail along with NTSB’s probable cause accompanied by photographic evidence used in reaching this finding. As each report is analyzed, the audience will be given an opportunity to discuss steps that could have been taken to prevent the accident.  
 
Environmental Professionalism – “Spray Equipment Selection and Setup”
This season’s module examines how spray equipment selection and setup on your aircraft can affect the accuracy of the application. The first section covers calibrating your aircraft to apply both the correct spray application rate as well as the correct droplet size. How nozzle type, orifice size, airspeed, and operating pressure affect droplet size will also be examined. From there, we will discuss how reducing the boom length might provide an additional technique for drift mitigation, as well as how it affects the effective swath of the aircraft. Finally, the module will look at how nozzles under the fuselage of the aircraft affect the quality and uniformity of the spray pattern as well as the potential for drift.
 
Hangar AG Flying – “Topics of Interest to Ag Operators”

This module will include an analysis of ag accidents that occurred during the 2017 application season. Studying these accidents enables attendees to learn from other pilots’ experiences and increase flying safety. During the 2017 season, we lost several pilots to weather related incidents. Avoidance of low level flying in foggy conditions will be discussed. A marked increase in airplane shootings and UAV encounters were experienced this year. Checklists have been prepared to assist operators and pilots in reporting these encounters to the proper authorities.
 
Ample time will be allowed during the entire program for attendee discussions and sharing of experiences involving issues and practices related to their own ag operations.