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Agricultural Aviation Career Poster 17x11 Printer File

Agricultural Aviation Career Poster—High-Resolution 17 x 11 Printer File: Supply this PDF to a printer if you would like to make high-quality reprints of NAAA's Agricultural Aviation Career Poster. The PDF is sized at 17" x 11". Please note the PDF is too large to email, but you can save it to a thumb drive and may be able to upload the file to the printer's website.

NAAA/BASF Agricultural Aviation Scholarship Application

2014 NAAA-BASF Agricultural Aviation Scholarship Application (from MD)

Job Hunting Tips

Dos and Don’ts for Aspiring Ag Pilots on the Job Trail

While there are no guarantees, your chances of finding work and learning the craft of becoming a professional ag pilot will improve if you follow this advice.

Ag Pilot Flight School Information

With demand for ag aviation pilots growing, enrolling in an ag flight training school is one possible training avenue available to would-be aerial applicators looking for formal training in the field. The National Agricultural Aviation Association counts five flight training organizations as members. Contact information for each of them appears below.

Sample Ag Pilot Training Syllabus

Being trained in an apprentice program under the tutelage of an experienced aerial application operator is an excellent way for new and low-time ag pilots to get the on-the-job training they need to become a safe, efficient aerial applicator.

What can a potential ag pilot expect when training with an operator? In most cases, the apprenticing pilot will already have a commercial pilot’s license, unlike a school where a non-pilot could begin from scratch. Insurance companies may require operators to submit a letter and curriculum to the insurance provider to help them decide if the course work is a substantive curriculum to build ag aviation experience in order for them to insure the new ag pilot. An operator can choose how long each of these sections will take based on how much experience a potential pilot already has and how quickly he learns on the job.

Sample Curriculum

The following example was approved by ag aviation insurance providers as a worthy curriculum to follow for an ag pilot in training making him eligible under his insurance policy. In addition to this training schedule, operators send a letter to the insurance company giving background information about the potential ag pilot and further explaining the schedule. The insurance company decides whether to write a policy for a new pilot based on several factors and no two cases are handled the same way. There are several factors including experience, training, tail wheel time, type of aircraft flown, GPS knowledge, memberships in NAAA and the state/regional association, PAASS and Operation S.A.F.E. participation and professionalism.

Landing a Seat

This story originally appeared in the November 2011 online issue of Texas Co-op Power (TCP) magazine and was reprinted in Agricultural Aviation with the permission of TCP.

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