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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.

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.

Facts About the Aerial Application Industry

SIZE

  • There are approximately 1,350 aerial application businesses in the United States and 1,430 non-operator pilots.
  • Of those 1,350 businesses, 94% of the owners are also pilots.
  • NAAA represents more than 1,800 members.
  • According to NAAA records, aerial application operations are located in 46 states—all but Alaska, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

IMPORTANCE

2011 NAAA eNewsletters

Welcome to NAAA’s eNewsletter. The NAAA eNewsletter is designed to keep you up to date on important issues happening in the industry. If you ever have any comments, suggestions or article ideas, please send them to information@agaviation.org.

Media Center

Welcome to NAAA’s Media Center, your resource for the latest NAAA and industry updates. Whether you are a journalist or someone interested in staying abreast of the latest happenings within the aerial application industry, you’ve come to the right place. Please explore the resources contained here to learn more about the industry, the issues affecting it and the work NAAA is doing on the industry’s behalf.

2014 NAAA eNewsletters

Welcome to NAAA’s eNewsletter. The NAAA eNewsletter is designed to keep you up to date on important issues happening in the industry. If you ever have any comments, suggestions or article ideas, please send them to information@agaviation.org.

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.

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.

Dana Ness of Rudyard, Mont., Elected 2013 NAAA President

The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is pleased to announce that Dana Ness of Rudyard, Mont., has been elected President of NAAA for 2013. Ness is the owner of Ag-Air Inc., a chemical retailer and aerial application business that operates in Rudyard and Chester, Mont. Ness has two piston Air Tractor 301 ag aircraft, which he and another pilot fly. Serving with Ness on the 2013 NAAA officer team are Vice President Rick Boardman of Henderson, Neb., Secretary Doug Davidson of Clinton, Ark., and Treasurer Brenda Watts of Watson, Ark.

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