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2013 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.

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.

Mark Hartz of Almyra, Ark., Elected 2012 NAAA President

The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is pleased to announce that Mark Hartz of Almyra, Ark., has been elected President of NAAA for 2012. Hartz is the co-owner of Grand Prairie Dusters Inc., a two-airplane operation that has been in business for 23 years. Serving with Hartz on the 2012 NAAA officer team are Vice President Leif Isaacson of Terreton, Idaho, Secretary Gaylon Stamps of Panhandle, Texas, and Treasurer Kyle Scott of Fort Morgan, Colo.

2012 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.

NAAA, NAAREF and Syngenta Collaborate on Stewardship Brochure

NAAA and NAAREF have partnered with Syngenta on an Aerial Applicator Edition of the “50 Ways to Treat Your Pesticide” brochure. The brochure covers basic pesticide stewardship principles important to aerial applicators and is not specific to any geography, target site or product.

NTSB Issues MET Tower Safety Alert in the Wake of Ag Pilot Fatality

On March 11, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a Safety Alert to warn pilots of low-flying aircraft about the dangers associated with unmarked towers built to record weather observations. Many Meteorological Evaluation Towers (METs) fall just below the 200-foot Federal Aviation Administration threshold for obstruction markings and can be difficult to see from the air. That's a dangerous proposition for aircraft conducting low-flight operations, including aerial applicators, emergency medical helicopters, law enforcement and other low-level activities. NAAA applauds the NTSB's actions and in particular its suggestion that the FAA institute mandatory application and marking requirements for METs under 200 feet.

In Memoriam: Air Tractor Founder Leland Snow Passes

Leland Snow, founder and President of Air Tractor Inc., died Feb. 20, while jogging near his home. He was 80. Snow leaves behind a 53-year legacy of aircraft design and innovations that ushered in the era of the modern aerial spray plane.

Wall Street Journal Examines Booming Aerial Application Business

For a small industry, aerial applicators landed some mighty big press. On Aug. 14, 2009, a front-page article in The Wall Street Journal examined the need for aerial application under the headline, “Flying Low is Flying High as Demand for Crop-Dusters Soars.” The article conveyed not only the need for new ag pilots but the skill it takes to become one.

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