News and Publications

The Importance of Media and Public Relations

It is a challenge to get our positive message of protecting agriculture, forestry and public health to the public and the media, but the importance of it is clear. The media reaches the masses and the masses influence public policy.

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 Aerial Application Industry Surveys

NAAA periodically conducts Agricultural Aviation Surveys to collect information to better identify the scope of work the U.S. agricultural aviation industry performs and the equipment, products and application techniques the industry uses. Additionally, the information gathered helps NAAA in its efforts to maintain aerial uses on a number of crop protection product labels. Having valid data has resulted in saving products for aerial use because they have pointed to less actual risk compared to EPA’s theoretical risk assumptions.

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.

Agricultural Aviation Curriculum Guides

WNAAA created the Agricultural Aviation Curriculum Guides to introduce the agricultural aviation industry to educators and students. These elementary (K–5) and secondary (6–12) curriculum guides are designed for use by classroom teachers and 4-H leaders. Each curriculum guide contains a variety of activities and lesson plans.

EPA Draft NPDES Permit for Pesticide Applications

EPA releases its draft permit unleashing a slew of different and unprecedented requirements for pesticide applicators; the Agency is taking comments on the permit and aerial applicators are urged to comment

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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