Pledge and Donation Information

NAAREF contributions are used for funding PAASS, S.A.F.E., Fly Safe, and other NAAREF programs.

Contribution Amounts

$1,000 – Wright Flyer

$500 – Chanute Glider

$250 – Graf Zeppelin

$100 – Daedalus

Other amounts are welcomed.

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Rod Thomas

Rod Thomas is an Idaho farm boy living just three miles from where he grew up. By age eleven, Rod and his older brother were operating a custom hay stacking business. With experience in custom farming and their love of all things flying, agricultural aviation was a natural fit. They started their own application business, Thomas Helicopters, Inc., in Gooding, Idaho in 1975 with a Hughes 300. They have owned as many as five helicopters they used for ag and other work such as coyote hunting, wild animal darting, fire-fighting, heli-skiing, construction and sling work, and movies.

Gaylon Stamps

Gaylon Stamps is a Native-Texan born in 1948. He was raised by a dad who in 1955 realized his own dream to fly, became a pilot and in 1963 launched Stamps Spraying Service.

Gaylon began his flying in 1964 and earned his Private Pilot License in 1967. In 1972, after four years in the US Air Force he came home to take his place as a pilot in the family business. In 1975, Gaylon was handed the reins of the business when his father took a seat as a corporate pilot.

Eric P. Klindt

Eric Klindt grew up on the family farm in Minnesota and when the farm was sold, he worked for other farmers in the area. Eric attended the University of Minnesota at Crookston where he received his commercial pilot’s license and aerial applicator training. He received his start in aerial spraying from David Yaggie where he started spraying in 1997 and has loved it ever since. Eric is employed by Tri-State Air Ag in Wahpeton, ND, where he flies an Air Tractor 502.

Eric stays busy in the aerial application off season with several jobs.

Leif Isaacson

Leif Isaacson is the owner and operator of Desert Air Ag in Terreton, Idaho. The company operates four turbine aircraft and one helicopter doing a wide range of agricultural operations. Leif, who has been a flight instructor for 30 years, is rated in fixed and rotary wing aircraft, gliders and seaplanes. He has been an aerial applicator for 37 years.

Leif is a long-standing member of the Idaho AAA and is a Past President of that association.

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