How to Promote Agricultural Aviation Positively
A quick Google News search of “aerial application” will lend itself to nearly 10 pages of stories about pilots involved in crashes, accidental sprays and near death experiences. As someone who grew up around aerial application in rural Arkansas, these generic stereotypes do not begin to reveal the positive effects agricultural aviation has on our society.
While industry-insiders and those who grew up around aerial application know the positive implications of agricultural aviation, the majority of people in this country probably have negative ideas about what it is aerial applicators offer them. An anonymous citizen taking a bite of rice with his or her “authentic” Southern gumbo probably does not realize the number of people it took to get that bite onto the fork. Education is key in this industry in order to reintroduce to the masses what it is that aerial applicators do each day and how every person benefits from the work of the industry.