Policy Initiatives

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.

Policy Initiatives

NAAA’s Constitution directs the organization to be the recognized public policy advocate for the agricultural aviation industry. NAAA works closely with Congress, a multitude of federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service, and state and local agencies to establish a fair and reasonable tax and regulatory environment for the aerial application industry.

Night Vision Goggles

NAAA has been closely monitoring the certification process of night vision goggles (NVGs) for use in night agricultural operations. Early in 2013, NAAA employed an online survey to gather information from operators that perform night operations about their acres or hours flown at night; why they use night application; and what their opinion was about NVGs. Those responding reported treating 1.6 million acres and flying 11,737 hours of night application.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The newest potential non-tower obstacle on the immediate horizon is that of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Today’s UAS range in size from small hand-launched radio-controlled aircraft to highly sophisticated vehicles like the military’s Predator and Global Hawk that are capable of staying in the air for 24-40 hours and are equipped with high-tech sensor systems and missiles.

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.”

NATA MET Marking Guidance

Aviation Safety Videos Highlight Dangers of Unmarked Towers

The University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension program and the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association (NATA) recently produced two exceptional videos highlighting the dangers of unmarked METs and the necessity of proper tower marking for aviation safety. Both YouTube videos feature NATA and NAAA member Brian Wilcox flying near an unmarked tower.  

Environmental Policy

NAAA works to educate and affect congressional and federal agency decisions to ensure federal, environmental, and human safety policy pertaining to pesticide use takes into account the soundest science and professional techniques and technologies used by the aerial application community, as well as the benefits aerial application provides agriculture and the environment.

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