Transportation Policy

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.

OpSpecs Not Required for Part 137 Operators

Word Still Not to All FAA FSDOs

NAAA is still receiving questions from operators throughout the country about FAA Operations Specifications (OpSpecs). As NAAA has stated in newsletters, magazine articles, the PAASS program and convention sessions, FAA Headquarters has told us there are no OpSpecs for Part 137 operators. An article in Agricultural Aviation magazine explored this subject in depth.

Transportation Policy

NAAA is involved in a number of transportation issues. This includes the prevention of low-level obstacles, whether they be towers or unmanned aircraft systems from jeopardizing the flight safety of ag planes and/or hindering their access to arable farm land, to trying to update the Federal Air Regulations pertaining to agricultural aviation to take into account the modernized aerial application industry.

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