Educational Sessions

2016 NAAA Convention
December 5–8, 2016 ♦ Long Beach, Calif.
Several educational sessions will be available throughout the 2016 NAAA Convention. Educational Sessions are organized by NAAA with assistance from its Allied Industry Committee to provide information of general interest to the aerial application industry. Sessions are also organized by individual companies to showcase their particular products and services. Watch the schedule as it develops and plan to attend as many Educational Sessions as possible (CEUs may be available for some states).

There are no more session times available for the 2016 NAAA Convention. Session availability is on a first come, first serve basis. Company must be an Allied Industry member of NAAA and an exhibitor to host a company sponsored session. 

Additional session details will be listed below as they become available. 

Sunday, Dec. 4
4 - 5:30 p.m.

Compaass Rose
Sponsored by Torell Aviation Insurance Agency
Attend this session if you’re new to the industry or interested in becoming an ag pilot. Compaass Rose provides professional support and direction for newbies and those who want to learn more. Additional details on Compaass RosePlease note: This session is for those with five years or less of experience. 

Monday, Dec. 5
1 - 2:30 p.m. 

FAA/Security Session
Sponsored by Turbine Conversions
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to ask questions and speak directly with NAAA’s Washington, D.C. points-of-contact with federal agencies that have oversight over ag aviation operations in the U.S.
- Joseph (Jody) Hemler, FAA
- Jennifer Rodi, NTSB
- Jude N. Sellers, FAA
- Jim Viola, FAA
- TSA and FBI offices invited
Radial Engines Session
Moderator: Rob Seeman, Covington Aircraft Engines
- Ron Hollis Covington Aircraft Engines
- Rex Vaughn, Tulsa Aircraft Engines

SATLOC Session
Satloc Innovations: A discussion about new Satloc products, features and solutions to better serve the agricultural aviation market.
-Mike Thurman
- John Lueger
- Ian McVay

Monday, Dec. 5
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. 

Low-Level Obstacles Session
- Van Bloys, Wireless Infrastructure Association
- Wes Hall, Yield Defender
- Michael Helvey, FAA, Obstruction Evaluation Group
- Dan Gerecht, FAA, Obstacle Data Team
- Jim Viola, FAA, General Aviation & Commercial Division
TPE331 Session
Moderator: Bruce Hubler
- Joe Costa, FAA, Los Angeles CA
- Robert Baker, AG-Air Turbines
- Danny Moore,  CD Aviation
- Mark Richardson, Turbine Standard
- Niel James, Intercontinental Jet
- Terry Cooley, EAM
- Rob Buelow, Honeywell
This session will discuss:
  1. ?AgSync vision - our future direction: New feature updates including: Operator PRO – Create batch calculations, change and edit products on orders in the app. AgriSite App - Add new fields, orders, zones and annotations and a new instant messaging feature. 
  2. FliteTek International introduces the VeriFly GPS product line, including the NetGPS guidance system, NetOFFICE, powered by AgSync Air, and live aircraft tracking and diagnostics with NetTRACKER.
Speaker: Ryan Eby

Monday, Dec. 5
4:30 - 6 p.m.

PT6 Session
Moderator: Fletcher Sharp, Covington Aircraft Engines
- Pratt & Whitney 
- Covington
- Dallas Airmotive
- Prime Turbines
- United Turbine Corp.
Chemical Session
Moderator: Brian Anniss, Arysta LifeScience
- Caren Schmidt, Ph.D., BASF - Industry Update
- Shawn 'Tater' Erickson, DuPont Crop Protection - DuPont Crop Product Update
- Steffan Busch, EGE Products - Making your chemicals work
- John Garr, GarrCo Products - New opportunity for fall aerial application
- Eric Tedford, Syngenta - Trivapro: Trivapro: Harder working, longer lasting disease control for higher yields
AG-NAV Session
AG-NAV Inc. Nav Systems and Apps
Speaker: Lai Nguyen
Latest update on Agnav Nav system and its application. New features, New technology, New products.

Wednesday, Dec. 7
8 - 9:30 a.m.

Helicopter Session 
Sponsored by Simplex Aerospace
New Helicopters, Technology, Operators and Old Problems
Moderator: Jeff Reabe, Reabe Spraying Service
Chem-Man by DataSmart Session
Overview of the Chem-Man mapping and billing software displaying the easy work flow of job scheduling, invoicing, GPS integration, inventory, commissions, Quickbooks, etc.
Speakers: John Farris & Regina Farmer
USDA Aerial Image Processing Workshop (session scheduled from 8 - 10 a.m.
Instructor: Chenghai Yang, USDA-ARS, Aerial Application Technology Research Unit, College Station, TX
We presented several low-cost imaging systems for use on agricultural aircraft at the last two NAAA conventions. Many aerial applicators have shown a great interest in the imaging systems and some have assembled their own. Now the questions facing these aerial applicators are how to convert large numbers of aerial images to georeferenced image mosaics for ground scouting and other uses and how to create vegetation index and prescription maps for crop pest detection, nutrient status assessment, and variable rate application. To address this need, we will offer this two-hour hands-on training to aerial applicators or any interested users using the licensed software Pix4D and the free software QGIS. We will demonstrate how to use Pix4D to automatically convert a set of geotagged RGB and near-infrared (NIR) images acquired with a two-camera imaging system into georeferenced 2D orthomosaics, 3D surface models, normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) maps and prescription maps in shapefile. We will also use QGIS to demonstrate how to align RGB and NIR images, georeference the images, and generate NDVI and prescription maps. If you are interested in some hands-on experience, please RSVP to and you will receive the instructions to download the software and sample images. You are required to bring your own laptop preloaded with Pix4D and QGIS. For those of you who are just interested in seeing if this is something you can do by yourself, you are welcome to attend, but please also RSVP.

Wednesday, Dec. 7
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Simplex Aerospace Session
- Casey Zimmerman, Simplex Aerospace
- Jordan Salmons, IMS New Zealand
Simplex Aerospace and IMS New Zealand will jointly present on the merits of helicopter aerial application equipment in an agricultural setting. Simplex Aerospace’s Regional Sales Manager, Casey Zimmerman, will present Simplex’s aerial spray product line and notable applications of Simplex systems, including food security, illicit drug eradication and public health. Jordan Salmons, General Manager of IMS New Zealand, will present on the use of spreading buckets and other IMS systems applicable in the field of agricultural aviation. 
DuPont Crop Protection Session
New Crop Protection Solutions from DuPont
Speaker: Tater Erickson
Don’t miss your chance to learn more about DuPont Crop Protection products including our two new liquid SU herbicides for the cereals market! DuPont™ Sentrallas® and Travallas™ herbicides will be available for the 2017 season and deliver a customized, easy-to-use solution for managing hard-to-control broadleaf weeds. You can also enter to win one of 20 Yeti® Rambler Tumblers!

Wednesday, Dec. 7
4 - 5:30 p.m.

Cover Crops Session
Cover crops could be a real boon to your business! By 2020, 20 million acres of cover crops will be seeded in the U.S. To seed that number of acres pilots will be needed to get the job done. Aerial applicators are uniquely qualified to help farmers meet their cover crop objectives because no method of application can seed more acres of cover crops within the allowable window to get good establishment more quickly than an ag aircraft. At this session, you’ll pick up tips and keys to success from operators and pilots who are already aerially seeding cover crops.
Moderator: Damon Reabe, Reabe Spraying Service
Jamie Scott, Scott’s Cover Crops, Pierceton, Ind.
- Ryan Stockwell, National Wildlife Federation
- Dennis Gardisser, WRK of Arkansas
Compaass Rose
Sponsored by Texas AAA
Attend this session if you’re new to the industry or interested in becoming an ag pilot. Compaass Rose provides professional support and direction for newbies and those who want to learn more. Additional details on Compaass RosePlease note: This session is for those with five years or less of experience.
Leading Edge Associates Session
Technology that makes you money; DropVision & MapVision AG
Leading Edge will present DropVision AG, a new innovative software that will help you quickly characterize your aircraft providing all the spray data to your customers without leaving your home airport.  We will also present MapVision AG, software that will help you manage your business work orders, scheduling, inventory and revenues without paying by the acre!
- Bill Reynolds
- Piper Kimball
- Kameron Gradert
Aviation Specialties Unlimited Session
Expanded Capabilities and ROI of Night Vision Q & A
- Justin Watlington, ASU
- Bruce Hubler, Valley Air Service
- Larry Smith, Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical
- Bob Klein, Klein Flying Service
Please join ASU for a Q & A session from the ag operators flying night vision goggles on the Expanded Capabilities and return on investment of Night Vision. We’ll bring the beer—you bring the questions. Hear the first-hand experience from the pioneers of night vision for agricultural applications. Bruce Hubler of Valley Air Service, Larry Smith from Tri-Rotor Spray and Chemical, Bob Klein of Klein Flying Service, and Justin Watlington, director of operations for ASU will address your questions and concerns regarding NVG safety, applications, how you can expand your operations with your current assets, and, of course, return on investment. 

Thursday, Dec. 8

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Air Tractor Session

Factory Update
- Jim Hirsch, Factory Update
- Bob Salyers, Service Letters
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Thrush Aircraft Session

Being the Best
- Erik Rojek
- Payne Hughes
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
NAAREF Safety Session

Sponsored by Allianz
Establishing a plan on how to prepare as best as possible in the event of a catastrophic incident at an operation like an aircraft accident and/or loss of a pilot.
2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
"Ask the Expert" Speed Mentoring Session

Sponsored by Davidson Solid Rock Insurance & Weber Aviation Insurance
If you’ve been in the industry less than five years, grab a seat at the table for the “Ask theExpert” Speed Mentoring Session, a fast-paced orientation session that provides new and prospective ag pilots with a quick 360-degree overview of what’s required and what it takes to work as a pilot in the agricultural aviation industry. A series of quick-hitting speed mentoring rounds will be led by experienced operators and pilots, insurance representatives and ag school representatives. This is your chance to pose questions to industry experts in a smaller group setting than Compaass Rose.
2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Engine Reliability and Longevity

Presented by Spencer Aircraft and Aircraft Specialties Services. Specialties teamed up with the chief chemist at Exxon a few years ago in order to solve problems that we identified with aviation oils. The presentation is FAA approved for the IA continuing education requirements. The session will discuss and emphasize just how curtail oil management is to the long term health of the engine, discussing the science of complex hydrocarbons and the damage they do to the ferrous metals. We will demonstrate a 30-40% reduction is wear metals in the oil. 100% of these contaminants are fuel derived and the session will demonstrate how to minimalize the negative effects of these contaminants which in turn, increase the engine reliability and longevity.
Speaker: Randy Bibb