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 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
Further details to follow
 
Radial Engines Session
Further details to follow
 
SATLOC Session
Further details to follow
 
 

Monday, Dec. 5
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. 

Low-Level Obstacles Session
Further details to follow
 
TPE331 Session
Moderator: Bruce Hubler
Further details to follow
 
Allied Ag Cat Productions / Eagle Vistas Session
Further details to follow
 
 

Monday, Dec. 5
4:30 - 6 p.m.

PT6 Session
Moderator: Fletcher Sharp
Further details to follow
 
Chemical Session
Further details to follow
 
AG-NAV Session
Further details to follow
 
 

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

Helicopter Session 
Sponsored by Simplex Aerospace
Further details to follow
 
Chem-Man by DataSmart Session
Further details to follow
 
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 chenghai.yang@ars.usda.gov 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
Further details to follow
 
DuPont Crop Protection Product Update
Further details to follow
 
 

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

Cover Crops Session
Further details to follow
 
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 Rose?Please note: This session is for those with five years or less of experience.
 
Leading Edge Associates Session
Further details to follow
 
Aviation Specialties Unlimited Session
Expanded Capabilities and ROI of Night Vision Q & A
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. 

- Justin Watlington, ASU
- Bruce Hubler, Valley Air Service
- Larry Smith, Tri-Rotor Spray & Chemical
- Bob Klein, Klein Flying Service?
 
 

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.