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).

If your company is interested in hosting an educational session, please contact Lindsay BarberSession 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. 
A Sample of Sessions Include:
  • Air Tractor Session
  • Chemical Session
  • Compaass Rose & "Ask The Expert" Speed Mentoring Session
  • FAA/Security Session
  • Helicopter Session
  • PT6A Turbine Engine Session
  • Radial Engine Session
  • Thrush Aircraft Session
  • TPE-331 Engine Session
  • UAV Session

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

Compaass Rose Session
Sunday, Dec. 4: 4:45 - 6:15 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 7: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
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. 

USDA Aerial Image Processing Workshop 
Wednesday, Dec. 7: 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 me at and I will send you the instructions for you 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 will do by yourself, you are welcome to attend and you just need to email me your contact information so that we can keep track the number of participants for the workshop.

"Ask The Expert" Speed Mentoring Session
Thursday, Dec. 8: 2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
If you’ve been in the industry less than five years, grab a seat at the table for the “Ask the Expert” 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.