2013-2014 Program Summary
The 2013-2014 PAASS Program will celebrate its 16th year of safety-education programming by presenting the module topics outlined below.
Agricultural Aviation’s Airfield Watch
This module will stress the importance of facility security by using the Ag Airfield Watch program to prevent the operator’s loss of control over crop protection chemicals and application related equipment. Public perception of ag aircraft is they can easily be used as a tool for terrorism. An ag aircraft theft that occurred during 2013 demonstrated there was a disconnect of information flow between government agencies and our industry in the effort to locate the aircraft. Once the industry was officially informed of the occurrence, a state agency was asked to make their membership aware of the incident and the pilot and aircraft were located within hours. NAAA has attempted to develop a more streamlined theft notification system with local law enforcement, FBI, and TSA to ensure prompt notification.
Human Factors in Agricultural Aviation – “Analysis of an Ag Accident”
When the unfortunate event happens and an ag aircraft is involved in an accident, other pilots wish to learn all they can to prevent a similar occurrence. PAASS is fortunate to have an operator and pilot willing to discuss what went wrong and analyze how the accident chain could be broken. Suggestions on the techniques used when dumping a load will be discussed.
Spray Drift Mitigation – “Putting the Brakes on Misapplication: Ideas to Ensure Proper Applications”
PAASS has investigated the claims paid by insurance companies for crop damages on behalf of operators and sought out details of some of these claims. The module will take an in-depth look at why these events might have happened and what could be done to prevent their occurrence. Many recent claims were the result of applying to the wrong field or using the wrong chemical as opposed to chemical drift. Some claims resulted from contaminated chemical loads for various reasons. A major contributing factor to damage losses has been improper identification of susceptible crops adjacent to the target field. PAASS will present possible solutions to head off some of these potential problems.
Hangar AG Flying – “Topics of Interest to Ag Operators”
This module will include an analysis of ag accidents that occurred during the 2013 application year enabling attendees to learn from others’ experiences and increase pilot safety. Last year the PAASS program instigated a session called “Are you smarter than a student pilot?” which will be continued this season. Through the use of electronic audience response technology, PAASS was able to determine which areas attendees did not understand and content could be tailored to address these subjects.