Craig Bair is a third generation Aerial Applicator from South Dakota. He grew up in the business, flagging and loading aircraft since the age of ten. Craig soloed at the age of 16 with an endorsement in his grandfather’s Ag Truck and his dad’s Ag Husky. He began spraying in 1986 at age 18 under the very watchful and critical eyes of his grandfather, (Don) and father, (Jerry).
Craig graduated from Iowa Western Community College in 1988 with an Associate Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. He holds an Airframe and Powerplant license with an Inspection Authorization. Craig operated a maintenance business from 1990-2008, specializing in agricultural and antique aircraft.
Craig took over the family spraying business in 1998. In 2010, he sold the business to Wilbur-Ellis Company and he is currently the National Aerial Safety and Regulatory Manager for Wilbur-Ellis.
Craig graduated from the Syngenta Leadership Training Program in 1997. He has served in all positions for the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association from 1997-2010. Craig served on the NAAA Board of Directors from 2005-2008, and was Secretary for the NAAA in 2007. He also served on the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Pesticide Advisory Board from 1999-2010.
Craig and his wife of 20 years, Teresa, recently moved “back home” to South Dakota from Nebraska. He enjoys fishing and hunting, and spending time at the lake with his two black labs.