Member Programs and Services
The key to membership development and retention is to provide programs and services members want. NAAA takes that notion to heart, actively listening to its members to evaluate and improve current offerings and develop new programs in step with the needs of the membership. All of NAAA’s programs and services address one or more of the following areas of importance:
- Government Relations
Government Relations and Advocacy
Maintaining a presence in Washington, D.C., and on the national stage is vital to the industry. Industry surveys and ongoing contact with members consistently demonstrate that aerial applicators view government regulation as the greatest threat to their businesses. NAAA’s leaders have understood this since the association’s inception, but the legislative and regulatory battles at the federal level are becoming more time-consuming with each passing year. NAAA needs the continued support of all aerial applicators to educate policymakers about the critical role aerial application plays in American agriculture and to fight potentially harmful government policies.
As the only national organization representing aerial applicators before the federal government, NAAA has been an effective advocate on members’ behalf. Individual operators have saved thousands of dollars each year, and the industry as a whole has saved millions because of NAAA’s lobbying achievements.
Education and Safety Programs
“Safety is one of the most important mission objectives of NAAA. The most extraordinary example of that model today is the continuing education that the ag aviation industry receives through the PAASS Program.”
—Ron Cline, Central Valley Helicopters, Ellensburg, Wash.
The Professional Aerial Applicators’ Support System (PAASS) is the preeminent educational and safety program for aerial applicators, offered in nearly every state that conducts active aerial application activities. The PAASS program seeks to enhance the profession and save lives by improving the understanding of human factors, enhancing critical aeronautical decision-making skills, and inducing positive behavioral change.
Participation in PAASS, Compaass Rose, Operation S.A.F.E. Fly-Ins, and NAAA’s Leadership Training Program offer aerial applicators several ways to improve their professionalism and earn possible CEUs.
Convention & Trade Show
NAAA hosts the world’s largest agricultural aviation convention and trade show every December. The annual event features seminars and forums that address current events and issues, networking opportunities, and the latest and greatest parts and services available to the industry. “Ag Aviation, America's Winning Hand” is the theme of the 2011 convention Dec. 5–8 in Las Vegas. Make your plans to attend today!