Sample Ag Pilot Training Syllabus
Being trained in an apprentice program under the tutelage of an experienced aerial application operator is an excellent way for new and low-time ag pilots to get the on-the-job training they need to become a safe, efficient aerial applicator.
What can a potential ag pilot expect when training with an operator? In most cases, the apprenticing pilot will already have a commercial pilot’s license, unlike a school where a non-pilot could begin from scratch. Insurance companies may require operators to submit a letter and curriculum to the insurance provider to help them decide if the course work is a substantive curriculum to build ag aviation experience in order for them to insure the new ag pilot. An operator can choose how long each of these sections will take based on how much experience a potential pilot already has and how quickly he learns on the job.
The following example was approved by ag aviation insurance providers as a worthy curriculum to follow for an ag pilot in training making him eligible under his insurance policy. In addition to this training schedule, operators send a letter to the insurance company giving background information about the potential ag pilot and further explaining the schedule. The insurance company decides whether to write a policy for a new pilot based on several factors and no two cases are handled the same way. There are several factors including experience, training, tail wheel time, type of aircraft flown, GPS knowledge, memberships in NAAA and the state/regional association, PAASS and Operation S.A.F.E. participation and professionalism.