NAAA Annual Awards

2019 NAAA Awards Nomination Deadline July 10, 2019

Since the early days of the Association, NAAA has recognized the outstanding achievements of individual members through the NAAA Annual Awards. At the 2019 Ag Aviation Expo in Orlando, Fla., NAAA will recognize a new crop of individuals who have helped the industry and the Association chart a confident course for agricultural aviation.

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2019 NAAA Awards is July 10, 2019.

2019 Award Nomination Form (print version)

2019 Award Nomination Form (Fillable PDF – coming soon)


NAAA Award Categories

  • Agrinaut Award: Honors the agricultural aircraft operator or operating organization that has made an outstanding contribution in the field of ag aircraft operations. The recipient for the award must be or have been actively engaged in commercial agricultural application with an agricultural aircraft and the achievement cited should be a “state of the art” contribution for the benefit of the agricultural aircraft industry as a whole.
  • Allied Industry Individual Award: Recognizes the NAAA members or staff and/or an allied industry individual who has significantly contributed their efforts for the benefit of the allied industry and the aerial application industry.
  • Delta Air Lines “Puffer” Award: Recognizes the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the design of agricultural aircraft and/or related equipment.
  • Evans-Christopher Operation S.A.F.E. Award: Recognizes individuals or entities that have made outstanding contributions to the Operation S.A.F.E. program. This Award is presented by NAAREF.
  • John Robert Horne Memorial Award: Honors a pilot with five years or less experience in the agricultural aviation industry that has an exemplary safety record and/or has contributed to safety in ag aviation.
  • Larsen-Miller Community Service Award: Recognizes outstanding contributions by a member to his community.
  • Opal & Bill Binnion Memorial Award: Acknowledges those who contribute to the NAAA in its efforts to educate the public about aerial application.
  • Outstanding Service Award: Awards outstanding service to the commercial agricultural aviation industry or to its association.
  • Related Industry Award: Recognizes outstanding contributions by an allied industry member and his company.
  • William O. Marsh Safety Award: Recognizes significant achievements in safety, safety education or an outstanding operational safety program.

Congratulations, 2017 NAAA Award Receipients!

  • Agrinaut Award – Star-Flex, Onida, SD
  • Allied Industry Award (chosen by the Allied Committee) – Paul and Betty Abbott, Covington Aircraft, Okmulgee, OK
  • Delta Air Lines “Puffer” Award – Brad Fritz, USDA-ARS Aerial Application Technology Research Unit, College Station, TX
  • Evans-Christopher Operation S.A.F.E. Award (chosen by the NAAREF Operation S.A.F.E. Committee) – Vern Hofman, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • John Robert Horne Memorial Award – Austin Kornegay, Sun Valley Dusting Company, San Benito, TX
  • John Robert Horne Memorial Award – Romke Sikkema, Agri-Tech Aviation Inc., Indianola, IA
  • Larsen-Miller Community Service Award – Charlie Bourne and Gregg Watts, O’Brien Flying Service, Iowa, LA
  • Opal and Bill Binnion Memorial Award (chosen by the Support Committee) – Kathy Diehl, Chanay Aircraft Service, Garden City, KS
  • Outstanding Service Award – Ron Cline, Central Valley Helicopters, Ellensburg, WA
  • Related Industry Award – Graham Lavender, AgAir Update LLC, Perry, GA
  • William O. Marsh Safety Award – Ryan Densham, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueuil, QB