NAAA Annual Awards

2020 NAAA Awards Nomination Deadline Sept. 10, 2020

Since the early days of the Association, NAAA has recognized the outstanding achievements of individual members through the NAAA Annual Awards. At the 2020 Ag Aviation Expo in Savannah, Ga., 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 2020 NAAA Awards is Sept. 10, 2020.

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NAAA Award Categories

  • Agrinaut Award: Honors the agricultural aircraft operator, operating organization or allied member company that has made an outstanding contribution in the field of ag aircraft operations. 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. This award no longer has carryover nominations from year to year and must be resubmitted as a new nomination every year.
  • 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, 2019 NAAA Award Receipients!

  • Allied Industry Award (chosen by the Allied Committee) – Quentin Childs, Insurance Management Group, Altoona, IA
  • Evans-Christopher Operation S.A.F.E. Award (chosen by the NAAREF Operation S.A.F.E. Committee) – John Garr, GarrCo Products Inc., Converse, IN
  • Larsen-Miller Community Service Award Marty Owen, Desert Air Ag, Terreton, ID
  • Opal and Bill Binnion Memorial Award (chosen by the Support Committee) – Jay Calleja, NAAA
  • Outstanding Service Award – Terry Jordan, Jordan Air, Hugoton, KS
  • Related Industry Award – Anthonie York, Transland, Wichita Falls, TX
  • William O. Marsh Safety Award – Scott Bretthauer, NAAA