WATCH FAA SAFETY TEAM WEBINAR ON PRO TIPS FOR PART 137 UAS PILOTS & OPERATORS (6/26/2024): On the evening of June 25, 2024, the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) presented a webinar titled Pro Tips for Part 137 UAS Pilots and Operators. The speakers included two industry drone pilots and two FAA representatives familiar with Part 137 drone operations. The focus of the webinar was on the importance of professionalism and safety for drone pilots making aerial applications. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

NAAA & NAAREF RELEASE AGRICULTURAL AIRMAN GUIDELINES (AAG) (5/22/2024): AAG is a comprehensive resource to assist in preparing for or administering a 14 CFR §137.19(e) Knowledge and Skills Test. NAAA encourages operators and pilots to explore the AAG and discover how it can enhance ongoing knowledge, risk management and skills training within their operations. Read More

NAAA BOARD ESTABLISHES UNCREWED AERIAL APPLICATION SYSTEM COMMITTEE TO REACH ALL MEDIUMS OF AERIAL APPLICATION FOR SAFETY, EFFICACY AND COMPLIANCE PURPOSES (5/20/2024): The NAAA Board of Directors recently voted to establish an Uncrewed Aerial Application System (UAAS) Committee to advise the Association on uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) – or drone – issues. The decision to establish the committee is to ensure the low-altitude airspace is safe for crewed and uncrewed aircraft as the number of UAS in low-altitude airspace grows. The Committee will also advise the NAAA on ways to ensure aerial application regulatory compliance, efficacy and environmental professionalism is achieved throughout crewed and uncrewed aerial application mediums. These goals are shared by both manned/uncrewed aerial application operations and established, licensed drone operations. Read More

NAAA CAUTIONS HOBBYIST AND PROFESSIONAL DRONE OPERATORS NOT TO INTERFERE WITH LOW-ALTITUDE MANNED AGRICULTURAL AIRCRAFT THIS GROWING SEASON (4/23/2024): With another growing season getting underway at a time when aerial application services are expected to be in high demand, on Tuesday, NAAA sent a news release to aviation and agricultural media outlets advising uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) operators to be mindful of low-flying manned agricultural aircraft operations. NAAA has several prospective interviews with major media establishments over the next week to discuss this topic on their widely circulated mediums. Read More

NAAA ENDORSES AND ENCOURAGES AG AIRCRAFT GPS DATA COLLECTION EFFORT PROTECTING MANNED AG AIRCRAFT FROM DRONES (2/21/2024): NAAA has a longstanding partnership with Mississippi State University (MSU) to collect GPS data logs donated by its members. Since the project’s inception in 2017, the data collected and analysis performed by MSU has fueled NAAA’s efforts in representing the safety interests of aerial applicators to regulators. Read More

2024 NAAA OFFICERS ELECTED (1/18/2024): Ray Newcomb of Pembroke, NH Elected 2024 NAAA President; Glenn Holloway of Merigold, MS Elected 2024 NAAA Vice President; Joel Meyer of Wellsburg, IA Elected 2024 NAAA Secretary; Matt Woolard of Corning, AR Elected 2024 NAAA Treasurer. Read More

AG AVIATION EXPO A RADIANT SUCCESS IN SUNNY PALM SPRINGS (12/14/2023): Attendees and exhibitors at NAAA’s 2023 Ag Aviation Expo couldn’t have asked for better weather, scenery, education, networking and friendship in Palm Springs, California in early December. The expo hosted nearly 1,300 attendees and exhibitors from around the globe eager to network with friends and peers, educate themselves at 26 education sessions and improve their businesses by visiting with exhibitors on the trade show floor. Read More

COVER CROPS PRESS RELEASE AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS TO SEND TO LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS (9/14/2023): While the season for aerial applicators is slowing down in several parts of the country, many applicators are seeding cover crop seeds into late summer and early fall. NAAA has prepared a sample press release that you can personalize to your own aerial application business and send to your local media outlets. Read More

REPORT ILLEGAL DRONE APPLICATIONS (6/1/2023): NAAA receives constant reports from commercial manned and unmanned aerial application businesses about drone application work that is being conducted outside of the law. NAAA has been told that unregistered drone activities, in addition to allegations that label directions, including required gallons of carrier per acre, active ingredient measurements per acre and boom length limits, are being violated. Professional commercial applicators that apply by air—either as part of a farming business or a separate aerial application business—must be licensed. Read More

NAAA RELEASES BOOK OF THE CENTURY—A CENTURY OF AG AVIATION! (7/28/21): Thirty-five years after the first great historical account of the industry—Mabry Anderson’s Low & Slow: An Insider’s History of Agricultural Aviation—comes a new, updated account of aerial application’s history from the National Agricultural Aviation Association: Agriculture’s Air Force: 100 Years of Aerial Application. Order your copy today! Read More

WATCH 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF AERIAL APPLICATION CELEBRATION FROM AUG. 3! Aug. 3, 2021, was a momentous day for the aerial application industry because it marked the 100th birthday of the first aerial application! On Aug. 3, 1921, Lt. John A. Macready flew a Curtiss JN-6 from McCook Field in Ohio to a nearby catalpa tree grove grown for the wood that was used for railroad ties and poles. Lead arsenate was applied over the grove to kill sphinx moth larvae. The speed, efficiency and overwhelming effectiveness of the aerial dusting experiment spawned the birth of the aerial application industry. On Aug. 3, NAAA hosted a centennial celebration in Leesburg, Virginia, to commemorate this anniversary. NAAA and Rusty and Lea Lindeman presented to the American public (represented by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum) a full-sized, fully flight-capable replica of Dusty Crophopper, the “star” of Disney’s 2013 popular animated feature film Planes and 2014’s Planes: Fire & RescueWatch a video of the event here.

NAAA PROVIDES PROOF OF DISTANCE NEEDED TO SAFELY TURN AN AG AIRCRAFT TO REFUTE CLAIMS MADE BY WIND FARMS, TOWERS, OTHER OBSTRUCTIONS (7/23/2020): NAAA has developed useful information to refute proposed setback distances from wind turbines and other tower-like obstructions. The information may be used by operators and state associations when dealing wind farm and tower companies claiming that their obstructions do not hamper aerial application activities to crops. Read More

IN THE EVENT OF A UAV ENCOUNTER, FOLLOW NAAA’S PILOT-UAV ENCOUNTER CHECKLIST: If you or a pilot of yours has a near-miss encounter with a UAV or, worse, is hit by one, undoubtedly one of the main things going through your mind after the initial shock subsides is what to do and who to call to report the encounter. NAAA has prepared a handy checklist of steps to take after a UAV encounter. Read More

MARK AND LOG TOWERS TODAY TO AVOID LIABILITY AND COMPLY WITH UPCOMING FAA REGULATIONS: Many landowners and farmers might not be aware that due to provisions in both the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 and the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, towers between 50 and 200 feet tall with an above-ground base of less than 10 feet in diameter in rural areas are legally required to be marked and/or logged in a database the FAA is currently developing. Read More

NAAA AD ENCOURAGES GROWERS TO LEARN BEFORE THEY LEASE TO WIND ENERGY COMPANIES: NAAA created an ad that encourages landowners and growers to consider all the facts and potential ramifications before they lease their property to a wind energy entity. The ad is available to members in a variety of sizes and colors to place in their local newspapers and ag publications. Read More

VIDEO AND NARRATIVE UNDERSCORING TOWER MARKING’S EFFECTIVENESS AVAILABLE: NAAA is making available video showing the challenge low-level agricultural pilots have in seeing unmarked towers and the difference in visibility if those towers are marked and lighted. The video was provided to NAAA with permission by Roger Dreyer and Karen Allen. Read More