Compaass Rose

The PAASS Compaass Rose Series is designed to provide professional support and direction for agricultural aviation pilots who are new to the industry and those want to learn more about the industry and what it takes to get into ag aviation.  If you want to know more about how start a career in agricultural aviation safely and successfully and have questions about finding an operator to work for, ag flight schools, how to deal with insurance, and many other topics then the Compaass Rose Series is the place to be. If you are an operator wanting to begin mentoring a new pilot into the industry but you’re not sure how to go about doing this, then the Compaass Rose Series is the place for you to be as well.

The goal is for the participants to enhance their own knowledge, continue to gain agricultural aviation experience, and improve their individual professionalism.  Agricultural aviation pilots will have an opportunity to discuss ideas and philosophies about the business, make informed decisions about their future, and learn with some of the industry’s top operators. Operators can learn about mentoring new pilots and get an idea of the questions and concerns of pilots new to the ag aviation industry. 

The Compaass Rose format was updated in 2017 to create an environment even more favorable for those pilots new to the industry or looking to get in to it. While Compaass Rose is open to anyone, the program was created specifically for that group. Anyone interested in agricultural aviation as a professional career is invited to participate in Compaass Rose.

How to Participate

  • Attend the NAAA Ag Aviation Expo; A Compaass Rose session is offered there each year.
  • Attend your State or Regional Agricultural Aviation Convention; Check their program to see if Compaass Rose will be offered.

How to Host

Contact Scott Bretthauer at least 60 days prior to your convention to confirm availability of presenters. There is no additional charge to the state or regional association beyond those associated with having PAASS.

  • Timing: Schedule a 90-minute or 2-hour (preferred) window either the day before or day after the PAASS Program
  • Room Requirements: Book two rooms for the Compaass Rose session as follows. The presenters will provide projectors and computers.
      Capacity Projector Screens
    Room 1 (Main) All Participants 2
    Room 2 (Breakout) New Pilots 1
  • Advertise the session

History of the Compass Rose

The Compass Rose first appeared on ships' navigational charts around 1300. “Rose” comes from the fact that the design looks like rose petals. The now standard 32-point Compass Rose with the fleur-de-lis indicating north and the cross indicating east [long thought to be the direction to paradise] evolved around the time of Christopher Columbus. The Compass Rose on a map or navigational chart provides directional information. A Compass Rose can be found at many general aviation airports and is often a part of the airport’s ‘Airmarking’ program. An airport Compass Rose is used to calibrate the aircraft magnetic compass. It is also a unique airfield identifier. The NAAREF Compaass Rose Series is designed to help people identify their needs and goals and then navigate agricultural aviation.