Education Sessions

NAAA Ag Aviation Expo
December 7-10, 2020 ♦ Savannah, GA
Several educational sessions will be available throughout the Ag Aviation Expo. Educational Sessions are organized by NAAA with assistance from its Allied Industry Committee to provide information of general interest to the aerial application industry. Sessions are also organized by individual companies to showcase their particular products and services. Watch the schedule as it develops and plan to attend as many Educational Sessions as possible (CEUs may be available for some states).

All sessions will take place at the Savannah Convention Center, unless otherwise stated. 

Sunday, Dec. 6
4:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Compaass Rose
Attend this session if you’re new to the industry or interested in becoming an ag pilot. Compaass Rose provides professional support and direction for newbies and those who want to learn more. Additional details on Compaass Rose.

Monday, Dec. 7
1 - 2:30 p.m. 

FAA/Low-Altitude Session
A panel of professionals from the FAA and UAV industry will discuss the efforts underway to safely integrate low-level obstacles into the national airspace system, such as UAVs and towers. It will also focus on other ag aviation maintenance and operations issues. The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.
Radial Engines Session
Discussion of Pratt & Whitney R-985 and R-1340 series of radial engines. The panel will be comprised of representatives from Covington Aircraft and Tulsa Aircraft Engines. Best operating experience/guidance and Q&A. Please come prepared to ask questions and learn all you can.
Transland / SATLOC Session

Monday, Dec. 7
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. 

Chemical Session
Insero Session
TPE331 Session
An industry panel comprised of representatives from the OEM (Honeywell), designated overhaul facilities and FAA approved TPE-331 overhaul facilities. New technical data and updates will be provided, as well as Q&A for attendees. Please come prepared to ask questions and learn all you can.

Monday, Dec. 7
4:30 - 6 p.m.

PT6 Session
An industry panel comprised of representatives from Pratt & Whitney Canada, designated overhaul facilities and other PT6A overhaul facilities. New technical data will be provided, as well as Q&A for attendees.
AG-NAV Session
CapstanAg Session
"Ask the Expert" Speed Mentoring Session
If you’ve been in the industry less than five years, grab a seat at the table for the “Ask the Expert” Speed Mentoring Session, a fast-paced orientation session that provides new and prospective ag pilots with a quick 360-degree overview of what’s required and what it takes to work as a pilot in the agricultural aviation industry. A series of quick-hitting speed mentoring rounds will be led by experienced operators and pilots, insurance representatives and ag school representatives. This is your chance to pose questions to industry experts in a smaller group setting than Compaass Rose.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 
7 - 8:30 a.m.

Transland Breakfast & Seminar 


Wednesday, Dec. 9
8 - 9:30 a.m.

Helicopter Session 
The subjects for the helicopter session roundtable will be brought up by attendees! The person with the answer to your question may be sitting two chairs away from you!
Aviation Specialties Unlimited Session
USDA Aerial Image Processing Workshop 
If you are interested in knowing a little more about remote sensing technology or plan to take aerial imagery using your aircraft or drones, this workshop will show you the kind of camera systems you can assemble or purchase for your aircraft. We will also show you how to use the free Mission Planner software to create your flight plans before you take imagery using your aircraft. Then we will demonstrate how to use the commercial image processing software Pix4DMapper to process the images acquired with a two-camera imaging system. Specifically, we will show you how to mosaic the images and create normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) maps and prescription maps for precision application. All participants are welcome to attend the workshop. For those of you who are interested in gaining some hands-on experience on image processing, please contact Chenghai Yang to receive the instructions for downloading the software and sample images.
Instructor: Chenghai Yang, USDA-ARS, Aerial Application Technology Research Unit, College Station, TX

Wednesday, Dec. 9
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

DynaNav Session 
Raven Slingshot Session (formerly AgSync) Session
uAvionix Session

Wednesday, Dec. 9
4 - 5:30 p.m.

Relationship Drift Session (4 - 6 p.m.)
The NAAREF Safety Session will examine safety elements through a different lens. The program “Relationship Drift: A look at how personal relationships affect pilot decision making and safety” will be a similar in format to the popular Compaass Rose program, but instead of better facilitating relations between inexperienced pilots and more experienced operators, the new session is designed to facilitate relations between operators/pilots and their spouses or significant others.
Storm Aeronautics Session
Aviation Safety Consultants Session

Thursday, Dec. 10

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Air Tractor Session
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Thrush Aircraft Session
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
NAAREF Safety Session 

3 - 4:30 p.m
Sessions TBD