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. SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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. 

UAV/Low-Level Obstacles 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. 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
The Chemical Session will feature chemical company representatives discussing their products that can be applied aerially. Topics will include a review of those products, labeled crops, targeted pests, timing and crop state for applications, safety considerations and label guidelines relevant to aerial application. New products as well as existing products will be covered. Attend the session to learn about the latest and greatest products that can be applied using agricultural aircraft. 
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: How to Make Ag Missions More Effective and Safe
Speaker: Lai Nguyen, P.Eng., AG-NAV Inc.
The AgMission webapp created by AG-NAV will help aerial applicators not only do flight planning but also make it more effective and safe.  Spray polygons can be easily selected from satellite images, shape files, job and AgNav files; or can be depicted directly over map.  The AB line used for flight guidance and spray direction can be predefined by the best heading for application, or by direction minimizing the risk of encountering nearby obstacles.  For pilot safety, during mission planning obstacles from the latest FAA database are shown.  AgMission allows user to enter new obstacles if found in the field, and creates an obstacle file for use during flight.  The tracking feature in AgMission allows pilot to always know where the ground crew is for the next mission; and allows office staff to monitor aircraft and application in real time so that work load can be assigned effectively to pilots based on work already done and what left to do.  No pilot will select a wrong field to spray because jobs are sent directly to his guidance system by office staff.  During a busy day, pilots will have more time to rest because as-applied data are uploaded directly to AgMission for post flight process after work was done.  Yes! All these things and more can be accomplished thanks to AgMission.  Why not make technologies to work for you!  Come to the AgNav session to see how you can plan for a safe and productive flight.  
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.

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-ARS Aerial Imaging Processing Workshop
Instructor: Chenghai Yang, USDA-ARS, Aerial Application Technology Research Unit, College Station, TX
If you are interested in knowing more about remote sensing technology or plan to take aerial imagery using your aircraft or drone, this workshop will show you the kind of camera systems you can assemble or purchase for your aircraft. USDA-ARS research engineer Chenghai Yang 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 he will demonstrate how to use the commercial image processing software Pix4DMapper to process the images acquired with a two-camera imaging system. Specifically, Yang will show you how to mosaic the images and create normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) maps and prescription maps for precision application. All attendees 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 at to receive the instructions for downloading the software and sample images.

Wednesday, Dec. 9
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

DynaNav Session: Everything a Pilot and Operator wants to know about Liquid or Dry Flow Control ‚Äč
Moderator: Reg Moen, President of DynaNav Systems | Speaker: Giovani Brondani, Systems Designer, DynaNav Systems
Most ag aviation industry aircraft are equipped with either an existing liquid Flow Control or a Dry Controller. That being said those that have the control systems are sometimes challenged with dealing with the changing of application rates and getting the system to work. Others would like to know how the systems can be configured to apply the material accurately and worry free. Also, with the advent of variable rate application files, how this will can be accomplished with the Flow Control System. 
Raven Slingshot Session: Find Your 20 | From the Office to the Cockpit and Back 
Speakers: Paul Welbig, Director of Slingshot Services and Logistics and Wayne Schmitt, Sales Specialist, Raven Slingshot
The Slingshot platform is the backbone of our efficiency-enhancing portfolio. Combining our software capabilities and high-quality hardware allows us to create a Connected WorkflowTM that syncs operations from the office to the field. And, that gives you the ability to see your business differently and find new ways to run it even better than before. New this year is Fleet Tracking.  Come see a demonstration on how the Fleet Tracking devices and interface allows users to wirelessly track the location and other important information about their equipment and other moving assets by providing accurate machine running data in real-time. This gives ag retailers, applicators and enterprise growers a holistic view of their entire fleet — including work, idle and transit times — to better manage their equipment, assets and operations.
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: Flying Forward

Speaker: Air Tractor President, Jim Hirsch

Jim Hirsch will provide the latest information from Air Tractor for operators and pilots. Topics will include aircraft and parts production, what's new, aircraft maintenance and service information, and Air Tractor's outlook for the future.
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Thrush Aircraft Session
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
NAAREF Safety Session 

The 2020 NAAREF Safety Session features Fran de Kock of Battlefords Airspray in Canada. He graciously allowed NAAREF to film him instructing his students on two important safety topics: emergency dumping procedures and how to land with a fully loaded aircraft. In agricultural aviation the goal of course is to apply the load in the hopper to the intended target area. Situations can change, and it is important the pilots know how to conduct both procedures, and just as importantly how to safely practice doing them. Fran was filmed both in his classroom and in a dual-seat AT-504. He covers both topics in depth, including the difference between how dumping is typically practiced versus how it will occur during an actual emergency. Don’t miss this chance to improve your knowledge about how to practice dumping a load and landing with a load. The session will be valuable to both experienced and inexperienced pilots. 
3 - 4:30 p.m
Hydro Gate Session