Dennis R. Gardisser, Ph.D., P.E.
Dennis was born and raised on a relatively large dairy farm in NW Arkansas. After graduating high school and attending computer operating school, he spent four years in the USMC. Twenty-seven months were spent in Vietnam - flying as a crewmember on EC-121 Constellation and P-3 Orion AWAC aircraft. Dennis retired in January 2009 with over 30 years’ service from his duties as Associate Department Head – Extension Engineer of the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture – Cooperative Extension Service.
Dennis has been working with the agricultural aviation industry since the mid-70s. His Ph.D. dissertation studied the design parameters of fertilizer spreaders - "Computer Simulation of Dry Material Distribution Patterns from Agricultural Aircraft". Dennis was a partner with WRK, Incorporated and now owns and operates WRK of Arkansas LLC. WRK has been a leader in the development of agricultural aircraft analysis equipment, software, and techniques. Dennis has traveled all over the world working with applicators and providing chemical application training to a variety of groups. WRK has trained more than 95% of all S.A.F.E. analysts. WRK's expertise has been utilized in oil spill, mosquito, biological, boll weevil, firefighting, forest re-seeding, illegal crop control, and other applications. WRK conducted Operation S.A.F.E. workshops in over 35 U.S. locations and lead the training for the Operation S.A.F.E. Analyst/Technician school in 2015. Dennis has also been very active on several NAAA committees, including Operation S.A.F.E. and the PAASS Program Development Committee, and has helped develop several of the recent PAASS training modules.
Dennis is also a pilot and lives on a fly-in community airport just east of Little Rock - Country Air Estates, www.countryairestates.com, 1AR9. Dennis owns a Maule M7-260C that he uses to travel nationwide conducting aviation businesses. Dennis is a CFI and a FAAST Team Leader and holds a commercial ag rating. He says he has flown ag just enough to have a real appreciation for those of you that fly full time. In addition to being an NAAA member, Dennis is a life member of the Arkansas, Colorado, and Missouri associations and a member of the Canadian AAA. Accomplishments include several service awards, National Agricultural Aviation and Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fames, Agrinaut and Delta Puffer awards and member of the NAAA Falcon club and recipient of the Lee Abide award - 2005 from MS AAA. Dennis was selected by the FAA as the Arkansas and Southwest Region Aviation Safety Counselor of the year for 2004, Arkansas Safety Counselor and CFI of the Year in 2008. Dennis is past co-chair of the Arkansas Junior Aviator of the Year and a member of the CFI of the year committees. Dennis is still very active within the engineering community serving on the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Academy and was selected as an Outstanding Engineering Alumni in 2014.
Dennis spends a great deal of time working with tort litigation issues revolving around chemical applications. He will be the first to tell you that professionalism and strong education programs will help you provide a better service and may be a real asset should you be unlucky enough to find yourself defending your application to regulatory bodies or the courts.
Dennis started an aviation insurance agency in early 2010 and is very active with that in the agricultural aviation community. Dennis plans to continue working with agricultural aviation as a consultant conducting educational programs, fly-ins, field research, litigation work, and aviation insurance.