Certified-Professional Aerial Applicator Safety Steward


A voluntary annual professional certification program allowing those aerial applicators who strive to constantly educate themselves to better their safety and applications to be recognized for their efforts.

Aerial applicators, now more than ever, operate in an environment of competing interests. An ever-increasing demand for timely and effective applications is challenged by factors such as added regulatory burden, rising insurance costs and stiffer pesticide label language, just to name a few. The agricultural aviation industry is rising to these challenges and, in character, has moved to advance education, rather than regulation, as the path forward.

NAAA and NAAREF jointly launched the Certified-Professional Aerial Applicator Safety Steward (C-PAASS) program in 2023 to serve as the industry’s flagship certification and as a roadmap for the pursuit of the best educational opportunities currently available.

C-PAASS certified aerial applicators can use their certification status to inform regulatory officials and insurance agents and to market to their customers that they have undergone additional training and development to best ensure that they safely provide high-quality service. This was the impetus for developing C-PAASS—to expand and gain recognition for maximizing professionalism and to show allied businesses, from insurance to pesticide providers, additional benefits should be warranted for professional certification, such as possible insurance discounts and more flexibility pertaining to pesticide label language. For instance, some labels already require Operation S.A.F.E. participation to use. It’s possible that in the future C-PAASS certified aerial applicators may be able to apply at lower spray application rates (GPA) or with reduced wind-directional buffer zone distances, etc.

Whatever additional benefits are bestowed upon C-PAASS ag aviators, the program will undoubtedly demonstrate agricultural aviation’s professionalism and positive public image to the industry’s customers, regulators and the public we help feed, clothe and protect.

C-PAASS certification is offered on an annual basis to individual ag pilots, both operator and non-operator. The requirements are as follows:

PAASS Attendance2022*2023*2024*
Operation SAFE Participation2023 and/or 2024*
NAAA Membership2024
State/Regional Association Membership2024
Supplementary Online CoursesAvoiding Wire Strike Accidents [24-HF-01]
The Impact of Each Droplet – Part 1 [24-EP-01]
* PAASS and SAFE Seasons represent Fall of the prior year through Spring of the listed year.
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NAAA and NAAREF congratulate the Currently Certified-Professional Aerial Applicator Safety Stewards on attaining this distinguished status and thank them for their demonstrated commitment to advancing safety and environmental professionalism within the aerial application industry.

Certified IndividualCompanyState
Finley BrunettiShelby Air Service, Inc. MS
Perry HoferDoland Aerial SprayingSD
Matt HovdenesRight Way Ag. ND
George MooreTNG AviationMS
Ryan MuysenbergSolace Aerial, LLCFL
Darrin PluharPlu’s Flying Service, Inc. MT
Randy PrellwitzSky Tech NE
Shane RootRoot Spraying Service, Inc. KS
Albert SchifferAl’s Aerial Spraying, LLCMI
John SmithOver The Top Aviation, Inc. AR
Craig Stratton Bringham Flying ServiceKS
James WegenerMid-State Aviation IINE
Donald YoungloveR & R Flight Service IL
This List Updated as of 2024-04-12