General Session

NAAA Ag Aviation Expo
December 6–9, 2021 ♦ Savannah, GA

Past, Present & Future of the Aerial Application Industry

The General Session on Tuesday, Dec. 7, will feature history and content centered around the last 100 years of the aerial application industry. We’ll debut the new documentary “Aerial Applicators’ Growing Role: 100 Years of Agricultural Aviation”, followed by a panel looking back at the industry’s origins and advancements over the past 100 years. The session will be moderated by Steve Powell, president of Solum Consulting. Panelists include Jim Hirsch, President, Air Tractor; Terry Humphrey, Manager of Flight Operations, Thrush Aircraft; Grant Lane, President & CEO, Lane Aviation; Bill Lavender, founder and Publisher, AgAir Update; and Dennie Stokes, Vice President of Mid-Continent Aircraft Corp and founder of Stokes Flying Service.
The General Session will conclude with experts who will forecast what’s on the horizon between now and the industry’s bicentennial in 2021. Invited speakers include Jim Hirsch, President, Air Tractor; Mark McDonald, President and CEO, Thrush Aircraft; Opher Flohr, CFO and COO, Taranis—a cutting-edge, global aerial imaging/precision ag mapping company; and Jay Vroom, chief information officer for his family business, Vroom•Leigh•Agriculture LLC, and a strategic advisor for D.C. Legislative and Regulatory Services. Vroom retired from CropLife America in 2018 after 30 years as the organization’s president and CEO. Sponsored by AIG and GarrCo Products.