General Session

NAAA Ag Aviation Expo
December 5–8, 2022 ♦ Knoxville, TN 


NAAA Ag Aviation Expo General Session will Feature Dr. Stan Musick and Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe

The NAAA General Session will be held in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in conjunction with the Ag Aviation Expo. The Healthy Public Relations session will feature Dr. Stan Musick and the Farm Babe, Michelle Miller. This session will be full of great information, no matter what your role is in the aerial application industry. Sponsored by AIG.
 
Dr. Stan Musick is a man who fills many seats in life! Dr. Musick will cover several medical aspects that are pertinent to ag pilots. He will use real life examples from three pilots, including two agricultural aviators, to describe how medicals can get messed up by pilots, doctors and the system itself. In terms of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, Dr. Musick will describe the half-lives of certain more potent OTC medications, which can be looked up by aviators themselves to determine the length of time a pilot needs to wait after taking the medication before flying. He will also discuss CACIs – Conditions an AME (or aviation medical examiner) Can Issue as well as what pilots can do to help their AMEs ensure they get their medical. He will also discuss fatigue and how to obtain a Special Issuance from a medical appeal. Dr. Musick has indicated that he will be available on the convention floor for further discussions with attendees.
 
Dr. Musick is a lifelong aviation enthusiast who has pursued simultaneous careers in both medicine and aviation. He received his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine and is board certified in Anesthesiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology and was trained by the U.S. Air Force as a Flight Surgeon. He has been an Aviation Medical Examiner for more than 20 years and is a Senior AME.
 
Dr. Musick has also pursued his aviation career, receiving his CFII and commercial ratings in the 1970s and has added the ATP, A&P/IA ratings to his “ticket”. He fights fires from the air in an Air Tractor 802 and he also flies agricultural aviation in an Air Tractor 502. Active in the warbirds, he flies the P-51 Mustang and the Corsair for the Commemorative Air Force and owns a T6 in which he performs at airshows. With more than 13,500 hours, he remains active in flying for hire and more importantly, understands the significance of a “trouble-free” medical. One of his talents is working through the “maze” of Special Issuance and helping airmen obtain flying status when they were convinced they would never be PIC again. 
 
Michelle Miller, better known as the Farm Babe, is an internationally recognized speaker, published writer and columnist, and an online influencer as a full-time advocate for agriculture. In a world where consumers are bombarded with misinformation and confusing marketing labels, Michelle clears the air and helps people learn from true ag experts with how food is actually produced. She started her social media outreach over seven years ago as a way to better bridge the gap between farmers and consumers, making a name for herself as a dedicated “mythbuster” in food and farming. Farm Babe has nearly 210,000 followers; an average social media reach of 2-3 million monthly, been featured in Forbes, a guest on Dr, Drew, has influenced corporations such as Burger King, and has proudly spoken alongside some of the biggest names in food and farming today. Michelle will speak about her experience mythbusting and positively ‘agvocating’ the aerial application industry to your local community and media.