December 6–9, 2021 ♦ Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Convention Center
Thank you, 2020 General Session Speakers
The NAAA General Session on Tuesday, Dec. featured substantive presentations about legal, medical and food trends occurring in the ag aviation nationally and how that might affect you and your business. Starting the session off will be aviation attorney John Wright, discussing a legal case he tried in Colorado between an aggressive state government agency and reputable, professional aerial applicators. Following rudimentary procedures resulted in a victory for our industry. Wright also provides complimentary legal services for NAAA. Next on the dais will be Dr. Stan Musick, aviator and AME who will address numerous medical topics from OTC drugs’ potency, fatigue and how to be granted a medical special issuance. Last, but not least, to take the podium will be Agri Marketing magazine’s Publisher Lynn Henderson to discuss fairly radical changes in consumer food trends and how that may affect the aerial application industry. This General Session will be chocked full of information for you whether you’re an operator or an ag pilot or a supplier to the industry.
John L. Wright, pc
Keeping good records and displaying professionalism as an aerial applicator can benefit you in drift cases. John Wright, founding attorney of the Law Office of John L. Wright, pc, in Broomfield, CO currently provides up to one hour of legal consultation to 2020 operator and pilot NAAA members on federal aviation laws, including federal aviation taxation issues and federal transportation laws. During the General Session, he’ll provide you with an overview of a drift case gone right and he will share how good record-keeping and participation in professional aerial application training and organizations can aid you in a positive outcome.
Recently, Wright successfully represented several Colorado operators that were facing off-target application charges filed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The case was dismissed by an administrative law judge due to evidence showing the professionalism of each operation involved, such as participation in Operation S.A.F.E. fly-ins, keeping application and weather site records, circling the field prior to application, checking wind direction and EPA testing for safety of the products used.
The charges against the operators were filed based on complaints that were made several years before the charges were filed. The Colorado Department of Agriculture investigated these complaints without the operators being aware they had even had a complaint filed against them. When the charges were finally filed, the time for the operators to collect evidence in their favor had long since passed. Fortunately, these operators documented their professionalism, and Wright was able to use this documentation to refute the State’s charges. Come hear first-hand from Wright himself on what you need to do in order to defend yourself against bogus and egregious complaints.
Wright is an experienced business, tax and aviation attorney and has handled a broad range of complex business transactions encompassing corporate and partnership tax matters, private equity and debt finance, corporate and partnership mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, as well as aircraft sales, and aircraft charter/lease/management agreements. He has successfully defended pilots, mechanics, aircraft owners and aviation businesses from administrative actions brought by various agencies including the FAA and IRS.
Wright is the general counsel for the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association and a panel attorney for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He has served as an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver, in the Aviation and Aerospace Science Department. While at EmbryRiddle, he was awarded competitive internships at both American Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration Office of the Chief Counsel. During law school he was selected to serve as a federal judicial extern for Hon. William R. Mullins, National Transportation Safety Board.
Wright is a licensed commercial pilot, rated for instrument, multiengine and glider flight. His professional piloting experience includes primary and aerobatic instruction, as well as towplane, charter and airline operations. He has owned and operated his own aircraft and aviation business.
Wright received his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law, his Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is licensed to practice in Colorado and Florida, as well as before the United States Tax Court.
Dr. Stan Musick
Dr. Stan Musick, 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 to NAAA he will make himself 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 12,000 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.
To finish out one of the most comprehensive General Sessions that we have organized, you’ll hear from Lynn Henderson, the Publisher and Editorial Director for Agri Marketing, the magazine that is the hub for agribusiness. Mr. Henderson will discuss food trends and the growing demand for sustainability and why it’s important to the aerial application industry to keep its pulse on these changes. Millennials are changing the way traditional agriculture operates. Things like sustainability, climate change, veganism and organic food production are of greater importance to millennials on average compared to older generations. The agricultural aviation industry needs to understand what drives these purchasing habits and if and how we might need to adapt to them. Henderson will help provide the insight needed to do just that. He will also discuss the dramatic increases by new organizations which have boosted the investment in AgTech and Food sectors to $20 billion last year, an increase of 250% in the past five years.
Henderson formed the Adel, Iowa-based Henderson Communications L.L.C. in 2005; he purchased Agri Marketing and its related properties from Doane Agricultural Services Company. Prior to forming the company, Henderson was President/CEO of Doane--a leading provider of information and marketing advice to the agricultural and food/beverage industries.
Henderson is currently the Secretary of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting's (NAFB) Foundation and a member of the Connectiv Ag Media Council, the Farm Foundation, the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), Ag Relations Council and the American Agricultural Editors' Association (AAEA).
He is a past national President of NAMA and is a recipient of its R.C. Ferguson and NAFB's Dix Harper awards which honor distinguished service to the agricultural industry. He has also received the awards presented to Outstanding Communicators by the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), Mid America CropLife Association (MACA), the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) and Lifetime Achievement Award from AAEA.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC), the national FFA Sponsors Board, the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), the National 4-H Council and the World Agricultural Forum. He has been active in the American Bankers Association (ABA), the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), the International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) program and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA).
After receiving a B.S. in Agricultural Communications from Iowa State University, Henderson joined ACCO SEED (a legacy company of Mycogen Seeds) as its Communications Manager. He then joined Chicago-area based Century Communications, Inc., as VP/Publisher of its agricultural publications including Agri Marketing and AgriFinance (now known as AgProfessional) before moving to the St. Louis area to lead Doane.