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Voice of the Aerial Application Industry

NAAA works to support the agricultural aviation industry which is made up of small businesses and pilots that use aircraft to aid farmers in producing a safe, affordable and abundant supply of food, fiber and bio-energy, in addition to protecting forestry and controlling health-threatening pests.

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NEW NAAA MEMBERSHIP VIDEO SHOWS WHY YOU SHOULD RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2023 (10/21/22): NAAA delivers remarkable value that benefits aerial applicators’ bottom line, provides the crop input tools they need, enhances the industry’s safety and professionalism through substantive educational programming and offers excellent business networking opportunities. Need more reasons for why you should join or renew your NAAA membership for 2023? Watch our new video, where you’ll hear from fellow aerial applicators why membership is essential to their business—and yours. Read more

NAAA ENDORSES AND ENCOURAGES AG AIRCRAFT GPS DATA COLLECTION EFFORT PROTECTING MANNED AG AIRCRAFT FROM DRONES (10/7/22): Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory is continuing its research study on safe operational distances between low-altitude, manned aircraft and drones. A second stage of GPS flight log data collection from manned agricultural aircraft is now underway. Many aerial applicators may have donated GPS flight log data during the first stage of data collection from 2017 to 2020. This second stage of GPS flight log data collection is critical to continue MSU Raspet’s ongoing research. Methods for GPS flight log data deliveries are the same as the first stage. Read more

CERTIFIED-PROFESSIONAL AERIAL APPLICATOR SAFETY STEWARD PROGRAM (7/7/22): NAAA announced its new Certified-Professional Aerial Applicator Safety Steward (C-PAASS) program, which launches in 2023. It is a volunteer program for ag pilots to participate and further augment their safety and application accuracy while also showing their insurers, chemical suppliers, customers, regulators and the public the professional nature of our industry. The voluntary requirements for C-PAASS certification ensure aerial applicators are consistently exposed to the best available educational opportunities for agricultural aviation. Read more

NAAA’S ‘FIND AN AERIAL APPLICATOR’ DATABASE CONNECTS FARMERS WITH AERIAL APPLICATORS (5/23/22): America’s aerial applicators are primed and ready to support farmers in need of fast, timely and effective applications this growing season. If they don’t have an existing relationship with an aerial applicator, farmers in need of an aerial application service provider should search NAAA’s “Find an Aerial Applicator” database at AgAviation.org/findapplicator to look for one in their area. Read More 

NAAA EXHIBITS AT AG DAY ON THE MALL (3/24/22): NAAA and Helicopter Applicators Inc. from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, exhibited at Ag Day on the Mall, a two-day event, and talked to a multitude of policymakers, regulators, media members and everyday citizens who checked out the Bell 206 LongRanger helicopter on display halfway between the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument. Read More 

NAAA RELEASES BOOK OF THE CENTURY—A CENTURY OF AG AVIATION! (7/28/21): Thirty-five years after the first great historical account of the industry—Mabry Anderson’s Low & Slow: An Insider’s History of Agricultural Aviation—comes a new, updated account of aerial application’s history from the National Agricultural Aviation Association: Agriculture’s Air Force: 100 Years of Aerial Application. Order your copy today! Read More

WATCH 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF AERIAL APPLICATION CELEBRATION FROM AUG. 3! Aug. 3, 2021, was a momentous day for the aerial application industry because it marked the 100th birthday of the first aerial application! On Aug. 3, 1921, Lt. John A. Macready flew a Curtiss JN-6 from McCook Field in Ohio to a nearby catalpa tree grove grown for the wood that was used for railroad ties and poles. Lead arsenate was applied over the grove to kill sphinx moth larvae. The speed, efficiency and overwhelming effectiveness of the aerial dusting experiment spawned the birth of the aerial application industry. On Aug. 3, NAAA hosted a centennial celebration in Leesburg, Virginia, to commemorate this anniversary. NAAA and Rusty and Lea Lindeman presented to the American public (represented by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum) a full-sized, fully flight-capable replica of Dusty Crophopper, the “star” of Disney’s 2013 popular animated feature film Planes and 2014’s Planes: Fire & Rescue. Watch a video of the event here.

100TH ANNIVERSARY PRESS ROOM AVAILABLE TO FACILITATE MEDIA COVERAGE (7/28/21): One hundred years ago, on Aug. 3, 1921, an aerial crop dusting experiment spawned the birth of the agricultural aviation industry. To assist the media in their coverage of this momentous occasion and the industry in general, NAAA has set up a 100th Anniversary Press Room that contains photos, video b-roll and background material, including a 100-year timeline of agricultural aviation history and an informational video. Read More

NAAA PROVIDES PROOF OF DISTANCE NEEDED TO SAFELY TURN AN AG AIRCRAFT TO REFUTE CLAIMS MADE BY WIND FARMS, TOWERS, OTHER OBSTRUCTIONS (7/23/2020): NAAA has developed useful information to refute proposed setback distances from wind turbines and other tower-like obstructions. The information may be used by operators and state associations when dealing wind farm and tower companies claiming that their obstructions do not hamper aerial application activities to crops. Read More

In Case You Missed It

NAAA ESTABLISHES AERIAL IMAGING MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY WITH FOCUS ON PRECISION AG: NAAA’s voting members overwhelmingly approved a new aerial imaging membership category for those collecting aerial images for crop-sensing, precision agriculture or other related purposes. Additionally, a Precision Agriculture Committee has been established as a new advisory committee to NAAA’s board of directors. Read More

FIVE FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AERIAL APPLICATION AND UAVS: Over the last few years, NAAA has consistently needed to set the record straight about inaccurate and/or misleading claims made about how unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology can act as a wholesale replacement to manned aircraft applying crop protection products. NAAA believes UAV application technologies can be a valuable tool for growers by complementing manned aircraft. But it is vital for those desiring aerial application services to know the facts about the capabilities of manned aircraft and UAVs before making financial decisions. Here are five facts regarding the more commonly repeated inaccurate claims about manned aerial application. Read More 

NAAA UPDATES CHECKLIST FOR PILOTS SUBJECT TO THE DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM TARGETING AN AG AIRCRAFT: In response to a series of shooting threats and incidents in 2019, NAAA updated its checklist of actions operators and pilots can take in the event someone threatens to or discharges a firearm at their aircraft. NAAA has now updated that checklist to cite the specific federal laws that are violated when someone shoots, or threatens to shoot, an aircraft. Read More

MARK AND LOG TOWERS TODAY TO AVOID LIABILITY AND COMPLY WITH UPCOMING FAA REGULATIONS: Many landowners and farmers might not be aware that due to provisions in both the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 and the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, towers between 50 and 200 feet tall with an above-ground base of less than 10 feet in diameter in rural areas are legally required to be marked and/or logged in a database the FAA is currently developing. Read More

NAAA AD ENCOURAGES GROWERS TO LEARN BEFORE THEY LEASE TO WIND ENERGY COMPANIES: NAAA has created a new ad that encourages landowners and growers to consider all the facts and potential ramifications before they lease their property to a wind energy entity. The ad is available to members in a variety of sizes and colors to place in their local newspapers and ag publications. Read More

VIDEO AND NARRATIVE UNDERSCORING TOWER MARKING’S EFFECTIVENESS AVAILABLE: NAAA is making available video showing the challenge low-level agricultural pilots have in seeing unmarked towers and the difference in visibility if those towers are marked and lighted. The video was provided to NAAA with permission by Roger Dreyer and Karen Allen. Read More

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DETAILS OF EPA'S NPDES PESTICIDE GENERAL PERMIT: Read More

AG AVIATION CROP YIELD BENEFITS: Read More

LET’S BE FAIR ABOUT SHARING THE AIR: Read More

LETTERS WARNING TOWER ENTITIES ABOUT LIABILITY FOR NOT MARKING TOWERS: Read More

WATCH NAAREF SAFETY & EDUCATION VIDEOS: Read More

“COMBATTING FATIGUE IN AG AVIATION” BROCHURE: Read More

USDA-ARS AERIAL SPRAY NOZZLE MODELS: Read More

NAAA/AGRICULTURAL AVIATION ADVERTISER MEDIA KIT: Read More

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL AVIATION MUSEUM: Visit Website


Aerial Applicators’ Growing Role: 100 Years of Agricultural Aviation

On Aug. 3, 1921, an aerial crop dusting experiment spawned the birth of the agricultural aviation industry. Learn about aerial applicators’ positive impact on farming and society after a century of agricultural aviation in this video!

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