Safety & Education Videos

NAAA and NAAREF have produced high-quality educational, safety and training videos to further their goals of providing education to the aerial application industry. The videos were produced for viewing at a particular program or safety session. People that were unable to attend these functions were unable to take advantage of the material presented. The organizations have now made some of these videos available for viewing through the website when it is convenient for the viewer's schedule.

Additional videos will be added as they become available.

Dealing with Tragedy: This thought-provoking video was produced for presentation at the 2016 NAAA Convention’s NAAREF Safety Session. Each year we lose valued Ag Pilots to fatal accidents. Dealing with the tragic loss of a co-worker, close friend, or family member is very painful. Grieving is a natural process that helps us deal with the pain. Although there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there is one feeling that is universally shared and that is the feeling of isolation and of feeling alone during this process. There are healthy ways to cope with the pain, which in time can renew us and help us move on. Although we don’t like to think that something like this could happen to us, there are some things that we can learn. Two Ag Operators have agreed to share with us how they have dealt with a tragic loss in their operations. (27:21) 

Attendees at the 2011-2012 PAASS Programs were given a worksheet of critical response actions an operator must be prepared to implement following an accident, incident, or serious occurrence. The response plan should be a written document maintained by the company in a form that is accessible to all employees. It should be easy to update to reflect changes that may occur with employees, the business and emergency contacts. This planning worksheet is available in PDF format by clicking on Emergency Preparedness Planning Worksheet.


Ethics – the Movie: This video was produced for presentation at the 2014 NAAA Convention’s NAAREF Safety Session at the request of conscientious operators that attempt to maintain high industry standards. Ethics explores the various components that make up ethical behavior and asks viewers to determine how ethics relates to the ag aviation industry. The goal is for each person to examine his or her own attitudes and operating practices to discover changes that are needed in order to exhibit the highest in moral standards to customers and the community. (26:37)

Stall Spin Avoidance: This informative video was produced for presentation at the 2013 NAAA Convention's NAAREF Safety Session. Former NAAREF president and PAASS Presenter Rod Thomas moderated a round-table discussion between Wayne Handley, a former California ag operator and professional aerobatic pilot and John “Dusty” Dowd, a Kansas ag operator and aeronautical engineer. The discussion on flying techniques and aerodynamic forces at work on an aircraft in flight is very enlightening and entertaining. The discussion is guaranteed to make you evaluate your own flying practices while flying near the ground. (41:57) 


Wires and Obstructions: This video was produced for presentation at the 2015 NAAA Convention's NAAREF Safety Session. Although the video was primarily a discussion of wires as a hazard to pilots operating in the low level airspace, it also addresses other obstructions such as trees, wind turbines and towers. This video also includes investigation into the new collision concern with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which are difficult to spot and may be operating in the same airspace with ag aircraft. (38:49)


First Response: Responding to a Pesticide-Related Aircraft Accident: This 22-minute video was produced by NAAREF to aid emergency first responders in the event they are called upon to respond to an ag aircraft accident and possible pesticide spill. Because time is critical for an injured pilot, emergency personnel must quickly protect themselves with the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for the crop protection product onboard. Rapid identification of the product and information provided by the chemical label will ensure the proper PPE is used. The mixed product in the hopper may have been diluted many times from its original state, thereby reducing its hazard.

The following study materials can be downloaded as a PDF:
First Response Study Guide – An explanatory, companion guide to accompany the video.
Harmony® Extra SG Label – An actual chemical label which may be referenced during training.
Harmony® Extra SG MSDS – A chemical MSDS provided for the same purpose.
AmSafe First Responder Guide – A guide for handling undeployed inflatable seat restraints.
CoAAA 2017 First Response Safety Pamphlet  – Reference material to better facilitate better training methods between first responders and aerial applicators. 
Click here to download a high resolution copy of the First Response video.


Fatigue: This timeless video focuses on fatigue, an issue that has been an ongoing problem for agricultural aviators. Aerial application often requires working long hours to complete crop protection operations before the opportunity is lost. In addition to working long hours, busy parts of the season can result in a continuous run of long working days, further increasing the likelihood of fatigue. The NTSB conducted a study on the safety of agricultural aircraft operations and identified fatigue management as an important threat to ag pilots. Dr. Mark J. Ivey, a recognized expert in sleep medicine and a Senior Air Medical Examiner, will present insights into the effect of fatigue on a pilot’s ability to perform tasks required to safely operate an aircraft. Suggestions are given about recognizing and coping with this potentially deadly threat to safety.

Agricultural Spray Adjuvants: Adjuvants can have a big impact on many aspects of a pesticide application and choosing the right adjuvant is critical to making a successful application.Yet attendees of the 2015-2016 PAASS program reported that 44 percent of the adjuvant selection was made by someone other than the operator.Commenters responded that the adjuvant recommendation was frequently made based on the product the dealer sold rather than the one that works best with aerial application. In this informative video, Dr. Bryan Young from Purdue University’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology explains the properties of the various adjuvants available to the agricultural industry and how they affect the application process.