After two successful appearances at EAA’s AirVenture in 2016 and 2017, NAAA will once again exhibit at AirVenture next week in Oshkosh, Wis., July 23–29. NAAA has partnered with Air Tractor, Thrush Aircraft and AG-NAV for this year’s exhibit. Both Air Tractor and Thrush will be providing aircraft for the booth and NAAA staff and volunteers will be on hand throughout the week to speak with attendees who want to learn more about ag aviation.
AirVenture Oshkosh, which is organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) each summer at Wittnam Regional Airport is a weeklong celebration of aviation. Nearly 10,000 aircraft will be on display while more than 800 exhibitors, 1,000 forums and workshops, 4,800 volunteers and approximately 550,000 visitors are expected this year.
NAAA exhibits at AirVenture bring more awareness to careers in the aerial application industry because the weeklong show is flooded with aviation enthusiasts, military personnel and young aviators looking for new opportunities. AirVenture is one of the largest airshows in the United States and NAAA’s presence will help our industry recruit potential ag pilots. NAAA is also adding awareness by hosting an AirVenture Forum on Mon.,
July 23 from 10 – 11:15 a.m. in Workshop Classroom A, where we’ll be discussing
the industry and how to become an ag pilot in further detail.
Moreover, it’s a wonderful way to educate adults and children about the importance of our industry in producing a safe, affordable and abundant supply of food, fiber and bio-fuel, in addition to protecting forestry and controlling health-threatening pests. The representation by our industry at AirVenture is a move in the right direction to bring positive awareness about aerial application to the general public.
July is a very busy time of year for ag pilots; however, we know some operators and pilots visit AirVenture and some even exhibit their own aircraft. There are also many NAAA Allied members who exhibit each year, and we encourage you to visit with them if you are onsite. If you’ll be at AirVenture, visit us in Booths 446, 457, and 458 in the main aircraft display area near the traffic control tower. If you’ll be exhibiting your aircraft, let us know where you’ll be!
Are you looking for a way to spread the good word of aerial application and share our industry with your community? Check out NAAA’s brochure that talks about the positives of aerial application, “Flying for Your Food,”. And don’t forget to use NAAA’s Media Kit when speaking on behalf of the industry.
Stay tuned to the AirVenture excitement on NAAA’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and to view photos while NAAA staff are onsite at AirVenture.
Over the past two years, NAAA has educated hundreds of people about the aerial application industry and what it takes to become an ag pilot at EAA’s AirVenture.