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Voice of the Aerial Application Industry
March 18, 2021
Shine a Light on the Industry’s Unsung Heroes!
Use NAAA’s easy online awards form to submit a 2021 Award nomination
Nine recipients received NAAA Awards in 2020, including these four individuals. Who will be among this year’s awardees? Nominations are due by Sept. 10.

One of the highlights of each NAAA convention is the chance to honor a distinct group of the committed individuals and companies for their service to the agricultural aviation industry. The aerial application industry is filled with exceptional people who go above and beyond the call of duty, often with little fanfare. Make someone’s day, year or career by nominating him or her for a 2021 NAAA Award!


NAAA’s online submission form is the fastest and simplest way to nominate someone in just a few clicks, but the traditional PDF-based awards forms are also available options. The following submission methods are available at

The online submission form is the fastest and simplest way to nominate someone in just a few clicks, but the traditional PDF-based awards forms are also available options. Completed entries using the traditional PDF forms may be emailed or faxed to NAAA at or (202) 546-5726 (fax).


There are nine NAAA Award categories and one NAAREF Award. The nomination deadline is Sept. 10, but early nominations are encouraged. The longer you wait, the busier you’ll be as the summer season approaches.

NAAA Award Categories

Agrinaut Award: Honors an agricultural aircraft operator, operating organization or allied member company that has made an outstanding contribution in the field of ag aircraft operations. The achievement cited shall have contributed to the “state-of-the-art” for the benefit of the agricultural aircraft industry as a whole.


Allied Industry Individual Award: Recognizes an NAAA member or staff and/or an allied industry individual who has significantly contributed their efforts for the benefit of the allied industry and the aerial application industry. (Presented by the NAAA Allied Industry Committee.)


Delta Air Lines “Puffer” Award: Recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the design of agricultural aircraft and/or related equipment.


Evans-Christopher Operation S.A.F.E. Award: Recognizes individuals or entities that have made outstanding contributions to the Operation S.A.F.E. program. (Presented by NAAREF.)


John Robert Horne Memorial Award: Honors a pilot with five or fewer years of experience in the agricultural aviation industry who has an exemplary safety record and has contributed to safety in ag aviation. This award no longer has carryover nominations from year to year; a new nomination must be submitted every year.


Larsen-Miller Community Service Award: Recognizes outstanding contributions by a member to his or her community.


Opal & Bill Binnion Memorial Award: Acknowledges those who contribute to NAAA in its efforts to educate the public about aerial application. (Presented by the NAAA Support Committee.)


Outstanding Service Award: Awards outstanding service to the commercial agricultural aviation industry or to its association.


Related Industry Award: Recognizes outstanding contributions by an allied industry member and his or her company.


William O. Marsh Safety Award: Recognizes significant achievements in safety, safety education or an outstanding operational safety program.


The 2021 NAAA Award recipients will be announced in the fall and honored at the Excellence in Ag Aviation Banquet Dec. 9 in Savannah.

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