July 19, 2018
NAAA eNewsletter

Andrew Moore Discusses Career at NAAA on Podcast for Association Executives

NAAA Executive Director Andrew Moore discussed his career and the work of NAAA recently on Through the Noise, a podcast aimed primarily at association executives. Available online, in the podcast section of iTunes, and on the Through the Noise app for Apple and Android devices, Through the Noise explores “the business of communicating” through conversations with executive directors, CEOs, communications directors, entrepreneurs and other professionals working in the association space. The podcast provided an excellent platform to educate other association professionals about NAAA and the agricultural aviation industry, but anyone who enjoys learning about leadership should find it of interest.


Moore has been NAAA’s executive director since 2002. He served as NAAA’s director of legislative and regulatory affairs before that, starting in 1997, and continues to serve as the agricultural aviation industry’s liaison to the federal government in Washington, D.C. Over the course of the nearly hour-long interview, Moore covered several topics with host Ernesto Gluecksmann, including how he got his start in Washington, his path to the National Agricultural Aviation Association, who NAAA represents and what aerial applicators do, the benefits of aerial application to farmers and the public, the importance of lobbying and grassroots advocacy, combatting “chemiphobia,” working as a legislative staffer alongside a young Paul Ryan, and more. Here are a few selected excerpts:


(27:28) Moore, on addressing public perceptions about the use of chemicals and combatting “chemiphobia”: “There’s so much to say on that subject, but you’re right, there is a ‘chemiphobia’ out there. In the early days of probably the use of crop protection products, some of the chemicals that were used weren’t studied like they are today and they weren’t applied like they’re applied today, and they’re actually not even available today because they’ve taken a number of those different products, a lot of organophosphates and carbonates, off the market. But the ones that do exist [today] have been heavily tested, because there’s a number of very important environmental statutes that the EPA uses, whether it’s the Clean Water Act or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act that ensures the safety of crop protection products to your dietary safety, your drinking water safety, environmental safety, safety to workers and safety to endangered and threatened species. All that is tested before you register a product.”


“I think the doses that you’re seeing today, as well, are far less than they were. Just from a technology standpoint in our industry, we’re able to set up our aircraft application equipment in a way that really ensures that the product goes where it’s supposed to go.… All these technologies are available when they weren’t before. …


“We have seen a tremendous increase in regulation, but even more so in technology. The problem, Ernesto, is I took a long time explaining that, and it’s tough to have that amount of time to express all that detail. I think when people know all that detail—do you feel more comforted after I told you that? [Host: “Sure, yeah.”] So, it’s tough for us as a small association to get that word out. Everything’s soundbite-oriented, so it’s very difficult to get that communicated in the general media. That’s why we have to take media into our own hands in certain respects too. That’s why there’s social media—so you can get that word out.”


(33:00) Moore, on the environmental benefits of crop protection products: “The truth is by using and applying a judicious amount of these crop protection products, it can actually result in using less farmland because you’re harvesting more on the available farmland than if you didn’t use these products. It’s all about producing more yield, right? But by not using more farmland, that allows forests to be used for carbon sequestration. It allows more wetlands to be used for water filtering. It allows for more habitat for endangered and threatened species. So, there are environmental benefits to the judicious use of crop protection products.”


(46:20) Moore, on the need for lobbyists: “I find lobbyists to be highly important. Our members right now are helping farmers raise food, fiber and biofuel that’s affordable and abundant and healthy. They can’t come to Washington and lobby, but two of the biggest issues that we face—the farm bill and the FAA reauthorization—are coming up right now. They can’t come to Washington and lobby. They need somebody to coordinate this. And it’s part of the first amendment: freedom of speech. Somebody’s got to be there. I don’t care who you are … whether it’s the Farm Bureau—their farmers are out farming. They can’t bring farmers into town right now to do all this stuff. They gotta have their associations, and they gotta have their lobbyists to do that. It’s as simple as that. It just can’t be done. The government’s too big.”


(49:40) Moore, on the likelihood of staying on the job for another 10 years or more after being with NAAA for 21 years already: “I enjoy what I do. When you’re with an association for 21 years, you know, some of my best friends are my association members—officers I’ve worked for, the board members I’ve worked for, other members of the association. It would be tough. I can’t really see not working for them, because I like what I do. And what’s so very important to me, too, is agriculture. My family, as I mentioned, is four generations in farming, and I’m still tied to that.”


You may listen to the full podcast interview here or look for Through the Noise episode #358 on iTunes or the Through the Noise app.

Arkansas Pilot Lost in 6th Fatal Ag Accident of the Year

The NAAA family was greatly saddened by last week’s loss of Arkansas ag pilot Chad McLain of Wheatley, Ark. McLain was well known in his home area as a farmer, ag pilot and Wheatley’s chief of the volunteer fire department. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Angela Holloway McLain; daughter, Ashlyn McLain; parents, Louie and Betty McLain; and sister, Casie (Doug) Medford.  


Louie “Chad” McLain, 41, was fatally injured on Wednesday morning, July 11, when the Air Tractor 602 he was flying crashed into trees adjacent to the field he was spraying near Wheatley. No cause of the crash has been released. The aircraft was operated by Chism Flying Service.


The visitation was held July 13 with the funeral service at 10 a.m., July 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Brinkley, Ark.  Interment followed the service at Johnson Cemetery in Wheatley.


For those wishing to donate to a memorial in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

First United Methodist Church

404 W Ash St.

Brinkley, AR 72021


Johnson Cemetery

PO Box 105

Wheatley, AR 72392

NAAA Joins Its Northern Neighbors in Mourning the Loss of Canadian Ag Aviation Association Former President Peter Hansen

NAAA is deeply saddened and is thinking about its northern Canadian neighbors that lost their former president, Peter Hansen, earlier this week. Peter was a past president of both the Canadian Aerial Applicators Association and the Alberta Agricultural Aviation Association. He was a devoted member and an advocate of aerial application in Canada. He was also a member of NAAA. Our hearts are with his daughter Carri and the rest of his family and friends.


Hansen suffered a heart attack in his sleep the night of Sunday, July 15, at the age of 68 years. He is survived by his son Jasen Hansen (Kage and Barrett); daughter Carri Hansen (Hayden and Dane); brother Doug (Shirley) Hansen and sister Laura (Bob) Bosch as well as numerous nieces, nephews and countless friends. Peter was predeceased by his parents Christian and Evelyn Hansen and brother Gary Hansen.


He was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, on July 24, 1950. He was raised in Masinasin, spending his entire life in aviation—the area he loved. Peter moved to Lethbridge and in 1985 established his business, West Wind Airspray Ltd. He recently sold his business and retired so that he could spend more time with his cherished family and friends.


A Celebration of Life for Peter will be held at West Wind Airspray Ltd., 154 Kenyon Dr. S, Lethbridge, AB, on Friday, July 20, at 11 a.m.

NAAA Ag Aviation Expo Booth Sales Opened this Week with Success

Booth sales opened Thursday, July 12 for the 2018 NAAA Ag Aviation Expo in Reno, NV, with a large number of companies purchasing booth space (and pre-purchasing large booth space). One hundred twenty-one (121) companies purchased exhibit space, which is a record for the first day of NAAA booth sales. This is compared to 108 companies in 2017 and 61 companies in 2013, the last time NAAA was in Reno.  


View the floor plan to review the companies that will be visiting with attendees on the NAAA Trade Show floor. Potential exhibitors—there is still plenty of space for you! Visit our exhibitor page for more details.


Attendees registration is now open! Register today for the Ag Aviation Expo. 



Additional details for the 2018 NAAA Ag Aviation Expo

  • Dates: Dec. 3-6, 2018
  • Location: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Reno-Sparks Convention Center
  • Schedule of Events: Current schedule here. Subject to change.
  • Hotel: Hotel Details Below
  • Auction Donations: Thank you to Pratt & Whitney Canada for their donation of a PT6-34AG Engine to this year’s NAAA Live Auction. While we’re still several months away from the Ag Aviation Expo, but it’s never too early to donate an item for the Live and Silent Auction. The earlier you inform us of your auction donation, the more advertising you’ll receive on the NAAA website and in NAAA publications. Support the aerial application industry by donating an item today. Email Lindsay with your donation details.
  • Attendee Registration: Now Open 
  • Exhibitor Booth Sales: Now Open
  • Sponsorship Opportunities: View the sponsorship opportunities. Please email Lindsay if you would like to secure a sponsorship from last year or to discuss 2018 opportunities! We offer sponsorships for all budget sizes.

Book Your Hotel Room

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is a world-class, Four Diamond resort destination. A splendid oasis created for relaxation, celebration and rejuvenation, the Atlantis has always been a favorite resort destination for travelers near and far. Recognized for luxurious accommodations, a world class revitalizing spa and salon, award-winning dining and fun casino action. This is not the same Reno from the early 2000s; the city is rapidly changing, and it has become ground zero for a new technology boom that has helped spawn amazing restaurants, microbreweries, bars, shopping and nightclubs. Having a new vibrancy all its own, Reno is a cool and unique place to visit.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

  • Rate: $109/night + taxes (NAAA has negotiated to waive the resort fee. Included in your room rate is complimentary in room Wi-Fi or wired internet, self-parking, use of fitness center, use of indoor pool, extended check out time of 12 p.m. and complimentary airport shuttle service)
  • Reservations: Book Online Here or call (800) 723-6500 and reference the NAAA Convention (SNAA18).  Online reservations require a deposit of one night’s room charge + taxes. Call-in reservations will not be charged a deposit but require a credit card to hold reservation.
  • Block Deadline: Monday, Nov. 12
  • Hotel Address: 3800 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV
  • Shuttle: Atlantis provides a free airport shuttle that runs at 15 and 45 minutes after the hour from 5:15 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. leaving the airport. The shuttle leaves the hotel on the hour and 30 minutes after the hour from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

NAAA to Exhibit at AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh, Wis.

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.

Submit Your Aerial Application Photos and Videos to Mark the Industry’s 100th Anniversary!

The 100th anniversary of aerial application is around the corner, and we’re looking for your participation! Do you have great photos, videos or memories of aerial application that you’d like to share? For almost a century, aerial application has played an important part of the aviation and agriculture industries. Now, NAAA invites you to share your favorite memories and photos for a chance to be featured in our 100th anniversary celebration materials, which will debut in 2021.


In 1921, in an experiment in Ohio, an airplane was used to spread lead arsenate dust over catalpa trees to kill sphinx moth larvae. Under the direction of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Lt. John A. Macready, a U.S. Army pilot, made the first aerial application with a modified Curtiss JN-6 “Super Jenny.” The government then utilized aerial application in the Southern states. In 1922, Curtiss biplanes were used to dust cotton fields near Tallulah, La., to control boll weevils. In 1923, Huff-Daland Dusters Inc.—the forerunner of Delta Airlines—did the first commercial dusting of crops with its own specially built aircraft. Today, approximately 2,700 professional aerial application operators and pilots operate in the United States, and aerial application accounts for up to one-fifth of the delivery of crop protection products in American agriculture.


Readers may submit entries by emailing information@agaviation.org. Select photos may be featured in video, print, online and social media to celebrate this 100-year milestone. Aerial application has been the livelihood of readers like you and their predecessors for almost a century and our industry has made a positive impact in your life, so we want to hear your stories. Photos, stories and cherished memories are encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

To submit photos, email the following information to information@agaviation.org. We request that ALL submissions be sent electronically via email. Please DO NOT send links to websites. Only submissions with the required information will be considered. 

  1. Complete contact information (name, address, telephone/cell numbers, email address)
  2. Submit photos using the preferred format if possible:
    1. Image Resolution: 300 DPI (dots per inch)
    2. Preferred Image Size: 1080 x 720
    3. Preferred File Format: JPEG
    4. Photo Information: Each photo should include a complete descriptive caption that coincides with the photo’s filename (e.g., SprayingCorn1978).
  3. Brief caption/description of the image. Photos must be accompanied by a caption with information such as the year or approximate year the photo was taken, who or what is in the photo, where the photo was taken, what’s happening in the photo and photo credit. Example: John Doe defoliating cotton in Levelland, Texas, in 1978. Photo taken by Jane Doe.
  4. Submit stories and memories using email, a Microsoft Word document or PDF.

After your submission is sent: Please be patient; we will be collecting this information over the next two years. Please also note that some submissions may not be featured, but we will do our best to honor submitted memories.


If you do not wish to have your submission added to our image database to be used in other NAAA marketing materials such as brochures, social media posts or on the NAAA website, please specify that when you submit your photo. NAAA does not compensate for photos.