August 2, 2018
NAAA eNewsletter

NAAA Urges Senators to Give FAA Full Authority Over All Drone Types

As the Senate considers FAA reauthorization, NAAA, along with several other industry partners, sent a letter to senators urging them to give the FAA the authority to fully regulate recreational and hobby UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems). This coalition, made up of pilots, commercial and general aviation operators, UAS representatives, manufacturers and aviation safety specialists, believes the FAA must have full authority over all UAS for the safety and security of the National Airspace System.

 

Specifically, the letter asks senators to consider section 332 of the House of Representatives’ recently passed FAA reauthorization legislation. This provision not only gives the FAA the authority to regulate all UAS, it also requires recreational UAS users to pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test.

 

Additionally, the provision gives the FAA the authority to impose tracking and ID requirements on UAS so UAS owners and operators can be properly identified.

 

The letter explains how the FAA is currently responsible for regulating all users of our nation’s airspace, including those using the airspace for recreational purposes, such as ultralight aircraft, balloons, gliders and model rocketry.

 

Early this year the FAA reported that UAS registration has eclipsed 1 million.  Business Insider Intelligence expects consumer drone shipments to hit 29 million in 2021.  The Consumer Technology Association reported that 2.4 million personal drones were sold in the U.S. alone in 2016.  The overall Senate FAA bill is slowly taking shape, with only a few more issues to be resolved. The expanded commercial pilot training language previously delaying the bill has been removed.

 

Separate from the FAA’s regulation of UAS hobbyists, the commercial UAS industry is pushing against allowing states and local government to regulate UAS deliveries. Under current law, states and local governments can't regulate the “price, route or service of an air carrier” that transports property. An amendment offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is seeking to change that.

 

In a letter signed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the Small UAV Coalition and other aviation groups, the letter said, “If adopted, the amendment would allow thousands of state and local governments to impose restrictions on commercial UAS air carrier operations, creating inefficiencies that will stifle innovation and discourage investment and competition.”

 

Sen. Lee responded by saying, “Our system of federalism gives local governments significant police powers including the ability to regulate nuisance, establish speed limits, and coordinate local law enforcement. All this amendment does is preserve that necessary local control.”

NAAA Sets Aircraft Platform Record Straight to Media Favoring One Type of Aerial Application Over Another

NAAA has been hearing a great deal about unjustified claims that favor one aircraft platform over another. A recent example involved a caption in the Astoria South Fulton Argus that was brought to NAAA’s attention by a Midwestern operator. The photo caption described the good coverage provided by helicopters but failed to mention that fixed-wing aircraft also provide excellent crop coverage. NAAA sent a letter to the editor to set the record straight.

 

The letter described how both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters provide excellent canopy penetration and coverage. A recent article that appeared in Agricultural Aviation was referenced to provide readers more details about the differences and similarities between these two platforms. The Illinois Pesticide Review was also referenced, which recently also covered the subject to help highlight the fact that neither application platform is superior to the other in terms of efficacy. The Midwest in particular has seen a great deal of misinformation being spread about how helicopters push more spray into the canopy than fixed-wing aircraft.

 

When discussing the benefits of aerial application, it is important to stick to the facts and not make any claims that can’t be backed up with data. These claims can do damage to the entire aerial application industry, not just a single platform. The aerial application industry is comprised of many individual operators, but we must remain united when it comes to promoting and defending our industry because upon the performance of each rests the fate of all.

NAAA Exhibits at Record Breaking EAA AirVenture 2018

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual AirVenture held in Oshkosh, Wis., July 22–39, had a record-breaking attendance of 601,000 people throughout the week, up 2 percent from the 590,000 attendees in 2017. More than 10,000 airplanes were at this year’s event, as well as 867 exhibitors. Among them was NAAA, sharing booth space with Air Tractor, Thrush Aircraft and GPS manufacturer AG-NAV.

 

NAAA staff and volunteers spoke with hundreds of attendees throughout the week, and over the past three years of NAAA exhibiting at Oshkosh we’ve signed up 289 prospective pilots interested in a career in ag aviation. NAAA follows up with those genuinely interested in an ag aviation career to nurture their interest by informing them of upcoming NAAA events and providing them with a yearlong subscription to Agricultural Aviation magazine.

Attendees admiring the Thrush 802 on display at the NAAA booth space.

During the week, there were also over 1,000 educational forums on aviation topics attended by 75,000 visitors. NAAA Executive Director Andrew Moore gave an educational presentation to AirVenture attendees on how to pursue a career in ag aviation, along with Lee Turnquist, 2018 NAAA Secretary, Eric Rojek of Thrush Aircraft and Nancy Andersen of Air Tractor.

 

In addition to recruiting, NAAA also promoted the importance of agricultural aviation to food, fiber and biofuel production, as well as to forestry and public health protection, by distributing its “Flying for Your Food” brochure.

 

NAAA Executive Director Andrew Moore also conducted several media interviews throughout the week. You can listen to his interview with local Wisconsin radio station WHBY here.

Some future ag pilots taking a closer look at the Thrush 510P.

Many NAAA members contributed important manpower to equip and staff the NAAA booth at EAA AirVenture, particularly staff from Air Tractor, Thrush and AG-NAV as well as AgAir Update’s Graham Lavender, Transland’s Anthonie York, Eagle Vistas’ Randy and Beverly Berry, and several past and present members of NAAA’s Board of Directors including 2018 Vice President Darrel Mertens and 2018 Secretary Lee Turnquist.

 

More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. At Wittman alone, there were 19,588 aircraft operations in the 11-day period from July 20-30, which is an average of approximately 134 takeoffs/landings per hour. This made the control tower at Wittman the busiest control tower in the world for that period of time.

The NAAA booth space was also shared by AG-NAV, a leading GPS technology manufacturer.

Looking forward to next year, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said, “We are celebrating our 50th consecutive year in Oshkosh during 2019, so we’ll be looking back on a half-century of unforgettable highlights at Wittman Regional Airport, and planning activities that involve EAA’s hometown and its unique place in aviation history. While 2018 is barely in the record books, we’re talking to many groups and individuals with intriguing new ideas for aircraft, innovations, exhibits, and events. We’re already planning for 2019 and are looking forward to announcing features and attractions very soon.”

NAAA Vice President Darrel Mertens of Sterling, CO, explains the spray system installed on the Air Tractor 802.

NAAA is Always Working on Your Behalf. Check Out Our Annual Report to See Our Accomplishments and Please Renew Today!

August is right around the corner and that means you will soon receive your membership renewal information in the mail and we want you to know what we’re working on. Check out our 2017 NAAA Annual Summary and see our accomplishments here.

 

NAAA is the voice for public policy favoring the industry and continues to promote positive public relations. NAAA provides valuable safety, business information to the industry as well as providing environmental professionalism, security and aviation safety educational programs through NAAREF’s PAAASS Program. Each year we also host our annual Ag Aviation Expo offering abundant networking and educational opportunities.

 

We hope that you’ll consider renewing your membership as it is important as ever. NAAA needs resources to continue pushing for stringent tower-marking requirements and to promote the safe integration of UAVs into the national airspace system (NAS) to ensure the safety of ag pilots (click here to view NAAA’s UAV safety campaign video). Similarly, NAAA has worked hard to make sure costly National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) requirements don’t apply to agriculture.

 

You’ll receive your renewal statement in the mail in August, however, there is no need to wait!  

 

You can renew your membership at AgAviation.org by logging into your account in the upper right hand corner. Once you’ve logged in, click Membership Renewal on the left-hand toolbar (as seen in the graphic below).

 

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.

NAAA and NAAREF Board Meetings Oct. 5-6

We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs, Calif., for our October NAAA and NAAREF committee and board meetings. Most meetings take place Oct. 5–6 with a couple of meetings beginning on Oct. 4. PAASS Train the Trainer will take place Oct. 3–4. All meetings are open to NAAA members.


You can view a tentative schedule here. Please email Lindsay Barber if you will plan to attend the meetings.

Location

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Local phone (760) 322-6000

Rate: $169/night plus tax (comped WiFi in guest rooms)

 

Reservations: Book online at https://tinyurl.com/naaaoct2018 or call: (800) 682-1238 (identify NAAA board meeting for the reduced room rate)

 

Room Block Closes:  Sept. 20, 2018. Room rates will be higher after block closes.

Four $5,000 ‘Ag Wings of Tomorrow’ Scholarships Up for Grabs! Deadline Aug. 31!

How does $5,000 sound to help someone pursue their dream of becoming a professional ag pilot? Thanks to the generous support of BASF and Thrush Aircraft, $20,000 in aid is available under the 2018 NAAA “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship Program to assist four aspiring ag pilots in their journey.

 

The goal of NAAA’s “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship Program is to strengthen the aerial application industry by helping operator members bring new pilots into the profession and help fund their training. Applicants must be sponsored by an NAAA Operator member, and scholarship recipients may use the proceeds for flight training or aviation or ag-related coursework at a university, college, community college or other institution of higher learning. A stipend for a trainee in an NAAA Operator-sponsored apprentice program is also permissible.

 

The scholarship program is administered by NAAA and funded by educational grants provided by BASF and Thrush. This year, NAAA will award up to four scholarships valued at $5,000 each. This is a win-win for NAAA Operator members and individuals seeking training funds to support their pursuit of becoming a professional ag pilot.

How to Apply

To be considered for the 2018 scholarship, every applicant must submit:

  • A letter of recommendation from the NAAA Operator member sponsoring the applicant.
  • An essay of 250 words or less explaining why you want to pursue a career in agricultural aviation and how you would use NAAA’s “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship to further your education and training.
  • A one-page résumé or list of activities detailing all agricultural and aviation experiences, education and training.

The deadline to apply for a 2018 “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship is Aug. 31.

 

NAAA will award the recipients of the 2018 “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarships in December at the Ag Aviation Expo in Reno, Nev. Last year NAAA awarded scholarships to five young individuals who represent the future of ag aviation: Jonathan Aslesen of Buffalo, Minn. ($5,000); Cade Sallee of Fowler, Colo. ($5,000); Kyle Tate of Walsh, Colo. ($5,000); Justin Welling of Clark, S.D. ($5,000), and Colton Tidwell of Lonoke, Ark. ($2,500).

 

To learn more about the 2018 NAAA “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship, review the application instructions at AgAviation.org/scholarship. Please call NAAA at (202) 546-5722 for clarification about any of the application requirements.

NAAREF Fundraiser Full of Fun at NAAA Ag Aviation Expo

Help us raise money for NAAREF and PAASS at King Pins, a fundraiser for the ag aviation industry’s premier educational safety program. This fundraising bowling event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV.

 

Registration is now open and is required; the minimum donation is $100 per person. Each person must register separately, and the bowling alley suggests no more than five people per lane. If you have questions while you’re registering, please email us.

 

Transportation from the Atlantis to the National Bowling Stadium will be offered and your donation includes shoe rental at the bowling alley. Food and beverages are not included; a bar and concessions will be available for purchase at the bowling alley.

 

Help us raise funds to continue the highly regarded PAASS Program, working to reduce the number of aviation accidents and drift incidents each year.

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.

One Man’s Junk is Another’s Treasure; Donate to the NAAA Auction

We’re still several months away from the 2018 Ag Aviation Expo in Reno, Nev., Dec. 3–6, but it’s not too early to donate an item for the Live and Silent Auction. Don’t forget the old adage, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” If you have an item you no longer have a need for, and it is still in good shape and usable, it may be worth a lot to another attendee!

 

Donate equipment, aircraft parts, products or services to help us make this year’s auction a raging success! The Live and Silent auctions support NAAA programs and services to aerial applicators. 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 auction item!


NEW THIS YEAR! The Silent Auction will feature online bidding, which is easy to use, creates more ease for checkout and payment and is a ton of fun! More details will follow later this year.

 

Click here to download a donation form or email your donation details to lbarber@agaviation.org. Big-ticket items are reserved for the Live Auction, with smaller items allocated for the Silent Auction, but final determinations are made onsite once all the offerings have been inventoried. Please include the value of your item.

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.