Thank You to Our Stakeholders

As a cooperative effort, these aviation and UAS organizations believe in greater education and safety information for recreational UAS operators in order to limit liability and prevent accidents. Each organization has been a key player in our grassroots effort to increase nationwide awareness of the growing unmanned aircraft community.

Nebraska Aviation Trades Association

The Nebraska Aviation Trades Association(NATA) is a non-profit state trade association which represents the aerial application industry in Nebraska. The NATA was formed in 1948 at the Fontenelle Hotel in Omaha, NE by a handful of aerial applicators and has now grown to represent 180 aerial applicators in Nebraska and surrounding states.

The Ag Aviation industry has played a pertinent role in America's agriculture production for over 80 years. In the early years of aerial application the products applied to the crops were dusting materials; hence the name crop duster. Today the roles of aerial applicators have gone far beyond crop spraying. Many aerial applicators put their aircraft to work on Timber seeding and fertilization, fire bombing, special operations for drug eradication, surveillance of U.S. borders and other especial operations.

Today, the highly sophisticated Ag aircraft use the latest in Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology, advanced flow control systems that monitor product dispersement, and highly developed calibration software that helps pilots maintain pinpoint accuracy. It is estimated over 50% of our agricultural commodities would be lost to pest infestation without the efficient and timely application of crop protection products.

NATA is constantly striving to reinforce concerns for the environment and the professionalism and education of its members. Professional Ag pilots are recertified every three years and attend continuing education courses to stay up to date on industry trends, product information, and regulations to continue to safely and effectively protect our environment, our food supply and citizens.

Once a year, the Professional Aerial Applicator Support System (PAASS) presents its program to our members. The primary goals of the PAASS program are to reduce aviation accidents, drift incidents, enhance the commercial aerial applicator profession by improving the understanding of human factors, enhancing critical Aeronautical Decision-Making skills, and inducing positive behavioral change.

Operation S.A.F.E. (Self-Regulating Application and Flight Efficiency) began in the early 1980s to improve the overall quality of the aerial application process. This is a voluntary program in which a professional analyst uses a computer system and chemical dyes to evaluate the aircraft spray patterns and make any adjustments needed. BASF is sponsoring the Operation SAFE program and will bring the equipment to each pilot individually to have their aircraft tested.

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Colorado UAS company that is targeting precision agriculture with their technology.

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UAS Colorado

UAS Colorado is a non-profit business league, committed to promoting and improving the aerospace industry in Colorado, particularly supporting the safe integration and use of unmanned aircraft systems throughout the state for the benefit of the public.

  • Provide organizational structure and support for UAS professionals
  • Support the application for an FAA-designated UAS test site in Colorado
  • Provide an industry forum for discussions, events, meetings and professional contacts
  • Advocate for public policy that supports UAS industry development in Colorado
  • Create an industry identity for UAS in Colorado
  • Promote the safe, professional operation of UAS sites in Colorado
  • Conduct public awareness and public relations campaigns to help the general public understand the use and importance of UAS in Colorado

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AVIAN is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded by U.S. Navy test pilots in 2005. Our experts in test and evaluation provide comprehensive operational and developmental test planning and execution management for manned and unmanned aerial systems.

We believe talent and passion generate solutions to today's business challenges. We understand that these characteristics thrive in a business culture that embraces innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit.

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Colorado Pilots Association

Colorado Pilots Association was incorporated as a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation in 1972. It is a statewide organization of over 700 members dedicated to making Colorado a better, safer, and more desirable place to fly. Objectives of the organization are to promote aviation and flying safety, to protect the rights of pilots, and to be of assistance to the general public in aviation matters.

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Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association

The purpose of the CAAA is to serve its membership in legislative concerns, education of pertinent issues, and to promote technical programs to enhance the betterment of Agricultural Aviation and its related activities. The CoAAA was founded in January of 1977.

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National Agricultural Aviation Association

The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA), founded in 1966, represents approximately 1,800 members in 46 states. NAAA supports the interests of small business owners and pilots licensed as professional commercial aerial applicators who use aircraft to enhance food, fiber and bio-fuel production, protect forestry and control health-threatening pests.

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Colorado General Aviation Alliance

CGAA is a Colorado nonprofit under the IRS 501(c)(6).

Our mission is to serve as a common voice for aviation organizations, and to protect and promote general aviation in the state of Colorado.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Promoting the safety and economic growth of general aviation in the State of Colorado,
  • Educating the public on the significant impact that general aviation has on local economies,
  • Providing for the exchange of ideas, information, and experiences within general aviation and the public,
  • Improving relations and fostering a cohesive effort among general aviation people and organizations through public educational programs,
  • Representing organized general aviation interests before private and governmental entities.

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North Carolina Agricultural Aviation Association

This page has a list of handy facts about aerial application, ag pilot training, and ag pilot experience, in the United States (Written by the NAAA). In our world the operator is the owner of the business (oftentimes the operator pulls double duty as the chief pilot and business owner) and pilot is anyone hired by the operator to fly for the aerial application operation.

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If you're a first-time UAS owner or a seasoned operator, Think Before You Launch is your source for safety information, links to additional UAS sites and resources for education and risk management. We encourage you to ask questions, provide feedback and be an active participant as we shape the future of small unmanned aircraft use.