2015 Operation S.A.F.E. Fly-in and Drone Visibility Test – Wrap up and Preliminary Test conclusions

Keeping pilots safe:

The 2015 Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association‘s Operation S.A.F.E. fly-in was a jam packed event!  With the addition of drone visibility testing and First Responder Safety Training, this was not the typical Operation S.A.F.E. Fly-in.
September 28-30, 2015
The week started with WRK of Arkansas hosting a school at the La Junta airport to train new Operation S.A.F.E. spray pattern technicians and analysts.  Dr. Dennis Gardisser, Dr. Scott Bretthauer, John Garr, and Dr. Richard Whitney (Ret.) led 22 students, including several students from Brazil and one from Guatemala, through the classroom and equipment training.  On Thursday and Friday the students used their skills to evaluate the data from live spray pattern tests during the fly-in.  The CoAAA sponsored student Thia Walker (CSU) received a recommendation to be recognized as an analyst by NAAAREF (National Agricultural Aviation Association Research and Education Foundation).  The final graduation decisions will be confirmed by NAAAREF in early 2016.



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