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FAASTeam Notice
Type: Aerial Application (Agricultural Operations)
Notice Date: Friday, July 5, 2024
Notice Number: NOTC3700
Agricultural Aircraft Operations - Stay Safe and Aware
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Saturday, November 30, 2024

Recently, there has been an increase in accidents involving agricultural aircraft operations.

We suggest the following actions to help improve safety in Aerial Application Operations:

  • Focus on pre-flight decisions and assess hazards during takeoff, landing and during application e.g., terrain, trees, wire, and tower hazards.
  • Conduct field reconnaissance prior to each application.
  • Consider terrain, obstructions, and adjacent congested areas.
  • Note application product, type, and quantity and compute weight and balance for each load.
  • Assess current and forecast weather including wind and density altitude.
  • Use the IMSAFE Checklist and consider any human factors that could compromise safety e.g., dehydration, fatigue, complacency etc.
  • Be sure that your aircraft is airworthy and in compliance with all Airworthiness Directives, Service Bulletins, and required inspections.
  • Continuing education and professionalism are keys to safe operations.  Do your part to ensure competence, confidence, and safety.
  • For more information consult your local agricultural aviation associations,, and the National Agricultural Aviation Association – an excellent resource for the aerial application industry.

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