Aerial Application Aircraft on Display in D.C.

The National Agricultural Aviation Association is participating in Ag on the Mall at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 6-8. Themed the Future of Food and Farming, Ag on the Mall celebrates and showcases America’s equipment manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, and innovators all working together to drive the tradition of doing more with less environmental impact.

The NAAA booth will display an aerial application Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter equipped with a liquid spray system for applying crop protection materials. The helicopter, along with a spray boom simulation model and other informational displays, will give federal legislators, regulatory officials, and National Mall visitors an up-close opportunity to learn about the essential role ag aviation plays in modern food production.

American farmers use aerial application to treat 127 million acres or approximately 28 percent of cropland each year to help control insects and plant diseases and to apply fertilizer and seeds more efficiently.