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United States Department of Agriculture

Aviation Aerial Application

Aerial application of pesticides is a tremendously valuable tool in protecting natural resources and also one of the most challenging aviation operations today. FHP, state and private resource professionals have been involved in aerial pesticide application for decades striving to continuously improve upon safety, flight and delivery technology, and operational efficiency. Provided here are links to important accomplishments, resources, safety council and other operational information useful to anyone involved in aerial application programs.

SAFETY AND MANAGEMENT – incidents and statistics, managing risk, Safecoms
PESTICIDE MANAGEMENT AND COORDINATION – USFS pesticide coordinators and policy
TREATMENT AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – pesticide registration, application technologies
FHP NORTHEASTERN AREA – see Featured Topics

Aerial Application Safety Committee – formed out of the 2002 Aerial Application Safety Team (as the Aerial Application Safety Council and renamed in 2018 as the Aerial Application Safety Committee) to examine safety issues and recommend improvements for safety of aerial applications projects. The group includes east and west FHP application representatives, the Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry Aviation Safety Officer, the FHP National Aviation Safety Manager, state application program managers, industry and Animal Plant Health Inspection Service representatives.

Aerial Application Safety Committee2018 Statement of Purpose including current council membership and contact information

Aerial Application Safety Team2004 Report Issues and Recommendations.

Aerial Application Safety Team Group PhotosTraining Group Photos

Aerial application

Treatment for Lymantria dispar dispar. Photo by: Butch Sayers WVDA

Aerial application

Pilot's perspective from the cockpit. Photo by: Mike Schiffer