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Ag aviation scholarships awarded

BASF and the National Agricultural Aviation Association congratulated two scholarship winners during the 44th Annual NAAA Convention and Exposition kickoff breakfast in Savannah, Ga., recently. The scholarship program is helping to build the future of agricultural aviation and is an integral part of the BASF partnership with NAAA.

"BASF believes in sustaining and growing the aerial application industry," said Gary Fellows, Ph.D., BASF Technical Services Regional Manager and member of the NAAREF (National Agricultural Aviation Research & Education Foundation) PAASS (Professional Aerial Applicators' Support System) Program development committee. "This scholarship is designed to help NAAA operators bring new pilots into the field and help in their training to become part of the aerial application industry."

The 2010 scholarship winners are Ben Cadenbach and Matthew Kollars, both of Kearney, Neb. Both Cadenbach and Kollars are pursuing a career in agricultural aviation and will be completing their commercial licenses; Kollars will return to the cockpit after obtaining a degree in Industrial Distribution and Cadenbach will be supporting his young family with an aviation career.

To be eligible for the Agricultural Aviation Scholarship, each applicant had to be sponsored by an NAAA member operator. Cadenbach was sponsored by Buffalo Air Services operator Sean Penner. Woods Aviation's Waylon Woods sponsored Kollars. Like the scholarship recipients, both businesses are based in Kearney, Nebraska.

BASF continues as a platinum-level supporter of the Dec. 6 to 9 NAAA Annual Convention and Exposition, which is the premiere annual event for aerial applicators. The BASF sponsorship includes the kickoff breakfast and the first-ever NAAA convention commemorative patch.

In addition to NAAA convention sponsorships, BASF works with NAAA and NAAREF to keep safety and efficiency top-of-mind for pilots. BASF sponsors a number of NAAREF's Operation S.A.F.E. (Self-Regulating Application and Flight Efficiency) fly-in workshops, a program that helps pilots make safe and accurate applications.

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