OPERATION S.A.F.E. CLINIC
Operation S.A.F.E. (Self-regulating Application & Flight Efficiency), developed in 1981, was designed to clearly demonstrate that Ag Aviation recognizes its responsibility to minimize the potential for adverse health and environmental effects of agricultural chemical application. Every June, aerial applicators across the state of Iowa gather at a local airport and run their aircraft through this calibration clinic. This clinic is put on by the Iowa Agricultural Aviation Association along with many sponsors including Iowa State University. This clinic is voluntary and gives us as an operator the opportunity to test all of our aircraft's spray equipment with trained analyst. These invaluable professionals help interpret the information and recommend changes to improve performance. The process on how we get an aircraft S.A.F.E. certified, is by filling the aircraft with water combined with a pink dye. The pilot will then make three passes across a string at the end of runway. At the string the volunteers are calculating the temperature, speed of the aircraft, wind direction, and how far off the ground the aircraft is. Information is also gathered about the make and model of the aircraft, the tail number, and the number and type of nozzles on the spray boom. Once all of this data is collected, it is brought back to a room and the professionals take a look at the information provided. They also will run the string that the aircraft sprayed on, through a device that reads and understands the spray pattern. After they review all of this, they will talk and go over the results with operator and pilot to see if any adjustments need to be made and then they are awarded a S.A.F.E. certification for the year. This clinic makes sure that all of our aircraft at Meyer Agri-Air are giving each of our customers the most precise application.