Agriculture Aviation Option


The sky’s the limit! Lake Area Tech is excited to offer our new nine-month Agri-Aviation diploma option for students interested in becoming aerial spray pilots. LATI’s outstanding Agriculture and Aviation Maintenance Technology programs now offer this unique combination option for anyone with a passion for ag and aviation. The Agri-Aviation option is the first of its kind at technical institutes in South Dakota and one of only a handful in the nation.

Students may enter the option and graduate with a diploma or enter the option after completing LATI’s Agriculture or Aviation programs. Graduates of this option will obtain a private pilot’s license and be trained to work in the field of agriculture aviation as an aerial application pilot, aerial application technician, or aerial application owner/operator.

Training in this option includes:

  • aircraft operation for chemical aerial application to fields
  • GPS management for accurate application
  • job record maintenance using GPS equipment, computer hardware, and software
  • management of crop and plant health using appropriate chemicals
  • crop and weed identification
  • safety practices in a dynamic agricultural, aviation, and chemical handling environment
  • administration of first aid and/or CPR
  • compliance with local, state, and federal commercial pesticide application guidelines
  • flight training (additional fees apply)

The job demand is high in this industry. Secure your future today!

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