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1 RT-372 HELICOPTER PROGRAM UPDATES 2007

2 Aviation Governance Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) Fire Executive Council (FEC) National Fire & Aviation Executive Board (NFAEB) National Multi- Agency Coordinating (NMAC) National Interagency Aviation Council (NIAC) SMJ Aircraft Screening & Evaluation Board (SASEB) Interagency SEAT Steering Committee Interagency Airtanker Board Interagency Aerial Supervision Steering Committee Interagency Airspace Steering Committee Automated Flight Following Steering Committee Interagency Helicopter Operations SC (IHOps) National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Aviation Management Council Larry Brosnan, USFS Mark Bathrick, AMD Interagency Aviation Training Steering Committee

3 IHOps Working Groups IHOps Steering Committee Brad Gibbs - BLM IHOG Working Group Dianne MacLean, FWS Rappel Working Group Ken Ross, USFS Aerial Ignition Working Group Carl Romnes, BIA Training Working Group Glen Claypool, BLM ACETA Working Group Vince Welbaum, AMD Short Haul Working Group John Ziegler, NPS

4 Training WG Updates A-219 external load operations A-219 external load operations Approved for IAT training Approved for IAT training Available for Fire Training, working on incorporating into S-271 Available for Fire Training, working on incorporating into S-271 S-372 WG (NWCG) in process of re-writing the course S-372 WG (NWCG) in process of re-writing the course RT-372 Field Managers Course Guide RT-372 Field Managers Course Guide Language added to specify the requirements of a RT-372 class Language added to specify the requirements of a RT-372 classhttp://www.nwcg.gov/pms/training/fmcg.pdf

5 Training WG Updates IAT/NWCG IAT/NWCG IAT is a Non-Fire aviation qualifications system IAT is a Non-Fire aviation qualifications system NWCG governs fire aviation qualifications NWCG governs fire aviation qualifications NWCG quals cross-over to IAT (reverse of that is not true) NWCG quals cross-over to IAT (reverse of that is not true) IAT currency requirements have been relaxed; many modules need be taken only once. IAT currency requirements have been relaxed; many modules need be taken only once.

6 Aerial Ignition WG Updates New chair (Carl Romnes, BIA) New chair (Carl Romnes, BIA) Continued evaluation of equipment Continued evaluation of equipment Northern Torch (Hockey Stick) Northern Torch (Hockey Stick) SEI dispenser (Red Dragon) SEI dispenser (Red Dragon) SEI Dragon Eggs SEI Dragon Eggs Australian dispenser (Rain Maker) Australian dispenser (Rain Maker) Flash 21 liquid gelling agent Flash 21 liquid gelling agent 2007 IAIG Revision pending 2007 IAIG Revision pending Revised PSD emergency procedures Revised PSD emergency procedures New secondary restraint language New secondary restraint language

7 ACETA WG Updates New chair (Vince Welbaum, AMD) New chair (Vince Welbaum, AMD) Program activity continues in a variety of locations Program activity continues in a variety of locations Revised ACETA Handbook Pending (11/07) Revised ACETA Handbook Pending (11/07) Total Re-Write Total Re-Write Revised standards of training and qualifications for ACETA participants (mugger, animal handler, etc) Revised standards of training and qualifications for ACETA participants (mugger, animal handler, etc)

8 Rappel WG Updates New Chair (Ken Ross, FS R-6) New Chair (Ken Ross, FS R-6) Revised Rappel Guide May 2006 Revised Rappel Guide May 2006 Continued efforts towards standardization Continued efforts towards standardization Adopted 300’ cargo letdown line Adopted 300’ cargo letdown line New BD bag buckles will be phased in New BD bag buckles will be phased in Adopted shoulder strap retainer for rappel harness (Trout Strap) Adopted shoulder strap retainer for rappel harness (Trout Strap) Adopted Miller Spotter Harness (Class 3 fall protection OSHA approved) Adopted Miller Spotter Harness (Class 3 fall protection OSHA approved)

9 Shorthaul WG Updates New Chair (John Ziegler, NPS) New Chair (John Ziegler, NPS) 2007 Shorthaul Handbook revision in process 2007 Shorthaul Handbook revision in process Establishes standardized Practical Test Course Establishes standardized Practical Test Course Hoist Operations oversight added to WG duties Hoist Operations oversight added to WG duties

10 IHOG Updates New IHOG revision March 2006 New IHOG revision March 2006 New Binder & New Color New Binder & New Color Revisions reflect new CWN Type I & Type II Contract changes Revisions reflect new CWN Type I & Type II Contract changes Electronic IHOG and forms Electronic IHOG and forms Accepting comments throughout field season Accepting comments throughout field season Agency Reps listed in facing page of IHOG Agency Reps listed in facing page of IHOG Complete list of revisions available on-line at: Complete list of revisions available on-line at:

11 IHOG Updates Forms Package consists of three parts: Forms Package consists of three parts: Helicopter Management (HCM) Helicopter Management (HCM) Helibase Management (HBM) Helibase Management (HBM) Helibase Job Aids (HJA) Helibase Job Aids (HJA) All forms revised and some renumbered All forms revised and some renumbered Forms no longer available from the cache as hardcopies (except as part of Helibase Support Kit) download and print your own Forms no longer available from the cache as hardcopies (except as part of Helibase Support Kit) download and print your own All forms capable of electronic completion (Microsoft Excel) All forms capable of electronic completion (Microsoft Excel)

12 IHOps WG Updates IHOW meeting in Boise, March 19 th - 21 th IHOW meeting in Boise, March 19 th - 21 th GS-07 squad leader PD in for classification……… GS-07 squad leader PD in for classification……… HELM – HELB consolidation effort ongoing HELM – HELB consolidation effort ongoing Hazard Pay clarification pending Hazard Pay clarification pending IHOps website pending IHOps website pending

13 IHOps WG Updates Updated Ch 70 of Military Use Guide JULY 2006 – NFES 2175 Updated Ch 70 of Military Use Guide JULY 2006 – NFES 2175 Does not apply to National Guard under State direction Does not apply to National Guard under State direction Deleted Military Helicopter Manager (MHEM) replaced with HELM Deleted Military Helicopter Manager (MHEM) replaced with HELM Minimum of 1 HELM required per 4 aircraft if there is a crew chief assigned and aircraft working off of the same base Minimum of 1 HELM required per 4 aircraft if there is a crew chief assigned and aircraft working off of the same base Cargo transport in accordance with military protocol, not IHOG Cargo transport in accordance with military protocol, not IHOG Deleted Military Aviation Operations Coordinator (MAOC) replaced with ASGS/HEB1 Deleted Military Aviation Operations Coordinator (MAOC) replaced with ASGS/HEB1 Deleted Military Helicopter Manager Supervisor (MMS) Deleted Military Helicopter Manager Supervisor (MMS) HECM’s are not required HECM’s are not required

14 Helicopter Cost Efficiency Program (HCEP) On-line program ranks helicopters by cost per pound efficiency On-line program ranks helicopters by cost per pound efficiency Aircraft Performance Data input into database (Requirement for many contracts) Aircraft Performance Data input into database (Requirement for many contracts) Program to continue testing in 2007 by NICC Program to continue testing in 2007 by NICC Program developed to maximize cost-efficiency and match performance to user requirements during the ordering process. Program developed to maximize cost-efficiency and match performance to user requirements during the ordering process. Ordering unit may provide supplemental info: Ordering unit may provide supplemental info: Highest operating elevation and temperature Highest operating elevation and temperature Operating restrictions: landing area size, etc. Operating restrictions: landing area size, etc. Intended missions: IA, pax, bucket, cargo, etc. Intended missions: IA, pax, bucket, cargo, etc. Ordering by “Type” is optional Ordering by “Type” is optional

15 Utilization of HCEP Used in conjunction with: Used in conjunction with: Ross Ross AFF AFF Wildcad Wildcad Most Efficient “Price Per Pound” Aircraft may not be the Right Tool based on a variety of factors: Most Efficient “Price Per Pound” Aircraft may not be the Right Tool based on a variety of factors: Urgency Urgency Location Location Availability Availability Contract Type Contract Type

16 Airspace Updates Revised Fire Traffic Area (FTA) depiction Revised Fire Traffic Area (FTA) depiction Principles remain the same Principles remain the same Call by 12nm, Hold at 7nm, etc Call by 12nm, Hold at 7nm, etc Power Point available at: Power Point available at: Airspace, Airspace Education FTA.ppt Handout – 2007 BLM Airspace Update 01.doc Handout – 2007 BLM Airspace Update 01.doc Handout – FTA PROFILE 2.0.bmp Handout – FTA PROFILE 2.0.bmp

17 Airspace Updates

18 Initial Attack Management System (IAMS) Initial Attack Management System (IAMS) Done/Dead/Gone a victim of IT Security Done/Dead/Gone a victim of IT Security Some of it’s capabilities transferred to AFF Some of it’s capabilities transferred to AFF MTR overlays and scheduler contact #’s MTR overlays and scheduler contact #’s Numerous Web Addresses listed on the handout Numerous Web Addresses listed on the handout Airspace.nifc.gov Airspace.nifc.gov Best graphical TFR info available Best graphical TFR info available Current Aeronautical Charts Current Aeronautical Charts NOTAMs NOTAMs Flight Planning Flight Planning Etc,etc Etc,etc

19 Helicopter Manager Position Standards HELM and HELB - pre-requisite and training qualifications listed in HELM and HELB - pre-requisite and training qualifications listed in Resource (Project) Helicopter Manager - pre- requisite and training qualifications listed in IHOG Resource (Project) Helicopter Manager - pre- requisite and training qualifications listed in IHOG Exclusive Use – pre-requisite and training qualifications listed in Redbook chapter 17 (USFS, BLM, NPS, FWS), Bluebook (BIA) and (FS) Exclusive Use – pre-requisite and training qualifications listed in Redbook chapter 17 (USFS, BLM, NPS, FWS), Bluebook (BIA) and (FS) 2007 changes to the Redbook: 2007 changes to the Redbook:

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21 Narrow Band Radio Issues NB is now required for all Fed radio systems. NB is now required for all Fed radio systems. Local agreements may cover cooperators still using wideband. Local agreements may cover cooperators still using wideband. Clipping of transmissions occurs when wideband equipment is used on narrowband repeaters. Clipping of transmissions occurs when wideband equipment is used on narrowband repeaters. Very loud on the receiving end of a WB transmission if using NB. Very loud on the receiving end of a WB transmission if using NB. Digital Aircraft radios required 2010 (moving target) Digital Aircraft radios required 2010 (moving target)

22 RADIO HEADS-UP 2005 STAT team Review identified multiple – widespread radio issues 2005 STAT team Review identified multiple – widespread radio issues Handout – Safety Alert doc Handout – Safety Alert doc USFS Safety Alert /AMD Safety Alert USFS Safety Alert /AMD Safety Alert Mission aircraft must be on the same mode (wideband/narrowband) as the firefighter and the dispatch center Mission aircraft must be on the same mode (wideband/narrowband) as the firefighter and the dispatch center Check all radios to assure they are in narrowband mode Check all radios to assure they are in narrowband mode Double check that airguard is present and in the correct mode Double check that airguard is present and in the correct mode Multi agency (county, city) will continue to be an issue as there is no requirement for them to convert Multi agency (county, city) will continue to be an issue as there is no requirement for them to convert Good webpage for radio use, training, drawings, etc Good webpage for radio use, training, drawings, etchttp://www.fs.fed.us/fire/niicd/avionics/index.html

23 Helibase Crash/Rescue IHOps Task Group drafted minimum standards for EERA Crash Rescue Units: IHOps Task Group drafted minimum standards for EERA Crash Rescue Units: Vehicle capacity & capability requirements Vehicle capacity & capability requirements Personnel Training & Qualifications Personnel Training & Qualifications Personal Protective Equipment Personal Protective Equipment Standards were tested in select Emergency Equipment Rental Agreement language in 2005 Standards were tested in select Emergency Equipment Rental Agreement language in 2005 Effort underway to develop national over site for these services (Fire Equipment Working Team FEWT) Effort underway to develop national over site for these services (Fire Equipment Working Team FEWT)

24 Computer Based Training (CBT) for Firefighting Pilots On-Line registration, training, testing, cert. On-Line registration, training, testing, cert. Content: fire behavior, tactics, ICS & fire organizations, terminology, FTA, contract administration, communications, etc. Content: fire behavior, tactics, ICS & fire organizations, terminology, FTA, contract administration, communications, etc. CBT may be pre-requisite to obtaining pilot qualification card for fire missions CBT may be pre-requisite to obtaining pilot qualification card for fire missions SEAT CBT program operational in 2005 SEAT CBT program operational in 2005 Helicopter CBT implementation in Spring 08….. Helicopter CBT implementation in Spring 08…..

25 On-Line Helicopter Fire Pilot Training (Sample: Fire Behavior Module)

26 Helicopter Efficiency Coordinator Position instituted in Works directly for NICC/National MAC Position instituted in Works directly for NICC/National MAC Purpose: increase efficient mobilization and utilization of helicopters and personnel for large fire support and Initial Attack Purpose: increase efficient mobilization and utilization of helicopters and personnel for large fire support and Initial Attack Tracks utilization of Exclusive Use & CWN Tracks utilization of Exclusive Use & CWN Makes recommendations for cost-efficiency Makes recommendations for cost-efficiency Documented savings justify continual need Documented savings justify continual need Created a FTE position, PD in to HR for classification Created a FTE position, PD in to HR for classification

27 Automated Flight Following (AFF) Required in all T1 & T2 CWN in 2006 Required in all T1 & T2 CWN in 2006 More and more aircraft equipped with AFF, still missing some T3 ARA and Regional CWN More and more aircraft equipped with AFF, still missing some T3 ARA and Regional CWN AFF must be agreed upon prior to flight. AFF must be agreed upon prior to flight. Training package is complete; will become IAT module (A-115), online availability pending Training package is complete; will become IAT module (A-115), online availability pending Find AFF information, training package, etc. at: Find AFF information, training package, etc. at: National Mob Guide language re-write address’s protocol 2007 National Mob Guide language re-write address’s protocol Helicopters require check-in “prior to and immediately after takeoff/landing” (IHOG 4-4) Helicopters require check-in “prior to and immediately after takeoff/landing” (IHOG 4-4)

28 AFF and Aircraft Availability Please share with your aviation managers, aircraft managers, dispatch, etc. 1) AFF hardware, compatible with the Government AFF system, is a contract requirement in many of our exclusive use aircraft. The aircraft contractor is not responsible for the other components of the AFF system: satellites, servers, service providers, etc. 2) Some method of flight following is a requirement in all of our aircraft operations. 3) Most people are using AFF as a secondary (passive) flight following system. Radio/voice system operability is still required, even when AFF is utilized as the primary method.

29 AFF and Aircraft Availability If AFF becomes inoperable (for any reason), consider the following: 1) Notify the COR and document on Contract Daily Diary and SAFECOM. COR needs to contact the CO and discuss. 2) Many factors will be taken into account: o Is this the first occurrence of AFF problems with this aircraft vendor? o Is the problem associated with the onboard AFF equipment, the service provider, the AFF server, or ??? o Is the aircraft vendor actively engaged in trying to fix the problem/restore service? 3) Each occurrence must be evaluated individually and decided by the COR/CO. 4) Aircraft will normally remain available for service, utilizing Radio/Voice systems for flight following.

30 Safety Update Interagency Safety Alert Interagency Safety Alert Interagency Lessons Learned Interagency Lessons Learned Agency Specific Safety Alert Agency Specific Safety Alert Interagency Technical Alert Interagency Technical Alert USFS Technical Alert USFS Technical Alert DOI Tech Bulletin DOI Tech Bulletin DOI Aviation Accident Prevention Bulletin DOI Aviation Accident Prevention Bulletin

31 Interagency Safety Alert No. IA 06-01, July 12, 2006 The SAFECOM System– Your chance to speak out ! The SAFECOM system remains an invaluable tool in our continuing efforts to reduce costly aircraft accidents by applying lessons learned from less serious incidents. If you see something, say something. Remember, the SAFECOM that you initiate today could save a life tomorrow.

32 Interagency Safety Alert No. IA 06-02, July 20, 2006 Flights Conducted with Maintenance Deficiencies Incidents have occurred related to continued flight in an aircraft with a known maintenance discrepancy. Agency personnel are not authorized to fly on board an aircraft with a known maintenance problem.

33 Interagency Safety Alert No. IA 06-03, July 28, 2006 Duties Requiring Additional Attention to Detail Pre-flight inspections are not being thoroughly completed, and checklists are not being utilized. SLOW DOWN, DO A COMPLETE PRE-FLIGHT and USE YOUR CHECKLIST, every flight, every time!

34 Interagency Safety Alert No. IA 06-04, August 17, 2006 Mid-Air Collision Avoidance Investigation of several recent near mid-air collisions revealed failures in communications, situational awareness, and deviation from standard operating procedures. Avoid transitioning both controlling aircraft at the same time. Recognize hazards of operations along the virtual fence line and ensure clearances are issued and acknowledged prior to operating in or around the virtual fence.

35 Interagency Safety Alert No. IA 06-05, October 3, 2006 Flight Following Procedures utilizing AFF The National Mobilization Guide (NMG) identifies Automated Flight Following procedures

36 Interagency Safety Alert No. IA 07-01, April 6, 2007 SPH-5 Flight Helmets Frequently find cracks in SPH-5 shells just above the forward edge of the earcups. The SPH-5 User’s Manual explains the proper donning and doffing technique, and cautions the user against spreading the helmet excessively.

37 Interagency Lessons Learned No. IALL 07-01, November 15, 2006 Intended to identify policies, procedures, processes, techniques, training, systems or equipment that can add value to the Aviation community. Interagency Aviation Lessons Learned should: Identify problems and recommend potential solutions. Provide information for the planning and execution of aviation operations. Provide recommendations to modify or update policy in an effort to increase operational efficiency. Identify the specific organization responsible for taking action on a specific recommendation.

38 Interagency Lessons Learned No. IALL 07-02

39 Interagency Lessons Learned No. IALL 07-03, February 16, 2007 A close call on a Plastic Sphere Dispensing mission. Operator attempted to use emergency water bottle but was unable to gain access due to it being buried under 12 bags of PSD balls. Strap was cut, but was unable to clear the door due knots being tied in strap to reduce excess webbing. Ensure that all crewmembers are fully qualified and meet the prerequisites, training and currency requirements of the Interagency Aerial Ignition Guide before initiating PSD operations. Do not compromise safety and your ability to maneuver and react to an emergency by packing the aircraft with an excessive number of bags. Do not tie knots in the PSD strap to take up excess strap.

40 USFS Safety Alert No , June 5, 2006 Plastic Sphere Dispenser (PSD) flight profile “watch out ” situations Utilizing helicopters loaded near maximum gross weight Double check manifest to ensure correct weights. Loss of tail rotor effectiveness Hot, high and heavy Settling with power Hovering Out of Ground Effect (HOGE) should be discouraged Downwind turns in order to stay in unit and maintain appropriate burn pattern Ensure correct performance charts are utilized & numbers are double checked.

41 DOI Safety Alert No , January 23, 2006 Flight Helmets – Take Care of Them and They’ll Take Care of You To help ensure that the flight helmets that you’re using are in the best condition possible, you should inspect them on a regular basis using the guidance in the DOI Flight Helmet User’s Guide:

42 Interagency Technical Alert IA 07-01, October 19, 2006 CHECKLIST DISCIPLINE Appropriate checklists are printed for each aircraft. These checklists are sequenced and provide guidance for each phase of flight. Use the written checklist for each phase of flight: preflight inspection, pre- departure, takeoff, climb out, cruise, pre- landing, after- landing (after clearing the runway!!!), engine shutdown and securing the aircraft.

43 USFS Technical Alert 06-02, June 12, 2006 AS 350B3 Helicopters Equipped with ECL Airframe Fuel Filter Kit (p/n ). A helicopter experienced an unanticipated flame out just prior to lift off. Dirt or grime may have contributed to the airframe fuel filter drain not seating completely, allowing air into the system. Pilots: Take extra care to follow the POH procedure for draining this filter system. Mechanics: Pay special attention during your visual inspection of the airframe fuel filter poppet.

44 USFS Policy Updates has been revised: Helispot manager position removed from , mnemonic to be removed from list in near future STL/TFL requirements for HELCO now the same as FS National Standard Helicopter Contract updated Fall of 2006 – Winter of of This is the boiler plate contract for all helicopter contracts End Product Contract Policy change – Spring of 2005 FS has adopted Interagency Aviation Training (IAT)

45 USFS Policy Updates ABS (Automated Business Systems) Implementation timeframes: ABS (Automated Business Systems) Implementation timeframes: Regions 3 (Southwestern), 8 (Southern) and National Large Airtanker, National Exclusive Use Helicopters and Smokejumper Aircraft Contracts.Regions 3 (Southwestern), 8 (Southern) and National Large Airtanker, National Exclusive Use Helicopters and Smokejumper Aircraft Contracts. April 2, 2007 Regions 5 (Pacific Southwest), 9 (Eastern), and 10 (Alaska). May 1, 2007Regions 5 (Pacific Southwest), 9 (Eastern), and 10 (Alaska). May 1, 2007 Regions 2 (Rocky Mountain) and 4 (Intermountain).Regions 2 (Rocky Mountain) and 4 (Intermountain). May 15, 2007 Regions 1 (Northern), 6 (Pacific Northwest) and National Call-When -Needed Helicopter Contracts.Regions 1 (Northern), 6 (Pacific Northwest) and National Call-When -Needed Helicopter Contracts. June 1, 2007 Web Link:

46 USFS Helicopter Program Updates +/- 60 Regional T3 exclusive use helicopters for /- 60 Regional T3 exclusive use helicopters for 2007 Total of 65 National exclusive use helicopters for 2007 Total of 65 National exclusive use helicopters for type 1 (identified as NMAC) 15 type 1 (identified as NMAC) 24 type 2 (regional IA) 24 type 2 (regional IA) 7 type 2 (nationals) 7 type 2 (nationals) 19 type 2/1 (national exclusive use) 19 type 2/1 (national exclusive use) Funding for permanent staffing for 34 of these helicopters is not assured at this time Funding for permanent staffing for 34 of these helicopters is not assured at this time

47 USFS Helicopter Program Updates Rope Assisted Deployment System (RADS) – Rope Assisted Deployment System (RADS) – Test has been taking place in Region 5 Test has been taking place in Region 5 Been in testing phase for 3 years Been in testing phase for 3 years Operational for 2 years Operational for 2 years ARS – Aviation Resource System Up and running used by FS only (AMD provides data) FS Maintenance and pilot inspectors input data Aircraft data linked to HCEP Competitive Sourcing Competitive Sourcing Aviation is currently being studied Aviation is currently being studied Report due out any time on what functions if any will be competed Report due out any time on what functions if any will be competed

48 USFS Flight Hours ,648 Total hours: 89,648 Total hours: Rotor Wing – 39,735 hours Rotor Wing – 39,735 hours Fixed Wing – 34,564 hours Fixed Wing – 34,564 hours Fleet (owned) – 6898 hours Fleet (owned) – 6898 hours Airtankers – 6659 hours Airtankers – 6659 hours SEAT – 1792 hours SEAT – 1792 hours

49 USFS SAFECOM’s 2006 Total SAFECOMs Total SAFECOMs 754 Safecoms, 449 Helicopter, 150 Fixed wing, 84 Airtankers, 25 SEAT, 754 Safecoms, 449 Helicopter, 150 Fixed wing, 84 Airtankers, 25 SEAT, 26 FS Owned, and 19 N/A 5 Accidents 5 Accidents Cessna 206, Boise NF, no injuries Cessna 206, Boise NF, no injuries Sikorsky CH54A, Klamath NF, 2 fatalities Sikorsky CH54A, Klamath NF, 2 fatalities Eurocopter AS350 B3, Payette NF, 4 fatalities Eurocopter AS350 B3, Payette NF, 4 fatalities Bell 212, Klamath NF, no injuries Bell 212, Klamath NF, no injuries Sikorsky S64E, Las Padres NF, no injuries Sikorsky S64E, Las Padres NF, no injuries

50 USFS SAFECOMs cont: 6 Incidents with Potential 6 Incidents with Potential Cessna 210, North East State and Private Forestry, gear up landing Cessna 210, North East State and Private Forestry, gear up landing Near Mid Air on the Las Padres NF between an ASM and Helitanker Near Mid Air on the Las Padres NF between an ASM and Helitanker Near Mid Air on the Boise NF between a Helitanker and a Kmax Near Mid Air on the Boise NF between a Helitanker and a Kmax Bell UH-1H, Gallatin NF, engine failure, forced landing Bell UH-1H, Gallatin NF, engine failure, forced landing Airtractor (SEAT), Boise NF, fuel starvation, forced landing Airtractor (SEAT), Boise NF, fuel starvation, forced landing Bell 206 L4, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, main rotor strike Bell 206 L4, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, main rotor strike

51 BLM Policy Updates BLM National Aviation Plan (NAP) BLM National Aviation Plan (NAP) Available mid March Available mid March Emphasis on utilization of BLM procured aircraft to increase efficiency and effectiveness Wild Horse & Burro HB revision pending ARA Procurement Limits and Justification process – AMD should be re-issuing guidance that increases limit to 100,000 for emergency use

52 BLM Policy Updates COR/PI protocol back to the way it was SAM is COR & will designate at least 1 alternate COR to cover >7 day absence 40hr initial training with 40 hr refresher every 2 years Aircraft Manager will be designated as PI No required training Departmental Manuals (DM’s) revision pending for 2007

53 BLM Helicopter Program Updates Declining budget for 2006 resulted in BLM exclusive use aircraft reduction from 82 (2005) to 65 in 2006 Declining budget for 2006 resulted in BLM exclusive use aircraft reduction from 82 (2005) to 65 in Jump Ship -1 Jump Ship -4 Air Attack -4 Air Attack -1 Aerial Supervision Module -1 Aerial Supervision Module -7 SEATs -7 SEATs -5 Helicopters -5 Helicopters Impacted Exclusive Use Helicopter Fleet includes: Bakersfield, Richfield, Winnemucca, Fairbanks and Prineville (funding) Impacted Exclusive Use Helicopter Fleet includes: Bakersfield, Richfield, Winnemucca, Fairbanks and Prineville (funding)

54 BLM Helicopter Program Updates Reduced Minimum Ex-Use Crew size from 9 to 7 Reduced Minimum Ex-Use Crew size from 9 to 7 Continued platform performance upgrades to remaining fleet Continued platform performance upgrades to remaining fleet 2007 ex-use helicopter FIRE fleet same as ex-use helicopter FIRE fleet same as type II (3 in Fairbanks, Apple Valley, Twin Falls and Lakeview) 6 type II (3 in Fairbanks, Apple Valley, Twin Falls and Lakeview) 18 type III 18 type III 2007 ex-use helicopter Resource helicopters 2007 ex-use helicopter Resource helicopters 5 type III (all Alaska) 5 type III (all Alaska) 2008 Out year Budget indicates substantial DECREASE 2008 Out year Budget indicates substantial DECREASE

55 ST GEORGE WEAVER MT APPLE VALLEY RAVENDALE LAS VEGAS ELY ELKO LAKEVIEW RIFLE PRINEVILLE BURNS VALE BOISE TWIN FALLS LEWISTOWN FT HOWES BLM FIRE HELICOPTERS 2007 TYPE II (6) TYPE III (17) ALASKA FIRE SERVICE MOAB SALT LAKE RAWLINS TYPE III USFS/BLM (1) BAKERSFIELD WINNEMUCCA RICHFIELD

56 ARACWNEUFleet Grand Total TOTAL ,173 RW ,410 SEAT ,044 FW ,719

57 2006 SAFECOM Summary 210 Total SAFECOMs 210 Total SAFECOMs 2 Accidents 2 Accidents 12/14/2005 Escalante, Utah 12/14/2005 Escalante, Utah 08/21/2006 Nuiqsut, Alaska (USGS) 08/21/2006 Nuiqsut, Alaska (USGS) Incident/Incident with Potential investigated for BLM 4, USFS 1,State of Utah 1. Incident/Incident with Potential investigated for BLM 4, USFS 1,State of Utah 1. 2 SEAT fuel issues 2 SEAT fuel issues 1 SEAT engine failure 1 SEAT engine failure 1 SEAT tail wheel failure 1 SEAT tail wheel failure 1 SEAT flap control issue 1 SEAT flap control issue 1 helicopter tail rotor drive line. 1 helicopter tail rotor drive line.

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