Region 5 light fixed-wing aircraft program



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TABLE OF CONTENTS



CHAPTERS PAGE




  1. Introduction 4

I – Objectives 4

II – Pilot and Aircraft Approval 4

III – Ordering/Coordinating Flights 4

IV – Single-Engine Aircraft Restrictions 4



  1. Pilot Carding Criteria 5

I – Point-to-Point 5

II – Fire Recon/Air Attack/Surveillance - 5

III – Mountain/Remote Airstrips 6

IV – Low Level 7


  1. Aircraft Carding Criteria 7

I – Point-to-Point 7

II – Special Mission 7


  1. Authorized Pilot and Aircraft Inspectors 8




  1. Regional Aviation Group Contacts 9


Appendix 1 – Call-When-Needed Light Fixed-Wing Services Contract 10
Appendix 2 - Contract Pilot Experience Requirements 77
Appendix 3 – Special Mission

Contract Pilot Carding and Evaluation Standards 78



LIGHT FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT PROGRAM

Chapter 1 - Introduction




I. Objective:
The Light-Fixed Wing Aircraft Program was established to comply with FSH 5709.16 Flight Operations Handbook to help insure the highest levels of safety, qualification, and certification of contractor pilots and aircraft operating in support of national and regional Forest Service missions, goals, and objectives.
II. Pilot and Aircraft Approval:


  • Aircraft and Pilots must meet agency standards for the mission being flown.




  • Interagency pilot and aircraft approval documents are issued and must be available for inspection upon request.




  • Approval documents must be current.




  • Documents must match pilot and aircraft.


III. Ordering/Coordinating Flights:
Light aircraft may be used to transport personnel to meetings, administrative activities, mission activities, or training when cost effective and/or time sensitive. These flights will be ordered in accordance with local and national agency policy and should be made at least 24 hours in advance. A valid method for agency procurement must exist for each vendor. (See Contract, Appendix 1)

IV. Single-Engine Aircraft Restrictions:



Single-engine passenger night flights are not allowed. A flight can be initiated one-half hour before sunrise and the aircraft must be on the ground one-half hour after official sunset. Single-engine passenger flights in instrument conditions (IMC) are not allowed.
Note: Single-engine aircraft flights at night are authorized for ferry and cargo missions at the option of the vendor, agency, and pilot-in-command (FSM 5716.2, FAR Part 91).


Chapter 2 – Pilot Carding Criteria

I. Point to Point



A. Initial: The vendor will submit a completed form FS-5700-20 for each pilot to be carded along with a copy of his/her license, medical certificate, current Part 135 check ride , and the signed last page of the Forest Service Safety Briefing. The inspector needs only to verify that the applicants meet the minimum criteria set forth in 5709.16, 11.22 (Appendix 2). When possible, the Pilot Inspector will give the safety briefing in person. Point-to-Point Cards (OAS form 30A, or Forest Service equivalent) will be issued for two years.

B. Recurrent: Forest Service contract pilots will be provided and are required to acknowledge the Safety Briefing annually.




Biannually, each vendor will provide the Pilot Inspector with updated pilot records prior to the reissuance of point-to-point pilot cards.

II. Fire Recon/Air Attack/Surveillance



A. Initial: The vendor will submit a completed form FS-5700-20 for each pilot to be carded, along with a copy of his/her license, medical certificate, and current Part 135 check ride. The Pilot Inspector will review form FS-5700-20 to ensure that the minimum criteria in 5709.16, 11.22 (Appendix 2) is met. The Inspector will go through the U.S. Forest Service Safety Briefing with each pilot, retaining the signed last page for the applicant’s records. The applicant will then be required to undergo a flight evaluation with the Pilot Inspector. Contract Pilot Carding and Evaluation Standards are shown in Appendix 2.

In addition, a briefing will be provided covering the following subjects:



  1. The Incident command structure

  2. Daily briefings with appropriate personnel

  3. Altimeter settings and aircraft stacking

  4. Division of duties and radio operation

  5. Situational awareness

  6. The roles of the ATGS and ATC

  7. Responsibility for check in for all aircraft

  8. NOTAMS and TFRs

  9. Material in FSH 5709.16 36.1

The Pilot Inspector may evaluate any maneuver(s) that he/she deems necessary. Upon successful completion of the flight evaluation, an interagency card (OAS form 30A) will be issued. If the applicant fails to demonstrate proficiency in any required area, a recheck will be required. Rechecks will not be accomplished in the same day.



B. Recurrent: Annually, the vendor will submit a completed form FS-5700-20 for each pilot to be carded along with a copy of his/her current medical, and a copy of his/her current 135-check ride. Each pilot will submit the signed last page of the U.S. Forest Service Safety Briefing. If possible the Pilot Inspector will give the safety briefing in person.



III. Mountain/Remote Airstrips
A. Initial: The vendor will submit a completed form FS-5700-20 for each pilot to be carded along with a copy of his/her license, medical certificate, and current 135-check ride. The Pilot Inspector will review form FS-5700-20 and any supporting documentation (log books or flight records) to ensure that the minimum criteria in 5709.16, 11.22 (Appendix 2) are met. The Pilot Inspector will further determine that the applicant has a minimum of 200 hours pilot experience in typical terrain and density altitudes, and takeoffs/landings into mountain/remote airstrips. The Pilot Inspector will go though the U.S. Forest Service Safety Briefing with the applicant and retain the signed last page with the applicant’s records. The applicant will then be required to undergo a flight evaluation with the Pilot Inspector. The minimum items to be covered during this flight are listed below.


  1. System Operations

  2. Emergency Procedures

  3. Operations/Safety Briefing

  4. Preflight

  5. Checklist use

  6. Take-off Operations (maximum performance)

  7. Air-Work Maneuvers

  8. Approach/Landings (short and soft field)

  9. Communication/Navigation

In addition, the applicant will perform a minimum of two take-offs and landings at different class IV airfields. The Pilot Inspector may require any other maneuver(s) he/she deems necessary. Upon successful completion of the flight evaluation, an interagency card (OAS Form 30A) will be issued. If the applicant fails to demonstrate proficiency in any required area, a recheck will be required. Rechecks will not be accomplished in the same day.



B. Recurrent: Annually, the vendor will submit a completed form FS-5700-20 for each pilot to be carded along with a copy of his/her medical certificate and current 135-check ride. The applicant will submit the signed last page of the U.S. Forest Service Safety Briefing. When possible, the Pilot Inspector will give the safety briefing in person. The Pilot Inspector will determine that the applicant has completed a minimum of at least 5 take-offs/landings at 2 different category IV airstrips in the preceding 12 months. If these criteria are not met, the applicant will undergo a check ride to initial standards.



IV. Low Level
Operations below 500’AGL will be accomplished by qualified USDA and DOI personnel only.

Chapter 3 – Aircraft Carding Criteria


I. Point to Point
The aircraft shall be equipped and maintained in accordance with 14 CFR parts 135 and the vendor’s FAA approved operations specifications. In addition, the aircraft must meet the specifications of the Contract, Section C (Appendix 1). The Aircraft Inspector will issue a Point-to-Point aircraft data card (GPO: 1997-690-103) that shall be kept in the airplane. No technical inspection is performed.
II. Special Mission:
Reconnaissance/Supplemental Air Attack Airplane
The aircraft shall be equipped and maintained in accordance with 14 CFR parts 135 and the vendor’s FAA approved operations specifications. In addition, the aircraft must meet the specifications of the Contract, Section C (Appendix 1). An Aircraft Inspector and an Avionics Inspector will inspect the aircraft for compliance prior to the issuance of an Aircraft Data Record (5700-21). The form will list each special mission the aircraft is approved to perform and shall be kept in the aircraft.
Note: Pilots and aircraft approved for special mission operations are approved for

point-to-point use.

Chapter 4




AUTHORIZED PILOT & AIRCRAFT INSPECTORS


Jon Curtis MA 1, 3, 4; AV 1


Rick Haagenson PA 1; AV 1
Dan Johnson PA 1, 4, 5; MA 3; AV1
John Liston PA 1
John Litton PA 1, 4; AV 1
Bill McVicker MA 1, 2, 3, 4; AV 1
John Blum PA 1; AV 1

David Spliethof PA 1; AV 1




AUTHORIZED APPROVAL CODES


NOTE: PA codes apply to both contract and agency approvals.

PA – PILOT AIRCRAFT





  1. Small Single & Multi Engine Land

  2. Amphibian/Float

  3. (This code # is no longer used)

  1. Smokejumper

  2. Air tanker Flight Crew


NOTE: MA and AV codes apply to contract related approvals.

MA – MAINTENANCE AIRPLANE





  1. Air tanker Initial Approval

  2. Smokejumper Aircraft Initial Approval

  3. Specially Equipped Small Aircraft Initial Approval

  4. Return to Contract Service Approval



AV – AVIONICS





  1. Standard FAA Requirements

  2. All Specially Equipped (Exclusive Use Contract)



Chapter 5
REGION-5 REGIONAL AVIATION GROUP

CONTACTS



POSIT.


NAME


OFFICE NO.


FAX NO.


CELL PHONE

RAO

Dennis Hulbert

916-640-1033


916-640-1090


916-847-6772


SAFETY

Dennis Brown

916-640-1038


916-640-1090


916-712-8768


Heli Mgr.


Greg Helsel


916-364-2834


916-640-1090


916-996-6120


HOS

Vacant

916-364-2831






Heli Spec.


Vacant

530-226-2732

530-226-2713


916-712-2824


NZ Maint.


Bill McVicker


530-226-2736


530-226-2713


530-941-1742


NZ Avon.

Barry Miller

530-226-2732




530-356-4324



SZ Maint.

Jon Curtis


661-723-2584


888-819-4331


916-698-8902


SZ Avon.

Jesse Luna

661-723-2584


888-819-4331


661-335-2454


ONC


Redding,

CA

A/C COORD

530-226-2801


530-226-2742


800-231-5584


OSC


Riverside,

CA

A/C COORD

909-276-6721


909-782-4900


800-995-3473



NZ

Redding,


CA

RAG

Supervisor:

John Liston



530-226-2740

530-226-2713

530-356-0364

SZ

Lancaster,

CA


RAG

Supervisor:

John Litton



661-723-2580

661-723-2581

661-400-2083
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