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BLM AVIATION PROGRAM UPDATES 2005. 2005 Large Airtanker Status. The new Airtanker contract was advertised for up to 20 airtankers. Aircraft must have an “ Operational Service Life” (OSL) established. Airtankers will no longer have assigned bases. CWN tankers may be used if approved.

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  2. 2005 Large Airtanker Status • The new Airtanker contract was advertised for up to 20 airtankers. • Aircraft must have an “Operational Service Life” (OSL) established. • Airtankers will no longer have assigned bases. • CWN tankers may be used if approved. • Contractual division of labor • USFS – LAT • BLM – SEAT • BLM no longer provides up front funding to LAT

  3. 2005 Large Airtanker Contract Awards • BLM has procured 2 CL215’s for Alaska • 1 on Shared Contract with BIA in Minnesota

  4. Aerial Supervision Modules • ASM Program is fully staffed (PIC & ATGS) • 5 platforms • 1 King Air 200 • 4 U-21’s (King Air A-90) • Designated Bases • Fairbanks • Grand Junction • Minden • Lancaster • Boise

  5. SEAT Issues • FS & BLM may differ on performance requirements for vendors in 2005. • SEAT Guide, CWN Contract & Procedures Handbook are updated, including: • No SEAT Manager at ATB for reloads. • Vendors compensated to load other vendors. • Loading on both sides of aircraft. • 60’ minimum drop height. • Additional security language, etc.

  6. Narrow Band Radio Issues • NB is now required for all Fed radio systems. • Local agreements may cover cooperators still using wideband. • 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. • Digital Aircraft radios required 12/05 – exemption pending

  7. BLM Policy Updates • OPM 05-04 Aviation User Training. • OPM 05-54 Contract Pilots Flying Government-Owned Aircraft. • OPM 05-55 Use of Single Engine Turbine Powered Airplane IFR. • BLM National Aviation Plan (NAP) • Available mid May • http://www.aviation.blm.gov/admin.htm

  8. IFPM & the Helicopter Manager • BLM National IFPM Crosswalk identifies that the only “Helicopter Manager” impacted by IFPM requirements is specific to PD# F166 Supervisory Range/Forestry Technician 455/462-05 “Helicopter Crew Supervisor” • This information can be accessed at: • http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/implementation/implementationplan.htm • Appendix C – Position Identification, page C-17

  9. 2005 Exclusive Use Helicopter Awards • 11 contracts up for new award • Changed specs to HOGE – 7000’ & 25C • Incorporated minimum and target specs • Focus on platform upgrades and Part 27 lights

  10. AMC Working Groups National Interagency Aviation Committee (NIAC) Possible Realignment?

  11. IHOP Working Groups

  12. Helicopter Cost & Efficiency Program (HCEP) • Program developed to maximize cost-efficiency and match performance to user requirements during the ordering process. • Ordering unit must provide supplemental info: • Highest operating elevation and temperature • Operating restrictions: landing area size, etc. • Intended missions: IA, pax, bucket, cargo, etc. • Ordering by “Type” is optional • On-line program ranks helicopters by cost efficiency • Program to be tested in 2005 • Efficiency Coordinator at NICC utilized during heavy activity to enhance efficiency. • Possible Daily helicopter Cost/Use Reporting to NICC

  13. Supplemental Information Sheet (DRAFT) - Completed by AOBD or local Aviation Manager - Provided to Dispatch with Resource Order

  14. On-Line Input/Search Screen

  15. Search Results Screen

  16. 310-1Change: HCWN→HEMG? IHOP Task Group developed proposal NWCG Approved Effective with new 310-1 (2006?) Essentially unchanged except for mnemonic changed back to “HEMG” HELB to have revised task book; emphasizing fire ops, de-emphasizing helicopter management “HELM” - from IQCS mnemonic WG to Incident Operations Standards WG (IOS) for NWCG ??

  17. Helibase Crash/Rescue • IHOP Task Group has drafted minimum standards for EERA Crash Rescue Units: • Vehicle capacity & capability requirements • Personnel Training & Qualifications • Personal Protective Equipment • Standards to be tested in select Emergency Equipment Rental Agreement language in 2005

  18. Computer Based Training (CBT) for Firefighting Pilots • On-Line registration, training, testing, cert. • Content: fire behavior, tactics, ICS & fire organizations, terminology, FTA, contract administration, communications, etc. • CBT will be pre-requisite to obtaining pilot qualification card for fire missions • SEAT CBT program operational in 2005 • Helicopter CBT implementation in 2006

  19. On-Line Aviation Firefighting Training (Home Page)

  20. On-Line Aviation Firefighting Training (Module Selection Page)

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

  22. Aviation Security Initiatives • DOI: Departmental Policy approved soon • Facility requirements • Security Assessments/ Plans • Aircraft Physical Security measures • Dual Lock-Out systems required on all DOI aircraft in ’05 • Examples: keyed starter, locking fuel cut-off, throttle lock • Unacceptable: locking aircraft doors, fenced parking • USFS: Similar Policy and measures

  23. Automated Flight Following (AFF) • Currently, approx. 200 agency aircraft have AFF installed. Half of those are government-owned equipment. • Estimate 100 additional equipage in 2005 • Will be required in T1 & T2 CWN in 2006 • Training package is complete; will become IAT module • Find AFF information, training package, policies, etc. at: http://aff.gov

  24. AFF Utilization Requirements • AFF Hardware, aircraft and Dispatch, must be compatible with the Government AFF network. • Pilot(s) and dispatchers must have completed required AFF training or briefing • Aircraft & Dispatch must be equipped with fully functional radio capability to revert back to radio check-ins. Must monitor frequencies. • Check-In prior to flight and after landing via radio or phone. • AFF must be agreed upon prior to flight. • For Pt-Pt, FAA flight plans must be filed.

  25. HazMat Transportation • New Handbook available at: www.oas.gov • New DOT Exemption (DOT-E 9198, 13th Rev.) Interagency Handbook and Training Module. • New Exemption: • HazMat person on-board (other than pilot) not required • Applies to contractors under government procurement and operational control • Must carry Emergency Response Guide in A/C • IAT Training Module (A-110) available now on-line (www.iat.gov)


  27. Automated Helicopter Performance Planning A Modern Extension of the Load Calculation Process

  28. What is AHPP? • A computer program composed of linked Excel spreadsheets: • Electronic Load Calculation • Computed Gross Weight Look-Up Table • Allowable Payload Tables • Load Manifest • May be used with PC, Laptop or PDA • May be used to generate hardcopy tools (Computed Gross Wt and Allowable Payload tables)

  29. Does AHPP Replace Load Calculations? • No. Load Calculations are the basis of AHPP. • Load calculation policy and procedures are not compromised by AHPP. • In AHPP, Computed Gross Weight tables are completed for a wide range of Density Altitudes. • The Computed Gross Weight tables are used by the Electronic Load Calculation to generate Allowable Payload Tables. • AHPP can be used to generate tables prior to any operations or can be used “contemporaneously” to produce load calculations at any time. ?

  30. Who Are the Targeted Users of AHPP? • Helicopter Pilots and Helicopter Managers conducting Initial Attack or other operations involving unknown/unimproved landing sites • Exclusive Use Operations • Helitack • Rappel • SAR (NPS) • Programs with dedicated primary and relief pilots

  31. Why Do We Need AHPP? • Enables on-demand performance planning for each specific take-off or landing, real time, in the cockpit. • Allows flight crew and aircrew to concentrate on good decision-making during high workload situations • Formalizes and legitimizes bootleg procedures currently practiced in the field

  32. Advantages of AHPP: • Greater Accuracy • Performance charts are accessed & computed gross weights are calculated in a non-stress environment. No math errors. • Speed • Allowable Payloads may be accessed instantaneously by entering PA, OAT, FUEL • Efficiency • Performance planning is mission-specific; capabilities may be maximized • SAFETY: faster, more accurate and more specific performance planning

  33. Common Data-Base AFF Automated Flight Following HCEP Cost/Efficient Ordering & Utilization $ FPA Fire Program Planning & Budget $ $ BEST VALUE Contract Awards AHPP Performance Planning $ TRAINING Pilots/HEMG

  34. Principles of AHPP: • AHPP calculations and documents are specific to an FAA tail number, Helicopter Equipped Weight and a specific pilot. • The pilot must sign each document produced by AHPP • Once completed and signed, Flight Manual performance charts do not have to be accessed again, unless aircraft configuration changes.

  35. AHPP Options 1 Pilot and Manager use the Flight Manual to complete the Computed Gross Weight Worksheet & Tables: HIGE, HOGE & HOGE-J Pilot and Manager double-check all chart readings and worksheet entries. When satisfied, worksheets are printed, signed and copied. Completed AHPP components are filed at designated Base and carried onboard the helicopter. 2 Computed Gross Weight tables are used to generate Allowable Payload Tables: HIGE, HOGE & HOGE-J Allowable Payload tables are printed out and used in the cockpit or at the helibase in conjunction with the Manifest form. Manifest Forms are used to document performance planning for each mission. 3 AHPP is used electronically to complete specific Load Calculations for each mission PC: generate paper LC at home base Laptop: generate paper or electronic LC PDA: generate electronic LC in cockpit Are “virtual” Load Calculations legal? Can Helicopter Managers complete LC?

  36. What’s Next for AHPP? • Interagency approval? Integrate within all exclusive use programs, all agencies. or • Institute within BLM exclusive use programs in 2005 (AHPP Demonstration)

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