Aaron Schoolcraft PNW/AK Regional Aviation Officer Office: 503.808.2359 Cell: 202.302.4518 Kurt Kleiner BLM OR/WA State Aviation Manager Office: 503.808.6593 Cell: 971.338.3091 Hiring Regional Aviation Group ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ One (1) Aviation Maintenance Division Manager One (1) Aviation Safety Inspector – Airworthiness Three (3) Airplane Pilots One (1) Helicopter Program Manager One (1) Air Attack Group Supervisor Program Coordinator Forest and District Hiring ◦ Two vacant UAO’s, another one vacant this fall ◦ Facilities- base infrastructure improvements needed at many locations PNW/AK Aviation Program Consolidation ◦ PNW Primary Mission: Fire ◦ Alaska Primary Mission: Transportation ◦ Implement Alaska Road Map PNW/AK Aviation Strategic Plan ◦ Five (5) Year Plan ◦ Safety Management Systems Approach ◦ Aviation Programs Budgets Aircraft Composition Oversight Partnerships ◦ Forest Service/DOI/Cooperators ◦ New members of PNWCG Aviation Working Team Program and Preparedness Reviews ◦ DOI/BLM Program Evaluation (May13-17) ◦ BLM National Fire Preparedness Review OR-WA Aerial Supervision ◦ Plan for 2013 and beyond Helicopter Extraction ◦ Plan for 2013 and beyond Rotor-Wing Assets ◦ Rotor-wing similar to 2012 R6: Additional Type 1 in Grants Pass Fixed-Wing Assets ◦ Light fixed-wing assets should stay the same in 2013 No change in PNW/AK ◦ Airtankers potential for change Lakeview District ◦ Type 2 helicopter and crew, 1 exclusive use SEAT Burns District ◦ Type 3 helicopter and crew (new contract) Vale District ◦ Type 3 helicopter and crew, 1 exclusive use SEAT ◦ Air Attack (Commander 690) with ATGS (& trainees) BLM National SEAT Fleet- 18 additional exclusive use aircraft, managed in pairs (contract not yet awarded) Type I Helicopters (Forest Service) ◦ 34 Exclusive Use ◦ 5 Exclusive Use in Region 6 ◦ 57 Call-When-Needed Type II Helicopters (Forest Service) ◦ 33 Exclusive Use ◦ 6 Exclusive Use in Region 6 ◦ 78 Call-When-Needed Type III Helicopters (Forest Service) ◦ 59 Exclusive Use ◦ 4 Exclusive Use in Region 6 ◦ 171 Call-When-Needed Helicopter Night Operations (HNO) ◦ Contract one (1) helicopter in Region 5 (2013) ◦ HNO Study recommended missions: Water and retardant drops using a ground-filled fixed tank Aerial supervision Aerial ignition with Plastic Sphere Dispenser (PSD) Emergency Medical Transport (EMT) using a hoist ◦ Aviation Business Case (ABC) ABC supports purchase of two helicopters Airtanker Contracts ◦ Current Contract (9 Line Items) Extended until April 22, 2013 ◦ Legacy Contract (8 Line Items) Going through award process ◦ Next Generation Contract (7 Line Items) Under Protest ◦ Call-When-Needed Contract 2 DC-10 Next Generation Contract ◦ Plan to award Seven (7) Next Generation Airtankers over the next five (5) years. C-130Q BAe-146 BAe-146 RJ-85 RJ-85 MD-87 DC-10 Additional Airtankers ◦ Up to 8 Convair-580s (Canadian and AK contracts) ◦ Up to 8 MAFFS (if requested) ◦ Up to 6 (Oregon Department of Forestry) BAe-146 RJ-85 MD-87 Very Large Airtankers (VLATS) ◦ 2 DC-10s on CWN Contract ◦ Can take up to 24 hours to initially mobilize ◦ Moses Lake is the only approved VLAT bases in the PNW. BAe-146 RJ-85 MD-87 C-27J ◦ U.S. Senate passed National Defense Authorization Act Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act (amendment) will give priority to Forest Service to acquire aircraft Amendment is at the House of Representatives ◦ Air Force identified an excess of 21 to 38 nearly new C-27J fixed-wing aircraft ◦ Possible Missions: Smokejumper Platform Airtanker Troop/Team Transport C-27J Emergency Helicopter Extraction (EHE) ◦ Priority to evaluate and determine path forward ◦ An exclusive use shorthaul-capable helicopter contract will be awarded this year to Mount Rainier Nat. Park with trained crew of SAR Rangers staffing the ship ◦ BLM will only support an extraction program that complies with current DOI policy which is the “Helicopter Short-Haul Handbook-351 DM 1” (Feb. 2010) ◦ Region 5 Law Enforcement and Investigators are approved for Short-Haul ◦ Source List: http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/aviation/av_library Aerial Supervision ◦ Forest Service Aerial Supervision Steering Committee Develop and establish a Forest Service National Aerial Supervision Program which includes : Air Tactical Group Supervision (ATGS) Aerial Supervision Modules (ASM) Lead Plane Helicopter Coordinator (HELCO) Working Groups: Management Operations Technology Training Aerial Supervision (contd.) ◦ The Safety Impact Analysis identified 39 hazards and 137 mitigations ◦ Next generation airtankers out-fly current fleet of King Airs, and arrive at fires well ahead of aerial supervision BLM is studying alternatives for faster ASM aircraft ◦ Interagency SME’s are revising refresher training and currency standards for ATGS position ◦ Where will technology take the program in the future? Cooperator Aircraft ◦ Continue to work with cooperators on aircraft inspection standards and the flight profiles for which they are dispatched and utilized ◦ Better training/communication is needed for dispatchers on cooperator aircraft policies ◦ FS and DOI approval process is effective and efficient Regional Aviation Safety and Management Plan ◦ Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service will have separate plans in 2013 ◦ Kurt Kleiner is updating the OR/WA BLM Aviation plan Completed and posted on SORO Library Format will remain as second tier to National plan ◦ RASMP Working Group completed Forest Service Regional plan Format is second tier to National plan Total Flight Hours (Forest Service) ◦ 70,000 Total Flight Hours (Rotor-Wing) ◦ 41,000 Total Flight Hours (Light Fixed-Wing) ◦ 25,500 Total Flight Hours (Airtankers) ◦ 3,500 Total Flight Hours (Region 6) ◦ 6,160 Total Flight Hours (Rotor-Wing) ◦ 3,534 Total Flight Hours (Light Fixed-Wing) ◦ 2,448 Total Flight Hours (Airtankers) ◦ 178 11% of Total Flight Hours Total Spent in Aviation (Forest Service) ◦ $370M Total Spent Rotor-Wing ◦ $270M Total Spent Light Fixed-Wing ◦ $39M Total Spent Airtankers ◦ $47M Total Spent Other ◦ $14M What Do We Need to Work On? 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