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Aviation Update. Kurt Kleiner BLM OR/WA State Aviation Manager Office: 503.808.6593 Cell: 971.338.3091. Aaron Schoolcraft PNW/AK Regional Aviation Officer Office: 503.808.2359 Cell: 202.302.4518. Aviation Update (Priorities). Hiring Regional Aviation Group

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Aviation update

Aviation Update

Kurt Kleiner

BLM OR/WA State Aviation Manager

Office: 503.808.6593

Cell: 971.338.3091

Aaron Schoolcraft

PNW/AK Regional Aviation Officer

Office: 503.808.2359

Cell: 202.302.4518


Aviation update priorities

Aviation Update (Priorities)

  • 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


Aviation update priorities1

Aviation Update (Priorities)

  • 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


Aviation update priorities2

Aviation Update (Priorities)

  • 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


Aviation update1

Aviation Update

  • 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


Oregon blm aircraft

Oregon BLM Aircraft

  • 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)


Aviation update2

Aviation Update

  • 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


Aviation update3

Aviation Update

  • 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 program

Airtanker Program

  • 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


Airtanker program1

Airtanker Program

  • 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

DC-10

MD-87


Airtanker program2

Airtanker Program

  • 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


Airtanker program3

Airtanker Program

  • 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


Aviation update4

Aviation Update

  • 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


Aviation update5

Aviation Update

  • 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


Aviation update6

Aviation Update

  • 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


Aviation update7

Aviation Update

  • 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?


Aviation update8

Aviation Update

  • 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


Aviation update9

Aviation Update

  • 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


Aviation update10

Aviation Update

  • 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


Aviation update11

Aviation Update

  • 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


Aviation update12

Aviation Update

  • 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


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