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Note to Instructors:
National Season Review SEAT Program
The information below is taken from the SEAT Tracking program maintained by the National
(Note: Eighty aircraft are listed on the 2010 On Call Source list as being available, however, only 66 of the aircraft were being tracked by the program.)
The information below is taken from the SEAT Tracking program maintained by the
National SECO position.
Vendor Total Flight Times:
Still had Exclusive Use contracts during the 2010 season with other agencies except BLM.
Number of Exclusive Use Contracts Awarded: 14
National On-Call Contracts
National On Call Contract Stats as recorded from the SEAT Tracking program maintained by the National SECO position.
Time Frame: 7/01/2010 – 9/16/2010
Approximately 2000 Number of Days Used with On-Call Contracting.
A total of 17VT contracts were
awarded in 2010.
Total of 1500 Days use with VT Contracting.
Current Year Outlook for the SEAT Program
Mark Bickham retired at the end of December 2010 !!
Glen Claypool from the BLM National Aviation Office in Boise was
appointed the new BLM National SEAT Program Manager.
Office Phone: 208-387-5160
See Glen’s introduction letter to the field
posted on the BLM SEAT Web Site under
the “SEAT Program Manager Updates”
Contractors Available for 2011:
SEAT Aircraft Available for 2011:
M-18T and Thrushes
Update on the Air Tractor 1002:
SEAT Numbering System
New SEAT Gate System:
Two types of SEAT contracts:
Estimated Exclusive Use Contracts for 2011 :
FS: (John Day and Pendleton OR)
State: (Idaho and Colorado)
BIA: (White River and & Omack/ABQ)
No Variable Term Contracts this year !
Information about the status on the Variable
Term Contracts this year will be posted to the
BLM National SEAT web site under the
“Program Manager" at a later date.
Changes this year…..
Some highlights of the simulators:
Concepts behind the change:
Subject Matter Experts (SME)s worked last winter with
NWCG to re-write S-273 SEAT Manager Course.
Direction to tone both the RX and TX on the National Flight Following frequency to avoid radio interference.
The project will be implemented in three phases, but will be completed by May 31, 2010.
Some geographic areas located near the border are authorized to implement the changes immediately.
Toning National Flight Following both RX / TX
123.975 (Air Tanker Base Frequency) will no longer be the only frequency used by bases !
The FAA changed the frequency at several bases due to interference issues with the nearby airport frequencies.
The new frequencies will be posted in the Interagency Air Tanker Base Directory.
The Interagency Tech Bulletin lists the changes on page two.
New bulletin for 2011
Concerns new direction on using certain frequencies.
Changes in authorizations for both VHF-FM (air-to-ground) and VHF-AM (air-to-air) radio frequencies.
New FTA Chart !
Effective June 1, 2010
Check out the frequencies and tones !
“It is the mission of these web pages to facilitate the sharing of information between all aviation users for the purpose of promoting a learning culture and to enhance and sustain safe and effective work practices. ”
See the “Safety Review” Power Point for additional information about the web site
SEAT Triennial Re-fresher = RT-273
New filters have been put into the Interagency Qualifications and
Certification System (IQCS) program to flag individuals who are not
current with their re-fresher requirements.
Heads Up !…..
A new section has been developed on the BLM National SEAT Web
Site for instructors to download course materials for RT-273. The intent
of the new section is to:
1. National season Review
2. New Year Outlook
3. AMD Contracting Updates
4. ISOG Updates
5. Reference Material Updates
6. Safety Review
7. Security Review
8. Retardant Review
Heads Up !Remember….all re-fresher and instructors still need to be approved at a State or Regional level depending on the hosting agency.
New section of “Briefing” job aids available to the SEMG.
Items to review during a briefing with the FBO.
Items to review during the agency in-briefing.
Designed to help the SEMG document their daily briefing.
Evaluation Report on
Defines the evaluation ratings standards and criteria for ratings one through seven on the AMD-136A.
New Cost Coding Guide to help SEAT Managers use the correct Billee codes and cost coding formats for the different agencies.
See US-DOI Tech Bulletin #10-01 for complete list.
The number one problem with the AMD 23 is errors in the charge code formatting.
Extremely time consuming for AMD when trying to process payment.
How Can You Help ??
Good form to use to quickly check our base and operation!
Don’t forget to use the 2010 forms.
No Changes in the 2010 SEAT forms
We will continue to use the forms dated 2010 for the
2011 season. The forms should remain the same until
the next re-write of the ISOG.
The 2011 forms are available for download on the BLM
National SEAT web site.
A new section will be add to the SEAT Web site titled:
“SEAT Program Manager Updates”
The intent of this section is to help provide the most current informational updates to SEMG in the field through the season.
Check this section on the web site often and prior to departing for your assignment for the most current updates.
Position in Boise working for the National SEAT
Program Manager (Glen Claypool) for the 2011 Season !
General time Frame: Mid April to End of September depending on activity.
If interested in an assignment as the National SEAT Coordinator,
please contact Glen Claypool.)
There are many great web based aviation related training courses
available to everyone to take advantage of.
Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) https://www.iat.gov/
The IAT program is a “nonfire” system distiinct from the National Wildfire
Coordinating Group’s(NWCG) Wildland Fire Qualification System (310-1). The
target audience are the natural resource agency personnel.
SEAT Manager should take advantage of the many on-line aviation related courses
offered. Courses range from basic to intermediate aviation skills training
Note: The SEAT Managers position is an NWCG fire position, and IAT
requirements do not apply to fire positions.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Glenn Research Center
Excellent interactive simulator tutorials on:
Good overview for SEAT Managers !
“Airspace For Everyone”
Safety Advisor Brochure that can be found on BLM National Fire and Aviation web site under “Airspace”:
“Interagency Airspace Coordination Guide”
Link to the guide can be found on the USFS Fire and Aviation web site under “Publications”
Good overview for SEAT Managers !
What is it ?
SEAT Managers can review the training power point developed for the
Fire Traffic Area (FTA). The power point can be found on BLM National
Fire and Aviation web site under “Airspace”:
Good overview for SEAT Managers !
New information and training videos are being developed
for both pilots and ground firefighting personnel explaining
the effective use of retardants and suppressants .
Some of the training objectives:
-Multiple cameras were attached inside the cockpit of an
AT-802 while dropping retardant at 3 different targeted heights.
- Multiple cameras were attached on the aircraft and at ground level to record the effects of retardant being dropped at different heights.
(Goldilocks theory: too low, too high and just right. )
- Too Low…retardant shadowing vegetation, covering only one side.
- Too high…high degree of varying retardant coverage on veg and ground.
- Just right…uniformed coverage covering vegetation and reaching ground.
appropriate operating altitudes of an aircraft.
-Multiple cameras filmed the aircraft at different operating heights and will use a series of graphics to help develop aids for fire fighters. Fire fighters will be able to provide feedback to the pilot when the drop height is too low.
Power points will be available on the SEAT Web Site and the Fire Line Refresher (2011)