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  • The notes section of each slide for the lesson plan.
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National Season Review SEAT Program


2010 year end stats
2010 Year End Stats

The information below is taken from the SEAT Tracking program maintained by the National

SECO position.

  • Time Frame: 7/01/2010 – 9/16/2010
  • Number of Vendor available for the 2010 season: 17
  • Number of aircraft available for the 2010 season: 66

(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.)

  • Total Flight Time: 1,668.64
  • On-call: 374.10
  • Exclusive Use: 408.60
  • VT-30: 0
  • VT60: 190.72
  • VT90: 693.12
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2010 Year End Stats

The information below is taken from the SEAT Tracking program maintained by the

National SECO position.

Vendor Total Flight Times:

  • Aerial Timber: 177.53 (VT6 - VT9) 
  • Aero Spray: 16.66 (Exclusive)
  • Aero Tech: 62.54 (On-Call)
  • Evergreen Flying: 154.73 (Exclusive)
  • Fletcher Flying: 0
  • G.B. Aerial: 37.92 (On-Call)
  • Henry’s Aerial: 113.34 (Exclusive –On Call)
  • M&M Air Service: 0
  • New Frontier: 105.33 (Exclusive –On Call)
  • Queen Bee Air: 355.21 (Exclusive – On Call – VT9) 
  • Sly’s Aircraft: 61.55 (Exclusive –On Call)
  • Sun Valley Dusting: 0
  • Western Pilot: 583.83 (Exclusive – On Call – VT6 – VT9)
exclusive use contracts
Exclusive Use Contracts

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.

variable term contract for 2010
Variable Term Contract for 2010

A total of 17VT contracts were

awarded in 2010.

  • 30 days: 0
  • 60 days 4
  • 90 days 13

Total of 1500 Days use with VT Contracting.

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Current Year Outlook for the SEAT Program


changing of the guard
Changing of the Guard !

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.

Contact Information:


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”

2011 seat updates
2011 SEAT Updates

Contractors Available for 2011:

  • Will have 12 Vendors

SEAT Aircraft Available for 2011:

  • Will be between 70 - 75.
  • Will be all turbine including few

M-18T and Thrushes

what s new with aircraft 2011
What’s New with Aircraft 2011 ?
  • No new aircraft introduced into the fleet.
  • Vast majority of the AT 802s in the fleet will be Type III, with the constant flow gate systems.
  • Still have the Fire Boss (3 aircraft available on the On-Call contract).
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What’s New with Aircraft 2011 ?

Update on the Air Tractor 1002:

  • The 1002 is still in the rescreach and development stages and will not be seen on contract this year.
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What’s New with Aircraft 2011 ?

SEAT Numbering System

  • All contractors have been issued a block of numbers.
  • Anything with a 800 tanker number is a Type III. The gate system determines the Type III category (Hatfield and Air Tractor Fire Gate). All Type III SEATs are carded at 800 gallons.
  • Anything with a 400 tanker number is a Type IV, and is carded between 500- 799 gallons.
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What’s New with Aircraft 2011 ?

New SEAT Gate System:

  • There is a new Type III gate system in the evaluation stages for the SEAT program.
  • The new gate is called “Hydramax Gate”
  • SEATs using this new gate will have the “800” series tanker number.
  • May see some Contractors using the new gates during the season.
  • SEMG should help the Contractors get the necessary feedback or input from aerial supervision and/or ground personnel. The Contractor is required to submit field evaluations as part of the approval process.
2011 contracts
2011 Contracts !

Two types of SEAT contracts:

  • Exclusive Use Contracts
  • National On Call Contract
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Exclusive Use Contracts
  • No changes with the exclusive Use contracts. Will still see them with the Forest Service, States and other DOI agencies.

Estimated Exclusive Use Contracts for 2011 :

FS: (John Day and Pendleton OR)

State: (Idaho and Colorado)

BIA: (White River and & Omack/ABQ)

variable term vt contract
Variable Term (VT) Contract

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.

on call contract
On Call Contract
  • First year of the new National On Call Contract 2011
  • Still order aircraft off the Source List within your GACC.
  • The COR is still the National SEAT Program Manager.
  • Changes to the 2011 On Call Contract: Summary of changes will be posted to the BLM National SEAT web site when finalized.
  • The On Call contract and the new 2011 pricing list is posted on AMD’s web site. Link to the web site on the BLM National SEAT web site. (Note: Remember to check for updates to the price list throughout the year.)
seat pilot academy
SEAT Pilot Academy

Changes this year…..

  • The Academy moved this year from Safford, AZ to Sacramento, CA. to the US Forest training center at McClellan Air Force Base.
  • The curriculum and class structure will remain the same as developed and taught at Safford.
  • The primary change in the curriculum is replacing actual aircraft flight with simulators.
  • The first beta class at McClellan will start March 14th. Looking at 20 students both Level I and Level II.
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SEAT Pilot Academy

Some highlights of the simulators:

  • The design of the simulators is an AT-802 cockpit.
  • Funding has been approved for 2 simulators.
  • Both simulators will have a front and back seat for training and observations positions.
  • The cockpit is made up with multiple large screens that wrap around the inside of the cockpit providing the pilot with a 270 ° field of vision.
  • The program links to 7 other aircraft simulators like heavy airtankers, helicopters, lead planes, etc. that can interface with the SEAT during the simulation.
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SEAT Pilot Academy

Concepts behind the change:

  • Simulators can provide year round capability for training available to the Vendors community for their company training programs.
  • All Level I pilots will be required to go through the academy for 36 month refresher.
  • Simulators provide an environment to incorporate flexibility with the programming, inputs, scenarios, and levels of complexity depending on the target group.
  • The 2 seat configuration allows an instructor / owner to observe a pilot during all phases of the simulated mission.
  • Easier for the pilots to absorb, focus, and advance with the lesson plans and concepts when not having to solely focus on flying the aircraft in a new environment.
new re write of s 273
New Re-Write of S-273

Subject Matter Experts (SME)s worked last winter with

NWCG to re-write S-273 SEAT Manager Course.

Some Highlights:

  • Developed 4 On-line modules for the pre-work.
  • Developed an alternate class exercise if a SEAT aircraft can not be present during the class.
  • Updated all chapters with new content and photos.
  • Added a new chapter on SEAT Manager Briefings.
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New Re-Write of S-273
  • Course material is in the final review stages of approval and should be available for order this year.
  • If planning on putting on a course prior to the release of the revised course, Contact the NWCG Project Lead Noble Dunn at 208-387-5694 for the updated materials.
new electronic amd 23
New Electronic AMD 23
  • Referred to as Aviation Management System (AMS)
  • In 2010 AMS was phased into selected DOI contracts. Experience various difficulties throughout the season.
  • New Information Bulletin (IB 11-02) was recently signed February 15, 2011 that provides direction for both Vendors and government representatives.
  • Further information will be provided to the field in March 2011.
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What is the AMD 23E ?
  • Spread sheet developed to be used in the field.
  • Will be completed and signed by the SEAT Manager and the pilot.
  • The Contractor will use the AMD 23E to fill out and submit the electronic AMD 23 for payment.
what s new in aviation
What's New In Aviation ?

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


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What's New In Aviation ?

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.

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What's New In Aviation ?

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.

VHF-FM: 166.6875

VHF-FM: 171.1375

VHF-AM: 122.225

VHF-AM: 122.425

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What's New In aviation ?

New FTA Chart !

Effective June 1, 2010

Check out the frequencies and tones !

New Lesson Learned Web SiteOne Stop Shopping for Safety Reference Informationhttp://www.wildfirelessons.net/Additional.aspx?Page=177

“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

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RT-273 What’s New ?

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 !…..

  • Make sure your RT-273 re-fresher certificates are put into IQCS or your agencies qualification program.
  • Your currency depends on the date of the last re-fresher….your qualifications may expirein the middle of the season depending on the re-fresher date. Plan ahead !
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RT-273 What’s New ?

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:

  • Provide standardized information given at any RT-273
  • Promote more re-freshers at a local or geographic level.
  • Provide annual updates for all SEAT Mangers in between the triennial re-fresher.

Downloads Include:

  • Lesson plans for each of the 8 elements required for putting on RT-273

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

  • Three developed Power Point presentations for selected elements.

Heads Up !Remember….all re-fresher and instructors still need to be approved at a State or Regional level depending on the hosting agency.

what s new on the blm national seat web site
What’s New on the BLM National SEAT Web Site ?

New section of “Briefing” job aids available to the SEMG.

initial pilot loader in briefing
Initial Pilot / Loader In-Briefing
  • Replaces the old form.
  • ISOG requirement.
  • Three Section:
    • Facility Related Items
    • Operational Related Items
    • Read File Information
seat manager s briefing checklist great job aid
SEAT Manager’s Briefing Checklist Great Job Aid !

Items to review during a briefing with the FBO.

Items to review during the agency in-briefing.

seat managers daily briefing worksheet great job aid
SEAT Managers Daily Briefing WorksheetGreat Job Aid !

Designed to help the SEMG document their daily briefing.

evaluation forms
Evaluation Forms


Evaluation Report on

Contractor Performance

  • ISOG requirement to complete after each assignment.
  • Has established rating criteria.
  • Sent directly to the Contracting Officer.
amd 136a evaluation criteria
AMD-136A Evaluation Criteria

Defines the evaluation ratings standards and criteria for ratings one through seven on the AMD-136A.

tips when completing evaluations
Tips When Completing Evaluations
  • Ask for input from the field. Check with the ATGS, ground personnel and dispatchers.
  • Always take the time to complete the forms, your input does count towards making the program stronger and safer.
  • Try to provide examples of why you rated the vendor the way you did. (both high and low ratings)
  • How many completed an evaluation last year ?
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What’s New on the BLM National SEAT Web Site ?

New Cost Coding Guide to help SEAT Managers use the correct Billee codes and cost coding formats for the different agencies.

cost coding guide designed to help the semg determine the correct charge code format
Cost Coding GuideDesigned to help the SEMG determine the correct Charge Code Format.

See US-DOI Tech Bulletin #10-01 for complete list.

do you have the correct charge code formatting
Do You Have the Correct Charge Code Formatting ??

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 ??

  • Always confirm the charge coding format with your direct supervisor.
  • Understand formats change with severity and wildfire incident.
  • Always a good idea to put the name of the fire and the Fire Code in the comments section.
  • Never copy the formatting from another manager at your base. They may be managing a different type of contract and their formatting may not apply to you.
  • If you are managing more than one SEAT, do not assume the formatting is the same for both SEATs. They may be different contracts that require a certain type of formatting.
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What’s New on the BLM National SEAT Web Site ?

Good form to use to quickly check our base and operation!


Don’t forget to use the 2010 forms.

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.

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What’s New 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.

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What’s New on the BLM National SEAT Web Site ?
  • A new section was added to the SEAT Web site titled:
  • “Wildland Fire Chemical Information”
  • The intent of this section is to help provide the SEMGs with some of the most important reference material should have with them when they are on assignment including:
    • Effective Use of SEATs
    • Principles of Retardant and Coverage Levels
    • Wildland Fire Chemicals: Qualified Product Information
    • Wildland Frie Chemicals: Reporting Information
    • Wildland Fire Chemicals: Lot Acceptance / Quality Assurance
national seat coordinator
National SEAT Coordinator

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.

Duties Include:

  • Talking to the contractors each day, inputting their flight hours, aircraft location and availability status into a national program.
  • Compiling daily reports used by NICC and the national office to monitor activity and facilitate the movement of SEAT aircraft.
  • Assisting NICC, GACCs and local agencies with identifying the closest resource for filling an order for SEAT aircraft.
  • Assisting NICC, GACCs and local agencies with possible available SEAT Managers.
  • Compiling year-end stats for the SEAT program.

If interested in an assignment as the National SEAT Coordinator,

please contact Glen Claypool.)

continuing education
Continuing Education

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.

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Continuing Education

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Glenn Research Center


Excellent interactive simulator tutorials on:

  • Parts of an Airplane
  • Control Surfaces
  • Elevators
  • Aircraft Pitch Motion

Good overview for SEAT Managers !

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Continuing Education

Airspace Information

“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 !

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Continuing Education


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 !

partnership with mtdc research and development
Partnership with MTDCResearch and Development

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:

  • Develop training aids that can help pilots form a more accurate sight picture in the cockpit when dropping retardant.

-Multiple cameras were attached inside the cockpit of an

AT-802 while dropping retardant at 3 different targeted heights.

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Partnership with MTDCResearch and Development
  • Develop training aids that can help demonstrate the effectiveness of the retardant drops related to drop 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.

  • Develop training aids that help fire fighters in determining the

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)