Aviation Watch Outs
As part of risk management, especially during high activity fires, each aviation manager and employee should be asking questions.
- Is the flight necessary?
- Who is in charge?
- Are hazards identified and known?
Have they been identified and assessed? Have the pilots been informed?
- Should the operation or the flight be stopped due to a change in conditions? Consider the following:
- Radio communications.
- Environmental conditions – weather, visibility, terrain, elevation, temperatures.
- Mission priorities.
- Successful mission completion probabilities.
- Is there a better way to do it?
- Is there pressure to complete a mission at all costs?
- Can you justify your actions?
- Is the mission airspace confined or congested?
- Multiple aircraft.
- Mixed types of aircraft.
- Poor visibility.
- Do you have an escape route?
- Are any guidelines being ignored or policies being broken?
- Are communications getting tense?
- Are you deviating from the assigned operation or flight?
Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
NWCG Standards for Helicopter Operations, PMS 510
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
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