RT-372, Helicopter Manager Workshop, N/A

RT-372 Decorative banner: Four photos of wildland fire helicopter operations. A firefighter on the ground uses a handheld radio to communicate with a helicopter dumping retardant overhead. Two helicopter crewmembers prepare to load packs and equipment onto a helicopter. Three firefighters stand on the top of a mountain watching as a helicopter flies toward them. Five firefighters listen as a pilot gives instructions while standing at door of helicopter.

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This refresher course is intended to update participants on essential helicopter management skills and provide the latest information on helicopter operations. Core elements of the refresher course should cover updates to aviation policy, risk management, and performance planning, along with a pertinent accident review. The desired outcome of this course is to update current Helicopter Managers on new information while reinforcing existing skills and knowledge.


  • Review essential duties and responsibilities of the Helicopter Manager.
  • Use risk management techniques to complete assignments safely.
  • Update and maintain helicopter management skills.
  • Understand changes to aviation policy and how they apply to helicopter management.

Target Group

Qualified and trainee Helicopter Manager (HMGB).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified or trainee Helicopter Manager (HMGB).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



RT-372 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 8
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 16
Total Hours 24

Course Level

Regional, state, or area


Eight of the 24 hours can consist of pre-work, generated by the course coordinator, involving online aviation training or practical exercises.

Core Elements of a Refresher

  • Aviation Policy updates
  • Risk Management
  • Accident review, lessons learned
  • Performance Planning

Optional Topics

  • Pay documents
  • Dispatch and flight following procedures
  • Contracting
  • Operations
  • Pre-use inspections
  • Maintenance
  • Communications
  • Agency break outs
  • Agency briefings
  • Project/Logistical/Support Planning
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Accident Investigation
  • Crew Resource Management (CRM)
  • Airspace
  • Practical exercises testing students’ knowledge of Helicopter Operations (to be developed at the discretion of the course cadre)
  • Other topics determined by the course cadre to be pertinent to the audience

Flexibility should be encouraged within these topics to meet geographic and audience needs. This refresher shall be designed to provide discussion and information sharing based on the identified topics. The agenda should be revisited annually and be dynamic. Presenters should include, but not limited to interagency, national, regional, state and local instructors involving aviation positions such as Dispatch, Air Attack, Training, and Unit Aviation Managers.

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead instructor must be a current or previously qualified as Helicopter Manager (HMGB).

Unit instructors will be selected for their expertise in field, i.e., aircraft payment documents, aviation maintenance, avionics, contracting, risk management.

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.


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