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Pilot Competencies for Helicopter Wildfire Operations - Best Practices Training and Evaluation


The General Wildfire Operations Knowledge Best Practice can be achieved by completing the three on-line training modules linked below.

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The General Wildfire Operations Knowledge Best Practice can be achieved by completing the three on-line training modules linked below.

                                                                        Incident Command System 

                                                                        Basics of Fire Behaviour

                                                                        Operations and Tactics


Through the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) and under the direction of its Air Taxi committee the Pilot Qualifications Working Group sub-committee was formed. The resulting document Pilot Competencies for Helicopter Wildfire Operations - Best Practices Training and Evaluation document  is a joint effort between representatives of the HAC Operator membership (Operators) and Government Agencies who are Associate and Individual HAC members (Customers) involved in forestry flying, in particular wildfire operations activities.  The Working Group was formed to address the HAC Operator member's concern that the minimum fixed hours currently required by Customers is an imprecise measure of a pilot's ability, further making it difficult to introduce competent pilots into forestry's wildfire operations activities.

The Working Group identified the areas with the greatest exposure and risk due to the unique operating environment posed by wildfire operations where an advanced level of pilot competency is requisite. The Working Group developed eight Industry Best Practices, each skill beginning with the Aim of the training competency followed by the Industry Best Practice to operate in these circumstances:

1. General Wildfire Operations Knowledge
2. Mountain Flying
3. External Load
4. Class D External Loads
5. Aerial Ignition Device (AID) and Drip Torching
6. Hover Exit
7. Confined Area Operations
8. Low Visibility Flight

 
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