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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

6 Minutes for safety: AVIATION "WATCH OUT" SITUATIONS

 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?

Flight Hazards: 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?

References: Incident Response Pocket Guide page 46
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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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