Air Operations
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Rainbow incident -DPS Ops.
Project Name

Springerville Ranger District

Prepared by: John M. Carpenter - ICT Operations Section Chief Date: 6/27/98

Prepared by: John R. Thompson - Forest Air Officer Date: 6/30/98

Reviewed by: Gene Smalley - ICT Safety Officer Date: 6/28/98

Reviewed by: Robert Harris - AZ Deptartment of Public Safety Date: 6/28/98

Approved by: William C Fox - Incident Commander Date: 6/28/98

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A. Incident Aviation Coordinator is John Carpenter.

Coordinator shall be aware of all mission flights
1. Unified command planning of scheduled flights.
2. Prior notification of unscheduled flights by flying agency.

B. Establish method to track mission aircraft over incident area.

1. Radio at ICP Communications on freq. 122.925.(Forest should have by 6/29).
2. Mission aircraft contact ICP when entering area and when leaving area.

C. Establish method to assure that Forest and Incident are advised of aircraft use in the area.

1. ICP contact A-S Dispatch of Incident aircraft in area.
2. A-S Dispatch contact ICP of Forest aircraft in area.
3. Cross notification of unidentified aircraft.

D. Establish system to coordinate with media aircraft in the area.

1. Incident aviation coordinator work with Incident PIO to provide needed aviation information to media.
2. Incident PIO to provide Incident aviation coordinator with flight plans from media.

E. Multiple aircraft coordination.

1. Try to maintain single aircraft operation over the incident.
2. If flight coordination (media/agency) becomes a problem consider TFR and more formal flight control (air attack/helibase manager).

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This format is to assist with the planning organization of any project or survey work that require the use of aircraft. In order to satisfy requirements for an air operations plan, complete all items except items 6, 9, and 10 which only need to be completed if they apply to your specific project.

1. Project Description and Objectives

Bell 206 L-3 to be stationed at Q35 beginning on 6/27/98 with two pilots and two paramedics. Will begin duty day at 0600 - 1400 with first shift (one pilot and one paramedic) and second shift of 1400-2200 with same. Will be available for reconnaissance and emergency evacuations.

6/27 - 6/30 1st AC Bell 206 L-3 Ranger 38 N38AZ from Tucson.
7/1 - 7/5 2nd AC Bell 206 L-3 Ranger 41 N41AZ from Phoenix
7/6 - 7/9 3rd AC Bell 206 L-3 Ranger 32 N32AZ from Flagstaff

Will work out of Kestrel Aviation, Springerville, AZ (520) 333-5746.

May possibly operate a C-206, but not known at these time.

Arizona Department of Public Safety to advise Incident Command Post at 520-333-0560 before flights over incident area.

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1. Project Description of Objectives - Continued

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2. Personnel and Aircraft
Aviation Coordinator: John Carpenter @ ICP 520-333-0560 or 520-367-7982 pager 602-251-7963

Project Manager: Sgt. Rich Thacher or Lt. Rich Hanson 602-223-2212 or 2675; pager 602-251-7963

Project Air Officer: Bernie Gazdezik or designee at ICP

Project Manager will be responsible to oversee the project to insure the project objectives are achieved to the satisfaction of the benefiting function. (This would normally be a district employee with responsibility in this area).

Project Air Officer will be responsible to supervise the air operations to of aircraft. (Technical specialist)

Aircraft Planned for Project: See Previous page


(Aircraft Type and N Number)

Pilot's Name: varied between 6 pilots and 6 paramedics

Is pilot and aircraft properly carded for planned operations? Not Forest Service or OAS, agency specific. See attached approval sheet.

List other personnel and their project function (s) required for the project:

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United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
Southwestern Region

517 Gold Avenue SW. Albuquerque, NM 87102-0084

Reply to: 5700

Subject: Use of Cooperator Aircraft for Cooperative Missions

To: Director, Fiscal and Public Safety

In accordance with FSM 5713.43, the following military units and cooperating agencies are approved to carry Forest Service personnel on official missions:
New Mexico State PoliceHelicopter
New Mexico Army National GuardHelicopter
Arizona Dept. of Public SafetyAll Aircraft
Arizona Army National GuardHelicopter
Maricoopa Co. (Arizona) Sheriff's Dept.Helicopter
U.S. Army - Ft. HauchuchaHelicopter
U.S. Customs ServiceAll Aircraft
U.S. Border PatrolAll Aircraft

Individual aircraft and pilots of these agencies will not be carded. Aircraft and polots operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) do not qualify for this type of blanket approval. DEA pilots and aircraft will be approved only on an individual basis and upon request. and both must have current USFS or USDI/OAS approval cards prior to use.

Please contact Tom Woodworth (505-842-3358) or Dave Nelson (505-842-3354) if there are any questions or concerns.

/s/ Jimmie L. Hickman
Director of Aviation and Fire Manegement

cc: All Forests
M. Martinez, FPS
T. Woodworth, AFM
D. Nelson, AFM


3. Communications

Number and type of radios needed and supplied by: Wulfsburg 9600

Flight following procedures:

Aircraft will flight follow with: Primary DPS EMSCOM - 800-

Frequencies for flight following with Dispatcher: 122.925 @ ICP

Frequencies for flight following with Heliport Manager: ________

Separate frequencies for communications with multiple aircraft and/or ground crews:

Air to Air: 122.925

Air to Ground: 168.625 to assist life flight in landing and take off

4. Fueling Plan

Give location of fuel truck or fuel source planned to support the project. If project involves survey work over large areas, give location of possible fuel stops during operations.

Q35 - Springerville
SOW - Show Low

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5. Material or Personnel Transported

Give a description of material (s) and/or names of personnel to transport, and unit or individual weight of each. List where materials will be staged and to what drop point(s) materials will be delivered . Refer to project map. Give details as to type and amount of materials to delivered to each drop point.

Transported from______________________

Transported to____________________

Material or Name_________________

Unit Weight (ea. pkg.)________________

No. of Units_______

Total Weight____________

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5. Materials or Personnel Transported - Continued

Transported from______________________

Transported to____________________

Material or Name_________________

Unit Weight (ea. pkg.)________________

No. of Units_______

Total Weight____________

6. Material Preparation

If material(s) must be prepackaged before start of project, state who will make preparations. When preparations will be made and the location of materials.

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7. Project Costs

Project Fund No.(s): Cost of flights covered by AZ DPS

Aircraft @__/hr. Est. Flt. Time____ Est. Cost
Fuel Trk @__/hr. Est. Mileage____ Est. Cost-
Sup. Trk @__/hr. Est. Mileage____ Est. Cost
Per Diem @__/da. Individuals____ Est. Cost-
Overnight Fees @ /ni. Individuals____ Est. Cost-

Estimated Total Project Cost:____________

Actual Total Project Cost:______________

Explanation of estimated and actual cost difference.


Prepare a hazard analysis for the specific project. before commencing with the project, be sure to hold a briefing, discussing hazards, operation procedures, crash rescue plan, etc. Also a reckon of the project is often necessary to identify previously unknown hazards and insure pilot can identify drop points.

On the Ground Safety:

Operating around aircraft (traffic control, approach, etc.)
Crash- rescue
Aircraft separation
Hazards in landing area
Dust Abatement

In Flight Safety:

Flight routes
Aircraft separation
Flight Hazards (Power Lines, tall trees, etc.)
Helicopter's sling loads

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FS-6700-7(01 /86)

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
references-FSH 6709.11 and -12
(Instructions on Reverse)

Air operations Rainbow Incident

Springerville AZ


H. Walters

Deputy Safety Officer


7. TASKS/PROCEDURES ________________________

Mixture of state & federal aircraft with news media aircraft over Incident site. Hazardous weather conditions around the Incident general area Flight following for Incident related aircraft.

Mixture of fire suppression aviation resources with Rainbow Incident aviation resources. Aircraft activity Into and over the Incident related to ICP operations or under the control of ICP Flight Hazards with In the Incident area, powerlines tower, lookouts Low Level Military flight routes over the Incident area

Increased air activity over the Incident area by private aircraft that would create hazardous situation for Incident aircraft.

ICP personnel flying In non-carded aircraft assigned to the Incident by other agencies

Engineering Controls * Substitution * Administrative Controls * PPE

Work with media helicopter pilots to operate at 1,500 AGL over
the Incident.

Pilots to obtain weather briefing form FAA prior to departure to Incident site.

Forest Service aircraft will us Apache-Sitgreaves Forest Dispatch Office. Arizona Game & Fish and AZ DPS will utilize 122.925 to flight follow with ICP while Incident. Special flight following needs to be coordinated thru ICP. Forest Dispatcher will notify Rainbow ICP of aircraft dispatched on fire missions Into the Incident area.

Any agency and/or media need to Involve ICP In the planning of any flights over the Incident area. ICP needs to advise Forest Dispatcher of planned or on going air activity.

Forest Flight Hazard map will be provided to all agencies with air operations Incident area.

Forest Flight Hazard map Identify no low level military flight routes In the area.

It needed ICP will request through Apache-Sitgreaves Forest dispatcher to Initiate or request a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the Incident area.

No, ICP personnel will fly In any non-carded aircraft without approval of the Safety Officer and Incident Commander. The only exception will be when an event occurs requiring an Immediate response In an emergency situation.

10. LINE OFFICER SIGNATURE ___________________________

11. TITLE _______________________

12. DATE _______________________

Previous edition is obsolete

9. Special Considerations

List any special considerations that may be specific to the project such as wilderness, etc.

1. Densily populated area, take care in landing zone selection if a landing is necessary.

2. Keep all normal air ops above 1000' AGL unless emergency dictates otherwise.

3. Be aware that media aircraft and other commercial aviation maybe in the area and monitor

4. Review Flight Hazard map.

5. Due briefing before each mission.

10. Specialized Equipment

List type and amount of specialized equipment required for the project such as swivels, cargo nets, helitorch, etc. Also, specify plans for accountability and retrieval of equipment.

Utilize PPE if non available order thru ICP.

Crash Rescue Kit available at Hannagan heliport, if needed.

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Aircraft pilots/call numbers for major Arizona TV Networks

Channel 3 - KTVK (Independent) Phoenix
Phone (602) 207-3443 Fax (assignment desk): (602) 207-3477
Aircraft: Aerospace Jet Ranger Helicopter-tail number N123TV
Pilot: Bruce Hafner Phone: (602) 207-3474

Channel 5 - KPHO (CBS) Phoenix)
Phone (602) 650-0711 Fax (assignment desk): (602) 650-0761
Aircraft: Red A Star 350 B-2 Helicopter Tail Number: N95TV
Pilot: Jerry Clifton (602) 948-2150 Pager: (602) 593-1258
Backup pilot: Scott Clifton Pager: (602) 593-1385

Channel 10-KSAZ (Fox) Phoenix
Phone (602) 262-5104 Fax: (602) 262-0181
Aircraft: AS 350 B2 A Star Helicopter Tail number TN#410 TV Color Black, red and white
Pilot: Rick Krebs (602) 262-5109 Newsdesk- Best Contact: 1-800-726-1010
B/U: Western Aviation, Scottsdale (602) 998-1115

Channel 12 - KPNX (NBC) Phoenix
Phone (602) 257-6615 Fax (assignment desk): (602) 257 6619
Aircraft: Bell Jet Ranger Heicopter-tail Dumber
Primary pilot: Mike McDonald
Flight hours: 5-9 am. 2-6 p.m.
Pilot can be contacted through the assignment desk.

Channel 15- Fax @ XV(ABC) Phoenix
Phone (602) 232-6351 Fax: (602) 232-6363
Aircraft: Aero Speciale- 350BA Helicopter Tail number # N15TV
Pilot: Fritz Holley

11. Project Plan Safety Briefing

A copy of this briefing page will be submitted to the Forest Air Officer within 5 days of the completion of the project.

Briefing Leader:________________

Briefing Date: ________:Time: _________ Location:__________

Discussion Items
____ a. Hazard Analysis (As outlined in plan)
____ b. Safety Air Ops (Ground)
____ c. Safety Air Ops (Flight)
____ d. Military Training Routes
____ e. Flight Following
____ f. Fax Frequencies (VHF, FM, Grd to Air, Forest, etc.)
____ g. Fueling
____ h. Emergency Evac Plan
____ i. Authorities
____ j. Weather Considerations
____ k. Other ____________
____ l. Other ____________

Attendees Signature and Concurrence:

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