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All pilots are responsible for the safe, efficient and effective operation of a CAL FIRE aircraft.
Adhere to all applicable FARs and CAL FIRE regulations.
Assume Pilot in Command (PIC) duties and responsibilities any time they are on board the assigned aircraft, regardless of who is manipulating the controls.
During duty hours, take immediate action to comply with (or deny for cause) any dispatch.
Reside within 45 minutes’ commute time from assigned home base.
Be available for call-up outside of normal duty hours, except mandated time off.
Carry an operating cell phone or paging device whereby pilot can be summoned for dispatch outside of normal duty hours.
Possess the following personal pilot items:
Flight clothing as defined in this part.
Current VFR Sectional Charts as follows: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Klamath Falls.
Current VFR Terminal Area Charts as follows: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco.
Current VFR Terminal information publication covering California, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon.
For IFR of an kind: Current IFR en route and terminal charts covering the geograpic area of intended IFR operations.
Flight operations personnel will be employed as necessary to train for and staff tactical airplanes.
Training generally occurs prior to start of fire season in March, April, and May.
Aircraft staffing at airbase locations generally begins in May and June, and continues through October, November, or later, depending on fire activity.
Crews will be expected to work additional hours during periods of heavy fire activity.
Any pilot that disregards safety, takes unnecessary risks, or flies in a careless or reckless manner will be removed from aerial firefighting duty.
All contractor pilots will be required to complete a CAL FIRE approved annual training program prior to being certified for duty.
Plots can be subject to an in-flight evaluation by a CAL FIRE Pilot Inspector upon successful completion of required training.
During fire season, pilots will be in constant readiness for immediate dispatch during the daily duty period.
All pilots will ensure that their assigned aircraft is in an airworthiness state for immediate dispatch during the daily duty period established by CAL Fire.
Pilots will immediately notify appropriate CAL FIRE official if aircraft is not in a mission-ready condition.
Pilots will be responsible for keeping their assigned aircraft clean and properly serviced.
Aerial firefighting pilots can expect to operate aircraft under some or all of the following adverse conditions:
To and from short-runway airports.
At high gross weights.
In high ambient temperatures.
In turbulent air.
At high-density altitudes.
In areas of reduced visibility.
In vertical, mountainous terrain.
Pilots will be required to possess certain items of flight safety equipment.
Pilots will dress and act in a professional manner while on duty.
Pilots will voluntarily remove themselves from flight status when they do not feel fit to fly due to illness, fatigue, or any other reason that may affect flight safety.
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