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Aviation Safety & Management

Welcome to the FHP Aviation Safety & Management where you will find National, Regional and State aviation management plans, important statistical information, federal directives, safety process and analysis documents, recommendations and requirements for managers and aviation users.

FHP’s mission is to protect and improve the health of America’s forests. Aviation operations are necessary within our overall strategy and FHP Aviation recognizes that in order to succeed, safety must be our ultimate goal. Any business that places production above safety will fail. FHP and cooperating State and Federal agencies strive for program efficiency that prioritizes operational safety.

RISK MANAGEMENT – FHP Aviation Risk Assessments, alerts, bulletins, more…

POLICY & FHP AVIATION – FARs, Aeronautical Information, USFS manuals and handbooks

AVIATION PLANNING – National, Regional and State aviation plans, airport info, NOTAMs, more…

Production and Safety Statistics


Statistical information regarding production rates and safety are invaluable for planning purposes and managing risk. This information is provided for each of FHP’s aviation program areas, USDA Forest Service and cooperator aviation as a whole. Additionally, FHP and cooperating agencies utilize Safecom Opens in new window/tab for reporting incidents and potentially hazardous situations for the purpose of accident prevention, please utilize the system and learn from the included summaries.

2018 FHP OPERATIONS STATISTICS – total hours, proportion of flight hours utilizing automated flight following and digital mapping systems.

PROGRAM SAFETY STATISTICS – summary and accident rate statistics for FHP operations.

AIRCRAFT INCIDENTS – detailed information for FHP Aerial Application incidents occurring since 1990.

SAFECOM SUMMARY– FHP and Cooperator Safecoms reported 2012.

2019 SAFETY SUMMARY – USDA Forest Service FY 2019 Aviation Safety Summary prepared by the National Aviation Safety Center; includes objectives, accomplishments, mishap trends and statistical summary for all agency and cooperator operations