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Aviation Safety Policy

Aviation, agriculture, pest and environmental management policies provide direction and safety

IMPORTANT: see Aviation Planning for
additional planning-related aviation policy

Safety Policy is one of four “pillars” providing the foundation to Safety Management Systems, a structured management approach for controlling risk in Interagency Fire and Aviation Management operations. The purpose of federal aviation policy is to provide for our safety, as an example: pilot and aircraft carding requirements. For additional safety management guidance see Aviation Risk Management.

Following are select links to policy documents pertaining to safety and FHP programs in general: United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Forest Service Manuals and Handbooks. Questions on policy interpretation should be directed to responsible officials and subject area specialists such as FHP directors, region/area unit aviation officers, FHP aviation safety manager, state and regional aviation managers, contracting officers, etc. as appropriate.

Aviation and Safety Manuals & Handbooks

FSM: 5700 Aviation Management Opens in new window/tab (All Issuances)

FSH: 5709.16 Flight Operations Handbook Opens in new window/tab

FSH: 6709.11 Health & Safety Code Handbook Opens in new window/tab

Forest Pest Management Manual & Handbook

FSM: 3400 Forest Pest Management Opens in new window/tab (Service Wide Issuances)

FSH: 3409.11 Forest Pest Management Handbook Opens in new window/tab (Service Wide Issuances)

Environmental, Pesticide Use Management Manual & Handbook

FSM: 2100 Environmental Management Opens in new window/tab (All Issuances)

FSH: 2109.14 Pesticide Use Management and Coordination Opens in new window/tab (Service Wide Issuances)