EX-10.15 2 a2207825zex-10_15.htm U.S. FOREST SERVICE CONTRACT

Exhibit 10.15

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

FOREST SERVICE

 

CONTRACT NO.:

 

AG-024B-C-12-9003

 

 

 

PROJECT:

 

NATIONAL EXCLUSIVE USE

 

 

LARGE FIRE SUPPORT

 

 

HELICOPTER SERVICES

 

 

 

CONTRACTOR:

 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE INC

 

 

3100 WILLOW SPRING RD

 

 

CENTRAL POINT, OR 97502

 

 

 

 

 

Phone: (541) 664-9783

 

 

Fax: (541) 664-9469

 

 

 

AWARDING OFFICE:

 

U.S. FOREST SERVICE - CONTRACTING

 

 

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER

 

 

OWYHEE BUILDING - MS 1100

 

 

3833 S DEVELOPMENT AVE

 

 

BOISE, ID 83705-5354

 

 

 

 

FRANK GOMEZ

 

CONTRACTING OFFICER

 

Telephone: (208) 387-5347

 

Fax: (208) 387-5384

 

fgomez@fs.fed.us

 

 

 



 

Solicitation No. AG-0248-S-11-9001

 

US Forest Service

National Large Fire Support Helicopter Services

 

National Office

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

SECTION A - SOLICTATION/CONTRACT/ORDER FOR COMMERCIAL ITEMS

 

 

 

STANDARD FORM 1449

 

 

 

SECTION B - SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE

B-1

B-1

SCHEDULE OF ITEMS

B-2

B-2

BIDDERS MAY QUALIFY THEIR BIDS - BIDDERS SHALL INDICATE BELOW THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ITEMS WILLING TO ACCEPT

B-70

B-3

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS (MINIMUM) TO BE USED FOR PROPOSAL EVALUATION PURPOSES AND AIRCRAFT WEIGHING AND WEIGHT VALIDATION

B-70

B-4

ENGINE REQUIREMENTS

B-72

B-5

CREW COVERAGE

B-72

B-6

MAXIMUM COMPLEMENT OF PERSONNEL BY AIRCRAFT TYPE

B-73

B-7

ACCEPTABLE WORK SCHEDULES

B-73

B-8

STANDBY HOURS PER DAY

B-73

B-9

EXTENDED STANDBY HOURLY RATE

B-73

B-10

OVERNIGHT STANDARD PER DIEM RATE ALLOWANCE

B-73

B-11

OPERATIONS IN ALASKA, CARIBBEAN, CANADA OR MEXICO

B-74

B-12

CONTRACTOR FURNISHED SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

B-74

B-13

GOVERNMENT PILOT

B-74

B-14

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

B-74

 

 

SECTION C - DESCRIPTIONS/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

 

 

C-1

SCOPE OF CONTRACT

C-1

C-2

CERTIFICATIONS

C-1

C-3

GOVERNMENT FURNISHED PROPERTY

C-3

C-4

HELICOPTER REQUIREMENTS

C-3

C-5

HELICOPTER MAINTENANCE

C-10

C-6

AIRCRAFT AND EQUIPMENT SECURITY

C-13

C-7

AVIONICS REQUIREMENTS

C-14

C-8

CONTRACTOR FURNISHED AVIONICS SYSTEMS

C-14

C-9

AVIONICS INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE STANDARDS

C-23

C-10

OPERATIONS

C-23

C-11

CONTRACTOR’S ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES

C-27

C-12

PERSONNEL

C-27

C-13

CONDUCT AND REPLACEMENT OF PERSONNEL

C-33

C-14

SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION OF PERSONNEL

C-33

C-15

SUBSTITUTION OR REPLACEMENT OF PERSONNEL, HELICOPTER, AND EQUIPMENT

C-34

C-16

FLIGHT HOUR AND DUTY LIMITATIONS

C-34

C-17

ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY

C-36

C-18

MISHAPS

C-37

C-19

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

C-38

C-20

INSPECTION AND ACCEPTANCE

C-40

C-21

PRE-USE INSPECTION EXPENSES

C-43

C-22

RE-INSPECTION EXPENSES

C-44

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

C-23

INSPECTIONS DURING USE

C-44

C-24

CONTRACT PERIOD AND RENEWAL OPTION

C-44

C-25

MANDATORY AVAILABILITY PERIOD INCLUDING EXTENDED AND OPTIONAL USE

C-44

C-26

DAILY AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS

C-45

C-27

UNAVAILABILITY

C-46

C-28

PAYMENT PROCEDURES

C-47

C-29

PAYMENT FOR FLIGHT

C-47

C-30

PAYMENT FOR AVAILABILITY

C-47

C-31

PAYMENT FOR EXTENDED STANDBY

C-48

C-32

PAYMENT FOR SERVICE IN THE OPTIONAL-USE PERIOD

C-48

C-33

ORDERING AND PAYMENT FOR ADDITIONAL HELICOPTERS AND PERSONNEL

C-49

C-34

RESERVED

C-50

C-35

REIMBURSEMENT FOR MOBILIZATION AND DEMOBILIZATION COSTS

C-50

C-36

PAYMENT FOR SUBSTITUTE/REPLACEMENT HELICOPTER

C-50

C-37

LODGING & MEALS

C-50

C-38

PAYMENT FOR FUEL SERVICING VEHICLE MILEAGE

C-50

C-39

PAYMENT FOR FUEL TRANSPORTATION

C-51

C-40

PAYMENT FOR FOAM CONCENTRATE

C-51

C-41

PAYMENT FOR COSTS AWAY FROM THE HOST BASE

C-51

C-42

PAYMENT FOR OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE

C-52

C-43

MISCELLANEOUS COSTS TO THE CONTRACTOR

C-53

C-44

RESERVED

C-53

C-45

DEFINITIONS

C-53

C-46

ABBREVIATIONS/ACCRONYMS

C-60

EXHIBIT 1 - FIRST AID KIT AERONAUTICAL

C-62

EXHIBIT 2 - SURVIVAL KIT AERONAUTICAL (LOWER 48)

C-63

EXHIBIT 3 - ALASKA, CARIBBEAN, CANADA, AND MEXICO SUPPLEMENT

C-64

EXHIBIT 4 - RESTRAINT SYSTEMS CONDITION INSPECTION GUIDELINES

C-68

EXHIBIT 5 - ADDITIONAL SUPPRESSION/PRESCRIBED FIRE EQUIPMENT

C-69

EXHIBIT 6 - HIGH VISIBILITY MARKINGS ON MAIN ROTOR BLADES

C-76

EXHIBIT 7 - ADDITIONAL AVIONICS EQUIPMENT

C-77

EXHIBIT 8 - FUEL SERVICING EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

C-80

EXHIBIT 9 - OPERATIONS AND SAFETY PROCEDURES GUIDE FOR HELICOPTER PILOTS

C-88

EXHIBIT 10 - INTERAGENCY GUIDELINES FOR VERTICAL REFERENCE/EXTERNAL LOAD TRAINING

C-89

EXHIBIT 11 - HELICOPTER MAKE/MODEL/SERIES LIST

C-91

EXHIBIT 12 - HELICOPTER SERVICES HOURLY FLIGHT RATES, FUEL CONSUMPTION AND WEIGHT REDUCTION CHART

C-92

EXHIBIT 13 - INTERAGENCY HELICOPTER LOAD CALCULATION

C-93

EXHIBIT 14 - HELICOPTER AND FUEL SERVICE TRUCK PRE-USE CHECKLIST

C-96

EXHIBIT 15 - PERFORMANCE REPORT

C-97

EXHIBIT 16 - DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WAGE DETERMINATION

C-98

EXHIBIT 17 - SUPPLEMENTAL RAPPEL REQUIREMENTS — EQUIPMENT

C-113

EXHIBIT 18 - CONTRACTOR’S VERIFICATION OF INDIVIDUAL HELICOPTER PILOT REQUIREMENTS AND EXPERIENCE FOR INITIAL INTERAGENCY APPROVAL

C-119

EXHIBIT 19 - “ON CONTRACT” PILOT OPERATIONAL TRAINING

C-120

EXHIBIT 20 - AIRCRAFT MECHANIC (HELICOPTER) QUALIFICATION FORM

C-122

EXHIBIT 21 - WEIGHT AND BALANCE FORM

C-124

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

EXHIBIT 22 - COMPUTED GROSS WEIGHT TABLE

C-130

EXHIBIT 23 - PERFORMANCE BY GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED PILOT

C-131

EXHIBIT 24 - FAA OVER WATER KIT

C-132

EXHIBIT 25 - LITTER KIT PROVISIONS AND LITTER

C-133

EXHIBIT 26 - AERIAL IGNITION

C-134

EXHIBIT 27 - LAW ENFORCEMENT SHORT HAUL SPECIAL MISSION QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

C-136

 

 

SECTION D - CONTRACT CLAUSES

 

 

 

D-1

CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT STATUTES OR EXECUTIVE ORDERS-COMMERCIAL ITEMS (FAR 52.212-5) (DEC 2010)

D-1

D-2

CLAUSES ADDED BY ADDENDUM

D-1

D-3

CERTIFICATION OF TOXIC CHEMICAL RELEASE REPORTING (FAR 52.223-13) (AUG 2003)

D-1

D-4

ADDITIONAL CLAUSES REQUIRED FOR INDEFINITE DELIVERY/INDEFINITE QUANITY CONTRACTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FAR 16.506

D-9

D-5

ECONOMIC PRICE ADJUSTMENT SPECIFIED FLIGHT RATE CONTRACTS

D-10

D-6

PROPERTY AND PERSONAL DAMAGE

D-11

D-7

OPTION TO EXTEND THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT (FAR 52.217-9) (MAR 2000) (IF OPTIONS ARE INCLUDED ON THE SCHEDULE OF ITEMS)

D-11

D-8

OPTIONAL-USE PERIOD PRE MAP/POST MAP

D-12

D-9

STATEMENT OF EQUIVALENT RATES FOR FEDERAL HIRES (FAR 52.222-42) (MAY 1989)

D-12

D-10

SERVICE OF PROTEST (FAR 52.233-2) (SEP 2006)

D-12

 

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SOLICITATION/CONTRACT/ORDER FOR COMMERCIAL ITEMS

OFFEROR TO COMPLETE BLOCKS 12, 17, 23, 24, & 30

1. REQUISITION NUMBER

PAGE 1 OF 241

 

 

 

 

 

2. CONTRACT NO.

AG-024B-C-12-9003

3. AWARD/EFFECTIVE DATE

May 1, 2012

4. ORDER NUMBER

5. SOLICITATION NUMBER

AG-024B-S-11-9001

6. SOLICITATION ISSUE DATE

January 14, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

7. FOR SOLICITATION

    INFORMATION CALL:

a. NAME

Frank Gomez

b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (No collect calls)

(208) 387-5347

8. OFFER DUE DATE/LOCAL TIME

February 28, 2011

4:00 p.m. MST

 

 

 

 

9. ISSUED BY

CODE

024B

10. THIS ACQUISITION IS

 

 

 

 

 

USDA, FOREST SERVICE - CONTRACTING
NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER
3833 S. DEVELOPMENT AVENUE
BOISE, ID 83705-5354

    x UNRESTRICTED OR

o

SET ASIDE:            % FOR:

 

 

o SMALL BUSINESS

 

 

o EMERGING SMALL BUSINESS

NAICS:

481212

 

o HUBZONE SMALL BUSINESS

SIZE

STANDARD:

1500

 

o SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN

Employees, See E-4 Contract Award

 

o 8(A) OWNED SMALL BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

o 13a.

THIS CONTRACT IS A

13b. RATING

 

 

 

 

RATED ORDER UNDER

14.

METHOD OF SOLICITATION

 

 

 

DPAS (15 CFR 700)

 

o RFQ        o IFB        x RFP

 

 

 

 

11.

DELIVERY FOR FOB DESTINATION UNLESS BLOCK IS MARKED

 12. DISCOUNT TERMS

16. ADMINISTERED BY

CODE

 

 

NOT APPLICABLE

See Block 9

 

 

x SEE SCHEDULE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. DELIVER TO

CODE

 

 

 

US FOREST SERVICE - CONTRACTING
NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER
3833 S. DEVELOPMENT AVENUE

BOISE ID 83705-5354

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17a. CONTRACTOR/
OFFEROR

CODE

FACILITY
CODE

18a. PAYMENT WILL BE MADE BY

CODE

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE INCORPORATED
P.O. BOX 3247
CENTRAL POINT OREGON 97502
TELEPHONE NO. 541-664-5544   NINE-DIGIT DUNS NO. 076414135

 

ALBUQUERQUE SERVICE CENTER
INCIDENT BUSINESS – CONTRACTS
101B SUN AVENUE, NE
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87109

 

 

 

 

 

o  17b      CHECK IF REMITTANCE IS DIFFERENT AND PUT SUCH ADDRESS IN OFFER

18b.   SUBMIT INVOICES TO ADDRESS SHOWN IN BLOCK 18A UNLESS BLOCK BELOW IS CHECKED

 

 

o SEE ADDENDUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.
ITEM NO.

 

20.
SCHEDULE OF SUPPLIES/SERVICES

 

21.
QUANTITY

 

22.
UNIT

 

23.
UNIT PRICE

 

24.
AMOUNT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEE SECTION B (ATTACHED)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy or Medium Helicopters – Tanked or Bucket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Fire Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Use Reverse and/or Attach Additional Sheets as Necessary)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25. ACCOUNTING AND APPROPRIATION DATA

26. TOTAL AWARD AMOUNT (For Govt. Use Only)

Item #3 Sliver City, item #7 Minden, Item #8 Rifle, Item #12 Mariposa,

WFPFAV 1302

$24,024,840.00

Item #13 Lancaster, Item #14 San Bernardino #2, Item #15 Salmon

 

 

 

x 27a. SOLICITATION INCORPORATES BY REFERENCE FAR 52.212-1, 52.212-4.  FAR 52.212-3 AND 52.212-5 ARE ATTACHED. ADDENDA

x ARE

o ARE NOT ATTACHED

 

 

 

o 27b. CONTRACT/PURCHASE ORDER INCORPORATES BY REFERENCE FAR 52.212-4.  FAR 52.212-5 IS ATTACHED.  ADDENDA

o ARE

o ARE NOT ATTACHED

 

x 28. CONTRACTOR IS REQUIRED TO SIGN THIS DOCUMENT AND RETURN 1
COPIES TO ISSUING OFFICE.  CONTRACTOR AGREES TO FURNISH AND
DELIVER ALL ITEMS SET FORTH OR OTHERWISE IDENTIFIED ABOVE AND ON ANY
ADDITIONAL SHEETS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SPECIFIED HEREIN.

o 29.  AWARD OF CONTRACT:  REF.                                                 OFFER
DATED                                         . YOUR OFFER ON SOLICITATION
(BLOCK 5), INCLUDING ANY ADDITIONS OR CHANGES WHICH ARE
SET FORTH HEREIN, IS ACCEPTED AS TO ITEMS:

 

30a. SIGNATURE OF OFFEROR/CONTRACTOR

 

 

31a. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (SIGNATURE OF CONTRACTING OFFICER)

Tracy L. Weaver Contract Mgr.

 

 

/s/ Frank Gomez

 

 

 

 

 

30b. NAME AND TITLE OF SIGNED (Type or print)

 

30c. DATE SIGNED

 

31b. NAME OF CONTRACTING OFFICER (Type or print)

 

31c. DATE SIGNED

/s/ Tracy L. Weaver

 

03/01/11

 

Frank Gomez

 

December 16, 2011

 

AUTHORIZED FOR LOCAL REPRODUCTION
PREVIOUS EDITION NOT USABLE

RECEIVED

MAR 04 2011

9:28 am

CONTRACTING

USDA FOREST SERVICE

STANDARD FORM 1449 (REV. 3/2005)
Prescribed by GSA - FAR (48 CFR) 53.212

 


 

Solicitation No. AG-024B-S-11-9001

 

US Forest Service

National Large Fire Support Helicopter Services

 

National Office

 

SECTION B
SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES

 

OBJECTIVE

 

One (1) to Thirty four (34) Standard or Restricted Category, Heavy and Medium (Type I and II) Helicopters fully operated, meeting the requirements of this Schedule and the specifications for operation at the host base, and during the periods shown below. Award of helicopters for make and model will be based on best value. The performance requirements are a minimum and the helicopter will be evaluated for overall best value considering price and other factors. The Government will determine best value. Contracted helicopters for Large Fire Support (LFS) will only be used for external load operations and will not carry passengers unless approved by the Contracting Officer.

 

It is the intent of this solicitation to secure a Fixed Price with Economic Price Adjustment contract not to exceed 1 base year and 3 option periods for the daily availability rate. The flight rate will be an indefinite quantity with no guarantee of flight hours given by the Government.

 

The Government may award a single contract or multiple awards based on the outcome of the evaluation process. The Government reserves the right to award any combination of items and/or number of items.

 

Awards under this solicitation will be made as follows:

Due to an anticipated lack of helicopter resources from small business concerns to sufficiently meet our needs, we are soliciting proposals from both small and large business concerns.

 

After the evaluation of proposals, we will make awards based on the following cascading approach, which will give priority to small business concerns:

 

(1) First-tier evaluation: In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 19.5, award(s) first will be made on a competitive basis to eligible small business concerns, provided that a minimum of two (2) competitive offers for each contract line item (CLIN) are received from eligible small business concerns.

 

(2) If a minimum of two (2) competitive offers from eligible small business concerns are not received, any award(s) for a CLIN will be made on the basis of full and open competition from among all responsible business concerns submitting offers for the CLIN, including large business concerns.

 

Small and large business concerns are encouraged to submit proposals. However, if the Government receives a sufficient number of offers from eligible small business concerns, proposals from large businesses will not be considered for award.

 

Helicopter Inspections (carding) — all equipment needing to be inspected shall be available for inspection at least 14 days prior to the start of work. Inspections may take place at the vendor’s facility or host base or at a location agreed to with the Agency Maintenance Inspectors.

 

Pre-work Meeting will be conducted at the Host Base or as mutually agreed to by the Government.

 

B-1



 

SOLICITATION NO.      -024B-S-11-9001

ITEM NO. 3

SILVER CITY, NM.

 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE SUMMARY SHEET

 

 

 

SERVICES

 

QUANTITY

 

UNIT PRICE

 

Total

 

 

 

OPTIONAL USE RATE

 

 

 

Base year 2012

 

150 DAYS

 

$

23,400.00

 

$

3,510,000.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (1) 2013

 

150 DAYS

 

$

24,570.00

 

$

3,685,500.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (2) 2014

 

150 DAYS

 

$

25,799.00

 

$

3,869,850.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (3) 2015

 

150 DAYS

 

$

27,088.00

 

$

4,063,200.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Specified Hourly flight Rate

 

450 HOURS

 

$

7,323.00

 

$

3,295,350.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE:

 

SIKORSKY

 

N NUMBER

 

Equipped Wt

 

Wt of Tank/Snorkel

 

HOGE

 

Crew Cost

 

MODEL:

 

S-64

 

N173AC

 

22,558.0

 

2,604.0

 

6626.0

 

$

 803.00

 

SERIES:

 

E

 

N164AC

 

22,598.0

 

2,604.0

 

6586.0

 

$

 803.00

 

 

 

 

 

N176AC

 

22,784.6

 

2,604.0

 

6399.4

 

$

 803.00

 

 

 

 

 

N217AC

 

22,310.6

 

2,604.0

 

6893.3

 

$

 803.00

 

 

 

 

 

N957AC

 

22,701.0

 

2,604.0

 

6483.0

 

$

 803.00

 

 

 

 

 

* N6962R

 

22,500.0

 

2,604.0

 

6684.0

 

$

 803.00

 

 

 

 

 

N218AC

 

22,618.0

 

2,604.0

 

6566.0

 

$

 803.00

 

 

 

 

SERVICES

 

QUANTITY

 

UNIT PRICE

 

Total

 

 

 

OPTIONAL USE RATE

 

 

 

Base year 2012

 

150 DAYS

 

$

28,080.00

 

$

4,212,000.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (1) 2013

 

150 DAYS

 

$

29,484.00

 

$

4,422,600.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (2) 2014

 

150 DAYS

 

$

30,958.00

 

$

4,643,700.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (3) 2015

 

150 DAYS

 

$

32,506.00

 

$

4,875,900.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Specified Hourly flight Rate

 

450 HOURS

 

$

7,323.00

 

$

3,295,350.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE:

 

SIKORSKY

 

N NUMBER

 

Equipped Wt

 

Wt of Tank/Snorkel

 

HOGE

 

Crew Cost

 

MODEL:

 

S-64

 

N178AC

 

23,115.4

 

2,650.0

 

7268.6

 

$

803.00

 

SERIES:

 

F

 

N179AC

 

23,002.4

 

2,650.0

 

7381.6

 

$

803.00

 

 



 

SOLICITATION NO.      -024B-S-11-9001

ITEM NO. 7

MINDEN, NV.

 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE SUMMARY SHEET

 

 

 

SERVICES

 

QUANTITY

 

UNIT PRICE

 

Total

 

 

 

OPTIONAL USE RATE

 

 

 

Base year 2012

 

150 DAYS

 

$

23,400.00

 

$

3,510,000.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (1) 2013

 

150 DAYS

 

$

24,570.00

 

$

3,685,500.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (2) 2014

 

150 DAYS

 

$

25,799.00

 

$

3,869,850.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (3) 2015

 

150 DAYS

 

$

27,088.00

 

$

4,063,200.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Specified Hourly flight Rate

 

375 HOURS

 

$

7,323.00

 

$

2,746,125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE:

 

SIKORSKY

 

N NUMBER

 

Equipped Wt

 

Wt of Tank/Snorkel

 

HOGE

 

Crew Cost

 

MODEL:

 

S-64

 

N173AC

 

22,558.0

 

2,604.0

 

6626.0

 

$

 525.00

 

SERIES:

 

E

 

N164AC

 

22,598.0

 

2,604.0

 

6586.0

 

$

 525.00

 

 

 

 

 

N176AC

 

22,784.6

 

2,604.0

 

6399.4

 

$

 525.00

 

 

 

 

 

N217AC

 

22,310.6

 

2,604.0

 

6893.3

 

$

 525.00

 

 

 

 

 

N957AC

 

22,701.0

 

2,604.0

 

6483.0

 

$

 525.00

 

 

 

 

 

N6962R

 

22,500.0

 

2,604.0

 

6684.0

 

$

 525.00

 

 

 

 

 

* N218AC

 

22,618.0

 

2,604.0

 

6566.0

 

$

 525.00

 

 



 

SOLICITATION NO.      -024B-S-11-9001

ITEM NO. 8

RIFFLE, CO.

 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE SUMMARY SHEET

 

 

 

SERVICES

 

QUANTITY

 

UNIT PRICE

 

Total

 

 

 

OPTIONAL USE RATE

 

 

 

Base year 2012

 

150 DAYS

 

$

23,400.00

 

$

3,510,000.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (1) 2013

 

150 DAYS

 

$

24,570.00

 

$

3,685,500.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (2) 2014

 

150 DAYS

 

$

25,799.00

 

$

3,869,850.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (3) 2015

 

150 DAYS

 

$

27,088.00

 

$

4,063,200.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Specified Hourly flight Rate

 

375 HOURS

 

$

7,323.00

 

$

2,746,125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE:

 

SIKORSKY

 

N NUMBER

 

Equipped Wt

 

Wt of Tank/Snorkel

 

HOGE

 

Crew Cost

 

MODEL:

 

S-64

 

N173AC

 

22,558.0

 

2,604.0

 

6626.0

 

$

531.00

 

SERIES:

 

E

 

N164AC

 

22,598.0

 

2,604.0

 

6586.0

 

$

531.00

 

 

 

 

 

N176AC

 

22,784.6

 

2,604.0

 

6399.4

 

$

531.00

 

 

 

 

 

N217AC

 

22,310.6

 

2,604.0

 

6893.3

 

$

531.00

 

 

 

 

 

* N957AC

 

22,701.0

 

2,604.0

 

6483.0

 

$

531.00

 

 

 

 

 

N6962R

 

22,500.0

 

2,604.0

 

6684.0

 

$

531.00

 

 

 

 

 

N218AC

 

22,618.0

 

2,604.0

 

6566.0

 

$

531.00

 

 


 

 

SOLICITATION NO.      -024B-S-11-9001

ITEM NO. 12

MARIPOSA, CA.

 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE SUMMARY SHEET

 

 

 

SERVICES

 

QUANTITY

 

UNIT PRICE

 

Total

 

 

 

OPTIONAL USE RATE

 

 

 

Base year 2012

 

150 DAYS

 

$

23,400.00

 

$

3,510,000.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (1) 2013

 

150 DAYS

 

$

24,570.00

 

$

3,685,500.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (2) 2014

 

150 DAYS

 

$

25,799.00

 

$

3,869,850.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (3) 2015

 

150 DAYS

 

$

27,088.00

 

$

4,063,200.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Specified Hourly flight Rate

 

375 HOURS

 

$

7,323.00

 

$

2,746,125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE:

 

SIKORSKY

 

N NUMBER

 

Equipped Wt

 

Wt of Tank/Snorkel

 

HOGE

 

Crew Cost

 

MODEL:

 

S-64

 

* N173AC

 

22,558.0

 

2,604.0

 

6626.0

 

$

584.00

 

SERIES:

 

E

 

N164AC

 

22,598.0

 

2,604.0

 

6586.0

 

$

584.00

 

 

 

 

 

N176AC

 

22,784.6

 

2,604.0

 

6399.4

 

$

584.00

 

 

 

 

 

N217AC

 

22,310.6

 

2,604.0

 

6893.3

 

$

584.00

 

 

 

 

 

N957AC

 

22,701.0

 

2,604.0

 

6483.0

 

$

584.00

 

 

 

 

 

N6962R

 

22,500.0

 

2,604.0

 

6684.0

 

$

584.00

 

 

 

 

 

N218AC

 

22,618.0

 

2,604.0

 

6566.0

 

$

584.00

 

 



 

SOLICITATION NO.      -024B-S-11-9001

ITEM NO. 13

LANCASTER, CA.

 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE SUMMARY SHEET

 

 

 

SERVICES

 

QUANTITY

 

UNIT PRICE

 

Total

 

 

 

OPTIONAL USE RATE

 

 

 

Base year 2012

 

150 DAYS

 

$

23,400.00

 

$

3,510,000.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (1) 2013

 

150 DAYS

 

$

24,570.00

 

$

3,685,500.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (2) 2014

 

150 DAYS

 

$

25,799.00

 

$

3,869,850.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (3) 2015

 

150 DAYS

 

$

27,088.00

 

$

4,063,200.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Specified Hourly flight Rate

 

375 HOURS

 

$

7,323.00

 

$

2,746,125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE:

 

SIKORSKY

 

N NUMBER

 

Equipped Wt

 

Wt of Tank/Snorkel

 

HOGE

 

Crew Cost

 

MODEL:

 

S-64

 

N173AC

 

22,558.0

 

2,604.0

 

6626.0

 

$

622.00

 

SERIES:

 

E

 

* N164AC

 

22,598.0

 

2,604.0

 

6586.0

 

$

622.00

 

 

 

 

 

N176AC

 

22,784.6

 

2,604.0

 

6399.4

 

$

622.00

 

 

 

 

 

N217AC

 

22,310.6

 

2,604.0

 

6893.3

 

$

622.00

 

 

 

 

 

N957AC

 

22,701.0

 

2,604.0

 

6483.0

 

$

622.00

 

 

 

 

 

N6962R

 

22,500.0

 

2,604.0

 

6684.0

 

$

622.00

 

 

 

 

 

N218AC

 

22,618.0

 

2,604.0

 

6566.0

 

$

622.00

 

 



 

SOLICITATION NO.      -024B-S-11-9001

ITEM NO. 14

SAN BERNARDINO, CA.

 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE SUMMARY SHEET

 

 

 

SERVICES

 

QUANTITY

 

UNIT PRICE

 

Total

 

 

 

OPTIONAL USE RATE

 

 

 

Base year 2012

 

150 DAYS

 

$

23,400.00

 

$

3,510,000.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (1) 2013

 

150 DAYS

 

$

24,570.00

 

$

3,685,500.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (2) 2014

 

150 DAYS

 

$

25,799.00

 

$

3,869,850.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (3) 2015

 

150 DAYS

 

$

27,088.00

 

$

4,063,200.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Specified Hourly flight Rate

 

375 HOURS

 

$

7,323.00

 

$

2,746,125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE:

 

SIKORSKY

 

N NUMBER

 

Equipped Wt

 

Wt of Tank/Snorkel

 

HOGE

 

Crew Cost

 

MODEL:

 

S-64

 

N173AC

 

22,558.0

 

2,604.0

 

6626.0

 

$

590.00

 

SERIES:

 

E

 

N164AC

 

22,598.0

 

2,604.0

 

6586.0

 

$

590.00

 

 

 

 

 

N176AC

 

22,784.6

 

2,604.0

 

6399.4

 

$

590.00

 

 

 

 

 

* N217AC

 

22,310.6

 

2,604.0

 

6893.3

 

$

590.00

 

 

 

 

 

N957AC

 

22,701.0

 

2,604.0

 

6483.0

 

$

590.00

 

 

 

 

 

N6962R

 

22,500.0

 

2,604.0

 

6684.0

 

$

590.00

 

 

 

 

 

N218AC

 

22,618.0

 

2,604.0

 

6566.0

 

$

590.00

 

 



 

SOLICITATION NO.      -024B-S-11-9001

ITEM NO. 15

SALMON, ID.

 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE SUMMARY SHEET

 

 

 

SERVICES

 

QUANTITY

 

UNIT PRICE

 

Total

 

 

 

OPTIONAL USE RATE

 

 

 

Base year 2012

 

120 DAYS

 

$

 24,707.00

 

$

 2,964,840.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (1) 2013

 

120 DAYS

 

$

 25,942.00

 

$

3,113,040.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (2) 2014

 

120 DAYS

 

$

 27,239.00

 

$

 3,268,680.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (3) 2015

 

120 DAYS

 

$

 28,601.00

 

$

 3,432,120.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Specified Hourly flight Rate

 

350 HOURS

 

$

 7,323.00

 

$

 2,563,050.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE:

 

SIKORSKY

 

N NUMBER

 

Equipped Wt

 

Wt of Tank/Snorkel

 

HOGE

 

Crew Cost

 

MODEL:

 

S-64

 

N173AC

 

22,558.0

 

2,604.0

 

6626.0

 

$

506.00

 

SERIES:

 

E

 

N164AC

 

22,598.0

 

2,604.0

 

6586.0

 

$

506.00

 

 

 

 

 

* N176AC

 

22,784.6

 

2,604.0

 

6399.4

 

$

506.00

 

 

 

 

 

N217AC

 

22,310.6

 

2,604.0

 

6893.3

 

$

506.00

 

 

 

 

 

N957AC

 

22,701.0

 

2,604.0

 

6483.0

 

$

506.00

 

 

 

 

 

N6962R

 

22,500.0

 

2,604.0

 

6684.0

 

$

506.00

 

 

 

 

 

N218AC

 

22,618.0

 

2,604.0

 

6566.0

 

$

506.00

 

 

 

 

SERVICES

 

QUANTITY

 

UNIT PRICE

 

Total

 

 

 

OPTIONAL USE RATE

 

 

 

Base year 2012

 

120 DAYS

 

$

29,649.00

 

$

3,557,880.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (1) 2013

 

120 DAYS

 

$

31,131.00

 

$

3,735,720.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (2) 2014

 

120 DAYS

 

$

32,688.00

 

$

3,922,560.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Option Yr (3) 2015

 

120 DAYS

 

$

34,322.00

 

$

4,118,640.00

 

 

 

$

15,000 PER HR

 

 

 

Specified Hourly flight Rate

 

350 HOURS

 

$

7,323.00

 

$

2,563,050.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE:

 

SIKORSKY

 

N NUMBER

 

Equipped Wt

 

Wt of Tank/Snorkel

 

HOGE

 

Crew Cost

 

MODEL:

 

S-64

 

N178AC

 

23,115.4

 

2,650.0

 

7268.6

 

$

506.00

 

SERIES:

 

F

 

N179AC

 

23,002.4

 

2,650.0

 

7381.6

 

$

506.00

 

 


 

SECTION B

SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES

 

B-2                            BIDDERS MAY QUALIFY THEIR BIDS - BIDDERS SHALL INDICATE BELOW THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ITEMS WILLING TO ACCEPT.

 

Erickson has nine (9) S-64 Helitankers available to bid on items offered in this solitation. EAC can accept up to a maximum of nine (9) awards. All Helitankers are available to start at scheduled MAP’s.

 

B-3                            AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS (MINIMUM) TO BE USED FOR PROPOSAL EVALUATION PURPOSES AND AIRCRAFT WEIGHING AND WEIGHT VALIDATION

 

(a)                                  Performance shall be based on minimum engine specification. Aircraft performance capabilities shall be determined by using the Standard Interagency Helicopter Load Calculation Method. (Exhibit 13, Interagency Helicopter Load Calculation)

 

Performance enhancing data (Power Assurance Checks, wind charts, etc.) shall not be used. Only FAA approved charts based on minimum specification engine performance shall be used.

 

Use (Exhibit 13, Interagency Helicopter Load Calculation and Exhibit 12, Hourly Flight Rates, Fuel consumption, and Weight Reduction Chart) per aircraft type and the appropriate Hover Ceiling Charts (HOGE and HIGE) from the approved Rotorcraft Flight Manual with current supplements and changes as applicable.

 

Vendors shall use Computed Gross Weight from Exhibit 22 for load calculation purposes for submitting proposals. For field operations use current temperature and elevation for performance planning purposes.

 

(b)                                 Aircraft Weighing and Weight Validation

 

(1) The aircraft’s equipped weight is determined using weight and balance data, which was determined by actual weighing of the aircraft in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements and configured in accordance with the contract specifications, as proposed. Additional weighing criteria:

 

(i) The weighing shall be accomplished by the Contractor or their agent.

 

(ii) All weighing of aircraft shall be performed on scales that have been certified as accurate within the previous one (1) year. The certifying entity may be any accredited weights and measures laboratory using standards traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The scales should be listed by make model and calibration date in the aircrafts weight and balance documentation (See Form B, Exhibit 21).

 

(iii) Weighing shall be:

 

(A) accomplished within 12 months prior to the due date of proposal submission, and

 

(B) at an interval of 24 months thereafter and / or

 

B-71



 

SECTION B

SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES

 

(iii) Weighing shall be:

 

(A) accomplished within 12 months prior to the due date of proposal submission, and

 

(B) at an interval of 24 months thereafter and / or

 

(C) following any major repair or major alteration or change to the equipment list, which significantly affects the center of gravity of the aircraft.

 

(iv) Helicopter(s) under this solicitation shall:

 

(A) Remain at or below the contracted helicopter equipped weight as proposed in the base year of the contract.

 

(B) Be allowed a total of 1% above the contracted helicopter equipped weight as proposed during the combined contract option periods.

 

Note: When there is a difference in the aircraft’s weight between different sets of scales, scales shall be allowed a maintenance tolerance of .2 % (two tenths of a percent) of the scale reading for each set of scales. For example, a helicopter that weighed 6000 lbs on one scale set would be allowed a 12 lb tolerance on each scale set when compared. (Ref. NIST Handbook 44, Table 6).

 

(v) Cowlings, doors and fairings shall not be removed to meet contract equipped weight for performance.

 

(vi) If the government requires additional equipment after contract award, no penalty will be assessed.

 

(vii) If after receipt of proposals and or after award the helicopter manufacture submits a mandatory service bulletin which may change a helicopter equipped weight no penalty will be assessed.

 

(2) After proposal evaluations and prior to or post award all aircraft weighing shall be witnessed and validated by Agency Aircraft Inspector(s). If aircraft must be weighed post award it will be at the option of the Government. The objective of the second and separate weighing is to validate the contractor’s proposed weight as configured to comply with the solicitation requirements. Contractors are responsible for the costs associated with weighing the aircraft excluding Agency Aircraft Inspector costs.

 

All aircraft shall be weighed prior to start of the base year Mandatory Availability Period (MAP).

 

Amendment 1

 

B-72



 

SECTION B

SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES

 

Applicable performance Specifications for Items 1 through 15 (see schedule of items for tank or bucket requirements).

 

CAPABILITY OF:

 

x                                  Hovering out of ground effect (HOGE)

 

At 8,000 feet pressure altitude and 25 °C with o non-jettisonable x jettisonable

 

Payload of 5000 pounds, as determined by Exhibit 13, Standard Interagency Load Calculation form, using a standard pilot weight of 200 pounds and fuel for one hour and 30 minutes (01+30) as determined by Exhibit 12, Hourly Flight Rates, Fuel Consumption, and Weight Reduction Chart. For Computed Gross Weight use Exhibit 22 for load calculation.

 

Applicable performance Specifications for Items 16 through 34 (see schedule of items for tank or bucket requirements).

 

CAPABILITY OF:

 

x                                  Hovering out of ground effect (HOGE)

 

At 7,000 feet pressure altitude and 20 °C with o non-jettisonable x jettisonable

 

Payload of 3300 pounds, as determined by Exhibit 13, Standard Interagency Load Calculation form, using a standard pilot weight of 200 pounds and fuel for one hour and 30 minutes (01+30) as determined by Exhibit 12, Hourly Flight Rates, Fuel Consumption, and Weight Reduction Chart. For Computed Gross Weight use Exhibit 22 for load calculation.

 

B-4                            ENGINE REQUIREMENTS

 

Turbine engine(s)

 

B-5                            CREW COVERAGE

 

The number of persons required will be the minimum complement of personnel while operating under this contract, additional positions may be offered to staff and support the helicopters. Pilot(s) shall not perform as primary or relief carded A&P mechanic.

 

x One Pilot Crew             or             x Two Pilot crew             or             o Three Pilot crew

 

And

 

x   With Relief Pilot(s)                                                          o Without Relief Pilot(s)

 

o 6-Day Coverage (See Chart Below)

 

x 7-Day Coverage (See Chart Below)                  o A                   o B                  OR                            x C

 

Amendment 1

 

B-73



 

SECTION B

SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES

 

COVERAGE

 

FUEL SERVICING 
VEHICLE DRIVER

 

MECHANIC

6-Day

 

6-Day Coverage

 

No Relief Required

 

3-Hour Call-up

7-Day

 

A.

 

FSVD Required

 

Relief FSVD Required

 

3-Hour Call-up

B.

 

FSVD Required

 

Relief FSVD Required

 

Mechanic(s) Required at Host Base/Alternate Base (May serve as FSVD)

 

Relief Mechanic(s) 3-Hour Call-up

C.

 

Full Time FSVD Required at Host Base/Alternate Base

 

Full Time Mechanic(s) Required at Host Base/Alternate Base

 

B-6                            MAXIMUM COMPLEMENT OF PERSONNEL BY AIRCRAFT TYPE

 

Type I (Heavy) Helicopters - A maximum of 10 Personnel may be paid as per the payment clause.

Type II (Medium) Helicopter - A maximum of 4 Personnel may be paid as per the payment clause.

 

Note: Managers may pay up to the Maximum Compliment.

 

B-7                            ACCEPTABLE WORK SCHEDULES (need to check one)

 

o 12/2             o 12/12             o Other

 

(If “Other” is checked, Identify requested schedule, which is subject to approval by Contracting Officer)

 

Note: All Personnel shall be under the same work schedule. Days off schedule may vary.

 

B-8                            STANDBY HOURS PER DAY

 

9 Hours Standby per day

 

B-9                            EXTENDED STANDBY HOURLY RATE

 

$45.00 per hour

 

B-10                     OVERNIGHT STANDARD PER DIEM RATE ALLOWANCE

 

Rates as published in Federal Travel Regulations See Section C

 

Amendment 1

 

B-74



 

SECTION B

SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES

 

B-6                            MAXIMUM COMPLEMENT OF PERSONNEL BY AIRCRAFT TYPE

 

Type I (Heavy) Helicopters - A maximum of 10 Personnel may be paid as per the payment clause. For Type I helicopters (excluding K-Max) shall require a minimum compliment of two Interagency carded A&P mechanics.

 

Type II (Medium) Helicopter - A maximum of 4 Personnel may be paid as per the payment clause.

 

Note: Managers may pay up to the Maximum Compliment.

 

B-7                            ACCEPTABLE WORK SCHEDULES (need to check one)

 

For each item awarded, all crews will follow work schedule approved by Contracting Officer.

 

o 12/2               o 12/12               x Other

 

(If “Other” is checked, identify requested schedule, which is subject to approval by Contracting Officer)

 

Note: All Personnel shall be under the same work schedule. Days off schedule may vary.

 

B-8                            STANDBY HOURS PER DAY

 

9 Hours Standby per day

 

B-9                            EXTENDED STANDBY HOURLY RATE

 

$45.00 per hour

 

B-10                     OVERNIGHT STANDARD PER DIEM RATE ALLOWANCE

 

Rates as published in Federal Travel Regulations See Section C

 

B-11                     OPERATIONS IN ALASKA, CARIBBEAN, CANADA OR MEXICO

 

Contractor has authorization as indicated in FAA Operation Specifications for operations in the following locations. Reference Exhibit 3. (Contractor to check all that apply)

 

 

x ALASKA

o CARIBBEAN

x CANADA

o MEXICO

 

B-75



 

SECTION B

SUPPLIES OR SERVICES AND PRICES

 

B-12                     CONTRACTOR FURNISHED SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

x Two P-25 Digital VHF-FM Transceivers (FM-1 & FM-2)(See Section C-8.a.3)

o VHF-FM Programming Port (See Exhibit 7.a)

o External PA with Siren capability (See Exhibit 7.b)

o Internal PA with Siren capability for Heavy helicopters (See Exhibit 7.c)

o GPS with moving map display (See Exhibit 7.d)

o GPS Data connector (See Exhibit 7.e)

o Additional GPS Antenna (See Exhibit 7.f)

o Traffic Advisory System (TAS) (See Exhibit 7.g)

o Intercommunication System for all passenger positions (See Exhibit 7.h)

o Aft Cabin Audio Control System (Use Exhibit 17 Avionics section for 3rd audio control system requirements)

x P-25 Digital VHF-FM Mobile Radio for Fuel Servicing Vehicle (See Exhibit 8.g)

x P-25 Digital VHF-FM Portable Radio for Fuel Servicing Vehicle (See Exhibit 8.g)

o Rappel Capability (See Exhibit 17)

o Extended Height landing gear (See C-4)

o Litter Kit Provisions with Litter (See Exhibit 25).

o FAA Over Water Kit (See Exhibit 24)

x Fixed Suppressant/Retardant Delivery Tank (See Exhibit 5). See schedule of items.

o PART 27—Airworthiness Standards: Normal Category Rotorcraft Only (See CFR Part 27)

x Interagency Qualified Mountainous Terrain Pilot (See C-12 (d) Personnel)

x Power fill Bucket—Power fill bucket required for all bucket items (primary bucket only See Exhibit 

5). See schedule of items.

 

B-13                     GOVERNMENT PILOT

 

Contractor will x will not o authorize performance of work under the contract by a Government Pilot. (See Exhibit 23)

 

B-14                     ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Additional information that is required to be submitted with your proposal is contained in Section E, Instructions to Offerors-Commercial Items (Far 52.212-1) (Tailored).

 

B-76


 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE
S-64E ROTORCRAFT FLIGHT MANUAL SUPPLEMENT FOR
OPERATIONS FROM 10,000 TO 14,000 FEET DENSITY ALTITUDE

 

 

C2023B

 

Figure 4-19. Takeoff Power Available

 

REVISION 2

FAA APPROVED

DATE

JUN 12 2009

 

 

 

13



 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE
S-64E ROTORCRAFT FLIGHT MANUAL SUPPLEMENT FOR
OPERATIONS FROM 10,000 TO 14,000 FEET DENSITY ALTITUDE

 

 

C2006

 

Figure 4-4. Power Required to Hover Out of Ground Effect 100% NR

 

REVISION A

FAA APPROVED

DATE

AUG 19 2002

 

 

 

8



 

ERICKSON AIR-CRANE
S-64E ROTORCRAFT FLIGHT MANUAL SUPPLEMENT FOR
OPERATIONS FROM 10,000 TO 14,000 FEET DENSITY ALTITUDE

 

SECTION I - OPERATING LIMITATIONS

 

A.           WEIGHT LIMITATIONS.

 

1.               The maximum takeoff; landing and en route weight for the rotorcraft load combinations is:

 

a.  35,200 lbs at 10,000 ft. density altitude.

b.  28,600 lbs at 14,000 ft. density altitude.

c.  Linear interpolation is permitted between 28,600 lbs and 35,200 lbs.

 

B.             CENTER OF GRAVITY LIMITS.

 

1.               The C.G. limits for the rotorcraft-external load combination and for the basic rotorcraft are shown in Figure 1-3.

They are:

STA +337.0 to +345.0 for all weights between 28,600 lbs and 35,200 lbs.

 

2.               Loads should be evenly distributed about the lateral axis of the helicopter.

 

C.             TYPE OF OPERATION.

 

1.               Mode I single engine hover has been demonstrated at 22,670 lbs at 14,000 ft. density altitude. (See Figure 1-1)

 

NOTE

 

Linear Interpolation for Mode I operations is permitted between 22,670 lbs. at 14,000 feet Hd and 23,900 lbs. at 10,000 feet Hd.

 

2.               Mode III weights are depicted in Figure 1-2.

 

NOTE

 

Mode III operations are limited to pressure altitude/temperature combinations of less than 14,000 feet density altitude.

 

D.            AIRSPEED LIMITATIONS.

 

1.               Never exceed speed (Vne) is 70 KIAS for all density altitudes from 10,000 to 14,000 ft.

 

E.              CONFIGURATION LIMITATIONS.

 

1.               Operation above 10,000 feet is prohibited with EAPS installed.

 

SECTION II - NORMAL PROCEDURES.

 

No change

 

SECTION III - EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

 

No change

 

REVISION A

FAA APPROVED

DATE

AUG 1 9 2002

 

 

 

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Solicitation No. AG-024B-S-11-9001

US Forest Service

National Large Fire Support Helicopter Services

National Office

 

SECTION C

DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

C-1                            SCOPE OF CONTRACT

 

(a) The intent of this solicitation and any resultant contract is to obtain helicopters fully operated by qualified and proficient personnel and equipped to meet specifications contained herein for offered helicopters used in the administration and protection of Public Lands.

 

(b) The Contractor shall keep and maintain programs necessary to assure safety of ground and flight operations. The development and maintenance of these programs are a material part of the performance of the contract. (See Section E Synopsis of Safety Program) When, in the sole judgment of the Contracting Officer, the safety programs do not adequately promote the safety of operations, the Government may terminate the contract for cause as provided in the “Contract Terms and Conditions”. Examples of such programs include but are not limited to: 1) Personnel Activities, 2) Maintenance, 3) Safety and 4) Compliance with Regulations.

 

(c) During the Availability Period the helicopter shall be made available for the exclusive use of the Government.

 

(d) The helicopter furnished will be used for incident support and may also be used for project, law enforcement, and administrative flights. If contractor agrees to perform law enforcement, such agreement shall be in writing.

 

(e) The Government has Interagency and cooperative agreements with Federal and State Agencies and private landholders. Helicopters may be dispatched under this contract for such use.

 

(f) The Contracting Officer (CO) may by mutual agreement, release the Contractor from the contract for short periods of time to perform outside work for other Federal, State, or local agencies or private parties. During the period of such release, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) shall not be responsible for any payment or liability.

 

C-2                            CERTIFICATIONS

 

(a) General

 

(1) Contractors shall be currently certificated to meet 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 133 (External Load Operations), 135 (Air Taxi Operators and Commercial Operations), and 137 (Agricultural Aircraft Operations), as applicable. Any helicopter offered shall be listed by make, model, series, and registration number on the Operators Certificates.

 

(2) Helicopters shall conform to the approved type design (normal, transport or restricted), be maintained and operated in accordance with type certificate requirements notwithstanding the aviation regulations of the State in which the helicopter may be operated except those requirements specifically waived by the CO. If an operator has a 135 certificate, the aircraft will be maintained in accordance with their FAA approved maintenance program. 14 CFR Part 133 and 137 helicopters will be maintained in accordance with the type certificate and applicable supplement type certificates (STC).

 

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(3) The pilot is responsible for computing the weight and balance for all flights and for assuring that the gross weight and center of gravity do not exceed the aircraft’s limitations. Pilots shall be responsible for the proper loading and securing of all cargo. Load calculations (Exhibit 13, Form 5700-17 or OAS-67) shall be computed and completed by the pilot using appropriate flight manual hover performance charts.

 

(4) Each helicopter shall operate in accordance with an approved 14 CFR Part 133, Rotorcraft Load Combination Flight Manual (RLCFM), unless the CO specifically waives the requirement. A copy of the RLCFM shall be kept with the aircraft at all times.

 

(b) Standard Category Helicopters

 

(1) All passenger-carrying flights shall be conducted in accordance with the Contractor’s/Operator’s 14 CFR Part 135 operation specifications, and all FAA approved and accepted manuals.

 

(2) Helicopters shall be certificated in Normal or Transport Category.

 

(3) The Government may elect not to utilize individual Standard Category helicopter for passenger transport.

 

(4) Helicopters shall carry their fully rated capacity of cargo for suppressant/retardant as determined by use of the approved weight and balance performance data.

 

(c) Restricted Category Helicopters

 

(1) Helicopter(s) certificated in Restricted Category shall have been issued a Special Airworthiness Certificate.

 

(2) Helicopter(s) configured from aircraft types that have FAA Type Certificates obtained by the helicopter manufacturer shall incorporate the manufacture’s designated changes to bring the helicopter into conformity with their type design, excluding passenger configuration requirements. All applicable Airworthiness Directives and mandatory manufacturer Service Bulletins shall be accomplished.

 

(3) Helicopter(s), which are configured from former military aircraft, which have FAA Type Certificates based upon military operation in lieu of a manufacturer’s Type Certificate, shall have all applicable Time Compliance Technical Orders (TCTO’s), military Service Bulletins, and Safety-of-Flight Messages accomplished. This includes any directives, which refer to later models of the same type, which were issued after the earlier models had left the military inventory. When FAA approvals establish more restrictive limits, such limits will prevail.

 

(4) Helicopters shall carry their fully rated capacity of cargo for suppressant/retardant as determined by use of the approved weight and balance performance data.

 

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DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

C-3                            GOVERNMENT FURNISHED PROPERTY

 

(a) If Government Furnished Property (GFP) is provided; the Contractor shall be required to sign a property receipt document. Upon Government request, GFP shall be returned to the Government in accordance with GFP FAR Clause 52.245-1 (JUN 2007).

 

(b) The Government will deliver the following items to the Contractor upon arrival at the Host Base.

 

(1) Interagency Aviation Transport of Hazardous Materials Handbook/Guide with any applicable Department of Transportation (DOT) Special Permit Letters and Emergency Response Guide.

 

(2) Personal fire shelter for each flight crewmember. Instruction in the use of shelter deployment will be provided by the Helicopter Manager. Fire shelter shall be on-board the helicopter at all times while under contract and included in the equipped weight (8 lbs).

 

(c) Foam Concentrate will be provided by the Government as needed in accordance with the most current Qualified Product List as specified at www.fs.fed.us/rm/fire

 

(d) The following may be provided to the Contractor at the convenience of the Government.

 

(1) AUX-FM adapter cable with portable radio (See Section C-8.a.4)

 

C-4                            HELICOPTER REQUIREMENTS

 

(a) General

 

(1) Helicopter shall be maintained in accordance with all applicable 14 CFR requirements, mandatory manufacturers’ bulletins as required or identified by the FS and or DOI, and all applicable FAA Airworthiness Directives (AD).

 

(2) All required documents needed to verify the data in Form FS-5700-21a or AMD 36b; Helicopter Data Record (including airframe logs, engine logs, compliance with mandatory manufacturer’s bulletins, FAA AD compliance, listing of installed STC’s, and helicopter status record, etc.) shall be made available to FS or DOI inspector(s). A status sheet containing the status of inspections, Airworthiness Directives and components having time/life limits will be available with each helicopter.

 

(3) Unless authorized by an approved Minimum Equipment List (MEL), the helicopter shall not be approved or used if any accessory or instrument listed on the helicopter type certificate data sheet is inoperative. However, all items required by this contract may not be placed on an MEL as non-operational unless approved by a government Aviation Maintenance Inspector or the CO. As an example the following equipment, when inoperative, cannot be placed on an MEL with the helicopter continuing to be utilized under contract.

 

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SECTION C

DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

(i)   Emergency Locator Transmitter

 

(ii)  VHF-AM Transceiver (at least one must be operational)

 

(iii) P25 Digital VHF-FM Transceiver (at least one must be operational)

 

(iv) Transponder and altitude reporting system (at least one must be operational)

 

(v)  Static pressure, altimeter, and automatic altitude reporting system (at least one must be operational and connected to an operational transponder and altitude reporting system)

 

(4) Helicopter shall not be approved if any component time in service exceeds the manufacturers’ recommended Time Between Overhaul (TBO) or FAA-approved extension. All inspection times and intervals shall comply with the Contractor’s FAA approved maintenance program.

 

(5) Complete set of current aeronautical charts covering area of operation. The Contractor shall be responsible for providing navigation publications.

 

(b) Condition of Equipment

 

(1) Contractor-furnished aircraft and equipment shall be operable, free of damage, and in good repair. Helicopter systems and components shall be free of leaks except within limitations specified by the manufacturer.

 

(2) All windows and windshields shall be clean and free of scratches, cracks, crazing, distortion, or repairs, which hinder visibility. Repairs such as safety wire lacing and stop drilling of cracks are not acceptable permanent repairs. Prior to acceptance, all temporarily repaired windows and windshields shall have permanent repairs completed or shall be replaced.

 

(3) The helicopter interior shall be clean and neat. There shall be no unrepaired tears, rips, cracks, or other damage to the interior. The exterior finish, including the paint, shall be clean, neat, and in good condition (i.e. no severe fading or large areas of flaking or missing paint and etc.). Military or other low visibility paint schemes are unacceptable. Any corrosion shall be within manufacturer or FAA acceptable limits.

 

(c) Center of Gravity

 

(1) All helicopters shall be configured so that the center of gravity will remain within the FAA approved Flight Manual published limits for all load requirements and full range of fuel conditions, including ferry with minimum crew without subtraction or addition of ballast.

 

(2) All helicopters shall be loaded such that the center of gravity will remain within allowed limit during the flight. Actual weights will be used for flight calculation.

 

(3) When the equipped weight of the helicopter, as noted by registration number in Section B, Schedule of Items changes, the Contractor shall notify the CO of the change and submit a new weight and balance as required by the Contract.

 

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DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

(d) General Equipment (as applicable)

 

Helicopters shall be configured with the equipment required by 14 CFR and approved for make and model furnished. In addition, the following will be required:

 

(1) A copy of the Awarded Contract and modification(s) shall remain in the helicopter during the Contract period(s).

 

(2) Instrumentation required by the Type Certificate and 14 CFR for use with the make and model furnished.

 

(3) Free air temperature gauge.

 

(4) Approved helicopter lighting for night operation in accordance with 14 CFR 91.209, plus instrument lights.

 

(5) First Aid Kit Aeronautical (Exhibit 1, First Aid Kit Aeronautical).

 

(6) Survival Kit Aeronautical (Exhibit 2, Survival Kit Aeronautical, Lower 48 and Exhibit 3 Alaska Supplement; weight of Survival Kit shall be considered as an addition to the equipped weight of the aircraft and will be documented on the C-chart or equipment list).

 

(7) Additional Suppression/Prescribed Fire Equipment (Exhibit 5, Additional Suppression/Prescribed Fire Equipment) as applicable.

 

(8) Seats, Seatbelts and Shoulder Harnesses

 

(i) Seat belts for all seats. One set of individual lap belts for each occupant.

 

(ii) FAA-approved double-strap shoulder harness with automatic or manual locking inertia reels for each front seat occupant. Shoulder straps and lap belts shall fasten with one single-point, metal-to metal and quick-release mechanism. Standard factory shoulder harnesses are acceptable for Aerospatiale and Bell transport category helicopters. Military style harnesses are acceptable. (Exhibit 4, Restraint Systems Condition Inspection Guidelines).

 

(iii) FAA approved single diagonal shoulder harness with inertia reel integrated with the lap seat belt with one single point metal-to-metal, quick release mechanism for each passenger position.

 

(iv) For Type I (Heavy) Helicopters: An incorporated single or double shoulder harness integrated with the lap seat belt with one single point metal-to-metal (Lift Lever Buckle), quick release mechanism for each passenger position.

 

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SECTION C

DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

(v) All Seats, Seat Belts and Shoulder Harnesses for all helicopters must either be:

 

(A) An OEM installation

 

(B) STC’d

 

(C) Approved for installation by an FAA From 8110-3 with all DER supporting engineering substantiation documentation attached or

 

(D) Field Approved for installation with supporting FAA Form 8110-3 and all DER supporting engineering substantiation documentation attached

 

(vi) Installations substantiated to the requirements 14 CFR Part 29 are most desirable. All data pertinent for these installations shall be available for review by the Forest Service prior to contract award. Installations of a seat, seat belt or shoulder harness are not acceptable as a minor alteration. Seatbelt and shoulder harness installations should follow the guidelines and best practices of FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 21-25A and 21-34. Field Approvals based on previously approved installations must match Make and Model. Field Approvals using previously approved “generic” Field Approvals are not acceptable, i.e. a Field Approval for a Bell 212, based on a previously approved similar installation for an S-58, would not be acceptable.

 

(9) One flight hour meter (Hobbs) installed in a location observable from the cockpit. The meter shall be wired in series with a switch on the collective control, and a switch activated by engine or transmission oil pressure or equivalent system, to record flight time (in hours and tenths of hours) only.

 

(10) Operations from other than the manufacturer’s designated pilot station (right seat in most helicopters) are allowed only with an approved FM Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) or field approval and designation on the aircraft Interagency Data Card. For single piloted aircraft, field approvals in lieu of STCs are not acceptable unless the appropriate crew door has been modified with bubble window (if available) and operational gauges installed in the door that can be viewed by the pilot while performing vertical reference operations.

 

(11) Convex mirror for observation of external loads and landing gear (not required for aircraft equipped ONLY for vertical reference operations).

 

(12) The Fire extinguisher(s) shall be a hand-held bottle, fully charged, with a minimum of 1.5 pounds capacity and 2-B:C rating, maintained in accordance with NFPA 10 and mounted with a quick release attachment accessible to the flight crew while seated.

 

(13) Standard Category helicopters with a floor height greater than 18-inches shall have an approved personnel access step to assure safe entrance and exit from each door of the helicopter. A section of external cargo rack may be utilized as a step by providing a clear space covered with non-skid material.

 

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DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

(i) Extended Height landing gear that ensures a minimum of 12 inches clearance between the attached delivery tank and the level ground shall have an extended height access step or equivalent to provide a minimum of one step half the distance to the skid.

 

(14) Dual controls are required for pilot evaluations.

 

(15) A white strobe light or white LED anti-collision type light, mounted so as to be visible (360°) from above during flight operations. Each anti-collision light shall be aviation red and shall meet the applicable requirements of 14 CFR Part 27.1401 or Part 29.1401.

 

(16) High visibility markings on main rotor blades (Exhibit 6, High Visibility Markings on Main Rotor Blades).

 

(17) Remote and Cargo Hook

 

Cargo Hook

 

(i) One keeperless cargo hook that may be loaded and locked in a single motion with one hand, and is rated at the maximum lifting capacity of the aircraft. (Not applicable to Type I Heavy Helicopters).

 

(ii) As a minimum, the cargo hook shall be completely disassembled and inspected with repairs made as required, lubricated, and a full-load operational check in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.

 

Remote Hook/Long line

 

(i) One remote cargo hook and a minimum of 150 feet of long line. Long line may consist of multiple segments and none shorter than 50 feet as per Exhibit 5.

 

(ii) For Power requirements see Exhibit 5

 

(18) Variable capacity collapsible bucket(s) (For bucket and tank-equipped helicopters)

 

(i) One (1) collapsible, variable capacity water/retardant buckets shall be furnished under this Contract. Bucket must be capable of being transported in cabin or baggage compartment or external basket of the helicopter.

 

(ii) The bucket, at 100 percent of manufactures rated capacity (+/ -5%) shall be at least commensurate with the maximum OGE lifting capability of the helicopter at 5000 PA and 30 degrees C with a 200 pound pilot(s) and 1 1/2 hours of total fuel or the manufacturer recommended size/model bucket by helicopter make and model shall be used. The bucket shall be capable of being operated with all increments of the long-line. Partial dips allowed only with powerfill or gated buckets.

 

Amendment 1

 

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SECTION C

DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

A second variable capacity water/retardant bucket is required if primary bucket does not meet C4 (18) (iv) equipped with a gated system. At 100% capacity, the second bucket shall be no more than 10% greater than the minimum capacity of the primary bucket.

 

(iii) Environmental operating conditions may dictate the need for more than one size bucket.

 

(iv) Helicopters equipped with electronic helicopter hook load measuring system (load cells) that provide a cockpit readout of the actual external load and a bucket that is equipped with a gating system and/or a powerfill bucket that allows part of the load to be released while retaining the remainder of the load are approved in lieu of the second bucket.

 

(v) Capacity of each position or adjustment level shall be marked on the bucket. Collapsible buckets with cinch straps shall only be adjusted to the marked graduations (i.e., 90%, 80%, 70%). Attempts to establish intermediate graduations or capacities below the manufacturer’s minimum graduation (by tying knots, etc.) are prohibited. Powerfill and gated buckets do not need to be cinched.

 

(vi) An Operations Manual for the type bucket(s) provided shall be available on site.

 

(vii) Either the weight of the bucket or capacity at each adjustment level shall be marked on the bucket or the operator shall have a written statement of the maximum capacity (weight) at each adjustment point.

 

(viii) The jettison-arming switch, if applicable, shall be in the armed position during external load operations.

 

(ix) When a bucket is attached directly to the cargo hook, it is critical to measure the maximum length of the extended bucket from the shackle on the control head to the extended dump valve/fire sock, making sure that it is at least 6-inches less than the distance from the belly hook to the closest possible point on the tail rotor. Lines attached between the cargo hook and the bucket shall extend the bucket past the outside arc of the tail rotor, the line shall be no shorter than 50 feet.

 

(19) The bucket gate open/close switch (es) shall be clearly marked for “open” and “closed,” spring-loaded to the “OFF” position, and mounted on the collective pitch lever to avoid confusion with the cargo hook release. The switch shall be of a different design and shall be mounted in such a way as to not easily be confused with the RPM Control (Beep) switch.

 

Amendment 1

 

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DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

(20) Standard category Medium and all Light helicopters: An auxiliary power connector (MS3112E12-3S) protected by a 5-amp circuit breaker connected to the avionics or main aircraft power buss shall be permanently mounted in a location convenient to the passenger compartment. Pin A shall be +24 VDC in 24-volt aircraft; Pin B shall be aircraft ground. Pin C shall be + 12 volts VDC in 12 volt aircraft. Never apply power to both Pin A and Pin C simultaneously.

 

(21) Fuel Servicing Vehicle (See Exhibit 8 Fuel Servicing Equipment Requirements) (Not required for Alaska).

 

(22) FAA Approved Extended Height /High Skid Landing Gear (if available by STC or aircraft manufacturer).

 

(23) FAA approved high visibility, pulsating, forward facing, conspicuity lighting.

 

(24) FAA approved locking cap(s) on all fuel filler ports. Single point refueling port dust caps need not have an FAA approved locking device.

 

(25) FAA approved Wire Cutters, if available.

 

(26) FAA approved floor protection. Helicopters shall have floor protection within the cargo area. Floor protection is not required within the passenger seating areas. Floor protection in both seating and cargo areas shall not be in excess of 1/2 inch to allow for installation of all passenger seats and access to all installed anchor points (Not applicable for non passenger hauling helicopters.)

 

(27) Not applicable to non-passenger carrying contracted helicopters. Internal baggage compartment/external cargo basket/racks. Minimum of fifteen (15).cubic feet of cargo space with isolated internal baggage compartment(s) capable of accommodating 58-inch long shovels, rakes, and other fire fighting tools (requires rear bulkhead modification of baggage compartment of some models).

 

External cargo basket(s)/rack(s) with a closing mechanical latching lid, if available, may be provided in lieu of baggage compartments, which cannot be modified to accept fire tools. The lid shall cover the entire basket/rack. Cargo basket/rack shall be at least 4-inches deep and shall not hamper ingress and egress of personnel from the cabin area. The devices shall be simple in function and have the capacity of being installed quickly. All cargo will be loaded, contained and restrained in a FAA Approved manner that is compliant with the aircraft’s approved flight manual and the operator’s 135 Operations Manual.

 

All helicopters equipped with an external basket must have an FAA STC or field approval applicable for make and model, for dimension, load carrying capability and material construction. The basket will have a hinged top with a suitable method to secure the top closed in flight, to prevent the contents from exiting.

 

Amendment 1

 

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DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

All helicopters shall have FAA approved internal cargo area restraints or barriers which extend from the floor to the ceiling, isolating the passenger area from the cargo area (transmission wells), sliding door area and will not compromise passenger ingress and egress. Cargo behind soft passenger seats must be restrained while seats are occupied per 14 CFR Part 135.87 requirements. Restraints or barriers must be capable of being removed within 15 minutes. Restraints within the cargo area of the transmission wells shall have netting restraints only.

 

(28) Auto re-ignition kit if commercially available for make and model of aircraft offered.

 

(29) Engine inlet air filtration system/particle air separator for all medium and light helicopters.

 

(30) Heater system for windshield de-fog.

 

(31) Kit for disposal of fuel during start-up/shut down; i.e., EPA Bell Kit if commercially available.

 

(32) Applicable to medium and light helicopters only. An MS 3101A-24-11S, 9-pin connector shall be provided. Pin D shall be airframe ground. Pin E shall be switched 28VDC, protected by a 50 amp circuit breaker that can be manually opened and reset. The water bucket open switch shall also activate this circuit.

 

C-5                            HELICOPTER MAINTENANCE

 

(a) General

 

(1) The Contractor shall be capable of providing field maintenance support to each helicopter for extended periods during heavy use.

 

(2) Helicopters shall be operated and maintained in accordance with 14 CFR requirements and manufacturers’ recommendations. Special equipment and/or modification of the helicopter to meet requirements of this contract shall be inspected, repaired, and altered in accordance with 14 CFR requirements and manufacturer’s recommendations or engineered data and, if required, be FAA approved. All “time change” components, including engines, shall be replaced upon reaching the factory recommended time, or FAA approved extension if applicable. Helicopters operated with components and accessories on approved TBO extension programs are acceptable, provided the Contractor who provides the helicopter is the holder of the approved extension authorization (not the owner if the helicopter is leased), and shall operate in accordance with the extension.

 

(3) FAA, CFR 14, Part 145 Repair Stations, may be used for specific maintenance functions that the repair station is certified for. The helicopter must be returned to service under the repair station certificate, and not under an individual’s certificate for the repair station; for example repairman or A&P mechanic. The repair station may not be used in lieu of a carded mechanic if required by this contract

 

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(4) Contract performance may subject the helicopter engine to frequent smoke, sand and dust ingestion. All helicopters shall comply with the erosion inspection procedures at the recommended intervals in accordance with the engine operation and maintenance manual for the Contracted aircraft.

 

(5) All maintenance performed shall be recorded in accordance with 14 CFR 43 and 91 including helicopter time-in-service and hour meter reading.

 

(6) A copy of the current maintenance record required by 14 CFR 91 shall be kept with the aircraft.

 

(7) Maintenance of aircraft records shall be in accordance with the FAA Advisory Circular (AC) No. 43-9C as revised.

 

(8) The Contractor shall immediately notify the CO of any change of an engine, power train, control, or major airframe component and circumstances inducing the change.

 

(9) Routine maintenance shall be performed before or after the daily standby or as approved by the CO.

 

(10) All inspection times and intervals shall comply with the Contractor’s FAA Approved Maintenance Program.

 

(11) Inspections shall be performed in a maintenance facility, or in the best field conditions available.

 

(12) For helicopters on any FAA approved maintenance program, the following applies: For helicopters on a maintenance program requiring 100 hr inspections: at the beginning of the Mandatory Availability Period there are 50 or more hours remaining prior to the 100-hour inspection, that 100-hour inspection and any required maintenance and subsequent 100-hour inspections may be performed without loss of availability per the requirements in ii thru vii below.

 

OR

 

Helicopters on an FAA Approved Aircraft Maintenance Programs with other than 100 hr inspections (for example phase or progressive type inspection), and after having flown 50 or more hours following the start of the Mandatory Availability Period, a scheduled inspection or maintenance may be performed without loss of availability per the requirements in i thru vi below. From that time, after every subsequent 100 hours of flight (±10%), scheduled inspections or maintenance may be performed without loss of availability per i thru vi below.

 

(i) When the 100 hour or other FAA approved maintenance inspection (that occur on a 100 hour flight cycle), is due and the aircraft and flight crew have been released for the day, the contractor will be allowed to perform this scheduled inspection and/or maintenance, up to the end of the following calendar day, without assessment of unavailability.

 

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(ii) Inspections shall be performed in one of the following:

 

(A) Maintenance facility,

(B) Host or alternate base, or

(C) Best field conditions available.

 

(iii) Flight time to and from a facility or alternate base for maintenance will not be paid.

 

(iv) Contractor shall notify the Contracting Officer at least 16 flight hours prior to the initiation of any maintenance inspection.

 

(v) When the helicopter is available for service, it is the Contractor’s responsibility to ensure that the flight crew is also available.

 

(vi) If the flight crew is not available when the aircraft is returned to service, unavailability will be assessed from that time until such time that they do become available.

 

(vii) If the entire calendar day is not used to perform maintenance, no credit of that unused time shall be granted.

 

(viii) When less than 50 hours remain before the initial 100-hour inspection, the first 100 hour inspection shall be performed before or after the daily standby, or as approved by the Contracting Officer.

 

(13) During the MAP, contractor may, with the approval of the CO, elect to use 2 additional non-paid calendar days for the accomplishment of scheduled maintenance.  These 2 days need not be consecutive; however they will each be full calendar days. Contractor shall request approval from the CO at least 48 hours prior to the initiation of the additional scheduled maintenance days. Contractor will not be assessed unavailability for performance purposes and will not be paid availability.

 

(14) All weighing of aircraft shall be performed on scales that have been certified as accurate within the previous 12 calendar months. The certifying entity may be any accredited weights and measures laboratory using standards traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The scales should be listed by make model and calibration date in the aircrafts weight and balance documentation (See Form B, Exhibit 21).

 

(15) Helicopter(s) under initially awarded contract(s) under this solicitation shall remain at or below contracted helicopter equipped weight as proposed in the base year of the contract. Helicopters will be allowed a total of 1% above the awarded contracted helicopter equipped weight as proposed during the combined contract option periods. The helicopter’s equipped weight is determined using weight and balance data which was determined by actual weighing of the aircraft within 12 months prior to the due date of proposal submission and 24 months thereafter or following any major repair or major alteration or change to the equipment list which significantly affects the center of gravity of the aircraft. If the government requires additional equipment after contract award no penalty will be assessed.

 

Amendment 1

 

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SECTION C

DESCRIPTION/SPECIFICATIONS/EXHIBITS

 

(16) A list of equipment installed in the aircraft at the time of weighing shall be compiled. The equipment list shall include the name, weight, arm and moment of each item installed. Items that may be easily removed or installed for aircraft configuration changes (seats, doors, radios, cargo hook, baskets, special mission equipment, etc.) shall also be listed including the name, weight, arm and moment of each item. Each page of the equipment list shall identify the specific aircraft by serial and registration number. Each page of the equipment list shall be dated indicating the last date of actual weighing or computation. The weight and balance shall be revised each time equipment is removed or installed which more than negligibly affects the center of gravity of the aircraft. See Exhibit 21 for an acceptable example.

 

(17) When the contract equipped weight of the aircraft, as noted by registration number in Section B, Schedule of Items, changes, the Contractor shall notify the CO of the change and submit a revised weight and balance as required by the Contract.

 

(b) Turbine Engine Power Assurance Checks

 

(1) A power assurance check shall be accomplished on the first day of operation, and thereafter within each 10-hour interval of contracted flight operation unless prohibited by environmental conditions (i.e. weather, smoke). The power assurance check shall be accomplished by the contractor in accordance with the Rotorcraft Flight Manual or approved company performance monitoring program. A current record of the power assurance checks will be maintained with the aircraft under this Contract and any renewal periods.

 

(2) Helicopters with power output below the minimum published performance charts shall be removed from service. The below-minimum power condition shall be corrected before return to service and contract availability.

 

(c) Maintenance Flights

 

A functional maintenance flight shall be performed following overhaul, repair, and/or replacement of any engine, power train, rotor system or flight control equipment, and following any adjustment of the flight control systems before the helicopter is returned to service. The flight will be performed at the Contractor’s expense. Results of the maintenance flights shall be reported to and approved by the FS or DOI Aviation Maintenance Inspector before the helicopter is returned to Contract availability.

 

C-6                            AIRCRAFT AND EQUIPMENT SECURITY

 

(a) The security of Contractor provided helicopter and equipment is the responsibility of the Contractor.

 

(b) Helicopter shall be electrically and/or mechanically disabled by two independent security systems whenever the helicopter is unattended. Deactivating security systems shall be incorporated into preflight checklists to prevent accidental damage to the helicopter or interfere with safety of flight.

 

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(c) Examples of unacceptable disabling systems are:

 

(1) Locked door/windows; and/or

 

(2) Fenced parking areas.

 

C-7                            AVIONICS REQUIREMENTS

 

Required avionics systems and contractor offered avionics/communications equipment shall meet the performance specifications as specified in FS/AMD A-24 at: www.nifc.gov/NIICD/documents.html

 

C-8                            CONTRACTOR FURNISHED AVIONICS SYSTEMS

 

(a) Communications Systems

 

(1) Emergency Locator Transmitter

 

An automatic-portable/automatic-fixed or automatic-fixed Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) utilizing an external antenna and meeting the same requirements as those detailed for airplanes in 14 CFR 91.207 (excluding 14 CFR 91.207(f)), shall be installed per the manufacturer’s installation manual, in a conspicuous or marked location. ELTs certified under TSO-C91 are not acceptable.

 

Note: ELTs operating on 121.5 MHz and/or 406 MHz or both frequencies are acceptable.

 

(2) VHF-AM Transceiver

 

A panel mounted TSO’d VHF-AM aeronautical transceiver (COM), operating in the frequency band of 118.000 to 136.975 MHz, with a minimum of 760-channels in no greater than 25 kHz increments; and a minimum of 5-watts carrier output power.

 

(3) P-25 Digital VHF-FM Transceiver

 

(i) A P25 Digital aeronautical VHF-FM radio transceiver (FM). The transceiver shall operate from 150 to 174 MHz, permit the operator to program any usable frequency within that band while in flight, provide operator selection of both wide-band (25 kHz bandwidth/5 kHz modulation) and narrow-band (12.5 kHz bandwidth/2.5 kHz modulation) in addition to P25 Digital operation by channel for MAIN and GUARD operation. Transceivers shall be set to operate in the analog narrowband mode (typically indicated with a lower case “n”) unless local conditions dictate otherwise.

 

(ii) Carrier output power shall be 6-10-watts nominal. The transceiver shall be capable of displaying receiver and transmitter operating frequency. Transceivers shall provide both receiver and transmitter activation indicators for MAIN and GUARD. Simultaneous monitoring of both MAIN and GUARD (168.6250 MHz) is required. Scanning of GUARD is not acceptable. GUARD communications may only be used for: emergencies; initial call; recall; and redirection.

 

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(iii) A CTCSS sub-audible tone encoder with a minimum of 32 standards selectable tones, meeting the current TIA/EIA-603A standard, shall interface with the above transceiver. The encoder shall encode a 110.9 Hz tone on all GUARD transmissions.

 

(iv) The transceiver’s operational controls shall be mounted in a location that is convenient to both PIC and SIC/observer.

 

(v) Aircraft having two or more aeronautical VHF-FM radio transceivers need only have a GUARD receiver in one transceiver.

 

(vi) The following multimode (P25) digital aeronautical VHF-FM transceivers are known to be acceptable.

 

Technisonic Industries

 

TDFM-136

TDFM-136A

Northern Airborne Technology

 

NPX136D-070

 

(vii)  Multimode (P25) digital aeronautical VHF-FM transceivers must meet FS/AMD A-19. Visit the following website for a copy of FS/AMD A-19 and a current list of acceptable radios: www.nifc.gov/NIICD/documents.html

 

(viii) All P25 digital radios will operate with current software as listed on www.nifc.gov/NIICD/hotsheet/hotsheet.html. Software versions identified on this website by October 1st will be acceptable for the following year. The only exception is more up-to-date software versions as released by the manufacturer. P25 digital radios without a software version listing will be upgraded to the current version within six months of release by the manufacturer. As an example, Technisonic releases a new software version for their TDFM-136 radio on August 1st. The above website lists this new software version on September 15th. Therefore, all TDFM-136 radios must operate with this new software by January 1st. However, if the website did not list this new software until October 10th, the software would not be required until end of the following year.

 

(4) Provisions for an Auxiliary VHF-FM (AUX-FM) Portable Radio

 

(i) The Contractor shall provide the necessary interface for installing and properly operating an auxiliary VHF-FM portable radio through the aircraft’s audio control system(s) (AUX-FM). The interface shall consist of the appropriate wiring from the audio control system; terminate in an MS3112E12-10S type connector and utilizing the contact assignments as specified by drawing FS/AMD-17 (See www.nifc.gov/NIICD/documents.html).

 

(ii) A weatherproof, external, broadband antenna (Comant type CI-177 or equal) covering the 150-174 MHz band, with associated RG-58A/U (or equivalent) coaxial cable and connector, terminated in a bulkhead-mounted, female BNC connector adjacent to the above 10-pin connector.

 

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(iii) Mounting facilities, in accordance with the specifications of FAA AC 43.13-2A, for secure installation of the auxiliary VHF-FM portable radio in the cockpit shall be provided (Field Support Services (http://www.helifire.com) AUX-EPH-RB or equivalent). The location of the mounting facilities shall be such that, when connected with an 18-inch adapter cable, allows the SIC/observer full and unrestricted movement of the radio’s controls.

 

(iv) Positive-polarity microphone excitation voltage shall be provided to the AUX-FM system from the aircraft DC power system through a suitable resistor network. A blocking capacitor shall be provided to prevent the portable radio microphone excitation voltage from entering the system. Sidetone for the AUX-FM shall also be provided (NAT AA34, Heritage PA-34, or equivalent).

 

(v) In lieu of the above AUX-FM requirements, the Contractor may substitute one P25 Digital VHF-FM Transceiver which meets the same requirements as the above P25 Digital VHF-FM Transceiver section unless that transceiver is required. For example: A second P25 Digital VHF-FM Transceiver (FM-2) may be substituted for the AUX-FM when only one P25 Digital VHF-FM Transceiver (FM-1) is required. A third P25 Digital VHF-FM Transceiver (FM-3) may be substituted for the AUX-FM when only two P25 Digital VHF-FM Transceivers (FM-1 & FM-2) are required.

 

Note: Provisions for an Auxiliary VHF-FM (AUX-FM) Portable Radio is not required on a K-MAX.

 

(5) Automated Flight Following

 

(i) An Automated Flight Following (AFF) system compatible with the government’s AFF tracking network (Webtracker). Not all available AFF systems are compatible with Webtracker nor meet Webtracker’s requirements. The contractor shall ensure that the AFF system offered is compatible with Webtracker. To view Webtracker’s current compatibility requirements and a list of previously successful AFF equipment manufacturers, refer to https://www.aff.gov.

 

(ii) The AFF system shall be powered by the aircraft’s electrical system, installed per the manufacturer’s installation manual, and operational in all phases of flight. AFF equipment shall utilize as a minimum: Satellite communications, an externally or internally mounted antenna, provide data to the Government’s Webtracker software, use aircraft power via a dedicated circuit breaker for power protection, and be mounted so as to not endanger any occupant from AFF equipment during periods of turbulence. Antennas should be placed where they have the best view of the overhead sky as possible. Externally mounted antennas are recommended to improve system performance. Any AFF manufacturer required pilot display(s) or control(s) shall be visible/selectable by the pilot(s). Remote equipment having visual indicators should be mounted in such a manner as to allow visual indicators to be easily visible.

 

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(iii) AFF communications shall be fully operational in the lower 48 states. Contractors accepting dispatches to the State of Alaska, Southern Canada, or Western Canada must have an AFF system capable of being tracked in these locations at all times. Not all manufacturers’ AFF equipment communication links will operate effectively in all geographic areas.

 

(iv) The contractor shall maintain a subscription service through the AFF equipment provider allowing AFF position reporting for satellite tracking via Webtracker. The position-reporting interval shall be every two minutes while the aircraft is in flight. The contractor shall register their AFF equipment with the Fire Applications Support Desk (FASD) providing: Complete tail number; manufacturer and serial number of the AFF transceiver; aircraft make and model; and Contractor contact information. If the contractor relocates previously registered AFF equipment into another aircraft, then the contractor shall contact the FASD making the appropriate changes prior to aircraft use. In all cases, the contractor shall ensure that the correct aircraft information is indicated within Webtracker. The contractor shall contact the FASD of system changes, scheduled maintenance, and planned service outages.

 

(v) Registration contact information, a web accessible feedback form, and additional information is available at: https://www.aff.gov. The FASD can be reached at (800) 253-5559 or (208) 387-5290.(vi) Prior to the aircraft’s annual contract inspection, the contractor shall ensure compliance with all AFF systems requirements. The contractor shall additionally perform an operational check of the system. As a minimum, the operational check shall consist of confirming the aircraft being tested is displayed in Webtracker (indicating it is currently transmitting data to Webtracker) and that all information displayed in Webtracker is current. A username and password are required to access Webtracker. Log on to the AFF website at https://www.aff.gov to request a username and password, or contact the FASD.

 

(vi) If AFF becomes inoperable/unreliable the helicopter may, at the discretion of the Government, remain available for service utilizing radio/voice system for flight following. The contractor will return the AFF system to full operational capability within 72 hours after the inoperative/unreliable unit is first discovered as defective.

 

(vii) This clause incorporates Specification Section Supplement available at: https://www.aff.gov/contractspecs with the same force and affect as if they were presented as full text herein.

 

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(b) Navigation Systems

 

(1) Global Positioning System (GPS).

 

(i) A TSO’d GPS shall be permanently installed in the aircraft; located where both the pilot and the co-pilot/observer can clearly view the display; utilize WGS-84 datum; reference latitude and longitude coordinates in the DM (degrees/minutes/decimal minutes) mode; utilize an approved, fixed, external aircraft antenna; and be powered by the aircraft electrical system. The GPS unit must have the ability for manual entry of waypoints in flight. The GPS shall have a database, updated annually, covering the continental United States. Contractors accepting dispatches to Alaska shall also include an Alaska database in the GPS.

 

(ii) Aviation portable GPS units (Garrnin GPSMAP 296/396/496 or equivalent) are acceptable provided they use remote antennas, are securely mounted, powered by the aircraft electrical system, present information from an overhead orientation (not a drive along the road type), approved installation and meet all previously stated GPS requirements for TSO’d GPS units.

 

(c) Transponder/Altitude Encoders

 

An ATC transponder and altitude reporting system(s) meeting the requirements of 14 CFR 91.215 (a) and (b), 14 CFR 91.413 and be tested and inspected every 24-calendar months as specified by 14 CFR Part 43, appendix F.

 

(d) Static Pressure, Altimeter, and Automatic Pressure Altitude Reporting Systems

 

A static pressure, altimeter, and automatic altitude reporting system(s) shall be maintained in accordance with the IFR requirements of 14 CFR 91, and inspected and tested every 24-calendar months as specified by 14 CFR Part 43, appendix E and 14 CFR 91.411.

 

(e) Audio Control Systems

 

General

 

(1) All Audio Control Systems. Any Audio Control System shall provide the required operator(s) with separate controls for selection of all required receiver audio outputs and transmitter microphone/push-to-talk (PTT) audio inputs. Receiver and transmitter controls shall either be labeled as COM-1, COM-2, FM-1, FM-2, AUX, PA, etc (as appropriate) or COM-1, COM-2, COM-3, etc with the appropriate transceiver properly labeled as COM-1, COM-2, COM-3, etc. Each system shall also provide for separate controls for adjustment of both Intercommunication System (ICS) and receiver audio output levels.

 

(2) Standard Category Medium and Light Helicopters. Two audio control systems (which may be combined in a single unit) shall be installed providing the PIC and observer/SIC separate systems (see applicable Figure at the following website: www.nifc.gov/NIICD/documents.html).

 

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(3) Standard Category Heavy Helicopters. In addition to the above PIC and observer/SIC audio control systems, a third audio control system shall be installed in the cabin for utilization by the helicopter manager. The helicopter manager’s audio control system shall be installed in a location that provides clear and unobstructed access by the helicopter manager while in the seated position (see applicable Figure at the following website: www.nifc.gov/NIICD/documents.html) but shall not be an impact hazard to personnel. (Not applicable to non passenger hauling helicopters.)

 

Note: On aircraft designed for a single occupant (i.e. K-MAX), only one audio control system is required and references to observer/SIC, helicopter manager, and passenger requirements are not applicable.

 

Note: References to passenger requirements on S-64 helicopters are not applicable.

 

(4) Restricted Category. An audio control system shall be provided for the PIC and check/SIC.

 

(5) For all standard helicopter types (passenger), the aft passenger cabin shall have the capability for radio transmit push-to-talk (PTT) from the two passenger exit door positions and have ICS and radio receive from all positions. Aft passenger radio PTT shall utilize the observer/SIC audio control system unless an additional audio control system is installed.

 

Note:                  Positions with ICS/TX/RX capability shall have drop cords configured as follows:

ICS switch — momentary and lock

Radio transmit PTT — momentary push button

Separate volume knob

Large clip

Jack - TJT-120 or U92 B/U type which will accept TP-101 (U174/U) Helmet plug
Drop cords shall be a static 3 foot length coil cord (minimum)

The coiled cord plug shall be a 6 pin MS3116P type connector

The ICS/TX/RX socket shall be a 6 pin MS3112E10-6S receptacle

 

Note:                  Positions with ICS/RX capability shall have drop cords configured as follows:

ICS switch — momentary and lock

Separate volume knob

Large clip

Jack - TJT-120 or U92 B/U type which will accept TP-101 (U174/U) Helmet plug
Drop cords shall be a static 3 foot length coil cord (minimum)

The coiled cord plug shall be a 6 pin MS3116P type connector

The ICS/RX socket shall be a 6 pin MS3112E10-6S receptacle.

 

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(f) Transmitter Selection and Operation

 

(1) Standard Category Medium and Light Helicopters. Separate transmitter selection controls shall be provided to the microphone/PTT inputs of both the PIC and observer/SIC. The system shall be configured so that the PIC and observer/SIC may each simultaneously select and utilize a different transmitter (or Public Address (PA) System when installed) via their respective audio control and microphone/PTT. Whenever a transmitter is selected, the companion receiver audio shall automatically be selected for the corresponding earphone. Transmitter sidetone audio shall be provided for the user as well as for cross monitoring via the corresponding receiver selection switch on the other audio control system.

 

(2) Standard Category Heavy Helicopters. Separate transmitter selection controls shall be provided to the microphone/PTT inputs of the PIC, observer/SIC, and helicopter manager. The system shall be configured so that the PIC, observer/S1C, and helicopter manager may each simultaneously select and utilize a different transmitter (and Public Address (PA) System when required in Section B-12) via their respective audio control and microphone/PTT. Whenever a transmitter is selected, the companion receiver audio shall automatically be selected for the corresponding earphone. Transmitter sidetone audio shall be provided for the user as well as for cross monitoring via the corresponding receiver selection switch on other audio control systems.

 

(3) Restricted Category A transmitter selection control shall be provided for the microphone/PTT inputs of the PIC and Check Pilot/S1C. The System shall be configured so that the PIC/SIC may select and utilize a transmitter via their microphone /PTT. Whenever a transmitter is selected, the companion receiver audio shall automatically be selected. Transmitter sidetone audio shall be provided for the operator as well as for cross monitoring.

 

(g) Receiver Selection and Operation

 

(1) Standard Category Medium and Light Helicopters. Separate controls shall be provided for both PIC and observer/SIC to select audio from one or any combination of required receivers. The aft exit passenger positions (two positions minimum) (see applicable figure at the following website: www.nifc.gov/NIICD/documents.html) shall monitor the receiver(s) as selected by the observer/SIC unless the aft exit passenger positions have an independent audio control system(s). Aft exit audio control system(s) (if installed) shall provide selected receiver audio to appropriate required aft passenger positions (two positions minimum).

 

(2) Standard Category Heavy Helicopters. Separate controls shall be provided for the PIC, observer/SIC, and helicopter manager to select audio from one or any combination of required receivers. The helicopter manager’s audio control system does not have to monitor Nav receiver outputs. All passengers shall be capable of monitoring all transceiver audio. Passenger positions shall monitor transceiver audio as selected by the helicopter manager’s audio control system. When additional audio control systems are installed, passengers shall monitor transceiver audio from the most logical audio control system available (see applicable Figure at the following website; www.nifc.gov/NIICD/documents.html).

 

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(3) Restricted Category Separate controls shall be provided for selection of audio from one or any combination of required receivers.

 

(h) Radios and Systems

 

As a minimum, the audio control system(s) shall provide for selection of all required radios and PA systems.

 

(i) Earphones and Microphones

 

(1) Standard Category (All types). The audio system shall be designed for operation with 600-ohm earphones and carbon-equivalent, noise-canceling boom-type microphones (Gentex electret type Model 5060-2, military dynamic type M-87/AIC with CE-100 TR preamplifier, or equivalent). Only the PIC’s position maybe configured for low impedance (dynamic) operation.

 

All earphone/microphone jacks in the aircraft shall be U-92A/U type, which will accept the U-174/U type plug. All U-92A/U cords shall be of an adequate length to provide the user free and unrestricted movement according to mission requirements.

 

(2) Restricted Category. As required.

 

j) Push-to-Talk (PTT) Systems

 

Note: All references to helicopter manager and passenger position requirements are not applicable in non passenger hauling helicopters.

 

(1) Standard Category Medium and Light Helicopters. Separate Push-to-Talk (PTT) switches shall be provided for radio transmitter and ICS microphone operation at the PIC and observer/SIC positions. The PIC’s PTT switches shall be mounted on the cyclic control. The observer/SIC’s PTT switches shall be mounted on the cord to an earphone/microphone connector (Alpine Aerotech AAL280-011-001 or equivalent). In lieu of the observer/SIC’s cord mounted PTT switches, a foot switch operated PTT system may be utilized operating in conjunction with an ICS PTT/Radio Transceiver PTT switch. In aircraft requiring two pilots the observer/SIC’s PTT system may be on the cyclic control. The aft exit passenger positions (two positions minimum) shall be equipped with an ICS PTT switch mounted on a cord to the earphone/microphone connector (Alpine Aerotech AAL280-011-004 or equivalent).

 

(2) Standard Category Heavy Helicopters. Separate PTT switches shall be provided for radio transmitter and ICS microphone operation at the PIC, observer/SIC, helicopter manager, and two passenger positions (minimum) (nearest exit doors). All other passenger positions shall be provided with an ICS PTT switch. The PIC’s PTT switches shall be mounted on the cyclic control. The observer/SIC and the two passenger positions (minimum), capable of radio transmitter and ICS operation, shall be equipped with PTT switches mounted on the cord to an earphone/microphone connector (Alpine Aerotech AAL280-011-001 or equivalent). In lieu of the observer/SIC’s cord mounted PTT switches, a foot switch operated PTT system may be utilized operating in conjunction with an ICS PTT/Radio Transceiver PTT switch.

 

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The helicopter manager’s PTT switches shall be mounted on a cord to an earphone/microphone connector which shall be of sufficient length so the manager can easily reach all cabin doors without unclipping the cord from their flight suit. The helicopter manager’s cord shall be mounted in the helicopter above and behind their seat. In aircraft requiring two pilots the observer/SIC’s PTT system may be on the cyclic control. All other passenger positions shall be equipped with an ICS PTT switch mounted on a cord to the earphone/microphone connector (Alpine Aerotech AAL280-011-004 or equivalent).

 

(3) Restricted Category. Separate PTT switches shall be provided for radio transmission and ICS microphone operation on the cyclic controls at the PIC and Check pilot/SIC positions.

 

(k) Intercommunications Systems (ICS)

 

Note: All references to helicopter manager and passenger position requirements are not applicable in non passenger hauling helicopters.

 

(1) Standard Category Medium and Light Helicopters. An ICS system shall be provided for the PIC, observer/SIC, and the aft exit passenger positions (two positions minimum) (see applicable Figure at the following website: www.nifc.gov/NIICD/documents.html). ICS audio shall mix with, but not mute, selected receiver audio. An ICS audio level control shall be provided for each position above. Adjustment of the ICS audio level at any position shall not affect the level at any other position. A “hot mic” capability, controlled via an activation switch or voice activation (VOX), shall be provided for the PIC and observer/SIC. ICS sidetone audio shall be provided for the earphone corresponding with the microphone in use.

 

(2) Standard Category Heavy. An ICS system shall be provided for all positions in the aircraft. ICS audio shall mix with, but not mute, selected receiver audio. An ICS audio level control shall be provided for each position (see applicable Figure at the following website: www.nifc.gov/NIICD/documents.html). Adjustment of the ICS audio level at any position shall not affect the level at any other position. A “hot mic” capability, controlled via an activation switch or voice activation (VOX), shall be provided for the PIC, observer/SIC, and helicopter manager. ICS sidetone audio shall be provided for the earphone corresponding with the microphone in use.

 

(3) Restricted Category. An ICS system shall be provided for the PIC and check-pilot/SIC. ICS audio shall mix with, but not mute, selected receiver audio. An ICS audio level control shall be provided for each position above. Adjustment of the ICS audio level at any position shall not affect the level at any other position. A “hot mic” capability, controlled via an activation switch or voice activation (VOX), shall be provided for the PIC and check-pilot/SIC. ICS sidetone audio shall be provided for the earphone corresponding with the microphone in use.

 

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C-9                            AVIONICS INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE STANDARDS

 

(a) All avionics systems used in or on the aircraft for this contract and their installation and maintenance shall comply with all manufacturers’ specifications and applicable 14 CFR requirements.

 

(b) Strict adherence to the recommendations in FAA AC 43.13-1B Chapter 11, “Aircraft Electrical Systems”, and Chapter 12, “Aircraft Avionics Systems”, as well as AC 43.13-2A Chapter 1, “Structural Data”, Chapter 2, “Radio Installation”, and Chapter 3, “Antenna Installation”, are required.

 

(c) All avionics systems requiring an antenna shall be installed with a properly matched aircraft-certified, broadband antenna unless otherwise specified.

 

(d) Antennas shall be polarized as required by the avionics system and have a Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR) less than 2.5 to 1.

 

(e) Labeling and marking of all avionics controls and equipment shall be clear, understandable, legible, and permanent. Electronic label maker marking is acceptable.

 

(f) Avionics equipment mounting location and installation shall not interfere with passenger safety, space, and comfort. Avionics equipment will not be mounted under seats designed for energy attenuation. In all instances, the designated areas for collapse shall be protected.

 

C-10                     OPERATIONS

 

(a) General

 

(1) Regardless of any status as a public helicopter operation, the Contractor shall operate in accordance with their approved 14 CFR 135 Operations Specification and all portions of 14 CFR 91 (including those portions applicable to civil aircraft) and each certification required under this Contract unless otherwise authorized by the CO. Forest Service acknowledges certain special use mission do not fall within the purview of 14 CFR Parts 135 and 91. Special use missions include but are not limited to rappel short haul aerial ignition and rope assisted deployment operations.

 

(2) A Government representative may inspect the pilot’s Interagency Helicopter Pilot Qualification Card for currency before any flight. The Government has mission control and can delay, terminate, or cancel a flight at any time.

 

(3) The government recognizes the ever-increasing difficulty operators are encountering in hiring mission-qualified pilots. In response to this situation the government has developed provision’s for contractors to conduct “On Contract” pilot operational training. This program has been designed with the intent of providing operational training opportunities to contractors seeking to upgrade pilots into new aircraft, and to provide operational training for pilots with little or no previous natural resource/wildland fire experience. This program contains significant conditions and restrictions. Adherence to these guidelines is critical for success of the program. See Exhibit 19.

 

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(4) Performance enhancing data (Power Assurance Checks, wind charts, etc) shall not be used. Only FAA approved charts based on minimum specification engine performance shall be used.

 

(5) Use (Exhibit 13, Interagency Helicopter Load Calculation and Exhibit 12, Hourly Flight Rates, Fuel consumption, and Weight Reduction Chart) per aircraft type and the appropriate Hover Ceiling Charts (HOGE and HIGE) from the approved Rotorcraft Flight Manual.

 

(b) Pilot Authority and Responsibilities

 

(1) The Pilot-In-Command (PIC) has final authority and responsibility for the operation and safety of the flight. The pilot shall comply with the directions of the Government, except when in the pilot’s judgment compliance will be a violation of applicable Federal Aviation Regulations, state regulations or contract provisions.

 

(2) The pilot is responsible for computing the weight and balance for all flights and for assuring that the gross weight and center of gravity do not exceed the aircraft’s limitations. Pilots shall be responsible for the proper loading and securing of all cargo including installation and removal of snorkel. Load calculations (Exhibit 13, Form 5700-17/OAS-67) shall be computed and completed by the pilot using appropriate flight manual hover performance charts.

 

(3) Smoking is prohibited within 50-feet of fuel servicing vehicle, fueling equipment, or aircraft.

 

(4) After engine(s) shutdown, the pilot may exit the aircraft while the rotor(s) are turning if the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) allows and the pilot remains within the arc of the rotor(s). The pilot shall coordinate this action with the Helicopter Manager. If not allowed by the RFM, aircraft must be shutdown and rotors stopped for pilot to exit aircraft or change seats.

 

(5) Pilot(s) will use an approved cockpit checklist for all flight operations. Rotorcraft Flight Manual Checklist.

 

(6) Toe-in, single-skid, step-out landings are prohibited.

 

(7) Equipment such as radios, survival gear, fire tools, etc., shall be located in or on the aircraft in such a manner as to potentially not cause damage or obstruct the operation of equipment or personnel. All cargo shall be properly secured.

 

(8) The pilot shall not permit any passenger in the helicopter or any cargo to be loaded therein unless authorized by the CO.

 

(9) Passenger Briefing - Before each takeoff, the PIC shall ensure that all passengers have been briefed in accordance with the briefing items contained in 14 CFR 135. Briefing shall include the following; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Shut-Off Procedures for Battery and Fuel, and Aircraft Hazards.

 

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(10) Flight Plans - Pilots shall file and operate on a FAA, ICAO, or agency flight plan. Contractor flight plans are not acceptable. Flight plans shall be filed prior to takeoff when possible.

 

(11) Flight Following - Pilots are responsible for flight following with the FAA, ICAO, or in accordance with FS or DOI-Bureau approved flight following procedures, which includes Automated Flight Following (AFF) and radio check-ins.

 

(12) Manifesting - Prior to any takeoff, the PIC shall provide the appropriate FS or DOI dispatch office/coordination center or helibase with current passenger and cargo information.

 

(13) Fuel Reserve - To provide adequate fuel reserve all operations shall comply with 14 CFR 91 for VFR (20-minutes reserve).

 

(c) IFR/Night Flight - Not authorized

 

(d) Flights with Cowling(s), Fairings, and Panels or Doors Open/Removed

 

The Contractor is responsible for removal, reinstallation and security of the doors. All loose items must be secured prior to flight with doors open/removed (Velcro is not considered a secure attachment). Flights with cowlings, fairings, and panels removed are not permitted. The helicopter external registration number shall be clearly visible at all times.

 

(e) Bucket Operations

 

The following procedure shall be used for all bucket operations:

 

(1) Determine allowable payload using the Interagency Helicopter Load Calculation, appropriate HOGE helicopter performance charts, and current local temperature and pressure altitude. Partial dips for performance planning purposes are not authorized.

 

(2) At the beginning of the fuel cycle, bucket capacity shall be adjusted so that the bucket, when filled to the adjusted capacity, does not exceed the allowable payload.

 

(3) Helicopters equipped with electronic hook load measuring systems that provide cockpit readout of the actual external load and a bucket that is equipped with a gating system that allows part of the load to be released while retaining the remainder of the load is authorized.

 

(4) For calculation of the allowable bucket payload use 8.3 pounds per gallon for water. When mixed fire retardant is being delivered by bucket, use the actual weight per gallon of the mixed retardant.

 

(5) Bucket capacity at each position or adjustment level shall be marked on the bucket. Collapsible buckets with cinch straps shall only be adjusted to marked graduations (i.e., 90%, 80%, and 70%). Intermediate graduations or capacities below the manufacturer’s minimum graduation (by tying knots, etc.) are prohibited.

 

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(6) Buckets shall be attached directly to the belly hook unless the pilot is approved for vertical reference.

 

(7) Extension (Tag) lines of less than 50-feet are not permitted for bucket operations

 

(8) Helicopters equipped with a tail rotor and conducting external load operations (excluding class A loads) will be limited to an airspeed of 80 knots indicated or the airspeed limitation established by the rotorcraft flight manual, whichever is less. All other helicopter conducting external load operations shall comply with applicable Rotorcraft Flight Manual Limitations.

 

(9) When conducting external load operations, rotors will remain above the canopy or helicopter will operate within an opening no less than 1 1/2 times the main rotor diameter (e.g. an aircraft with a 48’ main rotor diameter would require a 72’ diameter opening).

 

(f) Tank Operations

 

The following procedure shall be used for all Tank operations (also see Exhibit 5):

 

(1) Determine allowable payload using the Interagency Helicopter Load Calculation, appropriate HOGE helicopter performance charts, and current local temperature and pressure altitude.

 

(2) For calculation of the allowable tank payload use 8.3 pounds per gallon for water. When mixed fire retardant is being delivered by tank, use the actual weight per gallon of the mixed retardant.

 

(3) Snorkel removal and installation shall be the Pilots responsibility at all times. However, Government personnel may assist with removal and installation when properly trained by the mechanic or pilot.

 

(g) Dual Controls

 

Dual controls are required and shall be made accessible to an approved agency Helicopter Inspector Pilot (HIP) for all pilot performance evaluations. During flight operations the front seat not occupied by a pilot may only be occupied by a Helicopter Manager, or briefed and authorized by PIC or HMGR. For Type III aircraft, the dual controls shall be removed except during pilot evaluation.

 

(h) Transportation of Hazardous Material (HazMat)

 

(1) Helicopters may be required to carry hazardous materials. Such transportation shall be in accordance with DOT Special Permit and the DOI or FS Aviation Transport of Hazardous Materials Handbook/Guide (NFES 1068). A copy of the current Special Permit and handbook/guide and emergency response guide shall be aboard each aircraft operating under the provisions of this Special Permit and can be found at this website: http://amd.nbc.gov/library/handbooks.htm

 

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(2) It is the responsibility of the Contractor to ensure that Contractor employees have received training in the handling of hazardous materials in accordance with 49 CFR 172. Documentation of this training shall be retained by the company in the employee’s records and made available to the Government as required. Training is available at this website: https://www.iat.gov/Training/modules/a110/pre-110.html

 

(3) The pilot shall ensure personnel are briefed of specific actions required in the event of an emergency. The pilot shall be given initial written notification of the type, quantity, and the location of hazardous materials placed aboard the aircraft before the start of any project. Thereafter, verbal notification before each flight is acceptable. For operations when the type and quantity of the materials do not change, repeated notification is not required.

 

C-11                     CONTRACTOR’S ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES

 

(a) The Contractor is responsible to ensure that all maintenance, fueling, and flight activities do not cause environmental damage to property or facilities. The contractor shall ensure tanks and buckets are cleaned appropriately when requested by the government to eliminate invasive aquatic species in known contaminated water sources. Cleaning product(s) (i.e.; bleach etc.) will be provided by the government.

 

(b) The Contractor shall be responsible for all cleanups of fuel, oil, and retardant contamination on airport ramps, retardant sites, parking areas, landing areas, etc., when caused by Contractor aircraft or personnel when cleaning paved areas, the contractor shall utilize cleaning agent that are biodegradable and non-toxic. Contaminated soils shall be removed to appropriate containers and disposed of as hazardous waste.

 

(c) The Government may, at its option, assign an area to be utilized by the Contractor for storage of equipment used in support of Contract performance. Oil, solvents, parts, engines, etc. shall be stored and utilized in a manner consistent with acceptable safety, health and environmental concerns.

 

(d) The contractor shall ensure that they are in compliance with 40 CFR Part 112: Oil Pollution Prevention; Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan Requirements (SPCC).

 

An SPCC plan is required for each mobile fueler used on this contract regardless of bulk storage container (tank) size.

 

C-12                     PERSONNEL

 

(a) General

 

(1) Pilots, fuel servicing personnel, and mechanics shall speak English fluently and communicate clearly.

 

(2) Only essential crewmembers are authorized on tactical flight missions. The Mechanic and Fuel Service Vehicle Driver are considered non-essential crew members and are not allowed to be onboard the helicopter during tactical flight missions.

 

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(3) Operation in countries bordering the Contiguous United States may be required. Pilots crossing international borders shall possess a valid passport and pilot certificates must meet ICAO requirements.

 

(b) Pilot Approvals and Qualifications and Background Investigation

 

(1) Interagency Pilot Inspectors will verify that Contractor pilots meet the experience and qualification requirements under this contract.

 

(2) Each PIC shall, at the discretion of the Government, pass an agency flight evaluation conducted in accordance with the Interagency Helicopter Practical Test Standards (http://amd.nbc.gov/library/handbooks.htm) and per the contract specifications. The flight check will be in an aircraft supplied by the Contractor at no expense to the Government. The satisfactory completion of the evaluation flight will not substitute for any of the total flight hour requirements listed in this clause.

 

(3) Pilots shall complete appropriate portions of the Helicopter Pilot Qualifications and Approval Record (Form FS-5700-20a) prior to helicopter pilot inspector evaluation. FS 5700.20a can be found at http://www.nifc.gov/aviation/helicopters/FS 5700 20a.xls. When approved, each pilot will be issued an Interagency Helicopter Pilot Qualification Card documenting: Company, make, model and series of aircraft approved to operate and the missions each pilot is approved to perform. Pilot cards are contractor specific and are non-transferable. The Regional Helicopter Inspector Pilot, with the concurrence of the National Helicopter Standardization Pilot and the National Helicopter Program Manager, will be the final authority in determining the number of aircraft and/or vendors for which the pilot will be carded. Generally the maximum number of aircraft that a pilot can be carded for will be three (3).

 

(4) Upon award the successful bidder will furnish and immediately submit a completed electronic Standard Form (SF) 85P and supporting documents to HSPD-12 Program Specialist, of the U.S. Forest Service for all pilots operating under this contract. The following information will be required for each pilot to be reviewed:

 

a. Complete name (first, middle, last)

b. Date of birth

c. Place of birth

d. Social Security number

e. Working contact phone number.

f. Contractor email address will be provided

 

Applicants shall provide the required information to the HSPD-12 Program Specialist by fax to (866) 377-7004 or the HSPD-12 Program Specialist can be reached at 505-343-5545 for alternate means of delivering the required information. Once the information is received, the applicant will be sent the information needed to access the secure on-line database system so they can complete their SF-85P electronically. Two sets of fingerprints on SF Form 87 must be provided. When completing the Electronic Questionnaire, the final three signature pages along with the fingerprint charts must be FEDEX’ed to the HSPD-12 staff at HSPD-12, 3900 Masthead NE – Annex, Albuquerque, NM 87109.

 

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A paper version of the SF-85P will not be accepted. Applicants can obtain information about the new investigation process at http://www.usda.gov/da/pdsd/. Costs incurred for background investigations will be recovered by the government for all pilots investigated by issuance of a Bill for Collection.

 

Contract Pilots will be permitted to operate aircraft under the initial contract period while the initial background investigation is being conducted. Contractor Pilots must receive a favorably adjudicated Minimum Background Investigations (MBI) in order to continue operating under this contract. If a pilot fails to meet this requirement that pilot shall be removed from the contract and shall be replaced.

 

(c) Pilot Requirements - General

 

(1) Commercial or Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate with appropriate rating (Rotorcraft-Helicopter) and a valid Class I or Class II FAA Medical Certificate.

 

(2) Written evidence for make and model to be flown or 14 CFR 135 Airman Competency Proficiency Check (as applicable FAA Form 8410-3 or equivalent).

 

(3) Written evidence of an Equipment Check Endorsement for Restricted Category helicopters by the Chief Pilot (as applicable).

 

(4) Written evidence of qualification to transport external loads.

 

(5) Notwithstanding, 14 CFR 61.58(b), “Recent Flight Experience” helicopter PICs shall meet requirements of 14 CFR 61.58(a).

 

(6) Proof of compliance with 14 CFR Part 61.57 (a) (1) (i) and (ii)

 

(7) Proof of qualifications to meet 14 CFR 137

 

(8) At the CO’s discretion, each pilot shall pass an agency flight evaluation in make, model, and series -conducted over typical terrain.

 

(9) The contractor shall ensure that a pilot who is presented for initial carding meets all requirements as outlined in paragraph C-12 D Pilot Requirements-Experience after award. The contractor shall verify all pilot hours submitted on form FS-5700-20a as determined from a certified pilot log or permanent record to ensure accuracy. Additionally, for pilots seeking initial approval, the contractor shall identify previous employers and submit the information on form FS 5700-20b (form pending) found in Exhibit 18. The information submitted is subject to verification by an Interagency Pilot Inspector.

 

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(10) Pilots may function as mechanics providing:

 

a.          The pilot meets all the Mechanic Qualifications of this Contract.

b.         Pilot duty limitations will apply to the pilot when functioning as a mechanic.

c.          When pilots act as a mechanic, mechanic duties in excess of 2-hours will apply as flight hours on a one-to-one basis toward flight hour limitations.

d.         A mechanic, other than the pilot, shall perform 50-hour, 100-hour, or progressive inspections.

e.          if approved by the Contractor’s Operations Specifications, and in accordance with 14 CFR 43.3(h), 43.5 and 43.7, pilots may perform preventive maintenance on the aircraft.

 

(d) Pilot Requirements – Experience

 

Pilots shall have accumulated as pilot-in-command (PIC) the minimum flight hours listed below. Flight hours shall be determined from a certified pilot log. Further verification of flight hours may be required at the discretion of the CO.

 

All Helicopters Minimum Experience Flying Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Time

 

1,500

 

 

 

 

 

Pilot–in-command hours:

 

 

 

Total Pilot-in Command (Helicopter)

 

1,500

 

Helicopter, Preceding 12 months

 

100

**

Weight Class

 

100

 

Make and Model

 

50

*

Make, Model, Series, Last 12-Months

 

10

 

Turbine Helicopter Operations

 

100

 

 


*Flight hour requirements may be reduced by 50% if the pilot submits evidence of satisfactory completion of the manufacture’s approved pilot ground and flight procedures training in the applicable make and model.

 

**The contractor may request that this pilot flight hour requirement be waived for a pilot under special circumstances, however the waiver may or may not be granted. The contractor should contact the Contracting Officer in advance of this need for additional information on this process. No other pilot qualification exceptions will be considered by the Government.

 

Additional Special Mission Requirements:

 

Contract Pilot-in-Command – (as related to the applicable Special Mission approval): Minimum Experience Flying Hours:

 

Mountain Flying (see 1)

 

200

 

Mountain Flying Experience – Make and Model

 

10

 

Vertical Reference (VTR) Experience

 

10

*

Annual VTR Recurrency Training

 

2

*

 

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*Mandatory for Type I, II & III Exclusive Use and Type I & II CWN Pilots. Optional for CWN Type III Pilots

 

1              Mountain Flying - Helicopter Pilot: 200 hours experience operating helicopters in mountainous terrain identified in 14 CFR 95 Subpart B-Designated Mountainous Area. Operating includes maneuvering and numerous takeoffs and landings to pinnacles, ridgeliries and confined areas.

 

(e) Pilot - Equipment Proficiency

 

Pilots shall be required to demonstrate proficiency with all mission equipment.

 

(f) Pilot - Vertical Reference Proficiency

 

(1) Pilots may be required to demonstrate this capability during an agency evaluation. (Exhibit 10, Interagency Guidelines for Vertical Reference/External Load Training Standards)

 

(2) Vertical reference qualified pilots shall maintain proficiency in vertical reference or external load operations. When active under Contract for a period of 30-consecutive days and no vertical reference activity occurs, the pilot will be provided a 1-hour proficiency flight at Government expense. This will include snorkel operations on tanked aircraft.

 

(3) The Contractor may be considered unavailable for failure to maintain vertical reference proficiency.

 

(g) Second in Command (SIC) Requirements (if applicable)

 

Second-In-Command shall meet requirements of operator’s certificate. The requirements for the second pilot shall be a commercial pilot certificate with rotorcraft category, helicopter class rating, have a minimum of 500 hours in helicopters and at a minimum a valid second class medical certificate. They are not issued a Helicopter Pilot Qualification card.

 

(h) Mechanic Qualifications

 

(1) The mechanic shall have a valid FAA mechanic certificate with airframe and power plant ratings, and shall have held the certificate or foreign equivalent with both ratings for a period of 24-months. The mechanic shall have been actively engaged in helicopter maintenance as a certificated mechanic for at least 18-months out of the last 24-months.

 

(2) The mechanic shall have 12-months experience as an Airframe & Power Plant (A&P) mechanic or foreign equivalent in maintaining helicopters. Three months experience shall have been in the last 2 years.

 

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(3) The mechanic shall show evidence of maintaining a helicopter of the same make and model as offered within the previous 10 years and under “field” conditions for at least 1- full season. Three months experience maintaining a helicopter away from the operator’s Principle Base of Operations, and while under minimal supervision, will meet this requirement. Operator may provide an additional A&P mechanic for field experience training. The additional A&P mechanic is not required to be carded.

 

(4) Mechanics shall have satisfactorily completed a manufacturer’s maintenance course or an equivalent Forest Service or DOI-approved Contractor’s training program for the make and model of helicopter offered, or show evidence the mechanic has 12-months maintenance experience on a helicopter of the same make and model offered.

 

(5) All mechanic qualifications shall be documented on the Aircraft Mechanic (Helicopter) Qualifications Form signed by the mechanic offered. A company representative, other than the mechanic in question, shall certify by signing the Aircraft Mechanic (Helicopter) Qualifications Form that each mechanic offered under this contract has met the minimum certification, training, and experience qualifications of this section. The Aircraft Mechanic (Helicopter) Qualifications Form can be found in Exhibit 20 of the contract.

 

(6) When requested by the Government, each Mechanic shall furnish a valid Interagency Mechanic Qualification card for review. The card shall be issued by the designated Interagency Maintenance Inspector for the duration of the Contract, including any optional periods. Should the mechanic leave the employment of the Contractor, the mechanic shall surrender the card to the Contractor upon termination of employment.

 

(i) Availability of Mechanics

 

(1) A mechanic (other than the pilot) shall maintain the helicopter in accordance with the Contractor’s FAA approved Maintenance Program.

 

(2) When the mechanic serves as the fuel servicing vehicle driver, the more stringent of the duty limitations apply.

 

(j) Fuel Servicing Vehicle Driver Qualifications

 

(1) The Contractor shall furnish a fuel servicing vehicle driver (FSVD) for each day the helicopter is available. The driver shall meet all DOT requirements.

 

(2) Driver(s) shall be experienced in proper fueling procedures and be familiar with the safety equipment installed on the fuel servicing vehicle.

 

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C-13       CONDUCT AND REPLACEMENT OF PERSONNEL

 

(a) Performance of Contract services may involve work and/or residence on Federal property (i.e., National Forests and National Parks; etc.). Contractor employees shall follow the rules of conduct established by the manager of such facilities that apply to all Government or non-Government personnel working or residing on such facilities. The Contractor may be required to replace employees who are found to be in noncompliance with Government facility rules of conduct.

 

(b) Personnel, who perform ineffectively, refuse to cooperate in the fulfillment of the Contract objectives, are unable or unwilling to adapt to field living conditions, or whose general performance is unsatisfactory or otherwise disruptive may be required to be replaced.

 

(c) The CO shall notify the Contractor of specifics of the unsatisfactory conduct and/or performance by the Contractor’s personnel. The determination of unacceptability is at the sole discretion of the CO. When directed by the CO, the Contractor shall replace unacceptable personnel.

 

C-14                     SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION OF PERSONNEL

 

(a) The CO may suspend a contractor pilot, mechanic, or fuel servicing vehicle driver who fails to follow safe operating practices, does ineffective work, or exhibits conduct detrimental to the purpose for which contracted, or is under suspension or revocation by another government agency.

 

(b) Upon involvement in an Aircraft Accident or NTSB Reportable Incident (see 49 CFR Part 830), a pilot operating under this contract shall be suspended from performing pilot duties under this contract and any other activity authorized under the interagency pilot qualification card(s) issued to the pilot pending the investigation outcome.

 

(c) Upon involvement in an Incident-with-Potential as defined under mishaps, a pilot operating Under this contract may be suspended from performing pilot duties under this contract and any other activity authorized under the interagency pilot qualification card(s) issued to the pilot pending the incident investigation outcome.

 

(d) When a pilot/mechanic is suspended, and when requested, the interagency pilot/mechanic qualification card(s) shall be surrendered to the CO. Suspension will continue for up to 90 days or until:

 

(1) The investigation findings and decision indicate no further suspension is required and the interagency pilot/mechanic qualification card(s) is returned to the pilot/mechanic; or

 

(2) Revocation action to cancel the interagency pilot/mechanic authorization(s) is taken by the issuing agency in accordance with agency procedures.

 

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C-15       SUBSTITUTION OR REPLACEMENT OF PERSONNEL, HELICOPTER, AND EQUIPMENT

 

(a) After award and inspection of initial helicopter the contractor may, at the option of the Government, propose a substitute or replacement helicopter or equipment equal to or greater than contract awarded performance after receipt of contract modification by the Contracting Officer. A contract modification shall only be provided after the contractor has submitted documentation for the substitution helicopter equal to the information originally submitted for the awarded helicopter (see E-2, Part II Subpart 1). Once approval of the helicopter has been received by the contractor, contractor must contact the appropriate National or Regional Aviation Maintenance Inspector (AMI) for inspection and carding of the helicopter. Reinspection provisions will apply.

 

(b) Request for substitution shall be made at least 15 (fifteen) days prior to the proposed exchange, except for unforeseen conditions. Aircraft substitutions shall be limited to a maximum of two (2) per calendar year.

 

(c) When pilots are exchanged or replaced, training and familiarization costs, including any required flight time up to 3 (three) hours, shall be accomplished at the Contractor’s expense. The Contracting Officer will determine the necessary amount of flight time up to 3 hours. This is not intended to affect cross shifting of Pilots that are familiar with the operating area or to affect approved relief pilots.

 

C-16       FLIGHT HOUR AND DUTY LIMITATIONS

 

(a) All flight time, regardless of how or where performed, except personal pleasure flying, will be reported by each flight crewmember and used to administer flight hour and duty time limitations. Flight time to and from the Host Base as a flight crewmember (commuting) will be reported and counted toward limitations if it is flown on a duty day. Flight time includes, but is not limited to: military flight time; charter; flight instruction; 14 CFR 61.56 flight review; flight examinations by FAA designees; any flight time for which a flight crewmember is compensated; or any other flight time of a commercial nature whether compensated or not.

 

(b) Various work schedules are acceptable as per Section B. The compliment of contract personnel shall be on the same work schedule however days off may be staggered. (Examples of work schedules are 12 on and 2 off, 12 on and 12 off)

 

(c) For each day, duty time will be computed based on the time zone in which the duty day starts.

 

(d) Pilots/Relief Pilots

 

(1) Pilot flight hour computations shall begin at liftoff and end at touchdown and will be computed from the flight hour meter installed in the aircraft. All flight hours shall fall within duty hour limitations.

 

(2) Flight time shall not exceed a total of 8-hours per day. See #7 below for exceptions.

 

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(3) Pilots accumulating 36 or more flight hours in any 6-consecutive duty-days shall be off duty the next day. Flight time shall not exceed a total of 42-hours in any 6-consecutive days. For the purpose of this clause, after any 1-full off-duty day, pilots begin a new 6-consecutive day duty-period, provided during any 14-consecutive day period, each pilot shall have two full days off-duty. Days off need not be consecutive.

 

(4) Assigned duty of any kind shall not exceed 14-hours in any 24-hour period. Within any 24-hour period, pilots shall have a minimum of 10-consecutive hours off duty immediately prior to the beginning of any duty-day. Local travel up to a maximum of 30-minutes each way between the work site and place of lodging will not be considered duty time. When one-way travel exceeds 30 minutes, the total travel time shall be considered as part of the duty day.

 

Note: The above travel time in excess of 30 minutes is considered duty time but is not compensable under standby or extended standby.

 

(5) Duty includes flight time, ground duty of any kind, and standby or alert status at any location.

 

(6) During times of prolonged heavy fire activity, the Government may issue a notice reducing the pilot duty-day/flight time and/or increasing off-duty days on a geographical or agency-wide basis.

 

(7) Flights point-to-point (airport to airport, heliport to heliport, etc.) with a pilot and co-pilot shall be limited to 10-flight hours per day. (A helicopter that departs “Airport A,” flies reconnaissance on a fire, and then flies to “Airport B,” is not point-to-point).

 

(8) Pilots may be relieved from duty for fatigue or other causes created by unusually strenuous or severe duty before reaching duty limitations.

 

(9) When pilots act as a mechanic, mechanic duties in excess of 2-hours will apply as flight hours on a one-to-one basis toward flight hour limitations.

 

(10) Relief, additional, or substitute pilots reporting for duty under this Contract shall furnish a record of all duty and all flight hours during the previous 14-days to the helicopter manager upon arrival.

 

(e) Mechanics

 

(1) Within any 24-hour period, personnel shall have a minimum of 8 consecutive hours off duty immediately prior to the beginning of any duty day. Local travel up to a maximum of 30 minutes each way between the work site and place of lodging will not be considered duty time. When one-way travel exceeds 30 minutes, the total travel time shall be considered as part of the duty day. Note: The above travel time in excess of 30 minutes is considered duty time but is not compensable under standby or extended standby.

 

(2) Mechanics will have a minimum of 2 full calendar days off duty during any 14 day period. Days need not be consecutive.

 

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(3) Duty includes standby, work, or alert status at any location.

 

(4) Mechanics may be removed from duty for fatigue or other causes created by unusually strenuous or severe duty before reaching duty limitations.

 

(5) The mechanic shall be responsible to keep the Government apprised of their ground duty limitation status.

 

(6) When the mechanic serves as the fuel servicing vehicle driver, the more stringent of the duty limitations apply.

 

(f) Fuel Servicing Vehicle Drivers

 

(1) It is the Contractors’ responsibility to ensure that employees comply with DOT Safety Regulation 49 CFR Part 390-399, including duty limitations.

 

(2) Fuel servicing vehicle drivers may be removed from duty for fatigue or other causes created by unusually strenuous or severe duty before reaching duty limitations.

 

(3) The fuel servicing vehicle driver will be responsible to keep the Government apprised of their ground duty limitation status.

 

(4) Notwithstanding DOT Safety Regulation 49 CFR Part 390-399, the fuel servicing vehicle driver shall have a minimum of two (2) full calendar days off duty during any 14-day period. Off duty days need not be consecutive.

 

C-17       ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY

 

(a) The Contractor shall furnish a copy of all reports required to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the Federal Aviation Regulations that relate to Pilot and maintenance personnel performance, aircraft airworthiness or operations. Examples of these reports are paragraphs 14 CFR part 135.415 Mechanical Reliability Reports and Part 135.417 Mechanical Interruption Summary Reports required of the FAR, 49 CFR Part 830, and FAA Form 8010-4, Malfunction or Defect Report.

 

(b) Following the occurrence of a mishap, the Contracting Officer will evaluate whether noncompliance or violation of provisions of the contract, the Federal Aviation Regulations applicable to the Contractor’s operations, company policy, procedures, practices, programs, and/or negligence on the part of the company officers or employees may have caused or contributed to the mishap. The occurrence of the mishap may constitute default in the performance of the contract. A finding of default under the above cited conditions shall entitle the Government to exercise the right to terminate the contract for cause as provided in the “Contract Terms and Conditions” as stated herein.

 

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(c) The Contractor shall keep and maintain programs necessary to assure safety of ground and flight operations. The development and maintenance of these programs are a material part of the performance of the contract. (See Clause E7 Synopsis of Safety Program) When, in the sole judgment of the Contracting Officer, the safety programs do not adequately promote the safety of operations, the Government may terminate the contract for cause (Acquisition Regulation Clause 52.212-4) as provided in the “Contract Terms and Conditions”. Examples of such programs are but not limited to: 1) Personnel Activities, 2) Maintenance, 3) Safety and 4) Compliance with Regulations.

 

(d) The Contractor shall fully cooperate with the Contracting Officer in the fulfillment of this clause. The Contracting Officer may suspend performance of this contract work, during the evaluation period used to determine cause as stated above.

 

C-18       MISHAPS

 

(a) Reporting

 

The Contractor shall, by the most expeditious means available, notify the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the FS or DOI when an “Aircraft Accident” or NTSB reportable

 

“Incident” occurs within any company operations, whether under the Contract or not. Also, the FS or DOI shall immediately be notified when an “Incident-with-Potential” occurs.

 

(b) Forms Submission

 

(1) Following an “Aircraft Accident” or when requested by the NTSB following the notification of a reportable “incident,” the Contractor shall provide the FS or DOI with the information necessary to complete a NTSB Form 6120.1/2.

 

(2) The NTSB Form 6120.1/2 does not replace the Contractor’s responsibility, within 5-days of an event, to submit to the FS or DOI a “SAFECOM” to report any condition, observance, act, maintenance problem, or circumstance that has potential to cause an aviation-related mishap.

 

(3) Blank SAFECOMS and assistance in submitting SAFECOMS can be obtained from the FS or DOI. SAFECOMS may be submitted electronically at www.safecom.gov.

 

(c) Wreckage Preservation

 

(1) The Contractor shall not permit removal or alteration of the aircraft, aircraft equipment, or records following an “Aircraft Accident”, “Incident”, or “Incident-with Potential” which results in any damage to the aircraft or injury to personnel until authorized to do so by the CO. Exceptions are when threat-to-life or property exists; the aircraft is blocking an airport runway, etc. The CO shall be immediately notified when such actions take place.

 

(2) The NTSB’s release of the wreckage does not constitute a release by the CO, who shall maintain control of the wreckage and related equipment until all investigations are complete.

 

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(d) Investigation

 

The Contractor shall maintain an accurate record of all aircraft accidents, incidents, aviation hazards and injuries to Contractor or Government personnel arising in the course of performance under this Contract. Further, the Contractor fully agrees to cooperate with the FS or DOI during an investigation and make available personnel, personnel records, aircraft records, and any equipment, damaged or undamaged, deemed necessary by the FS or DOI. Following a mishap, the Contractor shall ensure that personnel (pilot, mechanics, etc) associated with the aircraft shall be readily available to the mishap investigation team.

 

(e) Related Costs

 

The NTSB, FS or DOI shall determine their individual agency investigation cost responsibility. The Contractor will be fully responsible for any cost associated with the reassembly, approval for return-to-Contract availability, and return transportation of any items disassembled by the FS or DOI.

 

(f) Search, Rescue, and Salvage

 

The cost of search, rescue and salvage operations made necessary due to causes other than negligent acts of a Government employee shall be the responsibility of the Contractor.

 

C-19       PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

 

(a) General Operations

 

The following personal protective equipment shall be furnished by the Contractor, be operable and maintained in serviceable condition as per appropriate manufacturer’s specifications.

 

(b) Helmets

 

(1) Contractor personnel shall wear a flight helmet consisting of a one-piece hard shell made of polycarbonate, Kevlar, carbon fiber, or fiberglass that must cover the top, sides (including the temple area and to below the ears), and the rear of the head. The helmet shall be equipped with a chinstrap and shall be appropriately adjusted for proper fit. The helmet shall be worn with the chinstrap fastened.

 

(2) Flight helmets currently approved for helicopters are the: SPH-5, HGU-84P, SPH-4B, the HGU-56P manufactured by Gentex, the Alpha 200, Alpha 400 and Alpha Eagle (900) manufactured by Interactive Safety Products and the MSA Gallet LH050 (single inner visor), LH150 (single outer visor) and the LH250 (dual visor-one inner and one outer).

 

(3) Helmets designed for use in fixed wing aircraft do not provide adequate protection for helicopter occupants and are not approved for helicopter use.

 

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(c) Clothing

 

(1) Contractor personnel while flying shall wear long-sleeved shirt and trousers (or long-sleeved flight suit) made of fire-resistant polyamide or aramid material, leather boots and leather, polyamide, or aramid gloves. A shirt with long-sleeves overlapping gloves, and long-pants overlapping boots by at least 2-inches, shall be worn by the pilot(s). Personnel shall not wear clothing made of non fire-resistant synthetic material under the fire-resistant clothing described herein.

 

(2) Nomex® or other material proven to meet or exceed specifications contained in MIL-C-83429A may be worn. Currently, the following “other” materials meet this specification:

 

(i) FRT Cotton Denim Cloth, MIL-C-24915

 

(ii) FRT Cotton Chambray Cloth, MIL-C-24916

 

(3) Clothing not containing labels identifying the material either by Brand Name or MIL-Spec will not be acceptable.

 

(d) Ground Operations

 

(1) While within the safety circle of a helicopter with engine(s) running and/or rotor(s) turning, all Contractor personnel shall wear the following PPE:

 

(i) Shirt with long-sleeves overlapping gloves, long-pants, hardhat/flight helmet with Chinstrap, boots, hearing and eye protection.

 

(ii) Maintenance personnel (mechanics only) working on engine(s) running and/or rotor(s) turning on aircraft are exempt from gloves, eye protection (eye protection may be worn at the option of maintenance personnel or company policy), long sleeves, and hardhat requirements.

 

(2) During all fueling operations, fuel-servicing personnel shall wear a long-sleeved shirt, long trousers, boots, and gloves. The shirt and pants must be made of 100% cotton or other natural fiber, or be labeled as non-static.

 

(e) Personal Flotation Devices

 

(1) A personal flotation device (PFD) required by 14 CFR 91 shall be worn by each individual on board the helicopter when conducting operations beyond power-off gliding distance to shore, and during all hovering flight operations conducted over water sources such as ponds, streams, lakes, and coastal waters.

 

(2) Automatic inflation (water activated) personal flotation devices shall not be allowed.

 

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C-20       INSPECTION AND ACCEPTANCE

 

In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation Clause 52.212-4 (a), the following is added:

 

Note: Official Government logos such as the USFS shield and or reference to “Official U.S. Government Fire Fighting Vehicle” will not be permitted on contractor equipment.

 

Pre-Use Inspection of Equipment and Personnel

 

(a) After award of the contract and any renewal thereof, an inspection of the contractor’s equipment and personnel will be made. Inspections may be scheduled,by mutual agreement between the Contracting Officer and the Contractor. The inspection will take place at the host base or other location as approved by the Contracting Officer.

 

(b) The helicopter, pilot, relief pilot, mechanic, fuel vehicle driver, and fuel servicing vehicle will be made available for inspection as scheduled by the CO.

 

(c) At the scheduled inspection, the contractor shall provide a complete listing of all FAA ADs and Manufacturer’s Mandatory Service Bulletins (MSBs) applicable to the make, model, and series of aircraft being offered. Documentation of compliance to each AD and MSB will include date and method of compliance, date of recurring compliance, and an authorized signature and certificate number will be recorded. The list shall be similar to that shown in AC 43-9, as amended.

 

(d) All components or items installed in the offered aircraft that are subject to specified time basis or schedule (time/calendar life) for inspection, overhaul, or replacement shall be listed and made available to the Government at time of inspection. The list shall include component name, serial number, service life or inspection/overhaul time, total time since major inspection, overhaul, or replacement and hours/cycles calendar time remaining before required inspection, overhaul, or replacement. The list shall be similar to that shown in AC 43-9, as amended.

 

(e) The Contractor may be required to furnish a copy of the procedures manual and revisions as required by 14 CFR 135 (as applicable).

 

(f) Each fuel servicing driver wine expected to demonstrate knowledge of correct fueling procedures, and fueling and safety equipment installed on the fuel-servicing vehicle.

 

Contractor shall have equipment and personnel to change the filter on the fuel service vehicle as required.

 

(g) The fuel service vehicle approval is only an indication that the vehicle meets the additional equipment requirements of this Contract, and in no way indicates that the vehicle meets any requirement of 49 CFR.

 

(h) Contractors shall ensure all documentation submitted for pilot approvals has been verified for accuracy and completeness. Pilot evaluations or approvals will not be administered/issued until all required documentation is complete. The documentation referenced in C-20 i (2) shall be submitted annually for each pilot needing interagency approval (note; the CO may require additional information and documentation)

 

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(i) The items described below shall be made available at the pre-use, or renewal inspection:

 

(1) Certificates/Contract

 

(i) Copy of 14 CFR 133

 

(ii) Copy of 14 CFR 135 (if applicable)

 

(iii) Copy of 14 CFR 137

 

(iv) Complete copy of awarded Contract; including modifications, with each aircraft

 

(v)Safety Management System (SMS) Manual in its entirety

 

(2) Pilots

 

(i) Completed “Pilots qualifications and Approval Record”.

(USFS Form FS-5700-20a Or AMD Form 64B)

 

(ii) Completed “Flight Hour Requirements & Experience Verification form.” (See Exhibit 18)

(This form required only for pilots seeking their initial (first time) interagency approval)

 

(iii) Signed and dated signature page from the “Operations and Safety Procedures Guide for Helicopter Pilots”.

 

(iv) Copy of FAA Pilot Certificate. (Both front and back may be needed to obtain all of the required information)

 

(v) Copy of current Medical Certificate.

 

(vi) Copy of current FAR 135 Airman Competency / Proficiency Check. “FAA form 8410-3” for each standard category make and model helicopter the pilot seeks approval in. (Required if operating aircraft listed on the operators 135 Certificate)

 

OR

(vii) Copy of current Flight Review.

 

(Required if pilot does not have a valid FAA Flight Review within the last 24 months)

 

“AND”

 

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Copy of current (within the last 12 calendar months) Equipment Check Endorsement (or comparable document (E.G.CFR 14, part 61.58 Pilot Proficiency Check)) for each Limited Use or Restricted Category make and model helicopter the pilot seeks approval in. (Required if operating aircraft not listed on the operators 135 Certificate)

 

(viii) Copy of FAR 133 endorsement.

 

(ix) Copy of FAR 137 endorsement.

 

(x) It is the company’s responsibility to submit verification of pilot security background checks for all pilots working under exclusive use contracts only to the National Helicopter Program Manager. At time of evaluation, should have a copy of submission for proof.

 

(xi) Completed Load Calculation form for each helicopter make/model in which the pilot is seeking approval. Included with the Load Calculation will be notations indicating what chart(s) are used. (I.e. page and illustration or chart number)

 

(xii) Completed “Vertical Reference Flight Training Endorsement” (required for long-line operations and snorkel operations conducted in helicopters not equipped with mirrors for external load operations)

 

Copy of the front and back of the pilots most recently issued Interagency Helicopter Qualification Card. (If card cannot be produced it may be necessary to demonstrate proficiency for all Special Use operations required under the contract.)

 

Completed “Pilots Qualifications and Approval Record”. (USFS Form FS-5700-20a Or AMD Form 64B)

 

(xiii) Prior to receiving an interagency “Pilot Qualification Card”, all helicopters pilots are required to complete the on-line training modules for helicopter fire operations at least every 36 months. These modules are listed on the Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) website at https://www.iat.gov/ and include Helicopter Pilot Training – Firefighting (Modules H-1, 2, & 3) and Aviation Transport of Hazardous Materials (A-110), and Grand Canyon Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). Pilots must sign up, create a profile and after completion of the modules print a copy of the certificates. A copy of the certificate must be presented to the Helicopter Inspector Pilot before an Interagency Helicopter Pilot Qualification card will be issued.

 

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(xiv) Equipment Check Endorsement

An Equipment Check Endorsement shall include, at a minimum, documentation of the following training;

 

(A) Operations Training;                             1.0 hour Minimum

Company policies & procedures, Operations Specifications, HazMat, contract requirements, etc.

 

(B) Aircraft Ground Training;                     2.0 hour Minimum

Aircraft systems, aircraft maintenance practices, radio programming, GPS programming, etc.

 

(C) Aircraft Flight Training;                       1.0 hour Minimum

Aircraft familiarization, normal procedures, emergency procedures, in flight programming of radios and GPS, etc. (note; this training shall be in addition to any contractually required special mission training, i.e., long-line training, etc.)

 

(xv) Pilot Proficiency Evaluation

Pilots will be evaluated in accordance with the Interagency Helicopter Practical Test Standards. The most recent guide can be found at http://amd.nbc.gov/dts/tsdocs/IHPTS6-00.pdf

 

(3) Equipment

 

(i) Appropriate equipment installed, or available to be installed, on the aircraft for the flight evaluation; i.e. dual controls, communications and navigation equipment and buckets.

 

(ii) Longline(s) of at least 150 feet and a suitable weight shall be available.

 

(iii) Aircraft maintenance records

 

(iv) Fuel servicing vehicle available

 

(4) Mechanic(s)

 

(i) A&P Mechanic available

 

(ii) Completed A&P Qualifications and Approval Record Form with applicable qualifying mechanic’s records.

 

C-21       PRE-USE INSPECTION EXPENSES

 

(a) All operating expenses incidental to the inspection shall be borne by the Contractor.

 

(b) Pilot evaluation flights may require up to 2-hours of flight time for each pilot as deemed necessary by the CO. All evaluation flights shall be performed in a helicopter of like make and model furnished for the contract. (Exhibit 11, Helicopter Make/Model/Series Lists)

 

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(c) The Contractor shall ensure that a set of fully operational dual flight controls are installed in the aircraft during all pilot evaluation flights.

 

(d) The Contractor will not be charged for the costs incurred by the Government on the initial pre-use inspection.

 

C-22       RE-INSPECTION EXPENSES

 

When re-inspection is necessary because Contractor equipment and/or personnel did not satisfy the initial inspection, or when inspecting substitute personnel and/or equipment subsequent to the initial pre-use inspection, the Contractor may be charged the actual costs incurred by the government in performing the re-inspection. Re-inspections will be performed at a time and location mutually agreed to by the Contractor and CO.

 

C-23       INSPECTIONS DURING USE

 

(a) At any time during the contract period the CO may require, but is not limited to inspections/weighing/tests as deemed necessary to determine that the Contractor’s equipment and/or personnel currently meet specifications. Government costs incurred during these inspections will not be charged to the Contractor.

 

(b) Should the inspection reveal deficiencies that require corrective action and subsequent re-inspection, the actual costs incurred by the Government may be charged to the Contractor.

 

(c) When the helicopter becomes unavailable due to mechanical breakdown, the Government reserves the right to inspect the aircraft after the Contractor’s mechanic has approved the aircraft for return to service. For items covered under 14 CFR 135.415, the Contractor shall furnish the CO with a completed copy of FAA Form 8010-4, Malfunction or Defect Report, or a Helicopter Association International (HAI) Maintenance Malfunction/Information Reporting Form 9 (as applicable).

 

C-24       CONTRACT PERIOD AND RENEWAL OPTION

 

The contract period (base year) shall extend from date of the award through April 30, 2013. However, at the option of the Government, the contract may be renewed for an additional 1 year option period, not to exceed three (3) option periods provided that the CO serves notice of intent to renew at least 60-days prior to contract expiration. The renewal will be with the same terms and conditions. Availability shall be offered for base year and each optional renewal period (See Section B, Schedule of items); however, the non fuel portion of the Government established flight rate will be subject to the provisions of Section D, Economic Price Adjustment Clause.

 

C-25       MANDATORY AVAILABILITY PERIOD (MAP) INCLUDING EXTENDED AND OPTIONAL USE

 

(a) MAP will begin on the date stipulated in the Schedule of Items unless:

 

(1) The Government fails to award the contract at least 10 days prior to the established start date

 

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OR

 

(2) By mutual consent, a new starting date is established. When a new starting date is established, the number of net days in the availability period will remain the same.

 

(b) Extended Use. The MAP may be extended on a day-to-day basis either prior to the starting date or subsequent to the ending date set forth in the Schedule of Items provided that no break in service occurs and that such extension is agreed to by both parties in writing prior to extension and that all terms, conditions, and specifications contained in this contract apply;

 

(c) During the MAP and any extensions thereof, availability is required 14 hours each day beginning at start of morning civil twilight unless otherwise specified by the Contracting Officer. Contracts requiring night capability require 24-hours per day availability.

 

(d) Pre/Post MAP. When a break in service occurs, outside of the MAP or extended use, the aircraft may be hired under the optional use period clause. (Payment will be in accordance with C-32, Payment for Service in the Optional Use Period.) Availability begins when the aircraft departs from point of hire.

 

C-26       DAILY AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

(a) Equipment. The helicopter and related equipment will be available 14 hours per day and will not be removed from the host base or assigned work location without the approval of the Contracting Officer.

 

(b)Inclement weather conditions: The Pilot in Command (PIC) is the final authority for the safety and security of the helicopter. When inclement weather may be a concern, both Pilot and Helicopter Manager/COR must develop a contingency plan to identify potential relocation destination (s) that will afford the best protection for the helicopter. Once agreed upon by both manager and pilot, the request to re-position or release the helicopter must be approved by aviation management staff (example: FAO, AOBD, UAO, UAM).

 

(c) Personnel. Personnel will be in one of the following categories of availability:

 

(1) Standby: Personnel will be on standby status each day. The beginning of the Standby period will be set by the CO and may be adjusted from day-to-day. Once Standby begins, the standby period will continue for 9 consecutive hours regardless of the payment status of the helicopter. During the Standby period, with the exception of the first 30 minute period to accommodate preflight, the personnel/helicopter shall be able to respond to a dispatch within 15-minutes unless an alternate response time is established by the CO.

 

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(2) Extended Standby (that period over 9 hours per day per authorized crew member) is not intended to compensate the contractor on a one-to one basis for all hours necessary to service and maintain the helicopter, nor is it paid while crew is traveling to and from place of lodging. Extended standby must be specifically ORDERED and documented on the Flight Use Invoice by the Government and only in unusual circumstances will the Government compensate the Contractor for extended standby when helicopter is not also available for immediate dispatch. Extended Standby is not applicable to double-flight crews. Extended Standby applies only to the awarded number of compensable personnel provided with each helicopter.

 

(3) Authorized Break. During the standby period, requirements may be modified by the CO to allow Contractor’s personnel time off away from the assigned work location or to conduct routine maintenance. No deduction of availability will be made for such authorized breaks except when Contractor personnel fail to return to Standby upon request. The Contractor will provide the CO with information on how to contact Contractor personnel. Personnel will be allowed 1-hour to return to standby status after the contact attempt is made. Failure to return to work within 1-hour will result in loss of availability.

 

(4) Release-from-Duty. The Contractor’s personnel may be released and be considered off duty prior to completion of their individual crew duty limitation period. Once released, the Contractor personnel are not required to return to Standby status the same day. Service shall be recorded as fully available provided the CO has approved release of the Contractor’s personnel in advance.

 

(5) Additional maintenance days for scheduled maintenance During the MAP, contractor may, with the approval of the CO, elect to use 2 additional non-paid calendar days for the accomplishment of scheduled maintenance. These 2 days need not be consecutive; however they will each be full calendar days. Contractor shall request approval from the CO at least 48 hours prior to the initiation of the additional scheduled maintenance days. Contractor will not be assessed unavailability for performance purposes (clause C-27 (b)) and will not be paid for the unavailability.

 

C-27       UNAVAILABILITY

 

(a) The Contractor will be considered to be “Unavailable” whenever equipment or personnel are unable to perform or fail to perform the requirements of this Contract. Also the aircraft will be considered unavailable when the pilot, mechanic, or fuel servicing vehicle driver cannot perform because of duty limitations unless a relief crew is provided.

 

Unavailability however, will not be assessed when pilot(s) has reached flight and/or duty limitations while performing under this Contract when the conditions in C.16 Flight and Duty Limitations occur.

 

(b) The Government may exercise its right to terminate for cause if there is unavailability in excess of three (3) full, consecutive calendar days (not to include the two approved scheduled maintenance days) or occurrence of unavailability during ten (10) percent of the total days in the Availability Period

 

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(c) Unavailability status will continue until the deficiency is corrected. It is the Contractor’s responsibility to inform the CO whenever the equipment or personnel become available. Inspection by the Government after a performance failure has occurred will be made as promptly as possible after the Contractor has given notice that the deficiency has been corrected. When Inspection reveals that the failure has been corrected, the Contractor will be considered in “Available” status from the time the Contractor gives notice to the Government that the deficiency has been corrected. The CO retains the right to require aircraft and personnel review and/or check flights at Contractor’s expense.

 

(d) Periods of Unavailability will be accumulated for the day and posted on the Flight Use Invoice as actual clock unavailability.

 

C-28       PAYMENT PROCEDURES

 

(a) All flight time, daily availability and other authorized charges or deductions shall be recorded on a flight use invoice in Aviation Business System (ABS). At the end of eac