Aviation Safety Letter 2/2003

Forest Fire Season Reminder!

Forest fire season is once again upon us, and while it concerns all of us, we had a special request by the Forest Protection Division of the Province of Alberta to raise the awareness of this important safety issue. They have concerns with operators flying both private charters and/or fixed routes on a schedule, training school students, and also the military. We urge all of you to be sensitive to the needs and requirements of those agencies involved in fighting forest fires with aircraft.

Section 601.15 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) provides that no unauthorized person shall operate an aircraft over a forest fire area, or over any area that is located within 5 NM of one, at an altitude of less than 3000 ft. AGL. Refer to the "Take Five" published in ASL 3/99, which can also be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/publications/tp2228-forestfire-3503.htm.

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