Initial thoughts on the content of the code are: • Pilot training to the appropriate Unit Standards (or equivalent) for fire behaviour and safety • Pilot competency and a one-off check ride with an E-Category Instructor who is experienced at fire fighting • Personal Protective Equipment • Operational Risk Assessment • CAA certification for operations and maintenance • Equipment requirements including foam operation and pilot controlled variable rate discharge for buckets over 1,000-litre capacity, aircraft fit for purpose • Communications, e.g. radio frequencies • Logistics – what an operator must supply with the helicopter, e.g. fuel for helicopter and pilot • A fatigue management program • Lead pilot responsibilities • Monsoon bucket operations • Compilation of Flight Management Summaries Source: New Zealand Helicopter Association via NZAAA newsletter]]>