Special Use Flights
Defined by BLM Alaska as:
- All helicopter flights.
- All reconnaissance work except “High Reconnaissance” is Special Use. An example of High Reconnaissance would be leaving Anchorage in a fixed wing airplane and looking at the effects of the pine beetle on the trees around south central Alaska. Another example would be looking at the encroachment of homes into the Wildland-Urban Interface. These flights would take place above 500 ft. and no specialized equipment or precise maneuvering is required. It would be a onetime flight and considered low risk and not Special Use.
- Precision Reconnaissance even if conducted above 500 ft. is still considered Special Use and may involve specialized equipment. Three sub categories are:
- Resource Reconnaissance
- Fire Reconnaissance
- Air Tactical Group Supervisor duties (Incident/Fire)
Precision Reconnaissance, when conducted above 500 ft. does not require Personal Protective Equipment to be worn by the pilot and passengers. It does require a PASP and Risk Assessment. For one time flights a 9400-1a will suffice.