helicopter at Bryce Canyon pilots igniting a prescribed wildland fire

Strategic Planning

A strategic plan conveys the vision and direction of a program for the next five to 10 years. The National Park Service will soon be releasing a strategic plan in effect for 2017 through 2021. The strategic plan will identify priorities, strategies and emphasis areas that will ensure a continued safe, efficient, effective, and supportive aviation program. It will serve as a communication tool and framework for managers and users to work together toward common goals affecting the NPS.

Flight Plans

Any flight that takes place in which the National Park Service has operational control, there is an aviation plan in place. Some flights are covered by an individual project aviation safety plan (PASP) and then other flights that commonly take place in a Park are addressed by the Park’s aviation management plan. Some special-use operations, such as an aerial ignition project have standardized PASPs, pre-use checklists, go no-go checklists, etc. Interagency Aerial Ignition Guide.

Aviation Plans are an Essential Part of the Mission Planning Process

Mission planning is required for all flights as identified in Departmental and NPS policy. The Chief of Party, fleet pilot, park aviation manager, dispatcher, or flight manager, may be responsible for compiling the information needed, however the planning process is generally a cooperative effort between all parties involved in the flight.