U.S. Fish and Wildlife pilot-biologists train for upcoming waterfowl population surveys.
Over 50,000 flight hours a year in helicopter usage are flown by DOI and USFS to perform critical missions such as law enforcement and natural resource surveys. Higher levels of safety training are required to bring crews home safe at the end of each day.
Agencies like the National Park Service provide aviation training to hundreds of employees and volunteers in preparation for search and rescue missions each year.
The Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement implement heightened aviation training and equipment standards for the safety of their personnel who frequently fly over water.
Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are on the rise as new mission opportunities are identified. Meanwhile, the training curriculum is continually improved to stay ahead of the need.
Simulated water ditching helps prepare aircrew members for a real life emergency, when quick thinking and reliance on learned procedures can make the difference in survival.