Air Operations Branch Director – Arizona

Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD)

High Performance Helicopters •

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Position Type:

High Performance Helicopters

Job Description:

The Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD) supervises all air operation activities. The Director is the primary point of contact for HP Helicopters and can make decisions for the Company. The primary focus for this position is direct communications and coordination with the Contractor, assigned Agents and the National Park Aviation Manager. The Director will prepare the daily Air Operations Summary (ICS- 220) for missions scheduling for the next Operational Period after receiving a mission request from the Contractor. The development of the ICS-220 shall be completed by the end of the current shift, so that all parties are aware of what is planned for the next day. The Director supervises air support positions and provides logistical support to aircraft operating on the project. This position also includes the duties of Safety Manager. The Director reports to the President and General Manager. The AOBD works in the Air Operations functional area. This position is for permanent work location with the Grand Canyon job for the next 4-5 years (during this time will also be at the Redlands location during project off time).

Job Requirements:

  • Conduct daily briefings with the helibase that covers the planned operations for the day and any coordination needs. Ensure pilot and aircraft capabilities meet mission objectives.
  • Coordinate with assigned dispatch center regarding ordering and release of aircraft.
  • Evaluate the airspace surrounding the project to identify airspace conflicts or impacts to air operations, such as military operating areas (MOA), military training routes (MTR), special-use airspace (SUA), visual flight rules (VFR) airways, or airports.
  • If necessary, conduct an aerial survey of project operations airspace.
  • If necessary, ensure completion of an aerial hazard map for all assigned aviation resources. Ensure all pilots are briefed on these hazards.
  • Assess organization and adjust structure to meet mission objectives.
  • Participate in preparation of the IAP or other relevant plan. Ensure plan includes known missions/tasks for the operational period, including proficiency training, and/or UAS missions.
  • Prepare and provide Air Operations Summary Worksheet (ICS-220) to Contractor, assigned Agents and the National Park Aviation Manager.
  • Establish procedures for emergency reassignment of aircraft.
  • Coordinate with Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), as needed.
  • Develop Incident Aircraft Mishap Response Plan and coordinate mishap reporting with Agency Administrators’ aviation management personnel and/or local dispatch center.
  • Report special incidents/accidents utilizing the internal reporting system or other appropriate means. Arrange for an accident investigation team if warranted.
  • Resolve conflicts concerning non-project aircraft.
  • Ensure that the helibase organization runs effectively.
  • Debrief ground personnel and pilots at end of shift; adjust operations as necessary.

o Frequency Management

· Communicate and coordinate with the Contractor and NPS Aviation Manager concerning frequency needs and assignments. Ensure that the frequencies on the Incident Radio Communications Plan (ICS-205) match those identified on the Air Operations Summary Worksheet (ICS-220) and on form HBM-1, Helibase Organization Chart.

· Ensure sufficient copies of the Air Operations Summary Worksheet (ICS-205) are made available for use by the Helibase Manager (HEBM), Aircraft Base Radio Operator (ABRO), and pilots.

· Ensure that dispatchers relay new or changed frequencies and air/ground contacts when necessary.

  • Other daily tasks or special projects assigned by the President, Treasurer, or General Manager

Safety Manager Duties;

  • The DOS/SM/SO shall have direct communication access to the corporate office for matters of SMS and Safety Program oversite.
  • Maintaining and preparing reporting analysis of safety related data, including the minutes of safety meetings.
  • Publishing a Quarterly and Annual Report to Management
  • Establishing and monitor the Risk Assessment process.
  • Conducting incident or accident reviews and participates with other Agencies during investigations
  • Preparing audit reports and suggesting program or task modifications.

Communicate and Coordinate;

  • Brief subordinate staff.
  • Prepare for and participate in pre-planning/strategy meetings.
  • Ensure aviation expectations are communicated to other functional areas during meetings and briefings.
  • Coordinate information sharing with Contractor, assigned Agents and the National Park Aviation Manager.
  • Ensure clear understanding of expectations and timely communication within and across Incident Command System (ICS) functional areas and chain of command.
  • Establish communications and exchange necessary briefings/information with the following:

o Support resources

o Adjacent resources

o Supervisor

o Other ICS functional areas

  • Coordinate with vendors and contractors.
  • Coordinate with local dispatch center.
  • Ensure subordinates understand assignment for operational period.
  • Conduct functional area briefings and After Action Review (AAR).

Manage Risk:

  • Ensure documentation of all aviation assignments that are declined.
  • Perform risk assessment and include aerial supervisor. Consider adding the following personnel when appropriate: contractor, assigned Agents and the National Park Aviation Manager duty officers, and dispatchers.
  • Plan for medical emergencies. Ensure that assigned resources are prepared to execute the Medical Plan (ICS 206 WF). Manage medical emergencies based on procedures stated in the IAP, Medical Incident Report, or other relevant guidelines.
  • Establish line of authority and identify decision making process. Ensure risk decisions are made at the appropriate level.
  • Provide for the safety and welfare of assigned resources.
  • Apply risk management practices to all aviation operations.
  • Account for location, health, safety, and welfare of assigned personnel.
  • Submit accident/incident reports with pertinent forms (Internal Company report or, agency-specific forms) through established chain of command.


  • Complete, authorize, ensure timeliness of, and route as required:

o Incident Radio Communications Plan (ICS-205)

o Air Operations Summary Worksheet (ICS-220)

o Crew Time Report (CTR), SF-261 (Watch: How to correctly fill out a CTR)

o Agency-specific forms


o Must have a valid Driver’s License.

o Ability to apply creativity and problem-solving skills in troubleshooting work.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including written, oral, and active listening.
Must be a team player with excellent crew resource management skills and strong leadership.

o Able to work in a fast-paced or high-pressure environment, and in various weather conditions.

o Must have experience in the aviation industry.

o OSHA 30

o First Aid/CPR Certified


Salary Range:

Job Ident #:

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High Performance Helicopters
P.O. Box 390
Crestline, California 92325 USA

Part 133/137 Argricultural Aircraft, External Load, Air Crane, Air Support Operations


Supported Manufacturers:
Bell, Sikorsky

Supported Models:
UH1/205/204, UH60

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