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Rizwan Ansary

Aviation Operations Coordinator

Inspects air operations at airports and heliports to
ensure policy and safety requirements are adhered to. Works closely with Agency Aviation Officers on individual agency policies and safety issues. The Incident Commander (IC) is the person in charge of the incident but at larger incidents an Aviation Operations Coordinator will be assigned to coordinate air traffic. The Aviation Coordinator may be in the air or may be on the ground during major incidents.

The AOC is necessary when more than one helicopter is assigned at one location. The AOC is supervised by the Agency Aviation Military Liaison (AAML) but must work closely with the Incident Commander (IC) or Area Command Aviation Coordinator. The AOC is located at the assigned operating area for the aviation unit. The major role for the AOC is to coordinate the use of aircraft between the Military Operations Officer (MOO) and the IC.

The AOC shall:

  • Obtain assignment and direction from the AAML.
  • Meet with the MOO and establish a joint operations facility at the assigned heli-base.
  • Obtain a list of all military aircraft, flight personnel, and aviation assets to be used on the incident.
  • Coordinate with the MOO on daily assignments of aircraft and flight crews. Direction and assignments to personnel must be made through the MOO.
  • Provide organizational oversight of all agency personnel assigned to aviation operations.
  • Maintain records for all requests and use of aircraft.
  • Keep the AAML and the IC informed on the number of aircraft available and the types of missions the unit can provide on a daily basis. Notify the AAML immediately if any problem arises which will prevent an assigned mission to an incident from being performed.
  • Request all logistical support, supplies and fuel through the Logistics Section Chief.
  • Conduct pre and post daily operational briefings for the flight crews.
  • Ensure all flight crews have incident maps, frequencies, flight following procedures, and other information necessary to complete assigned missions.
  • Do not allow formation flying of military aircraft to or on incidents unless the heli-base is informed and prepared for multi-aircraft flights.
  • Coordinate media flights and proficiency flights with the Incident Air Operations.


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