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External-Load & Aerial Firefighting Operations

External-Load & Aerial Firefighting Operations (ELT/AFF)


This course provides the fundamentals for performing external-load operations. It is designed to provide the techniques for hover flight with vertical reference and long line flight. Also, this course is the basis for aerial firefighting operations with a "Bambi Bucket" which is an additional training option.

The course combines techniques for wind and terrain analysis, aircraft power management, hitch and unhitch techniques, and flight techniques for vertical climb and descent, take-off, controlled flight, and landing, with different types of load.

The course emphasizes pre-mission planning, inspection of the operating area, communication with the ground crew, operation and inspection of cargo cables and hooks, slings, and cargo nets, as well as procedures with a Bambi Bucket when performing firefighting operations.

Finally, the course pays special attention to risk management and threat and error management, which includes the technique of recovery from load oscillations and release when necessary, as fundamental elements to guarantee safety in this type of operations.

*Standardized Courses tailorable to fit specific training requirements.

Course Features

  • Conducted in Titusville, FL, USA

  • Special Focus: Aeronautical Decision Making, Risk Management, Threat and Error Management, Cockpit and Crew Resource Management

  • Conducted by experienced former military instructors with FAA CFI/CFII certifications

ELT/AFF Course Features
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