Forest Practices

The Rental Offer Program

As fire activity increases and exceeds the capabilities of the normal aircraft fleet, the Division of Forestry acquires rental aircraft (with pilots) on an incidental basis.

Rental Aircraft Offers are only accepted from certified air carrier/commercial operators under Federal Aviation Regulation 14CFR parts 121, 125, 133, 135 or 137 as appropriate. The vendor shall obtain all necessary licenses and permits, plus comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws. The Division of Forestry generally requires that pilots and aircraft possess a current United States Forest Service-Dept. of Agriculture (USFS) or the Office of Aircraft Services-Dept. of Interior (OAS) Qualification Card and shall present the card for identification upon request.

The Division of Forestry accepts Aircraft Offers between Jan 1st and March 15th each year for the upcoming fire season.

Fixed-wing and Rotor-wing Aircraft


Please download, complete (with signature and date) the Rental Offer Form (10-3135) and mail it to:
Bob McAlpin, Northern Region Aviation Manager, 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4699.

Aircraft Vendor & Pilot Briefing

This briefing sheet (PDF) is meant as a quick reference to DOF requirements and general information, regardless of whether you were hired on a point-to-point or greater than 24-hour basis.

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