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Thu, Sep 16, 2021

New DOI/USFS Aviation Helmets Standard For Air Tractor Aircraft

Models AT-504, AT-602, AT-802, and AT-802A Included

There is a new flight helmet standard in place for pilots of Air Tractor models AT-504, AT-602, AT-802, and AT-802A, which has been recently approved by the FAA. 

While the FAA does not require a helmet for other Air Tractor models, Air Tractor strongly recommends that pilots of all its aircraft wear an appropriate flight helmet, including helmets tested to the new DOI/USFS standard. In 2017, the OAS determined that while Mil-Spec and DOT aviation helmet specification standards have existed for some time, no government regulatory agencies had provided a civilian aviation helmet specification standard. 

The OAS subsequently engaged the Southwest Research Institute to develop a standard that would allow non-military approved helmets to be considered for use in US firefighting aircraft. The new DOI/USFS Aviation Helmets Standard is directly applicable to pilots operating firefighting and agricultural aircraft.

Air Tractor received final approval from the FAA to have DOI/USFS helmets approved for use in its aircraft this past July. Mil-Spec and DOT approved helmets remain approved for use in Air Tractor airplanes. “A quality flight helmet should be part of every Air Tractor pilot’s safety equipment,” says Air Tractor President Jim Hirsch.  “We’re pleased that this approval provides additional choices for pilots.”

Operators of Air Tractor AT-504, AT-602, AT-802 and AT-802A aircraft are required to install a new placard in their airplane and update the AFM pages to reflect the DOI/USFS Aviation Helmets Standard. Those who wish to receive these materials may contact an Air Tractor dealer.

FMI: www.doi.gov/aviation/safety/helmet

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