Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Wildfire Management Branch
Automated Flight Following
Automated Flight Following is a system that automatically tracks the location, altitude, course, and speed of an aircraft. This information is then provided to dispatchers, aviation manager, and other system users in real time.
Since 2006, the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch has adopted an Automated Flight Following (AFF) standard for all aircraft (Rotary and Fixed) in the province.
The AFF standard is beneficial in numerous ways including safety, resource awareness, and reducing radio-traffic and check-in times.
Since 2008, it is a requirement that all aircraft contracted by B.C. Forest Service / Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations must have a tracking device installed that meets the AFF specifications. The Wildfire Management Branch is not able to complete a hire agreement with carriers that do not follow this standard.
Carriers and vendors may download the AFF specifications in PDF format.
Note: The Wildfire Management Branch will not recommend a specific vendor's tracking device. Carriers are asked to consult tracking-device vendors in the avionics industry to ensure their device of choice meets AFF specifications.