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Bureau of Air Operations

The Bureau of Air Operations operates a flight department to provide aerial engineering surveys, aviation services for state executives and business affiliates, and emergency medical transportation services. The bureau also administers all phases of the aircraft maintenance program, including quality control programs, aircraft parts purchasing and inventory, and the scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and repair of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft. The bureau has two sections:
  • The Aircraft Maintenance Section develops and directs an effective inspection and quality control program to ensure aircraft maintenance complies with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), departmental and divisional specifications.

    Some of the duties of the section include:

    • Performing scheduled and unscheduled inspections, maintenance and repair of the division's fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.
    • Procuring and maintaining an inventory of aircraft parts, fuel and equipment.
    • Providing aircraft line servicing, refueling and inspection of fuel shipments.

  • The Flight Operations Section coordinates and schedules all requests for air transportation and provides air transportation to staff of the offices, departments, agencies and commissions of state government.

    Some of the duties of the section include:

    • Providing helicopter emergency services in support of the Illinois Disaster Plan and providing helicopter air transportation to supplement fixed-wing aircraft.
    • Providing aerial assistance to the Department of State Police and emergency support to local police departments.
    • Conducting aerial photography and performing aerial engineering field studies.
    • Conducting recurrent flight and ground training for fixed-wing and rotary-wing pilots who maintain training records.
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