Welcome to the Office of Air Operations webpage. Based in Sacramento, our team manages the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Air Operations Program, which provides invaluable service to the public, our allied agency partners, and CHP ground units. Our thirty aircraft are multi-mission assets, well equipped to work in a number of areas including search and rescue, advanced life support, and law enforcement. Although our fifteen helicopters and fifteen airplanes are outfitted with specialized equipment such as rescue hoists, medical gear, and cameras our most important assets are our exceptional pilots and flight officers. We have over 150 crewmembers flying out of eight air units strategically located throughout the state. Our crews are highly trained professionals that began their careers as patrol officers. They come from all parts of California, are members of the communities they serve, and are consummate professionals who focus on their mission to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security. Their skills allow them to successfully complete a multitude of missions including rescues from rocky cliffs, providing advanced life support to injured parties, and managing complex law enforcement events. Every year our crews prevent tragedies by saving hundreds of lives. On behalf of our aircrews, thank you for visiting our page and learning more about the CHP’s Air Operations Program.
Lieutenant Mike SedamCommanderCalifornia Highway Patrol Office of Air Operations
Responsible for establishing pilot eligibility list, conducting, coordinating, and overseeing initial and recurrent pilot training, and annual pilot evaluations. Maintenance of pilot database to ensure that all pilots meet both FAA and departmental currency and medical requirements. Assessing operational issues, requests for aircraft modifications, and developing specifications for and acquiring aircraft and specialized equipment. Responsible for matters relating to rescue operations, and necessary training programs. Coordinates and conducts investigation of departmental aircraft accidents, incidents, or occurrences.
Establishes and maintains pilot eligibility list, conducting, coordinating, and overseeing initial and recurrent pilot training, and annual pilot evaluations. Assessing operational issues, requests for aircraft modifications, and developing specifications for and acquiring aircraft and specialized equipment. Maintains pilot database to ensure that all pilots maintain FAA and departmental currency and medical requirements. Responsible for investigation of departmental aircraft accidents, incidents, or occurrences.
Acts as a liaison between the Department and Emergency Medical Services Authority. Assists Commanders and aerial supervisors with the management of paramedic services and placement of personnel into EMT-P training courses. Manages the Department's advanced life support services (ALS) within the Air Operations Program, Protective Services Divisions, and the Academy. Maintains database of EMT-P files to include licensing, certification, accreditation, training, and patient contact information. Meets with state and local EMS officials to monitor compliance with regulations and coordinates quality improvement programs with ALS units.
Responsible for the oversight of the helicopter maintenance program. Coordinates with the Chief Helicopter Pilot to develop maintenance specific training for helicopter pilots. Ensures that all maintenance performed on departmental aircraft complies with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.
Responsible for the oversight of the airplane maintenance for the Air Operations Program. Responsible for coordinating maintenance of airplanes with vendors and acts as a liaison between the Department and air units throughout the State. Ensures that all maintenance performed on departmental aircraft complies with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.
Safety coordinator assumes responsibility for all matters relating to safety within the Air Operations Program. Responsibilities include managing and coordinating the program's Safety Management System, conducting routine safety audits, attending air unit safety training and participating in the investigation of departmental mishaps.
Chief flight officer assumes responsibility for all matters relating to flight officers within the Air Operations Program. Responsibilities include the implementation and oversight of the Department's Flight Officer Program, Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) Program, External Load Program, Helicopter Emergency Egress Device (HEED), and required crew member training.
Responsible for the accreditation of the Air Operations Program through the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). Responsibilities include working closely with the Safety Coordinator providing regular communication between air units and management to ensure air operations policy is in compliance with accreditation standards.