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  • 20 Apr 2022 9:50 AM | Joshua Reagor (Administrator)

    The National Pilot Car Association is pleased to announce that it has joined the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA). The membership was approved following the Annual Specialized Transportation Symposium, that took place in, Greendale Ariz., in February.


    “Many of NPCA’s members are familiar with SC&RA and attend meetings like the Transportation Symposium,” said NPCA President, Bill Wegrzyn. “Becoming official members of SC&RA opens the door for communication and collaboration on broad industry issues that impact us all.”


    About 450 people were in attendance at the February meeting, reported SC&RA. See American Cranes & Transport's recap.


    “These meetings create wonderful networking opportunities, and give individuals a chance to learn about changes within the industry. Among the topics covered at the symposium were permitting harmonization, safety, regulations, compliance, and pressing topics in specialized transportation," said Wegrzyn.

    Visit our Website


  • 20 Apr 2022 8:13 AM | Joshua Reagor (Administrator)


    ProMiles, developer of ProMIles XR Mileage Guide, Fuel Tax, Fuel Management, and other tools, now offers an app to help truck drivers follow complicated OS/OW routes. The app is currently being tested in Colorado, Illiniois, and New Hampshire. If you would like for your company to perform testing on the Route Following App please contact the permit office. The app “ProMiles Permit Navigation” can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play stores.

    When the OS/OW Permitting and Routing System identifies a route for a permit, it obtains a list of road segments that describe the route. Each of these road segments consist of two or more lat/long points. The Permitting and Routing System uses this information to draw the route line on the map. This information is called a breadcrumb trail for the route. This trail describes the roads the vehicle is traveling on to a high level of precision. This breadcrumb trail and the associated maneuver directions are utilized to create the data for the Route Following app.

    The app will obtain the current lat/long coordinate of the device and truck, and if within the threshold of on the route, the app will enter Route Following mode. In this mode, the app will display the trip line, the vehicle, location, and the next maneuver. The app will speak the next maneuver as the driver approaches the maneuver .If the driver gets off route, the app will shut down Route Following mode and will display a message from the Permit Office instructing the driver to contact the Permit Office to return to the route. Learn more.


  • 13 Apr 2022 2:55 PM | Joshua Reagor (Administrator)

    Conference Call has been moved to the next Sunday due to it being Mothers Day on the 2nd Sunday of the month.  Stay tuned for details on the call.  

  • 11 Oct 2021 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    Click this link below to hear about WITPAC from ESC

    speaking with President, Jeff Vaughan from (ESC) EVERGREEN SAFETY COUNCIL.

  • 10 Oct 2021 7:16 AM | Anonymous

    Words cannot express the sorrow the NPCA feels for the loss of Randy Sorenson. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.He will be greatly missed. 

    https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/saltlaketribune/name/randy-sorenson-obituary?pid=200335497&fbclid=IwAR3Phe3tZ94J52DZYm1MtsIsDXID5p-_DB1HGTfXQFbdyQfON5lansMZ4oM 


  • 06 Oct 2021 4:27 PM | Anonymous

    Join us our the October conference call of 2021.

    With the President, Jeff Vaughan from (ESC) EVERGREEN SAFETY COUNCIL. Continuing conversion regarding WITPAC Certification.


    * Sunday *

    October 10, 2021

    8:00 PM Eastern 5:00 PM Pacific

    (855) 212-0212 pin: 254 004 265#


    We are also on Facebook live

    https://www.facebook.com/nationalpca

    If anyone has any questions or concerns prior to the conference call, please submit in an email by October 08th. Please be reminded we will have limited time on the call, so if we can get your questions, that the video does not address, we can get your answer prior to the conference call. info@naionalpca.org


  • 04 Oct 2021 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    WITPAC Student Resources

    This resources page includes links to materials used in our online WITPAC training course. Although they are referenced in the instructor led WITPAC session, many, such as the pre- and post-trip meeting sheets, may be printed out for use in the field.

    https://www.esc.org/witpac-student-resources/

    WITPAC-Study-Guide.pdf

    WITPAC-Student-packet.pdf

    WITPAC-Pre-trip-meeting-sheet.pdf

    WITPAC-Post-trip-meeting-sheet.pdf

    WITPAC-P_EVO-Inspection-checklist.pdf

    WITPAC uses blended learning. Half of the training is a self-directed online course, and the other half is a traditional instructor-led class.



  • 09 Sep 2021 11:16 PM | Anonymous

    Updated info about WITPAC and GE is coming to talk


    DON'T MISS OUR CONFERENCE CALL

    * Sunday * September 12, 2021

    8:00 PM Eastern 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific

    (855) 212-0212 Pin: 254 004 265#

    We are also on Facebook live

    https://www.facebook.com/nationalpca/

    The National Pilot Car Association continues to work hard to inform as best we can.

    Jamie France :General Electric Renewable Energy Onshore Wind

    Logistics Quality & Safety Engineer

    Ms. France will be joining us Sunday, September 12, 2021, for our monthly NPCA conference call.


    WITPAC Details

    WITPAC certification:

    does not replace current state P/EVO (pilot/escort vehicle operators) certifications/licenses; it is in addition to them.

    is accessible to all wind industry transportation professionals including drivers and P/EVOs.

    will expire every 3 years.

    The training program is organized into five modules.

    1. Teamwork

    2. Route Surveys

    3. Pre- and Post-Trip Meetings

    4. High Pole & Front Escort

    5. Rear Steer & Rear Escort

    Watch this video for an overview of the training program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWGDpI6j5qQ

    To become WITPAC certified: https://www.esc.org/about/related-article/witpac-training/ 

    NAPVSA: This webpage is the official source for information on the WITPAC initiative. Check back here for updates.

    https://www.napvsa.org/witpac?fbclid=IwAR25aBcSlLUtK914OpJ00mcG8Drp6IwP73FiOvuIzgsERT7AZfStyphzki0

    Cost is $300 per student. WITPAC qualifies for individual SC&RA scholarships; contact Jackie Roskos, Director SC&R Foundation, www.scr-foundation.org


    Achieving certification is a two-step process.


    Step 1: Self-Directed On-Line Study.

    Students can complete all five modules, associated quizzes, and the preparatory exam on-line at their own pace, and in multiple sessions if they wish.

    The Self-Directed portion allows the student to study when it is convenient for them, and to go back and review previous modules as they move forward in training.

    The time needed to complete the Self-Directed On-line Study will vary from person to person, but we recommend planning 4 to 6 hours for it. We recommend starting the Self-Directed On-Line Study at least one week before your instructor-led class day.


    Step 2: Instructor-Led Training & Exam.

    Students must participate in a full day of training (either on-line interactive, or in-person) and pass the final exam with a score of 90% or better.

    The instructor-led class is 8 hours long, including exam time.

    The exam is "open book" and will be given at the end of the instructor-led training day.

    Registration opens 27 September 2021, at which time the On-Line Study materials will be available.

    All WITPAC Authorized Training Providers (ATPs) are working now to set-up instructor-led class schedules beginning October 2021.

    There are currently three WITPAC Authorized Training Providers (ATPs):

    Evergreen Safety Council www.esc.org/witpac

    Sophie Merwick, Operations Manager, 425-814-3868, witpac@esc.org

    Current instructors: Rick Nault, Amanda Moore, Patricia Auvil

    Options: Live on-line delivery (Zoom) nation-wide, or in-person classes in WA, OR, CA, ID, MT, TX, OK, LA.

    Online classes will be posted on their class schedule calendar or can be custom/privately scheduled for groups.

    Pit Row Group www.pitrowgroup.com

    Michael J. Morgan, 256-375-0141, michael@pitrowgroup.com

    Multiple Instructors.

    Options: In-person classes in multiple states including but not limited to AL, FL, TX, VA, OH, IL, KS, MN.


    Colorado Safety Association https://www.coloradosafety.org/

    Chris Baker, Program Manager, chris@coloradosafety.org

    Current instructors: Tatiana Chapman, Mark Ashby


    Options: In-person classes in CO, KS, WY, UT, NM, AZ.

    Students should follow these steps to get certified:

    Student should choose an ATP based on the instructor-led class availability that suits their needs. Contact ATPs and/or check their websites for instructor-led class schedules.

    Student must register with the ATP for the instructor-led class of their choice based on location, date & time.

    ATP will then give the student access to the self-directed online course work.

    Student will complete the self-directed online course work and the prep exam at their own pace.

    Student will attend & participate in the instructor-led session and final exam.


    The ATP files the exam results with ESC.

    If the student passes the exam, ESC issues the certification card to the student, and keeps record of the certification.

    Notify the carrier(s) you work for that you are WITPAC certified and give them a copy of your certification card.


    Carrier Responsibility

    Assuring their P/EVOs and drivers are properly trained and certified.

    Tracking and keeping records of the training and certification of their personnel.

    TIP: Carriers should create a by-name list of all their Wind Industry personnel that need certification.

    Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators (P/EVOs) including rear steerpersons

    OS/OW drivers and/or all drivers that use P/EVOs


    Carrier’s key staff (safety managers, support personnel, etc.)

    TIP: Carriers can contact ATPs listed above to set up instructor-led classes.

    Request locations & dates that are best for your personnel to attend (either in-person or online via Zoom).

    Classes attended by drivers & P/EVOs that often work together will enhance the “teamwork” aspects of the training.



  • GE

    31 Aug 2021 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    DON'T MISS OUR CONFERENCE CALL

    * Sunday *

    September 12, 2021

    8:00 PM Eastern 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific

    (855) 212-0212

    Pin: 254 004 265#

    We are also on Facebook live

    https://www.facebook.com/nationalpca/

    Call in and listen to us discuss our industry and hear what new information we are learning about PEVOs.

    The National Pilot Car Association continues to work hard to inform as best we can.

    Jamie France

    General Electric Renewable Energy Onshore Wind

    Logistics Quality & Safety Engineer

    Ms. France will be joining us Sunday, September 12, 2021, for our monthly NPCA conference call. She has over 30 years of experience in logistics, manufacturing planning and scheduling, and safety including 5 years in the Army. Along with these accomplishments, Jamie has 10 years of logistics experience focused specifically on the wind industry. During this call, her main objective will be addressing the WITPAC certification and the expectations for the OS/OW drivers and pilot cars in the wind industry. The NPCA requests that everyone watches the video (link below) before the call. The video will establish the basics so that we can spend the time on the call answering deeper questions and discussing concerns. If anyone has any follow-up questions or concerns prior to the conference call, please submit in an email by September 10th. Please be reminded we will have limited time on the call, so if we can get your questions, that the video does not address, we can get your answer prior to the conference call.

    What is WITPAC certification? Video: https://youtu.be/LWGDpI6j5qQ 

    • WITPAC stands for Wind Industry Transportation Professional Advanced Certification
    • Cost per student is $300

    We are looking forward to hearing you on the call!

    National Pilot Car Association

    Office: (205) 392-8867

    Email: info@nationalpca.org

    Address: PO Box 622, Lincoln, AL 35096


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