U.S. Forest Service and Interagency Aviation Publications

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Forest Service and interagency publications are the primary vehicles by which Forest Service and Interagency policy and standards are transmitted. Publications include manuals, handbooks, standards, guides, plans, and other documents.

Publications are distributed through hard copy print, web pages, mobile device applications, and other digital media. Web portals include key information that is updated on a continuous schedule.


Forest Service Manuals, Guides, Handbooks and Plans (in alphabetical order)

5700 Aviation Management Manual

5709.16 Flight Operation Handbook 

Aerial Supervision Logbook

Aerial Supervision Standards

Airtanker Operations Standards

Amphibious Water Scooper Aircraft Operations Plan

Administrative Use of Aircraft Desk Reference

Aircraft Inspection Guide Handbook

Airworthiness Assurance Guide for Aerial Firefighting & Natural Resources Aircraft

Aviation Strategic Plan: 2014-2018

C-23B+/SD3-60 Aircraft Change Management Implementation Plan 

Change Management Guide

Emergency Medical Short-Haul Operations Plan

Fire Imaging and Mapping Guide (coming soon)

National Aviation Safety and Management Plan

National Aviation Safety Management System Guide 

National Night Air Operations Plan

National Rappel Operations Guide  (2019 Approval Letter)

National Type I and Type II Exclusive Use Helicopter Operations Plan

RAM-Air Parachute System Operations Plan  

SD3-60 Sherpa Aircraft Operations Plan

Working Capital Fund Aircraft Users Guide

Forest Service and Interagency Forms  

OAS-64A Interagency Airplane Pilot Evaluation Application Form

OAS-64B Interagency Helicopter Pilot Evaluation Application Form

5700-20 Airplane Pilot Qualifications and Approval Record

5700-20a Helicopter Pilot Evaluation Application 

Cost Comparison Travel Worksheet (FS 5700-11)

Day Trip Authorization (FS 5700-12)

Flight Request Justification Approval Administrative Use Aircraft Form  (AUA-1) 

National and Regional Report of Annual Administrative Flight Use  (AUA-2)

Forest Service Aviation Annual Reports