Aviation User and Management Training
The Forest Service utilizes aircraft in the support or accomplishment of many of our programs and projects. The aircraft users are as many and varied as the types of aircraft used. Our goal is to accomplish safe, efficient, and effective utilization of aviation resources. Increasing employee awareness of agency policy, procedures, and safe practices must receive high priority. Aviation training, whether basic safety, specialized, or management, is a method to increase this awareness and a key to meeting this goal.
The Advanced Aviation Management Training (AAMT) replaces the previous Safety System Leadership for Aviation Managers (SSLAM) courses. The Forest Service annually provides these courses for approximately 27 personnel (three from each Region) to attend the AAMT. The AAMT is a three course syllabus of instruction that will meet the academic requirements to develop the advanced skills necessary to lead natural resources aviation programs. The three courses are:
If anyone has attended SSLAM, they will receive an AAMT certificate once they have completed all SSLAM objectives. The AAMT, taken in its entirety is considered equivalent to the entire SSLAM program. Each AAMT class (SMS, IRM, and QTI) can be credited to those SSLAM students who took classes that covered the necessary objectives for that class.
The following SSLAM course completions will be considered an equivalent for the respective AAMT courses and they will not need to take that AAMT course to get a completion certificate.
Students who complete the entire program may submit their certifiations to GSA - Interagency Council for Aviation Policy (ICAP) for the federal Aviation Safety Officer qualification and certificate.
The Interagency Aviation Training program, developed by the Interagency Aviation Training Steering Committee, under the National Interagency Aviation Council, is the basis for the IAT curriculum. Interagency Aviation Training meets the training requirements for aviation users as outlined in FSM 5725. Training requirements are specified in the Interagency Aviation Training Guide (FSM 5725.06) and Appendix 1 - Forest Service Requirements. Many courses are available on-line with several more planned for the future. The IAT website is located at: www.iat.gov
The IAT Guide is available online at: https://www.iat.gov/docs/iatprogram.pdf.
Regional Aviation Training Sessions Many Regions are co-hosting Aviation Workshops with our Interagency partners that include the upper level (300 & 400) IAT courses. These Aviation Workshops are usually targeted at providing the required courses for positions such as: Fixed Wing Flight Manager-Special Use, Project Aviation Manager, Aviation Manager and Supervisor. Information on these training sessions can be found on the IAT web site.
Aviation Centered Education (ACE) The ACE is upper level (300 & 400) IAT courses. It centers on participants' needs to fulfill requirements in their aviation-related positions and to attend other classes that may be of interest to them. Information on scheduled ACE training sessions can be found on the IAT web site.
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