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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.

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Advanced Aviation Management Training

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:

  • Safety Management Systems (SMS): This course will address the 4 pillars of Systems Safety including Policy, Risk Management, Promotion, and Assurance. Additionally the course will identify management of change and matching complexity of the safety system to match the program. Organizational culture will be reviewed indicating the link between a reporting, learning, and just culture and a successful systems safety program. Click here for additional information.

  • Integrated Resource Management (IRM): This course will address team based leadership for Aviation Managers including coursework in the following areas: 7 Skills-Based principles of Crew Resource Management, Aeromedical/ Human Factors, Aviation Leadership, Communications, and Crew Resource Management Case Study Development/Training Facilitation. Graduates of this four day course who are designated NWCG instructors will be qualified to teach the 3 hour CRM course after a review by an IRM program instructor. Click here for additional information.

  • Qualified Technical Investigator (QTI): This third course will address mishap and incident investigation procedures, protocols, and accident causation. Human factors as well as system failures will be identified as possible contributing factors in the chain of events that lead to accidents. Students will understand protocols and laws associated with mishap investigations including working with the FAA and NTSB. By the end of the course, each student will be able to develop and summarize a mishap sequence of events, findings of fact, and deliberative observations that may develop conclusive information for probable causal and contributing factors. Additional information will be coming soon.

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.

AAMT Course SSLAM courses required for equivalency
Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Human Factors and Operational Risk Management and
Safety Program Management.
The SMS course will also be equivalent to IAT courses A-101, A-205, A-305, A-401, and A-403

Integrated Resource Management (IRM)

Communication Program Management and
Communication Operations Management and
Human Factors and Operational Risk Management and
Aviation Leadership.
The IRM course will also be equivalent to IAT courses A-108, A-303, A-310, A-403

Qualified Technical Investigator (QTI)

Aircraft Health Management and
Human Factors and Operational Risk Management.
The QTI course will also be equivalent to IAT courses A-106, A-200, A-301, A-303, and A-403

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.


Interagency Aviation Training (IAT)

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. Please review the Forest Service Appendix to the Guide as well at: https://www.iat.gov/docs/iatguide_appendix.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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