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)

Aerial Supervision Logbook

Amphibious Water Scooper Aircraft Operations Plan

Change Management Guide

Forest Service Administrative Use of Aircraft Desk Reference

Forest Service Aircraft Inspection Guide Handbook

Forest Service Airworthiness Assurance Guide for Aerial Firefighting & Natural Resources Aircraft

Forest Service Aviation Strategic Plan: 2014-2018

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

Forest Service Emergency Medical Short-Haul Operations Plan

Forest Service Fire Imaging and Mapping Guide (coming soon)

Forest Service Handbook 5709.16 Flight Operation Handbook 

Forest Service Manual 5700 Aviation Management 

Forest Service National Aviation Safety and Management Plan

Forest Service National Aviation Safety Management System Guide 

Forest Service National Night Air Operations Plan

Forest Service National Rappel Operations Guide  (2019 Approval Letter)

Forest Service National Type I and Type II Exclusive Use Helicopter Operations Plan

Forest Service RAM-Air Parachute System Operations Plan  

Forest Service SD3-60 Sherpa Aircraft Operations Plan

Forest Service Working Capital Fund Aircraft Users Guide

Large Airtanker Operations Plan

Forest Service and Interagency Forms  

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