National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Interagency Airtanker Base Subcommittee

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Mission Statement

The Interagency Airtanker Base Subcommittee (IABS) provides national leadership in all areas of interagency airtanker base operations. The IABS develops and disseminates operational standards that promote safe, secure, effective, efficient airtanker base operations. These standards include facility and equipment requirements, operational and administrative procedures, and personnel qualifications and training.

Primary Objectives

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  • Provide technical assistance regarding airtanker base operations.
  • Promote cooperation and standardization in interagency airtanker base operations.
  • Identify airtanker base issues, develop solutions, and recommend corrective actions to the National Interagency Aviation Committee (NIAC).
  • Support standardized training for airtanker base operations and provide leadership in training course development, implementation, evaluation, and revision.
  • Ensure that airtanker base standards are consistent with member agency procedures, practices, and expectations.
  • Serve as a central source of information, guidance, and support for national and geographic area airtanker base decisions and operations.
  • Provide contracting technical assistance and support as requested.

Save the Date

  • What: The National Airtanker Base Manager Refresher/ SEAT
  • When: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 – Friday, February 23, 2024
  • Where: NAFRI in Tucson, Arizona

2022 IABS Update

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Airtanker Frequently Asked Questions

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Guidance Documents

Standard Operating Procedures for IABS

Airtanker Ground Maneuvering and Parking Considerations


Comments for both of these publications:

Proposed Change Request Form NWCG Airtanker Base Directory, PMS 507

Submit to your agency representative on IABDU 

Proposed Change Request Form NWCG Standards for Airtanker Base Operations, PMS 508

Submit to your agency representative on SABOU


Interagency Aviation Training:

2024 Airtanker AMI Return to Contract Availability List (updated 01/24)

2023 Airtanker Jettison Tracking Log

2023 New Airtanker Base Checklist

Airtanker Out of Service Notification/Authorized Break Request QR Codes

Air Base Risk Assessment GAR

Airtanker Risk Assessment Rollout Sheet

Airtanker Overfilling or Overloading Direction

Interagency Aviation Lessons Learned 17-06 Equipment Foul Lines and Foul Boxes at Airtanker Bases

How to get your cost out of FLIGHT

How to read mass flow meter printouts

Enterprise Geospatial Portal - Used for FLIGHT and the NWCG Airtanker Base Directory, PMS 507

U. S. Forest Service and Interagency Aviation Publications

CAL FIRE 8300 Handbook

NWCG Aircraft Dispatch Form

SEAT Manager Toolbox

Airtanker Loading Procedures and Risk Assessments

IABS Risk Assessments

10 Tanker Air Carrier Documents

Aero-Flite, Inc. Documents

Coulson Aviation Documents

Erickson Aero Tanker Documents

Neptune Aviation Services Documents

IABS thanks 10 Tanker Air Carrier, Aero-Flite, Inc., Coulson Aviation, Erickson Aero Tanker, and Neptune Aviation Services for allowing NWCG to post this material.


Stan Goode
NWCG Coordinator: 
Dave Schultz
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