Air Operations Map

Product Description

The Air Operations Map provides air operations with enough detail to aid in locating key features on an incident.  A secondary Air Operations map, the Pilot Map, may be created for pilots.

Target Audience

Air Operations Branch, pilots 


  • Standard Incident Command System (ICS) symbology.
  • Minimal clutter on map.
  • A table that includes the latitude and longitude coordinates in Degrees, Decimal Minutes for point features.
  • Pilot map is typically small for easy lap reading in the aircraft.

Standard Elements

All map products produced should include the STANDL-SGD cartographic elements.  Scale bar must be in nautical miles rather than statute miles.


  • Incident perimeter, ICS line and limited/relevant point features.
  • Division and Branch breaks and labels.
  • Airports, helibases.
  • Aviation hazards (e.g., transmission lines, mountain peaks with elevation labels, towers).
  • Table or labels showing latitude and longitude of key locations.
  • Roads.
  • Key landmarks. 
  • Hydrography (e.g., rivers, lakes).
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) (when in place) and TFR number, height, and frequency, if available.
  • Elevation shaded relief or Federal Aviation Administration sectionals.
  • Other SITL-requested data.


These are examples from actual incidents and may include non-standard SITL requests for base data, labels, etc.

  1. Air Operations Map - 2010 Wrangler Fire
  2. Pilot Map - 2016 Beaver Creek Fire
  3. Pilot Map - 2017 Pinal Fire
  4. Air Operations Map - 2015 National Creek Complex


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