S-270, Basic Air Operations, 2011

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This course covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas. Note: The regulations, procedures, and policies addressed in this course are primarily those governing federal agency and ICS operations. State, county, or other political subdivisions using this course will need to consult their agency having jurisdiction with respect to regulations, procedures and policies. Refer to the Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Guide for IAT Acourse equivalencies: https://www.iat.gov/.


  • Upon completion of this course, the student will have obtained the basic understanding of the different functions of Air Operations.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Single Engine Airtanker Manager (SEMG), Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB), Aircraft Dispatcher (ACDP), and other positions that require basic knowledge of aviation operations. 


S-270 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work1
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training16
Total Hours17

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-270 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level



Functional Area: 
Air Operations
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