S-470, Air Operations Branch Director, 2013

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This course is designed to meet the needs of the Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD) position. Topics include preparedness and mobilization, initial briefings and meetings, transition, preparing and organizing for an aviation operation, implementation of an aviation operation, management and oversight of an aviation operation, and demobilization.


  • Perform the tasks required of an Air Operations Branch Director to mobilize and transition into an incident aviation environment, and be able to prepare for, manage, and oversee an aviation operation.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD). It is recommended students have completed ICS 400, Advanced ICS, and L-480, Organizational Leadership in the Fire Service. 

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified as Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



S-470 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 2
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 24
Total Hours 26

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and unit instructors must be qualified Air Operations Branch Directors (AOBD).

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.

Certification Date:

2013-08 (view certification)

Previous Certification Dates:

  • 2002-08


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