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About Interagency Aviation Training


The Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Education, Qualification, and Currency System (https://www.iat.gov) contains established aviation training standards and records for natural resource and firefighting employees within the Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Forest Service and recognized partners. The Executive Aviation Committee (EAC) and the Executive Aviation Subcommittee (EAS) in conjunction with it's partners, provide national leadership in managing aviation standards, procedures, and programs that enable our partners to effectively utilize aviation resources in a safe and efficient manner. Aviation training is the primary proactive method of improving efficiency and safety through increased employee awareness of agency policy, procedures, and safe practices. The IAT system is managed by the Office of the Secretary's Office of Aviation Services (OAS) and is for all DOI, USFS, and recognized partners which may include contractors, states and other federal agencies.

The objectives of this system are:

  • Establish minimum training, skills, knowledge, and currency requirements for agency personnel who work with aircraft or have aviation duties, including managers and supervisors, in order to accomplish fire and resource (non-fire) missions.
  • Provide a forum for interagency coordination in the development and implementation of aviation education, training, and qualification standards.
  • Recommend standards and guidelines for non-fire aviation training in relation to the Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Education, Qualification, and Currency System.
  • Establish and maintain best practices in education and training methods and techniques. These include: direct instruction, web-based distance learning, and the media and technology necessary to support both.
  • Establish and maintain minimum interagency standards for aviation qualification, certification, and documentation.
  • Establish qualifications and currency standards for interagency aviation trainers (IATs).

Read More about IAT in the Interagency Aviation Training Guide