Welcome to the Interagency UAS Website
This website is intended to provide operational knowledge primarily for interagency fire UAS operations. Department level information, such as 2U reports, pilot qualifications, and aircraft information is available via a Sharepoint site maintained by OAS.
**SAFETY - 5/9/2022: SAFECOM #22-0234 for M-600 BATTERIES
Please review a recent SAFECOM regarding M-600 Battery Life on the Calf Canyon Fire in New Mexico. Age and usage of M-600 batteries are a factor of concern for UAS operations and safety. Please check the SAFECOM narrative and inspect your aircraft accordingly.
**SAFETY - ACCIDENT PREVENTION BULLETIN 22-02: SOLO BATTERY LIFE
All 3DR Solo pilots! Please review APB 22-02 with regard to battery life.
*NEW* 5/16/2022: Updates to NWCG Fire Traffic Area (FTA) diagram and wording from PMS 505: https://www.nwcg.gov/sites/default/files/publications/pms-505d.pdf
*NEW* 5/9/2022: Updates to PMS 515 have been published and are online: https://www.nwcg.gov/publications/515
*RECENT* 4/12/2022: Updated SGI Instructions and an updated SGI Template are available on the UASP Toolbox page
*RECENT* 4/8/2022: The UAS Flight Planning Spreadsheet (ODS) has been updated by the BLM NOC Remote Sensing Shop (Gapinski) for the 2022 season. It is available here, and via the UASP/UASD toolbox pages.
*RECENT* 4/7/2022: Western US Standard Air to Ground frequencies for Air Ambulance/Air MedEvac on wildland fire incidents has been released. A map is available here.
Relevant Policy and Guidance Updates
IA IB 21-09 "Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) crossing multiple Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) Airspace Boundaries" was released on Sept 24, 2021. Please refer to this when operating in an airspace that may span multiple ARTCC boundaries, requiring separate TFR notices and subsequent SGI requests for UAS operations.
IA IB 21-07 "2021 Wildland Fire Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Briefing for Aviation Personnel" is available. Please pass this reference along to any manned aviators, helibase and dispatch personnel, or anyone from the incident operations community who may need more information about how authorized UAS safely integrate into wildland fire.
Interagency UAS Operations
- Safely, effectively, and efficiently employ UAS in support of resource program, or incident management objectives.
- Develop UAS operations capacity through standard safety, training, flight, data collection, data processing, and project management processes.
- Develop a contract program (data and flight), which supports incident and resource management objectives.
UAS can positively impact every resource program by utilizing state of the art equipment. UAS derived data and imagery empowers scientists, incident personnel, and senior leaders to make informed decisions based on precise and real-time information. Data gathered from UAS is unique due to the ability of the aircraft to fly low, slow, and for long periods of time while collecting high-resolution imagery and sub-centimeter data.