UASP Toolbox

"UAS Pilot"

This page is updated as new information becomes available.  

Last Update:  5/16/2022: Updates to NWCG Fire Traffic Area Reference from PMS 505


Are you prepared for the 2022 Season?  

Information: Several RPs have reported problems in IQCS with UASP qualifications.  Many are missing the triennial RT-373 requirement.  Please check the UASP Position Qualification Requirements from the NWCG website for more information.  RT-373 is available on the Wildland Fire Learning Portal. 

Before any flight, have you:

Checked your Pilot Currency? (eg:  Part 107, A-452R, RT373;  Carded, Proficient, and Current on aircraft and mission profile (ELOS/BVLOS) per Agency/Departmental Policy)     

Checked your Aircraft status?  (eg: Inspection and 36U)

Confirmed your Authorization?  (eg:  Approved PASP/MASP, familiar with PMS 515 procedures and policy; notifications made)

Coordinated your Airspace Clearance?  (Do you need a NOTAM or SGI? What FAA provisions or agreement are you flying under?)


OPM-11 Guidance for Remote Pilots

DOI OPM-11 remains a core policy for UAS Operations.  This policy was updated by OAS on January 1, 2022. 

Flight Proficiency and Currency

OAS Proficiency Waiver - Issued on 3/12/2021, outlined instructions for regaining proficiency and currency with allowances for COVID mitigation.  This waiver has expiredOPM-11 Section 19 Rules are in effect.    

RPs should pay special attention to definitions for flight currency and flight proficiency.     

Flight Proficiency:   Remote Pilots must demonstrate three takeoffs (launch) and landings (recovery) with the UAS they are approved to operate within the preceding 90 days.

Flight Currency:   Remote Pilots are required to fly each of the aircraft for which they are carded at least once every 12 months or the interval specified on their OAS-30U.  

Check OPM-11 section 19 for more information.


2021 Agency-FAA Certificates of Authorization


NOTAMs and Airspace


Special Government Interest Waivers

SGI waivers are required for UAS operations inside a TFR.  Contact the UAS Coordinator for assistance with waiver coordination through the FAA. 


Miscellaneous Information

DOI Multirotor Checklist v190227

BLM NOC UAS Flight Planning Spreadsheet (Gapinski, 4/8/2022)

Western US Standard Air to Ground Frequencies for Air Ambulance/Air MedEvac on Wildland Fire Incidents (NIFC, 4/7/2022)