Unmanned Aircraft Systems - UAS on USFS Boundary Fire

The Office of Aviation Services was established by the Secretary of the Interior on July 1, 1973 to "Raise the safety standards, increase the efficiency, and promote the economical operation of aircraft activities in the Department of the Interior."

OAS's vision is to attain and sustain zero aircraft accidents across DOI.

Interior Expands Information Sharing Initiative to Prevent Drone Incursions over Wildland Fires

Helicopter with Water Bucket
It is an OAS philosophy that no mission is so important that people should be exposed to unnecessary risk and that, "safety should be first, each and every time, in everything we do."
STEP Training
The OAS Training Mission is to develop, provide and implement a professional aviation user training program to meet Department of the Interior and Interagency partner needs.
King Air
The Technical Services Division is responsible for commercial aircraft services specification development, oversight of the Departmental pilot flight standardization program for DOI-owned fleet aircraft, and management and coordination of aircraft engineering needs and maintenance management.
Secretary Zinke Pilots a Solo Drone at OAS Headquarters
The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is a new frontier for DOI with unbridled potential. OAS is responsible for the development of a comprehensive and actionable UAS strategy for the Department of the Interior.
Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT)
The Interior Business Center, Acquisition Services Directorate provides centralized contracting for aircraft and related services for all Department of the Interior agencies and other Federal and State agencies upon request.
NPS Search and Rescue
The OAS Document Library contains Policy documents such as the Departmental Manual, Operational Procedures Memoranda. Additionally Aviation Handbooks, Information Bulletins, Aviation Management System (AMS) Information, OAS Forms, Memorandum of Understanding and Safety and Tech Related Bulletins.