ICS-470 Air Operations Branch Director

Course Overview

ICS-470 provides a focus on the roles and responsibilities of the Air Operations Branch Director (AOBD) assigned to the Operations Section of an Incident Management Team.  The AOBD, who is ground based, is primarily responsible for preparing the air operations portion of the Incident Action Plan. The emphasis of the course is on supervision and management of the entire Air Operation from organizing, safety, airspace management, mission types, facilities, ground control, etc. This course additionally emphasizes the needed interactions between all positions in the Air Operations Branch, as well as interactions with the entire Incident Management Team and external entities. This course is an instructor-led training that supports learning through discussion, lecture, and active participation in multiple exercises that provides a realistic, hands-on approach to mastering the skills required of an AOBD.

Specific Course Topics

  • Air Operations Branch Overview and Director Duties and Responsibilities
  • Establishing the Air Operations Branch and getting organized
  • Air Operations products and services
  • Air Operations Interactions and Communication
  • IMT Interactions and Information Sharing
  • External Interactions and Information
  • Supporting the Planning Process and Aviation Forms
  • Heavy emphasis on Safety, Missions, Control, Facilities and Communications
  • Other Processes managed by the Air Operations Branch Director

Target Audience

Responders with an interest and background in aviation activities with supervision and management skills.

Duration and Pre-requisite

Duration: Two days (16 hours)


Successful completion of ICS-300

Recommended:  Experience as an Air Support Group Supervisor or Air Tactical Group Supervisor. Experience within the Operations Section is also desirable.


  • NWCG S-470