Intterra released Aircraft Intel Tool (NEW) in September 2019.  The tool continues to provide near real-time access to view vector products (such as heat perimeters, retardant lines, hots spots, public safety points), color and infrared (IR) imagery, and video products.  Many of these can be downloaded to share and use in GIS and other tools.  Live mission location updates and imagery are reported in Intterra every 30 seconds.  Click here for a list a description of product types.

What's new? 

Improved user interface with features users have been asking for:
  • Find missions and products faster by using mission date and time, incident name, and nearby the screen location. There is a new text search feature as well.
  • Preview videos, images, initial detection form, and comments without having to click on the product on the map.
  • Quick copy for copying air intel vector products to incident mapping and other features. 
  • Improved management and download capability for active fire line, retardant, life safety, and all hazard vector products.
Capability for a product description to be passed from the aircraft and displayed in the name.

Access to live streaming video.


Topics included


  • Find and monitor a mission
  • Select a mission and view products
  • Find and select specific products 
  • Zoom to, copy, archive, hide

To get started, Select the Tools Menu.  The Aircraft Intel Tool is usually in both the Operations and Plans/Intel workspaces. Select the Aircraft Intel BETA Tool.


Find and monitor a mission

The tool opens with a list of missions.  To find and monitor a mission of interest - 

  1. Click on Missions, Incidents, or Nearby to view the list of missions by most recent, grouped by incident, or nearby the center of the map respectively. 
  2. Search by typing in a mission name, incident, etc to filter the list of missions.
  3. A mission summary is provided for each mission listed
    • Mission status colored dot for planned, airborne, collecting. 
    • Mission name and date or minutes/hours old if less than 24 hours.  
    • Count of products for imagery, videos, and vector.
    • Either distance from the center of the map or incident name for all the products including in the mission. 
    • Mouseover the mission will provide mission details including local time and list of all incidents. 
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NOTE: 
  • Incident name is added to air intel products automatically based on the incident name of the nearest mapped incident feature in proximity at the time the product was sent from the aircraft. Therefore, it's possible for products to have no name or an incorrect name applied. 
  • Nearby distance is based the extent all the mission's products.  A "- mi" will display if no products are available for the mission.  The aircraft icon doesn't count.


Select a mission and view products

Clicking on a Mission opens an interactive pane to select, view, and download that mission's products. 

  1. The header includes mission details - name, status, incidents, local time and data.   
  2. Click on Image Placeholder to zoom to the mission's location and X to close the pane and return to the mission list. 
  3. The map is updated to show the mission's video locations, imagery extent outlines, the first image, and vector products.  An aircraft icon will display if the mission is active. 
  4. Click on Videos, Images, and Features tabs to change the product type to preview and manage. 
  5. The preview window will display a thumbnail of the video, streaming video, image, comments, or initial detection report for the product selected from the list - highlighted blue.  Note: Mouseover a video preview will access functions to pause, adjust/mute volume, view expanded, full screen. 
  6. Product list
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Example of streaming video
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Find and select specific products 

  1. Click on the product name in the list to change what is displayed in the preview.
  2. The product list and map are interactive to help you quickly find the the product you are looking for based on location.  Hovering over the product highlights the product's location blue on the map.  Clicking on a feature on the map will select that feature in the product list, turn an imagery layer on if not already on, and change the preview.  
  3. The blue bar next to the product name indicates the product is visible on the map.  To improve performance, one only imagery product is displayed on the map (see note at end of this article).  Clicking the product name for imagery will toggle the view on and off on the map.  Videos and features are always on unless archived (see below) or turned off in the layers menu.
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NOTE: Image files are very large.  To enhance performance, a maximum limit has been set for the number of images initially loaded.  If you load more, other image files will be turned off and a popup message will warn you.  The maximum number of images for a PC is 16, and six for a mobile device.


Zoom to, copy, archive, hide

A set of tools let you zoom to the location of the product, download, copy features such as heat perimeters or hot spots to the map as incident mapping, and manage what you see by archiving (hiding) products and showing or hiding on imagery outline on the map.
  1. Checking the box for a product displays icons for managing that product and opens a tool to select all and to make bulk changes.
  2. Mouseover the product provides a data and time and also displays icons for managing that product. It also highlights the the product on the map by changing the video extent, imagery extent, and features to blue. This is very helpful for locating a product for a specific location.
  3. Image PlaceholderArchive - Click on to archive and unarchive. This only affects our session. Nice for removing unwanted products.
    Image Placeholder Download is device - KML format for features and warped imagery, mp4 for videos. Note: to download an up-warped image file, right-click on the preview or expended view and save as or copy.
    Image Placeholder Zoom to location (excludes videos).
    Image Placeholder Copy geometry to map feature (features only)- use this to quickly copying a heat perimeter to an wildfire perimeter.  Note: Please follow-up by editing the feature to add incident name. 
    Image Placeholder Show or hide on imagery outline on the map (imagery only).
  4. Show/hide archived - Users have the ability to archive (hide) individual products from the list and map to reduce clutter. It only affects our session. Click to toggle on and off.
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