Fire Aviation

A proposal for countries to share air tankers resurfaces

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Canadian Australian Strategic Firefighting Initiative vessel. (Davie Shipyard) A…

Deployment of two air tankers to Australia delayed by fog and a volcano

Air Tankers 910, 911, and 914 at Albuquerque, May 3, 2019. The departure of additional…

Australian Navy recovers helicopter from reservoir

The UH-1H helicopter ditched while working on a bushfire The post Australian Navy recovers helicopter…

Helicopter ditches in lake while fighting bushfire in Australia

The pilot swam to shore and was taken to a hospital The post Helicopter ditches…

New mission for Colorado’s Multi-Mission Aircraft

Monday night it was investigating the drone activity that has been observed in Colorado and…

Two MD-87 firefighting air tankers will deploy to Australia

This will bring Australia’s fleet of large air tankers up to 11 for the 2019/2020…

More photos of tankers at Hemet-Ryan, 1980

After seeing the 1980 video of air tankers landing and taking off at the Hemet-Ryan…

Air tanker activity at Hemet-Ryan in 1980

Some of the aircraft were probably working the Panorama Fire that burned 310 homes The…

NWCG typing for Unmanned Aerial Systems

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group establishes the standards to describe the capabilities of firefighting aircraft,…

Australian government increases aerial firefighting funding by 57%

The federal government of Australia is committing an additional $11 million to beef up the…

Forest Service to sign 35 air tankers on Call When Needed agreements

The U.S. Forest Service will be signing Call When Needed (CWN) agreements for air tanker…

Hard landing for firefighting helicopter in New South Wales

The pilot walked away with minor injuries The post Hard landing for firefighting helicopter in…

NPS selects Ody Anderson as Aviation Safety Manager

Mr. Anderson is a certified UAS pilot The post NPS selects Ody Anderson as Aviation…

Helicopter struck by suspected drone over downtown Los Angeles makes precautionary landing

This could happen over a wildfire The post Helicopter struck by suspected drone over downtown…

Looking back at the Martin Mars

In spite of the fact that it has been about four years since the massive…

Conair to acquire five flight simulators

The three-axis motion platforms will be part of what is being called the world’s first…

Contract awarded again to install retardant systems in CAL FIRE’s HC-130H aircraft

A contract awarded in 2016 was cancelled The post Contract awarded again to install retardant…

Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Sikorsky S70I Firehawk being tested Nov. 16, 2019 in Colorado. Photo by Erick Lama for United Rotorcraft.
Another Firehawk helicopter has been delivered to Los Angeles County

In a couple of years the Department expects to have a total of 7 Firehawks…

new Sikorsky S70I has been outfitted as a Firehawk by United Rotorcraft for San Diego Fire-Rescue. Photo by Erick Lama.
San Diego receives new Firehawk helicopter

San Diego Fire-Rescue is adding a Sikorsky S70I to their aerial firefighting fleet. After being…

Air show over the Cave Fire

1:30 p.m. PST November 26, 2019 Mike Eliason of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department…

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