Fire Aviation

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…

Coulson purchases five C-130H aircraft from Norway

The aircraft will be converted to air tankers The post Coulson purchases five C-130H aircraft…

Former fire chiefs say more aerial firefighting resources are needed in Australia

Almost two dozen former leaders of emergency services organizations in Australia are recommending that the…

Desiree Horton. Screenshot from ABC video.
ABC News features southern California helicopter pilot

ABC News has a three-minute video report on the only full time firefighting helicopter pilot…

NWCG standards for unmanned aircraft operations

Early this year the National Wildfire Coordinating Group published their standards for operating unmanned aircraft…

Air tanker en route to Australia turns back due to radio problem

A DC-10 has been activated to assist with bushfires in Australia The post Air tanker…

Two additional air tankers added to Australia’s firefighting fleet

Australia is experiencing an unusually high level of bushfire activity The post Two additional air…

New Air-Crane for South Korea being tested prior to delivery

Tim Crippin sent us these photos of a new S-64 Erickson Air-Crane that is being…

S-2 air tanker used on wildfire in Kansas

It is believed to be the first time a large air tanker has been deployed…

Human External Cargo in Alberta

Alberta Wildfire published a series of three tweets showing training for helitack personnel. One of…

Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations receives Humanitarian Service Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced November 8 that the Los Angeles County (California) Fire Department…

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