Fire Aviation

Pandemic makes it difficult to obtain raw materials to produce fire retardant

Dry retardant mix that the Royal Australian Air Force transported from the U.S. to Australia…

Parallel Flight Technology’s next drone model will be able to carry 100 pounds for hours

Joshua Resnick, the CEO of Parallel Flight Technologies, describes in a video how their drones…

Two CAL FIRE C-130 air tankers spotted at McClellan

CAL FIRE air tanker 118 at Sacramento McClellan Airport. Photographed by John Vogel March 4,…

Tanker 101 on the Moonfish Fire

Air Tanker 101, an MD-87, drops on the Moonfish Fire in Big Cypress National Preserve…

Contracts to be awarded for 28 Type 1 firefighting helicopters

Helicopter Transport Services’ Helicopter 718 maneuvers over the Red Canyon Fire in the Black Hills…

USFS awards 90-day contracts for 22 additional helicopters

The U.S. Forest Service has awarded 90-day contracts for an 22 additional helicopters that can…

Rappeller training in Idaho modified for COVID-19

Rappel training in Salmon, ID. USFS photo. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service CURRENT HEALTH…

Rough day for a DC-4

(Originally published at 5:40 p.m. PDT May 10, 2020) Manny D-man 01 sent us this…

Two new Firehawks tested in Colorado

Eventually will be delivered to CAL FIRE and Los Angeles County FD Paul Filmer sent…

90-Day contracts awarded for 14 firefighting helicopters

The U.S. Forest Service has awarded 90-day contracts for 14 helicopters that can lift at…

Erickson enacts pay cuts and furloughs for some employees

Their Air-Cranes have been shipped from Australia to Greece for the northern hemisphere wildfire season…

Updated Forest Service air tanker schedule

All 13 under contract are expected to be working by May 19 The U.S. Forest…

Annual training and certification was held for crews of three Modular Airborne FireFighting Module (MAFFS) aircraft

Members of the 302nd Airlift Wing load a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Firefighting System…

US Forest Service may contract for up to 30 more helicopters

A Eurocopter Super Puma AW139 arrives at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California January 24, 2020.…

Military C-130 crews train for fighting wildfires

MAFFS aircraft at Boise, April 20, 2017. Photo by Bill Gabbert. Military crews and C-130…

MD-87 air tanker lands safely after losing an engine

The crew declared an emergency and landed at Midland, Texas A problem with an engine…

Contracts with Type 1 helicopters are expiring April 30

Some vendors have received 30-day contracts beginning May 1 The four-year exclusive use contracts for…

A DC-10 reloading in Arizona worked the Holcomb Road Fire in Texas

Tanker 910 delivered at least four loads of retardant over two days A wildfire 32…

The first of five C-130s purchased from Norway departs from Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson

Coulson intends to convert them into air tankers The first of five C-130H planes that…

Colorado seeks to add to their aerial firefighting resources for COVID-19 preparedness

The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) is requesting three additional air tankers…

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