Fire Aviation

Interview with a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter pilot

I interviewed one of the pilots that fly multi-mission helicopters for the Los Angeles Fire…

Ontario Air Tanker Base was closed after a jettisoned load of retardant landed on homes and children

Air Tanker 135, a C-119, jettisoning 2,000 gallons of fire retardant west of the Ontario…

How much does it cost to drop retardant on a fire?

Yesterday I wrote a lengthy article about exclusive use Next Generation 3.0 air tanker contracts,…

Statistics for the use of air tankers, 2000 through 2019

This chart shows data from 2000 through 2019 for the number of large air tankers…

A fourth Q400MR delivered to Sécurité Civile

Another Dash 8-Q400 MR air tanker has been delivered to Sécurité Civile in France. This…

MIL-8 MTV helicopter filmed in Australia

The video below published January 10, 2020 features a  helicopter operated by Hevilift that was…

Why 2,500 liters of retardant was dropped in Australia’s capital city

Wednesday’s accidental drop of 2,500 liters (660 gallons) of fire retardant in downtown Canberra, Australia…

Air tanker drops retardant in downtown Canberra, Australia

Retardant drop Feb. 4, 2020 in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Photo by ACT Emergency Services Agency.…

Heat from helicopter’s landing light starts fire in Australia

File photo of a Royal Australian Navy NHI MRH-90 Helicopter. Photo by Duan Zhu. (This…

In a 5-year period two helicopter crashes during aerial ignition operations resulted in three fatalities

(This article was first published on WildfireToday.com) After seeing the wildland firefighter accident and injury…

Smokejumpers — behind the scenes

The video, below: behind the scenes with the Redding Smokejumpers. Go to Source to read…

Orange County plans to upgrade helicopter fleet

When Desiree Horton was hired by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in…

DOI makes it official — most of its drones are grounded

The Secretary of the Interior has signed an order that effectively grounds drones used by…

Erickson is working on a “pilot optional nighttime firefighting solution”

Erickson, the manufacturer and operator of the S-64 Air Crane helicopter, has announced a new…

Video released of the final drop of Tanker 134 in Australia

A video has emerged of the final retardant drop of Air Tanker 134, the Coulson…

Images of helicopters inside the Anaheim Convention center at HELI-EXPO

As the Helicopter Association International HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California closes today, I have assembled a…

Photos of helicopters arriving at HAI HELI-EXPO

Today I found time to go through some of photos from the Helicopter Association International…

Canadians send aircraft to assist with Australian bushfires

The Canadian Armed Forces are sending aircraft to Australia to assist with the unprecedented number…

Fire Department helicopter crew responded to Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash

Cool, moist air limited the visibility the morning of January 26 when I stopped by…

More information has become available about the C-130 crash in Australia

Australian media outlets have published aerial photos of the site where Air Tanker 134, an…

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