The SEAT that crashed Sept. 22 in Idaho was first registered two months ago

Ricky Fulton The Single Engine Air Tanker that crashed in Idaho September 22 was manufactured this year and was registered for the first time July 10, 2020. The aircraft was an Air Tractor 802A, N836MM, SN 802A-0836, owned by Aero…

Interim report released for fatal air tanker crash in Australia

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released an interim report about the January 23, 2020 crash of a C-130, Air Tanker 134, that killed the three crewmembers on board. This follows the preliminary report the agency issued in February,…

Photos of northern California firefighting aircraft, part 2

Smokejumper aircraft, Short Bros SD3-60 Sherpa, N145Z Dylan Phelps sent us these photos that he captured at various Northern California airports in the first part of September as our firefighters were going up against one of the most vicious wildfire…

Excellent video of DC-10 dropping through smoke

DC-10 dropping on the Almeda Fire, September 8, 2020. Screenshot from the Lorne Julien video. [embedded content] I’m not sure where Lorne Julien shot this video. Even though the title of it is September 9, 2020, it may have been…

Russian plane transports three fire engines from New Jersey to California

September 13, 2020 | 9:05 a.m. PDT An Antonov-124-100 transported three New Jersey fire engines to California. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department, September 12, 2020. An Antonov-124-100 transported three New Jersey Forest Fire Service engines and 10 firefighters to San…

Teen firefighting pilot flies Blackhawks and Chinooks

Ashli Blain, screenshot from KECI video. Ashli Blain, a 19-year old college student, recently went back to school after spending her summer fighting fires from helicopters as a command pilot in Blackhawks and copilot in Chinooks. She works for Billings…

Photos of air tankers attacking fire one mile from air tanker base

Tanker 103, (an MD-87, N293EA) drops on a fire west of the Medford, OR airport Sept. 9, 2020. Photo by Tim Crippin. Tim Crippin shot these photos of two air tankers dropping on a fire that had just broken out…

Lockheed L-188 air tanker strikes tree while dropping retardant

File photo of a generic Lockheed L-188 (not an air tanker). A four-engine air tanker, an L-188, struck a tree while making a retardant drop on a fire August 23, 2020. The tanker was working out of the retardant base…

Conair installs glass flight decks on their air attack aircraft

From Conair Group: Conair Group Inc. Completes Three Extensive Turbo Commander Avionics Installations The project included G950 flight deck integrations for Conair Aerial Firefighting ABBOTSFORD, CANADA (September 4, 2020) – Conair Group Inc. completed an extensive avionics project on the…

Kaman Aerospace orders mandatory inspection of K-MAX helicopters

A K-MAX helicopter working the Myrtle Fire in South Dakota, July 19, 2012. Photo by Bill Gabbert for Fire Aviation. Kaman Aerospace has issued a mandatory action service bulletin requiring operators of K-1200 K-MAX aircraft within a specified range of…

Summarizing the aerial firefighter line of duty deaths during a recent 49-day period

If you are like me it seems like there have been a lot of deaths of firefighting pilots recently (there have been) and maybe it is getting difficult to keep track. I feel bad if for a moment I can’t…

Ride with the pilots as C-130 aircraft drop retardant on fires

Screenshot from MAFFS cockpit video below, California, August 22, 2020. Fred Johnson of Airailimages let us know about a video he put on YouTube of California Air National Guard C-130Js fighting fire using a Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS). It…

Pilot killed in helicopter accident while battling Oregon fire

August 25, 2020 | 4:07 a.m. PDT White River Fire August 24, 2020 The pilot of a helicopter was killed August 24 while assisting firefighters on the White River Fire in Oregon. According to the U.S. Forest Service the K-MAX…

Firefighters resupplied by steerable parachutes

GPS guided parachute resupplies firefighters with food on the August Complex of fires on the Mendocino National Forest. Screenshot from video. Firefighters in a remote location on the August Complex of fires in northern California were recently resupplied with four…

Two additional MAFFS air tankers mobilized, bringing the total up to four

File photo of MAFFS aircraft at Cheyenne, WY for annual training and recertification, April 30, 2014. Two military C-130 aircraft equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) were mobilized earlier this week to join the other two activated July…

Pilot killed in crash of firefighting helicopter near Coalinga, California

August 19, 2020  |  5:12 p.m. PDT N711GH, Guardian Helicopters photo. A pilot was killed August 19 in the crash of a helicopter while working on the Hills Fire, approximately 9 miles south of the City of Coalinga. Air and…

Three helicopters help suppress fire that spread into auto wrecking yard near Bend, Oregon

A vegetation fire that spread into an auto wrecking yard Saturday was attacked by firefighters on the ground and at least five aircraft. Hundreds of homes were threatened including a mobile home park next door. Footage from KTVZ showed numerous…

Preliminary report reveals one of the SEATs involved in the July 30 mid-air collision had retardant on windshield

Two pilots were killed July 30, 2020 at the Bishop Fire in southeast Nevada A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that one of the two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) that collided and crashed July…

One of the two Forest Service infrared mapping aircraft has not been successfully used since November, 2018

The two USFS aircraft equipped with infrared sensors used to map vegetation fires. USFS graphic. The U.S. Forest Service owns two twin-engine aircraft equipped with infrared (IR) sensing technology that can accurately map wildfires, even at night and through smoke.…

Crash of Portuguese CL-215 air tanker kills pilot

August 8, 2020 | 1 p.m. MDT Map showing the general area of the crash of a CL-215 (EC-HET). The icons represent heat detected by satellites at 8:10 a.m. MDT (US) August 8, 2020. A Portuguese water-scooping air tanker crashed…

Subscribe to International Fire Fighter today for FREE!

Choose a Printed or Digital subscription to have full access to our website content.

Subscribe here for FREE

To dismiss this message please login here