Report of serious air tanker incident in Australia

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is reporting that contact has been lost with a large air tanker that was working in the southern part of the state in the Snowy Monaro area. Posted at 7:22 PST January 22,…

Australian public television reports on the country’s air tanker situation

Greg Mullins, former head of New South Wales Rural Fire Service, was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Greg Mullins, former head of New South Wales Rural Fire Service, was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), a public broadcasting…

Australia’s Air Force assists with bushfire crisis

C-17A Globemaster airplanes have transported three NH-90 helicopters from New Zealand. The Royal Australian Air Force is providing assistance during the bushfire crisis on the continent in a number of ways: C-17A Globemaster airplanes have transported NH-90 helicopters from New…

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 concept for sharing firefighting air tankers between the northern and southern hemispheres proposed in 2016 has resurfaced. The wildfire seasons in opposite times of the…

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 air tankers from the United States to assist with bushfires in Australia has been delayed for reasons not usually associated with firefighting. The MD-87 air…

Australian Navy recovers helicopter from reservoir

The UH-1H helicopter ditched while working on a bushfire The post Australian Navy recovers helicopter from reservoir appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Helicopter ditches in lake while fighting bushfire in Australia

The pilot swam to shore and was taken to a hospital The post Helicopter ditches in lake while fighting bushfire in Australia appeared first on Fire Aviation.

New mission for Colorado’s Multi-Mission Aircraft

Monday night it was investigating the drone activity that has been observed in Colorado and other states The post New mission for Colorado’s Multi-Mission Aircraft appeared first on Fire Aviation.

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 bushfire season The post Two MD-87 firefighting air tankers will deploy to Australia appeared first on Fire Aviation.

More photos of tankers at Hemet-Ryan, 1980

After seeing the 1980 video of air tankers landing and taking off at the Hemet-Ryan Airport JD Davis sent us these photos that were also taken at Hemet-Ryan in 1980. He said Tanker 70 was the first S-2 to have…

Air tanker activity at Hemet-Ryan in 1980

Some of the aircraft were probably working the Panorama Fire that burned 310 homes The post Air tanker activity at Hemet-Ryan in 1980 appeared first on Fire Aviation.

NWCG typing for Unmanned Aerial Systems

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group establishes the standards to describe the capabilities of firefighting aircraft, crews, and equipment. For example, a Very Large Air Tanker  must be able to carry at least 8,000 gallons of water or retardant, while a…

Australian government increases aerial firefighting funding by 57%

The federal government of Australia is committing an additional $11 million to beef up the nation’s aerial firefighting capability. The extra funding will supplement the $14.9 million existing budget to bring the total up to nearly $26 million. The southern…

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 services with six companies for a total of 35 aircraft. The agency made it official on December 5, exactly 555 days after the process began…

Hard landing for firefighting helicopter in New South Wales

The pilot walked away with minor injuries The post Hard landing for firefighting helicopter in New South Wales appeared first on Fire Aviation.

NPS selects Ody Anderson as Aviation Safety Manager

Mr. Anderson is a certified UAS pilot The post NPS selects Ody Anderson as Aviation Safety Manager appeared first on Fire 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 Los Angeles makes precautionary landing appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Looking back at the Martin Mars

In spite of the fact that it has been about four years since the massive Martin Mars has assisted firefighters on the ground by dropping 7,200 gallons of water, the unique nature of the huge flying boat remains  vividly in…

Conair to acquire five flight simulators

The three-axis motion platforms will be part of what is being called the world’s first aerial firefighting training and tactics center The post Conair to acquire five flight simulators appeared first on Fire Aviation.

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 systems in CAL FIRE’s HC-130H aircraft appeared first on Fire Aviation.

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