Pilot killed in helicopter crash near Payson, Arizona

(Updated at 8:35 p.m. MDT July 7, 2020) General area of the July 7, 2020 helicopter crash. ABC15 image. Officials from the Tonto National Forest confirmed that a helicopter crashed July 7 while working on the Polles Fire in central…

Eleven additional “CWN” air tankers are now working

Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, drops retardant on the Central Fire, June 20, 2020. Photo by JDH Images. The U.S. Forest Service has activated a total of 11 additional large fixed wing air tankers since May 30, 2020. Formerly on…

Photos of air tankers at JEFFCO airport used on the Chatridge 2 Fire near Denver

Tankers 02 (left, a BAe-146, N474NA) and T-22 (a P-3, N922AU) at Jeffco 6-29-2020. Shane Hervey photo. Shane Hervey shot these photos yesterday, June 29, at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (Jeffco) near Denver while air tankers were working the Chatridge…

More photos of the C-119s

Tanker 82 (N13745) at Ontario, CA November, 1975. By JD Davis. When JD Davis saw Steve Whitby’s photos of the three C-119 air tankers taken in 1981 as they were lined up at the Hemet-Ryan retardant pits, he was kind…

Wyoming hires two Single Engine Air Tankers

Air Tractor AT-802 Single Engine Air Tanker under contract in Wyoming. N23WT. Photo via Wyoming State Forestry Division June 22, 2020. The Wyoming State Forestry Division has hired two Single Engine Air Tankers. When last seen on June 17 they…

Air Tanker 914 drops on the Central Fire north of Phoenix

Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, drops retardant on the Central Fire, June 20, 2020. Photo by JDH Images. John Hall of JDH Images took these excellent photos of Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, dropping retardant on the Central Fire at…

Coulson’s ground-based fleet

Coulson Aviation’s maintenance support vehicles and fuel trucks for their CH-47 helicopters. Coulson photo. Coulson Aviation posted these photos and text on their Facebook page: Prior to dispatching out the second half of our Rotary Wing fleet this year we…

Judge refuses to reduce sentence for fatal crash on Iron 44 Fire

A judge has refused to reduce the sentence for Steven Metheny, 50, the former Vice President of Carson Helicopters whose falsification of records for a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter under contract to the U.S. Forest Service led to the deaths of…

Colorado to hire an exclusive use large air tanker for the first time

File photo of one aircraft that might be considered for an EU contract for the state of Colorado, a P3 Orion, which made a demonstration drop at Northern Colorado Regional Airport June 28, 2019. It has been under a CWN…

The first short-haul rescue completed at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Short-haul rescue in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, June 2, 2020. NPS photo by Tom Schaefer. After training for years, on June 2 park rangers at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park executed their first short-haul…

This is why the United States only has 13 large air tankers

The Forest Service Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry misled Senators during a hearing today I was out of town when today’s hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources started this morning about the current wildland…

An introduction to the Durango Airtanker Base

The video below was posted to YouTube June 2, 2020 by the Southwest Colorado Wildfire Coalition, with this description: Air resources can be extremely valuable in fighting a wildland fire. In Southwestern Colorado, with the dry weather this year and…

Forest Service needs to be more transparent while spending hundreds of millions contracting for firefighting aircraft

CAL FIRE air tanker 118 at Sacramento McClellan Airport. The Forest Service was given seven of these HC-130Hs formerly owned by the Coast Guard in order to convert them to air tankers, but lost interest and regifted them to the…

Two CWN large airtankers to be activated

Tanker 101, an MD-87, at Jeffco, May, 2020; a sister ship to the one activated on CWN. Photo by @skippyscage The Forest Service has activated two Call When Needed large air tankers for a 90-day Mandatory Availability Period. Tanker 104…

More details about the 36 firefighting helicopters awarded 90-day contracts

Ground and taxi test at the Medford airport October 21, 2019 for an Erickson Air-Crane purchased by the Korea Forest Service. Photo by Tim Crippin. More details are trickling out about the 36 Type 1 and Type 2 helicopters that…

One of the four Alaska Department of Forestry employees hospitalized after airplane crash has been released

The wreckage of an Alaska Division of Forestry aircraft that crashed on takeoff at the Aniak, Alaska airport, May 28, 2020. Photo by David Mattson. (This is updated information from the Alaska Department of Forestry about the aircraft crash that…

LA County Firehawk loses engine, makes precautionary landing

LA County Firehawk helicopters, photo by Bill Gabbert, Jan. 26, 2020. It was first called an “emergency landing” by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, but was later downgraded to a “precautionary landing.” Go to Source to read more Author:…

An assortment of Coulson helicopters at San Bernardino

Coulson-Unical helicopters at San Bernardino. Coulson photo May 25, 2020. Coulson Aviation posted these photos May 25 of an assortment of Coulson-Unical helicopters at San Bernardino. Coulson-Unical helicopters at San Bernardino. Coulson photo May 25, 2020. Coulson-Unical helicopters at San…

Conair — 50 years in less than 5 minutes

Screenshot from the Conair film Conair has produced a short video documenting the history of the company. Jeff Berry, Director of Business Development, described it for us: “2020 is Conair’s 51st fire season supporting wildfire control agencies around the world.…

Another Firehawk arrives at McClellan

Helicopter 205 at McClellan. Photo by John Vogel 5-21-2020. Another new Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk has been delivered to CAL FIRE’s base at Sacramento McClellan Airport. John Vogel spotted it May 21, two weeks after Paul Filmer photographed it being flight…

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