AirFire and Forestry

FireWhirls invisible danger for aerial firefighting

Compiled from original article appearing in Canadian Underwriter Four Fire Boss AT-802A Air Tractor aircraft were in the process of releasing water onto a forest fire near Cold Lake, Canada – normal routine firefighting. The TSB (Transportation Safety Board of

Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific 2016 “A Round Up”

A massive thank you goes out to everyone involved in Tangent Link’s Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific 2016 (AFF APAC) which took place in Adelaide, South Australia on 5 and 6 September 2016. AFF APAC attracted 250 aerial firefighting specialists from

“Why a SEAT Program?”

“Why a SEAT Program?” By Mark Bickham While fighting a relatively small wildfire, (about 40 acres.) in the Wind River Range of western Wyoming, many years ago, the hand crew that I was attached to was struggling to build a

AVIALSA subcontracts ZTC for maintenance of Macedonian AT-802 fire-fighting aircraft

By Igor Bozinovski, edited for space by AgAir Update. SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 Avialsa, the European Air Tractor Dealer located in Valencia, Spain has entered into an agreement with the Croatian state-owned aircraft maintenance facility Zrakoplovno-Tehnički Centar – ZTC (Aeronautical Technical Center),

Aerial firefighters double-down on safety as fires rage

image: FilePhoto WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — As wildfires rage across much of the US, aerial firefighters are continually reviewing and enhancing their safety management systems, with increasing attention to the impact of firefighting’s high-stress environment on pilots and

Hellenic Air Force suffers its second CL-215 crash of the year.

The status of Greece’s aerial fire-fighting armada is in crisis after the Hellenic Air Force endured its third major CL-215/415 disaster since 2014. On June 26, 2016 at 11:09 GMT, the piston-engine, fire-fighting aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force, the

Kawak Aviation technologies introduces three new bucket pump models for heavy hellicopters

Bend, OR ⎯ Kawak Aviation Technologies announced today the introduction of a new high capacity refill system for heavy helicopter firefighting buckets. The product was developed in response to operators desiring a simplified, more reliable, and faster filling system. With

Simplex Fire Attack™ System destined to become a mainstay of the aerial firefighting industry

Portland, OR—Simplex Aerospace’s newest and largest Fire Attack™ System, the Model 347 for the CH-47, successfully fought its first fire in early May. After an impressive 21 water drops in one fuel cycle, the tank was able to extinguish a

The scoop on Aero Spray

Aero Spray, Inc. of Appleton, MN entered into the aerial fire-fighting world in 1999 with a MN-DNR “call-when-needed” contract for its AT-802A. Owner John Schwenk quickly discovered that the AT-802 was a highly cost effective spray and fire-fighting aircraft that

Living the dream

Often, I am asked, “What is it like to be a SEAT pilot?” My reply usually is, “I have the best job in the world”. Believe me when I say that this life is not for everyone. Extended periods of

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