AirFire and Forestry

Cruising through the off season

Overall, the U.S. fire activity has been very light since Mother Nature’s rain put an end to the fires in the Smoky Mountains last fall. This part of the country has always experienced late season fires, but these were made

NCFS takes delivery of AT-802F

by Bill Lavender From a modest beginning in the 1940s, the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) aviation program has grown into a formidable fire management tool. The original force was composed of Piper observation planes and surplus Navy N3Ns, used

T&M Aviation Leading by Example

A little shy of 20 years ago, Ron Wolf found himself at a crossroads. Ron had built a successful career in the helicopter industry, starting with PHI Helicopters as an A&P/IA mechanic. PHI had instituted a mechanic to pilot transition

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

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