South Carolina National Guard helps out with Colombia fires
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by Kelly Andersson
5d ago
The South Carolina National Guard is providing assistance to Colombia, its State Partnership Program partner, as it faces dozens of wildfires. With as many as 30 active fires in and around Bogota in late January, the SC  National Guard has loaned Colombia multiple helicopter buckets, according to a report by Vertical Magazine. “We are sorry … The post South Carolina National Guard helps out with Colombia fires appeared first on Fire Aviation ..read more
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CAL FIRE C-130s update
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by Kelly Andersson
2w ago
CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit With the transfer of ownership of the seven C-130H aircraft  complete, installation of the 4000-gallon internal tanks has begun. The C-130s at McClellan will be used for initial attack delivery of retardant and the airtankers will provide additional support to the state’s existing fleet. The strategy during the transfer process has … The post CAL FIRE C-130s update appeared first on Fire Aviation ..read more
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Historic 1989 airtankers parked in Arizona
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by Kelly Andersson
2w ago
More photos of aircraft that were parked at Ed’s Airpark before being moved down to Avra Valley Airpark. These photos are a followup to the 28. December post about a 1990 Picacho C-54 airtanker, based on an inquiry from Iain Mackenzie in Scotland. THANKS so much to Mike Daftarian for looking these up. That Picacho … The post Historic 1989 airtankers parked in Arizona appeared first on Fire Aviation ..read more
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Colombian fire helicopters busy
Fire Aviation
by Kelly Andersson
3w ago
Fires are burning across Colombia as the country’s Air Force fights toward containment with its Black Hawks fitted with Bambi buckets; the fires have recently burned over 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres). Colombia’s fleet includes at least 10 UH-60A ex-US Army and 9 UH-60L helicopters (police) and 47 UH-60L and 7 S-70i Army ships. Aerial Fire … The post Colombian fire helicopters busy appeared first on Fire Aviation ..read more
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Smoke gets in your eyes
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by Kelly Andersson
1M ago
Carsten Warneke with NOAA flies through wildfire columns in a converted DC-8. On purpose. As reported by Devin Farmiloe in SLATE Magazine, Warneke is a research physicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who investigates wildfires and their effects on air quality. He collects for analysis air samples over a live wildfire and its … The post Smoke gets in your eyes appeared first on Fire Aviation ..read more
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Fatal SEAT crash yesterday in Chile
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by Kelly Andersson
1M ago
The Ministry of Agriculture in Chile has confirmed that a pilot working for the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) has died following a plane crash near Panguilemo Airport (TLX). According to aerotime.aero, the Ayres Turbo Thrush aircraft was flying fire control work at around 4:30 pm local time. CONAF reported that the accident occurred in the … The post Fatal SEAT crash yesterday in Chile appeared first on Fire Aviation ..read more
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Iain’s C-54 collection
Fire Aviation
by Kelly Andersson
1M ago
Iain Mackenzie wrote us today:  “The Privateer was at Mesa Falcon Field and was probably the highlight of my trip finding it there!”   Iain Mackenzie took these photos on a 1990 road trip in Arizona and has recently shared these with us. Part of his earlier message back in December: Looking for info. In 1990 … The post Iain’s C-54 collection appeared first on Fire Aviation ..read more
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FAA blesses retractable tank for Chinook helicopters
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by Kelly Andersson
1M ago
Helitak Firefighting Equipment, a developer of firefighting tanks for helicopters located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the FT-11K retractable aerial fire tank for CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Aerial Fire Magazine reports that the FT-11K has been in development and testing for several years; with its … The post FAA blesses retractable tank for Chinook helicopters appeared first on Fire Aviation ..read more
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Australia leases new Bell 204B helicopter
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by Kelly Andersson
1M ago
Australia’s Green Triangle Fire Alliance (GTFA) has acquired on a 3-year lease a new Bell 204B firefighting helicopter. Equipped with a 1,250-liter bucket — about 330 gallons — the 204B carries more water than the B2 Squirrel hired by GTFA in 2022. The Border Watch reported that the Green Triangle’s timber plantation companies are investing … The post Australia leases new Bell 204B helicopter appeared first on Fire Aviation ..read more
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Aero-Flite expanding at Spokane
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by Kelly Andersson
2M ago
Aero-Flite Inc. is expanding operations at Spokane International Airport, where the company is planning a 30,000-square-foot maintenance hangar to handle its growing fleet, says general manager Chris Niemann. The Spokane Journal reported that the company has filed a pre-development conference application with the city of Spokane to review plans for the structure, valued at over … The post Aero-Flite expanding at Spokane appeared first on Fire Aviation ..read more
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