AAF Reno 2017




We are assembling our speakers for this year and our keynote speaker is Colonel Rick “CJ” Sturckow, USMC (Ret.). “CJ” is a Marine Aviator and a retired Astronaut and has built a very comprehensive CRM program.  This program is being adjusted to fit aerial firefighting operations.  This will be an excellent presentation.  Our next presentation will be from an application/operations specialist for the Garmin Corporation to talk about the advances in ADS-B equipment and options for firefighting aircraft.

US Forest Service Washington Office Air Program Manager John Nelson will discuss large airtanker maintenance issues.

CAL FIRE will provide an update on their program and aircraft inventory.

Retardant updates and environmental impacts on retardant use from Ron Railey, ICL Phos Chek.

We are lining up some airframe and engine exhibitors that will have displays. We have an SR-71 pilot that will be in attendance for both Tuesday and Wednesday evening social get together for some fun by the last operational pilot of the Blackbird; Lt. Col. Tom McCleary will provide some very interesting aspects of the SR-71 operation.

We will have updates from several State Forestry Units, and several city and county operators and some additional interesting speakers.

More details to follow.  Please make your room reservations now.  Col. CJ Sturckow,  and other speakers will arrive Tuesday and we should have them at our hospitality suite by 6:00 PM; here is your opportunity for one-on-one discussion!  We will have a second hospitality “meeting” Wednesday night too for more personal discussions.

Check-in at the El Dorado, Tuesday, December 12.  The meeting takes place on Wednesday, December 13.  For the AAF group rate, it’s necessary that you make your reservation by November 20.  Call the El Dorado Hotel 1-800-648-5966, give reservations the Reference Group name: ASSOCIATED AERIAL FIREFIGHTERS. The Special Group Code is IEAAF17.  Standard room rate is $40.00 per night and deluxe room rate is $55.00 per night.   Check-in is 3:00pm and checkout is noon.

We have hospitality rooms for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings; this is where the business is finished!  If you have questions, please call Dave Wardall  209-274-9160 or E-mail:  davidwardall@gmail.com

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