Reno 2016

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RENO 2016 We’d like to thank all the presenters and participants who attended the annual AAF Reno meeting. Unlike Las Vegas we like to share what happens in Reno. Our objective is to provide a venue for an exchange of ideas and information … [Read more...]

What happens in Reno?

For a good time come to Reno for the AAF annual meeting. And while you’re there- You can learn why 52 pilots and 80 mechanics working for Cal Fire are smiling. You can have free cocktails. Be with people willing to listen to you and tell … [Read more...]

Monday Morning

It’s been a busy summer. I’m flying an OV-10 Air Attack and staying marginally proficient with occasional flights in the S-2T. It’s been thirty-four years since I flew Air Attack and it has changed a bit. I went to work in April but it was July … [Read more...]

USFS Next Gen RFP summer 2014

https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USDA/FS/024B/SN-2014-03/listing.html … [Read more...]

Tony Morris, As I See It

    BOMBARDIER 415 U.S. FOREST SERVICE AS I SEE IT TONY MORRIS   In 1988 our family moved from Santa Monica to a house in the Fernwood neighborhood of Topanga. Wildfires have burned in Topanga for centuries. Native … [Read more...]

Interview with Rich Briggs-Lockheed Martin

DATE:  10-15-13 FROM: TONY MORRIS –“As I See It”  www.airtanker.org                                             ASSOCIATED AERIAL FIREFIGHTERS TO:  RICH BRIGGS – LOCKHEED … [Read more...]

The Fed Side

Lead Planes We take a lot of things for granted in our world. In 2004 most of the federal pilots flying large airtankers in the U.S. took their jobs for granted until a fax appeared at the offices of the various contractors saying their contracts … [Read more...]

The Fed Side

Lift Ticket by Hank Caruso

Near Miss How do you write about a near miss? Let’s see; there I was. No, that’s been done before. How about just the facts. Well, there we were. Lowell had just called V1 so we were committed to fly when I saw the glider. It appeared from … [Read more...]

The Fed Side III

It’s February 2013 and tanker 48 is back on-the-job. We’re currently hanging in Porterville where I’m trying to reconstruct the balance of last season. It’s like déjà vous all over again; as I recall we left Casper Wyoming July 30th and … [Read more...]

The Fed Side, part II

A (rare) shot of Dean at home, happily cooking a gourmet meal for Nancy.

We found work in Billings in June. The place to stay is The Crown Plaza. They give you a smokin’ deal on rooms if you work for the Forest Service. It’s a high rise, twenty-two floors. Last year a guy threw a chair through the window of his tenth … [Read more...]