Con Air T160 RJ85 Fireguard water drop video … [Read more...]

In Memorium (Spanish Air Force 43rd Fire-Fighting Squadon)

La trayectoria del 43 Grupo de Fuerzas Aéreas se remonta a 1971, con la llegada de las primeras unidades Canadair CL-215 a España. Desde su inauguración, y aunque a veces se confunda, esta unidad apagafuegos no pertenece ni a Protección Civil ni … [Read more...]

Rebuilding the USFS contract LAT (Large Airtanker) fleet

By Jim Barnes:   The time to rebuild our Nation’s large airtanker fleet is now.  The evidence is in.  Large, destructive and deadly fires are on the increase because of the lack of adequate initial attack response by Federal … [Read more...]

Forest Service Deactivates MAFFS (pending Santa Anas, etc)

Forest Service Ends Military Firefighting Aircraft Activation From a U.S. Northern Command News Release BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 5, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center here, has decided to end current … [Read more...]

California Fire Pilots August newsletter

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AS I SEE IT: Coulson Aviation’s Tanker 131

Tony Morris

  AS I SEE IT:   Coulson Aviation’s  Tanker 131  Tony Morris = TM Wayne Coulson = WC   TM:     Please describe Coulson Aviation’s U.S.F.S. ,Fire and Aviation Management contract. For how many years is the … [Read more...]

“It wasn’t too bad—”; Smokey Val

Woodhouse Fire, 2005.

We're about half-way through another season---so far, so good . Maybe time to review that ageless bit of sage advice from legandary Air Attack coordinator Smokey Vallesillo. Let's make sure we all get the chance to share a few stories at Reno in … [Read more...]

A Call To Arms; Aerial Firefighters Working Group. Searching for a few good firefighters.

Aerial FireFighters Working Group AAF is forming a small group of members experienced in aerial firefighting to act as a sounding board for new ideas and challenges, and a pro-active advocate for solutions to new and old problems related to Safety, … [Read more...]

Newfoundland CL415 sinks: pilots OK

(Neil Simmons/ THE CANADIAN PRESS) July 3, 2013 6:59PM EDT WABUSH, N.L. -- Two pilots are safe after a water bomber ended up in a lake Wednesday while fighting forest fires near the western Labrador town of Wabush. Newfoundland and Labrador's … [Read more...]

NextGen update

Next gen air tankers high in Canadian content Canadian industry is well represented in the US Forest Service’s next generation air tanker program. Monday July 1st 2013 - by Kenneth I. Swartz Development of the next generation of firefighting … [Read more...]