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Associated Aerial Firefighters has established an award for leadership, dedication and having a profound effect on safety in Aerial Firefighting. Named for Walt Darran, a pioneer and leader in advancing aerial firefighting, The Walt Darran Award provides a lifetime membership to Associated Aerial Firefighters.

We are assembling our speakers for this year and our keynote speaker is Clint Crookshanks, NTSB, accident investigator. Clint will discuss two landmark firefighting accidents involving one helicopter accident and one tanker accident.
We have an SR-71 presentation 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.
Boundary Layer Research Aerospace …… Pending
US Forest Service Washington Office Air Program Manager John Nelson will provide an update on a new Very Large Airtanker proposal.
We will have retardant updates and updates from the USFS, 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.


Clint Crookshanks will arrive Tuesday and we should have him at out 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 13. The meeting takes place on Wednesday, December 14. 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 AAFF16. Standard room rate is $40.00 per night and deluxe room rate is $50.00 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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Dale Head daleflies@hotmail.com


Forum, News, Articles

Where Do We Get Such Men? submitted by Jim Barnes

“Where do we get such men”.  A famous quote from a famous story called “The Bridges of Toko Ri by James Michener.  After losing his favorite fighter pilot and SAR helicopter crew to enemy action, Admiral Tarrant, on the bridge of his carrier … [Continue reading]

USFS Next Gen RFP summer 2014

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

From CBS News regarding the Aerial Firefighting Fleet.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/aging-planes-being-used-to-battle-wildfires/     … [Continue reading]

George Petterson recipient of the inaugural Walt Darran award

“The Associated Aerial Firefighters Board of Directors has instituted an new policy to award a life time honorary membership in the Associated Aerial Firefighters to the current 2014 Walt Darran  recipient, Mr. George Petterson, and succeeding … [Continue reading]

“Wings Over Fire”Interview by Tony Morris, “Night Time Aerial Fire Fighting”

            Mike Sagely- Senior Pilot and Safety Officer, Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Air Operations   “Night Time Aerial Fire Fighting” Interview by Tony Morris, “Wings Over Fire”, … [Continue reading]

Tangent Link Accommodations

Tangent Link has negotiated a specially discounted room rate at the nearby Lions Gate Hotel, Sacramento. All AFF 2014 attendees are entitled to a special room rate of $84.00 per night and a room block has been reserved from the 17th – 20thMarch. … [Continue reading]