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Forum, News, Articles

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 … [Continue reading]

Wings Wheels Rotors & Expo

Announcing this year's Wings Wheels Rotors & Expo held at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield (11200 Lexington Dr.  Los Alamitos, CA  90720) on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Below is a flyer for the event. For more … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

California Fire Pilots August newsletter

CFPA Aug 2013 … [Continue reading]

AS I SEE IT: Coulson Aviation’s Tanker 131

  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 … [Continue reading]

Tribute to an old friend

As a young man Jay Martinak started his flying career as a warrior flying helicopters in Vietnam.  When we met him he was flying helicopters as an aerial firefighter for the California Department of Forestry.  In a very short time Jay rose to the … [Continue reading]