CAL FIRE, the Next Stage

The California firefighting agency has recently been tasked to fight some of the biggest fires in its history, with its ageing aerial S-2T air tanker fleet. Alan Warnes discovers why it may have to alter its future strategy to cope with the additional workload. Last December, the world watched on as another round of wildfires […]

Global SuperTanker is Going Truly Global

Global SuperTanker Services operates the biggest aerial firefighting aircraft in the world, a Boeing 747-400, N744ST/’944’. Initially developed by Evergreen International, Global SuperTanker acquired the physical and intellectual property rights related to Evergreen’s original Supertanker. In doing so, it integrated the existing sprayer tank system into ‘944’. At Aerial Firefighting 2017, Jim Wheeler, President and […]

Coulson Aviation Leading the Way

Wayne Coulson, Chief Executive Officer of Coulson Aviation attended Aerial Firefighting Europe 2017 to deliver a presentation on his latest aircraft – the Boeing 737-300 Fireliner and to attend the exhibition. Coulson Aviation based in Vancouver, has acquired six of these airliners which it will convert into water-bombers. The conversion is being carried out at […]

Drone Hopper is Looking for Investment

Drone Hopper started up about two years ago. It is currently developing a family of unique UAVs. Two are being developed for firefighting, 300 litre Wildhopper and 150 litre Urban Hopper. What marks UAVs different from aircraft is that they can operate at night as well as the day. A spokesman from the company told […]

Air Affairs’ Airborne ISR

Australian company, Air Affairs was making its first visit to a Tangent Link Aerial Firefighting exhibition.  The Melbourne-based company operates 14 Learjets, the largest fleet in the world and a Beech 200.  The Learjets primary role is Red Air, acting as an adversary for the air force, for low level strike against Navy ships and […]

Viking Air’s Future Super Scooper Plans

Having officially acquired the Bombardier CL-215/-415 business on October 1, 2016 Canadian aerospace company, Viking Air has been coy about its future plans for the water-bomber.  Until the Tangent Link’s Search and Rescue (SAR) International Conference that is. Viking Air’s Christian Bergeron told the author, “We have spent time rebuilding confidence in the customer’s support functions.  […]

Heli-Union Looks at Alternative Markets

Over the past two years, Toussus-Le-Noble based Heli-Union has embarked upon a strategy of diversification. As Jean-Baptiste Olry, the company’s Head of Sales and Operations told Tangent Link: “We were once focused more on the oil and gas industry, but now we want to diversify into other areas”. The unwillingness by oil and gas companies […]

Tangent Link’s Aerial Firefighting Europe brought together over 500 aerial firefighting specialists from all around the globe

The Tangent Link Aerial Firefighting Europe conference and exhibition, took place at Nîmes–Alès–Camargue–Cévennes Airport, to an impressive backdrop of around 30 aircraft. The event attracted 500 attendees from 34 countries, which helped to make the Aerial Firefighting Europe 2017 one of Tangent Link’s most successful events to date. This year’s venue was the brand new […]

EU Commissioner addresses the Tangent Link Aerial Firefighting Conference in Nîmes

With wildfires breaking out all over Europe this summer, Christian Stylianides, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, has had his hand full of late. We appreciate that he found time in his busy schedule to deliver the key-note address. He spoke of his admiration for the work the aerial firefighting community is […]

The European Stage is set for the Assembly of Global Aerial Firefighters

Nîmes, France October 2017 Tangent Link delivers the world’s largest aerial firefighting demonstration to Nîmes on October 16-17. As part of a two-day Aerial Firefighting conference and exhibition (AFF), aircraft from across Europe will assemble at Nîmes–Alès–Camargue–Cévennes airport, home to the Sécurité Civile main aerial firefighting hub. The event is being hosted at the brand […]