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 […]

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 […]

Cobham Gets Set to Launch Helicopter Academy

Cobham Aviation Services are all set to launch their Helicopter Academy later in the year, at Newquay International Airport.  It comes just as the company successfully completes its Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) contract early next year, after 20 years of fulfilling the UK MoD’s exacting helicopter training needs. Here at the SAR International Exhibition […]

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.  […]

Sentient Presents it Revolutionary ViDAR System at SAR International 2017

Sentient Vision, based in Port Melbourne, Australia is here at SAR International 2017, presenting its Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) capability. Simon Olsen, the company’s Director of Business Development told the author, “It is an electro optical system that can find very small targets on the ocean in a range of sea states in a […]

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 […]

Turkey’s Great Hope – T129 ATAK

Turkey’s Great Hope – T129 ATAK Turkish Aerospace Industries has now delivered ten T129 ATAK tactical reconnaissance and attack helicopters to the Turkish Land Forces. According to the company they are being flown in some of the most challenging environments in eastern Turkey. Where they are being employed in anti-terrorist operations. Among the ten new […]

New 747-400 Firefighting Tanker Nearly Ready for Service

Global SuperTanker Services is getting close to beginning commercial operations with its Boeing 747-400-based Global SuperTanker, the world’s largest aerial firefighting aircraft. The company anticipates receiving approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration of an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the aircraft in early May. Previously, a 747-100 Supertanker fire-fighting aircraft had been developed […]

World’s Largest Water Bomber to Appear at Oshkosh

Coulson Flying Tankers’ mighty Martin Mars, the world’s largest flying water bomber, is to make its first trip to Wisconsin to participate in EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The event, the 64th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, will be held between July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh. During the event, the aircraft will be […]

Erickson Awarded New Fire Suppression Contracts in Alaska

Erickson has been awarded two exclusive-use contracts with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Under the contracts, announced on March 22, Erickson will provide two medium-lift helicopters, one of which will be based in Palmer and another in Fairbanks. The contracts are for one year, with four additional option years. […]