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California National Guard and Cal Fire Train for Fire Season

Posted by Tangent Link on Apr 29, 2016

Earlier this month, personnel from the California National Guard and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) completed joint Wild Land Fire Fighting training in preparation for their work together during the upcoming wildfire season. Over a period of three days, from April 15-17, the training took place at Sutter Creek, California. It began on the...

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Turkey’s Great Hope – T129 ATAK

Posted by Tangent Link on Apr 28, 2016

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 helicopters are nine T129A...

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New 747-400 Firefighting Tanker Nearly Ready for Service

Posted by Tangent Link on Apr 28, 2016

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 and operated by Evergreen,...

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World’s Largest Water Bomber to Appear at Oshkosh

Posted by Tangent Link on Apr 27, 2016

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 moored near the EAA...

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Erickson Awarded New Fire Suppression Contracts in Alaska

Posted by Tangent Link on Apr 24, 2016

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. Jeff Roberts, President and...

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Columbia Helicopters Wins US Forest Service Contracts

Posted by Tangent Link on Apr 23, 2016

With fire season rapidly approaching in the Western United States, Columbia Helicopters is prepared once again to assist in battling wildland fires. The Oregon-based company announced on April 21 that it has five aircraft under contract with the US Forest Service this season and more helicopters could be made available if needed. Jim Rankin, president of Columbia Helicopters, said:...

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Pakistan Orders a Further Nine AH-1Z Vipers

Posted by Tangent Link on Apr 17, 2016

US Naval Air Systems Command awarded a contract to Bell Helicopter Textron on April 4 for the manufacture and delivery of nine AH-1Z Vipers to the government of Pakistan. The deal, which is worth over $170 million, also includes nine auxiliary fuel kits. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60%); and Amarillo, Texas (40%) and is expected...

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Boeing to Remanufacture 117 US Army AH-64Ds into AH-64Es

Posted by Tangent Link on Apr 15, 2016

Boeing has been awarded a contract to remanufacture 117 existing US Army AH-64D Apaches to the new, more capable AH-64E Apache Guardian model. The agreement, which also includes the acquisition of Longbow Crew Trainers, logistical support and spares, was announced by the manufacturer yesterday, April 14, and has a total contract value of about $1.5 billion. The element of...

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Mexico Orders Seven More UH-60M Black Hawks

Posted by Tangent Link on Apr 15, 2016

US Army Contracting Command awarded Sikorsky a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract worth almost $55 million on April 11 for seven UH-60M Black Hawks, uniquely configured for Mexico. The deal is a modification to an $8.5 billion baseline contract awarded to Sikorsky on July 11, 2012, for up to 916 Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters for the US Army,...

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Netherlands Orders 12 New CH-47F Chinook Helicopters

Posted by Tangent Link on Apr 15, 2016

Boeing was awarded a new US Army Foreign Military Sales contract valued at over $308 million yesterday, April 14, to produce 12 CH-47F Chinooks for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Although a delivery schedule was not announced, previous reports have said that the first helicopters are to arrive in 2019. As previously reported, in a letter to the Dutch...

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