California wildfires: The day Paradise burned down

On 8 November 2018, a wildfire swept through northern California, becoming the deadliest fire in America for a century, ravaging the town of Paradise on its way. The Day California Burned documentary by BBC Two revisits the catastrophic day when the wildfire wiped out 95% of Paradise, leaving most of the city a charred ruin. Drawing on hundreds […]

CAL FIRE adds a new Firehawk helicopter to its firefighting fleet

The new addition to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s rotor fleet has arrived at Sacramento McClellan Airport on 12th October 2019.  The new helicopter is a twin-engine craft called the Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk from United Rotorcraft, which are manufactured specifically for CAL FIRE and for firefighting purposes. It will serve statewide through the […]

Far From Spartan

Leonardo is supporting the certification of the C-27J Spartan as a water bomber.

Colorado Army National Guard host wildland fire event

Colorado Army National Guard’s 2nd Brigade 135th General Support Aviation Battalion, based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, have recently hosted a wildland fire training conference in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and local and state partners in preparation for wildfire season. Emergency Management Assistance Compact partners Nebraska National Guard and Kansas National […]

Viking Air launches Avionics Upgrade Program for Canadair CL-215T and CL-415

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia has launched an Avionics Upgrade Program (AUP) for the Canadair CL-215T and CL-415 fleet of aerial firefighting aircraft. The program will incorporate modernized technologies in communications, navigation, surveillance, and air-traffic management functionality in an integrated platform featuring the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion avionics suite. To face challenges […]

Coulson and Unical form joint venture to build and operate CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters

Coulson Aviation USA, a member of the Coulson Group, and Unical Air, a new unit of the Unical Group of Companies, have joined forces to create a heavy lift helicopter joint venture company that will build and operate Boeing CH-47 and Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk aircraft for aerial firefighting and other markets.  Examples of each model are being displayed […]

SEI Industries to display Remote Site product line at Heli-Expo 2019

SEI Industries is expanding its offering at this week’s Heli-Expo to include, for the first time at the event, products from the Remote Site division. Although, SEI is widely recognized for its Aerial Firefighting division due to the success of the BAMBI Bucket, SEI engineers have also designed and manufacture a complete line of collapsible […]

SEI enhances Bambi Bucket valve

SEI Industries is best know for its invention of the world-famous BAMBI Bucket that now services 95% of the world’s aerial firefighting water bucket market. As the aerial firefighting product line evolves, SEI engineers continue to make improvements to the existing products based on feedback from customers in the field. The BAMBI MAX enhanced valve […]

Columbia Helicopters acquisition by Bristow Group called off

Bristow Group has announced they have mutually agreed with Columbia Helicopters to terminate Bristow’s agreement to acquire Columbia.  In connection with the termination, Bristow has paid $20 million to Columbia.  Bristow, Columbia and Columbia’s shareholders have agreed to release each other from all claims in connection with the purchase agreement and the related transactions. Since the announcement […]