The First Dash 8-Q400MR Has Landed in Nimes Garons

The first of six Dash 8-Q400MRs ordered by France has been delivered to the Sécurité Civile base Nimes-Garons this week. Built by Bombardier, modified by Conair and initially registered as C-FXFK, the aircraft has been delivered just in time for the fire season in France. This new aircraft will join the two former Scandinavian Airlines […]

Embry-Riddle licences counter-drone technology to Drone Defense Systems

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have signed a licencing agreement with Florida company Drone Defense Systems, covering new technology to detect and commandeer unauthorized drones to a safe landing. The technology, developed by Embry-Riddle faculty member Dr. Houbing Song, suggests a safe and affordable way to neutralize rogue drones, without having to shoot them down or force […]

US Forest Service completes week-long training with C-130 Hercules units

While the Lockheed C-130 Hercules is best known for transporting personnel and cargo, this military workhorse is also used in the US for wildland firefighting. Three of the four military C-130 firefighting airlift wings — Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming, making up the Air Expeditionary Group — came together last week in Colorado, for a week-long […]

Polish Navy orders four Leonardo AW101s for SAR and ASW roles

Helicopter manufacturer Leonardo has announced the sale of four AW101s and a comprehensive integrated logistics and training package to the Polish Navy. PZL-Świdnik, Leonardo’s main industrial presence in Poland, will act as the prime contractor and responsible for the entire contract execution, was selected in a multi-stage process. The Świdnik facility already plays a significant […]

European Space Agency develops new fire detection product

The European Space Agency has developed their Sentinel-3 World Fires Atlas Prototype product over the southern countries of the ESA member states, using as input the Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-3B SLSTR Level 1b data containing two dedicated channels (F1 and F2) for fire and high temperature event monitoring capable of detecting  fires up to ~650 K […]

Skycore Aviation and Helistream Announce Firefighting Agreement

Skycore Aviation and HeliStream have announced an agreement to jointly provide UH-60A Black Hawks and their Black Hawk operational capabilities for firefighting in the state of California. In this partnership, each company is leveraging its core competencies, combining to produce what they regard as a first in class service. “Skycore is very excited to team […]

Air rescue company Northern HeliCopter sold

German air rescue operator Northern HeliCopter (NHC) has been sold to DRF Luftrettung, the onshore EMS operator with 31 bases across Germany and Austria, including 10 operated on a 24×7 basis. The transaction has been completed retrospectively and officially took effect on 1st January NHC will continue to be a separate operation, but will leverage […]

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