Winners of the International Walt Darran Aerial Firefighting Awards 2020

Since the first Aerial Firefighting Conference organised by Tangent Link in Athens back in 2008, the event series has been steadily growing. More than a decade later, Aerial Firefighting North America 2020 (AFFNA20) enjoyed a rapidly increased interest. AFFNA20 attracted a global audience not only from North and South America, but also Europe, Asia and […]

Aerial Firefighting North America 2020 Prepares for the Opening

Tangent Link’s Aerial Firefighting North America 2020 (AFF North America 2020) Conference and Exhibition is the must-attend event for anyone involved in the aerial firefighting domain. Hosted at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, California between 4 and 5 March, the event features an array of presentations on a diverse range of subjects. California has been […]

The Aerial Firefighting Community Pays Tribute to Fallen Flight Crew

A Memorial Service was held on 30th January at RAAF Base Richmond to honour First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson, Captain Ian McBeth and Flight Engineer Rick A DeMorgan Jr. from Coulson Aviation. Representatives from fire agencies, aerial firefighting companies, families and friends joined Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister David Elliot, […]

Quenching the Flames

10th January 2020 Thomas Withington Once again, aerial firefighting has played a vital part in combating wildfires in California, with an armada of aircraft leading the efforts to douse the flames. It has been another busy year for aerial firefighting in California. The statistics speak for themselves: The US Forest Service and the California Department […]

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.

Coulson Aviation join the fight against Amazon fires

Coulson Aviation USA, a member of the Coulson Group of Companies, and the Ministry of Defence, Bolivia, have secured a deal in which Coulson Aviation will be sending three type 1 helicopters to help and support the firefighting efforts in the Amazon. “We are honored that the Bolivian Government had chosen to work with Coulson […]

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 […]

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