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 […]

Leonardo adds firefighting capability to C-27J Spartan

Leonardo used our Aerial Firefighting Europe event in Nimes recently to launch their C-27J in firefighting configuration. The aircraft will features a roll-on/roll-off Fire Attack System (FAS) made by Simplex Aerospace to provide a flexible solution, in keeping with the “multi mission” approach taken in the design of the C-27J. This provides a financially advantageous […]

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 […]

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