Aerial firefighting

October 8, 2007 - 10:37am
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Despite the media attention on the Montana fires last summer and Southern California fires in October, last year’s fire season didn’t come even close to being the worst in recent times, according to statistics generated by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) of Boise, Idaho.

October 8, 2007 - 9:40am

Some forest fires start with a blast of jagged lightning, incinerating the dry timber and flinging the flaming fragments into the tinder-dry underbrush from which flames soon reach skyward.

October 4, 2007 - 10:01am
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“We need the Mars! Get the Mars!” shouts a frantic firefighter over the VHF fire frequency. A wildfire is racing up a hillside on the eastern fringe of Osoyoos, B.C., Canada, and seems certain to engulf a house in its path. Helicopters are bucketing water onto the flames in an effort to slow the fire’s advance, but still the flames leap up the side of the valley unimpeded.

July 24, 2007 - 10:25am

Last year was something of a landmark in helicopter firefighting activity. During one of the driest summers on record in the northern hemisphere, rotorcraft were deployed for long periods–often to areas where they had not been needed before–to stem the progress of flames.

June 18, 2007 - 5:34am

Hellenic Aerospace Industry and Irkut have signed a memo of understanding paving the way for future cooperation in the event that Greece buys the Beriev Be-200 fire-fighting aircraft. Kyriakos Linakis, HAI’s chairman, said the MoU provided an opportunity for the two companies to cooperate in maintenance and manufacturing. If Greece opts for the Be-200, the country will use the airplane for search and rescue, patrol and other operations.

April 25, 2007 - 9:39am

FAA certification of the Bell 210, a single-turbine medium helicopter derived from the military UH-1H Huey, could happen this month, Bell CEO Mike Redenbaugh said at the Paris Air Show this week. “Our flight testing is complete, FAA pilots have flown the helicopter and now we’re just waiting for approval of the paperwork,” he added.

March 29, 2007 - 1:16pm

U.S.-based Hawkins & Powers Aviation recently signed a letter of intent to take eight Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR715-powered Beriev Be-200 amphibious jets from Russia’s NPK Irkut. At the signing ceremony, NPK Irkut President Alexei Fedorov said the Be-200 program “is achieving global recognition.”

March 16, 2007 - 11:34am

In the aftermath of last fall’s California wildfires–the state’s most destructive ever–a “blue ribbon” commission last month heard tacit admission that a state rule requiring firefighting aircraft to land a half-hour before sunset may have allowed a controllable blaze to become a huge, deadly conflagration.

March 15, 2007 - 6:39am

Sabreliner Corp., a name long synonymous with the business jet market, has turned to designing and installing custom interiors in government VIP helicopters.

March 14, 2007 - 10:49am

Columbia Helicopters is celebrating two anniversaries and is honoring four employees here at Heli-Expo’07.

 
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