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2014-09-12 12:20:55

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Fixed wing air tanker and helicopter operators are helping firefighters get the upper hand on a massive fire which has been burning for the past month in the Klamath National Forest along the California-Oregon border. Known as the Happy Camp Complex fire, the lightning-sparked conflagration has torched nearly 100,000 acres and is currently just 30 percent contained. "Of our 10 tankers working right now throughout California and...

2014-09-02 16:22:14

Erikson Air-Crane and Type II helicopter are now available SAN DIEGO, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) efforts to serve as a regional partner in public safety, the utility has contracted the Erikson Air-Crane helitanker for the fifth consecutive high-risk fire season. Additionally, SDG&E has established a contract with Helistream Aviation for a Type II helicopter through November. "The spring wildfire storm was a stark reminder...

2014-08-25 08:21:22

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In what appears to be a record-setting year for wildland fires in the West, aerial firefighters are battling more wildfires in the Pacific Northwest states, and deploying their aircraft and crews accordingly. For example, CHI Aviation has spent more time on wildfires in Washington State compared to previous years, according to Larry Kelley, the operator's Director of Fire Operations in Boise, Idaho. In that regard, the company's...

2014-08-21 12:21:35

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Columbia Helicopters, Inc., a member of the American Helicopter Services And Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA), has opened a new facility which will be totally focused on the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of military helicopters. The 16,000 square foot building, located at the company's headquarters and maintenance complex at Aurora (Oregon) State Airport, will be capable of handling up to three maintenance lines of CH...

2014-08-18 12:21:08

MARIETTA, Ga., Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] C-130 Hercules reaches another major milestone Aug. 23 marking the 60th anniversary of its first flight at Burbank, California, in 1954. To honor this historic C-130 anniversary, Lockheed Martin invites members of the worldwide Hercules community to share their C-130 memories, experiences, photos and videos. From Aug. 18 through Sept. 30, stories can be shared through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr,...

2014-07-31 08:22:46

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) applauds the governors of California, Oregon and Washington for their support of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2014 (S. 1875 and H.R. 3992). That support, indicated in a letter signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown of California, Governor John A. Kitzhaber of Oregon, and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, was sent to their States' Congressional...

2014-07-24 12:22:02

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The aerial firefighting industry has deployed a significant number of aircraft and support personnel to the Pacific Northwest, as wildland fires have raged throughout Oregon and Washington. The surge of activity includes extensive operations on the Carlton Complex fire, which has so far burned over 243,000 acres, and is considered Washington's largest fire to date. "Fires of this intensity usually do not happen in the Pacific...

2014-07-17 08:21:41

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In what has already been declared a record year for wild land fires in California, private operators of air tankers and helicopters have provided invaluable assistance to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), one of the few state fire protection agencies that operates its own fleet of air assets. According to just-released CAL FIRE data, 2,990 fires erupted in the state between January 1, and July 7,...

2014-07-16 08:21:00

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ASL Aviation Group signed a Letter of Intent with Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to order up to 10 LM-100J commercial freighters during a ceremony here today. The LM-100J is the civil-certified version of Lockheed Martin's proven C-130J Super Hercules and is an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft. Safair -- an ASL associated company based in South Africa -- currently operates one of the world's largest L-100...

2014-07-15 08:20:20

- Horizon Air cements its standing as largest operator of Q400 turboprops worldwide with 52 aircraft TORONTO, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Seattle-based Horizon Air Industries, Inc. has signed a firm purchase agreement for one Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner. The airline retains its options on another seven Q400 NextGen aircraft as announced previously. Additionally, Bombardier and Horizon Air confirmed they have signed a...


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