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Latest U.S. Forest Service airtanker scandal Stories

2013-11-15 12:20:35

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- On the eve of its 2014 Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho, on November 20, the American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) has cited some progress over the past year toward airtanker fleet modernization, along with on-going opposition to any increased role for government in the aerial firefighting business. "After years of discussions between AHSAFA, US Forest Service (USFS) officials, and...

2013-06-07 16:20:54

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Neptune Aviation Services has marked three years of successful operations of its emerging fleet of BAe 146 new generation, large airtankers, as one of its reconfigured, one-time regional jet airliners works the Power House fire in Southern California. The fire, north of Los Angeles, has destroyed some 50 square miles, to date, and forced thousands of evacuations. With a tank capacity of 3,000 gallons of retardant, the BAe 146 is being...

2013-02-26 16:21:02

The American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) requests action by the Forest Service to award airtanker contracts now. WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The American Helicopter Services And Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) is extremely concerned about a shortage of fixed wing slurry bombers for the upcoming fire season and has cited the US Forest Service (USFS) for prolonged lack of action toward replacing a dwindling number of...

2013-01-28 20:20:07

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Representatives of the US aerial firefighting industry predict ongoing challenges involving fleet modernization, as legacy aircraft continue to age, and the Federal government has yet to sign off on a viable transition plan for operational funding of proposed, new generation, large airtankers. "The private, aerial firefighting industry has submitted a viable plan to replace today's dwindling number of former Cold War Era military aircraft with...