Getting ready for the wildfire season at HeliMax

Helimax has six Chinook CH-47D’s

Helimax Chinook CH-47D helicopter

After I visited Airstrike’s hanger last week to check on the progress on their P3, Tanker 23, I stopped by the Helimax Aviation facility just down the road. Two of their CH-47D Chinooks were undergoing maintenance in the hangar.

Helimax has two Chinooks on Forest Service exclusive use contracts and two on call when needed contracts, plus two others. Their mandatory availability period begins in early May for the EU ships. Upon mobilization they travel with two pilots, a non-rated crewmember, four mechanics, and one fuel truck driver hauling up to 6,000 gallons. As shown in one of the photos below they also load into the cargo bay a four-wheeler with an attached trailer for hauling the 2,600-gallon Bambi Bucket. The Chinook can cruise at 140 knots (161 mph), pretty fast for a helicopter, and has an endurance of about three hours.

To see large versions  of the photos, click on one of the small images immediately below.

3 thoughts on “Getting ready for the wildfire season at HeliMax”

  1. HOW DO WE GET THE WESTERN STATES ; 2 EACH OF THESE PUPPIES ? THAT AND A COUPLE OF CL -415’S. FEDS ARE NOT HELPING MUCH !

    1. last season, for a good duration of time there were anywhere from 2-4 Hooks in California along with Scoopers… all on Fed Contracts of one sort or another. All these aircraft being national resources were also utilized in other states, however they were being utilized.

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