Colorado’s multi-mission aircraft is in service

 Pilatus PC-12
Colorado’s temporary multi-mission aircraft, a Pilatus PC-12. Colorado Fire Aviation Corp photo.

The state of Colorado has a temporary version of their multi-mission aircraft officially in service while the two they purchased are being outfitted and configured. It is being operated and maintained by Bode Aviation under contract to Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). Until the Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) personnel have completed their training, SNC will be providing qualified “Sensor Operators.

The aircraft and crew are currently in Alert Status “Yellow” which requires a one-hour wheels up time from notification and approval of the mission. The duty schedule for the flight crew is 0800-2000 daily until October 31, 2014.

While its primary mission is early detection and persistent surveillance of wildfires, other public safety missions needing airborne Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Sensor technology will be flown upon request, subject to availability.

More information about the multi-mission aircraft.