News from the Aerial Firefighting Conference in Sacramento

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Keynote addresses. Tangent Link photo.

The two-day Aerial Firefighting North America conference just wrapped up at Sacramento McClellan Airport in Sacramento. It began Tuesday with a series of keynote and welcoming addresses delivered by Chief Thom Porter, Director of CAL FIRE, Brian S. Marshal, State Fire and Rescue Chief and Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, followed by Jeffrey Rupert, Director of the Office of Wildland Fire in the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Conair confirmed at the conference that they expect to open the world’s first Aerial Firefighting Training and Tactics Centre early this spring. It will have five fully Networked Flight Training Devices that are reconfigurable to simulate the cockpit and flight dynamics for eight aircraft platforms performing different roles during an aerial firefighting mission.

Viking Air Limited introduced the Canadair CL-515 First Responder, a new production multi-mission scooping amphibian and purpose-built aerial firefighting aircraft.

Coulson Aviation announced they have installed a large capacity internal helicopter tank in a CH47 Chinook. It will be able to carry up to 3,000 gallons.

Columbia Helicopters introduced a Type 1 multi-mission Standard Transport Category helicopter – the Columbia Model 234 LR Chinook. It can be configured to carry up to 19 passengers, a 2,800 gallon internal tank, a 2,600 gallon bucket, or internal and external cargo.

Trotter Controls recorded a video tour of some of the exhibits at the conference.

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  1. Thanks to Trotter Controls for the video. Coulson Chinook is tanked with a 3000 gallon RAD internal tank. Cal Fire is moving forward with their first C 130 being put into I.A. service this summer, as is their Firehawk. Helitak retractable fixed tank was of interest to agencies who operate helicopters in multiple roles. An excellent presentation by Global Super Tankers. The organizer Tangent Link’s did a great job of putting it all together. A new company based in Tokyo, Japan, Flying Firefighters introduced a new chemical for class A fires. Their video showed interesting results on a number of test fires. One of their products is a fire extinguishing bottle you throw at a fire, seemed to work.

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