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    40 Years of Family Tradition – Billings Flying Service

    by Meg Rude, images by Ryan Mason Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters sit next to the Billings Flying Service (BFS) hanger. The red “billings” letters and white body sharp against the sky. The long, sleek, rotor...

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    Colorado’s First Firehawk is Finally Ready to Fight Fires.

    Three years after lawmakers allocated $30 million to purchase its first “Firehawk,” the modified military helicopter that is capable of quickly crisscrossing Colorado to...

    Juliana Turchetti Lost in Fatal FireBoss Accident

    The aerial firefighting and agricultural aviation industries have lost one of their own: Juliana Turchetti, a smart, beautiful lady. When anyone told her she...

    Governor, Fire Officials Highlight California’s Wildfire Readiness

    California’s peak wildfire season is here, and it’s significantly more active than the last five years. So far this year there have been more than 3,500 wildfires across...

    Upgraded Air Tanker Base Ramps up Wildland Firefighting Efforts

    NEW MEXICO—Kirtland Air Force Base, with over 100 mission partners, forms a vital defense hub in Albuquerque. From disaster relief to fighting insurgencies, continued...

    Kern County Fire Department increases staff during extreme weather

    In anticipation of increased emergency activity and extreme high temperatures, the Kern County Fire Department augmented its staffing during the Independence Day holiday and...

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    Florida Firefighters Train for the Firefight

    Hillsborough County, Florida, was center stage in early January for a multi-agency aerial firefighting training exercise that involved aircraft, pilots, ground crews, and support...

    The Fate of the Beriev Be200 in Aerial Firefighting

    The Russian-made Beriev Be-200ChS is the world's only jet-engined Multirole amphibious aircraft, possessing the highest cruise speed and the highest water/fire-retardant capacity when compared...

    Helitak – Innovation Leads to Growth

    As far as nontraditional career paths go, Jason Schellaars's path to success has been long and full of challenges while always steeped in aviation....

    Aerial Firefighting North America 2024

    Early March saw the latest round of the Aerial Firefighting North America (AFFNA) show return to Sacramento, California, for the first time since 2019....

    Australian Fire Season Recap

    Australia saw a very ‘mixed bag’ as far as the aerial firefighting season went for the 2023-2024 season down under. While the season was...

    The Kamov Ka-32 in Cyprus

    By Babak Taghvaee Every year, Cyprus faces widespread wildfires, which not only require government and military organizations of the country to dedicate their aircraft and...
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    Governor, Fire Officials Highlight California’s Wildfire Readiness

    California’s peak wildfire season is here, and it’s significantly more active than the last five years. So far this year there have been more than 3,500 wildfires across...

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    Colorado’s First Firehawk is Finally Ready to Fight Fires.

    Three years after lawmakers allocated $30 million to purchase its first “Firehawk,” the modified military helicopter that is capable of quickly crisscrossing Colorado to...

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    Water Bombers of the Israeli Police

    Since May 2011, AT-802A/F Air Tractors have been used as the primary aerial assets in support of the firefighting operations of the Israeli National...

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    Colorado’s First Firehawk is Finally Ready to Fight Fires.

    Three years after lawmakers allocated $30 million to purchase its first “Firehawk,” the modified military helicopter that is capable of quickly crisscrossing Colorado to...

    Governor, Fire Officials Highlight California’s Wildfire Readiness

    California’s peak wildfire season is here, and it’s significantly more active than the last five years. So far this year there have been more than 3,500 wildfires across...

    Upgraded Air Tanker Base Ramps up Wildland Firefighting Efforts

    NEW MEXICO—Kirtland Air Force Base, with over 100 mission partners, forms a vital defense hub in Albuquerque. From disaster relief to fighting insurgencies, continued...

    Australian Aircraft Reinforce Greece’s Firefighting Efforts

    In a significant boost to Greece’s firefighting capabilities, 28 aircraft from Australian companies have joined the battle against wildfires this summer. A total of...

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