Coulson Aviation Awarded 3-yr Aerial Firefighting Contract with Chile for C-130 and Citation 550

Coulson Aviation announced on November 14, 2023, that the company has been awarded a three-year firefighting contract with Chile’s Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF) for a C-130H Hercules Large AirTanker and a Citation 550 air attack lead plane with its partner BRYSA.

“We are honored to continue supporting Chile with our aircraft,” said Britton Coulson, President and COO, Coulson Aviation. “We have been successfully fighting fires in Chile for the past three years with our Boeing CH-47D’s and Lockheed C-130H’s with great success. This new contract solidifies Coulson’s presence with the largest airtanker in the country. It also recognizes the value of our C-130 and Citation 550 working together to provide an efficient and productive aerial firefighting response.”

The Citation 550 air attack lead plane allows Coulson’s highly trained air attacks to coordinate the aerial assets on fire from above for safety and efficiency. The fast, maneuverable jet maintains an altitude above all firefighting helicopters and airplanes, allowing the crew to direct aircraft, provide safe separation, and increase the efficiency of overall operations, which significantly increases productivity. Coulson Aviation is the only aerial firefighting company operating Large Airtankers with Air Attack Lead Aircraft internationally.

The C-130H is equipped with Coulson’s 4,000-gallon Retardant Aerial Delivery System (RADS-XXL), the most widely used, highest-volume tanking system for LATs worldwide. At half the cost and one-sixth the weight of competing systems, Coulson’s RADS-XXL requires no additional crew or equipment, provides real-time flow rate and superior drop zone coverage, and reduces overall pilot workload.

Built by Lockheed Martin, the C-130H Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. It has a capacity of 4,000 gallons (15,000 liters) and is considered one of the world’s most powerful aerial firefighting aircraft due to its range, versatility, and suppression ability per drop.

About Coulson Aviation

Throughout the company’s 60+ years, the mission has remained the same: to protect the world from forest fires. Our organizational capabilities allow our team to provide simultaneous aerial support across numerous continents. As a leading supplier to county, state, and federal governments worldwide, Coulson has focused its next-generation multi-mission fleet on sustainable, in-production aircraft. Working in partnership with OEMs and leveraging the latest technology allows Coulson to provide superior all-hazard response aircraft. Learn more about us by visiting:

Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason
Ryan is an accomplished writer and aerial photographer that has worked in the aviation industry for over a decade before co-founding AerialFire Magazine. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ryan is a former police officer that focuses his writing and photography efforts on para-public operations and agricultural aviation.

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