After many years of speculation and rumors, the United States Forest Service has finally decided that it is time to stop cutting bait and actually start fishing. On November 30th, the agency posted a solicitation for bids for what they call the “Next Generation Air Tanker”.
The last fire season counted on a fleet of nine aircrafts in Comunitat Valenciana, Between pilots, ground support and mechanics, the company’s technical team consists of more than 100 people during the season.
Tibuthiuron is a selective herbicide manufactured by Dow Chemical Company and sold under the trade name Spike. It is formulated in a one-quarter inch extruded clay pellet that contains twenty percent of active ingredient.
Convair will supply flight crews and support personal over the period of the contract. Other duties, such as dispatch and management, will be performed by Australians. Along with two Skycrane's and other local assets, this will constitute by far the largest aerial firefighting force ever assembled in the country.
The Croatian Air Force (Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvo - HRZ) has recently increased its amphibian firefighting fleet by one aircraft. This was achieved by the conversion of a land-based Air Tractor AT-802A (military serial number 896) into an amphibian Air Tractor AT-802A Fire Boss.