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    Our ‘New Normal’ – The Drop May/June 2020

    In early March of this year, the AerialFire team headed to Sacramento for the Aerial Firefighting North America show. Little did we know that...

    Moving the Safety Needle

    As I read the latest press release from the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), I was saddened to see that if the accident...

    The Drop – Summer editorial

    Here we are into the second issue of AerialFire after breaking out as a separate publication from its sister publication, AgAir Update, due to...

    Micrometeorology

    In fire fighting flights, special consideration must be given to phenomena that occur due to the same special conditions of the igneous focus. An Operational...

    Funding for the future

    Recently, two documents emerged from the federal government that make for an interesting comparison and provide a glimpse into the future of how wildland...

    “It’s Déjà vu All Over Again”

    This year’s government shutdown, just like the one a year ago, has trickled down to wildland firefighters and may affect the upcoming 2019 wildfire...

    Landing a seat

    Single-engine air tanker (SEAT) pilots are carded, or licensed, by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Aviation Management Directorate (AMD). The department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provides training for SEAT pilots.

    Here we go again

    A new fire season is already upon us. It seems like the last one just ended! Texas released most of its firefighting assets around Thanksgiving with the understanding things would probably get busy again in early spring.

    Mentoring the environment

    Before the turn of the century, the greatest part of the Southwest United States was made up of vast grasslands covering the rolling plains...

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