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The Incident Traffic Area

In 2001, I had my first full-time job in wildfire aviation as a helitack Fire Captain. Ignorance was bliss for me in the air,...

Fire in Rio Grande Do Sol a Recurring Problem

By Marcos Antonio Camargo When I started writing this article, we were contacted for another firefighting operation in the fields of the West Frontier of...

Craymer’s Corner – Let’s Dive into Oil

I have received questions and heard many discussions about oil recently, so let’s dive into oil this month. When it comes to engine oil,...

The Drop – Why Stay Silent: It Could Save a Life

I don’t know how many aircraft crash videos I have watched over the years, probably hundreds. The reason for watching them had morphed over...

The Aerial Firefighting Industry: A Voice in the Wilderness

In January 2022, a critical U.S. federal government action relative to the wildfire crisis was announced amidst great fanfare, with multiple agencies joining a...

Executive Minute – Mattias Magnasco, Jetex Flight Support

Jetex Flight Support provides critical ground support and fuel supply to aerial firefighting operations in extreme environments. We spoke to Matias Magnasco about the vital work Jetex does supporting such operations in disaster-affected countries. Tell us a bit about Jetex and...

Hot Section Inspections

Maintenance time is just ahead for many operators. Shops are starting to fill out schedules for off-season work.  One of the maintenance items that...

The Drop – A Lot to be Grateful For

As 2021 draws to a close, I have been reflecting a great deal on what a whirlwind 2021 has been, both personally and professionally....

Mitigating America’s Wildfire Threat

Having spent much of my adult life in California fighting some of the most catastrophic fires in America's history, about this time every year,...

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