A special international Aerial Firefighting Humanitarian Award has been created to recognise the philanthropic generosity of the Walton Family Foundation. In February 2017 Chile's military and civil firefighters were combating the worst forest fires Chile had ever seen. The Global SuperTanker was deployed to Chile only due to the cost being underwritten through a generous donation from Fundaciόn Viento Sur of the Walton Family Foundation, which was made possible by Lucy Ana, herself of Chilean...
An impressive display of 15 aircraft took place on Monday afternoon, outside of DynCorp hangar at Sacramento McClellan Airport . They ranged from two AT-802 Fire Boss from Air Spray all the way up to the Global SuperTanker Boeing 747.
Tangent Link, renowned and recognised across the globe for its work with the airborne firefighting community, brings the Aerial Firefighting North America Conference and Exhibition back to Sacramento, California this coming March. Taking place at the McClellan Conference Centre, Sacramento McClellan Airport between 12 and 14 March, the event is set to highlight some of the major issues affecting the Aerial Firefighting community.
The California firefighting agency has recently been tasked to fight some of the biggest fires in its history, with its ageing aerial S-2T air tanker fleet. Alan Warnes discovers why it may have to alter its future strategy to cope with the additional workload.