AERIAL FIREFIGHTING NORTH AMERICA 2018

12 - 14 MARCH 2018 - SACRAMENTO CA, USA             
PARTICIPATING AGENCIES

 

CONFERENCE - EXHIBITION - WORKSHOPS - STATIC DISPLAY

AERIAL DEMONSTRATIONS - AWARD CEREMONY


WORKSHOPS AGENDA - MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018

08:30 – 09:30 Registration and Coffee 

09:00 - 10:00 The Effects of Fatigue on Pilot Performance Workshop

Bruce A. Wright, PhD, CAsP, Medical Education Division, FAA-Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, USA

10:00 - 11:00 The Future of Night Vision in Aerial Applications Workshop 

Melissa Lineberger, Chief of Staff, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control / David R. Toelle, Aerial Firefighting Specialist & Bob Gann, Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology-Aerial Firefighting / USDA Forest Service, USA

 

11:30 - 12:30 AFF Engine Operators Workshop 

Tarek Nochahrli, Senior Marketing Account Manager & Benoit Gagnon, Customer Engineer PW123AF, Pratt & Whitney, Canada

 

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and Networking 

13:30 - 14:30  Human Performance Fundamentals Workshop 

Ivan Pupulidy, Director Innovation & Organizational Learning USFS, US Forest Service, USA

14:45 - 15:00 Transport from McClellan Conference Centre to Static Display / Aerial Demonstration
Departure from McClellan Conference Centre 

15:00 - 15:45
Refreshments, Static Display Walkarounds and Presentations

DynCorp Hangar & McClellan Airfield

 
15:45 - 16:15 Aerial Demonstrations
McClellan Airfield

16:15 - 16:30 Transport from Static Display / Aerial Demonstration to McClellan Conference Centre
Departure from McClellan Airfield

16:30 - 18:30 Drinks Reception

 

McClellan Conference Centre 


CONFERENCE AGENDA - TUESDAY 13 MARCH 2018

08:30 – 09:15 Registration and Coffee 

09:15 – 09:25 Chairman’s Introduction
Rear Admiral Terry Loughran, CB FRAeS, Royal Navy, UK
 

09:25 - 09:45 Keynote Address - New Technology Changes the Way Fires are Fought

Brigadier General Dana A. Hessheimer, Director, Joint Staff – California Military Department, USA 

 

09:45 – 10:00 Year Round Wildfire & the Impact on Resources

Shawna A. Legarza, USDA Forest Service, Director Fire and Aviation Management, USA  

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome Address
Chief Ken Pimlott, Director, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), USA


10:15 - 10:45
 Refreshment Break
 & Networking

10:45 – 11:15 CAL OES Viewpoint
Kim Zagaris, State Fire and Rescue Chief / FIRESCOPE Executive Director, Fire and Rescue Division, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), USA

11:15 – 11:45 California 2017 Season

Chris Schow, Pacific Southwest Deputy Director, USDA Forest Service, USA  

11
:45 – 12:00 Q&A Session

12:00 - 13:30 Buffet Lunch & Networking


TECHNOLOGY & OPERATIONS PRESENTATIONS: 

 

13:30 – 13:50 Ensuring the Structural Integrity of the Bae146 in the Firefighting Role

Dan Snyder, Chief Operating Officer, Neptune Aviation & Ravi Saip, Director of USA Operations, Air Spray USA Inc., USA

 

13:50 – 14:10 The Advantages & Challenges of Amphibious Aircraft in Firefighting

Christian Bergeron, Sales Director, Longview Aviation Asset Management / Viking Air Limited, Canada
 

14:10 – 14:30 Behind the Scenes: Supporting Aerial Firefighting Operations

Eddie Goldberg, Program Manager, PHOS-CHeK, USA

14:30 - 14:50 With Ever Increasing Budget Conscious Political Environments, What are the Various Policies & Procurement Possibilities Available to Best Equip for Mission Readiness?

Bradford Beck, President, COO, MAFFS.com. USA

 

14:50 - 15:10 Firefighter Safety: The 2 Halves of the Holy Grail are within Reach

Denis Boulet, Vice President Business Development, Roy Elyakim CEO & Darby Allen, Advisor, C4 Systems, Israel

 

15:10 - 15:45 Refreshment Break & Networking


MILITARY AERIAL FIREFIGHTING TRAINING & OPERATIONS:

15:45 – 16:15 MAFFS Aerial Firefighting with Military Assets & International Training

Lt Colonel Bradley G Ross, USAF, Operations Officer 731 AS, US Air Force, USA

 

16:15 – 16:45 Military MAFFS Training with Civil Wildfire Response Community

Colonel Bryan Allen, Commander, 146th Air Expeditionary Group, Wildland Fire Fighting, Californian National Guard, USA

 

16:45 – 17:00 Q&A Session

17:00 
Chairman’s Closing Remarks

19:00 - 21:00 Conference Dinner and Aerial International Award Ceremony


CONFERENCE AGENDA - WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018

08:15 - 08:55 Registration and Coffee 

08:55 - 09:00 Chairman’s Introduction

Rear Admiral Terry Loughran, CB FRAeS, Royal Navy, UK 

09:00 - 09:25 CAL FIRE Recap for 2017 and Update for 2018

Dennis Brown, Chief of Flight Operations, CAL FIRE, USA  

09:25 – 09:55 CAL FIRE’s Purchase of New Helicopter Fleet – the New Paradigm

Barry C Lloyd, Helicopter Program Manager, CAL FIRE, USA

09:55 – 10:15  Refreshment Break & Networking


PANEL SESSION - CLIMATE CHANGE:

10:15 – 10:45 Climate Change & Future Damage Limitation

Dr Stephen J Pyne, Regents’ Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, USA 
 

10:45 – 11:15 Where are the Lines Drawn between Permitting Forests to Burn & Delivering Public Safety?

Dr Chad T. Hanson, Ph.D, Co-Founder, Director & Principal Ecologist, John Muir Project, USA

11:15 – 11:30 Question & Answer Session 


TECHNOLOGY & OPERATIONS PRESENTATIONS: 

11:30 – 11:50 What is a Next Generation Airtanker?

Mike Lynn, Director, Flight Operations, Aero-Flite Inc., USA

11.:50 - 12:10 Introducing a New Generation of Large Air Tankers – The FireLiner & the Next Step in Technology in Firefighting

Wayne Coulson, CEO, Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc., Canada

12:10 - 13:30 Buffet Lunch & Networking

 

13:30 – 13:50 Area Firefighting – North America

Paul Allen, Key Account Manager, Commercial Solutions, Insitu, USA

 

13:50 – 14:10 HyDropTM – Accurate & Safe, Around the Clock Firefighting Solution

Shlomo Alkaher, Vice President, AAFF Business Development, Elbit Systems, Israel & Jason Penrod, Instructor Pilot, UH/HH-60A/L Blackhawk/Firehawk, Airline Transport Pilot, US Army, Retired, USA


INTERNATIONAL SESSION:

14:10 – 14:40 Aerial Firefighting Operations in Victoria, Australia

Simon White, Air Attack Supervisor, Emergency Management Victoria, Australia

14:40 – 15:10 Argentina’s Growing Need for Aerial Firefighting Capability

Dr Daniel Russo, Subsecretary of Civil Protection, Ministry of Security, Argentina 

15:10 – 15:40 Refreshment Break & Networking


SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND AVIATION MANAGEMENT TOOLS:

15:40 – 16:10 UAS in Emergency Response
Thomas Calvert, Battalion Chief - UAS/Drone Program Manager, Menlo Park Fire Protection District, USA 

16:10 – 17:10 Situation Awareness & Collaboration Tool (SCOUT) - Next Generation Incident Command System
Brian Woodbeck, Deputy Chief, Northern Operations, Fire & Rescue Division
Caroline Thomas Jacobs, Acting Chief, Headquarters Operations Branch, Response Section, CAL OES, USA

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

 

Please, note that the program is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the conference. If you have any comments or questions related to the program, please contact Kate Niven who is coordinating the program: kniven@tangentlink.com.