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In Memoriam – Chip Paige

The aerial firefighting industry lost a much-loved pilot this week after veteran pilot Chip Paige was lost in a helicopter accident outside of Mesa, Arizona while ferrying his aircraft back from servicing. The crash, captured on several amateur videos, shows the...

Air Tractor AT-802F Help Battle Australian Fires

At the Aerial Firefighting North America 2020 Conference in March of this year in Sacramento, California, international firefighting agency attendees assessed the damage, intensity, and scale of Australia’s January bushfires. More than 15.6 million acres (6.3 million...

CAL FIRE Prepares for Wildfires in the Era of Coronavirus

By Michael Archer California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as CalFire, is the State of California's agency responsible for fire protection in State Responsibility Areas of California totaling 31 million acres, as well as the administration of...

Aerial Firefighters Steal the Show at Heli-Expo 2020

One could have been easily confused as to whether they were attending the right helicopter convention at this year’s Heli-Expo 2020 held in Anaheim, California in January. A look at some of the major helicopter exhibits could have easily confused an attendee that they...

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