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Editorial – Training the Next Generation

How many people can say they fight fires from the sky? Pilots flying the CL-415EAF (Super Scooper) aircraft from Bridger Aerospace skim a water source to scoop up thousands of gallons of water into an onboard tank in under 12 seconds. Then drop it on a fire in some of...

SEI Industries – Pushing the Bambi Bucket Further

SEI Industries is a name that may not be as familiar to many as their flagship product, the Bambi Bucket, used around the world in over 100 countries to fight forest fires. The big orange bucket dangling from under helicopters is synonymous with fighting wildfires and...

Multi Mission Done Right – Charlotte County Sheriff

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Aviation unit is still a relative newcomer to aviation compared to others in the field that have been in operation for 30 or 40 years. Nonetheless, the CCSO unit,  since 1996, has transformed from a law enforcement-focused...

BEYOND SEARCH & RESCUE: How Heliwest Delivers Multiple ISR Missions

Heliwest is one of Australasia’s leading helicopter companies and the largest onshore helicopter operator in Western Australia with over 40 helicopters. Heliwest has offices throughout Australia and primarily operates out of its base in Western Australia, also...

Editorial – Goodbye 2020, let’s hope for a better 2021

Aside from the large fire now extinguished in Western Australia, Australia's fire season is off to a slow start. Which I am sure is a welcome relief to the thousands of ground firefighters and aircrews that fought so hard to save lives and property during last year's ...

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