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The RJ85 Heads Downunder

For the past three years, the Conair RJ85 has traveled from its home hangar at Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, to New South Wales, Australia, to support government agency partners and local firefighters in protecting communities and natural resources from...

Aerial Firefighting Thrives in Brazil with the Help of Agricultural Aviation

This article was originally published in the print version of AerialFire Magazine's January/February issue. Story by Lucas Zanoni 2020 was characterized by the rise of agricultural aircraft as an indispensable tool for environmental protection in the country. Another...

Courage Under Fire – The Creek Fire Rescue

A normal holiday weekend turns into a rescue for the record books for Stockton, California based Chinook and Black Hawk crews. What started as a typical holiday long weekend for Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph Rosamond and his crew would end with the rescue of several...

Kestrel Aviation – Innovating to Keep Australians Safe

Beginning operations in 1985, many would be surprised to know that Kestrel Aviation began not an aerial firefighting company, but as a training provider. Although training is still a significant component of what the company does, Kestrel Aviation has grown to be very...

The Evolution of Firefighting Mission Equipment

Nowadays, aircraft operators and fire-fighting authorities take for granted capabilities that up until a few years ago didn’t exist. In this article, we look at how aircraft capability has evolved from the early simple mechanical “pull the lever” designs, to today’s...

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