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Landing a seat

Single-engine air tanker (SEAT) pilots are carded, or licensed, by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Aviation Management Directorate (AMD). The department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provides training for SEAT pilots.

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Here we go again

A new fire season is already upon us. It seems like the last one just ended! Texas released most of its firefighting assets around Thanksgiving with the understanding things would probably get busy again in early spring.

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Doing more with less

The economic turmoil that has encircled the globe has affected all aspects of society in one way or another. The inevitable budget cuts that follow such a downturn will certainly have a huge impact on wildland firefighting

Home Away From Home

When air tanker crews go on duty each year they are often on the road three to maybe even six months at a time.