• New Air Tractor Gen III Fire Gate  On Display At NAAA Convention

    New Air Tractor Gen III Fire Gate On Display At NAAA Convention0

    A new generation of Air Tractor’s Fire Retardant Dispersal System (FRDS) is on display this week at the National Agricultural Aviation Association Ag Aviation Expo Trade Show in Reno, Nevada. Located next to the Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss, the new Gen III FRDS offers a number of major improvements. It is 260 pounds lighter

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  • Active season, reduced contracts0

    Most areas of the country have experienced a spring that has been much colder and wetter than normal. April snow was common with many locations breaking records for both low temperatures and heavy precipitation. This has not been the case in the Southern Plains and desert Southwest where severe drought set up over the winter

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  • Georgia Forestry Commission buys two Switchbacks

    Georgia Forestry Commission buys two Switchbacks1

    Recently, the Georgia Forestry Commission advanced its aerial firefighting program with the purchase of two new 510G Switchback Thrushes. The aircraft were introduced to Georgia Forestry Commission’s Air Operations Supervisor, Clay Chatham, during a Thrush Summer Tour in 2015 by the late Frankie Williams of Souther Field Aviation in Americus, Georgia. With a background in

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  • Apocalypse on the plains0

    The Great Plains of the central United States have seen fire play a role in its history for thousands of years. The vast grasslands emerge from winter with the blanket of fuel cured of moisture by the months of freezing and thawing. Before the country was settled, the only sources of ignition were lightning from

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