• Portugal’s AT-802 deployed to Sweden

    Portugal’s AT-802 deployed to Sweden0

    By Igor Bozinovski Europe will remember the summer of 2018 by the continent-wide heatwave that brought drought and wildfires to places where no one expected: Sweden! While many were surprised by the Swedish wildfires, those with good memory remembered this nothing new, as only four years ago the Nordic nation survived a similar disaster when

  • Change in the Air: Rethinking old strategies to win a new wildfire war

    Change in the Air: Rethinking old strategies to win a new wildfire war0

    Today, U.S. wildfires burn on average more than three times the number of acres per fire than just a few decades ago. The increasing size and intensity has caused suppression and recovery costs to dramatically increase, culminating last year when the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) spent more money battling wildfires than it ever has –

  • Dauntless Air transitions new pilots to the Fire Boss

    Dauntless Air transitions new pilots to the Fire Boss0

    By Bill Lavender Dauntless Air and Fire Boss LLC, an affiliated company of Wipaire Inc., all  based in Minnesota, have teamed up to provide training for Dauntless Air’s Fire Boss pilots this spring.  Fire Boss LLC takes single or dual-seat Air Tractor AT-802Fs and converts them into a Fire Boss by adding Wipline 10000A scooping floats,

  • Wipaire, Inc. welcomes Andrew San Giacomo0

    South Saint Paul, Minnesota—Wipaire, Inc.® has welcomed Andrew San Giacomo as Director of Aircraft Services with oversight of Wipaire’s wide range of services. Andrew will lead and manage teams in Minnesota specializing in aircraft maintenance, avionics repair and installation, paint refinishing, and custom interiors. His responsibilities will include ensuring Wipaire’s high standards for safety and

  • Fighting Portugal’s deadliest Pedrogao Grande Wildfire, the Fire Boss aspect0

    A series of 156 wildfires that erupted across central Portugal in June turned into an epic tragedy that, within hours, claimed the lives of 64 civilians and caused serious injuries to 204 others, including more than a dozen firefighters that were fighting the terrible firestorm. By the evening of June 20th, a total of 44,969

  • Air Tractor AT-802 series marks 25 years & 700 airplanes1

    When Air Tractor AT-802A, bearing serial #0700 took off last month for its home in Valencia, Spain, the occasion was not just an airplane production milestone. It also happens to be the 25th anniversary year marking FAA Type Certification of the 800-gallon capacity agricultural and firefighting airplane. Jim Hirsch, president of Air Tractor remarked, “It’s