Sept. 4, 2014, Portland, Or. - Erickson Incorporated has announced a new five-year contract with the City of Los Angeles for the provision of aerial firefighting services. The greater Los Angeles area, one of the most populous and high-value regions in the U.S., often faces high temperatures and an arid climate during the summer that can lead to fires.
Aug. 11, 2014, Victoria, B.C. - Crews battling huge wildfires across B.C. are bracing for a tough week as the hot and dry conditions are replaced by an unstable air mass bringing a menacing forecast of wind and thunderstorms.
The pilots have completed their annual ground school and emergency procedures practice.
May 7, 2013, Edmonton – With record temperatures in the forecast and tinder-dry brush and grass in many areas, Alberta's wildfire crews are on high alert.
Every year on average, 8,500 wildfires are reported across Canada, burning an area of 2.5 million hectares. Wildfires destroy property, cause economic hardship and generally disrupt lives. As human habitation creeps further into the wildland interface, the potential for costly and deadly wildfires increases.
The steep, rugged, densely forested slopes of the B.C. coastline have always created unique challenges for forest fire suppression operations.
If you’re going to have a chat with Peter Barratt you’d better block some time off on your calendar and be prepared for some serious coffee — strong and dark and brewed in a European press style coffee maker.
The successful police use of helicopters for everything from routine patrols to airborne vehicle pursuits, missing-person searches and counter-narcotics reconnaissance is vastly enhanced through the specialized equipment that supports these duties.
The 2009 fire season in British Columbia was certainly one to remember – for all the wrong reasons. Some 3,040 wildfires consumed more than 250,000 hectares at a direct firefighting cost of $397 million. To put that into context, the 10-year average in B.C. from 1998 to 2007 was 1,848 fires at a cost of $115.9 million.
In a signing ceremony at the training centre of Canadian Helicopters Limited (CHL) at the Penticton, B.C., airport (CYYF) on Oct. 22, senior managers from CHL and Eurocopter Canada finalized an agreement related to CHL’s Mountain Flying Course (MFC).
For years, the Edmonton Police Service’s AIR 1 helicopter has been a familiar sight in city skies. In fact, this Eurocopter EC120 has been so busy, that it’s become a recognized icon of the city; like the NHL Oilers and the sprawling West Edmonton Mall.
Some years are especially challenging for Canada’s aerial firefighters. No one can predict whether 2009 will be one of them – how many wildfires will occur and how weather conditions will affect efforts to fight them. But government forest protection agencies and aircraft operators must prepare in advance for whatever the coming fire season will throw at them. This is a major undertaking involving hundreds of people and millions of dollars worth of aircraft and equipment.
Nestled in the mountains of southeastern B.C., the Kootenay Valley is both ruggedly beautiful and, from a flying perspective, highly challenging. The combination of high altitude flying, harsh winters and hot summers brings out the best in a helicopter pilot, at least those who are the best at the job.
Tom Brooks has won the highly prestigious HAI Pilot of the Year award for 2009! So who is Tom Brooks? In the strictest terms, he is Canadian Helicopters Ltd. base manager in Smithers, B.C. Smithers is a booming town located in the Coastal Mountains halfway between Prince Rupert and Prince George.
The apple trees have been cut down to make way for a vineyard; grapes have become the crop of choice in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
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