GA-ASI Assists California Air National Guard With Fire Season | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited--12.09.19

Airborne UnManned--12.10.19

Airborne Unlimited--12.11.19

AMA Drone Report--12.12.19

Airborne Unlimited--12.13.19

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited--12.09.19

Airborne UnManned--12.10.19

Airborne Unlimited--12.11.19

AMA Drone Report--12.12.19

Airborne Unlimited--12.13.19

Mon, Dec 02, 2019

GA-ASI Assists California Air National Guard With Fire Season

Operates Predator B/MQ-9 Aircraft On Request From CAL FIRE

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is supporting the California Air National Guard (CA ANG) as they provide real-time reconnaissance for California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) firefighting operations in Southern California.

CA ANG’s 163rd Attack Wing routinely performs aerial reconnaissance for firefighting missions using their Predator B/MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft upon request by CAL FIRE. The GA-ASI manufactured RPA includes the company’s Lynx Multi-mode Radar with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to detect fire lines even through smoke-filled skies. The Multi-Spectral Targeting System provides the Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) cameras with live high-definition color and infrared video feeds to ground command posts. This 24x7 real-time imagery delivers critical situational awareness to both ground and air fire suppression operations.

“Providing support for natural disasters is just one more way to utilize our aircraft,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “GA-ASI is always pleased to know our products can and will assist when these kinds of situations occur.”

Operations of the 163rd are based at March Air Reserve Base (ARB) in Riverside, Calif. and are deployable throughout Southern and Central California. CA ANG, the United States Air Force (USAF) and GA-ASI have created a joint backup plan to launch and recover CA ANG MQ-9 aircraft when takeoff or landing at March ARB is not feasible due to operational constraints, such as weather.

On October 25, 2019, while CA ANG was providing reconnaissance support to CAL FIRE, Santa Ana winds prevented recovery of the 163rd Air Attack Wing’s MQ-9 to March ARB. GA-ASI ground crew members, in partnership with on-site USAF aircrew at General Atomics’ Gray Butte Flight Test Facility near Palmdale, Calif., recovered, serviced and refueled the aircraft, then re-launched it. This allowed the CA ANG MQ-9 to resume its fire support mission, minimizing a gap in coverage. This is the second time flexible support between these three agencies has resulted in seamless CAL FIRE coverage.

(Image provided with GA-ASI news release)

FMI: www.ga-asi.com

Advertisement

More News

Garmin Announces Approval Of Diversity Transponders

GTX 335D And GTX 345D Approved By FAA, EASA And TCCA Garmin has received FAA STC approval, in conjunction with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Avi>[...]

Airborne 12.11.19: Granley's Airshow Record, Global Spitfire, AirVenture

Also: Tuskegee Airman's 100th, Blue Angels Update, Piper Aircraft, SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test Walking the floor of the International Council Of Airshows convention is fun stuff...>[...]

AMA Drone Report 12.12.19: A.I. Robotic Racing, Drones v Dogs, Dronestrike Claim

Also: Recreational Drone Flying Aeronautical Test, Drone Poll, OSU Drone Project, AF Academy UAS Center Lockheed Martin and The Drone Racing League have announced the winning Alpha>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 12.10.19: EHang In-City Demo, ISO Standards, DroneStrike?

Also: Drone Aviation-ComSovereign, Public Safety UAS Training, Disaster Management, NCDOT Drone Program EHang has announced its strategic partnership with property developer Heli C>[...]

Airborne 12.13.19: Snowbirds AirVenture-Bound, DeLand Showcase 2020, ePlane Flt

Also: First Modified Osprey, Sunken F4F Wildcat Found, Rebuilding Monmouth IL Airport, Boeing Fine The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will make AirVenture a part of its 50th year perfor>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2019 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC