Jumbo Jet As Firefighting Tanker? | 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

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.28.16

Airborne 11.29.16

Airborne 11.30.16

Airborne 12.01.16

Airborne 12.02.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 11.28.16

Airborne 11.29.16

Airborne 11.30.16

Airborne 12.01.16

Airborne 12.02.16

Mon, May 24, 2004

Jumbo Jet As Firefighting Tanker?

Could Be In Service By End Of July

At the onset of a wildfire season billed as perhaps worse than 2000, some big help could be on the way. Very big help.

For more than a year, Evergreen International has been converting a 747 for use as an aerial firefighting tanker. Already, the aircraft has made some 20 test drops over Arizona.

"It represents one of the most advanced pieces of firefighting equipment that's come along in a long time," said Mike Padilla. He runs aviation at the California Department of Firefighting Protection. He hopes to have the 747 in service before the end of what promises to be a long, hot summer. But the conversion still must pass inspection by the FAA.

The Evergreen conversion can carry loads of up to 20,000 gallons. Evergreen hopes it will be approved and on the fire line in time to help with the huge blazes expected this summer. But there are questions about whether a 747, built to fly high, can accurately drop fire retardant from as low as 200 feet AGL.

Further, the aircraft won't be able to fly deep into narrow canyons where fires can be most stubborn. But at a time when the Forest Service has abruptly cancelled the contracts of 33 aging tankers because of safety concerns. Although the FAA has agreed to conduct emergency inspections of the decades-old aircraft, there's still no timetable, nor definite path to getting them back into the air.

FMI: www.evergreenaviation.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 12.02.16: Stratos 714 1st Flt, TFR Politics, Airbus Job Cuts

Also: Female Skydive Record, ANN November Efforts, Dream Chaser, SecTrans Reax, FAA SAFO, Able Flight, Airline Group Grounded On November 21, the Stratos 714 very light jet took to>[...]

Here We Go Again -- ISS Resupply Mission Goes Astray

Russian Resupply Ship Experiences 'Anomaly' We've heard versions of this story before... but this time, its the Russians that are bemoaning their circumstances. The Russian space a>[...]

Airborne 12.01.16: New SecTrans, Trio NextGen Autopilot, WTO v Boeing

Also: Solar Flight, SAFE, Predator B, Delta Requires 'Civility', ISS-RapidScat, UPS Dispute, airBaltic CS300 President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Elaine Chao, the former Labor S>[...]

Airborne 12.02.16: Stratos 714 1st Flt, TFR Politics, Airbus Job Cuts

Also: Female Skydive Record, ANN November Efforts, Dream Chaser, SecTrans Reax, FAA SAFO, Able Flight, Airline Group Grounded On November 21, the Stratos 714 very light jet took to>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.03.16)

Blue Angels Alumni Association The official website of the Blue Angels Alumni Association. The website offers a pictorial and written history of the Blue Angels through the many ai>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC