Wildland Fire Aviation Services
Wildland Fire Aviation Services
EXPERIENCED elite air attack services
High visibility Aero Commanders exceed Type 1 Air Attack specs.Intuitive tactical infrared along with highly trained pilots provide exceptional situational awareness, reduced workload, and increased mission effectiveness.
INFRARED DATA intelligence
Multiple infrared sensors aboard aircraft maximize effective operations, real-time products, and detailed accurate heat maps. MANET Mesh, FirstNet/ATT/Verizon cellular, and Satellite deliver live intelligence to the ground.
EXCLUSIVE USE LEASED AIRCRAFT FLEET
Six Aero Commanders and support aircraft are locked into exclusive operation and maintained above the highest FAA and fire agency standards. Human factors considered for simple effective operation and comfort during long flight missions.
IN-HOUSE PROFESSIONAL aircraft maintenance
Experienced mechanics, extensive hangars and equipment, mobile support vehicles, and mechanic’s planes allow for fast service in the field. Staff, equipment, & spare parts enable turbine engines to be swapped overnight in remote locations.
innovative in-house avionics services
Aircraft are a homogenized blend of the best radio, and flight instrument equipment available. Exceeding required specs, aircraft have long-distance military-grade datacom radio. Our approved avionics repair station allows lots of flexibility.
Data link mesh network communications
Boasting the best datacom in the industry, our aircraft have multiple hi-speed internet links for reliably streaming large volumes of data to ground teams. Like all aspects of the working planes, everything is designed to work simply and fast.
In the news
Courtney in Wall Street Journal
High-Tech Planes, Supercomputers and Helitankers Help Fight Wildfires California Fire crews abandon hand-drawn maps for up-to-date information on phones to track and extinguish blazes faster. By Erin Allworth for The Wall Street Journal LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST,...
Courtney Aviation on Linkedin
Dispatches from Courtney Aviation on Linkedin July 2020 Seeing what you say in national news every day is strange. Incidental to mapping all SoCal fires, we produce an acreage count, usually around midnight. It's not why we are there, but no one else on the fire can...
Analyzing Burned Vegetation?
Recently we've been mapping burned vegetation now that the smoke has cleared. Our daytime flights have been one of the first times large fires have been regularly imaged during the day. NIROPS and others mostly fly at night, but our high resolution 16-bit depth...
AERIAL FIRE INTELLIGENCE BLOG
Mosquito Incident – September 6, 2022
The Mosquito Fire was active for just 50 just days in Placer and El Dorado Counties, burning a total of 76,788 acres. The incident destroyed 78 structures and damaged 13 more.
Mill and Mountain Incidents – September 2, 2022
The Mill Fire was active for 11 days burning 3,935 acres, destroying 118 structures and killing two people.
The Mountain Fire was active for 103 days burning 13,440 acres and destroying 4 structures, no one was killed during this incident.
Six Rivers Complex – August 5, 2022
The Six Rivers Lightning Complex was active for 88 days in Humboldt and Trinity Counties. This fire burned a total of 27, 019 acres, destroying 8 structures and injuring 5 firefighters.