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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:55 pm    Post subject: Columbia Helicopters dispatches second helicopter to Texas Reply with quote

Columbia Helicopters dispatches second helicopter to Texas fires
April 21, 2011

Columbia Helicopters has dispatched a second heavy-lift helicopter to assist in battling the extensive wild fires burning throughout Texas. The Columbia 107-II helicopter departed from the company's headquarters Thursday morning, and should arrive in Abilene, Texas on Friday.

The second aircraft joins another Columbia 107-II helicopter that has been fighting fire in Texas since February. Both of the company's helicopters join a growing fleet of aircraft currently dedicated to the Texas fires.

"We know that Texas is now experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in recent history," said company President Michael Fahey. "Our crews will do everything they can to support efforts to extinguish these fires."

Both aircraft are responding to the fires using SEI Torrentula Bambi buckets, equipped with the Powerfill system. Deployed at the end of 180-foot long lines, these buckets enable the flight crew to use water sources in hard-to-reach areas, such as tree-lined ponds and streams.

"We understand Texas has been experiencing an extensive drought and that water sources may not be readily available for fire fighting," said Fahey. "Our pilots will be able to use these buckets to reach water sources not accessible to aircraft using tanks or conventional buckets."

Columbia's 107-II helicopters typically deploy to a fire with three pilots, allowing the aircraft to fly over eight hours a day when needed. The aircraft also travels with a fully-equipped maintenance crew and support vehicles. Routine aircraft maintenance is performed at night, allowing the helicopter crew to spend all available daylight hours fighting the fires.

Source: Columbia Helicopters
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