Continue reading “MD-87 air tanker experiences engine failure after takeoff”. A problem with an engine on April 21 resulted in an unscheduled landing for an Erickson Aero Air MD-87 air tanker. TANKER 07 (N807NA) 1954 Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune (131424). Tom Brown found five Erickson Aero Tanker MD-87’s at Madras, Oregon on May 5 and was able to grab this photo of all of them. For example, tanker 101 (N291EA), was previously flown by Japan Airlines (JL) from the early 1990s until the late 2000s. Aviation Photo #4459565 McDonnell Douglas MD-87 (DC-9-87) - Erickson Aero Tanker [ Medium Large] Tweet. See huge hole in back window? The aircraft was Air Tanker 101, an MD87 operated by Erickson Aero Air. On the other hand this can sometimes go wrong … like earlier this week in Tampa … Congratulations to all the folks at Erickson Aero Tanker. Erickson Aero Tanker went back to the drawing board to plan a different route and obtain permits but the delay allowed the ash to clear so they were able to use the original route for the first tanker to leave for Australia. @aerialfiremag posted on their Instagram profile: “Tanker 101 from Erickson Aero Tanker taking off from KBJC in Colorado to drop on the Grizzly Creek…” T-102 will be leaving January 13 and T-103 is scheduled for January 16. Photos were taken of retardant stains on the fuselage caused by retardant flowing over the wing. In June, 2016 I also saw five of Erickson’s MD-87’s at Madras. This repaint pack represents Erickson Aero Tanker's (Aero Air) fleet of MD-87 air tankers. In addition they have the 737 that the New South Wales Rural Fire Service purchased earlier this year. Mr. Komm said that after takeoff the … McDonnell Douglas MD-80 (DC-9-80) Basic Type ... 101 Location. Tanker 101, an MD-87 operated by Erickson Aero Tanker, showed up for its first day of work at Redmond, Oregon June 4 and made its first ever drop on a fire three days later on June 7 when the Two Bulls Fire started west of Bend, Oregon. A photo of what could be that first drop is in our coverage of the Two Bulls Fire west of Bend, Oregon. This repaint pack represents Erickson Aero Tanker's (Aero Air) fleet of MD-87 air tankers. TANKER 07 (N807NA) 1954 Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune (131424). This additional surge capacity was announced by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on January 4, saying $20 million would be provided for leasing four more large air tankers as supplementary to the normal fleet for the current season only. Erickson also has DC-7s. clock. One of the newer aerial tanker solutions is the Erickson Aero Tanker MD-87. One chunk of metal crashed through the rear window of a car, while other shrapnel was found in city streets. Pilot Dale Dahl dumped the retardant east of the airport and landed without incident. A person who was monitoring radio traffic told Fire Aviation that the pilot declared an emergency after shutting down the #3 engine and losing all hydraulics. They were parked in single file and my 24mm lens was not wide enough to get them all. San Bernardino - International (Norton AFB) Region. Erickson Aero Tanker Blog. @aerialfiremag posted on their Instagram profile: “Tanker 101 from Erickson Aero Tanker taking off from KBJC in Colorado to drop on the Grizzly Creek…” 1 The average fleet age is based on our own calculations and may differ from other figures. TANKER 00 (Aero Union) Lockheed P-3 Orion 3000 gallons, based in California. Disclaimer. Some of the large air tanker vendors have been led to believe that the USFS will issue a solicitation for Next-Gen air tankers in the fairly near future, but Ms. Jones did not confirm this. Chuck Rhodes, Maintenance Supervisor for Erickson Aero Tanker, told us that the new exit point is in clean air well below the slip stream. The company is adding an external tank on the belly of their MD-87s. They began flying two of them as air tankers in 2014. On January 4 we wrote about the two DC-10s that 10 Tanker Air Carrier will be sending down. Above: Air Tanker 162 at Redmond, Oregon June 13, 2016. While Tanker 101 was returning to Alamogordo after dropping retardant on the Holcombe Road Fire in Crockett County Texas, the left or number 1 engine went into an overspeed condition and had to be shut down. 104. Before 2010 Australia’s air tanker fleet consisted almost entirely of single engine air tankers. After experiencing what Erickson called “intermittent engine surges when dropping [retardant at] high coverage levels”, they installed air deflectors in front of the exit points for the retardant. He said it was there for pre-season training. That year they began trials of large and very large air tankers, including a DC-10. See more ideas about fire, firefighter, wildland firefighter. (UPDATE at 6:16 a.m. PDT August 2, 2018: Late yesterday Jim Lyon, Deputy Fire Marshal/Public Information Officer with Northern Lakes Fire District, issued a statement confirming that a jet-powered air tanker under contract to the U.S. Forest Service, at approximately 2:30 p.m. “had mechanical problems on take-off and was able to make an immediate circle route to return to base safely. The Next-Gen V1.0 contract that was initiated in 2013 is valid until December 31, 2022 if all options are exercised. News & commentary about aerial firefighting, air tankers, and helicopters. This modification will require that the company start over again with the approval process, which includes receiving a Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA and certification from the Interagency AirTanker Board. 53041 . When not used as water bombers, in just over 2 1/2 hours, the aircraft can be converted to accommodate up to 78 passenger seats or carry up to 19,000 lbs of cargo. http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/25670990/tia-welcome-party-accidentally-damages-new-japanese-jet. His injuries were not life threatening, but he was transported to Kootenai Health as a precaution. The air tanker mix is a little different this year, with Neptune Aviation trading out two of their old radial engine P2V’s for somewhat newer jet-powered BAe-146’s. This pack includes the entire fleet of 7 total aircraft regardless of their active, conversion, or storage status. Erickson Aero Tanker Version. Multiple aircraft were sent in to drop retardant on the blazes, but firefighters weren’t sure early Monday afternoon how large the fires had grown. 9-17-14. 26 Jul 2013 . T-101, 102, 103, 105, and 107. But since they are taking this extraordinary step of a major modification to the tanking system, apparently the deflectors were not as effective as they had hoped. FAA certified standard category 900 miles loaded strike range 5000 foot runway capability loaded Interagency Tanker Board approved 450 knot cruise 3000 gallon capacity in all environments up to 40 degree C Take off and land fully loaded It might be 22, or any other of number you can think of. Jan 30, 2019 - Explore Don Staver's board "Airborne Fire Fighting", followed by 206 people on Pinterest. The reason is the prevention of stalling. In so doing, it appears the plane was discharging some sort of material as a result of the mechanical problem, starting several fires throughout the area approximately a five mile radius of the airport.” Marshal Lyon said “up to eight fires” started by the incident were under control by the evening of July 30th.). Erickson has one other tanker in conversion process, expected to enter service in 2020, that will be T-104. The one missing in the photo below also had “Spanair” on the side. Click here. This pack includes the entire fleet of 7 total aircraft regardless of their active, conversion, or storage status. On January 4 we wrote about the two DC-10s that 10 Tanker Air Carrier will be sending down. Aircraft has been critical in slowing the spread of the Fir Mountain Fire near Hood River, Oregon. This air tanker operation is now known as Erickson Aero Tanker. In 2018 and 2019 the United States Forest Service had 13 large air tankers on exclusive use contracts. The U.S. Forest Service will have 20 privately owned large and very large air tankers on exclusive use (EU) contracts this year, which is the same number as in 2016. On September 13, 2015 debris from a failed engine landed in a residential area of Fresno, California. A C-130Q and a DC-10 were added in November when it became painfully obvious that the 2019/2020 bushfire season was going to be much busier than average. The companies supplying the four additional large air tankers that will be mobilizing to help the firefighters in Australia have been identified. There is no cost, and in case you change your mind each email has an unsubscribe button. Tanker 62, now located at Redmond, will likely work on an exclusive use contract with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) from July into mid-September. One of the DC-10s, T-912 is expected to arrive in Australia on January 15 to be followed by Tanker 914 around January 25 after their heavy maintenance is wrapped up. Erickson Aero Tanker’s T-101 photographed June 4 at Redmond, Oregon, its first day on the job. Shouldn’t there be a ceremony on an air tanker’s first day on the job? TANKER 00 (Aero Union) Lockheed P-3 Orion 3000 gallons, based in California. Have a fire aviation news tip? This is somewhat surprising since the agency is reducing by 18 percent the number of large Type 1 helicopters that are on exclusive use (EU) wildland firefighting contracts. Mr. Rhodes said the company hopes Tanker 60 will receive a contract with CAL FIRE. The newspaper was not able to find any government officials who would comment about the cause of the fires, saying it was under investigation. Aviation celebrations? Tanker 101, an MD-87 (N291EA), dropping on the Elephant Butte Fire southwest of Denver, July 13, 2020. 2020 Fires. While Tanker 101 was returning to Alamogordo, New Mexico after dropping retardant on the Holcombe Road Fire in Crockett County Texas, the left, or number 1, engine went into an overspeed condition and had to be shut down. 1 The average fleet age is based on our own calculations and may differ from other figures. This is a new use for the versatile DC-9. They had an engine first after take off which led to a failure in the engine. Below is an excerpt from a July 31 article in the Spokesman Review about the incident: Jim Lyons, spokesman for Northern Lakes Fire District, said crews battled about seven fires, though none grew to the size of a major wildfire. This was why some older air tankers, like the DC-7 according to “Johnny”, kept the gear down. In other Erickson news, they have four MD-87s and one MD-83 parked at the Madras, Oregon airport that have been stripped of their engines and have not been converted to air tankers. USA Date Photographed. He was evaluated at the scene. The USFS will also be operating as an air tanker one of the HC-130H aircraft that they are in the process of receiving from the Coast Guard. Erickson currently (2019) has 5 active MD-87s. Air Tanker 60, an Erickson Aero Tanker DC-7B, made an emergency landing at the Chico, California airport Thursday morning. Photo by Bill Gabbert. (See the video below.) California Country. Erickson Aero Tanker photo. TANKER 10 (N472NA) 1989 British Aerospace (E2138) Neptune. They are loaded with 3000 gallons of retardant to drop on the fire. Its sister, T-105, is scheduled to begin work Sunday, June 8. The two MD-87s on exclusive use contract were scheduled to begin their mandatory availability periods on June 5 and 10, but the start dates are being pushed back by weeks, if not months. Erickson Aero Tanker Tanker 101 Preforming tanker drop certification at Fox Field for the United States Forest Service The aircraft was Air Tanker 101, an MD87 operated by Erickson Aero Air. Aero Union is now Airstrike. 2 Future records only include new-built aircraft close to delivery and expected second-hand deliveries. Click on the image above and you’ll be taken to the Action News Now website where you can view it. With days off factored into availability, the Arizona/New Mexico have about 4 large airtankers available per day…not much initial attack effectiveness there. This photo is copyright protected and may not be used in any way without proper permission. Erickson currently (2019) has 5 active MD-87s. A piece of air tanker dropped onto woman’s car off Barton & Swift. @FresnoPolice here. AT Tank Air Tractor Tank AU TANK Aero Union Tank BH TANK Black Hills Tank CAS TANK Central Air Service Tank EV Evergreen Helicopters Tank H&P Hawkins & Powers Aviation Tank MA TANK Minden Air Tank HV TANK Hemet Air Tank R/BH TANK Rosenbalm/Black Hills Tank R/J TANK Rosenbalm/Johnson Flying Service Tank R/SQ TANK Rosenbalm/SIS Q Flying Service Tank TANKER 06 (N9855F) 1953 Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune (131445). Tanker 101, an MD-87 operated by Erickson Aero Tanker, showed up for its first day of work at Redmond, Oregon June 4 and made its first ever drop on a fire three days later on June 7 when the Two Bulls Fire started west of Bend, Oregon. Erickson Tanker 101. Note: Tanker 62 departing on a training flight, sporting it's new Erickson Aero Tanker paint scheme. Damage was to the plane and to a vehicle on the ground. Other federal airtankers are already prepositioned in the SW and CA. Air tankers 101 and 105. Contracts were already in place in Australia for four large privately owned large air tankers and nine large Type 1 helicopters. on MD-87 air tanker experiences engine failure after takeoff, “MD-87 air tanker experiences engine failure after takeoff”, on The FAA requires Erickson’s MD-87’s to drop retardant with landing gear down, on 20 large air tankers to be on exclusive use contracts this year, on Tanker 60 makes emergency landing at Chico, on Erickson adding a second tank to their MD-87 air tankers, Two MD-87 firefighting air tankers will deploy to Australia, Contracts were already in place in Australia for four large privately owned large air tankers, 737 that the New South Wales Rural Fire Service purchased, United States Forest Service had 13 large air tankers on exclusive use contracts, MD-87 air tanker experiences engine failure after takeoff, September 13, 2015 debris from a failed engine landed in a residential area of Fresno, retardant stains on the fuselage caused by retardant flowing over the wing, They had an external tank, or pod, fabricated and installed, They began flying two of them as air tankers in 2014, The FAA requires Erickson’s MD-87’s to drop retardant with landing gear down, 20 large air tankers to be on exclusive use contracts this year, reducing by 18 percent the number of large Type 1 helicopters, Tanker 60 makes emergency landing at Chico, In 2006 a P2V operated by Neptune lost an engine, Erickson adding a second tank to their MD-87 air tankers, retardant from the MD-87 air tanker entering the tail-mounted engines, Three large air tankers are working the bushfire in Western Australia, Triple Nickles, paratroopers who fought wildfires during World War II, Photos of PBY-6A air tankers from the 1960s and 1970s, Chief Ranger/Pilot for Alaska’s Northern National Parklands Receives National Aviation Safety Award. The EU contract issued in 2013 for what the USFS called “Legacy” air tankers, six P2V’s and one BAe-146, expires December 31, 2017. The first fix that Erickson Aero Air implemented was in 2014,  “a new spade profile that has proved to eliminate this problem by keeping the fluid column much more vertical”. It is specified in their Supplemental Type Certificate. Oregon doesn’t have enough fire danger at the moment to warrant more than SEATs and helicopters. The resolution on the video is very poor, but you can pretty much tell what is happening. We also have updates on the MD-87’s, as well as the HC-130H aircraft the USFS is receiving from the Coast Guard. In November the aircraft took and passed the grid test again, certifying it for coverage levels one through eight. Erickson Aero Tanker Tanker 101 Preforming tanker drop certification at Fox Field for the United States Forest Service. The new name comes from co-owner Jack Erickson, who was the founder and former owner of Erickson Air-Crane. The two aircraft will be based at McClellan Air Field in Sacramento at what the Forest Service calls Air Station McClellan (FSAS MCC). And, please keep in mind our commenting ground rules before you post a comment. But there would need to be a LMA ramp safety plan, a LMA spill plan, no water within 300 feet of a metal source, individual ramp operating plan for each airport ramp that would encompass at least 10 pages….etc etc etc. The one operating as an air tanker this year will again use a Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS) tank. Two fires now active northwest of Bend. 1945 McDonnell Douglas MD-87 (DC-9-87) 3DC-SWZ . The airport resumed normal operation at about 6:30 p.m. Monday. The USFS still has not made a decision about the long term basing of the seven HC-130H tankers. The company already owns seven aircraft with five of them converted for tanker duty (tankers 101, 102, 103, 105, and 107) and hopes to build a fleet of ten tanker-configured MD-87s. Then in June, 2017 the company took a much more radical step. Earlier this year Ericson petitioned the FAA for an exemption from this requirement, and requested a “Flaps 40/Landing Gear Up” configuration while dropping, but on June 28, 2017 that exemption was denied. Or in jet language, the tanker should be on scene if the fire is within seventy (70) air miles. You should have waited another day: T101 made it’s first drop in Bend, Oregon on June 7th. I could be and should done and the USFS because of delays in the program ought to be buying lunch for the entire aviation community at every ATB…. Mar 3, 2016 - Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 To date two aircraft have been configured as water bombers to hold 2,640 gallons of water or retardants. They had an external tank, or pod, fabricated and installed below the retardant tank doors, which lowers the release point by 46 inches, mitigating the problem, Mr. McLoughlin said. Mr. Morrison also said 3,000 Australian Defense Force reservists would be brought in to help with bushfire recovery efforts. KXLY reported that a firefighter was injured while working on one of the fires near the airport: A Kootenai County Fire and Rescue firefighter was injured Monday evening when he was struck by a vehicle that was backing up on Dodd Road by Strayhorn while responding to fires burning near the Coeur d’Alene Airport. None of the HC-130H’s have received the conversion to a removable internal gravity Retardant Delivery System (RDS). Other than that there were no significant changes in the information provided by the USFS. None of the current contracted HC-130H pilots are initial attack qualified, but the USFS goal is to have them qualified after the RDS are installed. pic.twitter.com/x20xt2M9Ok, — Connie Tran (@MissConnieTran) September 13, 2015. Today we learned that two MD-87s will also be deploying. Awesome to see them on contract, returning on the hard work of the folks there. Tim Crippin got this shot of Tanker 62 in Medford, sporting its new Erickson paint scheme. December 7, 2020 December 7, 2020 aerotanker Leave a comment. Aero Air (Erickson Aero Tanker) has another year, maybe two on it's contract with the ODF (Oregon Department of Forestry) at Medford with DC-7 Tanker 62 (N401US). It is only a 75 day contract, so they normally wait until mid-July to begin standby at Medford. Erickson Aero's(DC-9-87)MD-87 Tanker 101, 4,000 Gal/Cap tank system...retardant drop on the June Fire, June Lake CA. Erickson Aero Tanker 101 A SAFECOM filed back then considered the possibility after engine surges or intermittent power was a problem for one aircraft after making a drop. Seven former SAS McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87s (MD-87s) are being acquired and at least four will be converted to air tankers. TANKER 02 (N474NA) British Aerospace BAE 146-200A (E2084). (Originally published at 8:38 p.m. MDT August 1, 2018; updated at 6:16 a.m. PDT August 2, 2018). (UPDATED 3-17-2017). EC-FFI . Below is an excerpt from the decision which was signed by Michael Kaszycki of the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service: I deny Erickson Aero Tanker, LLC’s, petition for an exemption from 14 CFR 25.201(b)(1), that would have allowed aerial firefighting retardant drops in a configuration that does not fully meet the stall characteristics requirements on the modified DC-9-87 (MD-87) airplanes. Creating greater containment lines, in less time saving both wildlife and resources. The MD-83 is being used for parts, while they expect the MD-87s will be converted into air tankers after the bugs are worked out in the tanking system. Photo by skippyscage.com. At that location, the company expects the air flow will carry the retardant straight back, and will not force it up onto the wings and into the engines as before. McDonnell Douglas MD-87 (DC-9-87) Generic Type. Initially they will operate only within a 500 nautical mile radius (almost half of which is over the Pacific Ocean), but by the end of the season the USFS expects to remove that limitation. Kingdom of Swaziland . Mr. Komm said that after takeoff the plane flew out to the designated retardant jettison area … Please refer to the current fleet list to see each aircraft's individual age. Mr. Rhodes said they will not carry a full load this year until the company becomes more familiar with the new system. Erickson Aero Air : DC-7B : N838D : 45347 : see note below : PHOTO: 62 : Erickson Aero Air : DC-7 ... 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