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FEATURE - FIRE FIGHTING / SAR ISSUE photos by: Steve Goldsworthy


L.A. County Fire Multi-Mission Capable Aircraft THE RUNDOWN


• Chief Pilot Tom Short • Mission: Firefighting – EMS - SAR • Crew: 12 pilots, 11 mechanics, 18 paramedics • Aircraft: 3 – S70A- FireHawk, 6 – Bell 412


SIKORSKY S70A-FIREHAWK


• GE T701 D series-1800shp engines • Aero Union Corp. water tank, 1000 gallons, 5” retractable 12’ snorkel hose. 1000 GPM pump. One minute fill rate


• Controlled, constant flow delivery system. Selectable drops • Spectrolab Spotlight SX16 - 30 Million CP • Gross Weight, 22, 000 • External 23,500 pounds • Breeze Eastern and Goodrich hoists. Both are 600 pound max load • 600 FPM on Breeze Eastern • NVG- NAVIS 9 Gen 3, All pilots trained, all crew members. • Single pilot VFR day/night • ARC radios, • Becker transponders, Audio panels, comms • EFIS • 4 patients/ 2 litters- by Air Methods Corp • Air Methods Seating • Can carry up to 12 persons with gear plus 2 pilots


BELL 412 (EP & SP)


• 360 Gallon water tank, Sheetcraft, all aluminum tanks, bleed air operated • 4 axis autopilot • 11,900 pound max GW • BLR Fast Fin Mod/strakes on one EP- in evaluation • Spectrolab SX 16 Spotlight • Goodrich Hoists • NVG compatible • Fire fighting at night, after PIC conducts airborne NVG’s hazard assessment • Bendix / King radios • 2 litters- by Lifeport • Lifeport seats • 8 seats / +2 pilots


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