Air International 2018-12
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One of the three S-70 Firehawks in service with the LA County Fire Department fights a large wildfire. This agency is to receive two more examples of the type.
Unlike other helicopters used for fire-fighting, the Firehawk doesn't have an underslung bucket but rather a 1,000-gallon capacity belly water tank which is refilled either on the ground or with a retractable snorkel.
Sikorsky says Firehawk's UH-60 ancestry gives the helicopter the manoeuvrability, control responsiveness, tail rotor authority and power margin required in the demanding environment flying around wildfires.
Consistent and accurate water drops to avoid breaks in the fire line so the water penetrates vegetation are important aspects of aerial fire-fighting.
Both L-39ZOs can be equipped with either the L3 Wescam MX-10 or MX-15 sensors, enabling joint terminal attack controllers to train in a realistic way. This jet, NX139LE, has received a glass cockpit and the other will follow soon.
The Skyline Aviation L-39s are used for military and civil purposes. Many of the company's pilots are former Koninklijke Luchtmacht F-16 pilots who have the relevant operational experience to conduct missions for the company's clients.
Skyline Aviation\s current fleet at Groningen Airport. The busy flight schedule means it's expected a third L-39 will be added to the fleet.
Seen here at Volkel, the Skyline Aviation Learjet 39A operates from Groningen Airport Eelde and is fully equipped for target towing. The Forum Group also has the only European-registered Lockheed Martin L382G-30 Hercules at its disposal.
Skyline Aviation\s current fleet at Groningen Airport. The busy flight schedule means it's expected a third L-39 will be added to the fleet.
During the 2017 Fighter Weapons Instructor Training course at Leeuwarden, Draken International supplied four L-159 ALCAs, which received Skyline Aviation titles and the North Sea Agressor badge on the tail.