BAe 146-200 air tanker conversion

I’m not sure how we missed this before, but on October 28, 2009 the BAe-146-200 that is being converted to an air tanker by Tronos made its first drop over Prince Edward Island in Canada. According to the company “The aircraft performed flawlessly as did the tank and delivery system.” Here are some stats about the … Continue reading “BAe 146-200 air tanker conversion”

Minden Air’s BAe-146 air tanker program suspended

(This article was first published at Fire Aviation.) For more than 15 years Minden Air Corp has been working on the concept of transitioning from their Korean War vintage P2V air tankers to a jet, the BAe-146. They acquired two or three of them and had nearly completed their work on what was going to be … Continue reading “Minden Air’s BAe-146 air tanker program suspended”

Air Spray moves into California, will convert BAe-146 into air tanker

Air Spray Aviation Services, which operates Lockheed L-188 Electra “Longliner” air tankers and Turbo Commander 690 “Bird Dog” aircraft in Canada, has established a new United States headquarters at Chico, California. They announced yesterday that they have acquired a BAe-146 airliner which they will convert into an air tanker. Currently Neptune Aviation operates two BAe-146 air … Continue reading “Air Spray moves into California, will convert BAe-146 into air tanker”

Does the DC-10 air tanker deliver retardant at a lower cost than a BAe-146?

One of the likely reasons that the US Forest Service refuses to offer an exclusive use contract for a Very Large Air Tanker such as Evergreen’s 747 or 10 Tanker Air Carrier’s DC-10 is the agency assumes they cost more than smaller “large” air tankers like the P2V or BAe-146 that have a capacity of … Continue reading “Does the DC-10 air tanker deliver retardant at a lower cost than a BAe-146?”

Neptune gains approval to bring on a second jet-powered BAe-146 air tanker

Neptune Aviation expected to have its second jet-powered air tanker, another BAe-146, in the air fighting fires by the first part of August, but Coulson Aviation and 10 Tanker Air Carrier protested the next generation air tanker contracts the U.S. Forest Service awarded to Neptune, Minden Air, and two other Western companies. We wrote more about the protest on August 7. … Continue reading “Neptune gains approval to bring on a second jet-powered BAe-146 air tanker”

Video of the BAe-146 jet air tanker dropping on Whitewater-Baldy fire

Here is the description that the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team posted with the video on May 30, which is titled Tanker 40-Bae-146 Retardant Drop Whitewater-Baldy Fire: Air Tanker puts down a line of fire retardant on Whitewater-Baldy Fire off of the 141 road. This drop was to help pretreat the north side of … Continue reading “Video of the BAe-146 jet air tanker dropping on Whitewater-Baldy fire”