Schlagwort-Archive: Firefighter

DHC-515 „Firefighter“ ersetzen griechische Canadair CL-215

Die Behörden in Athen und Ottawa einigten sich auf den Verkauf von sieben Amphibien-Feuerlöschflugzeugen des Typs De Havilland Canada DHC-515 Firefighter. Diese hochmodernen Wasserbomber sollen bis zum Jahr 2027 die derzeitigen Canadair CL-215 ersetzen. Der Vertrag war bereits seit mehreren Monaten in der Pipeline.

Die Saison für Wald- und Flächenbrände dauert in Griechenland länger als in anderen südeuropäischen Staaten. Während die Saison in Frankreich von Anfang Mai bis Mitte Oktober läuft, dauert sie in Griechenland von Mitte März bis Ende November. Das lässt den Besatzungen kaum eine Pause und noch weniger Zeit zum Trainieren, aber auch den Mechanikern wenig Raum, um die Maschinen zu warten.

Transall C-160 zu Löschflugzeugen umgerüstet

Die kürzlich ausgelieferte C-160 Transall VH-TIT tauchte am Mittwoch am Flughafen Townsville auf und erstrahlte in ihrer neuen Lackierung von Flying Colours Aviation. Das ehemalige Flugzeug der deutschen Luftwaffe (50+55) wird von der McDermott Aviation Group in der Luftbrandbekämpfung eingesetzt und mit einem 14’000-Liter-Innentank ausgestattet. Die C-160 Transall VH-RPR ist für die Neu-Lackierung ebenfalls in Townsville, während eine dritte bald in Australien eintreffen wird. Quelle: ‚LinkedIn / Simon McDermott‚.

De Havilland Aircraft Launches DHC-515 Firefighter

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited is pleased to announce that it has launched the De Havilland DHC-515 Firefighter (formerly known as the CL-515) program. “After an extensive business and technical review, we are pleased to announce that we have launched the De Havilland DHC-515 Firefighter program, which will involve negotiating contracts with our European customers and ramping up for production,” said Brian Chafe, Chief Executive Officer of De Havilland Canada.

The DHC-515 Firefighter will build on the history of the iconic Canadair CL-215 and CL-415 aircraft which have been a critical part of European and North American aerial firefighting fleets for over 50 years. Important upgrades are being made that will increase the functionality and effectiveness of this legendarily rugged firefighting aircraft. European customers have signed letters of intent to purchase the first 22 aircraft pending the positive outcome of government-to-government negotiations through the Government of Canada’s contracting agency, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). De Havilland Canada expects first deliveries of the DHC-515 by the middle of the decade, with deliveries of aircraft 23 and beyond to begin at the end of the decade, providing other customers with the opportunity to renew existing fleets or proceed with new acquisition opportunities at that time.

De Havilland Canada acquired the Canadair CL program in 2016 and has been contemplating a return to production since 2019. The new DHC-515 Firefighter matches the other aircraft in the De Havilland fleet in terms of lifespan, ruggedness and Canadian aerospace engineering quality. The final assembly of the aircraft will take place in Calgary, Alberta where work on the CL-215 and CL- 415 aircraft currently takes place. It is anticipated that more than 500 people will need to be recruited over the coming years to successfully deliver this program. “To bring the DHC-515 into production is important for not only our company but countries around the world who rely on our aircraft to protect their people and forests,” said Chafe. “We understand the important role the previous aircraft have played in protecting people and property and as our climate continues to change and summers increase in both temperature and length, the DHC-515 will be an important tool for countries around the globe to use in putting out fires.“ Source: ‚De Havilland Aircraft Ltd.‘.