These two Air Tractors are bigger than they look. They each have a wingspan just short of 60 feet and can carry 800 gallons of fire retardant. Their turboprop engines put out 1350 horsepower which enables them to transport the heavy load to the fire.
Imagine dropping into the path of a Forest Fire like this:
This gentleman dropped in for a quart or two of fuel while enroute from Northern Montana to Las Vegas. After floating around the Parks in Southern Utah for a while he plans to end his trip in Nevada.
At the 19th running of the AirVenture Cup Cross-Country Air Race which took place at 9am on July 24, 2016, from Mitchell, SD to Wausau, WI, with several intermediate turning points creating a course of 400+ nautical miles, Mike Patey dominated the race with an average speed of 438.02 miles per hour. Only one other aircraft in the 19 year history of the race has finished the course with an average speed higher than 400 mph. Mike’s plane now has the distinction of being the fastest aircraft in any category in AirVenture Cup Race history by a significant margin. The race is open to a wide variety of pilots and aircraft, from sport pilots to astronauts, and J-3 Cubs to Turbine Legends.
Helicopter Express of Atlanta Georgia with support crew and two helicopters; K MAX heavy lift and HUEY medium lift, will be based at Woodhouse Field for the 2016 Fire Season on an as needed call-out basis.
It is not often I walk into the Airport Pilots Lounge and everyone is speaking German. Just when I think I’ve seen everything we get a new and unique visit here at the Airport. Today was our first visit from an AeroTrek plane which was built in the Czech republic and brought to Atlanta Ga. from Germany in a shipping container. From there this German family is using it to explore the US “Low and Slow” After touring Texas and Arizona and a brief stop here at U77, the family will be checking out Yellowstone and the US Northwest. Using a support vehicle the group takes turns riding and flying as they crisscross the US on their grand adventure.
Katharina, Iris, Leo and Detlev alongside their Rotax 912 powered Aero Trek