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CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Firehawk Helicopters Fleet

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:58 pm
by Brian
CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Helicopters Fleet

CAL FIRE receives new Firehawk helicopter
Firehawks can carry up to 1,000 gallons of water in a belly tank while cruising fully loaded at 130 knots (150 mph), or 150 knots (173 mph) unloaded. ... elicopter/

Cal Fire 903 Helicopter - N483DF
Image ... 5741992390 ... 1355714101

Cal Fire Places Order for Sikorsky Firehawk - May 23, 2018 ... -aircraft/ ... K-Aircraft ... -aircraft/

FX LLC Secures Cal-Fire S-70i Training Contract Win ... -training/

The Cal Fire Firehawk Fleet:

N476DF - A5D7B5 - SIKORSKY S-70I 704083 ... Txt=N476DF

N477DF - A5DB6C - SIKORSKY S-70I 704088 - Copter 106 - “Moffett” ... Txt=N477DF

N480DF - A5E8EA - SIKORSKY S-70I 704081 = (Coming in 2021) ... Txt=N480DF

N482DF - A5F058 - SIKORSKY S-70I 704082 ... Txt=N482DF

N483DF - A5F40F - SIKORSKY S-70I 704030 = Copter 903 Delivered in California in 2019 ... Txt=N483DF

N484DF - A5F7C6 - SIKORSKY S-70I 704046 = Copter 404 Delivered in California in 2020 ... Txt=N484DF

N485DF - A5FB7D - SIKORSKY S-70I 704033 = Copter 205 Delivered ... Txt=N485DF

N486DF - A5FF34 - SIKORSKY S-70I 704048 = Copter 301 Firehawk for Hemet (Delivered March 11, 2021) ... Txt=N486DF

N487DF - A602EB - SIKORSKY S-70I 704051 = Copter 104 - Boggs Mountain Air Base - (Delivered March 11, 2021) ... Txt=N487DF

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Helicopter Production List for Sikorsky S-70

CAL FIRE - Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk ... t_option=1

State: CO - SIKORSKY S-70I ... ntrytxt=US

State: CA - SIKORSKY S-70I ... ntrytxt=US ... nia-S-70i/

Re: CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Firehawk Helicopters Fleet

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:50 am
by Brian
N8043V - 205 'VINA' - Cal Fire new firehawk helicopter in Colorado getting the finishing touches
Image ... 6512238592

Re: CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Firehawk Helicopters Fleet

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:18 am
by Brian
N483DF out flying today on October 8th, 2019
(First flight with the new tail number)

Serial Number: 704030
NEW Tail Number:
OLD Tail Number:
N483DF - ... Txt=N483DF

Left Colorado on October 11th from CENTENNIAL AIRPORT (DENVER, CO) APA
(It also landed for fuel at maybe at MEEKER, CO and PROVO MUNI AIRPORT (PROVO, UT) PVU and ELKO RGNL AIRPORT (ELKO, NV) EKO)

Arriving in California on October 12th from RENO/TAHOE INTL AIRPORT (RENO, NV) RNO.

Few more photos found on twitter of N483DF Firehawk
Image ... 0698542081

Sikorsky And United Rotorcraft Deliver Three FIREHAWK Helicopters To California Firefighting Agencies ... g-Agencies

CAL FIRE - Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk

N485DF 704033 SIKORSKY S-70I AIR METHODS CORP - (C205) ... Txt=N485DF

N484DF 704046 SIKORSKY S-70I AIR METHODS CORP - (ex: SP-YVA) ... Txt=N484DF ... t_option=1 ... nia-S-70i/

Another Cal Fire Firehawk doing test flights in Colorado this week before flying back to California.

N485DF spotted in flight near Centennial (APA).

April 21, 2020 ... /KAPA/KFTG

April 23 ... 1458Z/KAPA

Cal Fire Copter 205 N485DF - The second new Firehawk for Cal Fire.
It’s on the way to California from Colorado

Landed safely in California
N485DF tracking stopped near Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) at 17:40 PDT

Cal Fire Firehawk N484DF left Colorado and flying to California on June 26th, 2020 ... 8478178387

Re: CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Firehawk Helicopters Fleet

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:43 pm
by Brian
Photos of Cal Fire Firehawk 301 was posted on SoCalAirOps yesterday!
Cal Fire Firehawk 301 for Hemet.
N486DF - 704048 = Test Flights in Colorado - Copter 301 for Hemet-Ryan Helitack
N486DF-CalFireFireHawk301.jpg (60.7 KiB) Viewed 255 times
N486DF-CalFireFireHawk-301.jpg (67.93 KiB) Viewed 255 times ... 6515426305

From: FlightAware Alerts
Date: February 18, 2021 at 12:26:17 PM PST
Subject: N486DF arrived at CFO from APA
Today was the first flight in 2021.
Last time it was logged was December!
N486DF arrived at Colorado Air and Space Port (CFO) at 13:22 MST from Centennial (APA) after 0:40 en route ... /KAPA/KCFO

N487DF - Data logged on Wednesday February 17, 2021

Re: CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Firehawk Helicopters Fleet

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:17 am
by Brian
Photos of N486DF Copter 301 for Hemet-Ryan Helitack posted above...

Cal Fire Firehawk facts - (PDF) ... s70i-2.pdf

Re: CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Firehawk Helicopters Fleet

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:30 pm
by Brian
Looks like it’s on the way to California this week!

It’s taking the southern route to California!

This is the helicopter Copter 301 Firehawk for Hemet Base.

Not sure where it’s flying to this week to California. Find out in the next few flights!
(Delivered in California on March 11, 2021)


Cal Fire’s New Hawk

The advanced capabilities of the Firehawk are allowing Cal Fire to begin working toward an exciting new program. Once all of the new aircraft are in service and crews have become comfortable, there are plans to begin training for night vision goggle (NVG) operations.
Five of the state’s 10 helitack bases will be designated as “night capable,” while the other five will remain “day mission only.”

While it seems Cal Fire may be closing the chapter on their UH-1 Hueys, their ultimate fate is still unclear. In the near future, they will remain in service with the agency as they are still valuable resources for the ever-present threat of wildfire. After 2022, however, that’s still up in the air.
“As we receive the new aircraft, and once we do the training for each individual base, and they transition from the Huey into the Cal Fire Hawks and are responding with the new aircraft, only then may the Hueys be removed from the active fleet,” Rapp said. “At this moment, their future remains undetermined.”

Re: CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Firehawk Helicopters Fleet

Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:58 pm
by Brian
Video of N486DF (Copter 301) & N487DF (Copter 104) taking off from the airport in California.

Horsepower for the 2021 Fire season, in transit from Colorado yesterday, Hemet Ryan’s (Riverside Co.) and Boggs Mountain (NorCal) new S70i Firehawks stopped at Columbia Air Attack Base for fuel enroute to Sacramento. ... 9559770112

More rotor wing help arrives in California

Two new CAL FIRE Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk helicopters flew from the Denver area to Sacramento Wednesday and Thursday of last week. The aircraft were converted for wildland firefighting by United Rotorcraft in Englewood, Colorado.
The two helicopters left Centennial Airport southeast of Denver Wednesday at about 10:40 a.m. MST and arrived at Sacramento McClellan Airport at 4:08 p.m. PST on Thursday. On the seven-leg trip they stopped for fuel at Alamosa, CO; Cortez, CO; Page, AZ (where they stayed overnight); Bullhead City, AZ;, Tehachapi, CA; and Columbia, CA.
According to Flight Aware the helicopters flew at 130 to 150 mph.
The two helicopters were 301 (N486DF) which will be based at Hemet, and 104 (N487DF) destined for Boggs Mountain. It is likely to be weeks or months before they finish their final inspections and outfitting and arrive at their new homes. ... alifornia/

Re: CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Firehawk Helicopters Fleet

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:12 pm
by Brian
Should be tracking two more Cal Fire firehawks from Colorado in May :)
Unknown tail numbers yet.. it should be N480DF and N482DF

Update on CAL FIRE’s firefighting aircraft program ... t-program/

CAL FIRE expects to pick up two more at the end of May at Air Methods/United Rotorcraft in Englewood, Colorado

Another is being painted now in Texas before it flies to Colorado for the conversion. The next one in the chain recently arrived on a barge in Texas after being shipped from Sikorsky’s production facilities in Poland where two others are still being built for CAL FIRE. Unfortunately COVID-19 is slowing work on the helicopters in Poland.

Re: CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Firehawk Helicopters Fleet

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:21 pm
by Brian
More FireHawks nearing completion in Colorado
The CAL FIRE helicopter, Helicopter 106, N477DF, is stenciled with “Moffett”, and may be destined for Moffett Field in California. ... -colorado/

ADS-B heart beat from N480DF today in Colorado.
No flight yet..

Re: CAL FIRE New Sikorsky S70i Firehawk Helicopters Fleet

Posted: Mon May 03, 2021 1:04 pm
by Brian
The new FireHawk is headed to Hemet

Look up! Copter 301, a new S-70i Firehawk is on its way to SoCal! It will be permanently based at Hemet-Ryan in Riverside Co where it will be replacing the UH-1F Huey. It will be arriving in approx 1 hour for those that are interested in taking a look!

N486DF - Hex: A5FF34 ... 6212066305

Copter 301 Firehawk Video ... 2038030336

Copter 301 Firehawk Photos ... 9983305729