Friday, May 24, 2013

Oxnard Airport (KOXR), California: Company gets new firefighting helicopter

Aspen Helicopters, based at the Oxnard Airport, has acquired a new firefighting aircraft that will be used this fire season.

The helicopter can hold about 2,000 pounds of water and will supplement the four other helicopters used by the company.

It is equipped with communication radios, a tracking and monitoring system and dual GPS systems. It can go up to 140 mph and can hover about a fire for up to four hours, officials said.

Aspen will be working with a Bell Helicopters training team for additional training in the new aircraft.

Four mechanics were also sent to train on the new systems in this aircraft.

The helicopter will be used on a multi-mission basis for the next five years and was obtained through a U.S. Department of the Interior contract.

Aspen Helicopters has worked at the Oxnard Airport since 1980 and has provided fire fighting helicopters to the U.S. Government and California for more than 30 years.


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