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Over the last month Texas has experienced the worst wildfires in the state's history. However the US Forest Service currently have the smallest number of Large Air Tankers under contract in decades, thus leaving the U.S. more vulnerable than ever to destructive megafires. With the contract fleet of Large Air Tankers reduced from 44 to 18 there is now a growing need for an immediate and thorough review of U.S. Aerial Firefighting capability.

The 25th and 26th of May will see a dedicated Aerial Firefighting event being held in the USA’s National Capital - Washington D.C.  

The conference will bring together leading Aerial Firefighting stakeholders and professionals with US political and government bodies to debate the significant challenges both financial and operational that the country faces in Aerial Firefighting. Drawing from a wealth of US experience and knowledge the conference speaker line up has been developed to challenge the current thinking and deliver thought provoking questions.

 Speakers confirmed include: 

Tom Harbour - Director of USDA Forest Service Fire & Aviation Management

Ray Chaney - Battalion Chief, CAL FIRE - Aerial Firefighting Airborne Sensor Down Linking

 Frank M. Gladics, Minority Professional Staff, U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resource Committee, USA- The Budgetary and Political Realities of replacing the existing fleet of large fixed-wing Tankers

Norman Christensen, Professor of Ecology, Duke University, North Carolina- Fire Management- Past, Present & Future

William Derr, Special Agent in Charge of California Region, US Forest Service (Retd): The Elements of Success & Measurement in Aerial Fire Fighting

Rick Hatton - CEO, 10 Tanker Air Carrier - Raising the Bar in Fixed Wing Airtanker Operations

Mark Bickham, National Program Manager (Ret’d) Bureau of Land Management, USA- Single Engine Air Tankers 

For the first time a live audience response system will be in operation at this conference to capture and present real-time information about the current concerns and challenges operators face during each fire season.  

Delegates will have the opportunity to anonymously register their vote on a series of carefully selected questions about aerial firefighting operations. Delegates will also have the opportunity to ask their own question of the conference participants.  

This prominent event in the US is open to all professional and government bodies involved in Aerial Firefighting and will address the most relevant and topical issues with the aim to develop the right balance and mix of aircraft for the USA.  

Due to a recent change in exchange rates Tangent Link can now only guarantee holding the current delegate rates until

May 10th 2011

Don't miss out, register NOW!

Please contact Rebecca Covey: 


Email: rcovey@tangentlink.com                       Tel: +44 1628 660400                             www.tangentlink.com


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