Eagle Copters Ltd. & Nevada Division of Forestry
CALGARY, June 3rd, 2020 - The Nevada Division of Forestry began using aircraft in the late 1950’s for aerial reconnaissance and fire suppression. Originally based at the Carson City airport, NDF began operations with a World War II vintage C-45 that was converted into an airtanker. Although it had a small internal retardant tank installed it still proved to be an effective tool for battling wildland fires in Nevada.
In the early 1970’s, NDF saw the need for increased mobility and utility for wildland fire suppression. In response to this need, NDF acquired three excess property Bell TH-13T (47G3B1) helicopters with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service. The TH-13Ts were placed in service and served NDF until they were retired in 1991. In September 1993, NDF acquired its first UH-1H “Huey” with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service. The Hueys have provided NDF and the taxpayers of Nevada with an efficient, cost effective, and safe tool for response to wildfires and emergency incidents. While the UH-1s will continue to be a workhorse for several years, NDF identified the need for replacement multi-mission aircraft.
Eagle Copters worked a few months in a full refurbishment for the Nevada Division of Forestry’s newest aircraft - The Eagle Single, which is a modern civilian version of the Huey that NDF is operating. Some of the main benefits are as follows:
The Eagle Single is not in the restricted flight category, it has a standard Airworthiness Certificate. Further adds to it’s multi–mission capabilities and passenger carrying capabilities. Such capabilities include: Increased performance; Higher gross weight; added structural strength with the 212 airframe.
Eagle Copters was very pleased with the response given after completion by Nevada Division of Forestry – NDF. This machine will provide a secure plan for the Team during this upcoming wildfire season. This year is shaping up to be a severe and very active wildfire season. The Nevada Division of Forestry is grateful to have this new helicopter providing vital support for wildfire management and response across the state. Now more than ever, access to advanced life and property saving equipment is critical to best protect all Nevadans and the treasured wild-lands that we all love throughout the Silver State." – Kacey KC, Nevada State Forester Fire Warden.
Eagle is looking forward to providing more world class support to our customers.
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