County agrees to share costs of leasing firefighting helitanker with SDG&E
The agreement, which will remain in place until next June once it is finalized, calls for the UH-60 helicopter to be stationed in North County during red flag weather events, when the risk for wildfires is highest.
The county will share in the cost of the lease with SDG&E.
The full cost of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter lease entered into by SDG&E with Helistream, Inc. was not disclosed.
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/ne ... with-sdg-e
https://www.countynewscenter.com/county ... elicopter/
Skycore Aviation, Ltd. and HeliStream, Inc. announced an agreement to jointly provide UH-60A Black Hawks and their Black Hawk operational capabilities for firefighting in the state of California. In this valuable partnership, each company is leveraging its core competencies to deliver first in class service.
“Skycore is very excited to team with HeliStream fighting fires in California. The UH-60A is a proven firefighting platform and together we are ready to support our customers in this very important mission.” said Chris Burgess, Skycore President. HeliStream President, Rod Anderson, states, “Teaming with Skycore in this endeavor exponentially increases our ability to help protect our homelands. In this new capacity, our Veteran UH-60s will be continuing their incredible service to our Country.”
Skycore Aviation is an international helicopter personnel services and UH-60A Black Hawk provider (http://www.blackhawk360.com). Our knowledge and experience enable Skycore to provide personnel and turnkey solutions for helicopter programs tailored to meet our customer’s operations, maintenance and training needs. Founded by U.S. Army trained helicopter pilots, HeliStream offers firefighting services as an integral part of their wide range of helicopter services including Part 135 commercial air charter, Part 133 external load operations, aerial photography, helicopter sales and maintenance as well as rotary wing flight training.
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N160AQ - (ADS-B) - Mode S Code: A0F1BD
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N160AQ - C129
Manufacturer Name: SIKORSKY
Serial Number: 81-23588
AGE (1982) - 37 years
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Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk
This model is a version of S-70 H-60
Construction Number: 70-00309
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2015 GSA Auction for 81-23588
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Sikorsky UH-60A "Black Hawk" 81-23588 N160AQ
Constructed as an UH-60A. C/N 70309
Circa 1982 - Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army with s/n 81-23588.
July 2015 - For sale by GSA Auctions at Madison County Exec Arpt, Meridianville, AL.
18 September 2015 - To Unical Defense Inc, City of Industry, CA with c/r N160AQ (UH-60A, 81-2358).
March 2017 - Certificate of airworthiness for NR160AQ (UH-60A, 81-23588) issued.
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UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter available 365 days a year
An additional fire suppression helicopter has been contracted for year-round, rapid response dispatch by CAL FIRE. The UH-60 Blackhawk can fly up to 140 mph with a tank of water while enroute to a fire. It holds 850 gallons of water and refills in 45 seconds. This is the second aerial asset that SDG&E is making available to the region for year-round fire suppression. The first is the Erickson Aircrane that holds 2,650 gallons of water or fire suppressant and is the largest water-dropping helitanker in the country.
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