Canadian Firefighting Planes Arrive in Los Angeles
Bombadier 415s Are Not Here for a Los Angeles Tour.
Our helicopter tours and jet charters often land and depart from Van Nuys airport where we photographed this bright yellow Canadian “Superscooper” aircraft on loan to fight fires in what is likely to be an early and difficult fire season for southern California due to the ongoing drought. For those of you interested in aeronautics these are Bombadier 415 Amphibious Aircraft capable of “scooping” 1,600 gallons of water in a 12 second pass over a water surface (lake or ocean). Mixed with a small amount of fire suppressant the aircraft can attack the front line of a fire quickly and repeatedly without having to return to a base in missions lasting 3+ hours. Typically the aircraft can deliver 10,000-30,000 gallons of water/suppressant to a fire zone every hour. Impressive on the ground these aircraft make a huge difference to our firefighting community. We are happy to see them here in Los Angeles and happier when they are on the ground at the airport (and not away fighting an active fire).