11 March 2019

My Weekend with a Kamikaze Pilot

I drove up to baggage claim looking for a guy in full Samurai gear with a kamikaze headband, and found instead; a demure, hysterically deadpan funny, polite, and reserved gentleman who didn’t look like he could squish a spider.

7 March 2019

CAL FIRE Submits Report on Protecting Vulnerable Communities from Catastrophic Wildfire

Moving urgently to further protect California’s most vulnerable communities from the immediate risk of catastrophic wildfires this year, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has recommended a suite of actions to maximize safety and improve forest health in the coming months and longer term.

4 March 2019

Copernicus: The European Union's Eye On Wildifres

As wildfires have worsened across the continent of Europe, the European Union has formulated a response which goes well beyond simply tracking wildfire activity. Their answer? Copernicus.

21 February 2019

From Scrum to Squirrel — Pilot Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw shares his journey from professional rugby player to helicopter pilot in Canterbury, New Zealand.

12 February 2019

Pete Bethune — 'You haven’t lived until you find a cause worth dying for'

To sum up what Pete does is a hard task, but his motivation is simple. Find something that is worth dying for. Meet the founder of Earthrace Conservation, activist, legend, and TracPlus Customer, Pete Bethune.

28 January 2019

Zen and the Art of Being a Pilot

After nine years of air ambulance, cargo, corporate and on-demand charter flying, I was stepping up into the airline world. I was being hired as a flight engineer on a Boeing 727-200. It was an opportunity that pilots no longer get since the third crew member has now been replaced by computers and automation, but unknowingly, it would be the flight engineer seat that taught me the most valuable lesson.

25 January 2019

Portable Cell Phone Towers Aid Wildland Firefighters

How many people (and fire personnel) take cell phones for granted? Anytime someone wants to place a call, all they have to do is whip out their cell phone and they can connect to people half a world away. But what if cell phones suddenly become unusable? What if, at a moment of crisis such as during a wildfire, that technological marvel fails to work?

22 January 2019

Andrew Herbert — The Law of Attraction

Andrew Herbert comes from a family of doctors and academics. Despite being offered a position in a well-recognised university in the states, Andrew was compelled to follow his passions rather than a pay packet. At just 24 years old, Andrew is a commercial pilot with close to 10 years flying experience under his belt.

18 January 2019

TracPlus superior in remote operations — Security Aviation, Alaska

Jeff is the Chief Pilot at Security Aviation, a premier air charter company based in Anchorage, Alaska. We spoke to Jeff about why Security Aviation made the switch to using TracPlus.