27 March 2019

Saving Lives and Property: The U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System

Firefighting is a dangerous business, and in wildland firefighting, that danger takes many forms. Snags, widow makers, rockslides and rolling logs are just some of the hazards produced by wildfires. But they pale in comparison to every wildland firefighter’s nightmare scenario – getting caught in a burnover when the weather makes a sudden change.

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.

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 It was an opportunity that pilots no longer get since the third crew member has now been replaced by computers and automation, but unknowingly, it would be the flight engineer seat that taught me the most valuable lesson.

11 January 2019

Chile and wildfires — what does the threat look like?

Over the last 30 years the number of fires has increased significantly at the global level, and what is evident, is that a dangerous, large-scale feedback loop that promotes wildfires.

19 December 2018

HeloPod: Welcome To The Snag-Free Zone

Following a wildfire season in the United States in which nearly 100 people lost their lives, fire agencies are on the hunt for better ways to fight blazes that are now regularly burning over 1 million acres a year and costing billions of dollars to fight.

14 December 2018

Celebrating Customer Success in 2018

Why we do what we do is inextricably tied to one purpose — to help our customers stay safe and connected. In 2018, TracPlus has continued to allow our customers to do just that, so they can focus on each mission knowing they're in safe hands.

11 December 2018

Pilots, Pick A Path: The Pilot Filter

Erika Armstrong asks the big question, which pilot seat is right for you?