Nirops aircraft.

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N40Y(beech huron)is a contract(?) ship used for mapping and air coordination. N144Z(Cessna citation) and N149Z(beech 200) are usfs nirops platforms.
Both seem to spend a good bit of time at Fresno. N149Z was at Fresno yesterday then mapped the taboose fire after N40Y was there. N149Z was enroute to Medford after that.

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#2

I’m curious - do Cal Fire OV-10s (originally obtained from BLM) have IR thermal imaging capabilities that the NIROP ships do?

#3

I don’t think calfire ov 10s have the same capabilities as nirops.

N40Y is AA51, 51 used to be n47tt from lonaire flying service. Both are night ops aircraft.

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#4

Completely different equipment and operational use for all 3 aircraft.

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#5

No they do not. Would be nice if they did. AA-330 out of Ramona did have a video camera, which was a test platform with the SD Sheriff’s office and the county. No longer in operation.

#6

Does AA-507 & AA-509 (Fire Watch Cobras) have night flying and thermal imaging capability? Does one of them still call Lucky Peak Helibase on the on the BOF home?

#7

The Cobras dont do night missions that im aware of. They definitely have IR with an awesome imager with overlays. Down south we use the AA51 for night missions.

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#8

Interesting, watching N-40Y loitering over the PNF-Walker, and now the SHF-South and identifying as “Firewatch 51” as opposed to Air Attack 51. I’ve only heard the firewatch nomenclature with the two cobras.

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#9

Firewatch 51 is the day pilot doing observations and incident reporting - Air Attack 51 is the night time air attack

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#10

I understand when the Cobras are utilized as an air attack platform they’re identified as “Air Attack 507 (or 509).”
Does anyone know where AA-509 is based out of?

#11

Last I heard 507 and 509 were based out of Redding. Though it would not surprise me if they’re moved to McClellan or SOPS as needed

#12

Are the Cobras national or R-5 funded aircraft?

#13

Good question. Got word today that AA51 going 24 hour coverage for a month pilot program.

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#14

Must be two pilots assigned 12 hour coverage, since each cannot exceed a 14 hour duty day.

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