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#1 adam32

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 17:22

Ditching the Hueys and going to Blackhawks...

Yay or Nah?
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Posted 05 August 2017 - 12:16

inevitable...   just surprised they are buying new, though it's california so maybe i shouldn't be.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 13:14

At $30M a pop and they are buying 9-12 of them, I would have to say nah.



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Posted 05 August 2017 - 14:10

And double up on pilots plus a CC in the rear to call out drops...not a very good deal in my opinion.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 15:16

I doubt they'll use a crewman for drops, unless that's how the LA County Fire guys are doing it. However, this is the government we're talking about. An increase in personnel and expenditures is a feature, not a bug.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 17:41

I doubt they'll use a crewman for drops, unless that's how the LA County Fire guys are doing it. However, this is the government we're talking about. An increase in personnel and expenditures is a feature, not a bug.


From the sounds of it by one of their helitack captains they will need a CC.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:22

Yay for the blackhawks. Just don't show anybody the fuel bill.






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