The USDA Wildlife Services has awarded Aero Tech a four-year contract to provide aviation support for aerial wildlife management. For the contract, Aero Tech is providing aircraft, pilots and support personnel that are NBC AM approved for Aerial Capture, Eradication, and Tagging of Animals (ACETA) operations. For the Call When Needed contract, we are providing experienced helicopter pilots, gunners and muggers. We are using our Bell 407s and MD530 helicopters, which offer the ideal combination of power and maneuverability. For protection of wildlife, our ACETA team includes qualified biologists and specialists in vet services, professional animal handling, vaccination, transporting, and animal housing. Our team is certified in darting, chemical immobilization, net gunning, and eradication. We use industry best practices in performing the surveys, census taking, classification, herding, dry netting, and corralling.
Aero Tech has been awarded the Colorado State Forest Service aerial firefighting contract. We are furnishing a Type III Single Engine Air Tanker for the aerial firefighting Service. Colorado has found the SEAT aircraft are an essential complement to helicopters and large air tankers in wildfire suppression. Aero Tech’s AT-802 Air Tractor SEATs are well suited to Colorado’s high elevations, rugged terrain, and expanding wild land urban interface. We look forward to working with Colorado for many years to come.
The Pilatus PC 6-H4 is the newest aircraft to join Aero Tech’s expanding fleet. With its unique Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities and versatility, the Pilatus provides excellent support for our various aerial missions in rugged territories. It gives us ready access to remote areas with short airstrips. It provides dependable performance at high altitudes, responsive maneuverability for flights over mountainous terrain, and all-weather reliability for extreme weather conditions.
On February 29, 2012, Aero Tech took delivery of a new Bell 407GX helicopter. United Rotorcraft of Decatur Texas customized the aircraft which was delivered directly from the Bell facility to Decatur. Our two Bell 407s significantly enhance our firefighting capabilities. We used the 407s throughout the 2012 fire season and were extremely pleased with their dependability and performance.
In another addition to our fleet, we purchased another AT-802 Air Tractor. The AT-802 is a proven workhorse and is the sixth in our current fleet of Single-Engine Air Tankers. However, unlike the other SEATs in our fleet, this new aircraft is a two place air tanker, which we use in training as well as firefighting.
A new aircraft hangar is under construction for Aero Tech Lodge in Seldovia Alaska, which serves as the company’s Alaska Base of Operations. The beautiful new facility will provide approximately 10,000 square foot of indoor heated hangar space.
In 2012 Aero Tech acquired a turbine DeHavilland Beaver DCH-2 Mark III. The Turbine Beaver offers impressive carrying capacity, climb rate, and cruise speed. The Beaver can make land and water landings, providing support for a wide variety of air missions.