Neptune Aviation Receives USFS Contract for Wildfire Season

Neptune Aviation Services, a leader in aerial firefighting and aviation services, was awarded a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) by the United States Forest Service (USFS) with task orders for the three BAe 146 aircraft they had available for the 2024 wildfire season. All three task orders are for exclusive use and include a base year with four 1-year options along with 160-day guaranteed Mandatory Availability Periods (MAP). With this award and their existing contracts, Neptune’s entire fleet of nine airtankers are committed to exclusive-use contracts.

“All of our BAe 146 aircraft are strategically deployed under contract in key wildfire-prone regions, including California and Colorado, ensuring nationwide coverage and rapid response capabilities,” says Jennifer Draughon, President of Neptune Aviation. “We are proud to support wildland firefighting efforts across the country and we are grateful to everyone at Neptune for helping us to secure this contract. Their commitment to excellence has solidified Neptune as a leader in aerial firefighting.”

Neptune’s fleet of BAe 146 airtankers is ideally suited for aerial wildland firefighting. These aircraft offer a combination of slow flight characteristics, high cruising speed, and outstanding maneuverability. They have a stellar record of operational safety and excellent field performance, and do not require special ground support, allowing Neptune to operate out of airfields with minimal assistance. Each aircraft can be loaded with 3,000 gallons of fire retardant or water in as little as six minutes.

The aircraft reserved through this contract have already started their MAP. The first commenced on Tuesday, May 21, while the other two are scheduled to begin within the week.

To read the full article, see our last issue here.

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