NEWs & Updates

COULSON AVIATION CONTINUES TO EXPAND FLEET AND AERIAL FIREFIGHTING CAPABILITIES THROUGH ACQUISITION OF BOEING 737-700 AIRCRAFT PLATFORM

Port Alberni, British Columbia – May 23, 2024 – Coulson Aviation is excited to announce the arrival of the company’s first Boeing 737-700 aircraft to be converted to the world’s highest capacity Large Air Tanker (LAT). The first of up to ten aircraft,...

COULSON AVIATION’S MARTIN JRM MARS WATERBOMBER PHILIPPINE MARS TO LAND AT ARIZONA’S PIMA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

Thermal, California – April 25, 2024 – Coulson Aviation’s Philippine Mars will soon find its forever home at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona this year. The Philippine Mars is one of only five Martin JRM Mars flying boats produced. Coulson announced...

HAWAII MARS TO BE DONATED TO THE BC AVIATION MUSEUM

Coulson Aviation is pleased to announce that we are donating the Hawaii Mars to the BC Aviation Museum, where it will be its final resting place. We have let go of the disappointment of having to retire the world's greatest waterbomber and now focus on its amazing...

Coulson Aviation Continues to Advance Aerial Firefighting Industry Through Partnership with Kawak Aviation to Develop Improved Firefighting Black Hawk Platform

Sacramento, Calif. – March 6, 2024 – Coulson Aviation is pleased to announce its partnership with Kawak Aviation to launch a modern, upgraded, and more cost-effective Firefighting Black Hawk aircraft platform. The world’s largest aerial firefighting company that...

Coulson Aviation Becomes First Aviation Company in Canada to Receive Transport Canada ATO Approval, Extending its Support of the Aviation Industry

Port Alberni, British Columbia – January 24, 2024 – Coulson Aviation, a world leader in aerial firefighting, has received Transport Canada Approved Training Organization (ATO) approval, making it the first aviation company approved to provide training in aircraft...

Coulson Aviation Secures $16 Million Year-Round Firefighting Contract to Protect Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties

Thermal, California – November 29, 2023 – Coulson Aviation is pleased to announce it was awarded a $16 million firefighting contract to continue supporting Southern California’s Quick Reaction Force (QRF) year-round throughout 2024, with an option to continue through...

Coulson Aviation extends aerial firefighting support to South America via new contracts in Chile for the C-130H Hercules Large AirTanker and Citation 550

Thermal, California – November 14, 2023 – Coulson Aviation is pleased to announce it has been awarded a three-year firefighting contract with Chile’s Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF) for a C-130H Hercules Large AirTanker and a Citation 550 air attack lead plane...

Coulson Aviation Procures World’s Only CH-47D Level D Full Flight Simulator and a UH-60A/L Level D Simulator

Thermal, California – October 24, 2023 – Coulson Aviation, a world leader in aerial firefighting, has significantly increased its training capabilities via the procurement of two Level D full flight simulators – the world’s only CH-47D simulator and one of two...

Coulson Aviation Secures ANAC Certification for Aircraft Maintenance

THERMAL, California, September 12, 2023 - Coulson Aviation, a world leader in aerial firefighting, has received certification from the Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil (ANAC) of Argentina to perform aircraft maintenance on Argentinian-registered aircraft....

COULSON AVIATION SECURES 10-YEAR AIRTANKER CONTRACT WITH UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE

THERMAL, California. August 21, 2023 - Coulson Aviation, a world leader in aerial firefighting, is one of five organizations that have been awarded a ten-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity Large Airtanker (LAT) firefighting contract with the U.S. Forest...

THE MARTIN MARS & COULSON AVIATION

The Coulson team received many inquiries about the Martin Mars because people across Canada have been negatively affected by wildfires early this fire season. Our time with the Martin Mars has been an incredible experience. As a family-owned company, we were blessed...

Australian TSB Releases Preliminary Report on N619SW

Australian TSB Releases Preliminary Report on N619SW

Coulson Aviation Australia has acknowledged publication of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s preliminary factual report into the collision with terrain of one of our B737 FIRELINER aerial firefighting aircraft on 6 February 2023. The preliminary report contains...

Coulson’s C130 Large Air Tanker Contract Extended

Coulson’s C130 Large Air Tanker Contract Extended

Coulson Aviation's C130 Large Air Tanker will be supporting Western Australian communities through to the end of March after the contract was extended. Tanker 132 is contracted to Western Australia's Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and is based out of...

Coulson Group Tanker 139 Updates

Coulson Group Tanker 139 Updates

Coulson Group CEO Wayne Coulson and Coulson Aviation Australia CEO Britt Coulson have been in Western Australia meeting with team members, WA's DFES and the ATSB. Coulson is fully cooperating with the ATSB and authorities as part of the investigation into the...

Large Air Tanker Operations Resume

Large Air Tanker Operations Resume

Our Large Air Tanker crews were grateful to be able to take some down time yesterday as part of a welfare rest, and to process the Tanker 139 accident. This was put in place as part of our internal processes. The crews are now keen to get back to their role of...

Statement from Coulson Group CEO Wayne Coulson

Statement from Coulson Group CEO Wayne Coulson

We are grateful for the support being provided to our team members in Australia, including the two experienced pilots who survived the accident in Western Australia. The two pilots were flying B-737 FireLiner Tanker 139 over the Fitzgerald River National Park fire on...

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