Tag Archives: Goodyear

Erickson Aero Tanker places its first McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 into fire tanker operations

Aero Air (Hillsboro, OR) as we previously reported, acquired the Butler Aircraft (Redmond, OR) air tanker operation, including its three aging Douglas DC-7s, located at the Madras Airport, according to the Madras Pioneer. This air tanker operation is now known as Erickson Aero Tanker. Seven former SAS McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87s (MD-87s) are being acquired and at least four will be converted to air tankers. This is a new use for the versatile DC-9.

The new name comes from co-owner Jack Erickson, who was the founder and former owner of Erickson Air-Crane.

The new company has been awarded the next generation air tanker contract by the U.S. Forest Service. Erickson Aero Tanker has now received a FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for the DC-9-87 and in May placed the first aircraft into its fire fighting contracts which is a new role for this former airliner.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured DC-9-87 (MD-87) N293EA (msn 53209) was originally delivered to Iberia as EC-635 (later EC-FFA) on June 20, 1991. It would also serve with SAS as SE-DMN.

Video: Air Tanker 101, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87), is seen dropping retardant on the Shirley Fire near Lake Isabella, California on June 15, 2014. The video was filmed by Tim Walton of Photo One Productions.

 

 

Advertisements

Goodyear unveils a new state-of-the-art blimp

Goodyear 2014 Blimp (Goodyear)(LRW)
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today (March 14) unveiled an all-new, state-of-the-art version of its world-famous icon, the Goodyear Blimp. The new airship is larger, faster, and more maneuverable and builds on the company’s legacy as the world’s leading builder and operator of airships.
Goodyear logo
The new blimp was introduced to media, Goodyear associates and dealers at an event held at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield, Ohio. The blimp is scheduled to begin test flights over Northeast Ohio later this month before going into service in the summer.
Copyright Photo: Goodyear.
Video:

The Goodyear “Spirit of Goodyear” blimp retires to Florida

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (Akron, Ohio) has issued this statement about its Akron-based blimp:

Like many Ohioans, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s Akron-based blimp, the Spirit of Goodyear, has become a “Snow Bird” and is leaving northeast Ohio’s snow and cold for a retirement in the sunshine and warmth of Florida.

The blimp, which has been based at the company’s Wingfoot Lake Hangar since its christening 13 years ago, will join The Spirit of Innovation and operate from the company’s Pompano Beach, Florida airship base this winter before being decommissioned in the spring of 2014.

Beginning next year, the company will begin replacing the current fleet of blimps with new state-of-the-art Goodyear NT (New Technology) airships, the first of which is under construction at the Wingfoot Lake Hangar.

“The Spirit of Goodyear gave up its hangar space for the construction of the new Goodyear NT airship and has been moored outside the past months,” said Nancy Ray, director of Goodyear’s global airship program. “With winter on the way and the blimp’s retirement coming up, it’s time for the Spirit of Goodyear to move south.”

The airship will make farewell flights over the Akron area on Wednesday and Thursday (October 9 and 10), weather permitting, giving area residents a chance to say “goodbye” before it heads into retirement.

“Akron loves the blimp and we love Akron,” Ray said. “Our pilots and passengers routinely see countless people step outside of their homes and offices or pull over in their cars to watch the blimp. We wanted to make a last flight to say goodbye and give its fans a chance to wave goodbye to theSpirit of Goodyear.”

The Spirit of Goodyear will depart Akron on October 11, traveling to State College, Pennsylvania, to cover the Penn State-Michigan football game for ESPN. Afterwards, the airship will work its way south to the company’s Florida blimp base.

Christened on March 15, 2000 by America’s first woman in space, NASA astronaut Dr. Sally Ride, theSpirit of Goodyear was named to honor the company’s worldwide associates. It is the oldest of the tiremaker’s three U.S.-based blimps and the first to be replaced by the new Goodyear NT.

During its years of service, the Spirit of Goodyear has flown over countless marquee sporting events including Kentucky Derby horse races, top college football matchups and Major League Baseball and NBA playoffs. In 2004, the airship delivered the first-ever, high-definition images from a camera mounted in a blimp during a Monday Night Football contest.

Ray said the company is on schedule with the construction of the new NT airship and it should be ready for test flights in the spring of 2014.

Everything about the new Goodyear NT airship design is larger and more advanced than the current fleet. The current blimp design is 192 ft (58.5 m) long with an envelope volume of 202,700 cu ft (5,735 cu m), while the NT is 246.5 ft (75 m) long with an envelope volume of 297,527 cu ft (8,425 cu m).

During its long operational history, Goodyear has built and operated more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles since 1917, including two large rigid airships – the U.S.S. Macon and U.S.S. Akron. The Goodyear NT is the first semi-rigid airship to be built in the 95-year history of the Wingfoot Lake Hangar.

Goodyear, one of the world’s largest tire companies, owns and operates three airships in the United States. They are based in Akron, Pompano Beach, and Carson, California.

 

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, USA.

 

Fly Marianas will not fly

Fly Marianas (Guam) in late 2012 was the newly proposed charter airline division of Fly Micronesia. Fly Micronesia LLC used to do business as Fly Guam. However Fly Guam only operated from March 2011 until December 2011 with a Boeing 737-400 wet-leased from Sky King Airlines (Lakeland).

The first Airbus A320, the pictured former TACA A320-233 EI-TAB (msn 1624), was painted at Goodyear, Arizona (near Phoenix) for delivery to Guam.

The charter airline intended to operate from Guam to Japan and China as well as local island services. However this Airbus A320 was never delivered and the company has apparently ceased its efforts to launch as a new airline according to local reports.

The website URL is no longer active.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

Erickson Aero Tanker to operate McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 air tankers

Aero Air (Hillsboro, OR) has acquired the Butler Aircraft (Redmond, OR) air tanker operation, including its three aging Douglas DC-7s, located at the Madras Airport, according to the Madras Pioneer. The new air tanker operation is now known as Erickson Aero Tanker. Seven former SAS McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87s (MD-87s) are being acquired and at least four will be converted to air tankers. This is a new use for the versatile DC-9.

The new name comes from co-owner Jack Erickson, who was the founder and former owner of Erickson Air-Crane.

The new company has been awarded the next generation air tanker contract by the U.S. Forest Service according to the article.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Formerly operated by Iberia as EC-FFA and SAS as SE-DMN, this McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87) is getting a new life as an air tanker. The airframe as been re-registered as N293EA and adopted the air tanker fleet number of 103 as seen at Goodyear, AZ.

Hot New Photos: AG Hot New Photos

 

Fly Marianas to operate from Guam with this single Airbus A320

Fly Marianas (Guam) is the new charter airline division of Fly Micronesia. Fly Micronesia LLC used to do business as Fly Guam. However Fly Guam only operated from March 2011 until December 2011 with a Boeing 737-400 wet-leased from Sky King Airlines (Lakeland).

The first Airbus A320, the pictured former TACA A320-233 EI-TAB (msn 1624), is currently being prepared at Goodyear, Arizona (near Phoenix) for delivery to Guam.

The charter airline intends to operate from Guam to Japan and China as well as local island services.

Read more from the Saipan Tribune: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. EI-TAB is pictured at Goodyear.

Hot New Photos: AG Hot New Photos