Securite Civile to operate Q400 multi-role airtankers

FRANCE’S Securite Civile is to take delivery of two Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 multi-role airtankers after they have been converted from standard passenger configuration. Canadian company Cascade Aerospace confirmed on May 31 that it has been awarded the contract to convert the two aircraft, N532DS (c/n 4040, ex LN-RDW) and N535DS (c/n 4043, ex LN-RDN). Both are former SAS Dash 8-Q402s which were returned off lease to Bombardier in mid-2002 and recently purchased by Cascade. The first was due at Cascade’s facility at Abbotsford International Airport, British Columbia, in June for modifications to begin, which will include installation of an externally-mounted

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Italys Protezione Civile Leases Be-200

IRKUT CORTORATION announced on July 5 that one of the Beriev Be-200 amphibian prototypes had left Russia that day for Italy, where it will be used to fight forest fires. The aircraft will be flown on behalf of Italy’s Protezione Civile (Civil Protection Department) by SOREM Sri, which already operates the Protezione Civile’s Bombardier 415 amphibians. It is initially being flown under a leasing arrangement to enable test operations before any decision to buy is taken.

A Be-200 had been demonstrated fighting forest fires in Italy last autumn, completing 46 sorties totalling 90 hours, including the extinguishing of three fires

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