June 15, 2017

Winds Fuel Wildfire To 5,000+ Acres, Denver Fire Crews Help

CRAIG, Colo. (CBS4) — Firefighters from Denver have joined the more than 200 firefighters battling a wildfire on Colorado’s Western Slope that has forced some evacuations. The Dead Dog Fire is located 10 miles north of Rangely and it has burned more than 5,000 acres. It […]
April 4, 2016


Unless there is significant activity, 2 updates will be posted, one after the morning briefing and one after the evening briefing. Custer, SD – The Cold Fire is estimated at 1,900 acres in size, 20% contained, and has burned 1,258 acres on the Black Hills National […]
March 1, 2016

Balancing Operational Needs With Maintenance Downtime

Photo courtesy of Metro Aviation If you travel by air enough, you have probably had the pleasure of experiencing a maintenance delay with an airline. Even though the largest global carriers have factory-supported service centers and back-up aircraft at their disposal, a break-down or unscheduled maintenance […]
January 18, 2016

Sky Aviation becomes first CH-46E Sea Knight civilian owner/operator

Sky Aviation is officially the first Civilian owner and operator of a CH-46E Sea Knight. Our long road began in March of 2014 when we bought four airframes from the GSA auction. With many hurdles in our path and much help we finally received our completed […]
January 11, 2016

The Firefighting Phrog

After half a century of continuous service, the Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Helicopter finally retired from the United States Marine Corps earlier this year, and as it did so, like many other veterans from the Armed Forces, it took its first steps in a new life in the […]
August 7, 2015

THE POWER OF PARKS Yellowstone: Wild Heart of a Continent

On August 7, 2015, a ranger found the chewed-upon body of a man near a hiking trail in Yellowstone National Park, not far from one of the park’s largest hotels. The deceased was soon identified as Lance Crosby, 63, from Billings, Montana. He had worked seasonally […]
April 13, 2015

Sky Aviation’s CH-46E

In June 2014 they flew one of them to Sabreliner Aviation in Perryville, Missouri to begin the demilitarization of the aircraft. And on April 9, 2015:
May 20, 2014

Wyoming in Flight — Tom Woodward – Fighting Fire in Yellowstone

An interview with Tom Woodward of Sky Aviation, Worland, Wyoming, who discusses the role of aviation in fighting the 1988 Yellowstone fire. This interview is part of an oral history series titled Wyoming in Flight. The interviewer is Mark Junge. It is funded by grants from […]
February 4, 2010

Helicopter helps transport bighorns to Wyoming

LOVELL, Wyo. — A helicopter skimming above rocky outcroppings in the Bighorn Mountains is an unusual sight, but a pair of blindfolded bighorn sheep dangling from that helicopter is perhaps best described as surreal. Yet that was just one in a string of bizarre images seen […]