29 - 30 AUGUST 2018
WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA
The International Aerial Firefighting Award is presented annually to recognise a significant contribution by an individual or organisation to aerial firefighting. The Award was inaugurated in honour of the late Walt Darran, who was a pioneer and advocate for advances in aerial firefighting.
Tangent Link has agreed to sponsor the Award by providing publicity to the global Aerial Firefighting community and hosting The Award ceremony at one of its Aerial Firefighting events.
The Award was inaugurated in honour of the late Walt Darran in 2014. Walt Darran (1940-2013) truly embodied the Aviator pioneering spirit and continued to be active in the international aerial firefighting community right up to his untimely death in 2013. After nineteen years seasons as an air tanker captain, Walt finally retired from flying aerial firefighting missions in 2009 and took up the mantle of President of the Association of Aerial Firefighters, now known as the Associated Aerial Firefighters (AAF), committing the last decade of his life to promoting training and improving flight safety for aerial firefighting pilots.
Over his 48 year professional pilot career he achieved 17 type ratings and flew 25,000 hours with 1500hrs on helicopters. He had an aviation career and life that most pilots can only dream of, and one that would be hard to duplicate today by the most ambitious pilot. To find out more about Walt please see visit the Award's website.
The nominations and resultant winner are administered by the International Aerial Firefighting Award Committee which is currently made up of an independent international consortium of officially-recognised existing groups involved in aerial firefighting including:
The International Aerial Firefighting Award Committee is now calling for nominations!
The closing date for nominations is 2nd March 2018. The Award committee will convene after the close of nominations to consider nominated candidates and select the winner.