Atlanta based Helicopter Express responding to wildfires in Chile
An Antonov AN-124 arrived in Santiago, Chile Tuesday morning and unloaded three Bell 205 helicopters, one K-MAX 1200, and a flatbed truck with an attached goose-neck trailer. The Chilean government contracted with Helicopter Express out of Chamblee, Georgia to supply the equipment during the siege of wildfires that has been plaguing the country for the last several weeks.
The helicopters and the truck were loaded onto the Ukrainian freighter at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Monday for the flight to South America.CNN Chile reported that one of the helicopters is also NVG capable.
Helicopter Express, based at Atlanta’s Peachtree-Dekalb Airport, north of Atlanta, operates a diverse fleet of aircraft that cover multiple mission profiles, but concentrate heavily on work in wildland firefighting, often having most of its fleet deployed around the country on firefighting contracts as well as work overseas. The company operates several Bell 407 helicopters, including the new Bell 407HP from Eagle Rotorcraft, 206 Longrangers, multiple AS-350.H125 helicopters, Bell 205’s and a Kaman K-Max helicopter to assist their global operations. The company also operates a single EC-155 for corporate transport/charter operations.