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Aeronet Worldwide Helps Deliver Replacement Part to Chile for Fire-Fighting SuperTanker

Wildfire in a forest

In January 2017, the country of Chile was faced with the largest and deadliest wildfires in its history. There were over 70 active blazes, which at one point, incinerated more than 2,300 square miles of terrain, resulted in the deaths of 11 people, and caused at least $300 million worth of damages. As tragic as the ordeal was, the silver lining is that it could have been even worse, if not for the dedication of emergency responders. To that end, Aeronet can proudly say it played a small, but vital, part in helping put an end to the state of emergency.

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In January 2017, the country of Chile was faced with the largest and deadliest wildfires in its history. There were over 70 active blazes, which at one point, incinerated more than 2,300 square miles of terrain, resulted in the deaths of 11 people, and caused at least $300 million worth of damages. As tragic as the ordeal was, the silver lining is that it could have been even worse, if not for the dedication of emergency responders. To that end, Aeronet can proudly say it played a small, but vital, part in helping put an end to the state of emergency.

The main tool used in putting out the blazes was The Spirit of John Muir, a Boeing 747 SuperTanker aircraft capable of delivering payload drops aggregating over 19,000 gallons of water, fire retardant, and suppressant. Manned by a 12-person crew, the B747-400 was able to release a payload that would have taken other aircrafts multiple attempts to achieve the same results.

The SuperTanker and its crew planned to make the journey to Chile all the way from Colorado Springs. However, there was a snag in the operation when the SuperTanker had to be grounded due to a maintenance issue. A replacement dump valve was needed before it could return to the skies. That is where Aeronet stepped in.

We received a message from one of its clients, regarding an “aircraft down in Chile.” The client contacted Aeronet’s Senior Vice President of International David Gibson about transporting the replacement dump valve from Arizona to Chile.

Aeronet arranged the delivery, and the part was shipped from Arizona to Chile in 3 days – a stunningly quick time compared to standard, non-emergency deliveries of that kind. Sure enough, the SuperTanker was back in the air, delivering much needed relief to the fire ravaged countryside of Chile.

One of Aeronet’s foremost capabilities is providing critical services during emergency operations. These capabilities include aircraft on ground (AOG) support for aircraft and aviation, such as the one undertaken on behalf of The Spirit of John Muir; White Glove services, which takes into account the complexities of high-value cargo, and provides the specialized handling they require; and time-critical shipping for situations where the difference of a few hours can have a major impact.

With so many natural disasters currently affecting millions of people all across the world, logistics providers cannot overlook the importance of their critical service capabilities. As Aeronet Worldwide has recently demonstrated, we are more than up to the task.

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