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Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief/AvWeek

by Bill Scott |

A minor update to Dennis Symes' note about Aviation Week's stories on aerial firefighting and smokejumpers: It's a three-part series, not two, and it ran in the Nov. 3rd, 10th and 17th issues of Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. Any subscriber can access the stories at

I wrote nine of the 11 stories in that series, and would welcome any feedback from the smokejumper community. I sure enjoyed flying on two smokejumper missions from Missoula last summer, seeing first-hand how the business operates. Gotta hand it to you folks for doing a great job under tough conditions.