Daher, which manufactures the popular Kodiak series of turboprop utility aircraft, has joined the United Aerial Firefighters Association (UAFA), a recently formed US-based advisory group that intends to serve as an advocate for the aerial firefighting industry.
The company is the group’s first airframe manufacturing partner. This reflects the Kodiak’s popularity for special use operations, including by Bridger Aerospace, a founding member of UAFA.
“UAFA’s goals are fully aligned with those of Daher: enhancing the safety, operability and effectiveness of aircraft, especially in such challenging and unforgiving missions as combating wildfires,” said Paul Carelli, Director of Kodiak’s Flight Operations and Special Missions. “We intend to be an active UAFA member, bringing our expertise as a multi-role aircraft manufacturer, while also benefitting from the feedback of those who are on the front lines of aerial firefighting.”
“We appreciate Daher’s proactivity in joining UAFA, and look forward to benefitting from its aircraft manufacturer’s perspective as the association develops a strong and coordinated voice for the entire aerial firefighting community,” added Tim Sheehy, the CEO of Bridger Aerospace and UAFA Board member.