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July 02, 2022
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MEDIA ALERT: Oregon Department of Forestry Invites Media to Annual Aircraft Training

What: The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Aviation Unit will be hosting a media day at their annual multi-mission aircraft training at the airport in Salem. 

Background: This is an opportunity to train the personnel who will help with wildfire detection using the ODF-owned Partenavia P-68 Observer.

The Partenavia has been in service with ODF since 1983.  It’s had many uses, but its most recent function is as the platform for ODF’s nighttime detection work.  It is equipped with a FLIR infrared camera system that is paired with an augmented reality mapping system.

Visuals: The unit will pull up video demonstrations to show the capabilities and full purpose of the Partenavia when it comes to fire detection. 

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Where: Salem Municipal Airport, 2990 25th St SE, Salem, OR 97302

Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

People on-site available to interview: 

  • Neal Laugle, Fire Aviation Manager
  • Jamie Knight, Fire Aviation Coordinator
  • Cole Lindsay, Main Observer

So we can plan appropriately, please RSVP by 3 p.m. May 17 by emailing Jessica Prakke, ODF Public Affairs, at jessica.prakke@odf.oregon.gov

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