Originally Posted by Strong Bad
Mike I'm glad you went to the effort to share the vid, that was sweet. Not an easy scoop in that little valley in the Santa Ana winds.
The last fire we had over here in Simi Valley, I climbed up on top of the hill behind my house with a hand held and watched and listened to all of the aerial attacks going on over on the other side of the valley. All 4 of the CDF planes were running a typical pattern: upwind, crosswind, downwind, & base with their drop on the final. EXCEPT the CANOOKS, who always came in direct, causing the aircontroller to have others do 360s and jump through hoops to stay out of their way. You could tell the CANOOKS were not well liked with their tactics by the chatter from the other pilots.
I was chatting with some tower folks up at Ft. McMurray up yonder and they raise that same hell at the airports, too!