Utility Operations

Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS) provides a wide range of aircraft and flight services to our US Government, Partner Nations, and General Aviation customers. Our services to US and Partner Nation security ofrces comply with DCMA 8210.1 and other US military regulations for required standards.

KBFS offers solutions tailored to our customers’ needs, including the following:


Aerial Firefighting

  • Over 15 years’ experience providing wildland firefighting for
    • US Forest Service
    • Department of the Interior
    • Department of Defense
  • MD530F and UH-1H helicopters
    • MD530F: Bambi Bucket
    • UH-1H: Belly “LA” tank or Bambi Bucket
    • Both capable of dispensing fire retardant foam
  • Communications packages permit direct coordination with local, state, and Federal agencies
  • Other related services include:
    • Controlled burn support
    • Re-seeding
    • Gunnery pre-soaking

Aerial Surveys/Photography

  • Rotary and fixed wing aircraft support for missions including:
    • Pipeline
    • Power line
    • Real estate
    • Agriculture
    • Disaster survey
    • Environmental survey
  • We install mission-specific state-of-the-art photography and sensor equipment as needed
  • We designate the most suitable aircraft for the customer mission
  • We can carry observers if the customer requires direct participation
  • Rates depend on the type of equipment needed to deliver the required results

Agriculture/Land/Wildlife Management

  • Over 15 years’ experience providing environmental protection support to
    • Department of Interior
    • US Army Installation Management
    • Commercial customers
  • We assist customers in protecting vegetation and animal endangered species by:
    • Mapping seasonal habitat trends
    • Identifying harmful threats such as
      • Over-aggressive predators
      • Invasive species
  • We provide aerial support to local efforts to relocate or eradicate invasive species (e.g., feral hogs) that cause widespread damage to crops and ranch grasslands

Disaster Response

  • We help US Government and local responders react to search and rescue and disaster recovery missions
  • We continuously maintain on-hand rotary and fixed-wing aircraft to assist this mission
  • Our past support includes:
    • First responder reconnaissance
    • Damage surveys
    • Survivor location marking
    • Transport of Law Enforcement and other authorities
    • Search and rescue
    • Night ops using NVGs

Law Enforcement Support

  • We offer many kinds of support to law enforcement, including:
    • Traffic control and reporting
    • Reconnaissance
    • Aerial surveys
    • Aerial surveillance
    • Search and rescue
  • We also provide aircraft qualification training, including:
    • Night vision goggle (NVG)
    • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)
    • ISR operational support
    • Airborne rappelling
    • Communications
    • Logistics support
  • We designate the most suitable aircraft and equipment for the law enforcement mission
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