The Coulson Group of Companies (Port Alberni, BC) signed a deal to purchase Flying Tankers Inc and the maintenance facilities from TimberWest. The two flying tankers based in Sproat Lake, in Port Alberni, BC. The deal was signed earlier this afternoon, and the workers at Flying Tankers were notified that they were under new management. The Flying Tankers operation will receive a new Director of Maintenance from Coulson Aircrane, which will now operate the tankers.
The Deal was signed under the condition that at least one of the two largest Water Bombers in the world will stay in Sproat Lake when they are sold. They will both stay in Port Alberni for a while, but one of them is likely to go to a museum. Coulson is not yet 100% sure what they want to do with the Flying Tankers. A significant aspect of this is that the deal was signed without including the deal with the British Columbia Government to fight the fires. Coulson will probably pursue that contract again quickly.
There have been no news from the press, nor has any been posted on any of the companies web pages, and this is based off inside information from the company.
[Edited 2007-04-14 05:25:07]