Keeping people and society safe from the air
The devestating wildfires of recent years has raised a need for the ability to combat major fires effectively. An early and coordinated action of firefighting by air can contribute to limit a fire from widening, save lives and property as well as limit the economic damage caused by a wildfire. Aircraft can access steep, rocky or unsafe areas before firefighting forces on the ground are able to gain entry.
Why we use the AT-802F Fireboss
The aircraft has a good range and can drop up to 50,000 litres of water per hour. As the aircraft can fill it's tanks from lakes and rivers close to the fire even fires raging far away from airfields can be fought efficiently.
It is also a question of cost-effectiveness. For the same purchase/operating costs of a larger aircraft many Fire Boss aircraft can be operated, thereby enabling greater capacity and operational flexibility per krona invested.
Computer controlled water drop
The AirTractor has a unique, computer controlled water release system called Fire Retardant Disparsal System (FRDS). This system offers a superior level of consistency, coverage and efficiency.
When the drop is triggered, FRDS responds instantly, automatically opening and closing the fire gate doors with millisecond computer precision that delivers a reliably consistent coverage level. Because the FRDS automates many calculations and functions, the pilot’s concentration can remain where it should be, on flying the aircraft in challenging flight conditions.
How does aerial firefighting work? Join Éder Navacerrada, one of our skilled aviators, as he gives you an insight into his dramatic world of fire and smoke.