Increased Wildfires are headlines in US and beyond
Studies show Need > Capacity
Aerial Solutions provide great tool to extinguish the fires-safety
There are OEMs and Embraer has joined the ranks= more ideas?
Whether you believe in climate control as the source of the conflagrations shown on this map, it is axiomatic to say the North America and Canada are being subjected to wildfires that are destroying forests and houses, killing people and animals plus devastating the business burned by this seasonal scourge.
According to a 2015 US Forest Service Fire and Aviation report, the range of available aviation assets include:
- Single Engine Airtanker (SEAT)Large
- Very Large Airtankers (VLAT)
- Water Scooper
- Smokejumper Aircraft
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems
- Aerial Supervision Module/Lead Plane
- Air Attack
The top five companies that produce equipment that support extinguishing these fires include:
The Forest Service heavily relies on contractors to operate firefighting missions; here is the 2015 list:
Verified Market Research sees substantial growth in the next 8 years, an assessment shared by other forecasting firms–
A 1970 disaster at Laguna led Congress to direct the USFS to cooperate with the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve to create new aerial firefighting capacity within existing resources. Along with the private sector, they designed the Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS now MAFFSII)
This ingenious addition has helped, but the challenge still exceeds the capacity.
Embraer has entered the gap with its certification of the MAFFS II on its C-390 Millennium military transport aircraft by its completion of testing at Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. “The conclusion of these tests, which included several in-flight water-drop[s], proved the system’s ability to integrate with the aircraft, and demonstrated excellent aspects of flight quality and maneuverability, which are extremely necessary for this type of operation at low speeds.” Embraer “noted that MAFFS II was designed to interface with the aircraft’s Cargo Handling System (CHS) and can be “rapidly installed on the cargo compartment of the airplane, using only its own trailer.” The system is capable of deploying up to 3,000 gallons of water either with or without fire retardant. As previously reported by AVweb, the C-390 flew for the first time in 2015 and deliveries began in 2019.”
The need for greater firefighting aerial resources has been a theme here since 2015, and with the significant increases in these devastating tragedies, it would be beneficial to see greater interest to dealing with these destruction of lives and property:
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