In May of 2009, FPInnovations, at the request of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Forestry Division (ASRD), conducted a series of drop tests with the amphibious Air Tractor AT-802F (the “Fireboss”) and the Canadair CL-215 at the Abbotsford Airport in British Columbia, Canada. ASRD uses the amphibious Air Tractor AT-802F and the Canadair CL-215 as part of its airtanker fleet for aerial wildfire suppression. The amphibious AT-802F has a smaller tank capacity than the CL-215, so many have wondered about the ground coverage capabilities of the AT-802F compared to the CL-215.
This project was completed on contract for ASRD. For more information, please contact Ray Ault.