Colleen Mooney (Lead) / Jim Thomasson; Ray Ault
Absolute Tracking Solutions Inc.
Latitude Technologies Corporation
BC Wildfire Service,
When equipped with buckets and belly tanks, helicopters are versatile, fast and effective at delivering water, retardant, gel or foam to a fire. Like fixed-wing airtankers, the drop patterns generated from helicopters are most affected by aircraft height and speed. Understanding these drop patterns helps fire operations achieve the coverage level they need for a given fuel type or fire intensity. While testing tracking systems for helicopters in Salmon Arm, BC this year, we had the opportunity to collect drop pattern data on the Bambi-Max™ bucket and the Bell 212 helitanker.