Providing critical air tanker support to control wildfires burning forests and
threatening our communities.
Air Spray is proud to have been protecting our forests and communities from wildfires for 49 years. Our service excellence in our industry is why we are continually relied upon to ensure our forests and communities are protected from wildfires for generations to come.
WHAT WE DO
Air Spray provides critical air tanker and air attack aircraft to aid in the control of wildfires affecting communities and surrounding forests. As our population increases, so does the urban-forest interface. This means that more and more citizens are at risk should a wildfire develop near a community. Without the timely support of air tanker aircraft, communities are unable to prevent a fire from completely destroying homes and property within a matter of minutes. Air Spray aircraft are on call throughout the fire season to provide fire suppression as quickly as possible. Years of experience have proven the sooner we are able to attack the smaller fire, the more likely we are able to prevent a catastrophic fire that can destroy thousands of hectares of forests and remote communities within a short period of time.
CLIMATE CHANGE and CO2 EMISSIONS
The risk to communities is increasing yearly as climate change affects the health of our forests. As global temperatures rise, weather patterns and the availability of water also change, increasing the risk of forest fires starting and quickly spreading out of control. Added to this is hotter, drier summers increasing the risk and severity of forest fires. North America is also experiencing an increase in the length of the fire season every year. In particular, early and late season fires seem to be more intense with high winds and extremely dry conditions making the fires harder to control.
Forest fires also have a significant impact on the release of CO2 into the atmosphere and thus play an important role in increasing green house gases. In extreme fire years direct emissions from wildfires in the managed forest have represented up to 45 per cent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions (Canadian Council of Forest Ministers) thus wiping out any gains made through efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. For this reason, it is imperative that we do our best to contain fires quickly before they get out of control.
PARTNERS WITH GOVERNMENT FIRE AGENCIES
Air Spray works in close partnership with our government customers to provide Airtanker services that are not only cost effective but at all times - safe. This is achieved through years of experience in the development of exceptional aircraft and equipment specifically designed for wildfire control. Coupled with a comprehensive maintenance and training program prior to the start of each fire season, Air Spray's pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers operate Airtanker aircraft that are at all times, safe for the job.
Air Spray Simulators
Air Spray is in the final stages of completing our latest flight simulator. The AT802AF simulator will be ready to train our SEAT pilots to fight wildfires in the Air Tractor 802/Fire Boss airframe for the 2017 fire season. This simulator follows our success with the Lockheed L188 Airtanker simulator and the Turbo Commander 690 Bird Dog simulator. Air Spray has found that these simulators are invaluable for preseason training to improve effectiveness and safety and critical for learning the unique challenges of operating aerial wildfire suppression aircraft in a fire situation. Learn more...
OUR AIRCRAFT FLEET
Our aircraft fleet ranges from either wheel based or amphibious Air Tractor AT802 single engine Airtankers (SEATs) to heavy Airtankers such as the Lockheed L188 Electra and the BAE 146 jet aircraft. Many of our Airtankers are supported by high visibility lead planes or "bird dog" aircraft to direct the aerial fire fighting operations.
Click below to see our list of aircraft available for short or long term contract.
Check out our SEATs in action...
AIRTANKER AND TANK SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
Air Spray is recognized as expert in not only Airtanker operation, but also Airtanker aircraft and tank development. Air Spray continually seeks to provide the best aircraft and retardant tank systems for our customers' fire control toolbox.
To this end, a large part of our operation is the conversion of aircraft to the role of Airtanker and the development of retardant tank systems that are most effective for wildfire suppression. Our design engineers and aircraft structures specialists provide a key role in the development of these new aircraft and tank systems.
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