AIR ATTACK AND SURVEILLANCE
Air Attack (also called "Bird Dog" or "Lead Plane") aircraft are flown by a specially trained Air Spray pilot who is accompanied by one or more air attack officers who direct how and where our Airtanker aircraft should drop their load of fire retardant. Air Spray's air attack aircraft are equipped with advanced radio systems and high-tech imaging devices to identify areas where a retardant drop is needed to most effectively control the forest fire.
Twin Commander 690
Air Spray relies on the the Turbo Commander 690 for the majority of our air attack operations. The Turbo Commander's long fuel endurance, speed, exceptional visibility and proven safety record make it the perfect aircraft for air attack.
The Gulfstream Commander 1000 is a high-wing, pressurized, twin-engine turboprop aircraft offering exceptional performance for air attack. Faster speed, higher altitude capability and quicker refueling than the Twin Commander 690 make it the preferred air attack aircraft in severe fire conditions.