Air Spray operates four CL 415 aaircraft on behalf of the Government of Manitoba. The CL 415 "super-scooper" is a twin turbine engine, amphibious aircraft purpose built for the control of wild fires.
The CL 415 has an updated cockpit, aerodynamics enhancements and changes to the water-release system, creating a modern firefighting amphibious aircraft for use in detecting and suppressing forest fires. Compared to the CL 215, the CL 415 has increased operating weight and speed, yielding improved productivity and performance. The CL 415 can scoop up to 6,140 litres (1,350 imp gal; 1,620 US gal) of water from a nearby water source, mix it with a chemical foam if desired, and drop it on a fire without having to return to base to refill its tanks. The CL 415 was specifically developed to provide the capability to deliver large quantities of suppressant in quick response to fires.
The aircraft requires 1,340 m (4,400 ft) of flyable length to descend from 15 m (49 ft) altitude, scoop 6,137 l (1,350 imp gal; 1,621 US gal) of water during a twelve-second 410-metre-long (1,350 ft) run on the water at 70 knots (130 km/h; 81 mph), then climb back to 15 m (49 ft) altitude. The aircraft can also pick up partial loads in smaller areas and can turn while scooping, if necessary.