Thrush 510G Switchback Gets FAA Certificate
The Thrush 510G Switchback, Thrush’s newest workhorse, has gained FAA Certification. The aircraft is designated as a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) aircraft. Thanks to its size, speed and maneuverability, it has the ability to deliver 500 gallons of water, retardant or fire suppressant with high accuracy – all while operating in tight environments.
What makes the Switchback pretty unique is the aircraft’s ability to switch from agricultural spray duties to firefighting capabilities in a matter of minutes – thanks to its unique fire gate delivery system built by Transland.
When in firefighting mode, Transland’s gatebox allows the Switchback to deliver a full 500-gallon salvo drop in less than two seconds while providing an excellent, narrow drop pattern for an effective fire line. Single Engine Air Tankers are considered the most cost-effective initial attack platform in the battle against wildfires.
In addition, the Thrush 510G is available in both single and dual cockpit-dual control configurations, allowing operators even greater mission flexibility – from spray operations, to firefighting, to training and observation.
Recently Thrush delivered its first two units to the Georgia Forestry Commission where they are being put into service for fire detection, rapid response firefighting and training. Both aircraft feature advanced avionics for navigation and situational awareness, and provide the pilots with numerous options for delivery of materials when making a firefighting drop.
Rapid response suppression is a critical tool for front-line fire control, as is rapid fire detection, which can sometimes make all the difference in being able to contain a wildfire, versus having it become uncontrollable. More than 2,400 Thrush aircraft are being currently operated in some 80 countries around the world. To learn more about Thrush Aircraft, please visit their website at thrushaircraft.com