FireBoss Debuts At 2019 AVALON
For the first time, the Fire Boss was on display in Australia at the Avalon Airshow. The manufacturer of the initial attack plane reports record sales in Australia with the latest three units having been sold to Australian operators.
Built from an Air Tractor 802F, the Fire Boss is an initial attack firefighting aircraft with scooping capability. Setting it apart from larger and more expensive alternatives, this aircraft can scoop water from lakes and rivers and and it also sees elevated interest in Europe where RESC_EU is creating opportunities for EU nations to acquire their aircraft with funding assistance from the European Union.
Fire Boss LLC is the designer and manufacturer of the Fire Boss, a water scooping system that is exclusively installed on the Air Tractor AT-802. Fire Boss LLC is part of the Wipaire group of companies based in South St. Paul, Minnesota. Employing a set of Wipline 10000 series amphibious water-scooping floats enables the AT-802 SEAT aircraft to scoop up to 800 gallons in about 15 seconds. 90+ Fire Boss systems are currently in operation throughout the world and it is possible to have the system configured to multiple aircraft.