Aircraft are critical tools in managing wildland fires. WOF Aviation supplies its clients with the highly effective AT-802, UH-IH Huey helicopters and Cessna 182, 206 and 210 as well as Aerial Support Vehicles.
Working on Fire Aviation uses the Cessna 182/206/210 for aerial command and control and for safety and operational command over wildfires. The Cessna observes, analyses and predicts fire behaviour, to supply all relevant parties with updated information.
It is equipped with 2 x Standard VHF Aircraft Radios and aircraft approved Technisonic Mid Band radios for communication with other aerial resources, Incident Commanders and firefighting crews on the ground.
Kishugu uses the UH-IH or “Huey” for fast deployment of helicopter attack teams to wildland fires in South Africa and for aerial fire attack. All are upgraded to aviation standards, with modifications to enhance strength and safety for the rigors of repetitive lifting
The Huey makes use of 1,000 litre Bambi Buckets to transport water to the fire line. As far as possible,
it scoops grey, unpotable water from the ocean or dams. If the water source is close, the aircraft has a very high turnaround time.
The Air Tractor (AT) 802, Single engine Air Tanker (SEAT) is a highly effective and sought-after aerial firefighting resource. It has served with distinction on the front lines of wildfires for more than 10 years.
It is a fast, maneuverable aircraft that is operationally effective and economical. The AT-802 can be programmed to discharge its 3,000 litre load in pre-set volumes and intervals, enabling the pilot to optimise water and retardant dispersal and to make precision drops on a number of critical points on a fire.
Did you know:
Since 1986 the Forest Fire Association (FFA), now known as Kishugu Group of Companies under the brand Working on Fire Aviation, has flown more than 60, 000 hours and tended to more than 9,000 fires in South Africa.
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