World's Best Aerial Firefighting Machine Returns to Chile

The aircraft is capable of dipping for water in areas a fixed wing cannot, and it is able to come in slower and lower for precision placement of the water around residential properties and structures.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017 12:14 PM
Updated: Dec. 12, 2017 12:14 PM

Portland, OR. -- Erickson Incorporated, a leading aerospace firefighting manufacturer based out of Portland, has returned to serve the citizens of Chile in the Bío Bío Region. 

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The aircraft, an S-64 Aircrane, will be brought in to help protect the region's population and buildings.

Erickson owns the world’s largest S-64 Aircrane fleet of 20 helicopters with more than 50 aircraft in all, and the Aircrane Helitanker is recognized throughout the industry as one of the most efficient and largest fire-fighting machines in the world. 

The S-64 Helitanker is equipped with a 10,000 liter tank capable of snorkeling via a “sea snorkel” fresh or salt water. It has internal foam mixing capabilities and provides water or retardant dispensation. The aircraft can be configured with a water cannon for high rise and structure protection.

As populations and development expand, aerial firefighting over residential properties and structures becomes a more crucial part of the equation. The aircraft is capable of dipping for water in areas a fixed wing cannot, and it is able to come in slower and lower for precision placement of the water around residential properties and structures.

Every S-64 Aircrane has a nickname painted across the nose. "Annie" will be on the current contract. “Annie" has a vast history of responding to natural catastrophes and fire control in the United States and Europe, especially recent events in the state of California, near San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Rosa.

A study, conducted this last summer by the National Forest Corporation, (CONAF) found the S-64 Aircrane was chosen as the most efficient aircraft for Chilean firefighting, for all helicopters and airplanes and that the Aircrane offers 100% proficiency against other leading aerial firefighting machines.

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