Thrush 510G Switch­back cer­ti­fied

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Thrush Air­craft’s Model 510G Switch­back Sin­gle En­gine Air Tanker (SEAT) fire­fighter has been cer­ti­fied by the FAA. As its name sug­gests, the Switch­back can quickly be con­verted from agri­cul­tural sprayer to fire­fighter, thanks to a fire gate­box de­liv­ery sys­tem built by Trans­land that can de­liver a 500-gal­lon ‘salvo drop’ in less than two sec­onds in nar­row drop pat­tern along a fire line. It can be con­verted back to agri­cul­tural spray op­er­a­tions in min­utes, en­abling an op­er­a­tor to keep the air­craft work­ing both in and out of fire sea­son. ‘An­other key ca­pa­bil­ity of the 510G Switch­back is its abil­ity to land on unim­proved sur­faces closer to a wild­fire,’ says Thrush Air­craft. ‘This al­lows the air­craft to reload and be back in the air over a fire in a mat­ter of min­utes, rather than the much longer turn­around time re­quired by larger air­craft.’

The first two pro­duc­tion Switch­backs have been de­liv­ered to the Ge­or­gia Forestry Com­mis­sion with which they have been put into ser­vice for fire de­tec­tion, rapid re­sponse fire­fight­ing and train­ing.

Two Switch­backs will fight fires in Ge­or­gia

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