The Air Tractor AT-802F
Coastal Air Strike uses the Air Tractor AT-802F as their primary aerial firefighting aircraft. The AT-802F is recognized in the industry as safe, reliable, and easy to maintain. With ferry speeds of up to 200 MPH and its Gen II Fire Retardant Dispersal System (FRDS) — the industry’s most advanced and proven single engine air tanker fire gate — the AT-802F provides swift and targeted aerial firefighting. By choosing and operating one type of airplane, Coastal Air Strike can ensure their pilots maintain a superior level of familiarity with the flying characteristics and operational limitations of the aircraft.
The Fire Boss
Equipping the AT-802F with amphibious floats installed by Wipaire transforms the popular SEAT into the Fire Boss scooper air tanker. Refilling its 800-gallon tank from nearby natural sources such as lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, the amphibious AT-802F Fire Boss has the capability to stay in the air for 3 hours, dropping up to 14,000 gallons of water per hour before needing to refuel.
The efficient, effective Fire Boss is the most economical tool in the aerial firefighter’s arsenal. According to the manufacturer’s website, a Fire Boss can carry nearly half the payload of a twin-turbine engine amphibious air tanker for about 1/10th the capital and 1/5th the operating expense. Coastal Air Strike is proud to own two of these highly-regarded aircraft.