Canadian Forest Service Publications

Reference Guide to the Drop Effectiveness of Skimmer and Rotary Wing Airtankers. 2023. McFayden, C.B.; Wotton, B.M.; Robinson, J.W.; Johnston, J.M.; Cantin, A.; Jurko, N.M.; Boucher, J.; Wheatley, M.; Ansell, M.; Boychuk, D.; Russo B. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service. Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 182p. Information Report GLC-X-35.

Year: 2023

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 41009

Language: English

Series: Information Report (GLFC - Sault Ste. Marie)

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Airtankers are often essential for the control of wildland fires and facilitating safe ground crew suppression activities. Understanding the performance of each airtanker in various wildland fire situations is important for fire management decision-makers. This guide is intended to provide a systematic and objective method for the relative comparison of the water drop effectiveness of both fixed- and rotary-wing airtankers commonly used in the North American boreal regions. The guide also provides additional resources to help with the estimation and interpretation of wildland fire factors such as fire intensity, as well as other useful information related to airtankers.