|South St. Paul, Minnesota, February 26, 2019 – For the first time, the Fire Boss will be on display in Australia at the Avalon Airshow. “In the middle of a record quarter of sales within Australia, we are excited to exhibit at the Avalon Airshow” said Stephen Johnson, Global Director of Sales, “This is a show of support to our customers and an opportunity to promote the capabilities and successes of the Fire Boss. This season, Fire Boss operators have flown hundreds of hours fighting fires throughout Australia. Reinforcing the capabilities of the product, a sales record of three new Fire Boss have been confirmed sold to operators in Australia. This positions them to support fire suppression efforts across the Pacific Rim.”|
Built from an Air Tractor 802F, the Fire Boss is an initial attack firefighting aircraft with scooping capability. Setting it apart from larger and more expensive alternatives, this aircraft can scoop water from nearby lakes and rivers. It also has proven dispatch reliability, increasing revenue for operators while saving lives and property. The Fire Boss on display at Booth #EW1 at Avalon Airshow is owned by Kennedy Air, based in New South Wales.
About Fire Boss LLC
Fire Boss LLC is the designer and manufacturer of the Fire Boss, a water scooping system that is exclusively installed on the Air Tractor AT-802. Fire Boss LLC is part of the Wipaire group of companies based in South St. Paul, Minnesota. Wipaire is the world’s largest manufacturer of aircraft floats and also provides award winning aircraft services. The Fire Boss system combines several airframe modifications, aircraft performance enhancers, and a pair of Wipline 10000 series amphibious water-scooping floats that enables the AT-802 Single Engine Air Tanker to scoop up to 800 gallons in about 15 seconds. 90+ Fire Boss systems are currently in operation throughout the world and it is possible to have the system configured to multiple aircraft.