For quickly covering large areas of remote country for controlled burns, back burning whilst fire fighting or obtaining a cleaner burn on pulled country, SKY FIRE is the answer!
SKY FIRE is a drip torch style incendiary device designed for use with helicopters. The lighter is slung beneath the aircraft and uses a revolutionary controlled flow gel. This is pumped from the nozzle at the tail of the lighter through a pair of igniters. The gel ignites as it leaves the lighter and will remain alight on the ground for up to five minutes after it lands.
The gel pump and igniters are both controlled from the cabin of the helicopter during flight. Flow rates for the gel are also adjusted from the cabin depending on the type of operation. The capacity of the tank is 80 litres, coverage varies widely depending on the type of work. A full tank could light several thousand acres of pulled country or light a 25 km line on a controlled burn.
MI Helicopters utilise a computer based mapping system to ensure planning accuracy. In preflight briefing sessions with the client, the exact location of the intended burn is assessed. This information is transferred onto an electronic map and uploaded into the aircraft GPS as a flight plan for the pilot to follow. Maps can be printed before flight indicating the proposed path and post flight with the actual path superimposed over the top.