The Tank Design;
The Fire belly tanks are custom built for each make and type of helicopter with a carrying capacity ranging from 1000 to 10000 litres (250 US Gal to 2642 US Gal). The top section of the tank is constructed from carbon fibre construction and the design is such that no modifications are required to the aircraft. The extendable bag is manufactured from a specially sourced, heavy grade, hard wearing and tear resistant vinyl material. The tanks have built in compartments housing all the electrical and hydraulic components and the foam dispensing tank and pumps as well. Fail safe door operation allowing the doors to open following a loss of power. Drop sequencing can be variable controlled by the pilot from the easy to use cockpit controller. Helitak manufactured hover pumps provide refill times of less than 30 seconds and dual hover pumps can be installed on larger tanks for reduced fill times and to add redundancy in the event of pump malfunction.
Helitak has a range of tanks to suit the most popular helicopters commonly used in fire suppression. We have tanks to suit the following aircraft.
Airbus 350, 130, 135 range
Augusta 119 Koala
Bell 407, 429
Bell 204, 205, 212, 212
Eagle Single, 412, 214B
Sikorsky S61and S58T
Compact, light weight and cost effective with superior drop pattern.
Designs for a wide range of helicopters
No modifications required to the aircraft and quick fitting and removal.
Fully self contained with built in compartments for electrical,
hydraulic and foam dispensing equipment. Easy access to
components for maintenance. Hi flow hover pumps delivery quick
fill times. Selectable door operation. Fail safe design.