I was first made aware of the Helitak expandable fixed tank in the spring of 2017 and recently I was able to view a static demonstration of the tank as well as the installation under a privately-owned Blackhawk helicopter. These recent experiences with the Helitak’s tank showed me the reliability, durability and consistency that aerial firefighters must have from their equipment.
My 21 years of experience in providing aircraft, maintenance and flight operations for aerial firefighting programs leads me to believe that the Helitak tank provides proven firefighting capabilities in one package:
• The Helitak tank can be utilised in urban interface areas
• Can operate at night
• Require no aircraft modifications
• No loss of head pressure