Recoil Aerospace secures FAA certification for new aerial wildfire suppression system

April 17, 2024

Recoil Aerospace achieves certification for its T1000-E suppression system

Recoil Aerospace has successfully secured a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its T1000-E Aerial Fire Suppression System (AFSS), designed for installation on Airbus Super Puma series helicopters.

The certification, announced on April 15, 2024, enables the advanced system to aid in wildfire suppression efforts.

Features and capabilities of the T1000-E system

Joseph Rice, President of Recoil Aerospace, shared his optimism about the system’s potential impact: “We are confident that the T1000-E will set a new standard in aerial firefighting,” said Rice.

“With its innovative features and enhanced capabilities, the T1000-E provides firefighters with a powerful tool to combat wildfires and protect communities.”

The T1000-E system, crafted from lightweight carbon fiber, can hold up to 3,785 liters (1,000 gallons) of water or fire retardant.

It features rapid filling capabilities, taking only 35-40 seconds to fill and approximately 5 seconds for a complete discharge.

Additional features include an integrated 132-liter foam tank, precision drop capabilities through pneumatic valves, and enhanced visibility options like LED pulse and IR lights for night operations.

Global impact and future expansions

Recoil Aerospace has also acknowledged its T1000-E Super Puma launch customers, which include Heli-Austria, Coldstream Helicopters, Precision, and Korean 119 Rescue Services.

The newly granted SR02584AK FAA Approved Manufacturer Listing Supplemental Type Certificate (AML STC) anticipates the expansion of this technology to additional helicopter models such as the UH-60 Blackhawk, S-92, S-76, BH-205 Series, and AW189 throughout 2025.

Furthermore, discussions for bilateral STC recognition with international aviation authorities like Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are currently in progress.

FSJA comment

The certification of the T1000-E system by Recoil Aerospace marks a notable advancement in aerial firefighting technology.

By integrating features that enhance both efficiency and safety, this system could provide a significant upgrade in the tools available for combating wildfires.

As wildfires continue to pose a serious threat globally, innovations like the T1000-E are essential in evolving firefighting tactics and equipment.

The ongoing developments and expansions suggest a robust strategy by Recoil Aerospace to meet the increasing demands for effective firefighting solutions worldwide.

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