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R44 incendiary operations


MI Helicopters can employ aerial incendiary methods for hazard reduction and fire management. The use of these aerial options, when compared to ground lighting, has been shown to be safer and more effective.

Aerial incendiary methods have many advantages over ground based fire lighting such as the ability to cover large areas within a short timeframe and the obvious advantage of having a birds eye view of the task at hand. Airborne fire lighting also results in less personnel on the fire ground and the fewer people in a fire environment, the better! Another advantage over lighting from the ground is that it can be observed and mapped (GPS/moving map) from the air. If the fire jumps a firebreak the ground crew can be quickly directed to the affected area.

MI Helicopters offers a range of helicopters to suit all environments with knowledgeable, experienced pilots who have flown thousands of hours in fire hazard reduction and management.

We have two aerial incendiary options, an Aerial Drip Torch utilising a Firetrol gel or the Raindance R3 Aerial Incendiary Device.

Aerial Drip Torch

The gel in the drip torch is a mixture of ‘Firetrol’ fuel gelling agent and unleaded petrol. During the flight, the igniters and flow rate are controlled from the cabin of the helicopter. Burning gel falls to the ground, wraps around its target and ignites the vegetation, resulting in a clean, efficient and effective burn. A full, 80 litre tank can burn thousands of acres of pulled country or light a 50km line on a controlled burn.


Raindance R3 Aerial Incendiary Device

The R3 Aerial Incendiary device is the latest technology in incendiary devices from Raindance Systems. This latest version includes additional enhancements designed to give you greater peace of mind and operational success. The R3 is the worlds smallest, lightest and fastest deploying aerial incendiary system. With the ability to deliver 240 capsules per minute (allowing a 8m spacing at 65Kn) this is the fastest delivery method for aerial incendiary work available.

Simplicity in method, extremely reliable reactions and solid firepower means ease of use in the harshest environments in the world.

The R3 Aerial Incendiary Device comes with solid safety systems such as:

  • Simplicity – after the Incendiary Capsule Belts have been loaded, operational functions (setting Drop Rates, changing to Manual mode etc.) can all be controlled from the Hand Controller.
  • Shutdown – The ability to completely isolate the Glycol system from delivering – meaning safe ferrying between operations and safer choices for operators in any type of situation.
  • Stop Button Redundancy – Two ‘Stop’ buttons on either side of the ‘Go’ button on Hand Controller – Suitable for left or right handed operators.
  • Reverse Switch – Capsule Belts can be removed entirely, effectively “unloading” the device.
  • Forward Switch – Allowing Capsule Belt to be loaded when approaching the drop zone, with no chance of an accidental firing of primed incendiaries.

Roma base (Head Office)

Our Head Office is located at...
Hangar Drive, Roma Airport.
Roma, Queensland, Australia.
P : 1800 600 345

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