Coulson Aviation USA has announced it has been awarded a multi-year contract for Next Generation Large Air Tanker Services by the USDA Forest Service, the company said.
The contract beginning in 2020 will see the first Boeing 737, Tanker 137 in operation.
Coulson Aviation has modified Boeing 737´s into FIRELINER´s which utilize a new advanced delivery system specifically designed for this application, the RADS-XXL/2. To convert a 737 into a FIRELINER takes over 43,000-man hours and includes the RADS-XXL/2 installation, avionics upgrades, full strip and re-paint, new interior, and 72 refurbished passenger seats. Once complete, the FIRELINER is differentiated from all other Next Generation Large Airtankers by its ability to transport firefighters without re-configuration and to fly at maximum speeds and altitudes with a load of retardant and no restrictions.
Coulson Aviation, Inc. is a family owned business with global operations in Australia, Canada, Chile, and the United States with its diverse fleet of heavy Fixed and Rotary wing aircraft. In addition to its aerial firefighting, emergency response, and oil spill dispersant operations Coulson offers technology and engineering with an aerospace design team in Western Canada focusing primary on special mission modifications.