Simplex Aerospace has received Japanese STC for its Fire Attack system Model 326GII for the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter. The Japanese STC No. STC-382-1-TYO, was issued on March 25, 2013. Simplex receivedan FAA STC No. SR02351LA on April 23, 2012.1
The new Simplex Fire Attack system has a 480 gallon (1,817 liter) water capacity, and is the lightest belly tank system per gallon of capacity on the market
today. The system also has an approved maximum speed of 150 KIAS without the hover pump installed (140 KIAS with hover pump installed), making it the
fastest helicopter firefighting belly tank system available to customers
worldwide. Other features include a camera system interface to the helicopter’s Multi Function Display (MFD) allowing the pilot to view the door opening and hover pump operation without the use of cargo mirrors. Viewing the door operation and hover pump position on the aircraft MFD enhances safety in firefighting operations. The system also features Simplex’s industry leading door design, which allows wheeled aircraft to carry large amounts of water without risk of door contact with ground. The system is equipped with a foam system and ground handling wheels that facilitate installation in less than 10 minutes.
MarkZimmerman, President and CEO of Simplex Aerospace commented, “The 326GII Fire Attack system demonstrates the value of aircraft OEMs partnering with mission equipment experts like Simplex to develop mission equipment specifically designed to capture and utilize the unique features of the
aircraft, and provide customers with enhanced mission performance”.
The first Japanese sale of the Model 326GII system was installed on the Yokahama Fire Department AW139 by Mitsui Bussan, Simplex’s longtime representative for AgustaWestland products in Japan.