Wipline 10000 Floats Approved in China

Wipaire has received Chinese validation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate SA01795CH for the installation of water-scooping Wipline 10000 floats on the Air Tractor AT-802 and AT-802A. Represented by sister company Fire Boss LLC, Wipline 10000 floats transform the Air Tractor 802-series Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) into versatile, responsive, and cost-effective scooping water bombers commonly referred to as Fire Bosses. The amphibious floats allow the Fire Boss to operate off of land or water, while scooping water from available sources close to the fire. Compared to other water bombers in aerial firefighting use, the Fire Boss is able to scoop out of much smaller lakes, decreasing the turn time to return to the fire. Additionally, the Fire Boss can operate as a regular fire bomber if scoopable water is not available.

Dale Fehrenbach, Vice President of Sales for Fire Boss LLC, commented “The Fire Boss offers firefighting agencies a versatile tool that’s not only effective on fires, but also a great value given its versatility and low cost. China is poised to be a key market for the Fire Boss in coming years, and we’re excited to be able to support the demand.”

Wipline 10000 floats for Fire Boss conversions are represented in China by Aviation Supplies Ltd.