Titan Aerial Firefighting, a benchmark for fire fighting in the Iberian Peninsula, trains its pilots with a course taught by runner-up and fifteen-time Spanish acrobatic flight master and flight instructor Cstor Fantoba. The Valencian fire-fighting company organized a special training program for its pilots at UPRT in March and April. This company has more than 25 aircraft from Air Tractor that specialize in extinction. The type of flight required by the pilots of these aircraft with powerful turboprop engines during fire fighting makes such training a fundamental pillar of operational safety.
The basis on which this course was carried out was the Viver Aerodrome in Castelln, the current headquarters of the company. The training is carried out with American Aircraft Super Decathlon aerobatic planes (initial training) and Extra 300LP (advanced training), with the combination of which the best results are achieved.
In this training, in addition to the theoretical training, the most important abnormal maneuvers that can be found in normal fire fighting operations are practiced.
The AT-802 is powered by a 1,700 horsepower Pratt & Whitney engine that offers performance unprecedented in fire fighting aviation, as well as a computer controlled damper that allows you to select the discharge mode to perform and even the amount of water to discharge. The amphibious version of Fire Boss can carry water from the surface of lakes, rivers and even the ocean, making the AT-802 an important reference in global fire fighting. More than 500 units of this aircraft, flying in Europe since 1995, put out fires halfway around the world, from Australia to Canada, through Brazil, Chile and Argentina.
Cstor Fantoba emphasizes the importance of this type of course: professional firefighter pilots perform a more technical and radical flight than others. At Titan, the company that has always set industry standards, it is important for their fleet to conduct this type of training on a regular basis to improve their pilots’ preparation to perform their jobs. Together we develop the training program that we use with optimal results.
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