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Computer Controlled Automatic Loading Water Bucket System for Aerial…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
67059
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2004-00026
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Hawkins and Powers Aviation, Inc.
P.O. Box 391 Greybull, WY 82426
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Computer Controlled Automatic Loading Water Bucket System for Aerial Firefighting
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2004-33610-14377
Award Amount: $80,000.00
 

Abstract:

Aerial firefighting is a dangerous and demanding business, which is evidenced by the numerous loss of life during the "fire season". Millions of dollars worth of equipment has been destroyed in the fight to protect people and valuable natural resources from the devastation of wildfires. Due to the recent reduction in the large fixed wing air tanker fleet there has been an increased demand placed on the use of helicopters and a greater than before emphasis on safety in the firefighting industry. The costs of using helicopters to fight wildfires ranges from $650.00-$8,000.00 per hour. Current systems use a slung water bucket with cinch straps, plugs, zippers, or a load cell with a manually operated valve to control weight. These methods are at best inefficient and increase the workload for the pilot during dangerous hovering operations. The purpose of this project is to research and develop a computer-controlled water bucket system to automate the loading phase and incorporate a load splitting feature. The new system will increase the safety and efficiency of helicopters in aerial firefighting.

Principal Investigator:

Duane Powers
3077654482
handp@tctwest.net

Business Contact:

Dan Hawkins
President
3077654482
handp@tctwest.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Hawkins and Powers Aviation, Inc.
P.O. Box 391 Greybull, WY 82426

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No