The most capable lightweight firegate is now better than ever.

The extensive update to the FRDS system includes more than 270 lbs of weight reduction, all-electric operation, 25% more flow rate, integrated AFF tracking/ATU telemetry system, integrated foam injection control, and much simpler operation than previous systems.

Only the Air Tractor Gen III FRDS offers all of these advantages:

  • 25% more flow rate than Gen II systems
  • More than 270-lbs. of system weight reduction increases payload capacity
  • Highest performance “constant-flow” gate provides the most ground line per gallon of retardant delivered
  • Simple controls provide pilot-friendly “set it and forget it” drops
  • All-electric motor and gearbox eliminates hydraulics, increases reliability and reduces maintenance 
  • Drops an 800-gallon salvo in just 1.4 seconds
  • Firegate controller has built-in AFF Tracking and ATU telemetry capabilities with post-mission operations reporting via TracPlus application
  • Firegate is FAA STC certified; IAB, USFS and BLM approved
  • Backed by Air Tractor’s worldwide support network

In the cockpit, the FRDS Pilot Interface puts control at your fingertips.

The compact, multi-function DataVault controller has an anti-reflective, color OLED screen and back-lit silicone button overlay for clarity and visibility in all lighting conditions. When approaching the fire line, pilots can quickly dial-in the coverage level, drop amount and ground speed. Then, with a press of the control stick trigger, the FRDS computer does the rest — opening and closing the fire gate doors while compensating for G-loads, gallons in the hopper, and ground speed to deliver consistent coverage along the entire drop.

AT-802F aircraft with Gen I and Gen II fire gate systems can be upgraded with Gen III FRDS components.

The Gen III firegate can be easily retrofitted to AT-802F airplanes equipped with Gen I and Gen II firegates. Vent doors, fairings, brackets, E-dump handle, and many other items from earlier FRDS systems can be re-used. This commonality of parts is yet another example of Air Tractor’s long-standing customer support of our firegate systems.

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