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Vertical Flight 2019: Firebombing bucket

8th November 2019 - 11:00 GMT | by Glenn Sands


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SEI Industries has demonstrated its new Bambi Bucket at Vertical Flight Expo this week. It’s a brand that has become synonymous with helicopter aerial firefighting.

The Bambi Bucket is now used in more than 115 countries around the world by more than 1,000 helicopter operators. President Mark Tayler explained that one of the latest innovations that has been made to the bucket includes a pilot-controlled release valve at the bottom of the bucket for situations where the helicopter needs to dump ‘some of the water’ in order to improve its vertical lift performance.

This is particularly effective for single-engine helicopter firefighting operations and allows for a greater level of safety on these sorties.

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