Air Spray looks toward the end of the year for their BAe-146 tankers

Air Spray executives
Ravi Saip and Paul Lane, in front of one of their Electras at Chico, California, that is under a CWN contract with CAL FIRE.

The folks at Air Spray continue to work on the two BAe-146 aircraft that they are converting into air tankers. I found myself at the Chico, California airport yesterday and stopped by their hangar and talked with Ravi Saip (Director of Maintenance/General Manager) and Paul Lane (Vice President and Chief Financial Officer). The tanks they will install will employ some of the same principles as the gravity-based Aero Union RADS I tanks. They are being built now by Air Spray’s staff, which includes some former Aero Union employees. Mr. Saip also worked for Aero Union before they went out of business.

I looked inside one of the BAe-146s and observed some of the work that has been completed, including the gutting of the flight deck and the former passenger area. Before they install the tank in the interior they will cut a hole in the belly through which the retardant will exit.

They hope to have most of the work done by the end of the summer, then they will begin the testing, tweaking, improving, and certification phases.

They don’t have a contract for the BAe-146s, but are hopeful that they will find work for the air tankers after they are ready to fight fire.

One thought on “Air Spray looks toward the end of the year for their BAe-146 tankers”

  1. Increasingly, this website’s headlines are reflecting the work and progress of Canadian companies – new and old – who are expanding their operations in the US. Pack a bag, Bill, it’s time you swung through western Canada and ferreted out more stories from Air Spray, Buffalo, Conair/AeroFlite and Coulson. What they’re doing there seems to influence what we’re doing here. I just checked out Air Spray’s website; they’ve been in the game almost 50 years! This is no upstart company, and I’d be interested in reading more about them and others.

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