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Coulson Adds High Capacity Tanks to Chinook Firefighters

 - March 8, 2023, 4:00 AM
Coulson Aviation will fit its RADS-L tanks to Columbia's Model 234 Chinook helicopters. (Photo: Columbia Helicopters)

Columbia Helicopters is boosting the firefighting capability of its Model 234 Chinooks by offering Coulson Aviation’s RADS-L large-capacity, high-flow tanks as optional equipment. Coulson originally designed the tanks, which can hold up to 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant, for C-130 fixed-wing aircraft.

Under a partnership announced at the Heli-Expo show on Wednesday, the companies have adapted the RADS-L equipment to the Model 234 heavy-lift rotorcraft, which also performs tasks such as logging and logistics support. They say it will help operators respond more effectively to wildfires.

“As the OEM of the Model 234, we are always looking for ways to offer more options and capabilities to our customers, and the RADS-L is an innovative and effective firefighting tool that could help save lives and protect property,” said Rob Roedts, Columbia’s vice president of aircraft solutions.

Like Columbia (Booth 6427), Coulson has been in business for more than 60 years as an aircraft operator as well as a designer and manufacturer. It operates permanent bases in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Chile.