St Joseph, MO (PRWEB) February 14, 2013
California-based Caylym Technologies’ aerial firefighting system made its domestic debut at the annual Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC) symposium on Jan. 30.
The Guardian delivers water or fire retardant in an innovative container delivery system (CDS), which may enable hundreds of additional aircraft to enter the fight to control wildfires. Two Caylym representatives briefed the mostly military audience on the latest results from Caylym’s breakthrough exercises with the Romanian Air Force’s Spartan C-27J. Those in the packed room listened intently for forty minutes as the two walked through the development, design and testing of the latest addition to the aerial firefighting community.
Garrett Miller, Caylym’s marketing representative, emphasized that Caylym founder, Rick Goddard, a former military aviator, was adamant during development about maximizing flight and ground crew safety while using existing protocols to deliver maximum payloads of water or retardant. The session ended with an exciting question and answer period that spilled out into the hall and then back to the exhibit at the Guardian booth.
Some of the world’s firefighting experts stood in front of the impressive booth, which displayed the 48’’ x 48’’ inch Guardian container. Attentive representatives from Caylym addressed questions as a four-minute video projected on the display wall. Most visitors watched the video three or four times, studying how easily each unit was built, filled with liquid and loaded. What impressed the crowd the most was how consistently the Guardian units, deployed, rotated and released its liquid contents to rain on the targets.
“If you look carefully at the video,” Miller told a colonel from the National Air Guard, “you’ll see growing shadows on the desert floor. Those are Guardian rain clouds that will soon soak the drop zone.” The drop zone camera became engulfed in a Guardian-made driving rain.
The colonel laughed. “That’s great stuff, gentlemen. Basically it's CDS firefighting. We’ve been using CDS protocols to deliver everything from cattle feed to military items in combat. Seems like a no-brainer. I look forward to seeing this enter the fight. We absolutely need more options.”
After watching the video, another officer exclaimed, “Well done, guys.This will be a welcomed addition to the existing wildfire fighters and MAFFs units.”
The four Guardian representatives were busy late into each of the three evenings, sharing the exciting news about the breakthrough work with the Romanian Air Force and carefully explaining each step of the building and deployment in this CDS firefighting process.
The last visitor of the evening was a commander who expressed his amazement at the simplicity of safely delivering over 4200 gallons (16,000 L) of water or retardant out of a C-130. “Our air wing has been looking to join the aerial firefighting community for over five years, but with limited options, we couldn’t. Firefighting using standard CDS protocols like this allows any state with C-130s to join the fight. I think the future looks bright for you guys. Good on you.”
With that he shook hands patted the Guardian box top and said, ‘Thank you, gentlemen, for attending and supporting our community.”