Fort Worth (TX) Company Develops Equipment for Aerial Firefighting

Haltom City-based Trotter Controls received a patent and FAA approval for the world’s first all-electric fire gate system, reports Dallas Innovates.

The company’s FRDS GEN III was selected as a fire gate for Air Tractor and its latest version of the AT802F firefighting plane.

The new system replaces the hard-to-maintain hydraulics and pumps with a simpler electric motor that’s 40 percent lighter. That means the plane can carry more liquid fire retardant and the design automatically compensates when the tank is not level to deliver consistent coverage on the ground.

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