Since its first release a little over twelve years ago, the Eagle Single has cemented its reputation as a valuable asset when fighting fires. With North America last year recording an exceptionally long and intense fire season and Australia currently in the throes of one of the hottest summers on record, forestry and firefighting services across the globe are increasingly relying on the Eagle Single's payload capabilities to mitigate the devastation caused by out-of-control fires.
An Eagle Single on task in the Snowy Mountains, Australia
The Eagle Single's value is in its payload, the result of a conversion in which Eagle transform the aircraft from a dual to a single engine application. Eagle replace the B212 Twin-Pac with a Lycoming T53 turboshaft engine - reducing the aircraft's empty weight by over 250kgs - making the Eagle Single's empty weight equal to that of a B205.
The obvious payload advantage enables operators to increase the volume of buckets and carry more fuel, enabling maximum efficiency and longer cycles. These efficiencies have made a substantial contribution to firefighting efforts the world over, whilst earning the Eagle Single a reputation as the workhorse of the medium lift helicopter market.
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An Eagle Single battles a 27-thousand-acre fire in the Alaskan wilderness