AFDAU-T1

Aerial Firefighting Data Acquisition Unit

 

Aerial Firefighters choose the AFDAU-T1 to provide compliance with the real-time additional telemetry requirements (ATU) of their agency firefighting contracts.

Connecting to various sensors onboard, the AFDAU-T1 processes data and generates events in real-time using highly accurate algorithms.

Designed and built with reliance and durability in mind, the AFDAU-T1 is a comprehensive solution for operators.

Event Detection

Engine Start/Stop

Used by some firefighting agencies around the world to help process electronic flight operation returns (eFOR), the AFDAU-T1 employs a number of advanced methods to ensure the most accurate detection of an engine on or off state.

Take-off/Landing

Used by some firefighting agencies around the world to help process electronic flight operation returns (eFOR), the AFDAU-T1 employs a number of advanced methods to ensure the most accurate detection of an airborne or on ground state.

 

For amphibious type aircraft, the AFDAU-T1 will detect a water landing to allow agencies and operators to differentiate a standard take-off landing event signal.

Hover Start/Stop

Using a GPS input, the AFDAU-T1 accurately detects entry and exit from hover as required and generates the associated events.

Bucket/Tank Fill

.Fill Start: The AFDAU-T1 will detect a Fill Start event when the volume reported by the interfaced gauge of the selected container, such as bucket, tank or hopper, increases substantially in a fashion characteristic of a fill of that type of container

Fill Stop: The AFDAU-T1 will detect a Fill/Fill Stop event when the selected container, such as bucket, tank or hopper, volume stabilises.  The following additional data is also included with the event: Volume, Product Type (Water, GEL, Foam, Retardent) and Contianer Type (Tank, Bucket)

 

Bucket/Tank Drop

Drop Start:  Monitoring the containers load sensing device (load cell or volume gauge) the AFDAU-T1 detects the start of substanlial flow and generates a Drop Start event.  The following additional data can also be included with the event: Drop Type (SPLIT, FULL, NA), Coverage, Height AGL, Product Type, Drop Pair ID and Container Type.

Drop Stop: Once a Drop Start is detected the AFDAU-T1 monitors the flow of contents from the container until the end of a substantive flow, generating a Drop Stop event. The following additional data is also included in the event: Volume, Drop Type, Height AGL,  Drop Pair ID, Container Type.

 

Hover Fill Pump On/Off

As required by a firefighting agencies, the AFDAU-T1 detects and generates hover pump on/off events.

The AFDAU-T1 assists key personnel who make strategic decisions by delivering reliable and consistent event messaging, providing real-time operational context around an otherwise large stream of raw data.

Applications

Compliance

Meet agency contract real-time telemetry requirements. The AFDAU-T1 has been tailored to meet NAFC, U.S Forestry Service and CONAF telemetry (ATU) requirements. 

Reporting

With consistent and reliable event reporting, operators can utilize the event messages to easily compile reports for their customers or internal stakeholders.

Monitoring

With the AFDAU-T1, operators don’t get streams of meaningless data, but clear concise event messages allowing personnel on the ground to monitor mission progress.

Product Highlight

Compatible Interfaces

One of the most powerful features of the AFDAU-T1 is its ability to generate highly accurate, reliable and consistent bucket, hopper and tank events (Fills and Drops). Using an industry-leading algorithm, no longer do operators and agencies need to sift through the usual problems of double fills and missed drops to name a few.

Load Cell Systems

  • Onboard Systems Load Weigh System w/ C39 Indicator,
  • Onboard Systems Load Weigh System w/ C40 Indicator,
  • MSI Sky Weigh System w/ MSI-150XM Indicator,
  • MSI Sky Weigh System w/MSI-1 Indicator

Buckets

  • SEI Bambi & BambiMax
  • Aerial Fire Control – Waterhog
  • * The AFDAU-T1 will work with any bucket system that uses a discrete ‘open’ signal when attached to one of the above load cells.

Tanks

  • Helitak Tank with Helitak PLC

Hopper Gauging Systems

  • Reabe Aircraft Improvement True Quantity Gauge

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The AFDAU-T1 will generate event messages and send them to mapping providers and agencies when interfaced with the following modems:

 

Modems & Tracking Devices

  • TracPlus RockAIR,
  • TracPlus v2track,
  • Flightcell DZMx (Platform 3 and 4 only)

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    The AFDAU-T1 currently is fully integrated with the following mapping providers:

     

    Mapping Solutions

    • Tracplus Pro 3 Desktop Application
    • Tracplus Cloud
    • v2track Maps

    The AFDAU-T1 current produces compliant event messages to assist operators in meeting their contract requirements for the following agencies:

     

    Agencies

    • NAFC (Australia)
    • AFF U.S Forestry (USA)
    • CONAF (Chile)

    The AFDAU-T1 provides event messaging compliant with the following agencies:

    Specifications

    Electrical
    Input Voltage +14/28VDC
    Current Draw 0.2A max
    Discrete Input Voltage +14/28VDC
    Mechanical
    Dimensions 120x100x27.5mm (W x H x D)
    Weight 0.3kg (0.66lb)
    Material/Finish Red anodised machined aluminium chassis with black anodised backplate and Autotex F200 Polyester electric lighted fascia.
    Connector 37 pin male D-Subminature
    Communication
    Interfaces

    4x RS232 Ports

    1x USB Port (Configuration Port Only)

    1x CAN Bus

    General Purpose I/O

    6x 28v Tolerant GPI’s, Open/GND sensing

    2x General Purpose Outputs

    Relay Coils 6x Relays with 24VDC Coils exposed on main connector.
    Legacy Interfaces 1x Onboard Systems C39 Databus interface

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