Dispersant Aerial Application Systems: Airborne Support Incorporated

Dispersant Aerial Application Systems: Airborne Support Incorporated

Clean Gulf provides aerial dispersant application capabilities to its members via a contract with Airborne Support Inc. (ASI) located in Houma, LA. A CGA funded Basler BT-67 and a Twin Commander spotter aircraft are maintained at ASI to provide the ability to apply 2,000 gallons of dispersant (per load) onto oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico within hours. Clean Gulf has a combined stockpile of Corexit 9500 and Accell Clean DWD totalling 180,651 gallons. The Basler has a 200 mph flight speed and an adjustable spray application rate (5 gallon/acre rule of thumb). Because of relatively low application heights (less than 100') the Twin Commander flies above to provide direction of when to spray. All application of dispersants is done with the approval of the Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) and monitored by the Coast Guard SMART Team. All four CGA 46' FRVs have the capability to apply dispersant as well.

CGA's latest investment will significantly improve the efficiency of dispersants which can be critical in minimizing or preventing the effects of oil on the environment during spill response.
Specs
Application Aircraft Particulars Basler BT-67 (N932H)
Wingspan:
95'8"
Length:
67'1"
Height:
16'11"
Crew:
1/Captain, 1 Co-pilot
Seating for 3 crew members
2 spray tanks, 2 pumps
Max spray tank load:
2,000 gals
Max fuel load::
10, 332 lbs
Speed:
220 Knot true airspeed
Range:
2,140 Nautical Miles
Duration:
Between Approx. 9-11 hrs
Max altitude:
25,000 feet
Additional Info
Complete prop and engine de-icing system
Heated windscreen
Logistical Support
1:
4 Spray aircraft
1:
Utility vessel (monitoring team)
1:
Coast Guard SMART team
6:
Personnel for ground
1:
Wildlife Observer
Spotter Aircraft Particulars Twin Commander 690A (N38WA)
Wingspan:
46'7"
Length:
44'4.25"
Height:
14' 11.5"
Crew:
1 Captain
Seating for additional 7 personnel
No spray capability
Max luggage weight:
600 lbs.
Max fuel load:
2,573 lbs.
Speed:
260 Knot true airspeed
Range:
1,468 NM - 1,615 NM
Duration:
approx. 5-6.5 hrs
Max altitude:
31,000 feet
Support Vessels (On Water)
Utility Vessel:
1 (USCG SMART Monitor)
Number of Systems & Locations
Basler BT-67 and Twin Commander spotter aircraft
Houma, LA (2 ASI owned DC-3's are also available to apply 1200 gals. a piece per load)
Dispersant
Corexit 9500 & Accell Clean DWD Total Stockpile: 180,651 Gallons