Lars Larsen, Hundred Fifty Pound, Two Billion Dollars discussed on Lars Larson


Lars Larsen show if any of you been listening to the show for the last twenty years you know that there is one story but I probably dog longer than just about any other it involves the unique piece of technology that was created here in the northwest and when that company went bankrupt even though this piece of technology a global supertanker to fight fires with built on a seven forty seven platform thank goodness Jim Wheeler and the folks at global supertanker picked up the pieces made it even better and then they have had to fight their way through all of the approval process is to get all of the you know the FAA and all the rest of these folks to sign off on the idea and Jim Wheeler joins me now Jim it's good to have you back large it's always great to be back in it's particularly great to be back today with some really fantastic news and what is that new because you've got the plane you've got the FAA's Sino if you've already been to Israel you've already fought fires there so what more could we do to make it just a little bit better well we had to get the Forest Service approval they have project arena process you go through call the inter agency air tanker board from the inter agency here tanker board that they were granting us interim approval adventure like getting a driver's permit to some degree with sixteen so he's you know but what it does do large it allows us now to bid on and participate in fires here in the United States which we were forbidden to days even though the airplane was their warranty and passed all of the FAA requirements so we are going to be all ready to go to the fires that we part two severe but we know are likely to be there this year and now we're excited about that and by the way this is the first public announcement about our approval for the inter agency your tank aboard sure well we appreciate you making it first here I know that just so people understand how critically important this is you have hundreds of billions of not trillions of dollars of forests in the United States in terms of the value of all that would in the wild life in and everything else when a fire ripped through there it doesn't just destroyed trees it destroys the landscape it has to be re planted it has to be cleaned up it's a tremendous cost and I think I've read that the Forest Service spends in round numbers about a billion dollars every year just fighting fires on its own land all the land they manage for the rest of us it sounds like you are how you ought to be in the catbird's seat for be able to walk in with a piece of technology the two big and capable and can drop either retarder water on something even lower price than some of those Dinky airplanes that your competitors use well that's true large except all I'll make one comment this some of those smaller aircraft used to efficiently on very small fires we're kind of the biggest tool in the toolbox and more nothing's really get going and we're the guys that you want to call IBM is these days these cars get out of control so fast and there is this wild wildland urban interface known in the industry as the Wu Yi that everybody is most concerned about because people are living closer to nature now than ever before perhaps our forefathers live very close but the farmers tend to take houses in human lives and a lot of property both in terms of construction property and personal property like cars and snowmobiles and things of that nature get burned up so the total cost of fighting the fires is about one to one point two billion dollars a year but the losses are multiple of that number and I think one of the major things that we're going to see going forward hopefully is a more aggressive attack on these fires early on when we were in Israel it was very very obvious the Israelis wanted us to put a fire ant is quickly as they could spot it so instead they would put us up in orbit and instantly when they spotted a fire no matter what the size was they called us in to put that fire out and I'm hopeful that we're going to be involving more to that business model in the future here in the United States rather than just trying to contain fires is obviously a place fires have to be contained when they're very large but let's get on a Marley and let's get him out as quickly as possible I mean and you can anticipate some of his cage a gym because if you know we're in the middle of July or August and we've got a lightning storm that moves into some part of America you know that with lightning strikes you're almost guaranteed to get at least a few fires out there absolutely lighting is one of the major causes but bars also folks people are also cautioned Marchioness calls in summer because the no by people that are paying very very good attention to their campfires or their camp lanterns Gatlinburg firing Tennessee and most people think of the wildland fires being a west coast phenomenon yeah well this past year of Georgia North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee suffer horrendously from the wildfires but they Gatlinburg fire burned all were killed over fourteen people and bond over a twenty four hundred homes and that started as a one and a quarter acre fire they got way out of control before they ever kind enough resources in there to get it out in reality most of mother nature put most of that fire out so getting on these partially and his legal name was the largest you know you don't want to put up a hundred fifty pound linebacker against Ben Roethlisberger due to not and by the way people should now if you've got this tanker based in Colorado springs as it is you can literally be anywhere in the continental United States in under four hours cancer absolutely and I large like be over your house in about an hour and forty five minutes so that's the way to get it done and if people are wondering yes had signed off by the FAA yes it's safe and the folks who fly this thing there specially trained to be able to fly the seven four seven former cargo jet now equipped with all that technology the dell Smith helped pioneer back in the day they never got used in the United States to get used to Mexico in Israel and other places but it's a great American assets and again for the people worry about costs because they see that big plan I said well yeah but all those little planes they all have to have pilots and co pilots the big plane just has three people working in the cockpit right or do you have a fourth is an engineer to run the gear no no we actually there's only two people flying the plane we have a third person who runs the a tank systems in the back of the aircraft but I will tell you large one of the big things that that is really a big concern when you talk about using a beautifully is the time that's lost by the time we go out and dump a few hundred gallons come back later to pick it up and go back out you're losing so much time the fire starts to get away from you so not only are we fast not only are we big and not only are we ready willing and able we can we can douse a very large fire very quickly now you you're not going to get one of these big fires it's multi thousand acres and put it out in one fell swoop but you can get a good start on these fires when you start a lot sooner well and now you've got now you got the Forest Service approval so Jim it sounds like you're well on your way this next year to showing all the things that the global supertanker can do definitely larger we look forward to catching up with you somewhere along the fire trails we got to do that sometime I really and I really appreciate you letting us make the announcement that the U. S. Forest Service approval is finally come at long last for this great piece of technology Jim thanks so much for the time large thank you very much you bet Jim Wheeler president and CEO global super tanker you're listening to Lars Larsen show.

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