I wonder if a couple of fire fighting helicopters could have stopped the fire from spreading thru the cladding.The High Rise Firefighting System, nicknamed the SkyCannon
Simplex, November 23, 2015 - Simplex Aerospace has announced the receipt of an FAA STC for its High Rise Firefighting System, Model 516, for the Airbus Helicopters H225.
The High Rise Firefighting System, nicknamed the SkyCannon, also recently received a Japanese JCAB. This Simplex SkyCannon will be the first helicopter based high-rise firefighting system to be operated in Japan.
The Simplex Model 516 SkyCannon was delivered to Japan Aerospace for delivery to Tokyo Fire Department. The flight test was performed September 2015 at Tokyo Fire Department.
“The SkyCannon is a rapid response skyscraper firefighting system with the capabilities of a ground based fire truck. The SkyCannon allows aerial firefighters to arrive at a fire quickly, free of traffic congestion, and prevent the fire from spreading as ground firefighting crews combat the fire from within the building providing occupants valuable time to evacuate. To date, Simplex has produced SkyCannon systems for the Avicopter AC313 and Airbus Helicopters H225, and the company plans to adapt the system to additional aircraft platforms in the future,” president and CEO Mark Zimmerman explained.
The Simplex Aerospace SkyCannon High Rise Firefighting System is the result of several years of research and development into determining an efficient and safe method for fighting high-rise building fires. Fires in high-rise buildings can quickly grow out of the range of conventional ground based firefighting equipment.