Adventureguy wrote:The real problem with flying boats seems to be economic, not technical, at least for someone such as myself with technical skill but only moderately good income.
I read the postings from Chris (AKA dogsbody) regarding the fires with special interest after seeing the movie made by my neighbor's brother as he escaped from his burning small town with only his life and his phone. As he and his buddy drove away, the pickup truck just ahead of them in the evacuation drew a burning ember into its air cleaner and caught fire, so those people had to be hurriedly crammed into other vehicles.
That disaster and the advert for flying the Mars make me wonder if there might be an economic case for flying boats that are normally recreational craft but can be pressed into service as water bombers when needed. The government might provide some relief from the normal expenses, especially aircraft taxes, insurance, and landing and storage fees at government airports in exchange for the right to priority use of the aircraft during disasters.
One question that comes to mind, though, is: How effective are water bombers? Do they pay for themselves during wildfires?
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