Conceptual Design for a Long Range Aerial Ignition System for In Situ Burning

Following the success of preliminary ground testing, the JIP sought contractors to conduct research investigations to develop a long-range aerial ignition system to facilitate the use of ISB in offshore Arctic environments, including situations where safety concerns preclude the use of vessels as a nearby base for helicopter ignition operations or where there is a need to carry  a much larger volume of gelled igniter fuel than possible with a helicopter. The JIP contracted Waypoint Aeronautical Corporation, Everett, Washington, with contribution from SL Ross Environmental Research, Ltd., Ottawa, Canada. In this report, Waypoint presents a conceptual solution for a long-range aerial ignition system for in situ burning. The report identifies suitable aircraft (fixed wing and rotary), presents a conceptual design for a long-range aerial ignition system, presents the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification process and presents proof of concept flight test plans and locations. Following careful review of candidate aircraft, the fixed-wing Casa 212 and rotary wing Sikorsky S-92 were chosen as the aircraft best-capable of meeting design and operational requirements. The design, manufacture and certification of the proposed long-range ISB system would take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 years.