Maximising Operational Efficiency with the AFDAU: The Compliance Edge in Aerial Firefighting

The AFDAU (Aerial Firefighting Data Acquisition Unit), stands out as a leading solution for Additional Telemetry Unit (ATU) compliance and innovation.

In the realm of aerial firefighting, compliance with agency requirements is not just about meeting standards; it's about leveraging technology for maximum operational efficiency. The AFDAU (Aerial Firefighting Data Acquisition Unit), particularly the AFDAU-T1 model, stands out as a leading solution. Developed by Airborne Mission Systems, the AFDAU-T1 exemplifies Additional Telemetry Unit (ATU) compliance and innovation.

What is the AFDAU?

The AFDAU is an Additional Telemetry Unit, a critical component in modern aerial firefighting. It connects to various aircraft sensors and reports real-time events. The AFDAU-T1, specifically, employs advanced algorithms to monitor and report accurate operational events, ensuring compliance with agencies like the U.S. Forestry Service, Australia’s National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC), and Chile’s CONAF.

Compliance Across Borders

The AFDAU-T1 is not just another ATU; it's a compliance powerhouse. It meets the stringent requirements of international firefighting agencies, including the U.S. Forestry Service and NAFC. This wide range of compliance makes the AFDAU-T1 an invaluable asset for operators looking to participate in global aerial firefighting efforts.

Benefits for Your Business

Incorporating the AFDAU-T1 into your fleet offers several tangible benefits:

  • Accurate Event Reporting: With its sophisticated algorithm, the AFDAU-T1 ensures precise reporting of events like tank fills and drops, contributing to more effective firefighting operations.
  • Operational Insights: The data gathered by the AFDAU-T1 can be used for asset management and gaining valuable insights into fleet operations, enhancing decision-making processes.
  • Compliance Assurance: Using the AFDAU-T1 means meeting the rigorous standards set by various aerial firefighting agencies, ensuring your operations are always up to code.

Meeting USFS/NAFC's Engine and Flight Event Reporting Requirements

The AFDAU-T1 is meticulously designed to address the specific event reporting criteria outlined by the USFS and NAFC. It ensures real-time reporting of key engine and flight events, critical for operators to maintain accurate and compliant records. These include:

  • Engine Events: Reporting when the engine is on or off, including equivalents like rotors in motion for rotary-wing aircraft.
  • Flight Events: Capturing crucial moments such as take-off, landing, and, for rotary-wing aircraft, entry to and exit from hover.

The AFDAU-T1’s advanced sensors and reporting mechanisms ensure that the exact time of these events, along with all necessary position data, is captured and transmitted, meeting NAFC's precise standards.

Firebombing Event Reporting: Precision and Reliability

Firebombing event reporting is a vital component of ATU data, especially for USFS and NAFC compliance. The AFDAU-T1 excels in this area by providing:

  • Detailed Load Data: Recording the amount of fire retardant or water loaded, with the type and volume accurately reported.
  • Start and End of Drops: Precisely marking the beginning and end of fire retardant, foam, and water drops, ensuring that the reporting aligns with the actual flow from the tank or bucket.
  • Coverage and Drop Type: Reporting the coverage level and type of drop, providing vital information for strategic firefighting decisions.

This high level of detail and accuracy in firebombing event reporting ensures that operators can provide NAFC with reliable and actionable data, essential for operational efficiency and compliance.

The AFDAU-T1 Advantage

With the AFDAU-T1, operators can rest assured their telemetry data is not just compliant but also a tool for operational enhancement. This unit's ability to integrate seamlessly with existing systems and provide comprehensive data makes it a top choice for those aiming to lead in the aerial firefighting sector.


As the 2024 fire season approaches, ensuring your fleet is equipped with compliant and efficient ATUs like the AFDAU is paramount. TracPlus proudly offers the AFDAU, a solution that aligns with our commitment to safety, reliability, and innovation. To ensure you’re compliant, you need to be purchasing your ATU from an approved vendor such as TracPlus, who can set you up with an all-in-one solution covering ATU and AFF compliance.

TracPlus offers the most comprehensive range of additional telemetry units (ATUs) in the market.

To discover which ATU best suits your needs, reach out to us today.

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