The major differences of the CL-415 with its predecessor CL-215, are substantial although only visible in close range, and include:
Modern, new generation cockpit, with liquid crystals displays (LCD), as in most modern commercial planes.
Turboprop engines, combined with modern airfoil propellers, resulting in spectacular increase of performance, maneuverability and flight safety in the demanding environment of Aerial Fire fighting
Modern navigation and communication devices.
Aerodynamic aids that optimize the plane’s efficiency, especially in low altitude.
Hydraulic assisted control yokes
Larger lifting capacity, which, combined with the increased speed and climb rate, allow for more water drops per unit of time.
New, electronically controlled water release system, with 4 doors, which can be released all at once or sequentiall,y ensuring the best ground coverage depending the circumstances
Improved mixing system for fire retarding agent.
Its amphibious character, allows the use of nearby bodies of water for refilling the water tanks without the need to return to an airport. The load is enriched with a quantity of foam, multiplying the efficiency of the water drop 2-3 times. The advanced water release system with 4 doors, gives more choices to the crew, depending on the situation.
Water release doors
The plane can be used in other roles too, due to its capability of transporting 8 passengers and 1 crew member besides the 2 flight crew members required.
Open sea search and rescue, using an on-board liferaft.
Forest-fire patrol with immediate engaging capability.
Support of aerial fire fighting operations, light transports of crew and technical personnel
CL-415MP cabin configurations
Moreover, the MP type planes, with the necessary equipment, can execute the following missions:
Castaway search with advanced electronic tracking systems (FLIR, Radar, SLAR) and rescue with the use of on-board liferaft.
The 7-year service of the plane has showed that is a very reliable resource. Nevertheless, its use in a very demanding environment which includes sea-water collection and low altitude release with turbulence and sudden currents, create a heavy demand in maintenance, which is performed with the following frequency:
Every 50/100 flight hours
Factory maintenance (PDM) every 6 years.
Aerial fire-fighting / Search and Rescue
In service since
Number of aircrafts
8 (+2 CL-415MP)
2 (Pilot - Copilot)
4 (Pilot - Copilot - 2 SAR operators)
Crew CL-415MP (SAR)
5 (Pilot - Copilot - Navigator - 2 SAR operators)
Dimensions – Weights - Loads
12820 kgr (28300 lbs)
Weight «MP» (empty)
14500 kgr (32000lbs)
Typical mission take-off weight
17200 kgr (38000lbs)
Maximum take-off weight
18580 kgr (41000lbs) (as transport)
Max after scooping weight
21300 kgr (47000lbs)
Max water weight
6115 kgr (13500lbs)
Max retarding foam weight
907 kgr (2000lbs)
8 passengers + 1 observer
2 x PW 123F
2 x 2380 hp
160 - 170kts (296 - 315km/h)
Max Take-off distance
1125 m (3.700 ft)
2426 km (1310 NM)
Typical mission duration
3,5 – 4 hours
Water drop of 54.000lbs per hour (with a distance of 11Km between the fire and the water scooping point)