Increasing dropping capacity of air tankers by 5 times

SCODEV Consortium

  • Jabe Beheer bv, consortium leader and worldwide patentholder, Beek LB, Netherlands
  • Sonaca sa, consortium member Gosselies Belgium, Tier- one manufacturer of aircrafts parts
  • Jakob Eschbach GmbH, consortium member, Marsberg Germany, largest supplier of hoses


The main objective of the consortium is to develop the SCODEV, scooping device for non -amphibious conventional aircrafts, which allows these aircrafts to scoop water from a body of water like the sea, lake, river, canal or dam-reservoir, and store it in the holding tank, while flying at an altitude of 50 feet and drop it on forest fires with a rate of average 5 times per hour. The objective also includes obtaining the EASA airworthiness certificate.

Now these 1.200 aircrafts have to return to an airport to refill, and they achieve only one dropping per hour. This is an increase of the production- (dropping) capacity of 500 % of these very expensive aerial resources. In addition the suppression efficiency increases even up to 8 times (shorter interval, better result). Due to global warming and climate change the trend in forest fires is increasing each year around 10 % and the shortfall of aerial suppression capacity is getting bigger every year and more poignant.

After obtaining the EASA airworthiness certificate the SCODEV will partly solve the shortage of aerial extinguishing capacity. Bombardier, the manufacturer of the 110 dedicated amphibious waterbombers known as Canadair, has ceased the production in October 2015, due to the fact that these aircrafts are sitting on the ground in the period outside the forest fire season which lasts only 5 months (May to September). The Canadair is not equipped to transport passengers or cargo.

Economic impact

For the private operators of these 1.200 waterbombers the investment in a SCODEV scooping device is almost inevitable. They can charge a double hourly fee to the forest management entities and the cost per dropping still will be half. Once one operator has invested, the others need to do the same.

Thanks to the worldwide 20-year patent we will be able to follow our strategy. We intend to have the SCODEV produced under license by a Tier-one aircraft-part manufacturer and we will manage promotion and marketing, sales and after-sales ourselves. Inspection and maintenance will be carried out by certified aviation maintenance companies, one on each continent.