Time On Station
Using internal fuel only the Air Tractor offers an industry leading ten hours time on station. That’s two to three times the endurance of other training aircraft being converted for the ISR and light attack market.
In a ferry configuration the Air Tractor adds an additional "drop in" fuselage fuel tank. In this configuration the 802U could stay airborne for a whopping 16 hours.
This huge fuel capacity allows for incredible flexibility in mission profiles. An 802 can take off from an improved runway then land to co-locate and operate in direct support of remote forces. It can conduct multiple missions without refueling. Or it can be used as a "buddy tanker" for helicopters, ground convoys, or forward bases.
Commercial 802’s in this configuration regularly "self deploy" across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (that’s 2,200nm from Oakland to Hawaii). Unlike some other balsa wood aircraft mockups at the 2009 Paris airshow, the Air Tractor flew to the airshow on its own.
With a single PT-6 engine, the Air Tractor loiters using only around 70 gallons per hour, combined with its extremely low airframe cost the Air Tractor offers the lowest cost per hour on station of nearly any airframe of any type.