South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit

Raising awareness of the roles, training and activities of CFS Volunteers state-wide

 

Aircraft Operations

Using Aerial Support

A fixed wing bomber

During the Fire Danger Season, the CFS establish an Air Operations section to observe and assist with the suppression of fires. This fire season, a number of aircraft have been contracted to assist. The duties will include fire bombing, transportation of crews and equipment and aerial surveillance. The CFS have members in the surveillance aircraft to assist with fire spotting duties, and providing intelligence reports to the Incident Controller.

The list below indicates the type of aircraft available for the 2014-15 season, its role, water capacity and callsign along with the nominated operational base.

A fixed wing bomber
Type of Aircraft Water capacity Callsign Base Location Registration

Fire Bombing Duties

Fixed Wing Air Tractor 802 / 802A 3200 litre tank Bomber 580 Port Lincoln AP VH-ODW
Bomber 581 Port Lincoln AP VH-ODH
Bomber 582 Mount Gambier AP VH-ODZ
Bomber 583 Mount Gambier AP VH-ODV
Bomber 584 Claremont AB VH-ODP
Bomber 585 Claremont AB VH-OUC
Bomber 586 Claremont AB VH-OUB
Bomber 587 Claremont AB VH-OUJ
Bomber 588 Claremont AB VH-OUE
Bomber 589 Claremont AB VH-ODX
High Volume Helicopter S64E Aircrane
(Incredible Hulk)
7500 litre tank Helitak 747 Brukunga FSTC N164AC

Fire Aerial Surveillance / Intelligence and Transportation Duties

Fixed Wing Cessna 208 Birddog 500 Claremont AB VH-ODU
Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil (Squirrel) Firebird 501 Claremont AB VH-HHO
Firebird 502 Claremont AB VH-HPO
Firebird 507 Claremont AB VH-ZST
Firebird 509 Claremont AB VH-FMF
Fixed Wing Cessna 182 Birddog 505 Millicent AP VH-MBL
Fire Spotter 506 Port Lincoln AP VH-LMG
Fire Spotter 510 Naracoorte AP VH-CXZ

Fixed wing Air Tractors are supplied by Aerotech

The CFS also has access to the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) Rescue Helicopter Service aircraft. Details on these aircraft an be found on the MAC website at www.mac.sa.gov.au with further details on the CFS Website.

The State Air Desk, located within the CFS Headquarters building in Adelaide manages the dispatch and coordination of aircraft around the State. They operate during daylight hours and monitor incidents in the three primary bomber response zones, and dispatch resources as required.

A fixed wing bomber

Aerial Firefighting resources for the CFS are Coordinated by the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC), which was formed by the Australian States and Territories in July 2003 to provide a cooperative national arrangement for combating bushfires. It achieves this by facilitating the coordination and procurement of a fleet of highly specialised firefighting aircraft that are readily available for use by State and Territory emergency service and land management agencies across Australia.

This national aircraft fleet complements aerial firefighting resources that are arranged directly by the States and Territories. The National Fleet receives funding support from the Australian Government as well as State and Territory Governments. http://www.nafc.org.au


AT-802A
Specifications: Air Tractor Inc, AT-802A
Aircraft Make Air Tractor INC
  Aircraft Type AT802
  Aircraft Model AT-802A
  Manufactured Texas, United States of America
Aircraft Operational Information
  MTOW 7257 Kg Airframe
  Type Power Driven Aeroplane
  Landing Gear Type Tail Wheel - Fixed
Aircraft Engine Information
  Engine Make Pratt & Whitney Canada
  Engine Model PT6A-65AG
  Engine Type Turboprop Propellor
  Propeller Make HC-B5MP-3C
  Propellor Model Hartzel Propellers
  Fuel Type JET-A1
  Number of Engines 1
Air Tractor 802A Dimensional Drawing (pdf)
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An Aircrane
Specifications: High Volume Helicopter S64E Aircrane
  Aircraft Make Erickson
  Aircraft Type S-64E
  Aircraft Model S-64E
  Manufactured Oregon, United States of America
Aircraft Operational Information
  MTOW 19,050 kg
  Airframe Type Rotorcraft
  Landing Gear Type Single Tyre, Main and Nose
Aircraft Engine Information
  Engine Make Pratt and Whitney
  Engine Model JFTD12A-5A
  Engine Type Turboshaft
  Fuel Type JET-A1
  Number of Engines 2
Erickson Technical and Performance information sheet (pdf)
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Cessna 208B
Specifications: Cessna 208B
  Aircraft Make Cessna Aircraft Company
  Aircraft Type 208B
  Aircraft Model 208B
  Manufactured United States of America
Aircraft Operational Information
  MTOW 3,969 KG
  Airframe Type Power Driven Aeroplane
  Landing Gear Type Tricycle - Fixed
Aircraft Engine Information
  Engine Make Pratt & Whitney
  Engine Model PT6A-114A
  Engine Type Turboshaft Propellor
  Fuel Type JET-A1
  Number of Engines 1
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Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil
Specifications: Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil
  Aircraft Make Aerospatiale Industries
  Aircraft Type Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil
  Aircraft Model AS 350BA
  Manufactured France
Aircraft Operational Information
  MTOW 2,250 KG
  Airframe Type Rotorcraft
  Landing Gear Type Skid
Aircraft Engine Information
  Engine Make Turbomeca Engines
  Engine Model Arriel 18
  Engine Type Turboshaft
  Fuel Type JET-A1
  Number of Engines 1
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Cessna 182
Specifications: Cessna 182S
Aircraft Make Cessna Aircraft Company
  Aircraft Type 182
  Aircraft Model 182S
  Manufactured United States of America
Aircraft Operational Information
  MTOW 1406 Kg Airframe
  Type Power Driven Aeroplane
  Airworthy Category Normal
  Landing Gear Type Tricycle - Fixed
Aircraft Engine Information
  Engine Make Textron Lycoming
  Engine Model IO-540-AB1A5
  Engine Type Piston
  Propeller Make B2D234C235-B
  Propellor Model McCauley Propellers
  Fuel Type AVGAS
  Number of Engines 1
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Bomber 583 at Robe

 

Information sourced from the CFS. Photos taken by Scott Thompson, Gary Macrae, Aldgate CFS, Joel Schirmer, Athelstone CFS, Robin Geytenbeek, Summertown CFS, Bill Corcoran, Hynam CFS, Thomas Dunn, Robe and the CFS Promotions Unit. Aircraft information from www.regosearch.com and the CASA website. These links will take you to a new page.