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Old 23rd October 2021, 07:05 PM
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Default Aerial Fireflighting Fleet 2021-22

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Fixed wing, large air tankers (LAT) for 2021-2022:

Two Avro 146-RJ85 LATs supplied by Field Air in partnership with Conair. These will be located in Avalon, Victoria (early-mid December for 84 days) and Dubbo, New South Wales (October 20 for 152 days).
One Q400 supplied by Field Air in partnership with Conair. This is a shared arrangement between Queensland and Victoria, with 84 days being served at Bundaberg, QLD from Sept. 1, after which it will move to Avalon, VIC for 84 days.
One LAT, either a 737 or a C-130 (still to be decided) supplied by Coulson Aviation (Australia), based at Richmond, VIC for 98 days. Commencement date uncertain, usually late November.
Arrangements are pending for an additional LAT on a national contract to start in mid- to late December, with a home base still to be decided.
One 737 owned by the NSW government.

Eleven large type 1 helicopters are on contract this year, which is two more than the previous bushfire season. The start dates listed below are approximate.

One Boeing CH47 at Bankstown, NSW from approximately November 1 for 120 days, supplied by Coulson Aviation (Australia).
One EH60 Blackhawk at Bankstown, NSW from approximately October 1 for 120 days, supplied by Touchdown Helicopters.
Two Blackhawks, an EH60 and a UH60, at Serpentine, Western Australia from early-mid December for 105 days – Aviation Utilities t/a United Aero Helicopters.
Two UH60 Blackhawks, at Claremont, South Australia from early-mid December for 84 days – Aerotech Helicopters.
One Bell 214 ST, Latrobe Valley, VIC — McDermott Aviation.
One Boeing CH-47D, Essendon, VIC — Coulson Aviation Australia.
One Sikorsky Air-Crane S64F, Moorabbin, VIC — Kestrel Aviation.
One Sikorsky S61N, Mansfield, VIC — Coulson Aviation Australia.
One Super Puma AS332, Ballarat, VIC — Kestrel Aviation.

In addition to the large air tankers and Type 1 helicopters, many other aircraft, more than 150, will also be on exclusive use or call when needed contracts. About 110 will be mostly used for firebombing, and others for air attack, winching, rappelling, reconnaissance, and specialist intelligence gathering. These numbers include 51 single engine air tankers (SEATs)
Source https://fireaviation.com/

Disappointing to see the air crane numbers significantly reduced, good to see blackhawks and the chinooks, I imagine the chinooks speed makes them an awesome asset not to mention their night capability with NVGs.

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Old 5th December 2021, 09:13 AM
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Air Tractor water bomber N804WF due BNE tonight from HIR...Off to AVV tomorrow.
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