Click here. Hunter, the RJ85 LAT demonstrates water bombing capability this morning at Dubbo. The video is by @nascom1. Despite continuing United States Forest Service (USFS) budget issues, contracts recently awarded for the 2018 No other travelers were seen in the terminal as the team was processed through airport COVID protocol and immigration teams. Safety is paramount in this unique industry. The three S-61s are to be based in Victoria at Colac, Mansfield,  and Ballarat. According to Aero-Flite, a converted Avro RJ85 can carry 11,355 litres (3,000 US gallons) of fire retardant and the aircraft’s high speed performance along with its load carry capabilities make it the ideal aircraft for aerial fire fighting. This is 8 less than in 2018/2019. In the future, as the landscape of aerial firefighting changes, Hunter may be able to stay Down Under year-round, enabling a local crew of pilots and dedicated mechanics to be fully trained over time and mindfully deployed to ensure safely executed missions. Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Isaac. - A BAE Systems-built Avro RJ85 Airtanker has arrived back in Canada after completing nearly three months of aerial Large Air Tankers on exclusive use contracts. CityJet Avro RJ85 By Aidan Nolan Laying a line of retardant on the Eight Mile Fire - Idaho, USA Photo by Melissa Kimsey Aero-Flite Avro RJ85 Airtanker. RJ85, T-165  (Aeroflite/Conair via FieldAir) based in Sydney (Richmond); B-737,  T-137 (Coulson)  based in Sydney (Richmond) – subject to  regulatory approvals; RJ85, T-166  (Aeroflite/Conair via FieldAir) based in Sydney (Richmond)/Dubbo; C-130Q, T-134 (Coulson) based in Sydney (Richmond); RJ85, T-163  (Aeroflite/Conair via FieldAir) based in Melbourne (Avalon); C-130Q, T-131 (Coulson) based in Melbourne (Avalon). In addition to aircraft systems instruction and RJ85 simulator training in fire suppression tactics, pilots learn about the mechanics of fighting fires, from strategy to fire behavior, fire weather, and human factors such as fatigue. Conair crews were responsible for fitting a long range fuel tank to the aircraft for the long journey to Australia. Mr. Alder said they may experiment toward the end of the 2018/2019 bushfire season with a fixed wing large airtanker (the C-130Q, T-131) using NVIS/NVG, but there is much work still to be done to design the trial and obtain the necessary regulatory approvals. A BAE Systems-built Avro RJ85 Airtanker has arrived back in Canada after completing nearly three months of aerial The antenna in the foreground is #DSS36. There will be six large air tankers from North America working in New South Wales and Victoria this summer. Already in place and available are the NSW RFS 737 (Tanker 138) and a FieldAir/Conair Avro RJ85 (Tanker 165) both based for now on the outskirts of Sydney at Richmond, New South Wales. BAe-146-200 makes its first drop on October 28, 2009. “Ground and air crews continue to work on the Rosedale fire, and while it is contained the underlying dryness and forecasted conditions, a LAT positioned at Sale would support the firefighting effort in the event of a flare up,” he said. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Coulson Aviation BAE Systems 146 Avro RJ85 aerial fire fighting aircraft N355AC taxiing at Avalon Airport. Conair partners with Australian aerial firefighting and aviation specialist Field Air Group, who provides a support staff of 50 to assist during the aircraft’s operational season.. Contracts are in place for four large privately owned large air tankers and nine large Type 1 helicopters. LATs can only operate at a limited number of Victorian airbases because of their size. Conair painters remove and replace all tail numbers and apply nose and cowling decals appropriate to Australian requirements. Posted by Ryan Mason | Jan 5, 2021 | Aerial Fire News, Feature Stories, International Operations, LAT, Print Editions | 0 |. This includes the Planning group’s input to forecast current and future maintenance schedules and from the Purchasing and Materials departments to ensure the spare parts inventory that might be needed. This ferry system, assembled in the aircraft’s cabin, requires special flight permits from each country Hunter flies through en route to Australia. (map). Hunter has already been busy this last weekend assisting with fire fighting in the Tamworth area. Typos or errors, report them HERE. They are tight, supporting each other during missions and while on the ground, forming a small family bubble while away from home for months at a time positioned remotely at bases. All photos are by the Canberra DSN. The police and health authorities that greeted the group and worked with them through the process were all keen to make the experience as painless as possible under the circumstances. Christian Stylianides, the European … A portable air tanker reloading base at Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory was used recently for the first time. Avro RJ85 AT. After a decade of providing story and photography content featured globally in the industry, Ryan joined Marsayl Media as the editor of AerialFire in 2019. Victoria also has a surge capacity of up to 100 aircraft that can supplement the core fleet when needed. Conair Group Inc. of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, formerly known as Conair Aviation, is a company specializing in retrofitting firefighting aircraft, maintaining customer and company-owned aircraft and aerial firefighting.Conair currently [when?] Once routing was approved, overnight accommodations had to be sourced from limited options, and health assessments were performed, including COVID-19 testing. Just like firefighters at a fire station, health and wellness is always front of mind for the Conair group, from COVID protocol through pilot preparedness, doing everything they can to stay in top shape to be ready to respond at a moment’s notice, 24/7. The final decision on which type will be made shortly, according to how the season is developing.”. A 15,000-litre firefighting plane is to be based in Queensland to combat large bushfires like the blazes that destroyed dozens of homes in the state's south-east over this summer. During each maintenance break, its pilots undergo intensive training from Conair’s Training + Tactics Centre, including ground, flight, and line instruction from experts with decades of aerial firefighting experience. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress, Aerial Firefighting Thrives in Brazil with the Help of Agricultural Aviation, Agricultural pilots seek firefighting role. Three other tankers with their primary base at Richmond include a 737 (T-137), a C-130Q (T-134), and another RJ85 (T-165). The RJ85 Heads Downunder. In addition to aircraft systems instruction and RJ85 simulator training in fire suppression tactics, pilots learn about the mechanics of fighting fires, from strategy to fire behavior, fire weather, and human factors such as fatigue. Australia’s National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) has virtually settled on its lineup of the country’s firefighting aircraft for the 2018-2019 bushfire season which is getting underway. When departure day from Canada came, the two pilots and two maintenance engineers boarded Hunter knowing it was fully fueled, well maintained, qualified, prepped, and ready for the journey ahead. @FFMVic @CFAGippsland @wellingtonshire pic.twitter.com/FHZmy7vjty, — VicEmergency (@vicemergency) January 11, 2019. While its mission is fire suppression, it is the Q400’s environmental performance that is setting the standard for future NexGen airtanker aircraft. NSW RFS photo. During the coming bushfire season they will have access to six large air tankers and scores of SEATs and helicopters. Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email. This includes six Erickson S-64E Aircranes, as well as five Type 2 /Type 3 helicopters that will be specially equipped for intelligence gathering, with gimbaled sensors and on-board image processing, mapping, and transmission gear. Several other Type 2 and Type 3  helicopters based in Victoria and New South Wales will be capable of NVIS mapping, reconnaissance, supervision and aerial ignition. Your email address will not be published. Against predictions, the -200/RJ85 were the … Avalon, Australia - February 24, 2015: Coulson Coulson Aviation Lockheed EC-130Q large aerial fire fighting aircraft N130FF dropping a load of water. Unlike the European air forces, participating in exercises never happens, which means working together is difficult and dangerous. The airframe of the aircraft and many other key areas were … In addition they will have the 737 that the New South Wales Rural Fire Service purchased earlier this year. We have undertaken a detailed evaluation of both the BAe 146 and Avro RJ85 including simulator and flight testing of the aircraft in the demanding low-level profile required in @ACT_ESA Parts required are either shipped or carried on board the aircraft. “If required this LAT will continue the work the other LATs and night helicopter firebombing operations have had on the Rosedale fire since Friday in support of ground crews.”. While exiting the area the aircraft flew closely over a ridge stirring up dust on the ground. The aircraft’s tank, identified on Hunter by its sizable belly, can deliver 11,355 liters (3000 gallons) of water, retardant, or gel on a fire. Coulson Aviation BAE Systems 146 Avro RJ85 aerial fire fighting aircraft N355AC dropping a large load of water. On days 2 and 7, they were given COVID tests and confirmed ‘clean.’. Below are shots of DC-10s at Sacramento McClellan Airport by Sergio Mara. In Honiara, the crew was transferred to and from the hotel in a hospital van, complete with a flashing light escort, and was on full lockdown in rooms overnight. For the past three years, the Conair RJ85 has traveled from its home hangar at Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, to New South Wales, Australia, to support government agency partners and local firefighters in protecting communities and natural resources from wildfires during their summer season. Combating these fires was a massive task for the fire-fighting community with aerial firefighters playing a prominent role. Other recent Conair work includes the conversion of eight Avro RJ85 regional airliners to water bombers. Securite Civile was the first firefighting agency in the world to use the dash-8 as a fire fighting aircraft. By: Francis Xavier. To the airtanker operator, this means Still, the timely pre-departure COVID-19 test proved to be an essential aspect of the trip, with each touch down requiring proof of a recent negative result from all those on board. Conair’s crews are what makes these long complicated international flights possible. The crew arrives in Australia to begin their fire season duties. First of its kind: new firefighting aircraft in Montana. This season one Type 1 helicopter (a Coulson S-61) based at Ballarat, Victoria and one Type 2  helicopter (a Kestrel Aviation Bell 412) based at Mangalore, Victoria will have a Night Vision Imaging Systems or Night Vision Goggles (NVIS/NVG) for water dropping. Here is the list: A fire that was a few kilometers away from NASA’s Deep Space Network of satellite antennas near Canberra, Australia was attacked by firefighters on the ground assisted by large air tankers that have migrated below the equator for the Australian summer. (This is an “extra” for the 2018-19 season only, considering the predicted above-normal potential of the fire season on the east coast of Australia). The NASA Deep Space Network facilities at Canberra, Australia, seen below in a file photo, are managed by CSIRO. The crew has settled into their routines at Dubbo base, regularly performing maintenance and systems checks in preparation for mission call outs. employs over 250 staff and has a fleet of aircraft that are broken down into two categories; air attack (a.k.a. The image above is by Austin Catlin — an Avro RJ85 working on a fire in Eastern Idaho. Conair’s Human Resources team also coordinated with Field Air to ensure all appropriate Australian documents were obtained and that the crew was fully covered for health and welfare for the length of their deployment. To ensure Victoria has protection, a New South Wales-based LAT will move to Victoria during this period. Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said East Gippsland had experienced very dry conditions following two record dry winters and in the last 24 hours experienced considerable lightning activity. Avalon, Australia - February 27, 2015: Coulson Coulson Aviation Lockheed EC-130Q large aerial fire fighting aircraft N130FF on approach to land at Avalon Airport at sunset. Coulson’s recently converted 737 just went through its first flight tests for the U.S. Interagency Airtanker Board in September, dropping retardant into a grid of hundreds of cups on the ground. A fire that was a few kilometers away from NASA’s Deep Space Network of satellite antennas near Canberra, Australia was attacked by firefighters on the ground assisted by large air tankers that have migrated below the equator for the Australian summer.. Seen in these photos are a C-130Q (T-134) and an RJ85 (T-165). Two of the Air-Cranes will be at Bankstown, and one each at Melbourne (Essendon), Melbourne (Moorabbin), Adelaide, and Perth. With COVID-19 this year, the team has been proactively planning, anticipating potential supply delays and longer shipping times. Safety is paramount in this unique industry. The final touches – the expert cleaners ensure the aircraft is clean and polished. The aircraft will join another six Avro RJ85 Type 1 land-based airtankers at Aero-Flite. The RJ85 team knows the aircraft inside and out. Months before departure to Australia, Conair’s maintenance team identifies qualified aerial firefighting maintenance engineers for the Australian deployment. In addition, NAFC will have 51 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) on contract across the country,  including 2 amphibious water-scooping Fire Bosses. New Beginnings for Former ... fire fighting" Aero-Flite Canadair CL-415 tackling a blaze at Del Norte County - … Thanks @nascom1 for the video.✈️ pic.twitter.com/4zwXjRSC5U, — CanberraDSN (@CanberraDSN) November 2, 2018. The RJ85 dropping a line of retardant. Richard Alder, the General Manager of NAFC, said, “The contract with Coulson allows for either a 737 or C-130Q. The SEATs can also be supplemented by other aircraft on Call When Needed (CWN) arrangements if required. As soon as Hunter returns from its Canadian commitments, tanker 166 is towed into the hangar. Four engine reliability providing excellent short field performance along with multiple system redundancy. Have a fire aviation news tip? Flying from Canada to Australia is a stretch for the RJ85 at over 20 hours of flight time. The recent tender process for SEATs has not yet been signed off, but Mr. Alder expects there will be about 45 on national exclusive use contracts plus another six contracted directly to state government agencies. Today our Large Air Tanker Boomer worked to strengthen containment lines during hot and windy conditions – helping to protect a farm adjoining the bushfire in Holey Plains State Park, south of Rosedale. To get the aircraft over the Pacific, a ferry fuel system is installed in its body, consisting of five 500 US gallon fuel bags in five dedicated leakproof containers. It was just a few years ago that they had no large air tankers, but this season they will have six privately owned large air tankers on contract, including three RJ85s, two C-130Qs, and one 737. A total of six large air tankers from North America have been working in Australia during their 2018-2019 summer. Another 8 SEATs have been contracted directly by State agencies. Documenting Hunter’s flight from Canada to Australia in 2020 is Ray Horton, Captain of tanker 166 “Hunter.” Ray has been with Conair for nearly 38 years. COVID-19 added to the logistical challenges at least two-fold this year. When contracts complete each year, the aircraft undergoes a comprehensive maintenance program. Embracing Family | Firm Handshake | Resilient Spirit Celebrating over 25 Years of Aerial Firefighting On arrival in Australia, the Brisbane Approach Controller thanked the crew for “coming out today.” The airport itself was completely empty. After refueling in Oakland, Hunter made an overnight stop in Honolulu. Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Isaac. The aircraft was offered in three variants, the 146-100, 146-200 and 146-300. The nine Type 1 helicopters under exclusive use contract will include six S-64E Air-Cranes (Kestrel/Erickson) and three S-61s (Coulson). Your email address will not be published. For it to be used in Australia it must first receive their regulatory approvals. Picture by Jeff Zimmerman. An RJ85 will be based there January 11 and 12, Victoria’s ability to reload Large Air Tankers (LAT) has been bolstered by establishing the capability for the first time at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base located in Sale, Victoria, Australia. Avro RJ85 waterbomber‎ (8 C) ... Cl 215 fighting the Pagami Creek Fire, 2011.png 1,024 × 741; 346 KB. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ryan is a former police officer that turned his skills toward the aviation industry. This season, the RJ85 and crew were strategically based in Dubbo, approximately 300 km (186 Miles) Northwest of Sydney. Video: Moment a fire-fighting plane nearly crashes into a mountain ridge after its distracted pilot became fixated on putting out the flames . They can operate from Avalon, Mildura and now Sale. So far, Conair have converted eight Avro RJ85 aircraft into the Air Tanker role with the full support of the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), British Aerospace. “We aim to continue and extend the helicopter NVIS firebombing trial in Victoria, operationalizing the learnings from the Victorian trial earlier this year, but it will be in small, careful steps” Richard Alder, General Manager of NAFC said. Above: Conair/Aero Flite Avro RJ85 Airtanker operating in California. The ability to do quick turnarounds and strong performance at the fire with its excellent maneuverability, high rate of climb and turning performance. Together with our Australian partner, Field Air, Flight Operations managed the logistics of the crew schedules for the entire stay in Australia, working through ferry flight planning details and coordinating routes along with fuel and overnight technical stops. Fire Fighting Plane Extreme Near Miss (Almsot Crashes Into Ridge) Another Avro RJ85 air tanker has arrived in Australia for their summer bushfire season. Like the United States and other fire-prone areas, Australia has been experiencing wildfires during times of the year when traditionally they did not occur in large numbers. The crews conduct up to 6 weeks of heavy maintenance tasks, forecasted to ensure no significant maintenance is required during fire contract operations. In Europe, each country has its own fleet of aircraft – some are civil and some military and each have their own standard operating procedures. Download wallpapers Avro RJ85, BAe 146, fire fighting aircraft, … Given this, arrangements were put in place to be able to use the RAAF base if required,” he said. The base locations for all of the aircraft could change throughout the summer as the bushfire season progresses. Continue reading “Aussies set the summer lineup for their firefighting aircraft”. As Australia moves into their summer and enters the traditional beginning of their bushfire season the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) in finalizing the lineup of firefighting aircraft for the 2019-2020 season. Seen in these photos are a C-130Q (T-134) and an RJ85 (T-165). Partnering in the cockpit with Ray is Anthony Ussher as First Officer and on the ground is Ed Da Silva and Steve Daechsel, expert Maintenance Engineers. It is a different world out there traveling during a pandemic, but despite all the restrictions en route, the Conair crew was treated with the utmost respect for the entire journey. Air tanker 165. RJ85, T-165  (Aeroflite/Conair via FieldAir) based in Sydney (Richmond)  –  already in place; C-130Q, T-134 (Coulson) based in Sydney (Richmond) – already in place. It is the first time a portable retardant base has been used at Canberra. The overnight stops en route between Canada and Australia proved interesting at best in the new COVID-19 world. News & commentary about aerial firefighting, air tankers, and helicopters. The group was kept entertained by Field Air gifts, including groceries, books, and jars of vegemite to enjoy while watching hours of Netflix. The city was entirely closed except for the odd ABC store. Albury, in NSW can also accommodate the LATs if required. PCDU Episode 130: Avalon 2017 – Alpha April 15th, 2017; PCDU Episode 129: Going Back to School February 28th, 2017; PCDU Episode 128: Unprecedented October 30th, 2016; PCDU Episode 127: From the Vault July 17th, 2016 Amazing flying skills as aircraft tankers drop water on the Pierces Creek fire front. They form part of Victoria’s core aerial fleet of 49 aircraft available for the summer season which includes a mix of water bombing aircraft, air supervision, and aerial intelligence gathering aircraft. Tronos photo. The extensive planning and proactive response from all Conair’s teams translated into a seamless trip south! 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