French National Police Aviation

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The civilian French National Police Force is known as the Police Nationale. Air support is normally provided by the Securite Civile or Gendarmerie. In 2006 a helicopter was borrowed from the Securite Civile, and a Cessna aircraft obtained on lease, to evaluate the usefulness of direct air support. The evaluation was carried out by the Police aux Frontières (PAF, Border Police) directorate of the Police Nationale. Both the aircraft and helicopter were later returned.

Key Dates

9 July 1966    Police Nationale formed from Sûreté Nationale
12 July 2006    First helicopter received – AS.350B
? 2006    First fixed-wing aircraft delivered – Cessna Caravan
mid 2008    Helicopter returned to previous owner

Current Status

The Police Nationale no longer use any aircraft.

Future Plans

No plan known.

Markings

Special Markings

PN aircraft operated in civil markings with no national insignia. Additionally, the title POLICE was also carried on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

French Police helicopters and aircraft carried civil registrations in the sequence assigned to the Securite Civile, eg: AS.350 F-ZBEA.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS.350B Ecureuil 1 July 2006 2008 Securite Civile
Cessna F406 Caravan II 1 2006 2007 leased

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service: None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Direction Générale de la Police Nationale, Place Beauvau, 75008 Paris, France.

Organisational Structure

A bureau de la police aéronautique (Office of Police Aviation) oversaw the evaluation within the PAF of the Police Nationale.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The helicopter was based at Toussus le Noble for the evaluation.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official French Police webpage
wikipedia: National Police(France)
airliners.net
Les hélicoptères de la POLICE

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

SAMU de France

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

SAMU de France is a national organisation that despatches and regulates emergency medical care throughout France. In France ‘Services Mobiles d’Urgence et de Réanimations’, or Emergency Mobile Resuscitation Services are known as SMUR. The first such teams were established in 1955, to provide pre-hospital care at road accidents. In the following years many other hospitals introduced similar emergency medical services, and these were formally recognised by the government in 1965. In 1968 the Service d’aide médicale urgente (SAMU) or Emergency Medical Assistance Service was created to dispatch and coordinate these hospital teams. A SAMU call centre was established in each Department, 100 in total, and they control about 350 SMUR distributed throughout the country. In the 1970s military and Protection Civile helicopters began to be used for the most urgent accident cases. In 1983 the first civil helicopter service was established. At the present time there are 40 SAMU helicopter services, three of which are seasonal. Each service is provided by a commercial contractor and may cover a number of departments.

Key Dates

1955    First mobile hospital teams for attending accidents (SMUR teams) formed.
2 December 1965    Government decree formally authorises SMUR teams attached to hospitals.
1968    SAMU established to dispatch and coordinate SMUR teams.
1983    First full-time civil helicopter SAMU service launched.
6 January 1986    New law passed to regulate Emergency Medical Services.

Current Status

The SAMU aircraft and helicopters are used for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) missions and Air Ambulance duties.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

Since SAMU helicopters are operated by contracted commercial companies, they are seen in a variety of colour schemes. Most common are variants of overall white with blue markings or overall yellow with blue markings. The markings include SAMU service titles and the three-barred cross which is the official logo of SAMU. Most helicopters also carry the SAMU district number and the logo of the commercial operator. Fixed wing (King Air) aircraft appear to retain their operators colour scheme with the three-barred cross in white on a black disk behind the cockpit amd SAMU 2B titles on the fin fairing.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

SAMU aircraft and helicopters carry French civil registrations, e.g. EC135 F-GMTF, except for the MD902s which operate under Belgian civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

Cessna 150 F-SMUR and SOCATA TB20 F-SAMU are entirely fictional.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Samu-Urgences de France, 103 avenue de Magenta, F-75010 PARIS.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters and aircraft are operated by local SAMU units attached to major hospitals or health centres.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

List of Flying Units

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See table of unit assignments.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official Website
Service d’aide médicale urgente
Map of SAMU helicopter bases
SAMU helicopters in France
The Bases of SAMU Helicopters in France

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

French County Fire and Rescue Service

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Service départemental d’incendie et de secours (SDIS) provides fire and rescue services in each Department of France, apart from Paris and central Marseille, which have separate military-staffed fire brigades. Each department funds and manages its own service, while working to standards set and inspected by central government. Many units seem to have been formed in the 1940s and 1950s, presumably replacing and supplementing previous volunteer services. In the late 1990s some SDIS units began to lease light aircraft for fire spotting patrols in the peak wildfire season of mid-summer. Fixed-wing aircraft operate under the radio call sign ‘Horus’, while helicopters use ‘Charlie’.

Key Dates

23 February 1716    First official firefighting unit established in France.
21 March 1831    Formal organisation of municipal firefighting bodies.
?? 1942    First SDIS established as a local initiative.
20 May 1955    Establishment of SDIS units officially approved.
3 May 1996    New law mandates each department to have a SDIS.
??    First aircraft utilised for fire spotting.

Current Status

The SDIS aircraft are mainly used for fire spotting, but some helicopters are also used for water bombing.

Future Plans

No plan known.

Markings

Special Markings

Most SDIS aircraft retain the markings of the parent organisation they were leased from, with the addition of a ‘SAPEURS-POMPIERS 18 OU 112 LOT’ logo on the fin or fuselage. A few aircraft also carry SAPEUR-POMPIERS service titles on the fuselage. The Airvan and Cessna 207 of SDIS 66 actually carry elaborate fin markings depicting a firefighters helmet and SAPEURS POMPIERS 66 titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

SDIS aircraft carry French civil registrations, e.g. Gippsland GA-8 F-GOGR.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil 4+ ? 0 Firefighting
Cessna 172 ? ? 0 Fire Spotting
Cessna 177 Cardinal 1 1 0 Fire Spotting
Cessna 182 ? ? 0 Fire Spotting
Cessna 207 1 1 0 Fire Spotting
Cessna 208 Grand Caravan 3? 1 0 Fire Spotting
Gippsland GA8 Airvan 1 1 0 Fire Spotting
Piper PA-28 Archer ? ? 0 Fire Spotting

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero Commander S2R 2 ?? ?? leased
Aerospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil 4+ ?? current leased
Agusta-Bell AB205 1 ?? ?? leased
Bell 205 1 ?? ?? leased
Cessna 172 1 ?? current leased
Cessna 177 Cardinal 1 ?? current leased
Cessna 182 1 ?? current leased
Cessna 188 AgTruck 1 ?? ?? leased
Cessna 207 1 ?? current leased
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 3? ?? current leased
Cessna 210 ? ?? ?? leased
Gippsland GA8 Airvan 1 ?? current leased
Grumman G-164 Agcat ? ?? ?? leased
Robin R.1180 ? ?? ?? leased
Piper PA-28 Archer 1 ?? current leased

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

The SDIS is a devolved service with each Department administering its own operations. There is no central headquarters.

Organisational Structure

SDIS aircraft are operated by the individual Department organisation.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See table of unit assignments.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

wikipedia.fr:Service départemental d’incendie et de secours
Airliners.net
netpompiers
List of all SDIS units

Any further photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

Brigade de Sapeurs Pompiers Paris

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Brigade de Sapeurs Pompiers Paris, (BSPP, Paris Fire Brigade), was first established in 1811. From the 1950s it co-operated closely with the French Civil Defence agency, the Protection Civile, (as it was then known). In 1968 the BSPP obtained a helicopter on loan from the Protection Civile and used it for aerial support of ground-based fire fighting. The original Alouette II was replaced by a more powerful Alouette III a year later, and by a Gazelle some time later. The Protection Civile was renamed the Securite Civile in 1975, and appears to have loaned a Super Puma for a while. The dedicated BSPP helicopter unit was later disbanded, and helicopter support is now provided by regular Securite Civile units.

Key Dates

18 September 1811    Paris Fire Brigade first established.
1968    First helicopter obtained by BSPP.
19??    Helicopter unit disbanded.

Current Status

The BSPP currently has no helicopter unit.

Future Plans

No plan known.

Markings

Special Markings

BSPP helicopters retained their previous Securite Civile overall red colour scheme, with the replacement of the service title by BRIGADE DE SAPEURS-POMPIERS on the fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

BSPP helicopters carred French civil registrations in the Securite Civile sequence F-ZBxx, e.g. Alouette III F-ZBDC.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Sud Aviation SE 3130 Alouette II 1 1968 ?? Protection Civile
Sud Aviation SE 3160 Alouette III 1 1969 ?? Protection Civile
Aerospatiale SA 341 Gazelle 1 ?? ?? Securite Civile
Aerospatiale AS 332 Super Puma 1 ?? ?? Securite Civile

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

État-Major de la Brigade de Sapeurs-pompiers de Paris, 3 Boulevard de l’Yser, 75017 Paris, France.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters were operated by the Flight Unit of the BSPP.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The helicopters were based at Paris-Le Bourget Airport?

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

wikipedia: Paris Fire Brigade
Alouette III photos

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

French Securite Civile

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Service Nationale de Protection Civile (SNPC) was first established in 1951 primarily to aid the civil population in the event of a nuclear war. It soon possessed considerable firefighting and rescue capabilities to meet this task. With this capability it was often called into help after natural disasters and accidents. In 1957 the Groupement d’Helicopteres was created, intially flying the Agusta-Bell AB.47. The helicopter fleet soon expanded, and in 1963 the first fixed-wing water-bomber aircraft were ordered. They entered service the following year from a new base at Marignane. By 1975 the organisation had become much more orientated towards its day-to-day accident response, rescue and fire-fighting roles than its original nuclear preparedness role, and so was renamed Sécurité Civile. In 2011 a new centralised headquarters structure was created under the title Direction générale de la sécurité civile et de la gestion des crises (DGSCGC). The Sécurité Civile remains a civil defence organisation, involved in coast guard, Search and Rescue, ambulance and fire-fighting duties.

Key Dates

17 November 1951    Service Nationale de Protection Civile first established.
1957    First helicopters obtained.
1963    First water-bomber aircraft obtained.
23 July 1975    Protection Civile renamed Sécurité Civile.
7 September 2011    New oversight board for Sécurité Civile created.

Current Status

The SC aircraft are used for rescue and aerial fire fighting.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

Securite Civile helicopters used to operate in an overall red colour scheme with a white fuselage cheatline. The titles SECURITE CIVILE were carried on the tail boom and under the nose, an Air Force-style French national roundel was displayed on the rear fuselage and the Securite Civile logo of a blue triangle on an orange disc was shown on the cabin door. Nowadays, all the EC145s operate in a red and yellow colour scheme, with SECURITE CIVILE titles under the cabin door. The national roundel remains on the rear fuselage but the SC triangle and disc logo appears on the rotor pylon.

The fixed-wing aircraft operate in a variety of colour schemes. The CL-415s uses a red and yellow scheme with SECURITE CIVILE titles on the fuselage sides. The Firecats use a white and red scheme and the Q400s a unique white scheme with a gently waving red/white/black/white/red cheatline.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

French Civil Defence aircraft and helicopters carry civil registrations in the F-ZBxx series, eg: CL-415 F-ZBFN. The limited range of letters means that registrations are re-used when aircraft are retired. The Canadairs and Firecats also carry large ‘fleet numbers’ in the range 1-99.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile et de la Gestion des Crises, 87 Quai du Docteur Dervaux, Asnieres, Ille-de-France, Paris.

Organisational Structure

The Sécurité Civile is divided into four Sous-Direction, one of which is the Sous-Direction de Moyens Nationaux (Sub-Directorate of National Means). This Sous-Direction controls the Bureau de Moyens Aeriens (Office of Air Assets, BMA). The BMA is divided into the Groupement des Helicopteres de la Securite Civile and the Groupement des Avions Bombardiers d’Eau.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

List of Flying Units

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See table of unit assignments.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official Sécurité Civile webpage

wikipedia: Sécurité Civile
wikipedia.fr: Sécurité Civile en France

airliners.net

Groupement Hélicoptères: Sécurité Civile

Les hélicoptères de la Sécurité Civile

Facebook: Securite Civile

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Cyprus Police

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Cyprus Police operates a small fleet of Bell helicopters, together with a Britten-Norman Islander fixed-wing aircraft. Unlike the National Guard, the police force contains no mainland Greeks.

The Cyprus Police Aviation Unit (C.P.A.U) was established on the 10th June 2008, having previously operated as the ‘Cyprus Police Air Wing’ from 1989.

Key Dates

1960    Cyprus Police first established.
June 1989    Police Air Wing first established.
10 June 2008    CPAW renamed Cyprus Police Aviation Unit.

Current Status

Cyprus Police aircraft and helicopters are primarily used by the Ministry of the Interior for various tasks: VIP transport, transport of various cargo and special police units, border monitoring, SAR missions, medevac and traffic surveillance.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

The CPAU aircraft and helicopters initially flew in a white, yellow and azure blue colour scheme, with the national flag carried as a fin flash. The service titles ‘POLICE’ were carried on the fuselage sides. The AW139s were delivered in 2010 in a new white and dark blue colour scheme, which is more police-like, with the Cyprus Police logo on the fin and POLICE titles on the fuselage sides. The existing fleet is gradually being repainted to match these colours.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All police aircraft carry serial numbers with the prefix ‘CP’, for Cyprus Police, eg: CP-4.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Still On
Order
Role
AgustaWestland AW139220Utility
Bell 412220Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
AgustaWestland AW13922010currentItaly
Bell 41221992currentUSA
Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander119902012UK

Aircraft NOT Used

Four more Bell 412EP/SP helicopters were ordered in 2000 but were embargoed.
Two Mil Mi-172 were reportedly due for delivery in 2007. One was photographed pre-delivery coded CP-08. These helicopters were not delivered.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Cyprus Police, Nicosia.

Organisational Structure

The Police Aviation Unit has no sub-ordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft and helicopters are based at Larnaca Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

Cyprus Aviation Bibliography – to be added
Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999) p.170

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.5 p.142
Air Forces Monthly August 1996

Websites

Wikipedia: Cyprus Police
Official Website
wikipedia: Cyprus Police Aviation Unit
Jetphotos.net

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Police Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Policija Republike Bosne i Hercegovine was first formed in April 1992, from Yugoslav Police units on Bosnian territory. Two Yugoslav Bell helicopters in Bosnia defected to Serbia around the same time, leaving the service with no aviation unit. In 1996 the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMUP) was created to administer police operations in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina area. Policing in the Republika Srpska came under the Ministry of Interior of Republika Srpska (MUP RS), which had already been established in 1992.


In 2002 a Bell 206 JetRanger was obtained from the USA to restart the Police Aviation Unit.

Key Dates

April 1992 Policija Republike Bosne i Hercegovine formed.
1996 Federal Ministry of Interior formed.
2002 First helicopter delivered.

Current Status

The Police air unit is used primarily for law-enforcement, patrol and search missions.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia


Fin Flash
The national flag is carried as a fin flash. Helicopters carry the service title POLICIJA.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Bosnian police helicopters carry civil registrations, e.g. T9-AHA.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III 1 1 0 Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III 1 2002 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

To be added.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters are operated by the Police Air Unit.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The helicopter is based at Sarajevo Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

Bosnia and Hercegovina Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

airliners.net

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska

History

Narrative Summary

Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska was established in 2008, at the initiative of a group of former military pilots, and with the support of the Government of the Republic of Srpska, in order to serve all citizens of the Republic of Srpska. It began with only one helicopter, but has now expanded to four helicopters.

Key Dates

2008 Helicopter Service established.
2014 Dedicated EMS helicopter delivered.

Current Status

The Helicopter Service is used primarily for air medical transport, VIP transport and special police operations.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

Special Markings

Helicopter Service machines operate in a very neat burgundy red and silver colour scheme. The Gazelles carry the insignia of the Sprska Police on the fuselage sides, and the Bosnian flag on the fin, while the Bell 206 has a winged ‘RC’ insignia on the fuselage and Serbian red/blue/white stripes on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Helicopter Service machines carry civil registrations, e.g. E7-SHB.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale SA.341H Gazelle (HO-42) 1 1 0 Policing/EMS
Aerospatiale SA.341H Gazelle (HN-42M) 1 1 0 Policing/EMS
Aerospatiale SA.342L Gazelle (HN-45M) 1 1 0 Policing/EMS
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III 1 1 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SA.341H Gazelle (HO-42) 1 2008 current Sprska AF
Aerospatiale SA.341H Gazelle (HN-42M) 1 ? current Sprska AF
Aerospatiale SA.342L Gazelle (HN-45M) 1 ? current Sprska AF
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III 1 2014 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska, Square of the Republic of Srpska 1, 78000 Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska.

Organisational Structure

There are no subordinate aviation units.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The helicopters operate from the IKAR factory in the southern outskirts of Banja Luka.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

Bosnia and Hercegovina Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Helicopter service of the RS
Medical Helicopter Presented

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

South Australian Country Fire Service

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The South Australian Country Fire Service was formed in 1976 from a variety of county-funded fire brigades that had become known as the Emergency Fire Service (EFS). In 1989 the State Government took control of the CFS and started to improve equipment levels and standardise operating procedures. It is not clear when the first aircraft started to be used in SA for aerial fire-fighting.

Aircraft are an invaluable tool in spotting and tackling fires in remote areas. The CFS has on long-term contract a small fleet of aircraft, which is supplemented each fire season by up to several more aircraft and helicopters on short-term contracts.

Key Dates

194? Emergency Fire Service (EFS) established.
1976 EFS renamed Country Fire Service (CFS).
1989 State Government takes control of CFS.
? First aircraft used.

Current Status

The CFS Aerial Firefighting Fleet aircraft and helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

CFS Aerial Firefighting Fleet aircraft and helicopters fly in the colour schemes of the contracted operator. Aircraft on long term contracts usually carry the red and yellow CFS logo on the fuselage. The Cessna 208 carries the additional titles SA COUNTRY FIRE SERVICE on the fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

CFS Aerial Firefighting Fleet aircraft and helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. AS350 VH-HPO.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel ? 2 0 Surveillance
Air Tractor AT-802 ? 10 0 Fire Fighting
Cessna 182 ? 3 0 Surveillance
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 1 1 0 Surveillance
Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane 1 1 0 Fire Fighting

All-Time Aircraft Used List

(Multi-year contracted aircraft only).

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel ? ? current contractor
Aerospatiale AS355 Squirrel ? ? ? contractor
Air Tractor AT-802 ? ? current contractor
Bell 205A ? ? ? contractor
Cessna 182 ? ? current contractor
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan ? ? current contractor
PZL-Mielec M-18B Dromader ? ? ? contractor
Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane ? ? ? contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

CFS STATE HEADQUARTERS, Level 7, 60 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000.

Organisational Structure

The CFS Aerial Firefighting Fleet has no subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

To be added.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

South Australian Country Fire Service – Aircraft Operations
South Australian Country Fire Service
wikipedia: South Australian Country Fire Service
CFS Display 2010
Big fire-fighters at work in Australia
Airliners.net: SA Country Fire Service

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Australian Aerial Patrol

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

To be added.

Key Dates

1957 Greater Wollongong Aerial Patrol established.
19?? Service renamed Australian Aerial Patrol.
1993 AAP recognised as an accredited civil SAR unit.
2002 AAP becomes a Tier 1 SAR unit for AMSA.
2006 Tier 1 SAR duty passed to AeroRescue.
2007 AAP reverts to original shark patrol mission.

Current Status

The AAP aircraft are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

The P-68 and Chieftain fly in a red and yellow colour scheme, while the Cessna 182 colours are more yellow than red. The titles AERIAL PATROL appear on the fuselage sides, while numerous sponsors logos appear on the lower or rear fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

AAP aircraft carry Australian civil aircraft registration, e.g. P-68 VH-APH.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Cessna 182 1 1 Patrol USA
Partenavia P-68C Victor 1 1 Patrol contractor
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain 1 1 Patrol USA

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aeronca 11AC Chief 1 1957 1958 USA
Cessna 172 1 ? ? USA
Cessna 172A 1 ? ? USA
Cessna 182 1 ? current USA
Cessna 402 1 ? ? USA
Partenavia P-68C Victor 1 ? current Italy
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain 1 2001 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

Aeronca 11 VH-AJZ was lost in an accident on 12 April 1958.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Australian Aerial Patrol, PO Box 162 Dapto 2530 NSW.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The AAP is based at Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park, south of Sydney.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Australian Aerial Patrol
wikipedia: Australian Aerial Patrol
Aviator.mag: Australian Aerial Patrol
Facebook: Australian Aerial Patrol
Australian Aerial Patrol
DCA Accident Reports 1956-1968

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