Aviation Services Unit Victoria

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The State Aircraft Unit was first established by the Country Fire Authority and Department of Natural Resources and Environment in 2001 after several organisational and administrative difficulties involving the management of aircraft in multi-agency operations. In 2014 the SAU was renamed the Aviation Services Unit (ASU). On behalf of the state, the Aviation Services Unit sources and contracts the Fire and Emergency Aviation fleet, used for all fire response and incorporating land management activities. The ASU also facilitates the provision of specialist aviation advice and the training of all specialist aviation roles.

Key Dates

2 April 1945 Country Fire Authority (CFA) established.
1996 Department of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) created.
2001 State Aircraft Unit (SAU) created.
2002 NRE split to form Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).
2013 DSE merged back with Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to become the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI).
2014 SAU renamed Aviation Services Unit (ASU).
1 January 2015 DEPI renamed Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP).

Current Status

The ASU aircraft and helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

ASU aircraft and helicopters fly in the colour schemes of the contracted operator. The radio callsign is usually displayed on the fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

ASU aircraft and helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Beech King Air 200 VH-ZMP.

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 ? ? 0 Fire Fighting
Beech Super King Air 200 2 2 0 Surveillance
PZL M-18 Dromader ? ? 0 Fire Fighting
Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane 2 2 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
Air Tractor AT-802 ? ? current contractor
Bell 205A ? ? ? contractor
Cessna 337 Super Skymaster 1 ? ? contractor
Cessna 404 Titan 1 ? ? contractor
Beech Super King Air 200 2 ? current contractor
PZL-Mielec M-18B Dromader ? ? current contractor
Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane ? ? current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Aviation Services Unit, Level 3, 8 Nicholson Street, EAST MELBOURNE VIC 3002.

Organisational Structure

The ASU 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

Country Fire Authority
About SAU
Aviation Services Unit
Aircraft Identification Reference

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