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.
|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).|
The ASU aircraft and helicopters are fully operational.
No plans known.
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.
Coding system not used.
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|
|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
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Aviation Services Unit, Level 3, 8 Nicholson Street, EAST MELBOURNE VIC 3002.
The ASU has no subordinate units.
Current Unit Assignments
No subordinate units.
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
To be added.
All-Time Air Bases Used List