National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

National Parks and Wildlife Service was established by the NSW government in 1967. It’s main responsibilities are park management, plant and animal conservation and fire management. The latter task is carried out in co-ordination with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Aircraft were first acquired in the 1970s to assist in these roles. The NPWS now operates four helicopters and one fixed-wing aircraft.

Key Dates

1967 National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW first established.
? First aircraft obtained.
? First helicopter obtained.

Current Status

The NPWS aircraft and hecliopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

NPWS aircraft and helicopters fly in an orange and dark green colour scheme with a white diagonal band separating the two colours. The NPWS logo appears on the cabin door and the radio call sign PARK AIR x appears on the white fuselage band.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The NPWS aircraft and helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registration, e.g. AS350 VH-ZHG.

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 4 4 0 Utility
Cessna U206G 1 1 0 Utility

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero Commander 690 Turbo Commander 1 1985 2003 Germany
Aerospatiale SA341G Gazelle 1 1976 1981 France
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel 4 19?? current France
MBB BK117 ? 19?? 20?? New Zealand
Cessna U206G 1 1983 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

National Parks and Wildlife Service, Level 14, 59-61 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

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 NPWS aircraft and helicopters are based at Sydney-Bankstown Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW
wikipedia: National Parks and Wildlife Service (New South Wales)
Hover and Heli-winching
The versatility master
Flickr: ‘Park Air 1’ MBB BK117

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Australia

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Forests Department of the government of Western Australia was first formed in 1919. In 1975 the first aircraft were obtained for use in fire spotting. By 1990 these aircraft were getting old, and an attempt was made to help local industry by buying MAC Mamba light aircraft as replacements. This order was never fulfilled. Another attempt to boost local industry resulted in 6 Eagle Aircraft XT-S Very Light Aircraft being used for 3 fire seasons from 1995. In 1995 a more permament solution was reached when the American Champion 8GCBC Scout was selected as the new spotter aircraft. These aircraft are still in service.

In addition to it’s own aircraft the DPaW also contracts fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from various civilian operators for aerial fire-fighting operations.

Key Dates

1 January 1919 Forests Department created.
1975 Spotter aircraft first acquired.
22 March 1985 Forests Department becomes Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM).
1 July 2006 CALM becomes Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC).
1 July 2013 DEC becomes Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW).

Current Status

The DPaW aircraft are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

The DPaW aircraft appear to fly in the standard factory colour scheme, with the addition of the departmental logo and the ‘Spotter’ identity number 64x on the fin. No service titles are carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The DPaW aircraft carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. American Champion 8GCBC Scout VH-DXZ.

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
American Champion 8GCBC Scout ? 10 Fire Spotting USA

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
American Champion 8GCBC Scout 10 1996 current USA
Eagle Aircraft XT-S 6 1995 1997 Australia
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub ? 1975 1995 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

Flight International 15-21 August 1990 page 21 mentions an order for three MAC Mamba light aircraft by the Department of Conservation and Land Management. They were due for delivery in October 1990 as spotters to replace the Piper Cubs. This delivery never took place.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Department of Parks and Wildlife, 17 Dick Perry Avenue, Technology Park, Western Precinct, KENSINGTON WA 6151.

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 spotter aircraft are based at Jandakot, Bunbury, Dwellingup and Manjimup.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Australia
Wikipedia:Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Australia
Aviation WA: Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Australia

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.