Meteo-France

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Before WW2 the French Weather service was called the L’Office National Météorologique (ONM). It operated at least one aircraft from 1936. After the liberation from German occupation in 1945, the ONM was reorganised and renamed the Direction de la Météorologie Nationale (DMN). It immediately set about modernising the service, and this included setting up a national weather forecasting school, a dedicated weather research unit called the Etablissement d’Etudes et de Recherches Météorologiques (E.E.R.M.) and also a flying unit called the Centre d’Aviation Meteorologique (CAM).

Circa 1982 the EERM was renamed the Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (CNRM). In 1993 the weather service gained its present name of Meteo-France. In 2003 the flying unit moved to Toulouse. Since 2005 Meteo-France has been collaborating with CNRS-INSU and CNES on a search project called SAFIRE.

Key Dates

1854    Le Service Météorologique de l’Observatoire de Paris first established.
14 May 1878    Renamed Le Bureau Central Météorologique de France (BCM).
25 November 1920    BCM renamed L’Office National Météorologique (ONM).
1945    ONM renamed Direction de la Météorologie Nationale (DMN)
1945    Centre d’Aviation Meteorologique created.
18 June 1993    DMN renamed Meteo-France.
2003    Main base moved to Toulouse.
10 February 2005    SAFIRE research project launched.

Current Status

The Meteo-France aircraft are used for weather research.

Future Plans

No plan known.

Markings

Special Markings

Meteo-France aircraft operate in a white and pale grey colour scheme with a thin red/white/blue fuselage cheatline. Service titles METEO-FRANCE are sometimes carried on the fuselage sides. Aircraft involved in the SAFIRE project carry the SAFIRE logo on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Meteo-France aircraft carry standard French civil aircraft registrations, e.g. ATR42 F-HMTO.

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
ATR 42-300 1 1 0 Weather Research
Dassault Falcon 20 1 1 0 Weather Research
Piper PA-23 Aztec 1 1 0 Weather Research

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
ATR 42-300 1 2005 current France
Caudron Goeland 1 1945 ? France
Cessna 206 1 1968 1982 USA
Dassault Falcon 20 1 2004 current ex-civil
Piper PA-23 Aztec 1 1982 current SFA
SFAN II 1 1936 ? France
Swearingen SA-226 Merlin IV 1 1986 2003 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Centre d’Aviation Meteorologique, Toulouse Francazal, BP 20034, 31270 Cugnaux.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are operated by the Centre d’Aviation Meteorologique of Meteo-France.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at Toulouse-Francazal Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Brétigny-sur-Orge was also used until 2003.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

CAM : Centre d’Aviation Météorologique
SAFIRE
Le Centre d’Aviation Meteorologique Sera Delocalise en Septembre
Les Avions Francais de Reserche Atmospherique et de Teledetection
wikipedia: Meteo-France
Le Merlin IV

Unresolved Research Issues

It is not clear what aircraft were operated between 1945 and 1968.

Any further photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

French Gendarmerie

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Controlled by the Ministry of Armed Forces, the Gendarmerie Nationale is a very efficient paramilitary force with close links to the army. In wartime it would act as the Military Police. The first air unit was established on 6 May 1954. Aircraft are maintained by the Army on behalf of the Gendarmerie, and come under the control of the Groupement Central des Formations Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie (GCFAG).

Key Dates

1793    Gendarmerie established.
6 May 1954    Air Unit created.
1954    First helicopters received – AB.47G.

Current Status

The Gendarmerie helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plan known.

Markings

Special Markings

Gendarmerie helicopters have an overall medium blue colour scheme, with a white fuselage cheatline that extends to the end of the tailboom. The national marking, in the form of an Armee de l’Air style roundel, is displayed on the rear fuselage sides. No fin flash is carried. The service titles GENDARMERIE are displayed on the cabin door or lower forward fuselage. Also displayed are the Gendarmerie logo and the individual radio call letters of the particular helicopter.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Gendarmerie aircraft and helicopters carry civil registrations in the F-MJxx and F-MCSx ranges, eg: AS.350B F-MJCU. Earlier registrations are reused as older types are withdrawn.

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

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

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Direction générale de la Gendarmerie nationale, Rue St Didier, Paris.

Organisational Structure

Sections Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie (SAG) comprise two or more helicopters. Detachements Aeriens de la Gendarmerie (DAG) normally comprise only one helicopter. Detachement Saisonnier (DSG) are seasonal detachments from the nearest main unit.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments for 2008

All-Time Flying Units List

List of Flying Units

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See organisation table above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.10 p.156

Websites

Official Gendarmerie website

wikipedia: Gendarmerie Nationale
wikipedia: Forces Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie Nationale

airliners.net

Les hélicoptères de la Gendarmerie

Gendarmerie historique

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

French Customs Service

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The French customs service is officially known as the Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes (Direction générale des douanes et droits indirects, DGDDI), but more informally called the Douanes Françaises. A French Customs Service was first formally established in 1791, and survived the revolutionary period due to the need to maintain government income. Prior to WW2 it included a para-military section that acted in tarrif enforcement and border guard roles, but this was disbanded under the Vichy government in 1940. After WW2 the Customs Service was modernised and a single helicopter was leased on a short term basis in 1950. The trial ended the same year with a fatal accident. Ten years later, the service borrowed an Alouette II from the Navy for more trials, which were much more successful. Two Alouette IIs were delivered in 1962, and a Customs Helicopters Group established in 1963.

The helicopter force expanded gradually, and fixed-wing aircraft were added in 1969. In 1985 the extension of territorial waters to 200 nm demanded additional fixed wing aircraft. In 1987 a detachment was established on the Carribbean island of Martinique, and marine pollution monitoring began. In 2000 a fleet rationalisation took place, during which a number of aircraft were retired.

Key Dates

1791    French Customs Service first established.
1950    First helicopter leased – Hiller 360.
1962    First full-time helicopters delivered.
1969    First fixed-wing aircraft delivered.
1985    Additional maritime patrol duties assigned.
2000    Fleet rationalisation carried out.

Current Status

The DF aircraft are used for air-ground monitoring, pollution patrol and maritime policing.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

Douanes aircraft operate in an overall white colour scheme with a red and blue fuselage cheatline. No national insignia are carried except for the national flag as a fin flash. The service title DOUANES FRANCAISES is carried on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Douanes aircraft and helicopters carry civil registrations in the F-ZBGx and F-ZBLx ranges, eg: Cessna F406 F-ZBGA. Earlier registrations are reused as older types are withdrawn.

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

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

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Douanes Francaises, 11, Rue des Deux Communes, Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, France.

Organisational Structure

The aviation branch is the Section Aerienne. The aviation units are grouped into two directorates: Surveillance Aeromaritime (Maritime Air Surveillance) and Surveillance Aeroterrestre (Land Air Surveillance). The former is divided into Mediterranean, Atlantic and English Channel divisions. In addition there is an overseas unit in Martinique.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments for 2008

All-Time Flying Units List

Groupement Douanier d’Hélicoptères
Section Aerienne Mediterranee
Section Aerienne Atlantique
Section Aerienne Normandie/Manche
Section Aerienne Le Bourget
Section Aerienne Toulouse
Section Aerienne Martinique
Brigade de Surveillance Aeromaritime Hyeres Avion
Brigade de Surveillance Aeromaritime Hyeres Helicoptere
Brigade de Surveillance Aeromaritime Merignac
Brigade de Surveillance Aeromaritime Lorient
Brigade de Surveillance Aeromaritime Le Havre
Brigade de Surveillance Aeroterrestre Dugny Le Bourget
Brigade de Surveillance Aeromaritime Le Lamentin

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See organisation table above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Section Aeriennes at Dijon and Pau were closed in 2006.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.10 p.157

Websites

Douanes official website

wikipedia: Directorate-general of customs and indirect taxes

airliners.net

Douanes

Les hélicoptères de la Douanes

Les Bases Helicopteres des Douanes Francaises

Facebook: Helicopteres et Avions ded Douanes Francaises

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Cyprus Government

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Cyprus Government Aviation Unit was first established in 1967, when a single helicopter was acquired for VIP transport and liaison duties. The unit ceased to function after the Turkish invasion of the north of the country in 1974. The helicopter was retired and sold off.

In 1986 the Government Aviation Unit was re-established and a new helicopter acquired. A second, larger, helicopter was obtained in 1989. In 1992 this second machine was handed over to the Police Air Wing, and a year later the remaining helicopter was transferred to the Air Force. The Unit was then closed permanently.

Key Dates

1967    Aviation Unit first established.
1974    Government helicopter retired.
1986    Aviation Unit re-established.
1993    Aviation Unit disbanded.

Current Status

The Aviation Unit was disbanded in 1993.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

The national flag is carried as a fin flash. No service titles were carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Government helicopters carried Cypriot civil registrations in the 5B-xxx series, e.g. 5B-ICL.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III119861993USA
Bell 412SP119891992USA
Fairchild Hiller FH-1100119671974USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Cyprus Government Aviation Unit, Nicosia.

Organisational Structure

The Government Aviation Unit had 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

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

All helicopters were based at Nicosia Airport.

More Information

Books

Cyprus Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Militair 1982 (Aviation Press) p.52
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Cyprus Department of Forests

Operator Profile

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History

Narrative Summary

The Department of Forests is one of the oldest government departments in Cyprus, being established in 1879 in the colonial era. After independence in 1960, Greek Cypriots assumed control of the Department. Circa 1975 the Department began using aircraft for spraying and fire spotting. The aircraft were not equipped for actual firefighting duties. In 2009 orders were placed for a new generation of modern aircraft to perform firefighting duties. It is not clear if any aircraft were operated between 2007 and 2009. For additional firefighting support, the Department also places short-term contracts for other aircraft and helicopters each fire season.

Key Dates

1879    Department of Forests first established.
1961    Greek Cypriots assume control of the former colonial department.
1975?    First aircraft obtained.
2009    New aircraft delivered for firefighting role.

Current Status

The CFD aircraft are used for fire spotting and aerial fire fighting.

Future Plans

No plan known.

Markings

Special Markings

CDF aircraft have an overall yellow colour scheme with a blue or red fuselage cheatline. The radio call i.d. number is displayed in red on white in the fin. The aircraft appear to have individual names painted on the engine cowling in Greek lettering.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

CDF aircraft carry special registrations in the sequence FD-x, e.g. AT-802 FD-1.

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
Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss110Firefighting
Ayres S2R T660 Turbo-Thrush110Firefighting

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss12009currentUSA
Ayres S2R T660 Turbo-Thrush12010currentUSA
Piper PA-25 Pawnee219752007USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Department of Forests, 1414 Nicosia, Cyprus.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are operated by the Flight Unit of the Department of Forests.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at Nicosia IAP.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

Cyprus Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official Website
XairForces
Scramble: Cyprus – Department of Forests
Planepictures.net
Flight Global

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Government Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Soon after independence in 1992 the Bosniak (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) Government began operating aircraft for VIP transport. The semi-independent Republika Srpska also formed its own separate Government Aviaton Unit. The Bosniak unit appears to have closed down in 2002.

Key Dates

1992 Bosniak Government Aviation Unit first established.
2002 Bosniak Government Aviation Unit closed down.

Current Status

The Government Aviation Unit was used primarily for transporting VIPs to international meetings. It appears to have closed down in 2002.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia

Bosniak Government aircraft retained the colours of the charter operator.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Bosnian government aircraft carried civil registrations in the BH-xxx or T9-xxx series.

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
Cessna 500 Citation I 1 1992 2000 ex-JRV
Cessna 550 Citation II* 1 ? 2002 contractor

* operated by Air Bosna on behalf of the Bosniak government.

Aircraft NOT Used

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

Organisation

Main Headquarters

To be added.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were operated by the Government Aviation Unit.

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 aircraft were based at Sarajevo Airport.

More Information

Books

Bosnia and Hercegovina Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

To be added.

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

Republika Srpska Government Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Soon after independence in 1992 the Bosnian Serb (Republika Srpska) Government began operating aircraft for VIP transport.

Key Dates

1992 Bosnian Serb Government Aviation Unit established.

Current Status

The Government Aviation Unit is used primarily to transport VIPs to international meetings.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia

Bosnian Serb Government aircraft carry the red and white shield insignia of the Bosnian Serbs on the fuselage, and the national flag on the fin. Serb aircraft also the country title ‘Republic of Srpska’ in English on the starboard side of the fuselage and in Serbian on the port side.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All government aircraft carry civilian registrations in the T9-xxx or, more recently, the E7-xxx series.

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 500 Citation I 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ 1 1 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Cessna 500 Citation I 1 1992 current Yugoslavia
Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ 1 2008 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 aircraft are operated by the Government Aviation Unit.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The aircraft are based at 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

airliners.net
airliners.net

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority was established in 1949 to manage the Snowy Mountains scheme. The scheme a huge civil engineering task in the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, involving the construction of sixteen major dams; seven power stations; a pumping station; and several kilometres of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts between 1949 and 1974.

The remote location meant that air transport became a useful supplement to the new roads that were being built under the scheme. Accordingly, a dedicated Flying Unit was established in 1958. This Unit grew to include eight aircraft by 1967. In the same year, a fleet rationalisation saw several aircraft sold, and the fleet was reduced to three aircraft. A fatal accident in 1976 saw the Unit almost disbanded, but a BN-2 Islander was quickly obtained and flying continued until this aircraft was lost in 1984.

Key Dates

August 1949 Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority first established.
1958 Flying Unit established.
20 May 1976 First fatal accident by SMHEA aircraft.
1984 Flying Unit disbanded.
28 June 2002 SMHEA renamed Snowy Hydro.

Current Status

The SMHEA Flying Unit was disbanded in 1984.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

SMHEA aircraft flew in a variety of colour schemes, presumably based on the standard factory paint finish of the manufacturer. The SMHEA logo normally appeared on the fuselage, along with the titles SNOWY MOUNTAINS AUTHORITY.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The SMHEA aircraft carried Australian civil aircraft registrations, in the VH-SMx sequence, e.g. DHC-2 Beaver VH-SMA.

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
Aero Commander 680 1 1961 1967 USA
Aero Commander 680FL Grand Commander 1 1964 1072 USA
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander 1 1976 1984 UK
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 4 1958 1967 Canada
Piaggio P.166 1 1963 1967 UK
Pilatus PC-6 Porter 2 1967 1976 Switzerland
Piper PA-24 Comanche 250 1 1963 1967 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

The Pilatus PC-6 was lost in a crash near Cooma–Polo Flat Airport on 20 May 1976.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority, Monaro Highway, Cooma NSW 2630

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

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The SMHEA aircraft were based at Cooma-Snowy Mountains Airport and Cooma-Polo Flat Airfield.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

wikipedia: Snowy Mountains Scheme
Snowy Mountains Airline
Snowy Hydro – The History
VH-SMA

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

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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Forests NSW

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

NSW State Forests was created in 1993 from the previous Forestry Commission of NSW. In 2004 a government departmental reorganisation resulted in it being renamed Forests NSW. Around this time it seems to have acquired a dedicated helicopter. The helicopter was sold in 2011. In 2013 the department was reconstituted as a state-owned commercial corporation.

Key Dates

1916 Forestry Commission of NSW first established.
1993 Forestry Commission of NSW renamed NSW State Forests.
July 2004 NSW State Forests becomes Forests NSW.
2011 The only helicopter is sold.
1 January 2013 Forests NSW becomes Forestry Corporation of NSW.

Current Status

The State Forests helicopter was sold in 2011.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

The NSW State Forests helicopter flew in a white and green colour scheme. The State Forests ‘three trees’ logo appeared on the tailboom in white and the service titles STATE FORESTS on the rear fuselage in black.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The NSW State Forests helicopter carried Australian civil aircraft registration, e.g. AS350 VH-NFO.

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
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel 1 19?? 2011 France

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Forestry Corporation Head Office, 121-131 Oratava Ave, West Pennant Hills NSW 2125.

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 State Forests helicopter was based at ??.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

NSW State Forests Helicopter Draws Water
Firebird 200 – VH-NFO. NSW Rural Fire Service

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.