Division of National Mapping (Australia)

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Before and during World War Two, mapping photographic surveys were performed by the RAAF. The war had highlighted the lack of comprehensive maps of Australia, and in 1945 the need for a dedicated Government department to produce maps and geophysical surveys resulted in the establishment of the National Mapping Council (NMC). A National Mapping Section of the Department of Interior was created in 1947 to actually carry out the tasks defined by the NMC. From 1954 RAAF aircraft were replaced by civilian contractors in the mapping role.

By 1956 the work had expanded sufficiently to justify the creation of the Division of National Mapping (Nat Map). For the next thirty years Nat Map conducted geodetic, topographic and other mapping tasks within Australia and also in Antarctica and Papua New Guinea. Aircraft operations were normally conducted by civilian contractors, but in 1978 a dedicated Aviation Section was formed to take over some of these tasks.

In 1987 Nat Map became AUSLIG – the Australian Surveying and Land Information Group – formed from the merger of the Division of National Mapping and the Australian Survey Office. In 1995 the Aviation Section was closed down. In 2001 AUSLIG was merged with the Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) to form Geoscience Australia

Key Dates

March 1945    National Mapping Council (NMC) established.
1947    National Mapping Section of Department of Interior created.
1951    National Mapping Section becomes National Mapping Office.
1954    First use of contracted civil aircraft.
2 August 1956    Division of National Mapping first formed.
1978    Aviation Section created.
24 July 1987    Division of National Mapping merged into AUSLIG.
1995    Aviation Section disbanded.
September 2001    Geoscience Australia established.

Current Status

The Aviation Section was disbanded in 1995.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

National Mapping aircraft operated in a wide variety of colour schemes. It appears only the Cessna 421 carried any service titles, i.e. ‘Department of Resources & Energy – Division of National Mapping’, which were displayed on the fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

National Mapping aircraft carried standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Cessna 421 VH-DRB.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

(Nat Map owned only – excludes chartered and ANARE aircraft).

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Cessna 170A 1 1978 1982 USA
Cessna U206F Stationair 1 1982 1987 USA
Cessna 337 Super Skymaster 1 1987 1995 USA
Cessna 421C Golden Eagle 1 1982 1995 USA
GAF N22B Nomad 1 1976 1982 Australia

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Division of National Mapping, Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Organisational Structure

There are no sub-units to the Nat Map Aviation Section.

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

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

XNATMAP
Geoscience Australia – Our History

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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

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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

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Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was first established in 1990, and is responsible for the safety and regulation of shipping in Australian waters, maintenance of marine aids to navigation, and search and rescue operations for vessels in distress.

In 2005 a contract was placed with Pearl Aviation for the provision of airborne fixed-wing search and rescue services. Accordingly, a new subsidiary, AeroRescue was established to provide this service, using Dornier Do 328 aircraft. In October 2014 it was announced that Cobham had been selected to take-over search and rescue services under a new 12-year contract starting in 2016.

Key Dates

1990    Australian Maritime Safety Authority established.
2005    AeroRescue first formed.
2014    Cobham wins AMSA contract to replace AeroRescue.

Current Status

The aircraft of AMSA are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

Special Markings

AMSA aircraft operate in an overall white scheme with a orange fuselage stripe and an all-orange fin and rudder. The service titles RESCUE are carried mid-way along the fuselage side, plus the initials AMSA under the cockpit.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

AMSA aircraft carry standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Do 328 VH-PPG.

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
Dornier Do 328 5 5 0 Search & Rescue

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Dornier Do 328 5 2006 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
AeroRescue Pty Ltd, GPO Box 338, Darwin, NT 0801, Australia.

Organisational Structure

There are no sub-units to the AMSA service. Aircraft are allocated to various bases as detailed below.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

AMSA aircraft currently operate from Darwin (NT), Perth (WA), Cairns (QLD), Essendon (VIC) and Brisbane (QLD).

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
wikipedia: Pearl Aviation
AeroRescue
Paspaley Group
wikipedia.de: AeroRescue
Cobham wins contract

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Australian Coastwatch

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Australian Bureau of Customs began using aircraft ad-hoc in the 1970s to monitor Vietnamese boat people. In 1980 a formal contract was placed with HC Sleigh Aviation for a full-time coastal surveillance service along the eastern part of the north coast of Australia. In 1982 the Bureau of Customs became the Australian Customs Service. In 1983 Skywest Aviation brought HC Sleigh Aviation, and used its experience to win a coastal surveillance contract for the north western coast.

During 1987 Amann Aviation won a new contract to cover the whole of the north coast from 1989, replacing Skywest Aviation. Unfortunately, Amann was unable to obtain the necessary number of aircraft and was deemed to have defaulted on the contract. Skywest’s contract was extended to maintain the service. In August 1988 the land, sea and air parts of the Australian Coastal Surveillance Organisation were renamed Coastwatch and transferred to the Australian Customs Service. The Coastwatch organisation now assumed the role of co-ordinating all civil maritime surveillance activities on behalf of the Government. In 1990 helicopters were introduced to fill a perceived gap in the service.

In 1994 National Jet Systems subsidiary Surveillance Australia was awarded a new contract to provide all the fixed-wing airborne surveillance capability for Coastwatch. In 2005 Surveillance Australia’s contract was renewed for a further 15 years.

Key Dates

1980    Customs places coastal surveillance contract with HC Sleigh Aviation for north east coast.
1983    Skywest Aviation buys HC Sleigh Aviation.
1983    Customs place coastal surveillance contract with Skywest Aviation for north west coast.
1987    Amann Aviation wins new Customs contract for entire north coast.
1987    Amann Aviation defaults on contract, which is then placed with Skywest.
August 1988    Coastal Surveillance rebranded as Coastwatch.
1990    Torres Strait helicopter introduced.
1994    National Jet Systems subsidiary Surveillance Australia wins new fixed-wing contract.
2005    Surveillance Australia wins a further 15 year contract.

Current Status

The aircraft of Coastwatch are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

Special Markings

Coastwatch aircraft originally operated in a white overall colour scheme with green-white-yellow fuselage and fin stripes. The service titles COASTWATCH were carried on the rear fuselage. Since about 1994 a switch was made to an overall white scheme with a red fuselage stripe and an all-red fin and rudder. The service titles CUSTOMS are now carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Coastwatch aircraft carry standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. DHC-8 VH-ZZA.

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 206L LongRanger IV 1 1 0 Coastal Patrol
Bell 412EP 1 1 0 Coastal Patrol
De Havilland Canada DHC-8 srs 200 7 7 0 Coastal Patrol
De Havilland Canada DHC-8 srs 200 4 4 0 Coastal Patrol
Eurocopter EC145 1 1 0 Coastal Patrol

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero Commander 500 Shrike Commander 1 ? ? contractor
Aerospatiale AS350B3 Squirrel 1 2007 ? contractor
Bell 206L LongRanger IV 1 ? current contractor
Bell 412EP 1 ? current contractor
Britten-Norman BN-2B Islander 6 1995 1996 contractor
Cessna F406 Caravan II 3 1995 1996 contractor
De Havilland Canada DHC-8 srs 200 7 1994 current contractor
De Havilland Canada DHC-8 srs 300 4 1994 current contractor
Eurocopter EC145 1 2010 current contractor
GAF N22 Nomad 3 ? ? contractor
IAI 1124N Westwind SeaScan 3 ? ? contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Coastwatch, Border Protection Command, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Organisational Structure

There are no sub-units to the Coastwatch service. Aircraft are allocated to various bases as detailed below.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Coastwatch aircraft operate from Cairns and Horn Island (both QLD), Darwin (NT) and Broome (WA).

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Coastwatch
wikipedia: Surveillance Australia
cobham catches coastwatch contract
Airliners.net

http://australiancustomshistory.com.au/#!period-1970s

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Australian Antarctic Division

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

To be added.

Key Dates

1911 Mawson Expedition obtains REP Monoplane.
1929 BANZARE expedition uses Gypsy Moth floatplane.
1947 Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) founded.
1947 RAAF Antarctic Flight operates Walrus amphibian.
1948 Australian Antarctic Division established.
1953 Auster Antarctic aircraft support building of Mawson base.
1958 First helicopter operations.
1963 RAAF ends support to Antarctic operations due to operational commitments.
1964 Chartered commercial aircraft introduced.
2005 Construction starts of snow runway at Wilkins commenced.
2007 First aircraft lands at Wilkins Aerodrome.
2008 Start of regular intercontinental flights by Airbus A319.

Current Status

The aircraft of the AAD are fully operational.

Future Plans

Not known.

Markings

Special Markings

Aircraft of the AAD normally operate in some variety of an overall orange or orange and white colour scheme. Service titles are not normally carried, although the Airbus A319 does carry the Department of the Environment official logo and ‘Australian Government – Antarctic Division’ titles in the forward fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the AAD carry standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Aerospatiale AS350 VH-AFO.

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 350BA Squirrel 7 2 0 Transport
Airbus A319-115LR 1 1 0 Transport
Basler BT-67 1 1 0 Transport
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 1 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

To be added.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston Tasmania 7050, Australia.

Organisational Structure

The AAD has no subordinate flying units.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applcable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The AAD airbridge to Antartica operates from Hobart International Airport, Tasmania to Wilkins Runway in Antartica. Other airfields used include Macquarie Island (heliport), Casey Station, Davis Station and Mawson Station.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

official website
History of Australian Antarctic aviation
wikipedia: Australian Antarctic Division
wikipedia: Skytraders
Antarctic Express
Skytraders
wikipedia: Wilkins Runway
wikipedia: Antarctic Flight RAAF
wikipedia: ANARE

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Western Australia Government Air Wing

History

Narrative Summary

The Western Australia state government currently leases two aircraft from Maroomba Airlines for VIP transport of government officials around the state. It is not known what aircraft were operated prior to the current lease contract.

Key Dates

19?? First Western Australia state government aircraft used.
2006 Aircraft leasing contract with Maroomba Airlines starts.

Current Status

The aircraft of the WAGAW are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

WAGAW aircraft operate in an overall white colour scheme with a blue and gold fuselage cheatline. The flag of Western Australia is carried on the fin. No service titles are displayed.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the WAGAW carry standard Australian civil aircraft registrations in no special sequence, e.g. Hawker 850XP VH-MQY.

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
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Hawker 850XP 1 1 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech Super King Air 200 1 2006 current leased
Hawker 850XP 1 2006 current leased

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

No losses known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Western Australia Government Air Wing, Perth Airport, Western Australia.

Organisational Structure

The air wing 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

WAGAW aircraft are based at Perth International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

WA government aircraft
Aviation WA

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Queensland Government Air Wing

History

Narrative Summary

The origins of the Queensland Government Air Wing data back to November 1971, when the Queensland Government bought a single-engine aircraft for the use of the then Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Bjelke-Petersen, was a licensed pilot, who used it to visit remote parts of the state to campaign and boost his public profile. The Government then upgraded it to a twin-engine aircraft in 1973 and an even bigger Piper PA-31 Navajo in 1975.

In 1980 a turbo-prop Beech Super King Air 200 was obtained, and in late 1984 this was supplemented by a BAe 125-800B business jet. Both of these aircraft were later replaced by more modern versions.

In 2012 a review of the use of Queensland Government aviation assets was initiated. On 1 November 2013, the Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter Rescue (EMQHR), Police Air Wing and Government Air Wing were merged into a new Queensland Government air service, called QG Air.

Key Dates

November 1971 Queensland Government purchases an aircraft for use by the Premier.
1973 First aircraft replaced by a twin-engined aircraft.
August 1980 Turbo-prop aircraft acquired.
1984 First jet aircraft acquired.
1 November 2013 Government Air Wing becomes part of unified QG Air organisation.

Current Status

The aircraft of the QGAW are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

QGAW aircraft operate in an overall white colour scheme with a red and grey fuselage cheatline. The flag of Queensland is carried on the fin. No service titles are displayed.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the QGAW carry Australian civil aircraft registrations in the VH-SGx sequence, e.g. Super King Air 200 VH-SGV, where SG may stand for State Government. The registration VH-SGQ has been used by several different aircraft, indicating State Government Queensland.

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
Beech Super King Air 300 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Hawker 850XP 1 1 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1980 ? USA
Beech Super King Air 300 1 1996 2006 USA
Beech Super King Air 350 1 2006 current USA
IAI 1124A Westwind 2 1 1991 1997 USA
British Aerospace BAe 125-800B 1 1984 1991 USA
Hawker 800XP 1 1997 2006 USA
Hawker 850XP 1 2006 current USA
? single engined aircraft 1 1971 1973 USA
? twin-engined aircraft 1 1973 1975 USA
Piper PA-31 Navajo 1 1975 1996 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

No losses known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Queensland Government Air Wing, Brisbane Airport, Government Hanger, Adjacent To Qantas Maintenance Hanger 1, BRISBANE, Queensland, 4000, Australia. (Note that the morons who registered this address can’t spell ‘Hangar’ correctly).

Organisational Structure

The air wing 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

The Queensland Government Air Wing is based at Brisbane Airport and shares a hangar on the Eastern side with the Queensland Police Air Wing.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

Queensland Government Air Wing
Queensland Government Air Wing
QG Air

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Australian Department of Civil Aviation

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

A Civil Aviation Branch of the Department of Defence was first created in 1921 to oversee the development of civil aviation in Australia. In 1938 it was made a separate government Department. After a series of departmental reorganisations that started in 1973, a separate Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) emerged in 1988, to control aviation safety regulation and provide air traffic services. In July 1995 the Civil Aviation Authority was split into an airspace management organisation, called Airservices Australia, and an aviation safety authority, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Throughout its life, the DCA/CAA operated a small fleet of aircraft for transport and Navaid Calibration duties.

Key Dates

28 March 1921    Civil Aviation Branch of the Department of Defence first established.
24 November 1938    Removed from military control as Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
30 November 1973    Became Department of Transport, Air Transport Group.
7 May 1982    Department of Aviation (DOA) separated from Department of Transport.
24 July 1987    Absorbed into Department of Transport and Communications.
1 July 1988    Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) created.
6 July 1995    Airservices Australia created from part of the Civil Aviation Authority.

Current Status

The Department of Civil Aviation eventually became the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia, which ceased to exist in 1995.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

DCA aircraft were normally left in a bare metal or silver dope finish, with a Department of Civil Aviation crest on the nose. A white colour scheme with a blue fuselage cheatline was adopted from the 1960s, with some later aircraft having light grey undersides. No service titles were carried by DCA aircraft.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Department of Civil Aviation aircraft carried Australian civil aircraft registrations, of which many were in the sequence VH-CAx, where CA stood for Civil Aviaiton, e.g. Avro Anson VH-CAB.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Departmenty of Civil Aviation, Victoria, VIC, Australia

Organisational Structure

The Flying Unit came under the Operations Branch of the DCA. This unit provided Navaid Calibration services. Other units of the DCA apparently provided VIP transport, flight training and Search & Rescue services.

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 Flying Unit aircraft were based at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, VIC.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Department of Civil Aviation (Australia)
Departmental Aircraft

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Airservices Australia

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Airservices Australia was created in July 1995 when the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Australia was split into an airspace management organisation, Airservices Australia, and an aviation safety authority, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Airservices Australia has responsibility for Air Traffic Control, aeronautical information, communications, radio navigation aids, airport rescue and fire fighting services etc. It operates a small fleet of aircraft for Navaid Calibration, some of which were inherited from the CAA.

Key Dates

6 July 1995    Airservices Australia created from Civil Aviation Authority.
1997    Contractor Pearl Aviation chosen to operate aircraft.
1998    Last government owned aircraft retired.

Current Status

The aircraft of Airservices Australia are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

Special Markings

Airservices Australia aircraft operate in an overall white colour scheme with a blue rear fuselage and fin. The service titles FLIGHT INSPECTION AIRSERVICES AUSTRALIA are carried on the fuselage sides, along with the organisation logo.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Airservices Australia aircraft carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, in the sequence VH-FIx, where FI stands for Flight Inspection, e.g. Super King Air 350 VH-FIS.

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
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1 0 Navaid Calibration
Beech Super King Air 350 1 1 0 Navaid Calibration

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech Super King Air 200 1 2001 current contractor
Beech Super King Air 350 1 1997 current contractor
IAI 1125 Astra 1 1997 2002 contractor
Fokker F-28 3 1995 1998 ex-CAA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Airservices Australia, Alan Woods Building, 25 Constitution Avenue, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Organisational Structure

There are no sub-units to the Flight Inspection service.

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 Essendon Airport, Melbourne, VIC.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Airservices Australia
Official Website
Airliners.net
Departmental Aircraft

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