AIRPORT WATCH OPERATIONAL TRIAL

Location: South Australia (YPAD)

Time Frame: April-May 2010

A special thanks to:

  • Office of Transport Security (OTS)
  • Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL)
  • Australian Federal Police (AFP)
  • South Australian Police (SAPOL)

Airport Watch – Adelaide Operational Trial

Over the past weeks 5DME have kept up-to-date with the Operational Trial of Airport Watch at Adelaide Airport. This week the trial is over and we bring to you our video summary of the period.

Previous information about the Operational Trial of Airport Watch:

19th April 2010. Today 5DME attended the launch of a Neigbourhood Watch style scheme called AIRPORT WATCH which is to be trialled at Adelaide Airport. The programme involves airport staff, airlines, crews, retailers and others operating from airport grounds participating by reporting suspicious activity.

The OTS (Office of Transport Security) in collaboration with the Australian Federal Police, SA Police and AAL have developed the scheme. Adelaide Airport has stepped forward to be the trial host.

Adelaide Airport on any given day has 10,000 staff/workers in attendance from the various operators, contractors and services. That’s 10,000 pairs of ears & eyes that could possibly report out-of-the ordinary activities.

Airport Watch seeks to strengthen the security culture by involving the airport community. Incidents that might usually go unreported might now be reported due to the awareness Airport Watch will bring to the aviation community.

The idea being: If you see something suspicious, REPORT IT.

If you see something suspicious you are urged to call 131 AFP (131 237)

 

Points to remember:

What makes a person suspicious is not the colour of their skin, their ethnic culture, or their gender. It is what they do, where they are, how they are behaving.

Airport Watch is not aimed at targeting legitimate activities. (E.G. planespotting).

The aviation enthusiast community in Adelaide has been included in the trial.

Visitors to the airport are encouraged to report suspicious activity.

For example, people that could report suspicious activity may include:

        • Taxi Drivers
        • Bus Drivers
        • Couriers
        • Passengers
        • Visitors
        • Aviation Enthusiasts

 

Once the trial is completed Airport Watch is likely to be introduced at a number of Australian airports.

NOTE: As of 2011 Adelaide Airport has adopted the Airport Watch Program and now has active group participating with Airport Watch. Other airports should follow when OTS proceeds with the official roll-out.

Information source: AAL, Office of Transport Security. Photo: AAL. Video 5DME.

Aerial Fire Fighting in South Australia

Aerial Fire Fighting in South Australia

In January 2010, 5DME visited the CFS bases at Brukunga and Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. We had a chance to talk to the personnel, including the pilots of the Erickson Air Crane. Everyone was most helpful and provided plenty of useful information for the 5DME pages.

We also had a talk to David Smith from Airservices Australia to find out how aerial fire fighting is handled by air traffic controllers.

Click the links to learn about each aircraft type and ATC:

  • Air Crane (Erickson Air Crane) view…
  • Air Tractors (AeroTech) view…
  • Air Traffic Control (Airservices Australia) view…
  • Bell Helicopters (McDermott) view…
  • Spotter Aircraft (coming soon)

 

Photos from Brukunga and Woodside

See the 5DME Photo Gallery for images of the aircraft mentioned in this article.

 

Interesting Links

http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/

http://www.fire-brigade.asn.au/operations/aircraft.asp#602

http://www.ericksonaircrane.com/

http://www.helicorp.com.au/

 

Credits

SA Country Fire Service (CFS Media)

Brukunga, Air Crane Pilots: Keith Gill & Bill Neckels

Woodside Contact: Sam McCabe

Air Tractor Video: NWS 9 Adelaide

Airservices Australia: David Smith

Story & Audio Post Production: David H.

Photos: David H & David Wilkie.

Interview conducted by Nigel Daw.

90th Anniversary Vickers Vimy, 1919 England to Australia Air Race

10th December 2009Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith, Jimmy Bennett and W.H. Shiers arrive in Darwin, 1919 90th Anniversary England to Australia Air Race.

The 90th Anniversary of the arrival of Sir Keith, Sir Ross Smith, Jimmy Bennett and W.H. Shiers into Darwin on 10th of December 1919, in a Vickers Vimy WWI bomber (G-EAOU) is being commemorated with a special service to be held at the Creswell Gardens. The statue is situated on the corner of King William Road and Memorial Drive near the Torrens Lake, Adelaide. This statue commemorates the death of Sir Ross Smith in April 1922 in England.

This Anniversary is organised by The Return and Service League and the Queens Old College Boys Association. The two Smith brothers attended this college way back in 1902. During WWI the Smith brothers went to Gallipoli and Egypt where the joined the Royal Air Force and also were in active service till wars end in 1918.

 

Photo: Sir Keith & Sir Ross Smith War Memorial, Adelaide Airport.

 

This Anniversary is also the 90th of the famous England to Australia Air Race that commenced on the 12th of November 1919 in which seven competitors participated. The winners were the Smith brothers and the two engineers and collected a prize of 10,000 pounds from the Australian Government for their achievement. The race ended up on the Flemington Race Course, Melbourne, Victoria on the 24th of February 1919.

The commemorations this year at Creswell Gardens are on Sunday 13th of December is the closest day to Thursday 10th of December (a Weekend). Approximately 300 people will be in attendance. Commencing 11.00am.

The Vickers Vimy was presented to the Australian Government on completion of this Air Race and is now in a specially built hangar in the Adelaide Airport grounds.

Photo: War Memorial display at Adelaide Airport

 

Commemorative Air Mail Flight

Chris Lloyd prepared 40 souvenir Air Mail envelopes to be carried on a Tiger Moth over the Willunga Hills and along the coast near Willunga Beach and Aldinga Beach on Thursday 10th of December 2009. This being the correct day of the arrival of the Vickers Vimy in Darwin, Northern Territory in 1919.

Thanks go to Martyn Smith from Adelaide Biplanes for providing the Air-Mail service for this event.

www.adelaidebiplanes.com.au

 

Photo: Martyn & VH-UEQ (Tiger Moth) at Aldinga

 

COMMEMORATIVE EVENT TIMES & LOCTAION

Creswell Gardens, King William St & Memorial Dr, Adelaide, SA

Commencing: 11.00am, 13th December 2009

PUBLIC WELCOME

 

Photo: VH-UEQ at Aldinga

 

 


Thursday 10th December Commemorative Air Mail Flight, Aldinga.

England to Australia Air Race 1919.

Hand-over of the Commemorative Air Mail (10-Dec-2009)
Left to Right: Chris Lloyd, John Bodner (Air Mail Soc) & Martyn Smith (Adelaide Biplanes)

 

Pilot, Martyn Smith signing the Air Mail
Chris Lloyd & Martyn Smith (Adelaide Biplanes)

 

Credits for those who made the 90th Anniversary airmail flight possible:

  • Chris Lloyd
  • Martyn Smith, Adelaide Biplanes
  • Airmail Society
  • 5DME.NET

1919 Great Air Race – Engalnd to Australia

Commemorative Ceremony, Creswell Gardens, Adelaide. 13th December 2009

The 90th Anniversary of the arrival of Sir Keith, Sir Ross Smith, Jimmy Bennett and W.H. Shiers into Darwin on 10th of December 1919, in a Vickers Vimy WWI bomber (G-EAOU) is being commemorated with a special service to be held at the Creswell Gardens. The statue is situated on the corner of King William Road and Memorial Drive near the Torrens Lake, Adelaide. This statue commemorates the death of Sir Ross Smith in April 1922 in England.

 

This Anniversary is organised by The Return and Service League and the Queens Old College Boys Association. The two Smith brothers attended this college way back in 1902. During WWI the Smith brothers went to Gallipoli and Egypt where the joined the Royal Air Force and also were in active service till wars end in 1918.

Sir Ros Smith Memorial, Creswell Gardens

 

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Memorial Reads:Sir Ross Smith K.B.E.

Born at Semaphore Australia, December 4th 1892

Died at Weybridge England, April 13th 1922

Erected by the people of South Australia to commemorate the first successful flight by aeroplane from England to Australia Nov 12th – Dec 10th 1919.

 

 

Pandas arrive at Adelaide destined for Zoo

PandAmonium

With all the interest in the arrival of the Pandas in Adelaide the crew at AAL have come up with some friends for Buck Bear.

The (real) pandas arrived on the morning of Saturday 28th November. However, they will not be accessible to the public until 13th December 2009. See Adelaide Zoo for details. www.zoossa.com.au

It’s just nice to see aviation participating in local events and a good sense of humour as well.

 

Photo Courtesy: Adelaide Airport Limited

MAC Rescue Helicopter Service

Sponsor: Motor Accident Commission.Airfield: Adelaide, Display at Torrens Parade GroundsTime Frame: November 2009 Government of South AustraliaState Rescue Helicopters
Thanks to:Justice Department, Business ServicesRescue Helicopter Management Committee

Australian Helicopters

Staff involved in Public Sector Week 2009.

1) History of the State Rescue Helicopter Service

  • In the late 1970’s a number of organisations involved in providing emergency services began talks with Government about providing helicopter capacity in South Australia.   Guy Lloyd, of Lloyd Helicopters saw an opportunity to be involved and was able to provide leadership and advice to the agencies on how the service could be developed.
  • In the summer of 1979/80 a trial was undertaken by Surf Lifesaving, using a Bell 206 Jetranger helicopter, servicing the local South Australian beaches.  There was a significant rescue where a life was saved which demonstrated that the helicopter service had a major and indeed a broader role to play in state rescues.  After the Liberal Party won the election, the new premier David Tonkin indicated the intention to widen the concept to a State Service.
  • The State Government in May 1980 approved the establishment of a full time State Rescue Helicopter Service (SRHS) to be operated by Lloyd Helicopters.  A Bell 206L Long Ranger VH-BJX ‘Rescue 1’ commenced operations.  By this time government organisations using helicopters were: Police, CFS, Health (Retrieval Teams), Ambulance services and independently run Surf Lifesaving.
  • Special facilities were opened at Adelaide Airport in 1980 to house the rescue helicopter operations.
  • Additional helicopters were progressively added and in 1990 the first Bell 412 VH-NSC came into service.
  • Operators of the service have been Lloyd Helicopters, CHC Helicopters, and from 11 December 2005, Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd.  The new operator gained the rescue contract for a term of seven years. They now operate from a specially built  complex near Harbour Town at Adelaide Airport.
  • Previous sponsors of the Rescue Helicopter Service have included Bank of New South Wales, Westpac Bank, S.G.I.C., and Adelaide Bank. The Motor Accident Commission took over sponsorship from 1 July 2009.

 

 

On display at the Torrens Parade Grounds, Public Sector Week November 2009.

 

2) Background

Today, the South Australian State Rescue Helicopter Service (“MAC Rescue Helicopter Service”) is a multi-helicopter service that is principally used by 4 emergency services agencies to support the provision of police, bushfire services, and emergency medical retrieval services to the South Australian community.

Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd is the service provider engaged to supply the helicopters and aircrew and carry out the day-to-day operations of the MAC Rescue Helicopter Service (“MAC RHS”).

The service continues to be well recognised for operating as an effective shared user arrangement which is unique to South Australia.

The cooperation of the user agencies saves dollars by eliminating the need for separate helicopter service contracts in each agency. More importantly, it provides a flexible and efficient service that saves lives.

 

 

On display at the Torrens Parade Grounds, Public Sector Week November 2009.

 

3) Roles performed

The helicopters in operation perform a variety of tasks in the support of the user agencies.  The following table indicates the core tasks that are performed for each agency:

USER AGENCY TASK
SA Health (DH)
  • Emergency aero medical retrieval
  • Non emergency aero medical retrieval / patient transfer
SA Ambulance Service (SAAS)
  • Patient retrieval / paramedic insertion in difficult access / egress environments
SA Police (SAPOL)
  • Aerial command platform
  • Search and rescue over land and water
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Crime prevention and detection
  • Observation
  • Special tasks
SA Country Fire Service (CFS)
  • Aerial command platform
  • Fire mapping and observation
  • Fire bombing
  • Air attack supervision
All users
  • Transport of personnel and equipment
  • Training

There are also a small number of external users which access the MAC RHS from time to time.  The main one is the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), which is the Commonwealth government body responsible for the search and rescue response to national civil aviation and maritime distress incidents.

 

4)  Role of Justice Business Services

Justice Business Services (JBS) within the Attorney-General’s Department manages the contract and funding arrangements for the MAC RHS, as well as the service partnering agreement between the key user agencies.

5) Aircraft

Australian Helicopters service the MAC RHS requirements with the following three aircraft:

  • The “Agusta Bell 412”, the largest helicopter, is used mostly by SA Health for primary aero-medical retrievals and by SAPOL / SAAS for winch rescue missions.
  • The “BK 117” is also regularly used by Health for inter hospital retrievals. It is also the back up winch aircraft and is also used by SAPOL and CFS.
  • The “EC 130” is regularly used by SAPOL for surveillance and patrol missions, pursuits, and search and rescue over land and water.  The CFS also often uses this helicopter for intelligence missions to collect and disseminate information during a bushfire or for command and control of water bombing operations. It also has an aero-medical capability.

 

5.1) Agusta Bell 412 (AB412)

Also known as Rescue Five One (Rescue 51 or RS51), medium twin, VH-LSA.

Performs the following key taskings:

  • aero medical retrieval (up to 4 patients)
  • neonatal retrieval (with cot and lifter)
  • winch rescue
  • passenger transport

 

5.2) BK117

Also known as Rescue Five Two (Rescue 52 or RS52), light twin, VH-VSA.

Performs the following key taskings:

  • aero medical retrieval (up to 2 patients)
  • neonatal retrieval (takes cot)
  • high speed chase in poor weather – due to infra-red capability
  • winch rescue back-up
  • CFS command and control.

 

5.3) EC130 (single)

Also known as Rescue Five Three (Rescue 53 or RS53), single, VH-OSA.

Performs the following key taskings:

  • Police surveillance and patrols with the capacity to carry a STAR Group team
  • search and rescue over land and water
  • CFS command and control
  • plotting of bush fires
  • aero medical back-up (1 patient)
  • neonatal retrieval (takes cot).

 

See the 5DME Photo Gallery for more images.

Photos by David H.

Produced by 5DME.

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MAC Rescue Helicopter Service – Public Sector Week Event 2009WOW! What a great day. Well worth the look. Lots of photos and video to come from 5DME.MOTOR ACCIDENT COMMISSION RESCUE HELICOPTER SERVICE

 

On 26 November 2009, as part of Public Service Week, the rescue service was placed on display at the Torrens Parade Ground, King William Road, North Adelaide.

 

Two rescue helicopters ‘Rescue 51’ a Bell 412 VH-LSA and ‘Rescue 53’ an EC130 VH-OSA ferried in from Adelaide Airport to participate in the proceedings.

 

 

 

 

Photos by David H.

M.A.C. RESCUE HELICOPTER SERVICE

  • The Rescue Helicopter Service is used by four key emergency services agencies – SA Health, SA Ambulance, SA Country Fire Service and SA Police.
  • SA Health and SA Ambulance use the helicopters to transport critically injured and ill patients from regional S.A. to hospitals.
  • SA Country Fire Service uses the helicopters to collect and disseminate timely and accurate information to the community during a bushfire, and as an aerial command platform to direct fire-fighting activities.
  • SA Police use the helicopters for crime prevention activities, pursuit of motor vehicles and suspects, & to undertake search & rescue operations in conjunction with SA Ambulance.
  • The service conducts more than 1,000 missions each year around S.A.
  • The Attorney-General’s Department manages the MAC Rescue Helicopter Service partnering agreement on behalf of key agencies.
  • MAC (Motor Accident Commission) has sponsored the service since July 2009
  • The multi-agency approach is a good example of how government agencies work together to provide a flexible & effective service for the benefit of the community.
  • The rescue helicopters a Agusta-Bell 412, MBB-Kawasaki BK117 & Eurocopter EC130 are supplied by Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd and are based at Adelaide Airport.

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Events like this only go to show how important aviation has become in our community. In emergency cases we are almost dependent on such services.