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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.


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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.

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