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Title: 2011/12 Pre Fire Season Aviation Briefing


1
2011/12 Pre Fire Season Aviation Briefing
2
Briefing Intent
  • Report on previous season lessons learnt.
  • Advise on changes for forthcoming season.
  • Advise on SAU policy and procedures.
  • Advise on SAU programs.
  • Forum for discussion.

3
Welcome and Outline
  • Fire Season 2010/11 in review.
  • SAU Review.
  • SAUP Amendments.
  • State Fleet Aircraft 2011/12.
  • Operational Information.
  • Innovation.
  • Into 2012 and beyond.

4
Season 2010/11 in Review.
5
Annual Statistics
6
2010/11 Significant Occurrences.
Season 2010/11
  • Approx 4200 hrs flown by agencies.
  • Approx 275 hrs for fire suppression.
  • Approx 1200 hrs for flood work.
  • Approx 610 hrs for aerial ignition.
  • Flood recce near miss.
  • Pilot left helo controls during refuelling.
  • 2 x rappel related knee injury detached rope.

7
Season 2010/11 Flood Operations
  • Approx 1200 hrs for flood work.
  • Agency personnel transport, reconnaissance,
    damage assessment, sling load, VIP, IR linescan,
    relocation of public.
  • 39 different aircraft used.
  • 1 serious incident near miss Shepparton.
  • Multiple AIIMS roles filled agency personnel
    Air Observer, Airbase Manager, Aircraft Officer,
    Air Ops Manager.
  • First time SES significant involvement in
    aircraft use. SAU working with SES to expand
    knowledge of operational usage.
  • SAU procedures catered for atypical operations.

8
Progress of Royal Commission Outcomes.
9
Royal Commission Aviation Outcomes
  1. Dispatch of aircraft draft SAUP circulated.
  2. Preparedness draft SAUP to be circulated.
  3. Enhanced request and dispatch systems current
    processes being mapped, AMC to determine scope.

10
SAU Policy Procedures
11
SAUPs
  • SAUP FO 2.02 HLS Helicopter Outlandings
    ready for distribution.
  • SAUP AM 1.06 Obtaining Aircraft compiling
    comments for final draft.
  • SAUP AM 1.08 Aviation Resources Readiness
    Arrangements to be circulated for comment asap.
  • SAUP AM 1.09 Aviation Resource Stand-down
    Suspension Procedures to be circulated for
    comment.
  • SAUP FO 2.04 Operational and Flight Planning
    template for non-fire operations plans to be
    added.
  • SAUPs to be emailed to distribution list in pdf
    and updated on SAU website.

State Aircraft Unit Policy and Procedures
State Aircraft Unit Policy and Procedures
State Aircraft Unit Policy and Procedures
The State Aircraft Unit is a joint fire agency
initiative of CFA and DSE, providing specialist
aviation resources for fire, land and emergency
management.
The State Aircraft Unit is a joint fire agency
initiative of CFA and DSE, providing specialist
aviation resources for fire, land and emergency
management.
The State Aircraft Unit is a joint fire agency
initiative of CFA and DSE, providing specialist
aviation resources for fire, land and emergency
management.
12
State Fleet Aircraft 2011/12.
13
Type 1 Helicopters
  • Helitack 341 Erickson S64F Air-Crane
  • Essendon includes AAS platform Firebird 308.
  • Helitack 342 Erickson S64E Air-Crane
  • Ballarat includes AAS platform Firebird 309.
  • Helitack 347 Sikorsky S61N
  • Colac Firebombing fixed tank/bambi bucket
  • Sling load, rappel, PAX transport 18.
  • Helitack 348 Sikorsky S61N
  • Mansfield firebombing bambi bucket
  • Sling load, rappel, PAX transport 18.

14
HTK 348 Sikorsky S61N Mansfield
HTK 341 S64F Air-Crane Essendon
HTK 342 S64E Air-Crane Essendon
HTK 347 Sikorsky S61N Colac
15
Type 2 3 Tactical Helicopters
  • Helitack 331 Bell 212 Moorabbin.
  • Helitack 332 Bell 212 Ovens.
  • Helitack 333 Bell 212 Heyfield.
  • Helitack 334 Bell 412 Stawell, Fire
    Readiness Location Sea Lake (2/11 to 31/12
    approx)
  • Helitack 335 Bell 214B Olinda TBC.
  • Firebird 336 B3 Squirrel (Type 3 with
    bellytank) Bendigo.
  • Firebird 337 B3 Squirrel (Type 3 with
    bellytank) Benalla.
  • Firebird 338 Bell 206L (bucket) LTV (HVP
    aircraft).

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Type 3 Helicopters
  • Firebird 301 Bell B206 Horsham.
  • Firebird 302 AS 350FX Moorabbin.
  • Firebird 303 AS 350BA Ovens.
  • Firebird 304 AS 350D Bairnsdale.
  • Firebird 305 Bell B206 Bendigo.
  • Firebird 306 AS 350D Moorabbin-2hr/15min.
  • Firebird 307 AS350B2 Moorabbin.
  • Firebird 308 Bell Longranger Essendon (AAS
    platform HT341).
  • Firebird 309 Bell Longranger Ballarat (AAS
    platform HT342).
  • Firebird 310 Bell B206 Colac (AAS platform
    HT347).
  • Firebird 311 Bell B206 Mansfield (AAS
    platform HT348).
  • Firebird 312 AS 350BA Olinda TBC (Melb Water).

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SEATs - 15 min Standby
  • Bomber 351 Air Tractor AT 802F Stawell.
  • Bomber 352 Air Tractor AT 802F Casterton.
  • Bomber 353 PZL M18B Dromader Hamilton.
  • Bomber 354 Air Tractor AT 802F Albury.
  • Bomber 355 PZL M18B Turbine Dromader
    Bairnsdale.
  • Bomber 356 Air Tractor AT 802F Albury.
  • Bomber 365 PZL M18A Turbine Dromader Bendigo.

20
SEATs 2hr / 12hr - 15 min Standby
  • Bomber 357 PZL M18B Dromader Stawell.
  • Bomber 358 PZL M18B Dromader LTV.
  • Bomber 359 PZL M18B Dromader Benambra.
  • Bomber 360 Air Tractor AT 802F Stawell.
  • Bomber 361 PZL M18B Dromader LTV.

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Fixed Wing Recce and Specialist Aircraft
  • Birddog 366 Cessna C337 Essendon.
  • Birddog 367 Cessna 337 Ballarat.
  • Birddog 384 Cessna 337 Wangaratta. 12hrs to
    15min readiness, request to SAD, Region/District
    activation protocols to be re-circulated.
  • Infra-red line scanning.
  • Firescan 300 Beech King Air Essendon.
  • Firescan 350 Beech King Air Essendon.

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Operational Information.
25
Aviation Management Procedures
  • For Pilots No changes to procedures for
  • Mandatory 5nm inbound calls to fire/airbase
  • Fire CTAF frequencies
  • Flight Following
  • Requirement 2 x aero 2 x Agency radios
  • No comms no go.

26
Standby Deployment Arrangements.
27
Request and Dispatch Procedures Pilots
  • ALL State Fleet aircraft initial dispatch is via
    SAD even if request originates from aircrafts
    home location. No self activation.
  • Location/comms details provided on deployment.
  • On departure from NOB - all State Fleet aircraft
    shall call SAD.
  • Automatically monitor Fire CTAF 132.55 unless
    advised by SAD.
  • Region/District light fixed wing aircraft
    deployed locally. Staff advise SAD on deployment.
    Fire CTAF advised to Region/District.

28
Standby Arrangements Pilots
  • State Fleet
  • Standard 15 min / 2 hr / 12hr availability (non
    TFB) hours 1000-1800 30 mins outside these
    hours.
  • Can be varied day to day as determined by SAD.
  • Total Fire Ban days automatically 0900
    1900, refer to Cockpit Handbook - you are
    expected to be of aware of TFB.
  • Extreme weather forecast as advised by SAD.
  • Once deployed start times determined by Aircraft
    Officer/IMT availability remains 15mins.

29
Standby Arrangements Pilots
  • Regional Call When Needed Aircraft
  • Standard 15 min availability (non TFB) hours
    1000-1800 or as determined by Region/District.
  • Can be varied day to day as determined by
    Region/District.
  • Total Fire Ban day as advised by
    Region/District.
  • Once deployed start times determined by Aircraft
    Officer/IMT or Region/District availability
    remains 15mins.

30
Preparedness Protocols
  • Preparedness trigger levels dependant on risk and
    FDIs and respective Agency requirements.
  • State Preparedness Plan prepared by SAC, agreed
    by both Agencies SDO on day to day basis.
  • Repositioning protocol depends on predicted
    threat.
  • Includes aircraft, personnel and support
    resources.
  • Additional tactical CWN aircraft on standby
    approved by both Agency SDOs.

31
Training.
32
Training
  • Many Air Attack Supervisors very little flying
    last two years currency.
  • Increased mentoring of provisional roles
    required.
  • Regional aircraft exercises coordinated by
    Agency Region/Districts Ops Plans to be
    submitted to SAU aircraft supplied for joint
    agency events by SAU only on approval of plans.
  • Airbase Radio Operators 4 courses conducted
    Regional package available.

33
Basic Wildfire Awareness - pilots
  • Mandatory requirements for all operational
    personnel.
  • Victorian State Fleet and CWN pilots / engineers
    and support and contractors staff (refuellers).
  • No agreements with interstate fire services DSE
    RTO.
  • Access http//www.firetraining.org.au/
  • Follow Fire Training Online to Basic Wildfire
    Awareness and follow login prompts
  • You must register for certification post
    completion of test
  • READ instructions and provide all details -
    especially DOB and aircraft company requirements.
  • Names entered on FireWeb system after completion
    and registration.
  • Certificate follows in time to operator/Chief
    Pilot, not individual.
  • 800 on list - pilots swapping companies not
    issuing new certificates.

34
Safety Management.
35
Charter vs Aerial Work Arrangements
  • Operators advised in early 2010.
  • Ensures compliance with CASA regulations by
    avoiding situations where aircraft maintained to
    the Aerial Work standard are being used to
    perform Charter operations.
  • Will provide greater flexibility for Agency
    operations.
  • Require an Air Operators Certificate that
    authorises the company to perform Charter
    operations and aircraft maintained to the charter
    standard.
  • Will be an additional cost to the operator and
    reasonable cost may be passed onto the client.
  • Exemptions for 2010/11 fire season may be applied
    for on a case by case basis.

36
Mandatory Helipad Registration Approval
  • All non-fireline helipads to be inspected,
    approved by accredited Agency personnel from
    issues raised from NSW / Dorrigo fatality.
  • Aimed at ensuring safety and ensuring owners
    approvals are obtained.
  • All will be registered on FireWeb.
  • Checklist developed.
  • Includes all helipads in existing Agency depots
    etc.
  • 3 year approval period.
  • Reg. form and procedures SAUP FO2.02.

37
Documentation.
38
Documentation
  • On-line pilot and aircraft CWN register open
    for registration Warren Fuller.
  • Pilot Reference Manual via Chief Pilots.
  • Cockpit handbooks distributed early Nov.
  • Flight Operations Returns more books from
    Warren.
  • CFA Districts FOR/recce aircraft invoice to
    Kylie David.
  • DSE Areas copies of recce FORs to Kylie David.

39
Innovation.
40
Convair Evaluation
  • 2 x Convair CV580 Air Tankers 8000 litre
    capacity.
  • Based at Avalon and engaged for 12 weeks.
  • Summary of Bushfire Operations
  • 12 loads 95,400 litres delivered all
    retardant.
  • Manns Beach 2 x loads, 2 x drops, 15,898 litres
    direct attack.
  • Tostaree 2 x loads, 2 x drops, 15,898 litres
    indirect attack.
  • Mt Richmond 8 x loads, 10 x drops, 63,396
    litres parallel and direct attack.
  • Mt Richmond 330km from NOB. Turnaround 103
    minutes (on-ground 11 minutes).

41
Convair Evaluation
  • In conjunction performance evaluation
    conducted.
  • Evaluation Aim
  • .aircraft to perform a series of fire bombing
    drop tests in controlled environments over a
    series of pre-determined target sites.
  • Evaluation Scenarios
  • Forested canopy effectiveness
  • Built environment impact assessment
  • Grassland and cereal crop residue effectiveness
  • Alternative aerial suppressants
  • Terrain and operational performance
  • Open field recovery.

42
Convair Evaluation
  • Total evaluation (non-fire) activities 16 days.
  • Total loads 48.
  • Total drops 63.
  • Total volume delivered 381,552 litres.
  • Evaluation of Convair CV-580 Multi Engine Air
    Tanker prepared by Tim Vercoe Bushfire CRC -
    report received 26/9.
  • Convair project control board to meet and discuss
    outcome and future release of report 6/10.

43
Convair Evaluation
  • Effective drop dimensions (average)
  • Coverage level 8 - grassland - 240m x 15m
    (retardant gel)
  • Coverage level 8 - forest - 220m x 15m
    (retardant)
  • Coverage level 2 grassland 600m x 8m (gel)
  • Coverage level 2 grassland 800m x 5m (water).

44
Flight Following Timer - F Pad
  • A4 size pad timer 6 aircraft.
  • Count down from 30 min push button reset each
    aircraft.
  • Counts up from 00 change of LED colour.
  • Battery powered and AC converter.
  • Prototype trialled at SAD during 2011 burning
    season.
  • Production run version ready mid Oct.
  • Initial release airbases and ICC3.
  • Single aircraft unit being developed.

45
Aerial Intelligence Gathering (AIG) Trial
  • Trial conducted 19-23 Sept in north central
    Victoria.
  • 4 x aircraft (3 FW, 1 RW), 3 x high definition/IR
    cameras, 2 x mapping systems.
  • All aircraft participated in number of exercises
    in varying terrain to demonstrate capability of
    systems.
  • Final report to be prepared for submission to AMC
    in Dec 2011.

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Night Vision Goggles
  • FB302 fitted out for NVG operations.
  • Awaiting CASA approval for NVG on Heli-Serv AOC.
  • CASA approving AI as approved NVG operation.
  • SAU purchased 3 x NVGs on behalf of Agencies.
  • Only aerial reconnaissance aerial incendiary
    operations.
  • Small pool of accredited Air Observers and
    Incendiary Operations Supervisors to be trained
    to NVG flight crew status.
  • Strict Go/No Go requirements for missions - SAUP.
  • Requirement for operational support post last
    light.

49
Into 2012.
50
Into 2012
  • FLIRs 2 x Wescam MX-10 systems evaluated and
    purchased 1 for delivery in Dec 2011 and other
    in Jan 2012. Initial fitting for State Fleet
    Squirrel helicopters.
  • Airbase Communications upgrade continues.
  • Aerial ignition equipment - additional 3xAIMs
    (total 12) and 1xADT (total 5) purchased for
    autumn 2012 FRB program.
  • LTV airbase welfare facilities near completion,
    Snowy Range gravelled, SEAT loading slab at Vic
    Valley completed, Mt Hotham works to commence.

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SAU Managers Message.
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Managers Message
  • Survey conducted with Agencies to better
    understand their expectations of the SAU.
  • Stakeholder communications plan will take
    outcomes of this survey into account.
  • Intention to run similar survey with industry.
  • SAU to continue to work with Agencies and
    industry to deliver safe air operations.

55
Safety is the paramount consideration in all
Agency aircraft operations. At all times care
must be taken in aerial activities and ground
support activities to ensure that the highest
possible standards of safety are maintained.
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