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Old 6th Aug 2020, 07:00
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Whats the latest on the UH60 with aerial fire fighting?

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Old 6th Aug 2020, 08:23
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They already have sourced an ex-army pilot for this one in Adelaide.
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
They already have sourced an ex-army pilot for this one in Adelaide.
As a B1 LAME?
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Whos Aerotech?

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Whos Aerotech?
They have all the SEATS in SA, then took on a couple of AS350s about 5 years ago when AHPL (now Babcock) started offloading their single engine helicopter work.
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The agencies must be laughing again... as they were in the early 2000s when operators were buying surplus 204s 205s... a Mudgee operator did very well at this occasion with no competition.

One had to of course keep up with the Joness and thus the Blackhawk is the flavour of the year.

Some early backyard players have been spat out down the south coast trying to operate a hawk way out of their depth but Im sure there will be a few players that can and hopefully will train and keep the dollars upto to meet the standard and this will unfortunately for Aus be overseas companies with big budgets playing here for summer .
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Originally Posted by belly tank View Post
The agencies must be laughing again... as they were in the early 2000s when operators were buying surplus 204s 205s... a Mudgee operator did very well at this occasion with no competition.

One had to of course keep up with the Joness and thus the Blackhawk is the flavour of the year.

Some early backyard players have been spat out down the south coast trying to operate a hawk way out of their depth but Im sure there will be a few players that can and hopefully will train and keep the dollars upto to meet the standard and this will unfortunately for Aus be overseas companies with big budgets playing here for summer .
I can think of two Australian operators that are investing appropriately into Blackhawk and training local crews up that are already experience Bell medium fire pilots.
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Can an ex military Blackhawk lift as much as a Bell 214 Hevilifter?
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Isn’t the Blackhawk capable of night work with nvg’s?
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Isnt the Blackhawk capable of night work with nvgs?
Any helicopter is if the cockpit has been missed and meets the equipment requirement, the company has an AOC allowing it with trained crew etc.

Just look at Kestrel Aviation that used B412s on fires with NVG. They have approval for initial attack at night, and hover fill from unsurveyed Water sources.
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Originally Posted by havick View Post
Any helicopter is if the cockpit has been missed and meets the equipment requirement, the company has an AOC allowing it with trained crew etc.

Just look at Kestrel Aviation that used B412s on fires with NVG. They have approval for initial attack at night, and hover fill from unsurveyed Water sources.
Two pilot operation?
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Originally Posted by Petropavlovsk View Post
Can an ex military Blackhawk lift as much as a Bell 214 Hevilifter?
From my experience of operating them some years ago the standard hook was for 8,000lbs but we had the optional 9,000lb ones.

MAUW = 22,000lb.
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