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C130 Fire Bomber Perth

Old 2nd Feb 2021, 04:32
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C130 Fire Bomber Perth

I see the Coulson C130 transitting back to Busselton after bombing in the Perth hills (~25 minute transit each way). I would have thought operating out of Perth or even Pearce would be better.

What's involved in refilling the C130 (apart from a lot of water)?

Is special equipment needed?
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 05:41
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Hi Cap'n,
I heard on de radio that the 'reloading' gear - the mixing with retardant gear, the retardant, pumps etc. is all in BLN. and that for the time being, it seems 'tis more 'convenient' (?) rather than truck it to YPPH.
YPPH cannot be 'that' busy these days that they cannot organise a few slots for the Herc.....
(One would think...)

RWY Works at Pearce (?) Dunno, just speculatin'......

Talk on de radio also about an additional 'heavy' arriving from the 'East' later today / this evening.
Type unknown.

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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 05:48
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NSW RFS 737 is enroute.
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 05:57
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Thankx MrCF,
'BMR210' app o/head Pt Lincoln as we speak. (FR24)

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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 06:15
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Thanks Griffo. If the 737 goes to Busso too, us ratepayers will be rich with the landing fees!

'BMR210' app o/head Pt Lincoln as we speak. (FR24)
Spotted. 0.76! Wind that thing up! Them's burning in them there hills!

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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 06:57
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Expect the crew will have to quarantine for 14 days before being allowed to work
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 07:05
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HA HA HA.....TOOOOOMUCHO NOISE Cap'n !!!!!

De radio talk is sayin' that the crew wiil do an 'induction' on arrival and be avbl from first light in de mornin'.....
(Hope dey is wearin' dere masks.....)?
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 09:14
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YOU is now 'rich'.....but.....ya gunna need ya ear plugs if ya wanna 'sleepin'..........

Would a mob like Busso really charge an 'EMERGENCY SERVICE' landing fees?
'Angel Flight' used to have 'waived' landing charges......

'Tis a temptation though I might venture.
Lemme see now, an airport built largely with WA Taxpayers money and some Fed money and then some Ratepayers money.....
Isn't that just 'US' paying it out to 'them', some of whom may be 'US' anyway..?
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 09:43
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Originally Posted by Griffo
ya gunna need ya ear plugs if ya wanna 'sleepin'..........
I think the old hercky bird will stir up their kidneys so much they'll enjoy the quickly disappearing jet. Besides, they've had plenty of Fokker noise by now...

I think I recall that half of one of the recent budgets went on the airport!
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Yeah, but no doubt You have heard...........about half of dem Fokkers were Messerschmidts......

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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 03:10
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Pearce is too close to the fire area to be an operating base.

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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 04:02
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Pearce is closed to large aircraft due to runway works, Perth apparently won't provide priority service to firefighting aircraft, and setting up the equiptment there would be a nightmare.

Busselton is also more central for South Western fires which is a higher risk than local fires (harder to access, less crews, etc).
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 05:07
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Originally Posted by industry insider View Post
Pearce is too close to the fire area to be an operating base.
Thats an odd reason, recall operating from fire bases that were literally in the middle of the fire at times.
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Re ' Perth apparently won't provide priority service to firefighting aircraft'......#12......

IS THIS TRUE????????????????????????????
OK. I understand only tooo well that the 'Perth International Airport' is now LEASED by a 'Private' consortium, but.....does that give it the RIGHT to IGNORE the 'NATIONAL INTERTEST'??

The 'National Interest' being the welfare of the MANY MANY WA Residents / TAXPAYERS who pay the FED GOVT 'LOTSA' G.S.T. AND INCOME TAX ??

So, where are the "FEDS" when this sort of caper is on the cards??

Unfortunately, MY 'LOCAL' Fed Member is on the 'wrong side'....due to a very convenient 're-distribution' of boundaries....
BUT , I reckon I am still going to give it to him - even though I know 'Scomo' is 'in the chair'.......

NO CHEERS HERE.....NOPE....NONE AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

C'Mon ...ANY "FEDS" who reads these pages want to reply???? ANYBODY ??????????????????????????????????
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... and with lockdown and an international flight ban - are ANY other aircraft using Perth Airport at the moment?
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 21:49
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Thats an odd reason, recall operating from fire bases that were literally in the middle of the fire at times.
Not if you saw the smoke and visibility. Moot anyway, as Na Fenn said.
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Old 4th Feb 2021, 01:10
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... and with lockdown and an international flight ban - are ANY other aircraft using Perth Airport at the moment?
About 100 inbound flights a day.
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/a...s/per/arrivals
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yeah, just a few FIFO's!
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