Aerotech is contracted to provide the aerial suppression of bushfires in South Australia. We use the impressive Air Tractor-802F (AT-802F) – designed and built with the sole purpose to fight fires. The AT-802F is appreciated among aerial fire fighting circles as a fast, maneuverable, tough and operationally very effective. We call them the 'bombers'.
The devastating 'Pinery' fire North of Adelaide yesterday was “one of the worst I’ve ever seen” says Aerotech Managing Director Sam McCabe.
Aerotech Pilot Michael Crettenden shows off our new paint scheme at our airbase in Pt Lincoln. The Pt Lincoln Times were there to cover it and the outlook for the fire season.
Yesterday saw a risky day of fires for South Australia with a number of blazes across the state.
The Aerotech ‘Bombers’ responded to fires in Bridgewater, Mylor, Aldgate, Kyeema and Woolshed Flat.
As the fire season commences for 2015/16, Aerotech 1st Response (responsible for South Australia’s aerial firefighting efforts), is launching an all-new paint scheme for their impressive fire bombing fleet. Aerotech is adopting a fresh new look – a striking red and white paint scheme. The fleet of 13 fixed wing aircraft and 2 helicopters contracted to the CFS during the summer months will be painted over the coming 3 years and you won’t be able to miss them as they do their part in keeping us and our homes safe from bush fires.
South Australian-owned and operated Aerotech Australia is expanding its commercial aerial capabilities throughout the State, adding a helicopter division to its growing aviation business.