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Coulson Chinooks Bound for Australia

Two of the largest firebombing helicopters in the world, the Coulson Aviation CH-47D Chinooks will be in Australia for the first time this summer due to new aircraft contracting arrangements for Australia. AFAC, through the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC),...

International Experience for Australian Pilot

One of the Australian pilots who worked in the United States in 2021 during the difficult northern hemisphere fire season described the experience as invaluable. Tony’s substantive role with Coulson Aviation Australia is flying...

737 FIRELINER™ 210 Ready for Action

Coulson Aviation Australia team members in various roles supported the efforts of the United States Forest Service (USFS) through the deployment of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service-owned 737 to America…

737 FIRELINER™ Returns to Australia

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service-owned and Coulson Aviation Australia operated 737 FIRELINER™ has arrived home from the USA. The Boeing 737 Marie Bashir, flying as Bomber 210, has spent more than 57 days…

737 Endorsed Engineers Working in California 2021

Coulson Aviation Australia Licensed Engineers Paul and Jono are working in the USA to support the efforts of Australian based 737 aerial bomber the Marie Bashir fighting fires alongside a range of American fire services. They are in a team of four engineers supporting...

USA President Biden Credits Coulson Aviation Australia

The NSW Rural Fire Service-owned 737 Bomber 210 is in the USA to assist firefighters and fire agencies as they face a tough fire season.Already battling a number of large fires, the USA requested assistance. Bomber 210 is operated by Coulson Aviation Australia,...

Profile: Quality Manager and Lead Auditor

Aviation is a complex and highly regulated industry for all the right reasons, and like most businesses, Coulson Aviation Australia has team members dedicated to safety, quality, regulatory compliance, and assurance.  Sam is the organisation’s Civil Aviation...

Profile: Aircrew Officer

Coulson Aviation Australia attracts people who possess a broad range of experiences, a passion for flying, and a strong desire to help communities. Aircrew Officer Duncan is no different. He feels a strong sense of purpose when working in a Bell 412 helicopter for the...

Chris Smallhorn Takes On New Strategic Role

Chris Smallhorn In line with Coulson Aviation Australia’s continued focus on building a sustainable and robust business, current CEO Chris Smallhorn will transition to Vice President of Government Relations, adviser to the Coulson Aviation Australia Board. Coulson...

Cessna Citation 560 Ferry Flight from Canada to Australia

Bringing the Cessna Citation 560, owned by New South Wales Rural Fire Service, home from Port Alberni, Canada was a memorable journey for the two Australian pilots charged with the job. Navigating stops in multiple countries during a time when security and the...
Cessna Citation 560 Ferry Flight from Canada to Australia

Cessna Citation 560 Ferry Flight from Canada to Australia

Bringing the Cessna Citation 560, owned by New South Wales Rural Fire Service, home from Port Alberni, Canada was a memorable journey for the two Australian pilots charged with the job. Navigating stops in multiple countries during a time when security and the...

Coulson Aviation Australia FIREWATCH™ Programs

Coulson Aviation Australia FIREWATCH™ Programs

Coulson Aviation began a successful Night Fire Suppression Trial Program in partnership with Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and the Victorian Government in 2016 . The initial and extended attack suppression program was widely used in Victoria…

Jonathon’s Profile: 737 FIRELINER™ Pilot –

Jonathon’s Profile: 737 FIRELINER™ Pilot –

A little thank you on top of a coffee cup in the middle of Western Australia’s fierce bushfires earlier this year sums up one of the reasons ground and air firefighters do what they do. It was at the end of an intense week during which two state-contracted Coulson...

Profiles: Antoinette Francis and Frank Kolarik

Profiles: Antoinette Francis and Frank Kolarik

Having a strong administrative and finance team is critical for any thriving business. Frank Kolarik and Antoinette Francis are two of the Coulson Aviation Australia team members providing that base for the organisation. They work closely with Australian and...

Profile: Licensed Aircraft Engineer

Profile: Licensed Aircraft Engineer

With a broad international work history behind him as a rotary wing engineer, Quintin has been working for Coulson Aviation Australia since early in the year. As a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME), Quintin is part of the rotary wing engineering team...

Rotary Wing Responsible Manager

Rotary Wing Responsible Manager

Coulson Aviation Australia’s Responsible Manager for Rotary Wing Maintenance, Kevin, refers to Bell 412 helicopters as the “Swiss army knife of the sky” because of their versatility. Two of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service owned helicopters are based at the...

Profile: Licensed Aircraft Engineer

Profile: Licensed Aircraft Engineer

When the Coulson 737 FIRELINER™ flew over Mark's Blue Mountains home during the tragic 2019/20 fires and he learned Coulson Aviation Australia would be operating aircraft in Sydney on behalf of the NSW RFS, he knew he wanted to be a part of it. “RFS are pioneering the...

Profile: Pilot on Citation Birddog Operations

Profile: Pilot on Citation Birddog Operations

Pilot Tony has an extensive background in the aviation industry, which includes the commercial airlines, and running his own flying school in Regional Victoria, Australia. Tony has also flown 12 fire seasons for the State. Aerial firefighting work has become a real...

Cross Crew Qualification for Aerial Firefighting

Cross Crew Qualification for Aerial Firefighting

The traditional Australian fire season was quieter in 2021 than previous years, including in New South Wales, where seasoned pilot and Coulson Director of Flight Operations on Fixed Wing, John, was based for the summer. Generally, it has meant even more time was spent...

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