NEWs & Updates

The Bell 412 Helicopters of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service

Bell 412 helicopters are chameleons in the hands of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and Coulson Aviation Australia. The NSW RFS-owned helicopters are multi-role, with the ability to be used in flood rescue and cargo carrying, as well as in aerial firefighting....

CH-47D’s Big Day Out in Melbourne

Mighty Coulson Chinook N42CU and team were honoured to play a starring role at the 100 year celebration of Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne in March. As part of the special open day, the local community had the opportunity to see this Chinook up close and...

New Executive Manager to Flight Operations Team for Coulson Australia

Coulson Aviation Australia has welcomed a new executive manager to the flight operations team. With more than 30 years in the aviation industry, Hamish Fraser comes to Coulson with a broad regional and international airline background including 20 years with Cathay...

In the News 2022

Coulson Aviation Australia and Coulson Aviation USA have another busy year. As a result, there has been a lot of press coverage. We have created a sampling, comprised of news articles, videos, and podcasts to check out. See all news reports here at Coulson Aviation.

Taking the next step in night fire suppression in New South Wales, Australia

The Coulson Aviation team has been working with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service on its night fire suppression program this past summer in Australia. Coulson Aviation received CASA approval this year to undertake NVG operations in Australia using the Chinook...

Mighty Aircraft Farewelled Until Next Summer

The Australian summer contracts are at an end for four of Coulson’s heavy aircraft. A C-130, a Sikorsky S61 large helitanker, and two CH-47D very large helitankers have completed their time for this season with New South Wales and Victoria....

Ebony: Safety Manager, CASR 42 and 145 Quality Manager

Coulson Aviation Australia’s Safety Manager Ebony has been in aviation for 12 years and has a passion for working with people and creating a safety-focussed culture. “My job keeps me incredibly busy, but I would not change it for the world. I chose the career path of...

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is on March 8, and we took the opportunity to speak with some of our amazing team members. These three women work across the world as part of the Coulson Aviation and Coulson Aviation Australia teams. In their own words, working in aviation,...

Flood Relief Work in New South Wales 2022

Coulson Aviation and Coulson Aviation Australia team members have been supporting flood impacted communities in New South Wales after torrential rain. https://youtu.be/XR_9lw9w4rQ New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) personnel are working alongside NSW SES and...

Coulson Aviation Australia Approved for NVG Operations in the Chinook

Photos by Aviation Spotters Online: Photographer – Dave Soderstrom Coulson Aviation has received approval from CASA to conduct night fire suppression operations under Night Vision Goggles (NVG) in Australia using the CH-47D very large helitanker. As the first...
Coulson Aviation Australia Approved for NVG Operations in the Chinook

Coulson Aviation Australia Approved for NVG Operations in the Chinook

Photos by Aviation Spotters Online: Photographer – Dave Soderstrom Coulson Aviation has received approval from CASA to conduct night fire suppression operations under Night Vision Goggles (NVG) in Australia using the CH-47D very large helitanker. As the first...

Meet the Coulson Aircraft Operating in Australia

Meet the Coulson Aircraft Operating in Australia

Coulson Aviation has five heavy global aircraft on contract in Australia operating across three States – two CH-47D very large helitankers, an S61 Sikorsky helitanker, and two fixed wing aircraft being a C-130 Hercules and Boeing 737 FIRELINER™. Boeing 737 FIRELINER™...

Coulson Aviation’s Proud History in Australia

Coulson Aviation’s Proud History in Australia

Coulson Aviation has a proud history of supporting Australian firefighters and communities in some of the most difficult times. Under new three-year contracts, this summer Coulson is providing a CH-47 Chinook and C-130 Large Air Tanker to New South Wales, as well as a...

Profile: Pilot Eric

Profile: Pilot Eric

Role: CH-47 Pilot Experience: I started my flying career in the Blackhawk way back, and I’ve flown the SkyCrane. I’ve been coming here (to Australia) on and off for 25 years – I’ve completed 12 different seasons between Ballarat, Moorabbin, Bankstown, Essendon. This...

Apprentice Koel on the S-61 Helitanker

Apprentice Koel on the S-61 Helitanker

Koel is an Apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Coulson Aviation. On his first trip to Australia, he’s based in Mansfield, Victoria working with the S-61 helitanker known as Helitack 348. “I really like this thing (348), it’s fun. It’s easy to work on. The...

The Coulson Aviation S-61 Workhorse

The Coulson Aviation S-61 Workhorse

Coulson Aviation S-61 workhorse C-FXEC is a familiar sight around Victoria after 17 years working across the State supporting firefighters from the sky. Both Mansfield and Colac in regional Victoria are like second homes for the helitanker and its crews. This year,...

Flying the Mighty Coulson CH-47D in Australia

Flying the Mighty Coulson CH-47D in Australia

Pilot Annie is a CH-47 Co-Pilot currently working in Victoria, Australia. This is her third year with Coulson Aviation and her first season in Australia after a summer in the Northern hemisphere flying a Chinook. https://youtu.be/rDcvm4_wMsk What does a "typical" day...

Coulson Aircraft in Place for the Summer

Coulson Aircraft in Place for the Summer

Coulson Aviation’s powerful seasonal firebombing aircraft are now in place and operating in Australia for the summer. A C-130 Hercules and CH-47 Chinook are operating in New South Wales from Sydney, and a Sikorsky S-61 and CH-47 Helitanker are in Victoria, Mansfield...

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