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...
FIRELINER™ Contracted to Australian Government

FIRELINER™ Contracted to Australian Government

Coulson Aviation’s Boeing 737 FIRELINER™ has been contracted to the Australian Government for the summer to boost the nation’s aerial firefighting capability.  The 737 known as Tanker 137 is in Australia funded by the Commonwealth Government, through a...

Flood Response Assistance 2021

Flood Response Assistance 2021

At the request of the New South Wales SES, the NSW Rural Fire Service Bell 412 helicopters, operated by the Coulson Aviation Australia team, have been pre-positioned throughout regional NSW to support the flood response. Over the past few weeks, the team on helicopter...

New South Wales Ch-47 Team Ready to Go

New South Wales Ch-47 Team Ready to Go

Coulson pilot Darren has flown in Australia before. Two years ago, he was based in Mansfield, Victoria on a Sikorsky S-61 during the 2019/2020 black summer fires.  The team were redeployed to Mallacoota during the devastating fires. The fire season was an intense...

First Coulson Aviation Chinook Arrives

First Coulson Aviation Chinook Arrives

The first of two Coulson Aviation Chinook helicopters on contract in Australia this season has arrived. It will be deployed in New South Wales. N40CU Arriving and Leaving Essendon for Sydney The CH-47, tail registration N40CU, arrived by cargo ship into the Port of...

Coulson Chinooks Bound for Australia

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

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

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

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

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...

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