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...
USA President Biden Credits Coulson Aviation Australia

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

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

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 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

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...

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