Aerial Fire Fighting
Pay’s Air Service, based in Scone NSW, is a commercial operation providing fixed wing aircraft and other support equipment to Government agencies (NSW, VIC and TAS). These agencies are responsible for providing specialized aviation resources for firefighting and other land management services. Pay’s Air Service operates an approved maintenance facility from its base in Scone and provides a high level of operational reliability across all aspects of the business. Pay’s licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, along with operational staff, have provided numerous innovative engineering solutions to enhance our operational capabilities.
Air Tractor Fire Boss. For the 2013/14 fire season, Pay’s Air Service made a significant investment in equipping one of its Air Tractor 802’s as an amphibious Fire Boss. The addition of the Wipline 10000 amphibious floats and associated water scooping equipment allows the Fire Boss to be a self-filling firefighting platform. This has resulted in short turnaround times giving it a significant increase in productivity. Since acquiring the aircraft, it has proven an overwhelming success, on some days delivering upwards of 500,000 litres to fires per day. This led to the purchase of a second Fire Boss in 2015.
Pay’s operate six 802’s, and have access to 7. All are equipped with computer-controlled fire gates to ensure precision control and drop patterns. They are also equipped with GPS tracking and state of the art cockpit equipment. The Air Tractor 802 is the world’s leading single engine air tanker for fire suppression and control. With a capacity of 3200 litres of firefighting foam, gel or fire retardant and a transit speed of 300Km/h the 802 is relied upon for control of bushfires in all major forested areas of Australia.