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  • There are multiple helos in action, as350 and several 412's
    qfrs tweeted the nsw fire 737 was arriving today, they've not put it in use, no doubt it will be by first light tuesday

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    • Last link shows it's flight up.

      N137CG

      Unfortunately MLAT only. And patchy at best in that area so was tricky to locate
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      • This aircraft seems a bit of an odd idea. Why have an aircraft with pax capability when apparently it could otherwise carry more retardant? Pax aircraft can be chartered to carry firefighters around if necessary. A B737 will need 6000'+ runways, so that limits it's airfield options.

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        • Sorry Qld'ers - we used it 3 days ago at the Salt Ash fire ( adjacent to YWLM near Newcastle ). Plenty of media about the first 737 ever used as a water bomber - see cs=12I believe there's three other fixed wing charter bombers here this summer - still trying to id all of them.

          ylis

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          • Seems they have some though. May be based around fluid dynamics being the limiting factor

            “With a full retardant load and 4.5 hours of fuel we are so far under max gross weight we are going to leave the full interior and galleys in even when just in airtanker mode.”

            Be nice if we could use one now and then. The port hills fire we had went on way longer than it needed to. A 3hr trip and it could have been out in 2 days
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            • Originally posted by ylis View Post
              Sorry Qld'ers - we used it 3 days ago at the Salt Ash fire ( adjacent to YWLM near Newcastle ). Plenty of media about the first 737 ever used as a water bomber - see cs=12

              I believe there's three other fixed wing charter bombers here this summer - still trying to id all of them.
              Can help out there

              RJ85, T-165 (Aeroflite/Conair via FieldAir) based in Sydney (Richmond) – already in place;
              B-737, T-137 (Coulson) based in Sydney (Richmond) – subject to regulatory approvals;
              RJ85, T-166 (Aeroflite/Conair via FieldAir) based in Sydney (Richmond)/Dubbo;
              C-130Q, T-134 (Coulson) based in Sydney (Richmond) – already in place. (This is an “extra” for the 2018-19 season only, considering the predicted above-normal potential of the fire season on the east coast of Australia);
              RJ85, T-163 (Aeroflite/Conair via FieldAir) based in Melbourne (Avalon);
              C-130Q, T-131 (Coulson) based in Melbourne (Avalon)
              Translated
              165 = C-GVFK
              166 =
              134 = N130CG
              163 = N366AC
              131 = N130FF


              https://fireaviation.com/2018/10/02/...ting-aircraft/
              Last edited by Oblivian; 2018-11-26, 08:43.
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              • Appears they also have their own FB page.

                https://www.facebook.com/Coulson-Avi...4691434840624/

                https://www.facebook.com/RJ85Australia/

                And 'the opposition' appear to track it a lot better when airborne. BMBR137
                Last edited by Oblivian; 2018-11-26, 08:52.
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                • Thanks - B166 / T166 is C-GVFT and the Aircrane is N176AC

                  ylis

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                  • The NSW fire aircraft seemed to make a b-line home last night. This ones still in the area, not sure if related to it or not
                    https://www.flightradar24.com/BDOG444/1eaf2205

                    3 1hr turnarounds on the 73 BMBR137
                    Last edited by Oblivian; 2018-11-27, 07:10.
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                    • There we go. They've finally caught up with the blog updates
                      https://cqplanespotting.blogspot.com...-b737-300.html
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                      • one of the 737's has been dumping water over deepwater near bundy today, dont know which one, its out of my coverage, but the news footage showed it in action

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                        • Birddog444 (VH-XAS) is active above the central Qld coast fire area. At 0645UTC - Bomber166 is heading towards Rockhamption and there's a C130 ( possibly Bmbr134) west of Toowoomba heading that way also from Richmond. Birddog 275 (VH-HPY)has just departed Rockhamption at this time.

                          ylis

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                          • Thats nearly all the NSW fleet heading up.

                            The 2 RJs were up this morning according to Central QLD spotters
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                            • Four new feeders identified over the last month - at Gunnedah NSW, Moranbah Qld, Strahan Tas and Woodie Woodie WA.

                              ylis

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                              • Originally posted by ylis View Post
                                Four new feeders identified over the last month - at Gunnedah NSW, Moranbah Qld, Strahan Tas and Woodie Woodie WA.
                                When I read your post I thought a feeder at Strahan would not see a lot of action. Had a look and couldn't see anything around Strahan but found another new feeder (to me anyway) at Queenstown T-YQNS1.

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