Kestrel Aviation

Kestrel Aviation, a wholly owned Australian company, and Erickson Inc., a global leader in heavy-lift aerial services and OEM, are a longstanding partnership that is synonymous with protecting Australian communities from the ever-present threat of bushfires. Through the combination of resources, including the iconic Erickson S-64 Air Crane® Helicopter, both organisations continue to lead the way in innovation, capability and capacity in the aerial fire suppression market in Australia.

The Erickson S-64F Air Crane® helicopter provides an effective payload capability of up to 11 Tons. When you need to fight flames fast, the S-64 can deploy lighter craft with a hover pump snorkel that can fill from even shallow water sources in just 30 seconds. This provides the complete package for fire agencies when combined with Kestrel’s versatile and efficient fleet of light reconnaissance and Bell 212/412 air attack helicopters, as well as Kestrel’s CASA approval to provide “initial attack” services at night, providing operational parity with daylight operations.

Supported by a devoted and experienced team, both organisations remain committed to supporting Australian communities and working as a united team with the dedicated members of the fire agencies on every fire front.

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