• Fully licenced maintenance, repair and overhaul facility

    Pay’s Air Service
  • Fixed Wing Aerial Application Training

    Pay’s Air Service
  • Worlds best scooping aircrafts

    Fire boss & AT-802

Aerial Fire Fighting

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FIRE BOSS

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, the resultant short turnaround times give it the productivity of approximately 3 wheeled 802’s. The aircraft has proven an overwhelming success, on some days delivering upwards of 150,000 litres to fires. When compared to other scooping aircraft such as the Canadair CL 415 you have a twin aircraft at a cost of 10 Fireboss and for the payload of 2 fireboss.

AT-802

Pay’s operate five 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.

Training

Pay’s Air Service are a long term provider for all forms of fixed wing aerial application training, with 2 ATO’s on staff and tens of thousands of hours experience to draw on they are recognised as a leading training provider throughout Australasia.

Training for initial issue of an agricultural rating grade 2 is comprised of a minimum of 40 hours training. Of these 40 hours the first 10 are an introduction to basic low level flying, aerial application principles and emergencies. The next 30 hours are comprised of at least 20 hours dual instruction in advanced aerial application principles, operational planning and methods of application and a minimum of 10 hours supervised solo training.

The dual instruction component of the training is completed in a Cessna 185 equipped with GPS marking equipment, this machine is an excellent test of handling ability and will provide a solid foundation of skills to build upon. The solo portion of the rating is conducted in one of our C188 Ag Husky aircraft in full agricultural configuration. Following the issue of an agricultural rating grade 2 there is a further requirement for 110 hours of supervision including 20 hours of direct supervision by an employer, prior to being able to fly fully unsupervised.

There is a large knowledge syllabus for the issue of an agricultural rating as described in CAO 40.6, there is also a CASA theory exam that must be completed before the rating can be issued. It is recommended that thorough study be undertaken and a pass in the exam achieved prior to beginning training. There is also the requirement to hold a chemical applicators licence applicable to the state of operation, the theory component of this can be satisfied by gaining a pass in the AAAA Spray Safe accreditation examination. It is recommended that all applicants for an agricultural rating become a member of the AAAA.

Pay’s can also conduct training and testing for the issue of a night agricultural ratings, agricultural rating grade 1, aircraft endorsements, agricultural rating flight checks and aeroplane flight reviews.

Personnel: Ross Pay and Harley Mckillop.

Engineering

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Pay’s Air Service has a fully licenced maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at our Scone base. Employing around 20 staff with part 66 licence coverage of B1.1, B1.2, B1.3 and B1.4. This allows us to maintain piston engine aircraft including retractable, turbocharged/supercharged, hydraulics, air conditioning/pressurisation and fabric/dope.

We also maintain and have extensive experience in aircraft equipped with PT6 series and Allison 250 B series turbine engines, and we are an approved overhaul facility for Rolls Royce/Packard Merlin and Griffin series, Allison V1710 series and Gypsy Major series.

Over the years Pay’s have engineered many approved modifications including the upgrade of C188 aircraft to Lycoming IO-720 engines, improved aerial application equipment and systems, numerous improvements to Air Tractor aircraft and recently a direct injection system for firefighting products allowing an aircraft to be filled with plain water and mix its own retardant in the hopper whilst transiting to the fire.

Pay’s pioneered the replacement of time expired spars in Air Tractor aircraft in Australia, and have a history of complete aircraft rebuilds to better than new standard. We have a large sheet metal facility, engine rebuild shop, paint shop and a large spares inventory containing almost 5000 components with a value in excess of $1.5M.

Brendon “Val” Quinell, Chief engineer/HAAMC. Val has over 54 years of aviation experience beginning in the RAAF in 1960. After his service in the Air Force Val joined QANTAS where he worked as a line engineer and eventually as a maintenance examiner on Boeing 737, 767 and 717 aircraft.

After “Retiring” in 2000 Val joined the team at Pay’s as Chief Engineer and Head of Airworthiness where he is a wealth of knowledge. Val is a private pilot and has been an aircraft owner since 1968, his current pride and joy being the Glasair III he built in 1996.

Graeme Johnston, workshop floor manager. Barra started his career with Pay’s in 1978 spending 3 years on Col Pay’s first Spitfire rebuild, following this he was heavily involved in the first Kittyhawk build. He left Pay’s in 1989 to start his own business in Wee Waa and quickly grew to operate and maintain 21 turbine Air Tractor aircraft. With combined yearly flight times averaging 21,000 hours over 17 years and zero engine failures, it is a testament to Barra’s knowledge and commitment to quality in engineering.

Barra re-joined the Pay’s team in 2006 and is now in charge of day to day running of the hangar and store. Also a private pilot and aircraft owner, he is a highly valued member of the Pay’s team.

Pay’s have used an in house paint shop for all their aircraft painting requirements. All aircraft rebuilt by Pay’s since 2008 have received our in house scheme, and the number of compliments received from people far and wide is a testament to the high quality of the work performed by the paint shop.

We operate a dedicated spray booth using military spec paint, and have 2 qualified painters on staff. To organise a quote on your aircraft call Pay’s on 02 6540 1850.

Personnel: Rod Curmi and Mal Pittman

With a number of recent aerial firefighting developments coming out of the Pay’s maintenance hangar, why not make an enquiry today to find out how we can help you. Whether it be modifications to the Air Tractor 802 right up to complete aircraft rebuilds, firefighting systems and STC installs.

History

Air Tractor 802. 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.

Pay’s operate five 802’s, all 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.

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, the resultant short turnaround times give it the productivity of approximately 3 wheeled 802’s. The aircraft has proven an overwhelming success, on some days delivering upwards of 150,000 litres to fires.

Cessna C208B Grand Caravan. The 14 seat Caravan is an excellent load carrying aircraft and is capable of operation from short and unprepared airstrips. Pay’s Caravan is contracted to provide fire crew transport, fire reconnaissance and surveillance, and air attack coordination of firebombing aircraft. Pay’s also operate a Cessna 182 on an ad-hoc basis in the same role.

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