Aviation

KZN Midlands

Shafton Airfield is the main aviation base for all aerial support services provided in the KZN Midlands. The is a secondary or forward airbase located at Riverdale, just outside Richmond.

The following aircraft are available for the 2017 fire season: All contracts end 31 October 2017.

Shafton:

  • 4 x Fixed Wing Turbo Thrushes (3 x 500gal & 1 x 400gal)
  • 2 x Cessna 182 Spotter aircraft

Riverdale:

  • 2 x Fixed Wing Turbo Thrushes (2 x 500gal)
  • 1 x Helicopter (800L bambi bucket capacity)
  • 1 x Cessna 182 Spotter aircraft

Dispatch & Co-ordination

  • All dispatch and co-ordination of aircraft is done at the Shafton Operations / Control Room: Contact 033-330 8421

Operational costs

  • Fixed wing aircraft are available to subscribing members on a first and second call basis
  • IMPORTANT: All aircraft are dispatched on caller pays per hour or part thereof.
Midlands 2018 Hourly Flying Rates – Rates will be available pre the 2018 fire season:
  • KZNFPA Spotters:   per hour.
  • Helicopter:  per hour.
  • SEATs:   per hour.
  • Fixed Wing Loads: On departure from Shafton, fixed wing aircraft will normally be carrying a load of water and retardant. For this load, the company concerned will be invoiced an amount of 
  • Helicopter Loads:  per load
  • Airfield Activation: When an in-field airstrip (Including Shafton) and it’s loading crew is used, by any member, an activation fee of  will be charged.
  • Retardant Cost: A fee of  will be charged for every load of water and retardant taken from that facility by the fixed wing bombers.

KZN Zululand – Coastal

Fosters Airfield is the main aviation base for all aerial support services provided in the Zululand coastal area.

The following aircraft are available for the 2017 fire season: All contracts end 31 October 2017

Kwambonambi:

  • 2 x Fixed Wing Turbo Thrushes (2 x 500gal)
  • 1 x Cessna 182 Spotter aircraft

Dispatch & Co-ordination

  • All dispatch and co-ordination of aircraft is done at the Zululand Fire Protection Association Control Room: Contact 035 5804 713.

Operational costs

  • Fixed wing aircraft are available to subscribing members on a first and second call basis
  • IMPORTANT: All aircraft are dispatched on caller pays per hour or part thereof.

KZN Zululand – Inland

Kataza Airfield is the main aviation base for all aerial support services provided in the Zululand inland area.

The following aircraft are available for the 2017 fire season: All contracts end 31 October 2017.

Kataza:

  • 1 x Fixed Wing Turbo Thrush (1 x 500gal)
  • 1 x Robinson 44 Helicopter acts as the Spotter aircraft

Dispatch & Co-ordination

  • All dispatch and co-ordination of aircraft is done at the Zululand Inland Fire Protection Association Control Room: Contact 083 631 9076
  • Fixed wing aircraft are available to subscribing members on a first and second call basis
  • IMPORTANT: All aircraft are dispatched on caller pays per hour or part thereof.