The Air Tractor 802A is a single place, purpose built agricultural and fire bombing aircraft. They have a 1350hp gas turbine engine, a 4.5hr endurance with reserves, and a hopper capacity of 3200lts. With ferry speeds of up to 150kts they are the largest, most productive agricultural aircraft available. They are fitted with computer controlled fire bombing doors and are utilised by the Queensland, NSW and Victorian state governments for fire suppression operations.
The M18A Dromader was originally powered by a 1000hp radial engine but we have recently converted them to a 1000hp gas turbine engine at Rebel Ag’s maintenance facility. They have a 2.5hr endurance with reserves, and a high capacity 3000lt hopper, making it the second largest agricultural aircraft after the AT-802. They have a second, rearward facing seat behind the pilot for transporting loading crew. Some of these aircraft are equipped with fire bombing doors and are utilised by the NSW Rural Fire Service for fire suppression operations.
The Air Tractor 502 is the most popular single place agricultural aircraft in the world today. They have a 750hp gas turbine engine, a 4hr endurance with reserves, and a hopper capacity of 1900lts. They can also be fitted with a fire bombing door and are utilised by the NSW Rural Fire Service for fire suppression operations. They are also employed by the Australian Plague Locust Commission and the NSW Department of Primary Industries for locust control.
The AT-301 was originally powered by a 600hp radial engine but have been converted to a 600-680hp gas turbine engine. They have a 2.2hr endurance with reserves, and a 1500lt hopper making them ideal for smaller fields and for low volume work (ULV) such as locust control operations. We also utilise them for training junior agricultural pilots in the intricacies of operating turbine aircraft before stepping up to the larger capacity machines.
The C188 is our smallest agricultural aircraft and is powered by a 230hp horizontally opposed piston engine. They have a 3hr endurance with reserves, and a 700lt hopper. These aircraft are used mainly on smaller fields and low volume work (ULV) such as locust control operations. We also utilise them for agricultural pilot training and for those pilots just starting out in the industry.
The Cessna 180 is a four place VFR aircraft which we utilising moving staff and equipment around the state, and for ensuring our aircraft are quickly back in the air should an unserviceability arise anywhere within our area of operations. We also use it for initial day and night agricultural pilot training, recurrency training, and as a locust spotting platform.