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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 and a further airbase in Winterton.

The following aircraft are generally deployed:

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
  • Fixed wing aircraft are available to KZN Disaster Management structures on a third call basis
  • IMPORTANT: All aircraft are dispatched on caller pays per hour or part thereof.
Midlands 2016 Hourly Flying Rates – Excluding VAT and subject to change due to fuel price fluctuations: 
  • KZNFPA Spotters: R 2,650.00  per hour.
  • Helicopter: R 21,975.00  per hour.
  • SEATs: R 15,200.00  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 R 460.00
  • Helicopter Loads: R 160.00 per load
  • Airfield Activation: When an in-field airstrip (Including Shafton) and it's loading crew is used, by another Timber Grower, a call-out fee of R 800.00 will be charged for the activation thereof.
  • Retardant Cost: A fee of R 460.00  will be charged for every load of water and retardant taken from that facility by the fixed wing bombers. 

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KZN Zululand - Coastal

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

The following aircraft are generally deployed:

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
  • Fixed wing aircraft are available to KZN Disaster Management structures on a third call basis
  • IMPORTANT: All aircraft are dispatched on caller pays per hour or part thereof.

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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 generally deployed:

Kataza:

  • 1 x Fixed Wing Turbo Thrushes (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
  • 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.

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