Company profile

R&M Aircraft is a family owned and operated fixed-wing aviation business specialising in Aerial Fire Fighting Services (firebombing, crew transport, air attack, fire spotting).We have been in operation throughout NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania since 1970.  

Our business was founded by Ross & Mary Mace and originally based from Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, and the majority of the work was for private farming enterprises.  In 1995 the company moved its base to Tasmania and the focus extended from private cropping to government controlled forestry operations including fertilising, seeding, and fire bombing.

1998 saw the company secure its first aerial firebombing contract with the NSW Rural Fire Service. At this stage the company began to scale down its aerial agricultural side of business and further develop its capability to support Fire Agencies.

In 2004 we secured a fire bombing contract with the Victorian government, followed by a NSW based contract in 2005.

In 2007 R & M Aircraft Pty Ltd acquired Orange Aviation, a charter business located in central NSW  to support Fire Agencies in crew transport, air attack and fire spotting operations and also provide secure hangar and crew facilities. 

In 2008 the Company purchased a new AT-802 (IFR certified) FireBoss aircraft as well as a new 20,000 litre Volvo fuel tanker. Later the same year we were awarded 3 NAFC fire contracts in NSW; 2 Firebombing and 1 Air Attack.

January 2009 saw the company successfully operate the FireBoss aircraft for the first time in Australia. Later that year we were successful in renewing the Bendigo contract with the Victorian government.

In 2010 the head office for the company moved from Tasmania to Port Macquarie NSW.  We currently employ 5 full time staff plus 5 part time, and during peak periods up to 7 additional contractors.

The business currently owns a modern fleet consisting of 7 fixed wing aircraft, 2 new refuelling tankers with arrangements for another 5 sub-contracted aircraft.

We operate base facilities for aircraft and crew from Port Macquarie, Armidale, Mudgee and Orange in NSW.

Our company is committed to aerial fire fighting as our primary operation.  We have demonstrated this commitment by consistently reinvesting in our company’s equipment and management structure to offer our clients a professional, modern and responsive service.

Our Company has extensive contract management experience with various Australian Fire Agencies and large multinational agricultural businesses.

With over 45 years aviation experience R&M Aircraft Pty Ltd is one of the most experienced fixed wing Airwork operations in Australia. Our initial fire experience was for the NSWRFS at Katoomba in 1985 with an Ayres Turbine Thrush piloted by Ross Mace.

Over the last 30 years our company has accumulated over 5000 flight hours of firebombing experience, operating mainly in New South Wales & Victoria, but also in Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia.