Glossary

AAS Platform or Air Attack Platform or Air Attack Supervision Aircraft means an aircraft whose purpose is to supervise the process of managing or controlling a fire or emergency incident utilising airborne resources, including directing other aircraft and any other resources assigned to the fire.  The AAS Platform may also undertake mapping, intelligence gathering and other tasks.

Absolute Availability means that during a Service Period the Aircraft providing the Services are required to be immediately available to NAFC and the Members.

Aerial Firefighting means the operation of an aircraft in support of activities conducted by a Member associated with, the prevention or suppression of fires. 

Air Attack Supervision means the supervision of the process of managing or controlling a fire utilising airborne resources, including directing other aircraft and any other resources assigned to the fire. Air Attack Supervision includes training or exercises in Air Attack Supervision. 

Airborne Information Gathering Aircraft means an Aircraft, which is specially equipped for the purpose of collecting and disseminating information about a fire (or other event) from the air. 

Aircraft means an aircraft, MFU, (if required), Flight Crew and Crewpersons and other Personnel on board, together with any on board equipment (including communication and surveillance equipment), systems, data or products used by the contractors to perform the Services or undertake the tasks stipulated in this Contract. 

Air Operators Certificate (AOC) has the same meaning as defined in and legislated by the Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Cth)

Call When Needed means that the Aircraft providing a Service is made available to NAFC and the Members on an ad hoc basis. 

CASA means the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as created by the Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Cth)

Commitment means, for Partial Availability Service Periods, that on any day or part thereof the Aircraft is required to be Available or is otherwise tasked by a person authorised by a Member to standby or conduct operations.

Commitment Charge means the fees that may be charged by the Contractor and applied during days when the Service is on Commitment. 

Contract means the executed document and includes any schedules, annexures and NAFC Standards and any Purchase Order issued by a Member to purchase Services under this process. 

Contractor means the party in a Contract which provides the Services to NAFC. Contractor includes all of its Personnel, subcontractors, successors and assigns. 

Contract Period means the total period of time that there is a Contract between NAFC and the Contractor. 

Contract Price means, collectively, all fees and charges payable or due to the Contractor as specified in the Contract for performance of the Services under the Contract. 

Crewperson means a suitably qualified person capable of supervising and assisting with loading or unloading personnel and equipment from the aircraft with the engine running; or with winch and rappel operations; or when the aircraft is operating in a confined or remote area or on unfavourable terrain or in reduced visibility.

Daylight means the period commencing at the beginning of civil twilight (dawn) and concluding at the end of civil twilight (dusk). 

Dovetail means where two Services are awarded with the same aircraft, where the end of the first Service’s Service Period and commencement of the second Service’s Service Period are guaranteed not to overlap.  

Emergency Response Plan means a written document which establishes the parameters and procedures as to how the Contractor will deal with an emergency situation relating to the Service. 

Ferry Flight means a flight with the sole purpose of relocating a Service during any Service Period to or from a NOB or TOB outside of a Member’s jurisdiction. A ferry flight does not include mobilisation and demobilisation of Aircraft at the commencement and completion of a Service Period. 

Firebombing means the dropping of Fire Suppressant or Fire Retardant from an aircraft in order to assist with the control or suppression of a fire as required by the agency responsible for controlling or suppressing the fire. Firebombing also applies to the dropping of substances for training, demonstration and simulation purposes. 

Firebombing Delivery System means the aircraft equipment and systems used to dispense Fire Suppressant or Fire Retardant in the conduct of Firebombing operations, including but not limited to, Firebombing tanks, belly tanks and underslung buckets. A Firebombing Delivery System incorporates its component parts including, but not limited to, doors, gates, valves, venting systems, suppressant injection systems, system controllers and controller software. 

Fire Suppressant is a reference to either Fire Suppressant Concentrate or Fire Suppressant Solution depending on the context in which it is used. Fire Suppressant may also refer to water without any additives. 

Fire Suppressant Concentrate means a substance that is generally mixed with water, designed to reduce the surface tension of water and/or to hold water in suspension thus increasing water’s efficiency as a fire extinguishing agent. Types of Fire Suppressant Concentrate include Class A firefighting foam, water enhancers and long and short chain polymer gels. 

Fire Suppressant Solution means a mixture of Fire Suppressant Concentrate and water prepared for application from the air (or ground) to directly suppress a fire. 

Fixed Wing Aircraft means a heavier than air aircraft which obtains lift for flight by forward motion of wings through the air. 

Flight Crew means any pilot in command, co-pilot, flight engineer or other member of the crew of an aircraft excluding Crewpersons who is required by statute or by the Contract to pilot or operate an aircraft when the aircraft is conducting Services under the Contract. 

Flight Operation Returns means any document or electronic record required by a Member to record details of the daily flying and/or standby associated with an Aircraft under this Contract. 

GPS means Global Positioning System and allows for navigation using signals from a constellation of satellites. 

GST means the tax that is payable under GST law and imposed as a goods and services tax as set out in the GST Act. GST Act means the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (Cth) as amended, or if that Act does not exist for any reason any other Act imposing or relating to the imposition or administration of a goods and service tax in Australia.  

IAB means the Interagency Airtanker Board (https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/fire/iab.htm)

ISA means the International Standard Atmosphere. 

Member means any party which has executed the Resource Management Agreement with AFAC. The Members receive benefits and have obligations under the terms and conditions of this Contract either individually or collectively. 

MFU means a self contained Mobile Fuelling Unit, and collectively any vehicle, including any fuel truck, tanker, towing vehicle, trailer, Personnel and associated equipment (meeting the specifications of this Contract), that are required to deliver fuel into an aircraft. A MFU is intended to be mobile and may move from one location to another supporting aircraft. 

NAFC Type (or Type) is a method of classifying firefighting aircraft and is defined by the relevant NAFC policies and standards, including the NAFC Standard – Procurement Series, as amended from time to time. 

Nominated Operational Base (NOB) means the location at which the aircraft providing the Service is required to be based during a Service Period. 

Nominated Response Time means the period of time that may elapse from the time a Member provides notification to a Contractor of a requirement to undertake tasks and the time the respective aircraft is airborne and proceeding to undertake those tasks.

Notice Period means the minimum period of time specified as a number of days, required to advise the Contractor in advance of the commencement date for any Service Period.

NVIS means Night Vision Imaging System. 

Operating Charge means the fees to be levied by the Contractor for the time the aircraft is actually operating to undertake the tasks as specified in the Contract.

Partial Availability means that the Aircraft providing Services are required to be available only on certain days or at certain times as notified in advance to the Contractor by NAFC or a Member.

Passenger Carrying Capability (PCC) means an estimate of the number of passengers that an aircraft is reasonably capable of carrying under specified circumstances. The method of calculation is set out in NAFC Standard PR-003: Definition of Passenger Carrying Capability – Firefighting Aircraft 

Personnel means any person, who is an employee, officer, independent contractor, agent or professional advisor, employed or engaged by the Contractor to carry out any task related to the provision of the Services under the Contract; including and personnel employed or engaged by a subcontractor. 

Primary Service means that for this Service, the occurrence of a Service Period is guaranteed for each year of the Contract Period. 

Secondary Service means that for this Service, the occurrence of any Service Period is not guaranteed. 

Service means collectively all things that the Contractor is obliged to deliver to complete the tasks set out in the Contract and may include, but is not limited to, the provision of any aircraft, Flight Crew, Crewperson, equipment, sensors, computers, software, Intellectual Property, Personnel, vehicles and/or activities associated with a resource which is provided by the Contractor to NAFC and the Members under the Contract. 

Service Period means a length of time where Contractors are to provide the Services to carry out aerial firefighting and other emergency operations and activities as set out in this Contract. There may be more than one Service Period in each year of the Contract Period. 

Specimen Contract means the template Contract provided as part of the Invitation to Tender, and on which future Contracts will be based. 

Standing Charge means the fees to be levied by the Contractor for the provision of the Service as specified in the Contract for each day of the Service Period, where applicable.

Supervision Aircraft means the same as AAS Platform.

Table of Services (TOS) is the document which forms part of this Invitation to Tender, listing the Services for which tenders are invited. 

Type – refer to definition for NAFC Type.

Wet-A means the Contractor is responsible for the provision of fuel, fuelling facilities and infrastructure according to the provisions of this Contract and the Contractor is required to be self-contained, self-sufficient and mobile in the provision of fuel in most circumstances. 

Wet-A minus means the same as Wet-A with the exception that the Contractor is not required to be able to fuel other Contractor’s aircraft.

Wet-B means the Contractor is responsible for arranging and paying for fuel. The Contractor is not required to have mobile fuelling facilities nor mobile infrastructure. The Contractor is required to ensure that fuel is readily and reliably available at the NOB