AGAIR began operations at Stawell in Victoria, Australia during the 1960’s and at that time the company was known as AG Airwork. From this beginning the business grew serving the farming community throughout Victoria and southern New South Wales spraying crops and spreading fertiliser. The owners knew that aircraft would be beneficial in fighting wildland fires and promoted their use amongst fire agencies and governments across the land.
A business ownership change occurred in the early 1980’s and for the next 10 years AGAIR consolidated its aerial agricultural and firefighting business. An aircraft maintenance facility was established to support the flying operations and provide an additional aviation service to the region.
In the mid 1990’s an ownership changed occurred which has remained to this day. Aerial application and fire fighting continues to be AGAIR’s core business however as economies and climate change, the growth of aerial firefighting continues to be strong.
AGAIR has focused on providing aerial agricultural services to rice and cotton growers in New South Wales and dryland farmers in Western Victoria. Throughout the year, application of fertilisers to timber plantations, crops and pastures goes on across all southern States.
Aerial firefighting services have developed to a National and International level whereby SEATs (single engine air tankers) and DC10 VLAT (very large air tanker) aircraft, and a compliment of reconnaissance and supervision aircraft, are provided to support the air tankers.