Airline Lists – Australia L-Z

AUSTRALIA-BASED AIRLINES & AVIATION ORGANISATIONS OPERATING IN WA

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Manjimup Aero Club

Manjimup Aero Club is based at Manjimup and provides aircraft hire services. Info correct as at 9 Aug 2013.

VH-JCK Cessna 172N Skyhawk II 17269160

 

Maroomba logoMaroomba Airlines

Maroomba Airlines (parent company is Nantay Pty Ltd) was formed in 1985 and was formerly known as Maroomba Air Service and Maroomba Aviation. The airline is based at its own terminal at Perth Airport. Maroomba provides aircraft charter services, Fly In/Fly Out (FIFO) services to the resources industry, FBO (Fixed Base Operator) services, and aircraft management.

It operates a Hawker 850XP and Beech B200 King Air for the WA Government, and also operates the Hawker 800XP Rio Tinto Life Flight Jet for the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Western Operations, the first jet aircraft to serve with the RFDS.

Fleet list correct as at 19 February 2015.

VH-ITA Beech B200 King Air BB-1244 Leased from Awesome Aviation
VH-MQZ Beech B200 King Air BB-1961 Operated for WA Government
VH-MQY Raytheon Hawker 850XP 258807 Operated for WA Government
VH-RIO Raytheon Hawker 800XP 258594 Rio Tinto Life Flight Jet. Operated for Royal Flying Doctor Service – Western Operations
VH-RIU Raytheon Hawker 800XP 258723 Operated for SC Aviation Pty Ltd
VH-QQD De Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 245 Leased from Westpac Banking Corp. Wears Skytrans livery.
VH-QQK De Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 326 Leased from WFBN NA.
VH-QQL De Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 388 Leased from WFBN NA.

 

Maxem Aviation logoMaxem Aviation

Maxem Aviation is located in their own private facility at the Maxem Jet Centre, 151 Fauntleroy Avenue, Perth Airport.

Providing executive aircraft charter, management services and FBO / Ground Handling services for both domestic / international transient clientele.

Fleet list updated 27 August 2014.

VH-DAA Cessna 525 CitationJet 525-0138 Operated for ST Air Pty Ltd
VH-NGL Beech B200 King Air BB-1059 Leased from Navi Group Pty Ltd
VH-EJY Cessna 550 Citation II 550-0141 Leased from Executive Jet Charter Pty Ltd
VH-XBP Cessna 550 Citation Bravo 550-0810 Leased from FMR Investments Pty Ltd
VH-MXD Cessna 560 Citation Encore + 560-0807 Leased from Westpac Banking Corporation Ltd
VH-MXK Canadair CL-600-2A12 (CL-601) Challenger 601-1A 3003 Operated for Blissett Holdings Pty Ltd
VH-PPD Dassault Falcon 900C 185 Leased from Westpac Banking Corporation Ltd

 

Midwest Aerial Ag

Midwest Aerial Ag Pty Ltd is based at Carnamah and provides aerial agriculture services such as crop spraying. Fleet list updated 9 Aug 2013.

VH-PYY Robinson R-44 Raven II 11022
VH-HUK Cessna T188C AgHusky T18803731T
VH-NYO Cessna T188C AgHusky T18803786T
VH-TTU Cessna A188B AgWagon 18801177
VH-WBT Cessna T188C AgHusky T18803722T

 

Minovation

Minovation is a flying school based at Jandakot Airport, providing aircraft hire and flight training from ab initio through to Private Pilot’s License (PPL), or Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL) level. Minovation also manages the operation of Curtin Flying Club’s aircraft (see separate entry). Minovation was formed in 1997 by Min Stokes, the Chief Flying Instructor, and her husband Karl Valentin.

Fleet list updated 9 Aug 2013.

VH-FIG Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk 38-79A0901
VH-DXW Dean-Wilson DW200 Whitney Boomerang B0004
VH-KMB Dean-Wilson DW200 Whitney Boomerang B0003
VH-BYE Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II 28-7790582
VH-KKQ Piper PA-28-236 Dakota 28-7911210
VH-PMW Piper PA-28-151 Cherokee Warrior 28-7515074
VH-PZK Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II 28-7816203
VH-PXH Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow 28R-30272

 

Morawa Gliding Club

Morawa Gliding Club are based at Morawa, and are the only gliding club in the northern wheatbelt. It offers joyflights, glider flight training and glider hire.

Fleet list updated 9 Aug 2013.

VH-GZX LET L-13 Blanik (glider) 174910
VH-WQI Grob G-102 Astir CS (glider) 1411
VH-VRG Hoffman H-36 Dimona (motor glider) 36132

 

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Narrogin Flying ClubNarrogin Flying Club

Narrogin Flying Club is based at Narrogin Airfield and provides Recreation Pilot Certificate training, aircraft hire and flying club activities.

?? Jabiru J-160 ?? 2010 model – On RAAus register

 

Narrogin Gliding Club

Narrogin Gliding Club logoNarrogin Gliding Club Inc was founded in 1964 and is based at Narrogin Airfield, providing joyflights, glider flight training, and glider hire.

Fleet list correct as at 18 January 2014.

VH-IKQ Grob G-102 Astir CS77 (glider) 1690 Single seat
VH-IKR Grob G-102 Astir CS77 (glider) 1691 Single seat
VH-NGQ Schempp-Hirth Discus CS (glider) 333 CS
VH-IZY PZL-Bielsko SZD-48-1 Jantar Standard 2 (glider) W-917 Single seat
VH-XQI PZL-Bielsko SZD-50-3 Puchacz (glider) B-2109 Two-seat
VH-XQZ PZL-Bielsko SZD-50-3 Puchacz (glider) B-2206 Two-seat
VH-NGN AMS-Flight DG-500 Elan Orion (glider) 5E259X88 Two-seat
VH-TUG Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee A6 25-2583 Glider tug aircraft

 

Nauru Airlines (IATA code: ON / ICAO code: RON)Nauru_Airlines_logo

Nauru Airlines (formerly Our Airline and prior to that Air Nauru) was formed in 1970 and is the national carrier of the Republic of Nauru.

Since 1996, the airline has been operating under the Australian civil aviation regulations, with an Australian Air Operators Certificate, Australian-registered aircraft, and aircrew and engineers are trained to Australian standards.

Although the head office is in Nauru, their main base is at Brisbane. Nauru Airlines operates passenger and freight services to and from the Central Pacific, but also charter flights, including charters for the Australian Government such as transporting asylum seekers between various locations, such as Christmas Island, Darwin, Port Hedland and Perth.

Fleet list updated as at 19 February 2015:

VH-INU Boeing 737-3Y0 23684/1353
VH-NLK Boeing 737-33A 23635/1436
VH-ONU Boeing 737-3U3 28732/2966
VH-PNI Boeing 737-36N 28555/2846
VH-VLI Boeing 737-3H6(SF) 27125/2415 Freighter
VH-YNU Boeing 737-319 25607/3126 First visit 19 April 2015

 

 

 

Network Aviation logoNetwork Aviation

Network Aviation is based at Perth Airport, with their own terminal and maintenance facilities on Bungana Avenue. The company provides air charter services and Fly-In/Fly-Out (FIFO) operations for resources companies. Network Aviation was formed in 1998 with the fleet initially consisting of Cessna 441 Conquests and Beech 200 King Airs. It later acquired its first Embraer 120ER Brasilia and then Fokker 100s, and standardised on these types. The Brasilia fleet was withdrawn by 31 July 2014.

In February 2011, Network Aviation was purchased by Qantas and became a wholly owned subsidiary. The fleet are being rebranded with QantasLink livery.

Fleet list updated 14 March 2016:

VH-NHC Fokker 100 11481 QantasLink livery
VH-NHF Fokker 100 11458
VH-NHG Fokker 100 11514
VH-NHI Fokker 100 11479
VH-NHJ Fokker 100 11464
VH-NHK Fokker 100 11465 QantasLink livery
VH-NHM Fokker 100 11449 QantasLink livery
VH-NHN Fokker 100 11469 Delivered 24 April 2012
VH-NHO Fokker 100 11312
VH-NHP Fokker 100 11399
VH-NHQ Fokker 100 11506
VH-NHV Fokker 100 11482 QantasLink livery
VH-NHY Fokker 100 11467 QantasLink livery
VH-NQE Fokker 100 11457

 

NEWS HELICOPTERS

ABC TV Perth & SBS TV

Never owned a news helicopter in Perth.

Channel 7 Perth (TVW)

Channel_7_logo.jpgChannel 7 Perth previously leased a Hughes 500D (369D) VH-KSY (cn 30-0675D) from Great Northern Helicopters from around 1981/2. This was sold in New Zealand in 1984. In June 1986, Bell Group Aviation Services Pty Ltd purchased an Aerospatiale AS350B Squirrel VH-TVG on behalf of Channel Seven. In April 1988, TVW Aviation was formed to operate the helicopter on behalf of Channel Seven. VH-TVG was converted to an AS350BA in 1995. TVW Aviation was closed in 2005 and the helicopter is now owned directly by Channel Seven Perth Pty Ltd. Info correct as at 19 February 2015.

VH-TVG Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel 1895  7 News logos.

Channel 9 Perth (STW)

nine_news.pngChannel 9 Perth originally had a Bell 206B JetRanger II VH-KKY (cn 636) leased from Westcoast Helicopters (later Helicopters Australia). Later, they replaced this with VH-TVJ Bell 206B JetRanger II (cn 761) leased from Griffin Helicopters (formerly with Channel Ten Perth as VH-AZD).  Next came VH-JRI Bell 206B JetRanger III (cn 4234) until cost-cutting measures introduced after the purchase of WIN TV ended this contract in 2008, and they had no news helicopter for a while. They then leased a Robinson R44 Raven II, VH-JIB, then leased a Bell 206 JetRanger, VH-BPB. They are now leasing another JetRanger, VH-JSV. Info correct as at 19 February 2015.

VH-JSV Bell 206B JetRanger III 1659 Leased from Prestige Helicopters.
(Does not wear Channel 9 News markings)

Channel 10 Perth (NEW)

tenLogo.jpgChannel Ten Perth first had VH-AZH Bell 206B JetRanger III (cn 3075) leased fromGreat Northern Helicopters. This was replaced by VH-AZD Bell 206B JetRanger II (cn 761) also leased from Great Northern Helicopters, which later became VH-TVJ and went to Channel 9 Perth.Next was VH-BPB Bell 206B JetRanger III (cn 3093) leased from Griffin Helicopters. (VH-BPB was later sold to Prestige Helicopters, Geraldton, and is now leased to Channel 9 News)It was replaced by another JetRanger VH-ZMN (cn 3591) leased from HeliWest, delivered on 2 July 2010, however this helicopter was written off on 19 January 2013 in a crash at Baskerville, WA whilst filming a news story about a truck crash.VH-ZMN was replaced by another JetRanger leased from HeliWest, VH-VJG (cn 2169), which was delivered on 28 January 2013, however this was replaced by another JetRanger, VH-RPK. They are currently not using a helicopter. Info correct as at 19 February 2015.

 

Northam Aero Club logoNortham Aero Club

Northam Aero Club was founded in 1968 and is based at Northam Aerodrome. The Club owns a Cessna 172 aircraft, which is used for flight training and for private hire to members.
Fleet list correct as at 14 Aug 2013.

VH-PGL Cessna 172P Skyhawk II 17274809

 

Northam Air Services

Northam Air Services is based at Northam Aerodrome and provides aircraft charter, aircraft hire, flight training and aircraft maintenance services.
Fleet list correct as at 14 Aug 2013.

VH-IBW Cessna R182 Skylane RG R18200217

 

Northwest_regional_airlines logoNorthwest Regional Airlines

Northwest Regional Airlines is a sister company to Broome Aviation, but all aircraft are registered under the name of Broome Aviation. Aircraft based at Halls Creek and Wyndham are reported to be assigned to Northwest Regional Airlines. See separate entry for Broome Aviation.

 

Norwest Air Work

Norwest Air Work logoNorwest Air Work is based at Exmouth Airstrip and Coral Bay Airstrip, and provides scenic flights, aircraft charter, freight charter and airwork in the Pilbara, Gascoyne, Murchison and Kimberley regions. Fleet list updated 14 Aug 2013.

VH-TDZ Cessna 150M 15075794 Leased from Eric Roulston, Exmouth, WA
VH-WWU Cessna 150M 15077949 Leased from Eric Roulston, Exmouth, WA
VH-IET Cessna 172M Skyhawk II 17263186 Leased from Eric Roulston, Exmouth, WA
VH-NRC Cessna 172P Skyhawk II 17275006
VH-PRY Cessna 172P Skyhawk II 17274315
VH-WSC Cessna 172N Skyhawk II 17269485 Leased from Eric Roulston, Exmouth, WA
VH-SFE Cessna R172K Hawk XP R1722929
VH-UPC Beech S35 Bonanza D-7772 Leased from Eric Roulston, Exmouth, WA
VH-PGG Beech A36 Bonanza E-317
VH-DVY Cessna 337 Super Skymaster 3370129
VH-JUP Cessna 337F Super Skymaster 33701326
VH-MJE Cessna 337H Super Skymaster 33701832 Leased from Eric Roulston, Exmouth, WA
VH-MRQ Cessna 337G Super Skymaster 33701618
VH-AEY Cessna 310R 310R0685 Leased from Westpac Banking Corporation
VH-IBK Cessna 310R 310R0321 Leased from Westpac Banking Corporation

 

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Ozshore Aviation (Ozshore Pty Ltd)

Ozshore Aviation is based at Jandakot Airport and conducts geophysical and photographic survey work.
Fleet list updated as at 19 February 2015:

VH-IBY Cessna 210L Centurion 21060696 Leased from Jeffrey Ibbotson
Magnetometer tail boom
VH-STB Cessna 210M Centurion 21062771

 

Ozwest Aviation logoOzwest Aviation

Ozwest Aviation was formed in late 2009 by Martin Brooker and Dr Peter Mulrooney, and is based at Jandakot Airport. It provides scenic flights, aircraft charter and medical patient transfers.
Fleet list updated as at 19 February 2015:

VH-HIS Cessna U206G Stationair U20606348 Leased from VH-HIS Pty Ltd

 

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Header imagePaul Lyons Aviation

Paul Lyons Aviation was formed in September 1986 and is based at Jandakot Airport.
The company is owned and operated by Paul and Jan Lyons, and provides air charter, FIFO, freight charter, and scenic flights.
Fleet list updated 19 February 2015.

VH-INP Beech E55 Baron TE-898
VH-MQM Beech 58 Baron TH-576
VH-SLW Beech 58 Baron TH-466
VH-OAD Cessna 402C 402C0014
VH-UBF Cessna 402C 402C0013
VH-OZO Cessna 404 Titan 404-0653 Leased from Stamford Park Investments Pty Ltd/Aerohire Pty Ltd
VH-NSA Cessna 441 Conquest 441-0087 Leased from Stamford Park Investments Pty Ltd/Aerohire Pty Ltd
VH-OBE Cessna 441 Conquest 441-0281 Leased from Stamford Park Investments Pty Ltd/Aerohire Pty Ltd

 

http://www.pearcefc.com/images/stories/Logo%20small.jpgPearce Flying Club

Pearce Flying Club is a civilian flying training and flying club organisation, based at RAAF Base Gingin and Jandakot.
Fleet list correct as at 14 Aug 2013.

VH-CAO Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II 28-8116089 Based at Jandakot
VH-FES Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II 28-8216015 Based at Gingin
VH-MBM Rockwell 112 Commander 488 Based at Gingin. Leased from Michael Byrne.

 

Pearl Aviation AustraliaPearl Aviation logo

Pearl Aviation is owned by Paspaley Pearling, and provides a wide range of services, including aircraft charter, executive jet charter, FIFO (Fly In/Fly Out) contract charters for the resources industry and government, medevac/air ambulance services, and special mission work. Pearl Aviation is based at Darwin, but has other bases at Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Essendon, Cairns, Gove, Katherine, Mungalalu Truscott, Perth Airport.

Pearling company Paspaley Pearling had been operating its own aircraft to their pearl farms since 1986. In 1996 Paspaley purchased the WA-based Skywest Aviation, which can trace its history back to 1964, and renamed it Pearl Aviation Australia. Skywest also owned East-West Airlines including air ambulance flights for the Ambulance Service of New South Wales, and this operation also became part of Pearl Aviation until 2003, when the RFDS won the contract. In 2004, Pearl won a contract to operate air ambulances for the Northern Territory Aerial Medical Service, but this contract ended 30 June 2010. Pearl also operates FBOs (Fixed Base Operator) services at Pearl Flight Centre in Darwin, Darwin Jet Centre, and Perth Flight Centre.

Pearl Aviation formed AeroPearl (see separate entry) in partnership with Aerodata GmBH, (manufacturers of the flight inspection equipment) to operate two King Airs under contract to Airservices Australia on flight inspection operations.

AeroRescue (see separate entry) is another subsidiary company which undertakes SAR (search and rescue) and maritime surveillance operations under contract to AMSA and Border Protection/Customs, using a fleet of five Dornier 328s.

Fleet list updated as at 19 February 2015.

VH-OYA Beech King Air 200 BB-365
VH-OYD Beech King Air B200 BB-1041
VH-TLX Beech King Air 200 BB-550 Stored at Darwin
VH-FIX Beech Super King Air B300 (350) FL-90 Flight Inspection configuration – previously operated by AeroPearl under contract to Airservices Australia.
Callsign AUSCAL 2
VH-FIY Beech King Air 350i FL-760 Flight Inspection configuration – operated by AeroPearl under contract to Airservices Australia.
Callsign AUSCAL 3
VH-FIZ Beech King Air 350i FL-779 Flight Inspection configuration – operated by AeroPearl under contract to Airservices Australia.
Callsign AUSCAL 4
VH-PPE Grumman G-73AT Turbo Mallard J-22 Converted G-73 Mallard. Operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd.
VH-PPI Grumman G-73AT Turbo Mallard J-23 Converted G-73 Mallard. Operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd.
VH-PPT Grumman G-73AT Turbo Mallard J-26 Converted G-73 Mallard. Operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd.
VH-OYB Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 DC-848B
VH-OYG Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 DC-875B
VH-OYI Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 DC-839B
VH-OYN Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 DC-870B

 

Pearl Coast HelicoptersPearl_Coast_Helicopters_logo

Pearl Coast Helicopters Pty Ltd (previously Pearl Coast Mustering) is based in Broome and specialises in aerial cattle mustering.

Fleet list updated as at 27 August 2014.

VH-AKT Robinson R22 Beta II 2760
VH-HCP Robinson R22 Beta II 3439
VH-HOZ Robinson R22 Mariner 1693M
VH-HQJ Robinson R22 Beta 1958
VH-HYI Robinson R22 Beta 3777
VH-HZP Robinson R22 Mariner 1362M

 

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRHl6g8JfoRuZiozE_Sk1D5Md2g1vZ40jEPrdftr4rVftVSJkfFjwPel-Air

Pel-Air Aviation Pty Ltd (trading as Pel-Air) was formed in 1984, and is based at Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport, with other bases at Brisbane, Darwin, and Nowra. Pel Air is a subsidiary of Regional Express Holdings, which also owns Rex and Air Link. The company provides air charter, freight services, medevac and government/defence support services.

In January 1989, Pel-Air formed a WA-based subsidiary Qwestair, which operated scheduled FIFO (Fly In/Fly Out) operations between Perth and Telfer using a leased Beech 200 Super King Air. In March 1989, an IAI Westwind business jets replaced the King Air. In January 1992, Qwestair acquired a Cessna 310 to operate between Port Hedland and Telfer via Marble Bar and Woodie-Woodie. After losing the contract, Qwestair was closed down in November 1995 and the two Westwinds were returned to Pel-Air. In 1996 Pel-Air won the Royal Australian Navy fleet support contract, and purchased four Learjets. The Learjets and some of the Westwinds are used for target-towing (using modified Learjets), simulated air attacks on warships; and checking that areas are cleared before ships conduct live firing exercises. These aircraft occasionally visit Perth and Pearce in connection with this work. From June 2008 a Pel-Air Westwind II in air ambulance configuration was based at Perth Airport, operating with CareFlight, but this ended in June 2009.

The aircraft listed below are those most likely to be seen in WA (other aircraft in the fleet are not included). Fleet list updated 19 February 2015.

VH-SLD Gates Learjet 35A 35A-145 RAN Fleet Support – modified for target towing
VH-SLE Gates Learjet 35A 35A-428 RAN Fleet Support – modified for target towing
VH-SLF Gates Learjet 36A 36A-049 RAN Fleet Support – modified for target towing
VH-SLJ Gates Learjet 36 36-014 RAN Fleet Support – modified for target towing
VH-AJG IAI 1124 Westwind 281
VH-AJJ IAI 1124 Westwind 248
VH-AJP IAI 1124 Westwind 238
VH-AJV IAI 1124 Westwind 282
VH-KNR IAI 1124A Westwind II 340
VH-KNS IAI 1124 Westwind 323
VH-KNU IAI 1124 Westwind 317

 

Pilbara Helicopters (see separate entry under Williambury Helicopters) Pilbara Helicopters logo

Williambury Helicopters is based at Yalleen Station, near Pannawonica, and also trades under the name of Pilbara Helicopters.

 

Polar Aviation

Polar Aviation logoPolar Aviation is based in Port Hedland, and was formed there by Clark Butson in 1981. It has a second base at Newman.
The company provides air services in the Pilbara Region, including Air Charter, Air Freight services, Scenic tours and Flight Training.
Fleet list updated 10 April 2016.

VH-EEA Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281195
VH-BIV Cessna 210N Centurion 21063398
VH-ILD Beech Baron E55 TE-788
VH-BLW Beech Baron 58 TH-940
VH-NSM Beech Baron 58 TH-1798
VH-YSS Beech Baron 58 TH-1732
VH-CFL Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 208B0434
VH-NWT Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 208B0733

 

Prestige Helicopters logoPrestige Helicopters

Prestige Helicopters was formed in 1995 and is based at Geraldton Airport. The company provides helicopter charter, emergency services, mining and exploration support, aerial crane, aerial photography, spotting and surveying, feral animal control, powerline inspections, joy flights, and tours.

Fleet list updated 27 August 2014.

VH-BPB Bell 206B JetRanger III 3093 Leased to Channel 9 News.
Based at Channel 9 studios, Dianella.
VH-JSV Bell 206B JetRanger II 1659
VH-CHL Cessna 210K Centurion 21059271
VH-NIV Cessna 207A Skywagon 20700627

 

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Qantas

Qantas logoQantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services, now Qantas Airways Ltd) was established on 16 November 1920 at Winton, Queensland with a single Avro 504K. The company moved headquarters to Longreach in 1921, Brisbane in 1920 and Sydney in 1957. Qantas commenced international flights in May 1935 from Darwin to Singapore. In June 1959, their first jet was delivered – a Boeing 707-138.

QantasLink is the regional brand used by Airlink, Eastern Australia Airlines and Sunstate Airlines. In WA Cobham operates QantasLink Boeing 717s. See separate entry below.

Express Freighters Australia is another Qantas subsidiary which operates Boeing 737-376SF freighters for Qantas Freight.

Qantas announced on 13 December 2010 that it had acquired Network Aviation.

Fleet list updated 19 February 2015.

VH-XMB Boeing 737-376(SF) 23478/1251 Freighter. Qantas Freight. Operated by Express Freighters Australia.
VH-XML Boeing 737-376(SF) 23486/1286 Freighter. Qantas Freight. Operated by Express Freighters Australia.
VH-XMO Boeing 737-376(SF) 23488/1352 Freighter. Qantas Freight. Operated by Express Freighters Australia.
VH-XMR Boeing 737-376(SF) 23490/1390 Freighter. Qantas Freight. Operated by Express Freighters Australia.
VH-VXA Boeing 737-838 29551/1042 “Broome” (formerly wore special “Now it’s on our turf” cricket livery)
VH-VXB Boeing 737-838 30101/1045 “Yananyi” (formerly wore “Yananyi Dreaming” livery) small Aboriginal art logo aft of cockpit window depicting Ayers Rock/Uluru and a goanna lizard
VH-VXC Boeing 737-838 30897/1049 “Gippsland”
VH-VXD Boeing 737-838 29552/1063 “Tenterfield”
VH-VXE Boeing 737-838 30899/1071 “Coffs Harbour”
VH-VXF Boeing 737-838 29553/1096 “Sunshine Coast”
VH-VXG Boeing 737-838 30901/1102 “Port Douglas” (formerly wore special “Bring It On” livery)
VH-VXH Boeing 737-838 33478/1137 “Warrnambool”
VH-VXI Boeing 737-838 33479/1141 “Oodnadatta”
VH-VXJ Boeing 737-838 33480/1157 “Coober Pedy”
VH-VXK Boeing 737-838 33481/1160 “Katherine”
VH-VXL Boeing 737-838 33482/1172 “Charleville”
VH-VXM Boeing 737-838 33483/1177 “Mount Hotham”
VH-VXN Boeing 737-838 33484/1180 “Fremantle”
VH-VXO Boeing 737-838 33485/1183 “Kakadu” (formerly wore “Sharing the Spirit” titles and logo)
VH-VXP Boeing 737-838 33722/1324 “Logan”
VH-VXQ Boeing 737-838 33723/1335 ‘Retro Roo II’ 1959-61 retro livery.
VH-VXR Boeing 737-838 33724/1340 “Shepparton”
VH-VXS Boeing 737-838 33725/1352 “St. Helens”
VH-VXT Boeing 737-838 33760/1412 “Townsville”
VH-VXU Boeing 737-838 33761/1420 “Wollongong”
VH-VYA Boeing 737-838 33762/1532 “Narooma”. Leased from ORIX Aviation.
VH-VYB Boeing 737-838 33763/1534 “Cape Otway” Leased from ORIX Aviation. First visit 2 Aug 2004.
VH-VYC Boeing 737-838 33991/1612 “Arnhem Land” Leased from ORIX Aviation. First visit 9 Dec 2004.
VH-VYD Boeing 737-838 33992/1706 “Eudunda”
VH-VYE Boeing 737-838 33993/1712 “Alice Springs”. Leased from RBS. First visit 7 June 2005.
VH-VYF Boeing 737-838 33994/1727 “Evandale”. Leased from RBS. First visit 24-25 June 2005.
VH-VYG Boeing 737-838 33995/1736 “Australind”. Leased from SMBC. First visit 17 July 2005.
VH-VYH Boeing 737-838 34180/1815 “Queanbeyan”. Leased from Macquarie AirFinance.
VH-VYI Boeing 737-838 34181/1840 “Bathurst Island”. Leased from Macquarie AirFinance.
VH-VYJ Boeing 737-838 34182/1842 “Cann River”. Leased from Macquarie AirFinance.
VH-VYK Boeing 737-838 34183/1846 “Moree”. Leased from Macquarie AirFinance.
VH-VYL Boeing 737-838 34184/1854 “Wangaratta”. Leased from Macquarie AirFinance.
VH-VZA Boeing 737-838 34195/2502 “Port Augusta”
VH-VZB Boeing 737-838 34196/2623 “Lake Macquarie”
VH-VZC Boeing 737-838 34197/2649 “Innisfail”
VH-VZD Boeing 737-838 34198/2659 “Port Geelong”
VH-VZE Boeing 737-838 34199/2661 “Bunbury”
VH-VZL Boeing 737-838 34194/3621 “Newcastle”
VH-VZM Boeing 737-838 34192/3644 “Bathurst”
VH-VZO Boeing 737-838 34191/3692 “Bendigo” “Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia” decal and ribbon aft of the wing, wears moustache on nose. First visit 17 July 2011
VH-VZP Boeing 737-838 39362/3714 “Whyalla”. First visit 9 August 2011
VH-VZR Boeing 737-838 39357/3754 “Coral Bay”
VH-VZS Boeing 737-838 39358/3769 “Tamworth”. First visit 26 September 2011
VH-VZT Boeing 737-838 34186/3798 “Kalgoorlie”. First visit 29 October 2011
VH-VZU Boeing 737-838 34187/3826 “Lorne”
VH-VZV Boeing 737-838 34189/3856 “Palm Cove”. First visit 20 December 2011
VH-VZW Boeing 737-838 39359/3881 “Beaconsfield”
VH-VZX Boeing 737-838 34188/3910 “Daylesford”
VH-VZY Boeing 737-838 39363/3944 “Temora” First visit 8 March 2012
VH-VZZ Boeing 737-838 39445/4010 “Walpole”. Leased from CIT Aerospace.
VH-XZA Boeing 737-838 39367/4150 “Leeton”
VH-XZB Boeing 737-838 39360/4192 “Mudgee”
VH-XZC Boeing 737-838 39361/4199 “Walwa”
VH-XZD Boeing 737-838 39368/4400 “Moranbah”
VH-XZE Boeing 737-838 39369/4421 “Pine Creek”
VH-XZF Boeing 737-838 39370/4450 “Cygnet”
VH-XZG Boeing 737-838 39371/4477 “Bungendore”
VH-XZH Boeing 737-838 39372/4521 “McLaren Vale”
VH-XZI Boeing 737-838 39364/4630 “Kalbarri”
VH-XZJ Boeing 737-838 39365/4669 Mendoowoorrji” – “Mendoowoorrji” Aboriginal art livery
VH-XZK Boeing 737-838 39366/4705 “Cook”
VH-XZL Boeing 737-838 44573/5009 ‘Flinders’
VH-XZM Boeing 737-838 44574/5018 ‘Coonewarra’
VH-XZN Boeing 737-838 44575/5060 ‘Wagga Wagga’
VH-XZO Boeing 737-838 44576/5108 ‘Leichhardt’
VH-XZP Boeing 737-838 44577/5164 ‘James Strong’ bow tie under name, 1970s orange strip Retro Roo livery
VH-EFR Boeing 767-381ER(SF) 33510/939 Freighter. Leased from Mercury Aircraft Ltd.
Operated by Express Freighters Australia for Qantas Freight, in Qantas Freight livery.
VH-EBA Airbus A330-202 508 ‘Cradle Mountain’
VH-EBB Airbus A330-202 522 ‘Albany’
VH-EBC Airbus A330-202 506 ‘Surfers Paradise’
VH-EBD Airbus A330-202 513 ‘Traralgon’
VH-EBG Airbus A330-203 887 “Barossa Valley”. Leased from Macquarie AirFinance.
VH-EBH Airbus A330-203 892 “Hunter Valley”. Leased from CIT Aerospace.
VH-EBI Airbus A330-203 898 “Yarra Valley”. Leased from CIT Aerospace.
VH-EBJ Airbus A330-202 940 Leased to Jetstar – to be returned to Qantas
VH-EBK Airbus A330-202 945 Leased to Jetstar – to be returned to Qantas
VH-EBL Airbus A330-203 976 “Whitsundays”. Leased from CBA Air Pty Ltd.
VH-EBM Airbus A330-202 1061 “Tamar Valley”. Leased from CIT Aerospace.
VH-EBN Airbus A330-202 1094 “Clare Valley”. Leased from CIT Aerospace.
VH-EBO Airbus A330-202 1169 “Kimberley”. Leased from CIT Aerospace.
VH-EBP Airbus A330-202 1174 “Ningaloo Valley”. Leased from CIT Aerospace. First visit & first revenue service 19 December 2010
VH-EBQ Airbus A330-202 1198 “Wolgan Valley”. Leased from AWAS.
VH-EBR Airbus A330-202 1251 ‘Lockyer Valley’. Leased from AWAS.
VH-EBS Airbus A330-202 1258 “Swan Valley”. Leased from CIT Aerospace.
VH-EBV Airbus A330-202 1365 “Kangaroo Island” – Leased from ALC. Oneworld titles.
VH-QPA Airbus A330-303 553 “Kununurra”
VH-QPB Airbus A330-303 558 “Freycinet Peninsula”
VH-QPC Airbus A330-303 564 “Broken Hill”
VH-QPD Airbus A330-303 574 “Port Macquarie”
VH-QPE Airbus A330-303 593 “Port Lincoln”
VH-QPF Airbus A330-303 595 “Esperance”
VH-QPG Airbus A330-303 603 “Mt Gambier”
VH-QPH Airbus A330-303 695 “Noosa”
VH-QPI Airbus A330-303 705 “Cairns”
VH-QPJ Airbus A330-303 712 “Port Stephens”
N409MC Boeing 747-47UF (SCD) 30558/1242 Freighter. Leased from & operated by Atlas Air for Qantas Freight.
N493MC Boeing 747-47UF (SCD) 29254/1179 Freighter. Leased from & operated by Atlas Air for Qantas Freight.
VH-OEB Boeing 747-48E 25778/983 “Phillip Island”.World Cup special colours. To be retired by mid-2016.
VH-OEE Boeing 747-438ER 32909/1308 “Nullabor”
VH-OEF Boeing 747-438ER 32910/1313 “Sydney” – Oneworld titles
VH-OEG Boeing 747-438ER 32911/1320 “Parkes”
VH-OEH Boeing 747-438ER 32912/1321 “Hervey Bay”
VH-OEI Boeing 747-438ER 32913/1330 “Ceduna”
VH-OEJ Boeing 747-438ER 32914/1331 “Wunala” – Small “Wunala” kangaroo decal on nose, near cockpit window
VH-OJA Boeing 747-438 24354/731 “City of Canberra”. To be retired March 2015 – to be preserved by HARS at Woolongong.
VH-OJI Boeing 747-438 24887/826 “Longreach”. To be retired by mid-2016.
VH-OJM Boeing 747-438 25245/875 “Gosford”. To be retired by mid-2016.
VH-OJS Boeing 747-438 25564/1230 “Hamilton Island”
VH-OJT Boeing 747-438 25565/1233 “Fraser Island”
VH-OJU Boeing 747-438 25566/1239 “Lord Howe Island”
VH-OQA Airbus A380-842 014 “Nancy-Bird Walton”. First A380 to visit Perth – 14 October 2008.
VH-OQB Airbus A380-842 015 “Hudson Fysh”. First visit 16 November 2013.
VH-OQC Airbus A380-842 022 “Paul McGuinness”
VH-OQD Airbus A380-842 026 “Fergus McMaster” First visit 10 July 2014
VH-OQE Airbus A380-842 027 “Lawrence Hargrave”
VH-OQF Airbus A380-842 029 “Charles Kingsford-Smith”
VH-OQG Airbus A380-842 047 “Charles Ulm” First visit 8-9 December 2014.
VH-OQH Airbus A380-842 050 “Reginald Ansett”
VH-OQI Airbus A380-842 055 “David Warren”
VH-OQJ Airbus A380-842 062 “Bert Hinkler”
VH-OQK Airbus A380-842 063 “John Duigan” (left side) & “Reginald Duigan” (right side). First visit to Perth 28 March 2016.
VH-OQL Airbus A380-842 074 “Phyllis Arnott”
VH-OQM Airbus A380-842 “Keith McPherson Smith and Ross McPherson Smith”. On order – delivery deferred.
VH-OQN Airbus A380-842 “Lester Brain”. On order – delivery deferred.
VH-OQO Airbus A380-842 “Lores Bonney”. On order – delivery deferred.
VH-OQP Airbus A380-842 “Norman Brearley”. On order – delivery deferred.
VH-OQQ Airbus A380-842 “P G Taylor”. On order – delivery deferred.
VH-OQR Airbus A380-842 “Scotty Allan”. On order – delivery deferred.
VH-OQS Airbus A380-842 “John Flynn”. On order – delivery deferred.
VH-OQT Airbus A380-842 “Gaby Kennard”. On order – delivery deferred.

QantasLink logoQantasLink

National Jet Systems started operations on 1 July 1990 with a fleet of British Aerospace 146 aircraft. It later operated some routes on behalf of Australian Airlines from Perth, mainly to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock with Australian Airlines colours and Airlink titles. In 1993, Australian Airlines was taken over by Qantas and National Jet continued the Airlink operations, with the aircraft being repainted in Qantas colours with Airlink titles. In 2002, QantasLink was created as the regional brand of Qantas, including the Qantas regional subsidiaries Airlink, Sunstate, Eastern Australia Airlines, and Southern Australia Airlines. The 146s were later painted in QantasLink titles.

QantasLink also operated a number of Boeing 717 aircraft in the eastern states, inherited from the Qantas purchase of Impulse Airlines in 2001. In May 2004, Qantas started a new low-cost airline, Jetstar Airways, to take over the Impulse Airlines 717s and routes. Jetstar later standardised its fleet on the Airbus A320, and the 717s were placed in storage.

In 2005-6, National Jet won a Qantas contract to operate Boeing 717s for QantasLink, replacing the BAe 146s. In early 2009, National Jet was rebranded as Cobham Aviation Services Australia. The 717s are maintained at Cobham’s maintenance facilities in Adelaide and Perth, and operate in Western Australia, Northern Territory and north Queensland.

QantasLink opened a Perth base with Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s in late 2011, using an initial two Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, with the aircraft coming from Sunstate Airlines and pilots coming from Eastern Australia Airlines in Sydney. Another two Q400 aircraft may be added later. The aircraft are operated using the Sunstate Airlines AOC (Air Operators Certificate), with operations starting in August/September 2011. Maintenance is carried out in Perth by Network Aviation, which is now a Qantas subsidiary. This operation is independent of the Boeing 717s operated for QantasLink by Cobham.

Network Aviation has begun repainting its Fokker 100s in QantasLink livery.

Fleet list updated 19 February 2015.

VH-LQJ Bombardier DHC-8-402NG Dash 8 Q400 4414 Leased from Sunstate Airlines.
VH-LQK Bombardier DHC-8-402NG Dash 8 Q400 4415 Leased from Sunstate Airlines.
VH-NXD Boeing 717-23S 55062/5031  
VH-NXE Boeing 717-23S 55063/5034
VH-NXG Boeing 717-2K9 55057/5020  
VH-NXH Boeing 717-2K9 55055/5014  
VH-NXI Boeing 717-2K9 55054/5013
VH-NXJ Boeing 717-2BL 55166/5116
VH-NXK Boeing 717-231 55092/5077
VH-NXL Boeing 717-231 55093/5083
VH-NXM Boeing 717-231 55094/5084
VH-NXN Boeing 717-231 55095/5087
VH-NXO Boeing 717-231 55096/5093
VH-NXQ Boeing 717-231 55097/5095
VH-NXR Boeing 717-2BL 55168/5118
VH-YQS Boeing 717-2BL 55178/5128 Based and operated in Eastern States
VH-YQT Boeing 717-2BL 55179/5129 Based and operated in Eastern States
VH-YQU Boeing 717-2BL 55180/5132 Based and operated in Eastern States
VH-YQV Boeing 717-2BL 55193/5153 Based and operated in Eastern States
VH-YQW Boeing 717-2BL 55194/5154 Based and operated in Eastern States

 

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Rainbow Coast Flying School

Rainbow Coast Flying School is based at Albany Airport, and provides RAAus flight training.

It is affiliated with Great Southern Aviation (see separate entry), which conducts CASA flight training.

Fleet list updated 22 August 2013.

24-4889 Jabiru J-160C

 

Repacholi Aviation

Repacholi Aviation conducts aerial agriculture operations (crop spraying/crop dusting) and has its main base at Jandakot Airport, with other bases at Esperance, Narembeen, Bunbury, and Morawa.

Fleet list updated as at 23 October 2013.

VH-BWW Cessna 172N Skyhawk II 17269898
VH-EVO Cessna A188B 18801207
VH-KQZ Cessna A188 1880242
VH-HCR Grumman G-164B AgCat 5B
VH-RRI Air Tractor AT-301 301-0386
VH-DKW Ayres S2R Thrush 2073R
VH-RGK Ayres S2R Thrush 2485R
VH-RQI Rockwell S2R Thrush 2059R

Revesco Aviation

Revesco Aviation was formed in 2006 and is based at Perth Airport, using the facilities of Hawker Pacific around Australia, Execujet in Sydney, Interair in Melbourne and Pearl Aviation in Darwin.

The company offers corporate jet air charter, air ambulance and aerial photography, but also conducts initial jet phase training of over 100 new pilots per year for China Southern WA Flying College.

Fleet list updated as at 15 August 2013.

VH-EJT Cessna 510 Citation Mustang 510-0214 Leased from Ivan Erceg
VH-FJP Embraer 500 Phenom 100 50000237 Operated for China Southern WA Flying College
VH-LWZ Embraer 500 Phenom 100 50000306 Operated for China Southern WA Flying College
VH-PNM Embraer 500 Phenom 100 50000206 Leased from Dos Equis Pty Ltd
VH-INT Cessna 550 Citation II 550-0102
VH-ZLT Cessna 550 Citation Bravo 550-0878 Operated for China Southern WA Flying College
VH-ZSU Canadair CL-600-1A11 Challenger 600S 1078
VH-TXS Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV 1115 Ex N430GA, N410M, N410MY, N440TC
VH-WXK Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV-SP 1265 Ex N465GA, N540W, VP-CFF, N165GD, N141CP, N450TL.
Leased from Sutherland Aviation Pty Ltd. Based at Brisbane.

 

Rossy Rotor AviationRossy_Rotor_Aviation_logo

Rossy Rotor Aviation is based at Port Hedland and offers helicopter mustering, exploration and survey, helicopter charter, aerial photography and other aerial work.

Fleet list updated 15 Aug 2013.

VH-APP Robinson R22 Beta 1070
VH-KFV Robinson R22 Beta 0940
VH-POL Robinson R22 Beta 1228

 

http://aft.com.au/cms/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/rotorvation.jpgRotorvation Helicopter Services (Heysen Gums Pty Ltd)

Rotorvation Helicopter Services provides helicopter flight training, helicopter charter and commercial operations, helicopter scenic tours, and is a sales agent for Robinson Helicopters. The company is based at Jandakot, with another base at Katherine, Northern Territory.

Fleet list updated 3 November 2013.

VH-EGR Robinson R22 Beta 1959
VH-RAS Robinson R22 Beta II 4617
VH-RBT Robinson R22 Beta 1980 Leased from Simon Klopper.
VH-RLO Robinson R22 Beta II 4396
VH-SCY Robinson R22 Beta II 4458
VH-HVY Robinson R44 Raven II 10526 Leased from Margaret River Aviation Pty Ltd
VH-IPR Robinson R44 II 12012 Leased from Heliflite Pty Ltd
VH-LVO Robinson R44 Raven I 2021 Leased from Adtech FRP Pty Ltd
VH-RTQ Robinson R44 I 2102
VH-ZJP Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel 3297 Leased from Peter Morrison / Helicopters (WA) Pty Ltd

 

Rottnest Air-TaxiRottnest Air Taxi logo

Rottnest Air-Taxi was formed by Frank Stynman in the mid-1990s. It provides an air-taxi service between Jandakot and Rottnest Island (about 15 minutes flying time), coastal/Perth city/Swan River scenic flights from Jandakot and scenic/joy flights from Rottnest.

Fleet list updated 15 August 2013.

VH-MVD Cessna 172N Skyhawk II 17273660
VH-WWL Cessna 172M Skyhawk II 17267132
VH-ALL Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six 32-3

 

Royal Aero Club of WARoyal Aero Club of Western Australia

The Royal Aero Club of Western Australia is based at Jandakot and also owns Murray Field (near Mandurah). It conducts joy flights, scenic flights, flight training, aircraft charter, and aero club activities such as flying competitions and fly-ins.

History (by Mervyn W. Prime):

The Royal Aero Club of Western Australia is the oldest flying training club in WA. It was incorporated in August 1929 as the Aero Club of Australia (W.A. Branch) Inc. and first flew its aircraft from Maylands Aerodrome in April 1930. On that date, the Club officially took over training from Perth Flying School with two de Havilland DH.60 Moth aircraft donated by the Federal Government. In 1934, the name was changed to Aero Club of Western Australia and in 1936, the Royal prefix was added, changing the name to the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc. Prior to World War Two, the Club held several air carnivals where RAAF aircraft participated, and the events drew thousands of visitors to Maylands.

By September 1939, the Club had flown over 14,500 hours and the fleet had grown to six aircraft. During that time, many hundreds of pilots had been trained to both private and commercial standard. The Club ceased operations during World War Two when its aircraft were impressed into service with the RAAF, but following the end of the war in 1945 the Club was re-established at Maylands and in the next few years it became the dominant flying training and charter operator in WA.

In post-war years, the Club progressively improved its fleet of aircraft, stepping from de Havilland Tiger Moths to de Havilland Chipmunks and then to Cessna aircraft; the first of which was delivered in 1958. The Club moved its operation from Maylands to Guildford Aerodrome (Perth Airport) in 1959, and then to Jandakot Airport in 1965.

Fleet list updated 15 August 2013.

VH-BFT Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520898
VH-BFV Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520853
VH-FWM Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520772
VH-IBP Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520795
VH-JBX Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520785 “Ian Metcher”
VH-RCF Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520962
VH-RWF Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520811
VH-RWJ Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520845
VH-RWQ Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520896
VH-RWY Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520889
VH-TNO Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520864
VH-UWC Cessna A152 Aerobat A1520849
VH-CKF / A17-421 De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth DHA596 In RAAF markings – yellow colourscheme
VH-FAS / A17-37 De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth DHA34 In RAAF markings – yellow colourscheme. Leased from Griffin Aviation Pty Ltd.
VH-RWI De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 (Mk.22A) C1-0164 “80 years of R.A.C of W.A. 1929-2009” titles. Leased from Griffin Aviation Pty Ltd.
VH-AUC Cessna 172P Skyhawk II 17275190
VH-BOF Cessna 172P Skyhawk II 17275469
VH-CAR Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17280131
VH-KTV Cessna 172P Skyhawk II 17275504
VH-RWT Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17280374
VH-FCI Cessna 172RG Cutlass RG 172RG0940
VH-AKF Mooney M20J (201) 24-0798
VH-JDY Mooney M20J (201LM) 24-1681
VH-JXC Mooney M20J (205) 24-3097
VH-KLW Mooney M20J (201) 24-1354
VH-MZS Mooney M20J (201) 24-1122
VH-SPN Mooney M20J (201) 24-0878
VH-JDW Cessna R182 Skylane RG R18201070
VH-HQZ Piper PA-44-180 Seminole 44-7995012
VH-PNT Partenavia P.68B Victor 73

 

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) – Western OperationsRFDS logo

The RFDS was created by Reverend John Flynn, a Presbyterian Church minister who started the Australian Inland Mission (AIM) in 1912. During World War One, Clifford Peel wrote to Flynn and planted the idea of using aircraft to help transport Doctors to people in remote areas. Flynn struggled to get funding for the concept but finally on 15 May 1928, opened the Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service at Cloncurry, Queensland. It soon expanded across the country.

The Victorian Section of the Australian Aerial Medical Services was formed in 1934, and this provided aero medical and other services to the Kimberley region of Western Australia, with the first base at Wyndham opening in 1935.

In 1935, a provisional Western Australian Section purchased a de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth Aircraft in 1935, and this section was officially registered on 14 June 1936. On 10 October 1936, the Section’s first base at Port Hedland opened, with the first medical flight also occurring on that date.

In the early 1930s (1931 or 1932), the Goldfields Flying Doctor Service provided a air medical service for people in the Goldfields region, before most other parts of Australia. An Eastern Goldfields Section of Australian Aerial Medical Services was formed in 1937, based at Kalgoorlie.

In 1942, Australian Aerial Medical Services was renamed the Flying Doctor Service, and in 1951 became the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Until the 1960s, the RFDS rarely owned its aircraft, relying on contractors to provide aircraft, pilots and servicing. They then began to purchase their own aircraft and employ our own pilots and engineers.

On 14 October 2009, the RFDS officially began operating its first jet aircraft in Australia – the Hawker 800XP “Rio Tinto LifeFlight Jet”, registered VH-RIO. It will be used to transport urgent care patients from around WA and the Indian Ocean Territories, cutting flight times significantly.It carries three stretcher patients and three clinical staff, and is fitted with a Lifeport PLUS specialist aeromedical interior.

RFDS – Western Operations now operates from five bases in Western Australia – Jandakot, Kalgoorlie, Meekatharra, Port Hedland and Derby.

Fleet list updated 14 April 2014.

VH-KWO Pilatus PC-12/45 363
VH-MWO Pilatus PC-12/45 379
VH-NWO Pilatus PC-12/45 396
VH-OWA Pilatus PC-12/47E 1115
VH-OWB Pilatus PC-12/47E 1104
VH-OWD Pilatus PC-12/47E 1140
VH-OWG Pilatus PC-12/47E 1155
VH-OWI Pilatus PC-12/47E 1232
VH-OWJ Pilatus PC-12/47E 1411
VH-OWP Pilatus PC-12/47E 1032
VH-OWQ Pilatus PC-12/47E 1052
VH-OWR Pilatus PC-12/47E 1082
VH-OWS Pilatus PC-12/47E 1428
VH-OWU Pilatus PC-12/47E 1433 ex HB-FQG
VH-OWX Pilatus PC-12/47E 1439 ex HB-FQM
VH-VWO Pilatus PC-12/45 400
VH-YWO Pilatus PC-12/45 725
VH-ZWO Pilatus PC-12/45 467
VH-RIO Raytheon Hawker 800XP 258594 Rio Tinto Life Flight sponsor logos on tail and forward fuselage
Operated by Maroomba Airlines for RFDS Western Operations.

 

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Shine AviationShine Aviation logo

Shine Aviation is based at Geraldton, and has another base at Carnarvon. The company offers FIFO (Fly In/Fly Out) contracts for resources companies, aircraft charter, flying training, aerial work, aircraft hire, and scenic flights.

Fleet list updated 15 August 2013.

VH-UWX Cessna 150M 15079306
VH-LBK Cessna 172M Skyhawk II 17265429
VH-LCS Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17280079
VH-MVQ Cessna 172RG Cutlass RG 172RG0739
VH-CKX Beech Bonanza A36 E-540
VH-HOM Beech Bonanza A36 E-1414
VH-TBU Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan GA8-02-011
VH-PNS Partenavia P.68B 71
VH-HHX Beech Baron 58 TH-270
VH-SXS Beech Baron 58 TH-181
VH-XSY Beech Baron 58 TH-425
VH-ADE Piper PA-31-325 Navajo C/R 31-7712006
VH-AFY Piper PA-31-325 Navajo C/R 31-8012084
VH-ITF Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C 31-7812014
VH-OMN Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain 31-8252056
VH-PGO Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain 31-7852109
VH-SZD Cessna 404 Titan 404-0050
VH-VHT Cessna 404 Titan 404-0226
VH-EKG Beech 1900D UE-135 Ex ZS-SSY – arrived into Perth Airport at 17.56hrs 26/2/11 ex: Denpasar (Bali) & Broome, registered VH-EKG on 8/3/11

 

Shoal AirShoal_Air_logo

Shoal Air was founded by Steve Irvine in 2004 with a fleet of two aircraft and two staff, conducting air charter operations from Kununurra, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The fleet grew, and the company opened a second base at Wyndham in 2007.

Their services now include passenger charter, scenic tours, air freight and remote area logistics, aerial surveys, aerial photography, and search and rescue.

Fleet list correct as at 15 August 2013.

VH-KUN Auster 6A Tugmaster 3725
VH-DSO Mooney M20K (231) 25-0363
VH-OWZ Cessna R182 Skylane RG R18201601
VH-BKD Cessna 210N Centurion 21063127
VH-EDE Cessna 210L Centurion 21060517
VH-MNN Cessna 210L Centurion 21060746
VH-OTB Cessna 210L Centurion 21060067
VH-RLP Cessna 210-5 (205) 2050213
VH-SMP Cessna 210L Centurion 21061544
VH-WNI Cessna 210M Centurion 21062462
VH-WOU Cessna 207 Skywagon 20700099
VH-WOX Cessna 207 Skywagon 20700130
VH-WOY Cessna 207A Skywagon 20700707
VH-BFL Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan GA8-06-107
VH-BJN Piper PA23-250 Aztec D 27-4460
VH-ARN Cessna 310R 310R0611
VH-DVN Cessna 310R 310R0329
VH-HZR Cessna 310Q 310Q0468
VH-SUE Cessna 310P 310P0132
VH-UJF Cessna 310R 310R1342
VH-KFW Piper PA-31-310 Navajo 31-366
VH-HJR Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain 31-8252016

Singapore Flying CollegeSingapore Flying College logo

Singapore Flying College was established in 1988. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. The college is headquartered in Singapore (with five Singapore-registered Cessna 172s) but has bases at Jandakot in WA and Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast Airport), Queensland.

The Jandakot base originally operated Beech Bonanza F33As and Beech Baron 58s. It now operates the Cessna 172R Skyhawk and the Baron 58 for ab-initio training, leading to a multi-engine Commercial Pilot’s License (with Instrument Rating).

The college opened a base in Maroochydore, Queensland in 2002, which conducted advanced jet training using Learjet 45s (later replaced by Cessna Mustangs), and this underwent a $40 million upgrade in 2010. However, the College announced on 23 July 2013 that the Maroochydore base is to close during 2014, with the jets to be sold, as that training will in future be conducted on simulators. Jandakot operations are unaffected.

Fleet list updated 15 August 2013.

VH-LTI Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281130
VH-LTJ Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281131
VH-LTK Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281139
VH-LTL Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281140
VH-LTM Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281148
VH-YGA Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281575
VH-YGF Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281576
VH-YGI Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281577
VH-YGN Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281578
VH-YGP Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281579
VH-YGQ Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281580
VH-YGU Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281581
VH-YGW Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281582
VH-YGZ Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17281583
VH-YXR Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17280881
VH-YXS Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17280882
VH-YXT Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17280883
VH-YXV Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17280884
VH-YXZ Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17280885
VH-EPO Beech Baron G58 TH-2335 Leased from Capital Finance Australia Ltd
VH-EPV Beech Baron G58 TH-2333 Leased from Capital Finance Australia Ltd
VH-HUG Beech Baron G58 TH-2179 Leased from Capital Finance Australia Ltd
VH-JDN Beech Baron 58 TH-1020
VH-SQG Beech Baron 58 TH-1695
VH-SQJ Cessna 510 Citation Mustang 510-0347 Based at Maroochydore, Qld (to close, aircraft to be sold in 2014)
VH-SQW Cessna 510 Citation Mustang 510-0294 Based at Maroochydore, Qld (to close, aircraft to be sold in 2014)
VH-SQY Cessna 510 Citation Mustang 510-0343 Based at Maroochydore, Qld (to close, aircraft to be sold in 2014)
VH-VSQ Cessna 510 Citation Mustang 510-0358 Based at Maroochydore, Qld (to close, aircraft to be sold in 2014)
VH-SQD Learjet 45 45-033 Based at Maroochydore, Qld (to close, aircraft to be sold in 2014)
VH-SQM Learjet 45 45-035 Based at Maroochydore, Qld (to close, aircraft to be sold in 2014)

 

http://www.skippers.net.au/images/skiplogo.gifSkippers Aviation

Skippers Aviation is based at Perth Airport with their own terminal and maintenance facilities on Bungana Avenue.

The company provides aircraft charter, and scheduled RPT (Regular Passenger Transport) services from Perth to:

  • Leinster
  • Leonora
  • Laverton
  • Meekatharra
  • Mt Magnet
  • Wiluna

It provides FIFO (Fly In/Fly Out) services from Perth to:

  • Anglo Gold Ashanti- Sunrise Dam
  • Barrick Gold – Darlot; Granny Smith; Lawlers; Plutonic
  • Crescent Gold – Laverton
  • Newcrest Mining – Telfer
  • Newmont Mining – Jundee
  • Ngarda Civil – Yarrie
  • Panoramic Resources – Savannah Nickel Mine
  • Pilbara Iron – West Angelas / Lombadina / Barrimunya
  • St Barbara Mines – Leonora
  • Western Areas – Forrestania

Skippers Aviation started operations in 1990 with three Cessna 441 Conquests and a Cessna 402C, operating from Perth Flight Centre. In 1995, they began acquiring new Fairchild Metro 23s, eventually acquiring six. In 1997/98, Skippers built their own terminal and maintenance facility, and set up a second base in Broome. In July 1998, they added a pair of De Havilland Dash-8-100s, and two more were added in 1999-2000. In 1999, their AOC (Air Operators Certificate) was upgraded to allow scheduled RPT (Regular Passenger Transport) services. In October 1999, they purchased their first Embraer Brasilia, with more Brasilias delivered in 2001-2006. In 2006-8, DeHavilland Dash 8-300 aircraft were added.

Fleet list updated 15 August 2013.

VH-FMQ Cessna 441 Conquest II 441-0109
VH-LBY Cessna 441 Conquest II 441-0023
VH-LBZ Cessna 441 Conquest II 441-0038
VH-SJQ Cessna 441 Conquest II 441-0173
VH-WAI Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 DC-874B
VH-WAJ Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 DC-876B
VH-WAX Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 DC-877B
VH-WBA Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 DC-883B
VH-WBQ Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 DC-884B
VH-XUA Embraer 120ER Brasilia 120045
VH-XUB Embraer 120ER Brasilia 120181
VH-XUC Embraer 120ER Brasilia 120208
VH-XUD Embraer 120ER Brasilia 120140
VH-XUE Embraer 120ER Brasilia 120115
VH-XUF Embraer 120ER Brasilia 120207
VH-XFP De Havilland Canada DHC-8-106 Dash 8 346
VH-XFQ De Havilland Canada DHC-8-106 Dash 8 306
VH-XFT De Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 052
VH-XFU De Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 151
VH-XFV De Havilland Canada DHC-8-314 Dash 8 350
VH-XFW De Havilland Canada DHC-8-314 Dash 8 356
VH-XFX De Havilland Canada DHC-8-314 Dash 8 313
VH-XFZ De Havilland Canada DHC-8-314 Dash 8 365
VH-XKI De Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q Dash 8 587 Delivered 6 June 2011 as C-GKUX
VH-XKJ De Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q Dash 8 588 Delivered 29 July 2011 as C-GLPG.
VH-XKM Fokker 100 11410 Stored at Perth.
Delivered Bratislava to Perth 12-14 September 2013 as PH-KXR. Registered VH-XKM.
Leased from Aircraft Financing and Trading B.V.
ex PH-KXR, XA-SHG, PH-KXR, TC-IEC, PH-KXR, XA-KXR, PH-KXR.
VH-XKN Fokker 100 11420 Stored at Perth.
Delivered to Perth on 19 June 2013 as PH-LXG.  Registered VH-XKN 28 June 2013.
Leased from Aircraft Financing and Trading B.V.
ex PH-LXG, XA-SHH, PH-LXG, TC-IED, PH-LXG, XA-LXG, PH-LXG.
Fokker 100 Not yet delivered.

 

Skydive Adventure

Skydive Adventure (Hillman Farm Skydivers Inc.) operates at Hillman Farm Drop Zone, Darkan, WA. Hillman Farm Skydivers was establishedin 1975, and is the longest continuously running skydiving club in Western Australia.

Fleet list correct as at 15 August 2013.

VH-DKR Cessna 182G Skylane 18255298

 

Skydive Express logoSkydive Express

Skydive Express is a skydiving company based at a private airfield in York, WA. They opened their skydiving centre in June 1999.

Fleet list correct as at 15 August 2013.

VH-XSS Cessna 182E Skylane 18253795 Leased from Blacks Australia Pty Ltd when required.
VH-OAI Cessna 208 Caravan I 20800093 Leased from B & B No.2 Pty Ltd

 

Skydive Geronimo SkyDive Geronimo Logo

Skydive Geronimo is based at Rottnest Island Airport and Busselton Regional Airport, conducting skydiving operations over Rottnest Island, Busselton and Margaret River. The company offers tandem skydiving, with a beach landing, as well as Accelerated Free Fall training.

VH-JHL Cessna 182Q Skylane II 18265575 Converted for skydiving operations with upward opening right hand door and passenger seats removed
VH-FGN Gippsland Aeronautics GA8-TC 320 GA8-03-025 Prototype turbocharged Airvan – converted from standard Airvan
Leased from AGSR Pty Ltd

 

Skydive Jurien Bay (Pete’s Parachuting (NW) Pty Ltd)Skydive_Jurien_Bay_logo

Skydive Jurien Bay is a skydiving company based at Jurien Bay, north of Perth. It was formed in 2009 by Pete Lonnon.

Fleet list correct as at 15 August 2013.

VH-DOK Cessna R172K Hawk XP R1722749
VH-POK Cessna TU206G Super Skywagon U20603537

 

 

Sky Sports Flying School Sky Sports Flying School logo

Sky Sports Flying School is located at White Gum Farm, off Cameron Road, just east of York, WA. The school provides flight training on microlights and ultralights, and is a sales agent for for Airborne Microlight Aircraft and the Aeroprakt A22 Foxbat ultralight.

(Fleet list not available)

 

 

Description: Specialists in Charter Flights, Private and Executive JetsSkytraders

Skytraders was founded in 1979 and is headquartered at Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, with an office in Hobart to manage their Antarctic services, and an administrative office in New South Wales.

The company conducts Antarctic flights, charter and freight flights. In 2002, Skytraders was awarded a long term contract by the Australian Antarctic Division for the provision of Antarctic air services. From November to March each year, this aircraft operates on behalf of the Australian Government’s Australian Antarctic Division on a weekly service from the Division’s base in Hobart, Tasmania to an ice runway at Wilkins, Antarctica (hence the “Snowbird” radio callsign).

Their A319 CJ and CASA 212 aircraft are available for private charter or use by other government agencies for periods throughout the summer season and uninterrupted use during the Australian winter. The two CASA 212-400s are not listed here as they rarely visit Western Australia.

Fleet list correct as at 15 August 2013.

VH-VCJ Airbus A319-132 1880 Callsign “SNOWBIRD 2″Ex F-WWBF, D-AVYM, D-APAD, SX-OAO, SX-DGH.Leased from CIT Leasing
VH-VHD Airbus A319-115CJ 1999 Callsign “SNOWBIRD 1″Seating: 48 Business Class or 28 Business/54 Economy ClassLeased from CIT Leasing

Skywest Airlines – now Virgin Australia Regional AirlinesSkywest logo

see separate entry below.

 

 

 

 

Slingair Heliwork WASlingair Heliwork logo

Slingair Heliwork WA is headquartered in Kununurra, with other bases at Broome, Derby, Drysdale River Station, Mitchell River National Park, Purnululu National Park and Warmun. It provides aircraft and helicopter air charters, air safaris, mining company FIFO (Fly In/Fly Out), air freight, RFDS clinic flights, remote area mail run, search and rescue, aerial geophysical work, photography and scenic flights.

Slingair was founded in 1976 by Kerry Skingsby with a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft. Heliwork was started in 1984 by Kerry Slingsby with a fleet of helicopters. The two companies use the combined brand Slingair Heliwork WA, but fixed wing (Slingair) and helicopters (Heliwork WA) are still registered separately. In April 2008, Slingair Heliwork WA was purchased by Curry Kenny Aviation, owned by former “Ironman” Grant Kenny and continues under its current identity.

Fleet lists updated as at 15 August 2013.

Slingair

VH-NLG Cessna U206G Stationair U20603930
VH-HOC Cessna 210N Centurion II 21064689
VH-NLV Cessna 210N Centurion II 21063093
VH-NLZ Cessna 210N Centurion II 21063769
VH-URX Cessna 210N Centurion II 21064449
VH-AJZ Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan GA8-05-096 Leased from GA Finance Australia Pty Ltd
VH-FGH Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan GA8-02-012 Leased from Wraxwood Pty Ltd
VH-LVA Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan GA8-05-079 Leased from Latrobe Air Pty Ltd
VH-NOQ Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan GA8-07-127 Leased from GA Finance Australia Pty Ltd
VH-JVO Cessna 310R II 310R0539
VH-TWY Cessna 310R II 310R0090
VH-RKD Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain 31-8152048
VH-XMM Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain 31-8052020 Leased from Air Phoenix International.
VH-HAM Cessna 208 Caravan 20800296
VH-LNI Cessna 208 Caravan 20800298
VH-KSA Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 208B0516
VH-LNH Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 208B0590
VH-LNN Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 208B0801
VH-LNO Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 208B0925
VH-LWA Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 208B1173
VH-TUY Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 208B1200

Heliwork WA

VH-CXK Robinson R-44 II 12087
VH-HWL Robinson R-44 Raven 0996
VH-HXA Robinson R-44 0772
VH-KSG Robinson R-44 Raven 0872
VH-WSN Robinson R-44 II 10302
VH-FHN Bell 206B JetRanger III 2429 Leased to Koolardie Aviation, Hermit Park, QLD
VH-FHP Bell 206B JetRanger III 3021
VH-FHY Bell 206B JetRanger III 3097
VH-FUB Bell 206B JetRanger III 3166
VH-RFX Bell 206B JetRanger III 2557
VH-UOB Bell 206B JetRanger II 475
VH-UTS Bell 206B JetRanger III 2328
VH-CKN Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II 45487
VH-KSV Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II 45387

 

Smoothy Helicopters (Brent Smoothy t/as)

Smoothy Helicopter Services was formed by Brent Smoothy, and is based at Newman Airport, Newman, WA.

Updated as at 15 August 2013.

VH-HCX Robinson R-22 Beta 1582
VH-LUM Robinson R-22 Beta 0932
VH-ZSR Robinson R-22 Beta 1756
VH-HJA Robinson R-44 I 1770
VH-HJX Robinson R-44 Raven 1172
VH-HYP Robinson R-44 Raven I 1412

 

South East Air Ag South_East_Air_Ag_logo

South East Air Ag (SEAA Pty Ltd) are based in Esperance, Western Australia.

Services offered include aerial spraying/spreading, meterate applications, fire-bombing, and aerial photography/imaging.

Fleet list updated 23 August 2013.

VH-DRB Piper PA-24-260 Comanche 24-4984
VH-SMJ Piper PA-24-260 Comanche 24-4816
VH-WBV Ayres S2R-T15 Turbo Thrush 2529R Leased from Magnate Pty Ltd
VH-ULV Air Tractor AT-502 502-0130
VH-NIY / 602 Air Tractor AT-602 602-1139 Leased to Dunn Aviation for firefighting operations during summer bushfire season
VH-NIZ / 605 Air Tractor AT-602 602-1134 Leased to Dunn Aviation for firefighting operations during summer bushfire season

 

South-West Microlight School

South-West Microlight School was established in 1995 and is located at Bunbury Airport. The school is a registered microlight flight training facility and is the Western Australian distributor for the AirBorne range of microlight (trike) aircraft.

(Fleet list not available)

 

 

Bunbury Flying School logoSouthern Aviation (Bunbury Flying School)

Southern Aviation is based at Bunbury Airport also operates as Bunbury Flying School, although all aircraft are registered under the name of Southern Aviation. Bunbury Flying School is the largest flight training facility in regional Western Australia, providing flight training, scenic, aerobatic and adventure flights. Southern Aviation offers charter flights.

Southern Aviation have sold both 24-5323 CZAW Sport Cruiser and 24-4831 Jabiru J230.
They have purchased an Evektor SportStar 24-4052.

Updated as at 24 February 2014.

24-4052 Evektor SportStar  Cross-hired as required
VH-MRU Cessna 150G Commuter 15065485
VH-CRP Cessna 152 15283363
VH-ECA Cessna 152 15281409
VH-FJU Fuji FA-200-160 Aero Subaru 36
VH-LJS Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C 28-4185
VH-DZE Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP 172S10032
VH-SYP Cessna 172R Skyhawk 17280357
VH-NNU Nanchang CJ-6A 5132010
VH-CJJ Vulcanair P.68C 445

 

 

Sport Aircraft Builders Club (SABC)

The Sport Aircraft Builders Club (SABC) was formed in 1973 and is based at Serpentine Airstrip, which was constructed and is maintained by club members who also build and fly their own aircraft. VH-DJR is the club’s aircraft, available for hire by members of SABC.

Fleet list correct as at 19 August 2013.

VH-DJR Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II 28-7716199

 

Sport Aviation Academy Sport Aviation Academy logo

Sport Aviation Academy is a fully accredited RAAus flight training school, based at Wyalketcham, WA. The school operates on weekends only, by appointment.

Fleet list correct as at 23 August 2013.

24-5016 Jabiru J-230D

 

Star Aviation logoStar Aviation

Founded in 1985 as Star Charter, Star Aviation is based at Perth Airport. It provides private charter and Fly In/Fly Out (FIFO) contract charters to the mining industry.

Fleet list updated 19 August 2013.

VH-LOI Beech 58 Baron TH-743
VH-DTF Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain 31-7852159 Leased from Westpac Banking Corporation
VH-DYD Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain 31-7652119 Leased from Westpac Banking Corporation
VH-CWO Beech B200C King Air BL-72 Leased from Formula Aircraft Pty Ltd (Formula Aviation).
VH-LKF Beech 200 King Air BB-660 Leased from Formula Aircraft Pty Ltd (Formula Aviation).
VH-LKH Beech 200 King Air BB-612 Leased from Formula Aircraft Pty Ltd (Formula Aviation).
VH-XDB Beech 200 King Air BB-533 Leased from Formula Aircraft Pty Ltd (Formula Aviation).

 

Stirlings Gliding Club

Stirlings Gliding Club is based at Cranbrook, 45km north of Mount Barker, near the Stirling Ranges.

VH-GGM Schneider ES-60B Super Arrow (glider) 111
VH-GAP LET L-13 Blanik (glider) 174920
VH-GDC Grob G-102 Astir CS (glider) 1299

Superlight Aircraft Club of WA Inc Superlight Aircraft Club of WA Inc logo

The Super Light Aircraft Club of WA Inc (SLACWA) has been operating from the Bindoon Abandoned airfield for over 20 years. Operations are limited to weekends due to RAAF Pearce controlling Bindoon airspace during the week.

Members’ aircraft include Ultralights (RAAus), Gyrocopters (ASRA), Microlights (HGFA and RAAus), Motor Gliders (GFA) and also some GA (CASA Experimental and 2 seat sport aircraft).

SLACWA is dedicated to promoting safe and affordable flying for sport and recreational pilots, and supports Ultralight and Gyrocopter flight training.

 

 

Australian Customs logoSurveillance Australia

Surveillance Australia Pty Ltd is headquartered in Adelaide, with bases in Cairns, Darwin and Broome. A subsidiary of National Jet Systems, which is owned by Cobham plc of the UK. The company operates the Australian Customs Service Coastwatch contract, flying maritime surveillance patrols within the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (AEEZ), searching for illegal fishing vessels, people smugglers, drug smugglers, immigration and quarantine breaches, and SAR (Search and Rescue) operations.

They operate a fleet of six DHC-8-202 Dash 8s and four larger DHC-8-315 Dash 8s highly-modified for maritime patrol and surveillance. The aircraft are fitted with Raytheon SeaVue surface search radars, in addition to an Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Moving target indication (MTI) capability, advanced electro-optical sensors and communications suites. They can operate day and night and can search an area of 110,000 km² per flight. Each year they fly 2,500 missions and 15,000 hours. The company also operates and maintains the modified Dash 8 LADS (Laser Airborne Depth Sounding) owned by Fugro LADS (see separate entry for details). This does not visit WA, so is not listed here.

National Jet formed Surveillance Australia in 1994 after winning the Border Protection Command Coastwatch contract. They initially used a mix of Rockwell 500S Shrike commanders, Britten-Norman Islanders, Reims/Cessna F406 Vigilants, and DHC Dash 8-200MPA. In 2005, the $1 billion Coastwatch contract was renewed through to the year 2020, and the fleet was changed to 10 Dash 8s for the Coastwatch contract.

Fleet list updated 19 Aug 2013.

VH-YZE Reims Cessna F406 Vigilant F406-0076
VH-YZF Reims Cessna F406 Vigilant F406-0078
VH-YZG Reims Cessna F406 Vigilant F406-0079
VH-LCL De Havilland Canada DHC-8-202 Dash 8 492 LADS Hydrographic Survey
VH-ZZA De Havilland Canada DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8 419 Operated for Customs Coastwatch
VH-ZZB De Havilland Canada DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8 424
VH-ZZC De Havilland Canada DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8 433
VH-ZZI Bombardier DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8 550
VH-ZZJ Bombardier DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8 551
VH-ZZP De Havilland Canada DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8 411
VH-ZZE Bombardier DHC-8-315MPA Dash 8 640
VH-ZZF Bombardier DHC-8-315MPA Dash 8 643
VH-ZZG Bombardier DHC-8-315MPA Dash 8 644
VH-ZZN De Havilland Canada DHC-8-315MPA Dash 8 399

 

Swan River Seaplanes

Swan River Seaplanes logo

Swan River Seaplanes is a luxury tourism company, operating from the Swan River in Perth to the Margaret River wine region in the southwest of Western Australia.

Fleet list updated as at 10 January 2017.

VH-MOX Cessna 208 Caravan (seaplane) 20800227

 

T

Taurus Aviation

Taurus Aviation is based at Northam Airport and provides aerial agriculture services such as crop spraying.

Fleet list updated as at 3 January 2014.

VH-NFB Ayres S2R-G10 G10-165DC Leased from Meandarra Aerial Spraying Pty Ltd
VH-XAS Air Tractor AT-502 502B-0473 Leased from P & R Aviation Pty Ltd
VH-NIY Air Tractor AT-602 602-1139 Leased from South East Air Ag/ SEAA Pty Ltd

Thunderbird Aviation Academy / Thunderbird Aero Service Thunderbird_Aero_Service_logo

Thunderbird Aero Service is based at Jandakot Airport and provides flight training, aerial work and aircraft charter services.

Fleet list updated 20 August 2013.

VH-WIY Cessna A152 Aerobat A1521012
VH-YNA Diamond DA-20-C1 Eclipse C0307
VH-YNB Diamond DA-20-C1 Eclipse C0308
VH-YNG Diamond DA-40-180 Diamond Star 40.608
VH-YNH Diamond DA-40-180 Diamond Star 40.610
VH-KKN Mooney M20J 201 24-1201
VH-SXU Mooney M20J 201 24-1052
VH-JBG Piper PA-44-180 Seminole 44-7995121
VH-KFO Piper PA-44-180 Seminole 44-7995208
VH-JWP Beech Baron 58 TH-1245
VH-SQC Beech Baron 58 TH-1213

 

 

Tigerair Australia (Tiger Airways Australia)Tigerair logo

Tigerair Australia (Tiger Airways Australia) is an ultra-low cost domestic airline based at Melbourne-Tullamarine with other bases at Adelaide and Avalon, with another virtual base at Sydney. The airline uses a low-cost model based on that used by the successful Irish airline, Ryanair.

Tiger Airways Australia was formed on 16 March 2007, and started services on 23 November 2007 from Melbourne. The first service to Perth was on 28 November 2007 from Melbourne-Tullamarine with VH-VNC. It began services between Perth and Avalon from 12 November 2010. The airline rebranded itself as Tigerair on 3 July 2013.

It is a subsidiary of Tiger Airways Holdings, a Singapore-based company, which is owned partially by Singapore Airlines. Tiger Airways Holdings also owns Tiger Airways Singapore, which started services on 25 March 2005. Tiger Airways Singapore started international services from Singapore to Perth on 23 March 2007, using Airbus A320s (Singapore-registered). The parent company has over 50 A320s on order for distribution amongst the various subsidiaries, but the Australian fleet is to be kept as is for the time being.

Fleet list updated as at 14 April 2014.

VH-VNB Airbus A320-232 2906 Leased from Macquarie AirFinance
VH-VNC Airbus A320-232 3275 Leased from RBS Australia Leasing Pty Ltd
VH-VND Airbus A320-232 3296 Leased from Macquarie AirFinance
VH-VNF Airbus A320-232 3332 Leased from Pembroke
VH-VNG Airbus A320-232 3674 Leased from Pembroke
VH-VNH Airbus A320-232 3734 Leased from Tigerair (Singapore)
VH-VNJ Airbus A320-232 2982 Leased from Mitsubishi UFJ Lease and Finance Company Ltd
VH-VNK Airbus A320-232 3986 Leased from GECAS
VH-VNO Airbus A320-232 4053 Leased from GECAS
VH-VNP Airbus A320-232 2952 Leased from Nomura Babcock & Brown
VH-VNQ Airbus A320-232 5218 “Sarah”
Leased from Adenah Aircraft Management Co Ltd
VH-VNR Airbus A320-232 sharklets 5900 Leased from ICIL Thames Leasing Company Ltd
VH-XUG Airbus A320-232 6032 Leased from ICIL Thames Leasing Company Ltd
VH-XUH Airbus A320-232 sharklets ‘Cameron Smith’ – Small Melbourne Storm decal on left side of rear fuselage and ‘official airline partner’ titles

 

Toll Priority (Toll Air Express)

Toll Priority is a freight company which includes a cargo airline managed by their Toll Air Express business unit, operating between most of the capital cities within Australia.

In Western Australia, Toll uses Boeing 737-300SF and -400SF freighters registered in New Zealand and leased from Airwork (New Zealand). The aircraft usually operate from the Domestic Cargo Terminal, alongside the Australian Air Express Boeing 737-300SFs. Toll also leases light aircraft and two ATR42 freighters, but these do not visit WA.

Fleet list updated 10 August 2016.

ZK-FXT Boeing 737-3B7(SF) 23862/1586 Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand) – All white, no titles.
ZK-TLC Boeing 737-3B7(F) 23705/1497 Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand) – Substantially damaged 26 Jan 2014 at Honiara – right main gear collapsed on landing
ZK-TLD Boeing 737-3B7(F) 23706/1499 Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand)
ZK-TLE Boeing 737-3S1(SF) 24834/1896 Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand). First visit 1 July 2011
ZK-JTQ Boeing 737-476(SF) 24442/2371 Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand)
ZK-TLF Boeing 737-4Q8(SF) 24709/2115 Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand)
ZK-TLJ Boeing 737-476(SF) 24432/1879 Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand)
ZK-TLK Boeing 737-476(SF) 24434/1912 Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand). First visit 29 April 2016 (as ZK-TLK)

 

Topfun Aviation Topfun Aviation logo

Topfun Aviation operates on weekends from Bindoon Abandoned Airfield, which is operated by the Superlight Aircraft Club of WA (SLACWA). Operations are limited to weekends due to RAAF Pearce controlling the airspace during the week.

Topfun Aviation provides RAAus flight training on ultralight aircraft.

Fleet list updated 21 August 2013.

24-4965 Jabiru J-160C
24-5058 Jabiru J-160C
24-7404 Jabiru J-160D

 

Truenorth Helicopters Truenorth Helicopters logo

Truenorth Helicopters was established in 2000. It initially operated a Bell 407 on helicopter adventure flights for guests on its adventure cruise ship in the Kimberley region, with the helicopter conducting fire fighting operations in the summer months in NSW. In 2005, the company introduced the first Eurocopter EC145 in Australia. The main hanger facility is located in Rosewood near Tumbarumba NSW, but the company operates in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of WA, and elsewhere in the Eastern States.

Services provided include helicopter charters, adventure tourism, aerial crane, mining support, aerial filming, and emergency support.

Fleet list updated 22 August 2013.

VH-DKG Bell 407 53712
VH-TNG Eurocopter EC145 (MBB BK117C-2) 9061

 

U

UTS Aviation / UTS Geophysics

UTS Aviation was founded in 1991 and is the aviation arm of UTS Geophysics. The aircraft are based at Jandakot Airport, with the head office at Perth Airport.

UTS Geophysics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroquest International Limited, conducting ultra-high resolution airborne geophysical surveys throughout Asia Pacific, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Fleet list updated 19 August 2013.

VH-BXG Cessna U206G Stationair 6 U20605009 Magnetometer tail boom
VH-UTQ Cessna 206H Stationair 20608067 Magnetometer tail boom
VH-HVP Fletcher FU-24-954 282 Magnetometer tail boom
VH-UTR Fletcher FU-24-954 209 Magnetometer tail boom
VH-UTW Pacific Aerospace PAC750XL 187 Magnetometer tail boom

 

University Flying Club logoUniversity Flying Club

The University Flying Club is one of WA’s oldest flying clubs, based at Jandakot Airport. They previously owned VH-IGG, a Grumman AA-5B Tiger. This aircaft has was sold in the Eastern States, and a new Piper Sport was delivered in April 2011. The aircraft is based with Air Australia International at Jandakot.

Fleet list correct as at 19 August 2013.

VH-EZT Czech Sport Aircraft Piper Sport P1001085

 

V

Virgin Australia Airlines (formerly Virgin Blue Airlines)

On 4 May 2011, the former Virgin Blue Group revealed its new brand, Virgin Australia. Virgin Australia confirmed that the entire fleet will be repainted in the new livery over about four years.

Virgin Australia is Australia’s second-largest airline, with a fleet of 75 aircraft serving 28 cities in Australia. The airline is based at Brisbane, with secondary hubs at Sydney and Melbourne, and “focus cities” at Adelaide, Canberra, Gold Coast Airport, Hobart, Perth Airport and Townsville.

In WA, Virgin Australia operates Broome to Adelaide, and the following destinations from Perth, using Boeing 737-700s and -800s and Embraer 190s:

  • Adelaide
  • Broome
  • Darwin
  • Karratha
  • Melbourne
  • Newman
  • Port Hedland
  • Sydney

In May 2011, Virgin Australia is to start using Airbus A330-200 aircraft to serve Perth from Sydney.

Virgin Blue was founded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, with Brett Godfrey as CEO. Virgin Group later sold 50% of Virgin Blue to Patrick Corporation, and then sold more shares publicly. A hostile takeover by Patrick Corporation in early 2005 gave them 62% of Virgin Blue, with Virgin Group retaining 25%. In May 2006, Toll Holdings acquired Patrick, in the process becoming majority shareholder in Virgin Blue, but in July 2008 Toll sold its holding and now owns only 1.7%.

Virgin Blue started operations on 31 August 2000 with two Boeing 737-400s leased from Virgin Express (Belgium), but later replaced these with a fleet consisting only of Boeing 737-700s and -800s. Virgin Blue was lucky in its timing, as the collapse of Ansett Australia in September 2001 enabled the airline to grow rapidly (as did Qantas), and gave them access to ex-Ansett terminals. Virgin Blue started services into Perth using Boeing 737-700 aircraft on 9 September 2001, just five days before the Ansett collapse. The first service was from Melbourne via Adelaide, using 737-800 VH-VOF. Virgin Blue initially used the International Terminal for their domestic flights, then moved to the former Ansett terminal on the domestic side of the airport on 8 Dec 2002. From September 2007, the airline started taking delivery of Embraer 170s and 190s to open new routes.

Virgin Blue could not use the Virgin brand on its international operations, due to an agreement between Virgin Blue stakeholder Richard Branson when Singapore Airlines bought 49% of Virgin Atlantic in 2000. Virgin Blue Group’s international carriers were named V Australia and Pacific Blue. Due to aircraft being rotated onto domestic flights, this meant that aircraft in Pacific Blue titles often operated on Virgin Blue domestic services, but aircraft painted with Virgin Blue titles were not allowed to fly international services.

In September 2003, Virgin Blue created Pacific Blue as a subsidiary to fly internationally with 737s between New Zealand and Australia, New Zealand domestic flights, and flights from Australia and New Zealand to the Pacific Islands, Bali and Phuket. In September 2010, Pacific Blue ended New Zealand domestic flights to focus on other parts of their network. On 6 December 2011, Pacific Blue was merged under the Virgin Australia brand.

In early 2006, Virgin Blue’s parent company announced the creation of a long-haul international carrier operating from Australia to Los Angeles or San Francisco. V Australia commenced passenger services on 27 February 2009, and now operates flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to Los Angeles. Flights from Australia to South Africa, Thailand and Fiji will soon end and the carrier will add flights between Australia and Abu Dhabi. On 6 December 2011, V Australia was merged under the Virgin Australia brand.

With the formation of Virgin Australia in May 2011, the airline has now confirmed that an agreement was recently made with Singapore Airlines allowing use of the Virgin brand on international services. It will now operate its domestic services as Virgin Australia, and the international carriers V Australia and Pacific Blue will also use the Virgin Australia name by the end of 2011.

Polynesian Blue was formed as a joint venture with the Samoan government operating one Boeing 737-800 aircraft. It was rebranded as Virgin Samoa on 6 December 2011.

On 10 January 2011, Virgin Blue Group (now Virgin Australia) and Skywest Airlines signed a 10-year alliance with Skywest operating up to 18 new Virgin Australia branded ATR72-500 & -600 aircraft to a number of existing and new destinations around Australia. Virgin Australia later took over Skywest and renamed it as Virgin Australia Regional Airlines – see separate entry below.

Fleet list updated as at 10 August 2016.

VH-ZPA Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000148 ‘Apollo Beach’
VH-ZPB Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000162 ‘Bicheno Beach’
VH-ZPC Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000170 ‘Cabarita Beach’
VH-ZPH Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000199 ‘Honeymoon Cove’
VH-ZPI Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000202 ‘Seven Mile Beach’
VH-ZPJ Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000209 ‘Jervis Bay’
VH-ZPK Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000218 ‘Aussie Rob’
VH-ZPL Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000220 ‘Clifton Beach’
VH-ZPM Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000262 ‘Maroochydore Beach’. Leased from Aldus Aviation Ltd
VH-ZPN Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000312 ‘Arrawarra Beach’
VH-ZPO Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000321 ‘Boomerang Beach’
VH-ZPQ Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000412 ‘Main Beach’. First visit 17 April 2011
VH-ZPR Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000424 ‘Dundee Beach’
VH-ZPT Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW) 19000451 ‘Little Beach’. First visit 7 September 2011
VH-VBY Boeing 737-7FE 34323/1751 ‘Kingston Beach’
VH-VBZ Boeing 737-7FE 34322/1777 ‘Cronulla Beach’
VH-BZG Boeing 737-8FE 37822/3355 ‘Vivonne Bay’
VH-VOK Boeing 737-8FE 33758/1359 ‘Johanna Beach’
VH-VOL Boeing 737-8FE 33759/1364 ‘Newport Beach’
VH-VOM Boeing 737-8FE 33794/1373 ‘Fairhaven Beach’
VH-VON Boeing 737-8FE 33795/1375 ‘Greenmount Point’
VH-VOO Boeing 737-8FE 33796/1377 ‘Peaceful Bay’
VH-VOP Boeing 737-8FE 33797/1389 ‘Indian Head’
VH-VOQ Boeing 737-8FE 33798/1391 ‘Margaret River’
VH-VOS Boeing 737-8FE 33800/1483 ‘Chiton Rocks’
VH-VOT Boeing 737-8FE 33801/1504 ‘Scarborough Beach’
VH-VOX Boeing 737-8BK 33017/1446 ‘Coolum Beach’. Leased from CIT Aerospace.
VH-VOY Boeing 737-8FE 33996/1551 ‘Brighton Beach’
VH-VUA Boeing 737-8FE 33997/1559 ‘Vesteys Beach’
VH-VUB Boeing 737-8FE 34013/1573 ‘Trigg Beach’
VH-VUC Boeing 737-8FE 34014/1582 ‘Peregian Beach’
VH-VUD Boeing 737-8FE 34015/1594 ‘Tallows Beach’
VH-VUE Boeing 737-8FE 34167/1676 ‘Curl Curl Beach’
VH-VUF Boeing 737-8FE 34168/1697 ‘Hobart Honey’
VH-VUG Boeing 737-8FE 34438/1948 ‘Jasmine Tasman’
VH-VUH Boeing 737-8FE 34440/2003 ‘Lady Rebecca’
VH-VUI Boeing 737-8FE 34441/2015 ‘Kewarra Beach’
VH-VUJ Boeing 737-8FE 34443/2056 ‘Rosebud Beach’
VH-VUK Boeing 737-8FE 36602/2353 ‘Seaford Beach’
VH-VUL Boeing 737-8FE 36603/2356 ‘Ocean Grove’
VH-VUM Boeing 737-8BK 29675/2414 ‘Holloways Beach’. Leased from CIT Aerospace.
VH-VUN Boeing 737-8BK 29676/2342 ‘Carrickalinga Beach’. Leased from CIT Aerospace.
VH-VUO Boeing 737-8FE 36601/2525 ‘Eighty Mile Beach’
VH-VUP Boeing 737-8FE 36604/2650 ‘Lighthouse Beach’
VH-VUQ Boeing 737-8FE 36605/2710 ‘Merewether Beach’
VH-VUR Boeing 737-8FE 36606/3059 ‘Star City’
VH-VUS Boeing 737-8FE 36607/3082 ‘Seaspray Beach’
VH-VUT Boeing 737-8FE 36608/3132 ‘Alma Bay’
VH-VUU Boeing 737-8FE 36609/3232 ‘Kingscliff Beach’
VH-VUV Boeing 737-8FE 37821/3288 ‘Binalong Bay’
VH-VUW Boeing 737-8KG 39449/3398 ‘Pebbly Beach’. Leased from DAE Capital.
VH-VUX Boeing 737-8FE 37823/3415 ‘Nightcliff Beach’. First visit 8 October 2010
VH-VUY Boeing 737-8KG 39450/3494 ‘Snapper Rocks’. Leased from DAE Capital.
VH-VUZ Boeing 737-8FE 39921/3536 ‘Lennox Head’. Leased from RBS.
VH-YFC Boeing 737-81D 39413/3592 ‘Bondi Beach’. Leased from AWAS.
VH-YFE Boeing 737-81D 39414/3623 ‘Sunshine Beach’. Leased from AWAS.
VH-YFF Boeing 737-8FE 40994/3664 (‘Wineglass Bay’ – not wearing name as at Feb 2015). First visit 24 June 2011
VH-YFG Boeing 737-8FE 40999/3941 ‘Hanson Bay’
VH-YFH Boeing 737-8FE 40996/3801 ‘Mindil Beach’. First visit and first revenue service 21 October 2011
VH-YFI Boeing 737-8FE 41000/3963 ‘Porpoise Bay’. First visit 3 April 2012
VH-YFJ Boeing 737-8FE 41001/4089 ‘Surfers Paradise Beach’
VH-YFK Boeing 737-8FE 41004/3861 ‘Long Beach’. First visit 25 December 2011.
VH-YFL Boeing 737-8FE 41002/4047 ‘Sandy Bay’
VH-YFN Boeing 737-8FE 41009/4456 ‘Ballina Beach’
VH-YFP Boeing 737-8FE 41011/4476 ‘Nobby’s Beach’
VH-YFQ Boeing 737-8FE 41010/4494 ‘Whiting Beach’
VH-YFR Boeing 737-8FE 41012/4543 ‘Salamander Beach’
“100th Boeing 737” titles near forward cabin door (this was Virgin Australia’s 100th 737)
VH-YFS Boeing 737-8FE 41027/5525 ‘Sellicks Beach’. First visit 13 September 2015
VH-YFT Boeing 737-8FE 41028/5557 ‘Admirals Arch’. First visit 18 September 2015
VH-YFU Boeing 737-8FE 41029/5600 ‘Emu Bay’. First visit 1 November 2015
VH-YFV Boeing 737-8FE 41030/5641 ‘Princess Charlotte Bay’. First visit 4 December 2015
VH-YFW Boeing 737-8FE 41037/5978 ‘Turqoise Bay’
VH-YIA Boeing 737-8FE 37824/3718 (‘Henley Beach’ – not wearing name as at Feb 2015). First visit 22 August 2011
VH-YIB Boeing 737-8FE 37825/3758 (‘Trinity Beach’ – not wearing name as at Feb 2015). First visit 18 September 2011
VH-YID Boeing 737-8FE 38709/3851 ‘Rainbow Beach’ – Virgin Samoa titles and patterned stripe on engine covers. First visit 15 December 2011
VH-YIE Boeing 737-8FE 38708/3875 ‘Fingal Beach’. First visit 10-11 January 2012
VH-YIF Boeing 737-8FE 38710/3904 ‘Sorrento Beach’. First visit 8 February 2012
VH-YIG Boeing 737-8FE 38711/3921 ‘Kings Beach’. First visit 20 February 2012
VH-YIH Boeing 737-8FE 38712/4070 ‘Hastings Point’
VH-YIJ Boeing 737-8FE 39924/4109 ‘Pennington Bay’ – Leased from RBS.
VH-YIL Boeing 737-8FE 38713/4123 ‘Seventy Five Mile Beach’
VH-YIM Boeing 737-8FE 38716/4119 ‘Bridgewater Bay’
VH-YIO Boeing 737-8FE 38714/4132 ‘Lameroo Beach’
VH-YIQ Boeing 737-8FE 38715/4156 ‘Hyams Beach’
VH-YIR Boeing 737-8FE 39925/4172 ‘Cactus Beach’
VH-YIS Boeing 737-8FE 39926/4201 ‘Casuarina Beach’. Leased from SMBC
VH-YIT Boeing 737-8FE 38717/4194 ‘Lammermoor Beach’. First visit 26 October 2012
VH-YIU Boeing 737-8FE 40699/4560 ‘Middleton Beach’. First visit 4 September 2013
VH-YIV Boeing 737-8FE 40698/4571 ‘Cylinder Beach’
VH-YIW Boeing 737-8FE 40700/5085 ‘Mona Vale Beach’ On order – not yet delivered
VH-YIY Boeing 737-8FE 40701/5280 ‘Stanwell Park’. First visit 2 May 2015
VH-YIZ Boeing 737-8FE 40702/5061 ‘Black Rock’
VH-YVA Boeing 737-8FE 40995/3680 (‘Eurong Beach’ – not wearing name as at Feb 2015)
VH-YVC Boeing 737-8FE 40997/3832 ‘Jetty Beach’. First visit 19 November 2011
VH-YVD Boeing 737-8FE 40998/3848 ‘Salmon Beach’. First visit 28 December 2011
VH-XFC Airbus A330-243 1293 ‘Mooloolaba Beach’
VH-XFD Airbus A330-243 1306 ‘Bells Beach’
VH-XFE Airbus A330-243 1319 ‘Manly Beach’
VH-XFG Airbus A330-243 1407 ‘Terrigal Beach’
VH-XFH Airbus A330-243 1452 ‘Duranbah Beach’
VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 1561 ‘Gnaraloo Bay’

 

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (formerly Skywest Airlines)

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (formerly Skywest Airlines) is based at Perth Airport and provides scheduled RPT (Regular Passenger Transport) air services, FIFO (Fly In/Fly Out) contract services to resources companies, and air charter/contract charter.

Skywest can trace its history back through a series of mergers to 1963, when Carnarvon Air Taxis was formed at Carnarvon, flying charter flights with small aircraft. In 1979 it was renamed Skywest Aviation and relocated to Jandakot Airport. Skywest Airlines was formed at Perth Airport in 1980, and purchased Stillwell Airlines. The Skywest Airlines/Skywest Aviation fleet included GAF N-24 Nomads, Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirantes, Beechcraft King Air 200s, Swearingen SA-226 Metro IIs, a Gulfstream I turboprop, and smaller GA aircraft. In 1982, Skywest Airlines merged with TransWest airlines.

On 16 December 1983, Ric Stowe’s Skywest Airlines Pty Ltd took over East-West Developments Pty Ltd, and its controlling interest in East-West Airlines. In February 1984, Skywest took delivery of the first of four new 19-seat British Aerospace Jetstream 31 turboprops. On 24 May 1985, Skywest proposed a merger with East-West, but this did not proceed and they maintained separate identities, although some routes were rationalised. East-West also began operating some WA flights for Skywest, using Fokker F.28-3000s and -4000s to Karratha and Port Hedland.

After losing the lucrative Government Coastwatch contract in 1987, Skywest was acquired by the Perron group on 17 July 1987. On 31 July 1987 it was sold to Bodas Group (TNT/News Ltd – the owners of Ansett), and it began operating as part of the Ansett group. The East-West aircraft were moved to Queensland and later integrated into Ansett. Skywest was operating most of its services with the Jetstream 31s. On 5 October 1994, Skywest introduced its first (of several) Fokker 50s into service, the aircraft being transferred from Ansett. The Jetstreams were gradually withdrawn and sold. In 1996, Skywest Aviation was sold to Paspaley Pearls, becoming Pearl Aviation Australia (see separate entry).

On 14 September 2001, operations by Ansett Australia and its subsidiaries – including Skywest – were suspended by Ansett’s administrators. With WA Government support, on 23 September 2001, Skywest Airlines resumed reduced operations on intrastate routes with Fokker 50s. On 21 February 2002, Skywest Airlines was sold by the Ansett administrators to Airline Investments Ltd. In November 2002, their first Fokker 100 (VH-FNY) was delivered, and more were subsequently added, joining a growing fleet of Fokker 50s. In 2004, a hostile takeover by Singapore-based investment company CaptiveVision Capital Ltd succeeded. Skywest is now a 100%-owned subsidiary of Singapore incorporated Advent Air Ltd.

Since early 2007, Skywest has increased its share of the resources industry FIFO (Fly In/Fly Out) business, acquiring more Fokker 50s and 100s in the process. Skywest’s first Airbus A320 (VH-FNP) was delivered to Perth on 23 October 2010 and will operate FIFO services between Perth and Cloudbreak for Fortescue Metals Group.

On 10 January 2011, Virgin Blue Group (now Virgin Australia Group since 4 May 2011) and Skywest Airlines signed a 10-year alliance with Skywest operating new Virgin Australia branded ATR72s to a number of existing and new destinations around Australia. The first six ATRs replaced Virgin Australia’s Embraer E170 fleet for eastern states operations, with additional aircraft operating to new regional destinations. Virgin Australia wet-leased the aircraft from Skywest, who leased them from Avation PLC.

On 10 April 2012, Virgin Australia acquired a 10% stake in Skywest Airlines, worth around $8 million. On 30 October 2012, Virgin Australia announced that it had made a $98.7 million takeover offer for Skywest Airlines, subject to approval from regulators and shareholders. After the regulatory approvals were received, Fokker 100 VH-FSQ became the first Skywest-branded aircraft to be repainted in Virgin Australia Regional colours, arriving in Perth on 10 April 2013, after repainting in Townsville, Queensland. On 11 April 2013, the takeover became effective.

On 7 May 2013, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Australia Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti flew into Perth to officially launch the rebranded airline as Virgin Australia Regional Airlines. The first two Skywest aircraft to be repainted in Virgin Australia’s livery were also officially unveiled – Fokker 100 VH-FSQ “Bill’s Bay” and Fokker 50 VH-FNA “Rockingham Beach”, together with A320 VH-YUD, which was delivered in Virgin Australia colours the same day. The Fokker 100s will be repainted.

The Fokker 50 fleet was retired from October 2015, with the final four being retired on 27 February 2016.

Fleet list updated 22 August 2014.

VH-FNA Fokker 50 20106 ‘Rockingham Beach.’ Stored at Perth
VH-FNB Fokker 50 20107 ‘Shire of Esperance’ Skywest livery. Stored at Perth
VH-FND Fokker 50 20129 ‘Shire of Shark Bay’ Skywest livery. Stored at Perth
VH-FNE Fokker 50 20212 Based in Brisbane on FIFO work. Skywest livery. Stored at Perth
VH-FNF Fokker 50 20200 Skywest livery. Stored at Perth
VH-FNH Fokker 50 20113 ‘Shire of Carnarvon’ Skywest livery. Stored at Perth
VH-FNI Fokker 50 20114 ‘City of Geraldton-Greenough’ Skywest livery. Stored at Perth
VH-FSL Fokker 50 20249 Skywest livery. Stored at Perth
VH-FVH ATR 72-500 (ATR72-212A) 954 ‘Four-Mile Beach’ Leased from Avation PLC
VH-FVI ATR 72-500 (ATR72-212A) 955 ‘Mission Beach’ Leased from Avation PLC
VH-FVL ATR 72-500 (ATR72-212A) 974 ‘Preston Beach’ Leased from Avation PLC
VH-FVM ATR 72-500 (ATR72-212A) 979 ‘Woolamai Beach’ Leased from Avation PLC.
VH-FVU ATR 72-500 (ATR72-212A) 978 ‘Double Island Point’ Leased from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC)
VH-FVX ATR 72-500 (ATR72-212A) 986 ‘Kirra Beach’ Leased from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC)
VH-FVN ATR 72-600 (ATR72-212A) 1039 ‘Whitehaven Beach’ Leased from Avation PLC
VH-FVP ATR 72-600 (ATR72-212A) 1025 ‘Wategos Beach’ Leased from Avation PLC
VH-FVQ ATR 72-600 (ATR72-212A) 1053 ‘Christies Beach’ Leased from Avation PLC
VH-FVR ATR 72-600 (ATR72-212A) 1058 ‘Yallingup Beach’ Leased from Avation PLC
VH-FVY ATR 72-600 (ATR72-212A) 1073 ‘Marcoola Beach’ Leased from Avation PLC
VH-FVZ ATR 72-600 (ATR72-212A) 1087 ‘Angourie Beach
VH-VPI ATR 72-600 (ATR72-212A) 1107 ‘Bronte Beach’ Leased from Avation PLC
VH-VPJ ATR 72-600 (ATR72-212A) 1169 ‘Monkey Mia’
VH-FNC Fokker 100 11334 Skywest livery
VH-FNJ Fokker 100 11489 ‘Talbot Bay’
VH-FNN Fokker 100 11326 Skywest livery
VH-FNR Fokker 100 11488 ‘Lake Argyle’
VH-FNT Fokker 100 11461 Skywest livery
VH-FNU Fokker 100 11373 ‘Roebuck Bay’
VH-FNY Fokker 100 11484 Skywest livery
VH-FSQ Fokker 100 11450 ‘Bill’s Bay’
VH-FSW Fokker 100 11391 Skywest livery
VH-FXF Fokker 100 11494 Delivered to Perth 3 Feb 2012 as PH-ABX. Reportedly purchased as a source of spare parts. Parked on Terminal 2 apron at Perth Airport with engines and nose cone removed, and temporary undercarriage legs.
Painted all-white, no titles – VH-FXF registration taped on.
VH-FZH Fokker 100 11303
VH-FZI Fokker 100 11333
VH-FZO Fokker 100 11305 Skywest livery. Delivered 19 March 2012
VH-FNP Airbus A320-231 429 ‘Honeymoon Cove’
VH-YUD Airbus A320-232 1922 ‘Port Beach’

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WA Police logoWA Police Air Wing

The WA Police Air Wing has two units, based at Jandakot and Karratha. Their aircraft and helicopter are used for surveillance, patrols, SAR, and transport.

Below is a list of aircraft previously operated by the WA Police:

  • VH-IQP Cessna 182P Skylane II (cn 18264987): 8 December 1976 – 17 June 1986.
  • VH-PGN P.68 Observer (cn 249-05-OB): 12 August 1982 – 30 June 1989, named “William G Pense”.
  • VH-HCP Cessna 310R (cn 310R0849): “Polair 64” – 1 July 1989 – CRASHED 26 January 2001 at Newman, killing all aboard.
  • VH-NJL Aerospatiale AS355F-1 Twin Squirrel (cn 5039): “Polair 1” – 2 May 1990 – CRASHED 8 May 1992 at Kelmscott – descended too rapidly, crashed and burnt on a sports oval during a demonstration for school children and cancelled from register on 24 September 1992.
  • VH-DEP Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C (cn 31-7812125): “Polair 63” – 25 February 1992 – 30 August 2006 – traded in to Pilatus
  • VH-OTP Beech 58 Baron (cn TH-274): 2 August 1993 – reregistered 18 November 1993 as VH-FLZ, sold 11 January 2000
  • VH-DEQ Piper PA-31-310 Navajo (cn 31-8012091): 4 December 2002 – 22 December 2005 – traded in to Pilatus
  • VH-WPF/VH-EPP Cessna 182R Skylane (cn 18268545). Sold to Airflite Pty Ltd – 15 Nov 2012.

Fleet list updated 19 August 2013 (callsigns may be incorrect).

VH-WPF Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan GA8-12-176 Registered 4 May 2012
VH-WAH MBB-Kawasaki BK117B-2 1051 “Malcolm D Stornoway II”
Converted from BK117B-1.
Callsign “POLAIR 61”. Ex JA6607. Based at Jandakot. Used for police patrol, high-speed pursuits, surveillance, search and rescue and officer deployment.
Fitted with a Star Safire III FLIR unit with downlink capabilities, Avalex digital recorder, Avalex moving map system, 4 monitors, Wulfsberg tactical radio, Nitesun search light and double lift 600lb rescue winch.
VH-WPX Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin 2 6936 “Callsign POLAIR 62”.
Ex F-WWOX. Registered 17 August 2011, delivered to Jandakot on 23 September 2011. Entered service 31 July 2012.
VH-WPE Pilatus PC-12/45 704 Callsign “POLAIR 65”.
Based at Jandakot.Used mainly for staff deployment across the southern half of WA.
VH-WPY Pilatus PC-12/45 720 Callsign “POLAIR 64″(?)
Based at Karratha.Used for transport and crew deployment roles in the northern half of WA.Fitted with a in-flight opening door for air-dropping, to assist with search and rescue and natural disaster relief operations.

 

WA Skydiving Academy logoWA Skydiving Academy

West Australian Skydiving Academy was formed in 1987 and is based at Jandakot and Pinjarra, offering skydiving lessons, and skydiving flights for experienced skydivers. The company has a dropzone at Tompkins Park, next to the Swan River at Alfred Cove, and another at Pinjarra. The WACO aircraft is a vintage biplane not used for skydiving flights.

VH-EJW Cessna 182H Skylane 18256301
VH-EUR Cessna 182P Skylane 18261961
VH-MLX WACO YMF F5C072 Not used for skydiving flights.
VH-XHV Gippsland Aeronautics GA8-TC320 Airvan GA8-TC 320-10-158
VH-WDR Piper PA-31-310 Navajo 31-552

 

 

Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter logoWestpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter is owned by Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA), and sponsored by Westpac Banking Corporation and the Multiplex Group. It is based at the Fremantle Heliport, at Rous Head.

A Bell 206 JetRanger (VH-FHA) was operated in a similar role by the Surf Life Saving Association in the early 1980s. Later, the State Government subsidised shark spotting patrols flown by Cessna 172s of Edith Cowan University.

From late 2008 to early 2011, Surf Life Saving WA leased another Bell 206B JetRanger from Heliwest (VH-BIN) at a cost of $1200 per hour, and it accrued 300 flying hours in five months, and did 77 days of flying over the 2010/11 summer season. The JetRanger was based at Jandakot, but each morning would relocate to City Beach for its beach patrols.

Later in 2011, it was announced that a used AgustaWestland A119 Koala helicopter was to be purchased (rather than leased). The A119 had previously operated in a rescue role in New Zealand, and was modified and repainted in Auckland, New Zealand by Heliflite Pacific before delivery.

With delivery of the A119 delayed and following three fatalities in Western Australian waters from shark attacks, the WA Government provided Surf Life Saving WA with $1 million in funding. This enabled them to lease an Aerospatiale AS.350B2 Squirrel (VH-FLL) in the interim period whilst waiting for the A119 to be delivered. The Squirrel performed better than the JetRanger with a full payload in high temperatures and is more reliable, but costs more at $1500 per hour. The Squirrel was also selected as it was available immediately. The leased Squirrel was used solely for shark and beach patrols, and was not fitted with a winch for rescue work.

Surf Life Saving WA took delivery of a $2 million Agusta Westland A119 Koala rescue and beach patrol helicopter (VH-FOI) in December 2011. The A119 helicopter is fitted with floats, a rescue winch, first-aid equipment, sirens to alert swimmers, a GPS to pinpoint sightings, and radios to communicate with life savers on the beach. It conducts beach patrols, shark spotting and surveillance, and SAR (Search And Rescue) missions. It normally operates with a pilot, an aircrew member and one or two rescue swimmers. It flies beach patrols no more than 5 km from the coastline, operating as far south as Mandurah and north as far as Yanchep, and Rottnest Island. The A119 will fly for 189 days in 2011-12, and will be airborne for about four hours a day.

Updated 18 January 2014.

VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel 2151 Leased from SLS Queensland – patrols beaches between Bunbury and Augusta.
VH-FOI AgustaWestland A119 Koala 14523 Delivered in December 2011 – patrols Perth and Mandurah beaches.

 

Westside Aerial Services

Westside Aerial Services is based at Hyden, WA and provides aerial agriculture services including crop dusting and crop spraying.

Fleet list correct as at 23 October 2013.

VH-FGL Fuji FA-200-160 Aero Subaru 24
VH-SEH Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee 25-7405565
VH-ACL Grumman G-164A AgCat 647
VH-KZC Pacific Aerospace 750XL XSTOL 171

 

Wild Blue HelicoptersWild Blue Helicopters logo

Wild Blue Helicopters is based in the South West region of Western Australia and conducts scenic tours, winery and brewery lunch packages, transfers, VIP charters, Wedding and special event flights, photography and media charter.  The company operates in association with and under Newcastle Helicopters.

Fleet list updated 19 August 2013.

VH-CAP Robinson R44 Raven I 1980 Leased from Newcastle Helicopters Pty Ltd

 

 

Williambury Helicopters (also trades as Pilbara Helicopters)Williambury Helicopters logo

Williambury Helicopters is based at Yalleen Station, near Pannawonica, and also trades under the name of Pilbara Helicopters. Williambury Helicopters was started by current Managing Director, Donald Percy in 1997, originally based at Williambury Station, approximately 250 kilometers North East of Carnarvon, Western Australia.    The helicopter company is now based at Yalleen Station which is near Pannawonica in the Pilbara region.

It provides the following helicopters services: Aerial Photography, Aerial Spotting, Aerial Surveying, Emergency Services, Exploration Support, Mining Support, Sling Loads.

Fleet list updated 19 August 2013.

VH-AIW Robinson R22 Beta 2425
VH-HFD Robinson R22 Beta II 3254
VH-HRA Robinson R22 Beta 0815
VH-HSI Robinson R22 Beta 2496
VH-INZ Robinson R22 Beta II 4506
VH-WBY Robinson R22 Beta II 4453
VH-XIA Robinson R22 Beta 1416
VH-LZM Robinson R44 Raven I 2098

 

Windward Balloon Adventures

Windward Balloon Adventures was established in 1982 and is based at Northam Airport, offering balloon charter and sightseeing flights.

Flights are conducted from April until late November, as the hot and windy weather in WA’s summer is unsafe for ballooning. During the season, flights are scheduled every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at dawn with no minimum number of passengers required. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays flights will be scheduled only if four passengers are confirmed. No flights are conducted on Thursdays due to CASA’s duty time limitations for pilots.

Fleet list updated 4 January 2014.

VH-VDU Kavanagh D-77 balloon KB248
VH-ZAQ Kavanagh B-77 balloon B77-404
VH-LNG Cameron O-120 balloon 1973
VH-UAF Kavanagh E-140 balloon E140-457
VH-WND Kavanagh E-180 balloon KB262
VH-OTZ Kavanagh E-210 balloon E210-407
VH-LPG Kavanagh E-300 balloon E300-361
VH-UNK Kavanagh E-300 balloon KB231
VH-LNB Kavanagh B-400 balloon B400-440
VH-VLB Kavanagh B-400 balloon B400-315

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  • December 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm
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    Southern Aviation have sold both 24-5323 CZAW Sport Cruiser and 24-4831 Jabiru J230.
    They have purchased an Evektor SportStar 24-4052.
    I am a “Member” of The Bunbury Flying School (Southern Aviation).

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    • December 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm
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      Many thanks for the update Ted – will update the listing.
      Regards,
      David Eyre

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  • February 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm
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    Regarding Southern Aviation and the SportStar 24-4052. I have been told that they “cross hire” this aircraft.

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    • February 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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      Thanks Ted – have updated the listing.
      Regards,
      David Eyre

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  • November 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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    thanks a lot for your Analysis of airline and aircraft. it was very helpfull for me
    regards aidana kassenova (student of academy of civil aviation)

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    • November 6, 2014 at 5:32 am
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      Hello Aidana,
      Thank you for your kind compliments.
      Regards,
      David Eyre
      President
      AAWA / AviationWA

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  • November 7, 2014 at 10:30 am
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    dear
    david
    regarding your website ,,you just info for air operator at australia.
    can you add the list of maintenace repair oraganization all australia
    thanks
    edi

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    • November 8, 2014 at 7:40 am
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      Hi Edi,
      It takes a great deal of time and effort to compile and maintain the air operator list, and that is what our website users are mainly interested in. We also only cover operators who fly to/from Western Australia, not all air operators across Australia.
      We will therefore not be adding an MRO list – sorry.
      Regards,
      David

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  • April 10, 2016 at 9:18 am
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    VH-YOT has been removed from the register, and also from the Polar Aviation fleet. Probably about time you removed it from this website

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  • November 3, 2016 at 4:05 am
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    Hello David,

    Please guide me to find job in light aircraft maintenance technician or non licensed aircraft engineer. I’m based in London but want to start new life and be based in Perth WA either in Jandakot, Fermantle or the surrounding area. Please either email the aircraft maintenance organisation name or email so that I may be able to contact them?
    Thanking you in advance for your help,
    Sincerely,
    Gerald.

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    • November 5, 2016 at 11:19 am
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      It is my understanding that all aircraft maintenance engineers have to be licensed here.
      If search on Google for “aircraft maintenance Jandakot”, you will see a number of the operators listed.

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