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 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 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 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 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|
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|
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 (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-YNU||Boeing 737-319||25607/3126||First visit 19 April 2015|
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 is being rebranded with QantasLink livery. Fleet list is included under QantasLink.
ABC TV Perth & SBS TV
Never owned a news helicopter in Perth.
Channel 7 Perth (TVW)
Channel 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 was then owned directly by Channel Seven Perth Pty Ltd. In 2016, Channel 7 and Channel 9 decided to jointly operate VH-BTV Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel. Info correct as at 11 January 2018.
Channel 9 Perth (STW)
Channel 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, later replaced by another JetRanger, VH-JSV. In 2016, Channel 7 and Channel 9 decided to jointly operate VH-BTV Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel. Info correct as at 11 January 2018.
|VH-BTV||Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel||9038||Operated by Aviation Utilities Pty Ltd. (Does not wear news markings)|
Channel 10 Perth (NEW)
Channel 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 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 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 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 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|
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 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|
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-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|
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 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 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|
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)
Williambury Helicopters is based at Yalleen Station, near Pannawonica, and also trades under the name of Pilbara Helicopters.
Polar 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 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|
Qantas (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 11 January 2018.
|VH-XMB||Boeing 737-376(SF)||23478/1251||Freighter. Qantas Freight. Operated for StarTrack by Express Freighters Australia.|
|VH-XML||Boeing 737-376(SF)||23486/1286||Freighter. Qantas Freight. Operated for StarTrack by Express Freighters Australia.|
|VH-XMO||Boeing 737-376(SF)||23488/1352||Freighter. Qantas Freight. Operated for StarTrack by Express Freighters Australia.|
|VH-XMR||Boeing 737-376(SF)||23490/1390||Freighter. Qantas Freight. Operated for StarTrack by Express Freighters Australia.|
|VH-XNH||Boeing 737-476(SF)||24796/1887||Freighter. Qantas Freight. Operated for StarTrack by Express Freighters Australia.|
|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-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”|
|VH-VXJ||Boeing 737-838||33480/1157||“Coober Pedy”|
|VH-VXM||Boeing 737-838||33483/1177||“Mount Hotham”|
|VH-VXQ||Boeing 737-838||33723/1335||‘Retro Roo II’ 1959-61 retro livery.|
|VH-VXS||Boeing 737-838||33725/1352||“St. Helens”|
|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-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-VZD||Boeing 737-838||34198/2659||“Port Geelong”|
|VH-VZF||Boeing 737-838||34200/2989||‘Ballarat’ 75th Qantas 737 decal on nose|
|VH-VZO||Boeing 737-838||34191/3692||“Bendigo” 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-VZV||Boeing 737-838||34189/3856||“Palm Cove”. First visit 20 December 2011|
|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-XZE||Boeing 737-838||39369/4421||“Pine Creek”|
|VH-XZH||Boeing 737-838||39372/4521||“McLaren Vale”|
|VH-XZJ||Boeing 737-838||39365/4669||“Mendoowoorrji” – “Mendoowoorrji” Aboriginal art livery
|VH-XZN||Boeing 737-838||44575/5060||‘Wagga Wagga’|
|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-EBC||Airbus A330-202||506||‘Surfers Paradise’|
|VH-EBE||Airbus A330-202||842||‘Kangaroo Valley’|
|VH-EBF||Airbus A330-202||853||‘King Valley’|
|VH-EBG||Airbus A330-203||887||“Barossa Valley”. Leased from Macquarie AirFinance.|
|VH-EBJ||Airbus A330-202||940||‘Margaret River’|
|VH-EBK||Airbus A330-202||945||‘Savannah Way’|
|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-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-QPG||Airbus A330-303||603||“Mt Gambier”|
|VH-QPJ||Airbus A330-303||712||“Port Stephens”|
|VH-ZNA||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner||39038/615||‘Great Southern Land’. First visit 1 Nov 2017.|
|VH-ZNB||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner||39039/641||‘Waltzing Matilda’ – not yet visited Perth|
|VH-ZNC||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner||39040/655||On order|
|VH-ZND||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner||63390/669||On order|
|VH-ZNE||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner||63391/724||On order|
|VH-ZNF||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner||36239/742||On order|
|VH-ZNG||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner||36240/774||On order|
|VH-ZNH||Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner||36241/778||On order|
|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-OEF||Boeing 747-438ER||32910/1313||“Sydney” – Oneworld titles|
|VH-OEH||Boeing 747-438ER||32912/1321||“Hervey Bay”|
|VH-OEJ||Boeing 747-438ER||32914/1331||“Wunala” – Small “Wunala” kangaroo decal on nose, near cockpit window|
|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.|
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. The aircraft were 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 ended in March 2015.
Network Aviation has begun repainting its Fokker 100s in QantasLink livery.
Fleet list updated 11 January 2018.
|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|
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.
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-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 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 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|
Rotorvation 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-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|
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|
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-OWU||Pilatus PC-12/47E||1433||ex HB-FQG|
|VH-OWX||Pilatus PC-12/47E||1439||ex HB-FQM|
|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.
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-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-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 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-KFW||Piper PA-31-310 Navajo||31-366|
|VH-HJR||Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain||31-8252016|
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)|
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:
- Mt Magnet
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 11 January 2018.
|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||Delivered 14 September 2013.|
|VH-XKN||Fokker 100||11420||Delivered 19 June 2013.|
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 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 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 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 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)
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|
– see separate entry below.
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.
|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|
|VH-CXK||Robinson R-44 II||12087|
|VH-HWL||Robinson R-44 Raven||0996|
|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 (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 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)
Southern 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-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|
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 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.
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|
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.
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 Border Force 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 8-200 LADS (Laser Airborne Depth Sounding) owned by Fugro LADS – this does not visit WA, so is not listed here. They also operate the four Challenger 604 search and rescue jets for Cobham SAR Services – see separate entry.
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, which is now under Australian Border Force.
Fleet list updated 11 January 2018.
|VH-ZZA||De Havilland Canada DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8||419||Operated for Australian Border Force. Modified for maritime patrol.|
|VH-ZZB||De Havilland Canada DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8||424||Operated for Australian Border Force. Modified for maritime patrol.|
|VH-ZZC||De Havilland Canada DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8||433||Operated for Australian Border Force. Modified for maritime patrol.|
|VH-ZZI||Bombardier DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8||550||Operated for Australian Border Force. Modified for maritime patrol.|
|VH-ZZJ||Bombardier DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8||551||Operated for Australian Border Force. Modified for maritime patrol.|
|VH-ZZP||De Havilland Canada DHC-8-202MPA Dash 8||411||Operated for Australian Border Force. Modified for maritime patrol.|
|VH-ZZE||Bombardier DHC-8-315MPA Dash 8||640||Operated for Australian Border Force. Modified for maritime patrol.|
|VH-ZZF||Bombardier DHC-8-315MPA Dash 8||643||Operated for Australian Border Force. Modified for maritime patrol.|
|VH-ZZG||Bombardier DHC-8-315MPA Dash 8||644||Operated for Australian Border Force. Modified for maritime patrol.|
|VH-ZZN||De Havilland Canada DHC-8-315MPA Dash 8||399||Operated for Australian Border Force. Modified for maritime patrol.|
Swan River Seaplanes
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|
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 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 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 was originally a subsidiary of Tiger Airways Holdings, a Singapore-based company, owned partially by Singapore Airlines. Tiger Airways Holdings also owned 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) but was merged into Scoot on 25 July 2017.
On 17 October 2014, Virgin Australia purchased the remaining 40% of Tigerair Australia owned by Singapore Airlines, making Virgin Australia the sole owner of Tigerair Australia. As of October 2015, Virgin Australia took full ownership of Tigerair Australia.
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|
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 Aviation is a cargo airline 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 Qantgas Freight Boeing 737-300SFs and -400SFs. Toll also leases light aircraft and two ATR42 freighters, but these do not visit WA.
Fleet list updated 11 January 2018 (aircraft which visit WA only).
|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). First visit 13 Feb 2012.|
|ZK-TLF||Boeing 737-4Q8(SF)||24709/2115||Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand). First visit 20 June 2012.|
|ZK-TLJ||Boeing 737-476(SF)||24432/1879||Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand). First visit 20 Oct 2015.|
|ZK-TLK||Boeing 737-476(SF)||24434/1912||Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand). First visit 29 Apr 2016 (as ZK-TLK)|
|ZK-TLL||Boeing 737-484(SF)||25362/2142||Freighter – Leased from Airwork (New Zealand). First visit 21 Sep 2016.|
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.
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-TNG||Eurocopter EC145 (MBB BK117C-2)||9061|
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|
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|
Virgin Australia Airlines (formerly Virgin Blue Airlines)
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:
- Port Hedland
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 11 January 2018.
|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-VOR||Boeing 737-8FE||33799/1462||Leased to Tigerair Australia|
|VH-VOS||Boeing 737-8FE||33800/1483||‘Chiton Rocks’|
|VH-VOT||Boeing 737-8FE||33801/1504||‘Scarborough Beach’
|VH-VOY||Boeing 737-8FE||33996/1551||Leased to Tigerair Australia|
|VH-VUA||Boeing 737-8FE||33997/1559||‘Vesteys Beach’|
|VH-VUB||Boeing 737-8FE||34013/1573||Leased to Tigerair Australia|
|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-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||‘Turquoise Bay’|
|VH-YFX||Boeing 737-8FE||41013/6330||‘Mackenzies Bay’|
|VH-YFZ||Boeing 737-8FE||41005/6551||‘Lake St Clair’|
|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-YWA||Boeing 737-800||41042/6572||‘Cable Beach’|
|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) 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 11 January 2018 (only aircraft which visit WA are included – ATR72s are based in Eastern States).
|VH-FNJ||Fokker 100||11489||‘Talbot Bay’|
|VH-FNN||Fokker 100||11326||Skywest livery|
|VH-FNR||Fokker 100||11488||‘Lake Argyle’|
|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-FWH||Fokker 100||11316||‘Swan River’|
|VH-FZO||Fokker 100||11305||Delivered 19 March 2012
|VH-FNP||Airbus A320-231||429||‘Honeymoon Cove’|
|VH-YUD||Airbus A320-232||1922||‘Port Beach’|
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.
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|
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 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 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 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|