Aviair
IATA ICAO Callsign
GD - -
Founded1984
HubsKununurra
Secondary hubsBroome, Karratha
Fleet size30
Destinations8
HeadquartersKununurra, Western Australia, Australia
Websitewww.aviair.com.au

Aviair Pty Ltd,[1] previously known as Slingair Heliwork,[2] is an airline and air charter company[3] based in Kununurra, Western Australia.[4] It operates air charter services and regular passenger services. Its main bases are Kununurra Airport, Broome International Airport and Karratha Airport.[4]

History

Aviair, contracted for the National Parks and Wildlife Service as Parkair 7, (VH-TQV) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan at Wagga Wagga Airport
Aviair, contracted for the National Parks and Wildlife Service as Parkair 7, (VH-TQV) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan at Wagga Wagga Airport

Aviair was established in 1984 as Slingair Heliwork by Kerry Slingsby. Aviair began providing air services in Kununurra, Western Australia shortly after its creation.[4]

In May 2008, Grant Kenny, Olympic Games Athlete and Ironwomen acquired Slingair for an unknown amount.[5]

In Slingair received the Sir David Brand Award every year from 1996 to 1998 and was a finalist in 2000.[6][7]

In 2010 and 2015 Slingair supported field research for discovering rock shelters and artworks made by Aboriginal Australians in the Kimberley.[8][9]

In 2016 Slingair was purchased by the owners of HeliSpirit, Michael McConachy and Geoff Hamilton.[10] Slingair was renamed Aviair.

Further field research in the Kimberley region was supported by Aviair in 2019.[11]

On 6 May 2020, Aviair received $1.58 million to support it through the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the COVID-19 Regional Airline Network Support Program by the Australian Government.[12][13]

On 24 June 2021, Aviair announced they would commence a flight service from Derby to Broome on 16 August 2021.[14]

Destinations

Aviair provides scheduled services to the following destinations:[15][16]

Fleet

As of 2021, the Aviair fleet consists of the following aircraft:[17][18]

Aviair Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Notes
King Air B200 3
Cessna 208 Caravan 13
Pilatus PC-12 5
GippsAero GA8 Airvan 1
Beechcraft G58 Baron 1
Cessna Citation Mustang 2
Total 25 0

HeliSpirit, Aviair's sister company,[19][20] also operates 25 helicopters:[17]

HeliSpirit Fleet - Helicopters
Aircraft In Service
Bell Jet Ranger 4
Bell Long Ranger 4
Robinson R44 15
Robinson R66 1
Robinson R22 1
AS350 1
Total 25

Serious incidents and accidents

See Also

References

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  2. ^ "Tourism Western Australia". Tourism Western Australia. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  3. ^ Civil Aviation Safety Authority Air Operator Certificate No. CASA.TAAOC.0186, AVIAIR PTY LTD. Retrieved 28 May 2021
  4. ^ a b c "Aviair - Company Profile". aviair.com.au. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Grant Kenny buys private aviation firm". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Aviair Awards". Aviair Awards - Aviair. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  7. ^ Sharpe, Leslie J. (2004). "Economic development in the Kimberley region of Western Australia: a history and dependency theory perspective". eprints.usq.edu.au. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  8. ^ Ross, June; Westaway, Kira; Travers, Meg; Morwood, Michael J.; Hayward, John (31 August 2016). "Into the Past: A Step Towards a Robust Kimberley Rock Art Chronology". PLOS ONE. 11 (8): e0161726. Bibcode:2016PLoSO..1161726R. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161726. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 5006964. PMID 27579865.
  9. ^ Moore, Mark W.; Perston, Yinika (2010). "Rockshelters and stone procurement in the Kimberley: Evidence from the Lower Mitchell River". academia.edu. 1: 1.
  10. ^ "PILBARA RPT AIR SERVICE PROPOSAL" (PDF). porthedland.wa.gov.au. Aviair. June 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  11. ^ Moore, Mark W.; Westaway, Kira; Ross, June; Newman, Kim; Perston, Yinika; Huntley, Jillian; Keats, Samantha; Corporation, Kandiwal Aboriginal; Morwood, Michael J. (5 February 2020). "Archaeology and art in context: Excavations at the Gunu Site Complex, Northwest Kimberley, Western Australia". PLOS ONE. 15 (2): e0226628. Bibcode:2020PLoSO..1526628M. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0226628. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 7001911. PMID 32023252.
  12. ^ "Grant Award View - GA76901: GrantConnect". www.grants.gov.au. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  13. ^ Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport. "Additional new support for critical regional aviation services through COVID-19". Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  14. ^ Duffy, Rosie (24 June 2021). "New Aviair Flight Service: Derby to Broome". New Aviair Flight Service: Derby to Broome - Aviair. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  15. ^ "Flight Schedules". Flight Schedules - Aviair. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Inter Regional Flight Network | City of Karratha". karratha.wa.gov.au. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  17. ^ a b "Aviair Fleet". Aviair Fleet - Aviair. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  18. ^ "Aircraft register | Civil Aviation Safety Authority". Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  19. ^ "Helicopter Scenic Flight and Charter Company | Kimberley, Pilbara and NT". HeliSpirit. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  20. ^ "HeliSpirit Capability Statement" (PDF). HeliSpirit. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  21. ^ "Six people survive light plane crash in WA". WAtoday. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  22. ^ "Investigation: AO-2011-101 - Fuel starvation - Cessna 210N, VH-OCM, Kununurra Airport, WA, 18 August 2011". www.atsb.gov.au. Australian Transport Safety Bureau. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  23. ^ "Investigation: AO-2015-094 - Engine malfunction involving a Cessna 208B, VH-LNH, near Kununurra Airport, WA on 8 August 2015". www.atsb.gov.au. Australian Transport Safety Bureau. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  24. ^ "Investigation: AO-2016-155 - Engine failure and forced landing involving Cessna 208B, VH-LNH, 8 km north-west of Solomon Airport, Western Australia, on 16 November 2016". www.atsb.gov.au. Australian Transport Safety Bureau. 18 December 2020. Retrieved 29 May 2021.