All of our Pilots are rated for multi engine command and are highly experienced in IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) operations.
In reviewing the requirements for a successful operation Flyon now provides 3 Augusta Westland AW109E twin helicopters capable of IFR 24 / 7 operations. We are the first and only operator to have 3 uniformed (by make and model) IFR Helicopters Servicing Hydrographers Passage.
Our 5 pilots have over 52,000 hours’ total time in helicopters and over 22,000 ship landings in offshore operations.
All pilots operate under a CASA approved FRMS (Fatigue Risk Management System). All of IFR Captains have attended type rating courses and simulation for the AW109.
Our engineering team consists of 2 full time engineers and an engineering apprentice, including a fully qualified Avionics Engineer.
We are the only helicopter company with full Avionics coverage which is vital for the reliability of twin engine, IFR operations. Both of our engineers have attended the Leonardo Training Academy in Italy.
Flyon have recently increased their infrastructure by acquiring a second hangar facility.
Hangar 56 houses our maintenance operations with our facilities fully approved by CASA. Our new hangar, hangar 58 houses our flight operations and administrative function.
Our new facility provides fully self-contained facilities to allow our pilots to rest between flight commitments, vital for ensuring full compliance with CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) fatigue requirements. In addition, our team have access to exercise facilities and fully equipped kitchen.
Gary brings over 22 years-experience in both maritime and aviation management. Returning to land in 2004 having spent 10 years at sea with a variety of shipping companies Gary took up a position within ships agency in Mackay and Brisbane. Moving on to work for Torres Pilots in 2005 Gary managed marine pilotage operations for the 3 compulsory areas of the GBR (Great Barrier Reef). Gary then spent 5 years with Aviator Group managing helicopter marine pilot transfer operations for the ports of Hay Point, Gladstone and the compulsory area of Hydrographers Passage. Gary’s knowledge within both the maritime and aviation fields are unique and provide for a clear understanding of the regulatory requirements from both fields with an understanding as to the importance of pro-active management in the service driven environment in which we operate.
Senior Base Pilot
Garry obtained his commercial helicopters pilots licence in 1980 at Long Beach California America and converted it to an Australian CLP(H) in the same year. Garry then commenced his flying career in a variety of roles prior to taking a position on Hamilton Island in 1985 to establish the Hydrographers Passage Helicopter Marine Pilot transfer operation. Garry gained an ATPL(H) licence and a Command M/E Instrument Rating during this period. Garry became Chief Pilot in 1986 and held that position until February 2010. He then joined HNZ conducting Helicopter Marine Pilot Transfers in Karratha WA. Joining the Flyon team in December 2016 he has been instrumental in the development of our day and night HMPT Operations from our Mackay base. Garry is revered in the industry for being the most experienced pilot to have operated in Hydrographers Passage and has been responsible for the training and development of many of the helicopter captains now working within senior positions throughout Australia. Garry has logged more than 18,000 hours and has completed more than 15,000 ships landings.
Originally from NZ, Tunui served 21 years in the NZ Navy, prior to starting his career in Aviation. In 1999, he moved to Australia where he completed his commercial helicopter licence. Tunui spent the next 6 years flying in the remote Kimberley and Northern Territory, gaining experience in a number of roles including sling work. In 2006, he accepted a position with HNZ in Perth and was employed on the Perth fire contract eventually moving to the Helicopter Marine Pilot Transfer operations for the port of Karratha. Commencing with Flyon in December 2016 Tunui brings a wealth of MPT experience and now has in excess of 7000 hours on Helicopters.
After 32 years in Victoria, Peter left a career in I.T to pursue his passion of becoming a Helicopter Pilot. Working 3 seasons in the Kimberley region Peter then spent the next 4 years flying from Hamilton Island, Cairns & Port Douglas in tourism & general charter. Peter commenced marine pilot transfers in 1995. Peter also spent 8 years touring to PNG on the Oil & Gas fields which included helicopter support to the then Chevron offshore platform. Returning to Australia in 2003 to resume Marine Pilot Transfer, completion of his ATPL and Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating in 2008 Peter then moved onto Border protection and EMS. Now with over 11,000 helicopter hours, Peter re entered offshore operations in 2012 and for the last 5 years has concentrated on how to challenge himself operating in one of the most demanding helicopter marine pilot transfer operations in the world, be it single pilot or multi crew.
Luke started his aviation career with Surf lifesaving Queensland on the Gold Coast in 1998 mostly conducting surf rescues along the beaches in SE Qld. In 2002, he gained full time Employment with the Hunter Region Westpac Rescue Helicopter based in Newcastle NSW. Following completion of his Aircrewman/Hoist operator 20:11 training, Luke was then posted in Tamworth NSW on a B407 completing HEMS Rescue throughout the New England Region. Moving to LifeFlight QLD based on the Gold Coast as an LHS Aircrew Officer flying day/night IFR in a B412, Luke served 10 years in this role covering all aspects of SAR HEMS. Completing his commercial helicopter licence in 2013 Luke worked in a variety of roles within aviation. In 2016 Luke commenced with FLYON Helicopters and his flying experience is almost all based around the specialized marine pilot transfers through Hydrographers Passage. Luke has already successfully completed over 700 ship landings.
Sam began his aviation career in Toowoomba in 2013 with Aerotec gaining his Private Pilot Licence, PPL(A). He then made the move to helicopters with Professional Helicopter Services in Melbourne, completing his Commercial Pilots Licence, CPL(H) in late 2014. His early aviation experience consisted of tourism and charter work in the Northern Territory. Fulfilling the role as Base Manger, some career highlights include flying the Northern Territory Emergency Service's vertical rescue team to the summit of Uluru and flying the Medevac Helicopter for the Fink Desert Race in 2017. Before starting with Flyon, Sam completed his Grade 3 Instructor Rating and is the newest member of the team at Flyon. He is excited about expanding his career into marine pilot transfers and gaining his Instrument Rating.
Senior Base Engineer
Shannon brings over 15 years-experience to his role as Senior Base Engineer. Shannon commenced his career on the Sunshine Coast prior to moving to WA where he worked for a rotary and fixed wing operator. Joining Flyon in December 2016 Shannon is responsible for the day to day maintenance functions across all of Flyon operations Experienced on multiple helicopter types Shannon has completed Bell factory courses covering the B412, 430, 222 AND 230. In addition, Shannon recently successfully completed the AW109 factory course in Italy.
Daniel completed his mechanical apprenticeship in South Australia earning hi AME licence in 2010. Daniel then worked within a variety of different operations gaining experience within light fixed, rotary wing and composite aircraft. Daniel provides vital avionics coverage for our operations. Daniel holds B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B1.4 and B2 Licences. Daniel holds type ratings on the AW109, Bell 222, 230, 412, 430, Eurocopter AS355, 365 and the BK117