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TEN years on and business con-
tinues to soar for Phillip Island
Helicopters as it celebrates its first
decade of operation.
Its current fleet of four helicop-
ters and a crew of up to eight pilots
is a far cry from its humble begin-
nings of one aircraft with a found-
ing crew of three.
On December 15, 2005, busi-
ness partners Steve Peppard, Ian
Batton and Gary Morrison landed
their helicopter on the pad at the
Phillip Island airport for the first
time. They had an inkling that this
venture may get off the ground as a
unique tourist opportunity. It was
a hunch that paid off remarkably
quickly and as time has shown,
“We flew on December 15 and
within ten minutes of landing a car
pulled up and we had our first pas-
sengers,” said Steve Peppard.
“Our aim was to build up a suc-
cessful helicopter business and to
establish ourselves within the local
economy,” he explained.
From that first flight around the
island, Phillip Island Helicopters
can now be up in the air from ten
to thirty times a day, depending on
the weather and demand.
As its fleet has grown so has its
operation. Where it initially took
passengers for a bird’s eye view of
the local surrounds, this company
now offers a selection of flights and
has extended its realm into the cor-
It has contractual arrangements
with the state government and with
local organisations such as Des-
tination Phillip Island. On other
occasions these helicopters have
been used for the filming of docu-
mentaries with both film makers
and television channels.
The aerial views of the whales
as they head north past the island
make for spectacular documentary
The versatility, speed and conve-
nience of this type of transport sees
Phillip Island Helicopters in great
demand in peak tourist seasons
and more especially during the
staging of major sporting events on
the Island. They have now become
a familiar sight at the Phillip Island
Grand Prix Circuit.
More often than not, these air-
craft are booked to ferry passen-
gers to and from Melbourne or to
any other destination around the
In being the only available air
transport on the Island this com-
pany has established itself as a reli-
able, time and cost effective means
of travel for people throughout the
While these bookings ensure that
these helicopters are kept airborne,
they are basically a tourist vehicle.
Phillip Island Helicopters is all
about the scenery.
“We don’t offer joy flights. We give
our passengers a scenic flight expe-
rience,” said operations manager
“Phillip Island has a unique
coastline with its stretch of north
facing beaches – one of the few in
Victoria – and its beautiful natural
attractions and wildlife,” he said.
Passengers are able to choose a
variety of flight options from short
flights around the island to a pack-
This can include up to a half day
visit to the Bass Valley Estate Win-
ery which includes return flights,
lunch and tasting; or a tour around
French island with a local tourist
Phillip Island Helicopters can
even offer a romantic touch to a
special occasion with the pilots be-
ing privy to a wedding proposal!
While these flights are designed
for tourists, both domestic and in-
ternational, they also appeal to the
home front with half of its bookings
coming from local residents keen
to take advantage of an aerial look
of their island.
With the busy summer season
about to start, Phillip Island Heli-
copters is open for bookings and is
urging anyone interested in either
taking to the skies or planning a
gift voucher for Christmas to con-
tact the office on 5956 7316 or on
the website: www.phillipislandheli-
Phillip Island Helicopters is situ-
ate don the Phillip Island Tourist
Road, Newhaven, and is open seven
days a week except Christmas Day.
Passengers get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular coastal scenery of Cape Woolamai while on board a scenic flight with Phillip Island
The crew of Phillip Island Helicopters, Mark Scrymgeour, John Deans, Lucy Nadebaum and Dave Dodson
are ready and waiting to take passengers on a scenic flight around the area.
Phillip Island Helicopters
celebrates 10 years
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