Sunday, July 31, 2016

GSL Aviation Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-TIY

Continuing our focus on some of the operators and aircraft based at Shute Harbour / Whitsunday Airport, this post takes a quick look at GSL Aviation Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-TIY.
Manufactured in 1997, VH-TIY is one of two Cessna 208 Caravan's (among other aircraft such as GippsAero GA-8 Airvan's) operated by GSL Aviation from Cairns and Shute Harbour / Whitsunday Airport to provide a range of charter, scenic and transfer flights to anywhere along the Cape York Peninsula and Gulf of Carpentaria, aswell as parts of the Great Barrier Reef and The Whitsundays including Hamilton Island.
Of interest, the Cessna 208 Caravan is a single Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114 turboprop powered, fixed-gear, short-haul regional airliner / utility aircraft that has the capacity to seat upto 14 passengers although GSL Aviation have configured their Caravan's to accommodate less passengers to ensure a greater level of comfort.   

While not necessarily specific to the aircraft operated by GSL Aviation, the Cessna 208 Caravan is capable of achieving a maximum cruising speed of 186 knots / 345 km/h, an approximate range of 1070nm / 1982km when maximum fuel and reserves are carried onboard, and a service ceiling of 25000ft / 7620m. 
If by chance you missed our recent article about GSL Aviation, click onto the following link : 








Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Chopper spotting at Airlie Beach / Shute Harbour

Among a variety of fixed-wing aircraft based at Shute Harbour / Whitsunday Airport is a modest fleet of helicopters, and a helicopter sales and training centre.
Arguably the most prominent company is Helibiz, reportedly Australia’s authorised Robinson Dealer and Service Centre since 1997, and specialise in the sales of new and pre-owned helicopters, aswell as training and servicing.   

Another notable helicopter company based at Whitsunday Airport is HeliTaxi, and not only provide a range of charter and transfer options from the aerodrome, but from Abell Point Heliport at Abell Point Marina. 
Additionally, transfers to and from Proserpine Airport to meet RPT and charter services are also available.
For further information, HeliTaxi can be found at :