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Koolardie Aviation Pty Ltd is a private, 100% Australian owned company. The company is a certified operator of turbine and piston engine helicopters for both charter and aerial work.

ABN - 68 129 250 513

Aircraft Operators Certificate # - 777094.

The company trades as
  • Townsville Helicopters
  • Townsville Helicopters Flying School
  • Townsville Flight Training
  • ZephAir Aircraft Charters

Mission Statement

Excellence through Experience.

We will offer our clients our experience in aviation and aviation safety to provide a safe and cost-effective standard of operation

Our Values

Townsville Helicopters core value is client satisfaction through safety and efficiency 

The company also promotes the following values

  • the growth of our culture of safety that is paramount to our success.
  • Striving to constantly provide expertise and experience to all operations and therefore building long-lasting client relationships
  • Sustaining achievable profit margins in order to maintain a standard of business that is expected of us.

Owner/Director - Dick Arnold

Dick is owner, Director and Chief Pilot of Townsville Helicopters. With 30 years of practical experience in the helicopter industry and over 17,000 hours of helicopter flight time, he is well qualified to provide the expertise to a large variety of helicopter operations. He is endorsed to fly over 10 different helicopters, and is the CFI and Flight Examiner (PPL, CPL, Low Level, Sling and Mustering (Australia wide).

Dick's operational experience offers expertise in film and photography, news gathering, all aspects of mining sector support including precision drill moves, aerial fire fighting, as well as having several thousand hours mustering and feral animal destruction and capture, including aerial tranquilizing of Grizzly Bear in Canada. He has previously been involved in instructing at several "helicopter/ firearms courses". His considerable experience in Australian conditions is enhanced by 6 years flying in the harsh conditions of remote Northern Canada.

North Queensland and Townsville have been home to Dick for over 25 years.