FAQ’s

General Corporate Charter FAQ

How much luggage can I bring?

This may vary depending on the charter or tour. The holiday air tours are generally limited to about 1 kg per person per day. So for a 3 day trip we suggest 3 – 4 kgs….for a 10 day trip we try for a maximum of 8 – 9 kgs per person . Hint, the heaviest clothing you are likely to need will be what you are wearing on the morning of departure. You don’t need to include this in your weight allowance as long as you have given us your correct “clothed weight ” on the booking confirmation form.

What else should I bring?

You will receive an itinerary which will detail what you need to bring and suggested clothing. Also don’t forget your camera, a collapsible hiking stick can be handy for some people, air sick tablets if necessary,  and any charging equipment

Will there be flies and mosquitoes?

Again, depends on the trip. Normally only when we go up to the top of Australia. Make sure that you have repellent and a fly net if desired.

What’s included?

In a word, everything! We don’t like to see you putting your hand in and out of your pocket so anything written into the itinerary is included in the price. All air travel in private aircraft, all accommodation, all meals, guided trips/ tours/ excursions, entries and transfers . We do not include drinks, laundry and any personal items like souvenirs. What we do suggest is that we will pay for all the drinks at every location and then on our last day we will jointly decide on who drank what share and divide the bill up ….you can then fix your share of the drinks when you get home. This system works very wellregardlsess of whether you are a drinker or not. It saves the hassle of anyone having to “shout” and is so much easier.

When should I book my airplane charter?

As we only cater for small groups, seats are limited and tours can fill quite quickly. We advise booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We are more than happy to hold seats for you for a period of 5 days without deposit. If demand is great over that period, we will contact you to offer first right of refusal.

How to book a private charter Plane?

You can book online using our online booking form, direct with our office Tel/Fax +61 (0) 3 9882-4236 or Mobile: +61 (0) 418 379-263 (Tony) or +61 (0) 408 535-438 (Keith) 7 days a week. Our friendly, knowledgable staff are ready to assist you with your queries.

Can I park my car near the Kirkhope Aviation departure lounge?

FAQ - Parking your car near Kirkhope Aviation HangarYes,  right next to our hangar in Second Street. If you are going on a long trip you may prefer to come by taxi or to arrange with Moorabbin Car Kennels to look after your vehicle. This is a covered car kennel onm the airport and they will pick up and drop off your car at our hangar if arranged in advance.

In the Air FAQ

What sort of license does the pilot have?

All pilots are supplied by Kirkhope Aviation Pty Ltd  and carry a Commercial Pilots License with a fully all weather Instrument Rating.  All have had lots of experience in corporate, scenic and passenger charter.

What sort of commercial aircraft will we be in?

We have 2 Chieftains and one Navajo for the outback holiday tours. These have rear stair entry, club seating and an aisle in the centre.  They have  big windows and great performance capabilities on short airstrips. We laso have a Super King Air turbine aircraft which can be used for outback charter but is more suited to the corporate market. Again very comfortable club seating , air conditioning and an emergency toilet. The King Air is a multi engine turbine aircraft that is pressurised so it climbs to higher levels. The Navajo and Chieftains are multi engine piston aircraft that are unpressurised and fly at a maximum of 10,000 feet.

How many engines do the commercial aircrafts have?

All aircraft have 2 engines.

Is there a toilet on board?

No, except for the KingAir. However there are always toilets immediately before takeoff and straight after landing. The longest sector across all of our tours is 2.5 hours.

What altitude will we fly at?

Depending on weather we fly between 3,000 and 10,000 feet on the piston aircraft. The Kingair will fly generally at higher levels of around 25,000 feet although it can come lower for short “sight seeing” experiences.

Will there be turbulence?

Generally the flying is silky smooth due to the time of year and time of day we fly. If there are going to be bumps, your pilot will notify you.

Is it hard to get in and out of the aircraft?

No, there are only 3 steps with hand holds so you don’t have to scramble in. We also carry a small step to help some people who may have trouble reaching the first stair.

Is the aircraft low wing?

Yes and we always encourage clients not to sit in the same seat. We rotate the seating after each sector so everyone gets a different view throughout the tour.

What is the seating configuration?

Single rows of seats with a centre aisle, every seat is the window seat.

Will the pilot orbit landmarks/special features so both sides of the aircraft will see?

Yes

Do I get to sit in the co-pilot seat?

Yes, the co-pilot seat is rotated between passengers and your pilot will give you an overview of the cockpit and flying if you are interested. There is a spare headset so you can listen in on the radio calls.

On the Ground FAQ

Is there much walking involved?

Across all of our itineraries there are a number of walks available. None are compulsory and you only do what you feel up to. For those who are more active, we cater for you also.

If I find a shell or rock that I like, can I take it home?

All guides discourage guests from removing natural objects so they remain in their natural state. In many places this can be an offence.

Will there be water available?

Kirkhope Aviation provides water all the way around (limited quantity). We recommend that you also carry your own drink bottle to refill. The more you drink, the more energy you will have and the more you will enjoy each day.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

We can cater for most specific dietary requirements (coeliac, vegetarian etc.). On your “booking confirmation form” you can add any  dietary requirements.  This gives us a chance to notify all operators providing food.

Is alcohol included?

All drinks are extra as we find people are happier with that arrangement.

Do we all eat as a group?

Yes, each night we all sit down as a group.  This includes your crew and maybe even local characters who often join us along the way.

Accomodation FAQ

What is the general standard of accommodation?

We always choose the best available accommodation at each stop. Due to the remoteness of the destinations we access this can range from clean, comfortable shearers quarters to 5 star exclusive lodges. There are generally  en suites unless clearly stated in the itinerary. We choose accommodation that is true to the region with comfy beds, air conditioning and good tucker.

If I am a single traveler, do I have to pay a single supplement?

Yes…this depends on the number of days but is of the order of $75/head/day

We are two friends traveling together, are there separate beds?

Yes, we can arrange for twin-share with separate beds. Generally this will be one queen/double and one single.

Packing FAQ

 What should I wear?

Smart, comfortable casual is the theme for all tours. Please see our suggested clothing list on your itinerary  for further information. A good, versatile pair of walking shoes is essential.

What sort of bag should I take?

A soft sided sports bag. A soft sided case prefferably without wheels and frames as this makes them hard to pack away. Definitely no  hard sided suit-case (these do not fit in the nose or wing lockers).

I will be coming from overseas/interstate, is there somewhere I can store excess luggage safely?

Yes, any excess baggage can be safely stored at our departure lounge.