Newsletter February 2012

Kirkhope Aviation Newsletter February 2012

Hi all,well the 2012 year has started!. We hope you all had a great break over Xmas/New Year. This newsletter is just a brief update on some of our plans/activities for the year.

Hail damage

As you are aware there was a massive hail storm on Xmas day. We were very lucky at Moorabbin as all our aircraft escaped any damage. Unfortuantely quite a few operators at Essendon and Tullamarine were not so lucky.

The year 2012

Lake Eyre trips

We have scheduled about 15 or so at this stage. We are still not sure what the water situation will be, but the top end and centre are still getting rainfalls and of course parts of NSW are currently experiencing major flooding, however hopefully without the devastating outcomes that happened last year in Qld. Interestingly Eulo, a small township in SW Queensland last week received a 1 in 100 year flood and this water will flow down into the Darling system. Lake Eyre water inflows come from further west and we have just heard that the Thompson and Diamantina rivers are flooding, so certainly the upper reaches of the Lake Eyre basin are receiving rain. Regardless of the extent of the rain, we still believe the scheduled trips to Lake Eyre will be stunning. The first trip is 10th March and is available.

Peter Elfes has spent three years photographing Lake Eyre. His exhibition is at the Palm House , Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens and the Customs House in Sydney between Feb 1 and the end of May. They are stunning photos.

Lake Gairdner and the Gawler Ranges

We have scheduled a number of 4 day tours to Lake Gairdner in the Gawler Ranges which would include 2 nights at the terrific “Kangaluna” Bush camp, a visit to the huge salt lake of Lake Gairdner, a swim with the sea lions at Streaky Bay and a night on Kangaroo Island. We have had great feedback on these trips over previous years. These have been scheduled between March and May. The first one is scheduled 1st March..

This is a great alternative for those who have done the three day Lake Eyre trip.

12 day Kimberley, Arnhem Land and the Gulf

Two 12 day Kimberley trips at this stage…19th May and 30th June

Our new Super KingAir aircraft

The new Kingair is up and running. We are using it mainly for corporate charter and selected tours ( or on request). It is a great machine. If you are interested there are some great photos on our facebook page of the ferry flight from Florida to Australia via Iceland , Greenland and Europe. The photo below shows flying along the fjord approaching Narsaruaq in Greenland. For more photos see us on facebook …click here Facebook


So we’re now on Facebook – click on the link at the top of the website to visit our new page and then don’t forget to click on the ‘Like’ button at the top of the facebook page…………..or …Join us on Facebook .

LinkedIn is also a button on the top corner of our website…or….Join us on Linkedin

Facebook prize:

To celebrate our aircraft fleet increasing to four, we are planning a short mystery flight give-away (maybe sunset?) shortly. Entry will be via Facebook so click “Like” for a look around and stand-by for more information.

Other charters

We continue to do corporate and private charters in all our aircraft as the fleet allows us to select the most appropriate one for the job. We are doing a number of the Australian Air Holidays tours as advertised in the Escape section of the Age. We hope to obtain some of the work in the mining boom ….transporting between Victoria and outback back sites. If you have any contacts in this area we would appreciate the assistance.

For the Golfers – you may have heard it here first

We did a charter to King Island in mid-January for Turnpoint Pty Ltd. This was for a property developer and his team of consultants. They have bought coastal land on the north west tip of the island at Cape Wickham and construction has just started on a golf course and accommodation. It would have to rank with the best in the world in terms of coastal views and will be interesting to see how the course design “shapes” up! Obviously will need to fly in and they are then planning helicopter transfers from the airport to the course

Check the website for dates of scheduled trips see

It’s also possible to check specific tour pages like the Lake Eyre page for detailed dates etc …see

Once again, if you are interested in tours or charters please look at the website and then send an enquiry form to us. If you use facebook….please click the “Like” button. If you have any comments , news or photos you wish to share please feel free to do so..

We look forward to taking you on future trips and/or charters during 2012.


Tony Kirkhope and Keith Siler