Kestrel’s on a Mission
Mission Helicopters, a subsidiary of Australian owned Kestrel Aviation, was established in 2019 to provide high-end tourism and commercial helicopter charter for communities in Far North Queensland from its proposed base at Mission Beach.
Servicing the Cassowary Coast, an application has been lodged with Council to construct a purpose built helicopter and passenger handling facility which will service, amongst others Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville and the Dunk and Bedarra Island resorts. The site also provides an important link for local tourism and the Great Barrier Reef.
The base will be located at 2224 Tully Beach Road, Mission Beach.
Locally designed and built, the proposed facility will add to the overall ambiance and attractiveness of the Mission Beach area, whilst providing additional capability to respond to natural disasters or emergency response incidents that may occur in the region. Space for two helicopters has been permitted at the proposed base.
Providing a range of benefits to the local community, including employment and access to additional high-end tourism market, it represents continued investment in the region by Kestrel’s owners, Ray and Eleanor Cronin.
Kestrel, who will operate the aircraft at the facility under its Air Operator’s Certificate, will position part of its Bell 206L3 LongRanger and Sikorsky S-76 fleet to Mission Beach, and, on an as-required basis, its Bell Medium fleet of 212 and 412, the largest of its type in Australia.
For more information, and information on some of the myths and facts around the proposal, please refer to the attached infographic.