Would you be interested in a scenic tourism flight of Whyalla?
Well Becker Helicopters might be able to help you out, as that is just one of the services they plan to offer as they set up base in the steel city.
Captain Aaron Hillier brought a Bell 206 B3 Jet Ranger helicopter to Whyalla in May, and plans to bring a Bell 427 twin-engine chopper capable of carrying up to seven passengers to town in September.
Becker is looking to offer a range of services with the new helicopter, including fly-over services for mine and agricultural operators, worker transport, animal control services, aerial photography, weed control, tourism flights, surveying service and even assistance with agencies like the CFS in firefighting when needed.
Captain Hillier was particularly enthusiastic about the scenic tourism flights and mining services the company will be able to offer.
“We know what we can offer the mining industry and we want to work out what we can offer the community in regards to scenic flights to bring people to Whyalla and provide a unique experience for residents too,” he said.
“That could involve creating some tourism packages with sunrise and sunset flights along the coast...it would be beautiful.
“It could also involve creating your own experience like flying out, landing in a special spot, having a picnic and then flying home.”
Captain Hillier has been with Becker Helicopters for two and half years and put his hand up to be the “advance party” in Whyalla.
He and wife Sheree packed up their home on the Sunshine Coast and moved to Whyalla in May this year with their four-month-old daughter Chloe.
“We’re loving it, the welcome from the community has been amazing,” he said. “Even before I tell them I work for Becker, everyone is so keen to help.
“We both love the ocean and the coastline is beautiful so we’re always down the beach for a walk.
“This is a beautiful part of the world and we’re having a ball exploring it all...it is all very exciting.”