About Skippers Aviation

About Skippers

Skippers Aviation commenced operation in 1990, operating a fleet of three Cessna Conquest turbo prop aircraft and one Cessna 402C from the Flight Centre facility at the Perth domestic airport.

Over the years, Skippers have focused primarily on its core business of providing outstanding service and flexibility to the resource industry within Australia as well as Regulated Passenger Transport destinations; our key advantage is being equipped with modern aircraft especially suited to the rough airstrips and harsh conditions often found in remote locations.

With this consistent and considerable growth, Skippers is the only Perth General Aviation Company which has addressed the issue of aging aircraft. In 1995, at a considerable price premium, we acquired a fleet of 3 brand new Metro23 turbo prop aircraft. This was part of Skippers’ commitment to offering leading technology to our passengers’ for optimal comfort and peace of mind.

More new Metro 23s followed over the next 3 years with the fleet then totalling 5.

In 1997/98, Skippers completed construction on their state of the art passenger terminal, engineering facility and operations centre at Perth Airport. During this time two De Havilland Dash-8 turbo prop aircraft were added to the fleet. Seating 36 passengers each, these new aircraft substantially increased Skippers’ capacity and added to the flexibility of an already versatile fleet.

Also in that year, Skippers Aviation established a base in Broome, Western Australia in conjunction with an established mining company, WA Transport and Ansett Australia. An office complex, hangar and maintenance facility were built and Skippers still operate aircraft from this base on contract and ad-hoc charter basis.

Skippers added to the aircraft fleet again in the same year, with the purchase of an Embraer Brasilia – the fastest regional turbo prop passenger airliner available on the market today.

During the latter part of the same year, despite the hardships felt by some in the aviation industry, Skippers again demonstrated its commitment to the resource industry by purchasing another two Brasilia aircraft. These aircraft were seen as a progressive step in regenerating the options of a diverse fleet and the resulting cost efficiencies were quickly able to be realised by our clients.

In 1999, our Air Operators Certificate was upgraded to allow for the provision of scheduled RPT (Regular Passenger Transport) services to the general public. Following the collapse of Ansett in 2001 and operating within a highly regulated passenger market, Skippers were able to take up routes which would otherwise have been abandoned and continue to connect remote Western Australian communities with Perth city. Skippers continues to operate quality air services to many of these destinations today, including services to the Mt Magnet, Meekatharra, Leinster, Leonora, Laverton, Wiluna, Shark Bay and Carnarvon communities.

In 2008, the addition of more DeHavilland Dash 8-300, 50 passenger aircraft scaled our current fleet to 24 aircraft, in 2011 two DeHavilland Dash-8 300, 52 passenger aircraft were added to the fleet which now comprising 26 aircraft then in 2013 the company acquired two F100 – 108 seat aircraft which now gives the company a total capacity of 983 seats. Skippers have the capabilities and resources to provide a quality service at levels of safety and comfort comparable with other major airlines.

Our Mission

Aviation Excellence, through commitment, integrity and innovation

Skippers Aviation Pty Ltd is a unique air charter company; we strive to be innovative leaders in our field.

Customer satisfaction is our key mission; seeking and challenging future opportunities for continued business excellence.

Business partnerships are paramount and remaining focused on opportunities to improve these partnerships for mutual satisfaction and benefit is of vital importance.

Our management team is totally committed to our staff and the future growth and viability of our company. Through our employees understanding, embracing and contributing towards our goals, we will ensure that our client and stakeholders alike benefit from our strong and innovative management practises.

Through our quality assurance system, we will regularly review our practises to ensure statutory and regulatory compliance and best industry practises.

Skippers Aviation Pty Ltd will continue to strive for aviation excellence, maintain our respected position in the market place and offer a premier standard of customer service and reliability.

Our Commitment to Safety

Skippers Aviation Pty Ltd is committed to ensuring a safe working environment, free of all recognised hazards for its employees. Management at Skippers Aviation are totally committed and responsible for the effective implementation of the company safety and health policy and Safety Management System. In fulfilling this responsibility, management acknowledges its duty to provide and maintain, so far as is practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risk. This includes providing and maintaining safe plant and systems of work, maintaining the workplace in a safe and healthy condition and providing information and training for all employees.

The directors, through their nominated executive Stan Quinlivan, are responsible for the implementation and monitoring of this policy. The Safety and health duties of management at all levels are detailed in company procedures. In fulfilling the objectives of this policy, management is committed to regular consultation with the Safety Team to ensure that the policy operates effectively, and that the safety and health issues are regularly reviewed and updated as required.

Recognising the hazards occurring in the Aviation industry, this company will take every practicable step to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for all its employees while providing its clients with the safest possible aerial transportation system and facilities.

Skippers Aviation observe and fulfil all responsibilities under the Act and regulations which apply to the Aviation industry and are dedicated to working alongside the company Safety Team to ensure all company policies and procedures are strictly adhered to. The Safety Team and management are also totally committed to providing industry-related information, ongoing training and supervision to employees to continually improve their status and knowledge of safe work practices.

All Company personnel have a duty of care of their own safety and the safety of others affected by their action at work. They must comply with all company procedures and directions given by the employer. They are expected to participate heavily in the company Safety Management System and to identify and eliminate the hazards that may occur within the workplace. They are to implement the training they have undertaken and are expected to always wear all personal protective clothing whenever required.

This policy will be regularly reviewed in the light of legislation and company changes.

Management seeks cooperation from all employees in ensuring our safety and health objectives achieved and creating a safe work environment.

Our Core Values

  • Safe practice ensuring physical and emotional comfort for clients and employees
  • Building lasting and mutually beneficial relationships
  • Respect, development and opportunity for all employees based on merit and contribution
  • Innovation – “Thou shalt not kill a new idea”
  • Sustainability through commercial viability
  • It’s not just the results – How we get there is equally important

Very friendly staff, my flight ran on time. Plenty of parking available.

Sam Marsh

Always good service while flying on skippers aircrafts by flight attendants

Jacinta Hardegen

Have had 2 flights with skippers and the flight both ways was good. friendly staff both on board and ground crew

Anthony Dixon