Dedicated to customer service and providing you life long memories
Our small team is built upon passion, professionalism and providing our guests with the best experience possible! Beginning with our engineers who have spent much time developing and enhancing the aircraft to ensure your flight is a comfortable experience; our multi-talented pilots – foremostly for their piloting capabilities, who will also act as knowlegable reef guides and boat skippers; to our operations staff, who look forward to welcoming you with genuine enthusiasm and assisting to help make your experience top notch.
Lee Haskell – Chief Pilot
Lee joined the Air Whitsunday team in late 2006 and has been flying for over 15 years, the last decade specialising in float planes. Lee has worked for Sydney Harbour Seaplanes, Aerolane Seaplanes in Nelson Bay NSW and has also spent some time flying in Cairns. Lee has an extensive instructional background, obtaining top level flight instructor rating and heads the Air Whitsunday endorsements sector of the business. Lee was promoted to Chief Pilot of Air Whitsunday in 2013.
Dan Bolton – Deputy Chief Pilot
Daniel started flying at the tender age of 18 after completing his higher schooling, obtaining his commercial licence at the age of 19 and his float endorsement on his 20th birthday. Daniel’s first commercial flying job was at the family business, Bay City Seaplanes, located in the town of Geelong, Victoria, flying holiday makers over Geelong, Melbourne, The Great Ocean Road, the Surf Coast and the breath taking 12 Apostles. Daniel found his passion in seaplanes and embarked on his journey to initiate his career flying seaplanes. Daniel commenced his employment with Air Whitsunday Seaplanes in 2011 at the age of 21. Daniel now has over 1300hours float time and over 2500 water landings. “The most challenging aspect I find with flying floats is the variety in wind, tide, swell, boat traffic and sun position that makes every water landing a different one and a new challenge, I enjoy showing guests the Whitsunday region in the most exclusive and breathtaking means, and customer satisfaction is what I enjoy most”.
Drew Daniell – Line Pilot
Drew learned to fly through the Airforce cadets on gliders and powered aircraft at age 13. Landing his first job bird scaring in South Australia which is his home State, he found the love of low flying and took on the Supercub tail dragger in the Outback with Kidmans Pastoral Company low level cattle mustering. Years later he worked on Fraser Island flying on and off the beach in Airvans, landing amoungst waves, cars and people was quite the challenge. Drew felt a serious need to fly floats, so after a float endorsement on the Gold Coast he secured a job flying in Tasmania and Broome on Cessna 185 and 208 Caravan Amphibian. Flying one way into an 800ft ravine and landing next to a waterfall was one of the highlights of his career in Tasmania and seeing the power of the Horizontal Waterfalls near Broome was simply breathtaking. His love for the tropical life and island flying saw him move to the Whitsundays in 2008 where he had the chance to put all of his skills to the test and learn all new ones. Drew has indeed found his dream job and he and his family have been in the Whitsundays for over 5 years and thoroughly enjoy the lifestyle.
Nick Hoyle – Line Pilot
Nick gained his Commercial pilots licence in 2009 with aerobatic and tailwheel qualifications. His career was kick started by a flooded Lake Eyre and a blooming Australian desert where he spent two seasons flying tourists from the Flinders Ranges to Bedourie and everywhere in between. A love for hands on flying saw him gain his low level endorsement and a job scaring birds over almond orchids in South Australia’s Riverland. Wanting to further his experience, he then moved to Hobart flying single and twin engine aircraft for Par Avion into Australia’s shortest commercial airstrip. His low level experience also positioned him to fly low level photography for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. A love of the outdoors, the ocean and hands on flying saw Nick gain his seaplane endorsement with Strahan Seaplanes on the Gordon River. Nick is now enjoying the challenges and rewards associated with flying seaplanes for Australia’s longest operating seaplane company – Air Whitsunday.
Mark Muscatt – Line Pilot
Mark has a love for aviation and a dedication for customer service. Taking great pride in his local knowledge he is passionate about imparting this knowledge to his guests from around the globe. Acquiring his private pilots licence in 1980, Mark has been flying for over 30 years. He has worked all over the country from the far south soaring over the Great Australia Bight to the far north cruising over the Kakadu National Park. In 2008 Mark was ready for another challenge in his aviation career and commenced his seaplane pilots course, acquiring a position with Air Whitsunday the next year. Mark is our number one host and will make you feel at home during your touring with Air Whitsunday.
Chad Banfield – Line Pilot
If you want to know something about the Whitsunday Island or Great Barrier Reef, ask our pilot Chad. Our longest current employee, flying for Air Whitsunday since 2006, Chad is a text book of facts and figures about our wonderful region. Chad’s passion lies not only in flying, but also in boat operations and is a regular participant in local sailing and boating activities. Prior to flying with Air Whitsunday Chad operated a successful scenic flight operation around the Grampians in Victoria, however a love of the water and warmer weather inspired a move to North Queensland. Over the past two years Chad has spread his own wings and completed a stint of flying for Red Barron seaplanes in Townsville and also a season in the Kimberleys flying guests over the Horizontal Falls. However Chad’s first love, his wife and two beautiful daughters, have returned him to his home base at Air Whitsunday to be closer.