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.
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.
Taiki Kudo – Line Pilot
Taiki commenced his seaplane career in the heartland of amphibious aircraft, Vancouver, Canada. In 2008 he commenced work with Cairns Seaplanes, flying the deHavilland Beaver. It is here he developed his love of scenic touring in North Queensland. The only logical step from here was to secure a position with Australia’s most popular seaplane scenic touring company, Air Whitsunday and in 2014 Taiki joined the team and has been receiving glowing reviews from his guests ever since.
Antony Guinness – Line Pilot
Antony’s love of flying started at a very young age and at 16 commenced flight training in his home tome town of New Plymouth in New Zealand. From there he accelerated through his training, obtaining his CPL in 2011, instructor rating in 2012, tail wheel endorsement in 2013 and in that same year moved to Australia where he also obtained his low flying rating in Western Australia. During 2014 and 2015 Antony operated in the Torres Straight gaining invaluable experience in the challenging conditions of this region. In 2015 Antony completed his float endorsement with our own Chief Pilot, Lee Haskell who realised Antony’s perfect skill set for our unique pilot requirements and was immediately employed after completion of this training. Antony has a love for diving, boating, fishing, the ocean and outdoors which keeps him constantly inspired in the Whitsundays.
Simon Morsley – Line Pilot
Originally from Armidale, NSW and having dreamed of being a pilot since childhood Simon flew solo at the first legal opportunity at the age of 16. His first 10 years was based in Tamworth flying passengers and freight from the New England region to most states of Australia. For a number of years he was appointed personal pilot to the Rt. Hon. John Anderson MP then Deputy Leader of the National Party who later became Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. Fame and fortune aside, Simon believes every passenger deserves VIP status where your comfort and safety are paramount. The next 15 years was spent flying airlines and due to Simon’s love of teaching and instructional experience enabled him to train new Airline Transport category Captains and First Officers to become proficient in multi engine, multi crew, cabin class environments for two regional airlines. In 2010 during a basing in Port Macquarie he became fascinated in floatplanes. There was a small business operated by Bill Lane who he later discovered was THE guru of seaplane operators of Australia. It was Bill who suggested Simon send in an application to Air Whitsunday and the rest, as they say, is history. Simon is proud and happy to be a part of the professional crew here at Air Whitsunday and is looking forward to flying yourself, family and friends in the safety of our superbly maintained seaplanes to one of the most beautiful places in the world.