About Hinterland

About Hinterland

Safety First: Our Unwavering Commitment to Your Well-being

At Hinterland Aviation, safety isn’t just a protocol; it’s our ethos. Every decision we make, every flight we operate, revolves around the unwavering principle of ensuring the utmost safety for our passengers, crew, and aircraft. We believe that a safe journey is the cornerstone of a successful one, and our dedication to this belief is reflected in every aspect of our operations.

Our Safety First policy isn’t merely about meeting industry standards – it’s about setting new benchmarks in aviation safety. We rigorously implement and regularly update our safety practices, ensuring they not only comply with but often exceed regulatory requirements. From our meticulous aircraft maintenance routines to our comprehensive pilot training programs, every detail is scrutinised to guarantee your security and peace of mind.

Fly with Hinterland Aviation, and experience the confidence of being in the safest of hands. Safety isn’t just our policy; it’s our promise to you.


As CEO,  I pledge that Hinterland Aviation will be inexorable in our commitment to an active but proactive Safety Management System that will stand paramount with everything we do, whilst all necessary resources for its implementation will be provided.

Proactively we will strive to thwart and identify all hazards and risks, thus achieving Hinterland Aviation’s goal to mitigate and reduce any potential adverse effects to aviation safety, injury and damage to people, environment, and property to as low as reasonably practicable.

I am ultimately accountable, however; all managers are responsible for executing the Safety Management System whilst each and every one you of all shares responsibility for ensuring we are constantly striving to uphold our commitment to safety, ultimately being the best we can be, not just for the organisation but for the colleagues standing next to you or our valued passengers boarding an aircraft.

Key to our success is the cultivation of Just Culture, our people will be willing and encouraged to self-report their own errors, hazards, and any other safety related information through a no blame policy for honest errors but will be held accountable for wilful violations and gross negligence.


Andrew Clair
Chief Executive Officer


Flight Crew

Dedicated and Skilled Flight Crew: Elevating Your Flying Experience

At Hinterland Aviation, our flight crew is the heartbeat of our operations. We take immense pride in the exceptional standards our pilots uphold, reflecting our commitment to your safety and comfort. To meet and surpass the rigorous standards set by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), our pilots undergo comprehensive and continuous training.

Each year, our flight crew members are put through stringent tests to ensure their skills and knowledge are not just current, but exemplary. These evaluations are conducted by our in-house Check and Training Department, a team that is itself approved and overseen by CASA. This process ensures that our pilots are not just qualified, but are leaders in aviation safety and service.

Our dedication to maintaining the highest level of expertise and proficiency in our flight crew is unwavering. When you fly with Hinterland Aviation, rest assured you are in the capable hands of some of the most skilled and dedicated pilots in the industry. Every journey with us is a blend of expertise, safety, and passion for aviation.


Engineering Excellence: The Backbone of Our Reliability and Safety

Behind every reliable flight at Hinterland Aviation is our exceptional engineering division. Our engineering prowess isn’t just a component of our operations; it’s the foundation of our commitment to safety, reliability, and efficiency. The extensive capacity of our aircraft maintenance capabilities is a testament to the expertise and dedication of our engineering team.

Adhering to the highest industry standards, all fleet maintenance at Hinterland Aviation ensures that every aircraft in our fleet operates at its best, maximising safety and operational reliability. Our engineers, certified and licensed under CASR Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO), are not just technicians; they are guardians of our fleet’s integrity.

At Hinterland Aviation, we understand that the cornerstone of a reliable operation is superior engineering. Our engineering team’s unparalleled skills and meticulous attention to detail ensure that every aircraft is a paragon of safety and dependability. When you fly with us, you’re flying with an airline where engineering excellence is at the heart of every journey.

Company Accreditations

Recognised Excellence: Our Commitment to Accreditation and Compliance

At Hinterland Aviation, our accreditations are more than just compliance – they are a reflection of our dedication to the highest standards in aviation. We are proud to hold an array of prestigious certifications that underscore our commitment to safety, maintenance, and operational excellence.

Air Operator’s Certificate N225472: This certificate is a testament to our adherence to rigorous safety and operational procedures, ensuring every flight meets exceptional standards.

Part 42 Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation Certificate 1-RHQ31: This accreditation highlights our focus on maintaining continuous airworthiness of our aircraft, guaranteeing reliability and safety in every journey.

Part 145 Maintenance Organisation Certificate 1-RHQ79: Reflecting our unparalleled maintenance practices, this certificate is evidence of our commitment to the meticulous upkeep of our fleet.

Our Team: The Heart of Hinterland Aviation

At Hinterland Aviation, our team is the driving force behind our three-decade legacy of excellence in regional aviation. With a fleet of 15 aircraft, all maintained to Class A airline standards, our dedicated professionals are committed to operational and safety excellence in every aspect of our service.

Our team’s expertise and passion have been instrumental in successfully conducting over 8,000 flights annually, serving an average of 120,000 passengers each year. This achievement is a direct reflection of the dedication and skill of our staff, who work tirelessly to ensure the highest safety standards in aviation.

We take pride in our diverse clientele, serving prestigious organisations like Ergon Energy, Queensland Health, Mike Ball Dive, and Spirit of Freedom. Additionally, our team expertly handles FIFO flights across central and Far North Queensland, showcasing our versatility and commitment to meeting the varied needs of our passengers.

Our regular services connect communities and businesses across Coen, Cooktown, Cairns, Kowanyama, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Townsville, and the expanding routes in the Torres Strait. Moreover, our team’s flexibility shines through in our charter services, offering personalised flights anytime, anywhere.

The Hinterland Aviation team is more than a group of individuals – we are a family of aviation enthusiasts dedicated to delivering unparalleled service. Meet the people who make your journeys safe, efficient, and memorable. We’re not just pilots, engineers, and crew; we’re your partners in the sky.


John Christoudias


Peter Christoudias


Leadership team

Andrew Clair


Dan Heath

Quality Manager

Janelle Bentley

Finance and Administration Manager

Melanie Mills

Airworthiness Manager

Tristan Cabello

Head of Flying Operations / Chief Pilot

Nathan Hunt

Engineering Manager

Liam Busby

Operations Manager

Brendan Munro

Safety Manager

Lexi Rockley

Head of Training and Checking