OUR SERVICES

Extensive commercial helicopter services throughout Tasmania

lifting

fire operations

REMOTE ACCESS

FORESTRY

FILMING

tours & events

aerial baiting

antarctica

Helicopter Resources Tasmania have successfully been operating helicopters since 1970. We are firmly committed to seeking the highest level of operational and engineering excellence as a basic corporate policy.

Helicopter Lifting Services

Helicopter Resources provide turnkey helicopter lifting services throughout Tasmania. Our diverse fleet allows us to provide the most cost-effective solution for your lifting needs.

Our experienced team of pilots and load masters will work closely with you to plan your lifts to ensure they are conducted safely and efficiently, including assisting with gaining any necessary permits.

Helicopters can be the perfect solution for challenging lifting problems in remote areas or hard to reach urban environments. Our helicopters can lift up to 1600kg and place loads carefully and with precision.

Helicopter lifts often work out more economical than hiring large cranes and the associated disruptions caused by their setup.

All Helicopter Resources lifting equipment is certified and regularly inspected in accordance with manufacturers guidelines and Australian Standards. Our equipment includes:

  • Long Lines
  • Remote Cargo Hooks, including a dual hook to allow 2 loads to be flown and released separately
  • Auto-Loc, to allow the pickup of pre rigged loads without the need for onsite personnel
  • Swivel Hooks
  • Round Slings
  • Cargo Nets
  • Gas Bottle Slings
  • Various pieces of specialised equipment designed for lifting specific loads

The list below are just some of the available lifting solutions:

  • Walking track construction – our team have flown over 10000 loads building the 3 Capes, South Coast Walking Track and various tracks on Mt Wellington
  • Excavator and equipment transport – Get powered equipment into hard to reach areas without damaging the surrounding landscape
  • Concrete pouring – Using kibbles to pour concrete in inaccessible areas quickly and safely
  • Communication tower assembly – Assembly of multi piece communication towers
  • Power pole placement – Precision setting of power poles quickly and safely
  • HVAC unit installation and removal – Often cheaper than a large crane, helicopters can lift units directly into place on large span, or high rooftops.
  • Tree removal – In conjunction with skilled arborists, removal of trees without the need to drop them to the ground
  • Building material and construction – Transport of material and even prefabricated building sections into remote locations and assembly on site
  • Hut resupply – Restocking of remote field huts throughout the State
  • Drill rig support – Full drill rig support services including assembly of multi section rigs
  • Sluicing to remove dangerous rocks – Precision dropping of water from fire fighting buckets to dislodge and remove dangerous rock

Helicopter Resources Tasmania provide a full spectrum of helicopter services. If you require the highest level of service and professionalism contact us today.

Fire Operations

Helicopter Resources are committed to supporting the Tasmanian Fire agencies control bushfires throughout the state.

All our aircraft meet or exceed the National Aerial Firefighting Centre equipment standards and our pilots have thousands of hours conducting fire support work.  Our fleet of helicopters are available for water bombing, fire reconnaissance and mapping, transport of fire crews, controlled burning and logistics support.

We operate multi drop ‘Bambi-Buckets’ with capacities ranging from 1000L to 1600L. In addition, we also operate a 1200L belly tank which is ideal for rapid initial attack and urban interface operations.

Our Bell 212 can transport 9+ fully equipped remote area fire fighters and their associated equipment.
The H125/AS350 aircraft can be fitted with thermal imaging equipment to provide accurate intelligence gathering and mapping capabilities for Incident Controllers.

Our fire fighting aircraft are supported by a fleet of fuel vehicles ranging from our 18000L tanker truck to Utes with 1000L IBC tanks that can access remote locations.
Our aircraft are available for deployment interstate as required to assist other agencies.

Helicopter Resources Tasmania provide a full spectrum of helicopter services. If you require the highest level of service and professionalism contact us today.

Remote Area Access

Tasmania has numerous National Parks and World Heritage Areas, with the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in the South West covering nearly 20% of the State. Helicopter Resources is committed to ensuring flights into these areas are conducted in full compliance with Parks and Wildlife guidelines and procedures including noise abatement “fly neighborly” guidelines, and eagle and other wildlife exclusion zones. Where possible flights will be conducted at a higher altitude to reduce the noise impact on people enjoying the Parks and flight paths will be planned to cross walking tracks at 90 degrees to minimize disturbance to walkers.
All Helicopter Resources aircraft meet PWS guidelines for landings in the Parks. We ensure our aircraft comply with PWS Washdown Guidelines and all passengers on these flights must pass through our boot wash station prior to boarding the aircraft to help prevent the spread of Phytophthora Root Rot.
All flights that will land within the World Heritage Area or Parks require a landing permit issued by PWS. Permits will generally only be issued for bonified purposes such as scientific expeditions, heritage and cultural visits or maintenance of essential equipment.
Helicopter Resources is the only company in Tasmania approved to conduct hover exit operations for non-emergency service personnel. This can assist with accessing remote sites where a full landing may not be possible. All personnel taking part in hover exit operations must be fully trained through our RTO.

Some examples of the type of remote access services we support include:

  • Lighthouse maintenance
  • Communication infrastructure maintenance
  • Weather monitoring infrastructure maintenance
  • River/stream sampling
  • Soil Sampling
  • Flora and Fauna surveys
  • Archaeological Expeditions
  • Indigenous Cultural site visits
  • Track and hut maintenance

Helicopter Resources Tasmania provide a full spectrum of helicopter services. If you require the highest level of service and professionalism contact us today.

Forestry Operations

Helicopter Resources offers a variety of services to the forestry sector including eagle nest searching, burning operations, seeding and heli logging.

In conjunction with Sustainable Timbers Tasmania and the Forestry Practices Authority, Helicopter Resources have developed industry best practices for wedge tail eagle nest searching and nest activity surveys. This includes use of specific aircraft types for increased safety margins while conducting low level operations and specialist training for our pilots to minimise any disturbance to wildlife.

Helicopter Resources operate our own aerial drip torches and can provide turn key burning services including all equipment and ground crew for chemical preparation and loading. We are able to follow up burning with aerial seeding all undertaken with Differential GPS to ensure accurate application of seed.

Heli logging can be undertaken to remove high value timber from sensitive areas with minimal disturbance to the surround trees. Our combination of experienced heli logging pilots and the heaviest lift helicopter in Tasmania can ensure a cost effective option for tree removal. 

Helicopter Resources Tasmania provide a full spectrum of helicopter services. If you require the highest level of service and professionalism contact us today.

cradle mountain

Film, Television and Aerial Photography

Helicopter Resources can provide complete aerial film solutions including camera and on-screen aircraft, location scouting and logistics support.

We work closely with government agencies to ensure your shoot is conducted in full compliance with local regulations, including assisting with gaining permits to shoot in remote locations in Tasmania. We hold full CASA approvals for low level film and photography operations.

Our aircraft can accommodate a wide variety of mounts and gimbal options including GSS, Cineflex and Shotover systems. Through our partnerships with aerial cinematography specialists we can access the perfect camera system for your needs.

Our experienced team of pilots will ensure you get the shot you need for your next production. We will work with you before the shoot to plan sequences and shots to maximize your use of the aircraft and minimize the cost to your production.

All our aircraft are fitted with sliding doors allowing easy open-door photography or filming with no speed penalty while transiting to the shoot location. While conducting door open film/photography work you will be secured by one of our CASA approved harnesses, allowing you freedom of movement within the cabin while remain safely secured to the aircraft

Our credits include:

  • The Hunter
  • Lion
  • Rolex Sydney to Hobart
  • 16 Legs
  • The Voyage that Shook the World
  • Stories of Us
  • Devil Island
  • The Secret of our Streets

We have also conducted film work for various news, current affairs shows and private organisations. 

Helicopter Resources Tasmania provide a full spectrum of helicopter services. If you require the highest level of service and professionalism contact us today.

Transfers, Tours and Corporate Events

With one of the largest fleet of helicopters in Tasmania, we can cater to all your helicopter transfer, tour or corporate event needs.

We specialize in offering high end bespoke tours and transfers tailored to the individual customers requirements. Get in touch and we can start planning the perfect flight for you.

Transfers can be arranged to and from lodges and resorts throughout the state including Saffire, Pumphouse Point, Cradle Mountain and Satellite Island.

For large group charters and corporate or promotional events we can transport up to 44 passengers across 7 aircraft in a single airlift, making for a spectacular arrival at your destination.

Helicopter Resources Tasmania provide a full spectrum of helicopter services. If you require the highest level of service and professionalism contact us today.

Aerial Baiting

Helicopter Resources are specialists in Aerial Baiting projects. We have successfully completed the two largest and most challenging aerial baiting projects ever undertaken in Australia.

The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project involved 4 helicopters spreading bait over the incredibly rugged and remote 128 square km Island located in the middle of the Southern Ocean. The project was hugely successful with the complete eradication of all rabbits and rodents from the Island and the islands plant and bird life has flourished as a result.

In 2019 Helicopter Resources undertook the Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Project. This projects aim was to eradicate the estimated 150000 rats and 210000 mice on the island. It was made more challenging as the island is home to 350 residents. Careful planning ensured no bait was spread over private property. As of 2020 no rats or mice have been found on the island and the plant and bird life has already begun to rebound.

Helicopter Resources Tasmania provide a full spectrum of helicopter services. If you require the highest level of service and professionalism contact us today.

Antarctica

Helicopter Resources are industry leaders in Antarctic operations. We have been operating to the ice for over 40 years and have flown more than 35000 hours in Antarctica alone. Our extensive knowledge and experience ensures we have all the required equipment to support long duration Antarctic missions.

We specialize in all aspects of Antarctic aviation including ship-based science and resupply voyages and station or remote field camp logistics and scientific support.

Operations have been undertaken in support of various nations Antarctic Programs including:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • China
  • Pakistan

Helicopter Resources Tasmania provide a full spectrum of helicopter services. If you require the highest level of service and professionalism contact us today.