Shoal Air and Kingfisher Tours are proudly locally owned and operated aviation services based in Kununurra, specialising in corporate charter and scenic flights.
Steve Irvine, its founder and Managing Director, first arrived in Kununurra in 1982 to work with local aboriginal communities in capacity building and community development. In subsequent years Steve also established an architectural practice and played a very active role in the planning and implementation of housing and infrastructure projects in the numerous remote communities across the Kimberley. During this period Steve acquired a pilot’s licence and aircraft to facilitate the extensive and regular travel required across the region.
With a growing passion for aviation Steve established Shoal Air in 2004 with an initial fleet of just two aircraft, and a focus on providing specialised air charter and logistics services to those who live, work and regularly travel to remote settlements. Steve had a vision of building a reliable air service with a robust commitment to customer service, and to safe and sustainable operations.
With more than 30 years experience in the Kimberley, Shoal Air’s experience and knowledge of the region is unsurpassed. Shoal Air is now a leading air service operator in the Kimberley, providing passenger charter and scenic tours, air freight and remote logistics, aerial surveys, aerial photography, and search and rescue.
In 2013 Shoal Air initiated a major expansion of its tour operations with the launch of Kingfisher Tours. This development comes after the acquisition of additional aircraft, and the opening of a new scenic flight terminal and hangar. We are proud to offer a finely crafted selection of scenic aerial tours which showcase the very best of our region from the magnificent Lake Argyle and Bungle Bungle Ranges, our wild and pristine coastline, and the most spectacular rivers and waterfalls of northern Australia.
Shoal Air and Kingfisher have also developed strong partnerships with local indigenous groups, to showcase both the cultural heritage and contemporary creativity of this great region.
The Kimberley offers many unique and rich experiences and we are honoured to be able to share our passion and insights with you.
Shoal Air commenced air charter operations from Kununurra in 2004 with a fleet of just two aircraft and two staff. At that time, its founder Steve Irvine, was also president of the local aero club which gave many private pilots and aspiring commercial pilots an opportunity to stretch their wings over the Kimberley. Steve now has more than 30 years of Kimberley aviation experience, in many different aircraft, and in his capacity as a specialist remote area project manager and architect.
In 2013, Shoal Air launched its new scenic flight initiative Kingfisher Tours, thus increasing the business to 20 aircraft, 15 pilots and 6 administration staff.
Our aircrew and bookings staff are handpicked for their enthusiasm, experience and knowledge of the region. It is our pleasure and privilege to offer visitors the most informative advice and commentary on the East Kimberley.
Our staff aim to fully understand your special interests and requirements, so please telephone or call by for completely obligation free chat.
We look forward to sharing our knowledge with you and welcoming you on board on any of our spectacular scenic flights.
SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
Kingfisher’s Kimberley Explorer Tours are provided by parent company Shoal Air Pty Ltd, in which there is an absolute commitment to aviation safety across all facets of aircraft operations and maintenance.
Safety is always our highest priority, and Shoal Air is fully certified and audited by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for the conduct of passenger charter flights in Australia. View our Safety Management Statement