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Kestrel is a proudly Australian owned specialist aviation company with over thirty-five years’ experience providing safe, effective, and economical helicopter services to its broad range of government and commercial clients.
Headquartered in Mangalore in Central Victoria, Kestrel provides a broad range of helicopter services nationally through its extensive multi-capable fleet of light reconnaissance, Bell Medium, Blackhawk and Super Puma aircraft.
Kestrel also strategically partners with Erickson Inc. in operating the iconic Air Crane® fleet in the region on a seasonal basis; and more recently with Firehawk Helicopters Inc. in developing its internal tank fitted Blackhawk capability.
Synonymous with its aerial firefighting capability, Kestrel offers a wider range of services aligned with its fleets capability, including search & rescue, heavy-lift, passenger transfer, overwater operations, and resilience/recovery support. Domestically based, Kestrel’s fleet forms a key part of Australia’s sovereign capability in response to natural disaster response.
As a leader in its field, Kestrel has lead the way with a number of important innovations which have been internationally recognised, including its class leading Conair 85-KE belly tank system for its Bell Medium fleet, and development of a night firefighting capability in partnership with the Victorian Government.