Our history

Our commitment to our beliefs has taken us places never imaginable when we started in 1968.

With long standing partnerships with our customers we have evolved to become one of Australia’s leading providers of airborne solutions across a variety of sectors, including Government, agriculture, oil, gas, mining and construction. Being an innovator is at the core of what we do, which means we have achieved a host of Australian firsts along the way. We are proud of our history so far and excited about what the future holds.


1968

Bob and Pam McCabe started running ‘Coondair – Coonalpyn Downs Air’ (now Aerotech) in Tintinara, with 2 Cessna 180’s and 1 Ceres (pictured)

1970

3 Pawnees were purchased – custom built aircraft for aerial application.

1971 saw the expansion of the business into the Northern Territory, spreading fertiliser with seed on large scale stations.

1984

The first Air Tractors were purchased. 2 AT 301’s (radial engines)
Rego’s VH-ODB, VU-ODM

1987

2 more Air Tractors are purchased. 2 AT 401’s (radial engines)
Rego’s VH-ODS, VH-ODK

1989

Aerotech’s first turbine engine Air Tractors are purchased – 2 AT-502’s. Rego VH-ODP & VH-ODC

6 x 502’s were then purchased in the following 4 years.

1991

Sam McCabe ‘officially’ employed by Coondair after completing his commercial pilot’s license. Although had ‘unofficially’ been working for years.

Australian Maritime Resources (now Aerotech 1st Response) was established to cater for growing opportunities with the CFS in aerial firefighting and AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) for oil spill response (Kirki Oil Spill, WA

1992

Coondair was considered an outdated name and ‘Aerotech’ was officially established in July.

Aerotech expanded South Australian operations to the mid north at Hoyleton

 

1995

Commenced operations in Malaysia spreading fertiliser

1996

Purchased Aerotech’s first AT-802 (rego VH-ODZ) – the world largest Single Engine Air Tanker aircraft. These now make up the bulk of the fixed wing fleet

 

Purchased Light Aircraft Services (now Aerotech Maintenance)

2010

Expanded operations in South Australia to the Eyre Peninsula, purchasing an existing business at Cummins (Eyreial Ag Services)

Expanded operations in South Australia to the Yorke Peninsula, purchasing an existing business at Arthurton (Aircare)

2015

Aerotech moved into rotary wing industry and established Aerotech Helicopters

2020

Aerotech relocated and centralised head office to Parafield Airport and built all new state of the art maintenance facility

2021

Aerotech purchase 2 ex US Military Black Hawk helicopter. In an Australian first, these are the first to be owned and operated by civilians in Australia.