Brad Edwards is the owner operator and chief pilot of Edwards Coaches & Aviation, A 50 year old Armidale based company. Brad has decided to establish a charter service here in Coffs Harbour.
> Brad, why did you choose to establish a service in Coffs Harbour?
We presently do a lot of chartering out of Coffs, and although you seem to be over serviced with the commercial airlines, private and corporate charter offers specific times and destinations that the major airlines can’t. Also, we are talking 5 star personalised service.
> What planes do you have in your fleet?
We have a five seater Citation Jet, a six seater Citation jet and a Beechcraft Baron, a Piper Chieftan and our newest arrival, an eight seater turbo prop Cessna Conquest C441 – a plane almost as quick as the jets, but more economical.
> Who travels on your planes?
Oh, anyone and everyone! Confidentiality prevents me naming names, but we carry politicians, sightseers, movie stars, celebrities, organ retrievals, and of late we have seen a real surge in business travellers.
> Why is that? Isn’t it expensive?
It’s relative. You can travel five star on an hour’s notice, and your times are flexible. Time is so valuable today, and family time is precious.
With our curfew-free status, what used to be an overnight stay can be turned into a day trip. This allows savings on accommodation, meals and staffing. There’s no check-in hassle with our own private airport facilities and less ‘down time’ away from work.
We are finding this especially valuable for groups attending trade fairs and industry conferences. This service will be particularly economical and beneficial for trips to Moree, Inverell and other North Western locations.
> Dare we ask – how safe are these smaller planes?
The danger with private jet travel is that once you experience it, you will never be satisfied flying commercial again. Seriously though, I have been flying for 30 years and have one of the safest and most well maintained aircraft fleets flying in Australia today.
I have personally recruited and oversee my fellow pilots, and our blemish-free record is testament alone of our CASA authorised safety.
> What special tours are currently on offer?
We are presently promoting guided tours of Armidale’s cool climate vineyards, either staying overnight at one of many beautiful B&Bs or returning the same day.
> Do you have any other promotions coming up?
Yes, we’re putting together some boutique tours – a night at the opera, a day at the races, shopping on Melbourne’s High Street, a Melbourne Cup package, a day at the Hunter Valley gardens and wineries, and a girls’ shopping day in Sydney with High Tea at the Hyatt. These are all great experiences.
They are also ideal gifts for the ‘hard to buy for’, for those big 0 birthdays or special anniversaries. It could be one of those ‘bucket list’ things you want to do. We recently had two seats purchased from us for a raffle ticket prize.
> How can people find out more about you and your charter service?
Ring me personally for enquiries on 1800 747 800. If I am airborne, I will return your call on touchdown. Call our office on 6772 3116, or visit our website: www.edwardsaviation.com.au
> We look forward to flying with you!