How long are the flights?
The shortest flights are around 15 minutes. Scenic Fights generally range from 15 minutes to 1.2 hours. Ultimately flight time is limited only be your budget and/or how much fuel is on board. A one hour flight can cover 180 to 240km. Maximum realistic flight time would be in the vicinity of 3 to 4 hours, however the aircraft endurance is 5 to 7 hours depending of power settings.
What do I need to do before the flight?
Being a light aircraft there are no toilet/bathroom facilities, so make sure you go to the bathroom before takeoff. Toilet facilities are available at the Bruny Island office and elsewhere around Bruny Island depending on the time of year. Many of the Island's public toilet facilities are closed/locked during the off-season (late Autumn/Winter).
What do I need to bring on a Bruny Island Scenic Flight?
Since the aircraft is heated there are no special clothing requirements. All emergency gear is provided (life jackets). If the flight includes a half day or full day trip to a location like Melalueca, you will need to bring:
What can I bring on a Bruny Island Scenic Flight?
Can I design my own Island Scenic Flight?
Absolutely! Flights are limited only by fuel, available daylight and your imagination. Generally however, longer flights will require some consultation, planning and of course an advance booking.
Does weather affect Island Scenic Flights?
All Island Scenic Flights are conducted on a strict "Safety First" basis and will not takeoff during severe weather events. Should a booked flight be cancelled due to weather, Island Scenic Flights will refund the full amount or where possible reschedule the flight. To get the best possible views Island Scenic Flights are conducted at a relatively low altitude below clouds and 'weather'.
Are there any Requirements, Rules and Regulations?
All Island Scenic Flights are conducted in accordance with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR). So just as if you were taking a flight on a commercial airliner, there will be the obligatory safety talk, including "how to deploy your life jacket". Seat-belts are to be worn at all times whilst the aircraft is in motion and Life-Jacket pouches are to be worn at all times whilst the aircraft is in motion over water.
And of course, there is strictly NO Smoking anywhere on or around the aircraft. Alcohol is also forbidden. Passengers are allowed to embark at the captain’s discretion. Passengers may be refused boarding for any reason, but particularly if their presence/condition places the safety of other passengers, the pilot and/or the aircraft at risk.
You can find out more from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) web site, including their Air Safety Rules page.