The foundations of Above and Beyond Tasmania began forming in early 2016 around the dinner table between father and son, Gerald and Henry Ellis. Once committing to the idea, many processes had to be ticked off one by one before we undertook a two year quest to find, purchase and deliver an operational aircraft to our base in Hobart. With the help of our small but valuable team, the doors officially opened, and the first commercial flight took place on the 19th of December 2018.
Henry Ellis – Managing Director
Henry obtained his restricted pilots licence when he was 16, private licence at 17 and commercial pilots licence when he was 19 and commenced flying commercially in 2004 flying tourists and passengers around Tasmania. During this period he also completed a degree in Tourism at the University of Tasmania. In 2008 he joined Pelair flying jets, based in Darwin doing Medivac flights around Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific. In 2010 he joined Virgin, flying the Boeing 737. During this period he has maintained his general aviation experience flying a variety of aircraft and now has over 8800 hours flying experience.
Gerald Ellis – Director
After gaining a degree in Rural Science and a post graduate diploma in Financial Management Gerald eventually returned to Tasmania and purchased the grazing property Meadowbank in 1976. Following difficult times on the land Gerald now has a diversified business base including grazing, viticulture, wine, tourism, civil engineering and now aviation.
Our seaplane is an eight-seater (including pilot) de Havilland Beaver – one of the most iconic aircraft in the air and the ‘ultimate flying machine’ according to many aviation buffs. It has been customised with leather interior and fitted with state-of-the-art equipment by one of the worlds leading aviation refitting specialists – Kenmore Air, in Washington, USA.
It’s an amphibious aircraft, which means we can take off and touch down on land or water. This enables us to provide a service that can see our guests safely touching down in some of the most remote parts of Tasmania in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take – without raising a sweat, sparkling wine at the ready, in comfort and style.
All our pilots have travelled the world, flying all kinds of aircraft, for a variety of organisations. We are fully compliant and up to date with all the latest industry regulations and maintain a strict maintenance program for our seaplane.