The GLS Story
In 2010, GSL Aviation started with just one aircraft and one pilot in the town of Marree, SA. GSL has always been a tourism business, with those first operations being scenic flights of Lake Eyre. The prospects in South Australia were limited however, with the market only thriving while Lake Eyre was considered to be flooded; a natural event occurring approximately once every decade. In 2011, GSL Aviation had the opportunity to commence operations in Airlie Beach, and has since expanded to include a base in Cairns (2014), and helicopter operations (2016). The GSL fleet now consists of 15 aircraft, being a mix of fixed and rotary wing. In 2017, GSL will carry more than 60,000 passengers on scenic flights in Queensland, making them one of the largest aviation tourism operators in Australia. Alike most tourism businesses in Airlie Beach, GSL is experiencing a growth in visitor numbers, and demand for tour products.
GSL Aviation is constantly making changes to the aircraft fleet to improve capacity, airworthiness, and fleet presentation. GSL has most recently acquired a Cessna Grand Caravan (now a total of 3 in the fleet), and another Robinson R44 helicopter. The Piper Chieftain VH-KFU has also undergone substantial refurbishment, and is expected to return to service in January 2018. The GSL Engineering team are always busy with regular maintenance, as well as our going program of fleet refurbishment. In the past few years, GSL has repainted and refurbished five aircraft, as well as various upgrades and new equipment installations. With more aircraft in the fleet, the engineering team continues to grow, and the facilities upgraded to include better equipment.
In the future, GSL intends to continue providing a range of scenic flights and tours in the Whitsundays and Cairns, making the most of predicated visitor growth in North Qld. The Cairns and Airlie Beach staff are committed to providing a great experience for customers, with GSL remaining the #1 rated aviation tour operator in both Cairns and Airlie Beach. It’s an exciting time for tourism in Queensland, with strong visitor numbers and new opportunities always on the horizon. 2018 will see GSL expand their product range, and explore some outback tour products from the base in Cairns.