Central Eagle Aviation
A Big Story and Proud Heritage
Central Eagle Aviation was founded in 2010 by Louise (Lou) Oldfield who was the sole pilot in Birdsville from 2009. Lou grew up on a farm in the Western District of Victoria, farming sheep, cattle, horses, cropping and dairy. Her family on both sides have had a long association with Aviation; her Grandfather, Harold Bamberg founding Eagle Aviation in Britain after World War II in 1947, which later became British Eagle International Airlines, and her Uncle who operated his own aircraft as a private pilot for many years alongside farming in Western Victoria.
After several years of working for various companies, Lou began work for Australasian Jet flying out of Birdsville, Mackay and Alice Springs where she developed a great love and appreciation for the Australian Bush, its history, landscapes, wildlife and people.
In 2010, Lou decided to set up her own outback air charter operation. It only seemed fitting that she revive the Eagle name her Grandfather, Harold had built until 1970. Harold started Eagle flying a variety of operations. He delivered fruit throughout Europe following World War II, flew in the Berlin Airlift and went on to participate in a great number of para-military operations including the Woomera Rocket Range and Christmas Island in the Pacific for the nuclear deterrent. The Airline grew to become one of the major International Airlines of its time with an extensive network of Civilian Charter and Scheduled Services Internationally. Harold was the first to put meals on aircraft, was the creator of the package holiday business and also operated as the sole distributor for Beechcraft and the Nomad throughout Europe. Harold continues to live in England today.
In 2012, Central Eagle Aviation was bought by the SA Based company Aerostar and Helistar. Understanding the passion and dedication that Lou and her family poured into aviation is a great incentive to carry the Eagle name forward and strive to give our passengers the ultimate outback scenic flight experiences.
In the heart of Australia, on the edge of the Simpson Desert and surrounded by Channel Country a scenic flight is truly a remarkable way to see this beautiful landscape. Witness the rivers and creeks meander through the deserts, see the wildlife in its natural habitat.
Come and join us on an outback adventure you won't forget.
Central Eagle Aviation & Sister Companies
Central Eagle Aviation is part of a group of aviation companies, the first of which started in Adelaide in the 1980s. The Aerostar Group now includes:
- Helistar Aviation – The largest South Australian owned helicopter company.
- Aerostar Aviation – Flight Training & charter/aircraft hire operating at Parafield and Adelaide airports.
- Central Eagle Aviation – Scenic Flight & Charter operator based in Birdsville and Adelaide.
- NAC – Aircraft Maintenance Providers
The group as a whole operate a large fleet of aircraft from Cessna 172s to a Beechjet 400A along with seven helicopters.
Central Eagle's key priority is your safety. To ensure we meet the highest levels of safety performance, we have implemented a Safety Management System that conforms to the International Civil Aviation Organisation's safety management framework and to AS4801 for safety management systems. Key clients of the Aerostar Group audit our safety management system on a regular basis so you can rest assured that we conform to these standards.