Central Eagle Aviation – a Big Story and Proud Heritage
Central Eagle Aviation was founded in 2010 by Louise (Lou) Oldfield who was the sole Birdsville Pilot in 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.
Following 6 years of Boarding School Lou completed a Degree in Bachelor of Technology (Aviation) at Swinburne University of Technology & Engineering, where she also graduated with a Commercial Pilots Licence and Frozen Air Transport Pilots Licence. She went on to work for The Helicopter Group at Moorabbin Airport in Administration. From there she continued to fly with Geelong Aviation alongside farming for family company Glenthompson Pastoral Company at Dunkeld in Western Victoria. She completed her Instrument Rating and Twin Endorsement at Essendon Airport and went on to work for Australasian Jet flying out of Birdsville, Mackay and Alice Springs where she developed a great love and appreciation for the Australian Bush, it's history, landscapes, wildlife and people.
Lou has a great passion for flying in the Bush; it has allowed her to combine her passion for Farming and Flying, and providing Birdsville Scenic Flights and Lake Eyre Scenic Flights in a very special place located between two great deserts, on the Diamantina River and in the heart of the Channel Country. It is her love of the country and aviation that she enjoys sharing with her passengers. “I want them to really see the country out here, and how beautiful it is from the air. I want my passengers to enjoy it as I do, to see how the rivers meander through the deserts, see the birdlife, cattle, the odd camel, brumbies, the remoteness of Station life, the wildflowers, the colours, it really is spectacular”.
“It is going to be another incredible year, please come and enjoy”.