HELICOPTER SERVICES was established in 1981 by Ron Newman as a part time
training school with a Hughes 300 helicopter, in order to keep his
instructing skills current.
At this time Ron was the Chief Helicopter
Pilot and Chief Engineer for the Victoria Police Air Wing after setting
them up with a twin engine "Dauphin" helicopter.
school grew quickly, mainly due to Ron's background in the helicopter
industry and his excellent reputation.
Ron's background in
Aviation began in 1955 when, at the age of 14, he became an apprentice
Aircraft Engineer with Trans Australia Airlines (now QANTAS).
to Ansett Airlines "Helicopter Division" in 1960 and has been
involved with helicopters ever since. He became a Licensed Helicopter
Engineer and in 1966, took charge of their Sikorsky S61 (28 seat
helicopter) operation in Queensland.
Ron learnt to fly
helicopters in 1968 and since that time he has flown extensively
throughout Australia, New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and the Antarctic
with Helicopter Utilities and Jayrow helicopters before joining the
Victoria Police in 1976 in order to set them up in a helicopter
In 1983 he left the Police Air Wing to concentrate on his
growing company and now has over 15,000 helicopter flying hours, with
over 7,000 hours of instructional experience in both single and twin
One of Ron's first
students was his son, Brett who then helped part time in the business.
Brett gained his Instructor Rating in 1983 and joined the business as a
full time instructor in 1984. He now has over 9,000 hours in both single
and twin engine helicopters and jointly runs the business with Ron.
complete this family oriented business Ron's daughter, Vicki manages the
Helicopter Services is the largest and most respected helicopter
training school in Australia. The company now owns and operates 3 Bell
Jet Rangers, 1 Bell Long Ranger and 5 Robinson R22's, and operates
several other helicopters on behalf of their owners.
of the company's flying is pilot training with the remaining 50% taken
up with Government Contracts, film and video productions, general
charter and tourism.
These contracts include lighthouse maintenance & supply runs, power
line patrols, line-stringing, fire reconnaissance and back burning. PHS
do most of the film and video flying in Victoria with a major credit
list that includes the Man From Snowy River (1 & 2), Jackie Chan’s
"First Strike", the award winning John Farnham "Age of
Reason" video clip, the Olivia Newton-John video special, the
Little River Band video special, the Advance Australia Commercial and
numerous other feature films and commercials.
has also been very active in the tourist business for the past 10 years
with 5 helicopters based at AYERS ROCK and KINGS CANYON.
Carrying sling loads
around power stations and onto high-rise buildings is another area of
expertise that has been built up over the years with many difficult and
precise sling load operations being performed without incident.
PHS office and hangar facility at Moorabbin Airport is amongst the most
modern in Australia with a large visitors foyer, 2 student briefing
rooms, a large lecture room and a student flight planning office.
On the engineering side of the operation, PHS do all the maintenance and
component overhauls on their own fleet of helicopters as well as
maintaining several privately owned and corporate helicopters.
Talk to anyone in the
helicopter industry and you will be told that we take pride in the
standard of service that we offer. Our motto says it all:-
"Professional Helicopter Services - More than just a name."
The Company has won two
awards from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for it's standard of
helicopter training and has even been used by the CASA for the training
of their personnel.