History of Seair
The history of Seair Pacific spans almost forty years.
Originally known as Southport Floatplanes, the company conducted joy flights over the Gold Coast in the early 1970s. The business continued on relatively unchanged providing joyflights, float endorsement training and general local charter work until 1985.
Company founder Bill Lane trained current owner Peter Gash in 1985. In the same year, the operation was purchased by the O'Hare Corporation based in Melbourne, and the name changed to Seair Pacific.
In December 1990 Peter and Julie Gash took ownership of the company, starting with one Cessna 206 Floatplane and a seaplane base at Runaway Bay. The company concentrated on developing regular scenic daytrips from the Gold Coast to Lady Musgrave Island on the southern Great Barrier Reef.
In August 1998 Seair purchased a larger hangar, maintenance, and administration facility at Coolangatta which is now the company's main base for administration, maintenance, flying operations and the storage of aircraft.
By basing the organisation at Coolangatta the company was able to diversify even further, now conducting executive charter operations, freight and cargo, parachute specialised operation, float landing gear training and government charter.
The Company is the exclusive air charter provider Lady Elliot Island on the southern Great Barrier Reef to fly all Lady Elliot Island's passengers from a range of departure points including the Gold Coast, Brisbane (Redcliffe), Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast and Bundaberg. This contract has led to Seair becoming a regular mining/resource sector, FIFO service provider. The first FIFO contracted mining service commenced in 2005 for a well known Australian resource company. That service has continued to grow and Seair now conducts up to 9 weekly flights for one location alone and has several other client utilising our services on a less frequent basis. Locations include Moranbah, Roma, Chinchilla, Gladstone, Theodore, Thangool and Emerald.