Air Charter CQ chief pilot Vance Krahenbring and Critical Logistics chief pilot Michael O’Brien flew the PC12 into Gladstone from Emerald last Tuesday.
Air Charter CQ chief pilot Vance Krahenbring and Critical Logistics chief pilot Michael O’Brien flew the PC12 into Gladstone from Emerald last Tuesday. Christopher Chan

Jet company tests out market for high flyers in Gladstone

LUXURY flights have come to Gladstone after recent changes to the flying regulations in Australia.

A new business alliance between Air Charter CQ chief pilot Vance Krahenbring and Critical Logistics chief pilot Michael O'Brien is taking a punt and checking out whether a market exists in the central Queensland region for an executive aircraft charter service.

Although there are a number of charter services throughout the region, Air Charter CQ chief pilot Vance Krahenbring said the difference was the comfortable flight on offer at incredible speeds - at a cost of $2200 an hour.

"It's an executive aircraft that's never been offered in Gladstone or central Queensland before, and this is really a market trial to see if there is any interest," he said.

The Pilatus PC12 turbine prop jet has been operating in the region for several years, supporting the mining areas of the Bowen Basin.

It boasts a record of being one of the safest single engine aircraft available.

Mr Krahenbring said the plane was fast and pressurised, providing excellent levels of comfort for passengers.

"It seats up to nine adults, but there's also the option to remove seats and carry cargo."

He said the plane was unique as operations into short, unsealed airstrips were possible, while it was still able to cruise at high altitude and zip along at speeds in excess of 460kmh.

"It also flies above the weather," he said.

The big plus was the 24-hour service.

It can be ready to go in a matter of hours at any time of the day or night to almost any destination around Australia.

Mr Krahenbring said the high cost was still economical, considering the speed and flexibility of private charter.

"Flying staff directly to your job site from a capital city saves time, money and reduces fatigue considerably," he said.

Pilatus PC12:

  •  Capacity: nine passengers
  •  Cruise speed: 270knts (500km/h)
  •  Climb: 512 m/min
  •  Max altitude: 30,000ft