About Joy Flights Melbourne

A Little History

Garry Herne
Owner & Chief Pilot

Professional Aviation Services Pty Ltd trading as Vintage Tiger Moth Joyflights was established in 1998 and is owned and operated by the Chief Pilot,Garry Herne, who is an International Airline Captain with over 24,000 hours of flying experience.  Garry has been invited to fly at many airshows as a display pilot, including the RAAF Museum and the Avalon International Airshow. He was the solo aerobatic Tiger Moth display pilot at the RAAF Centenary of Military Aviation Airshow. He currently flies the CT4 in the RAAF Museum Airtrainer Formation team in a formation of 9 aircraft thrilling the crowds at major airshows and memorial flypasts.

While we like to have fun, safety is our number one priority. We operate to a higher level of safety and compliance than other warbird operators as we operate our joyflights under a highly regarded  Civil Aviation Safety Authority issued Air Operator Certificate and we undergo regular audits on our flight operations and maintenance.  We operate the Yak52 Adventure flights to the same standards as required in our AOC.

All our pilots meet stringent requirements regarding experience and proficiency and no other joyflight operation in Australia has as many highly experienced aircrew as our business. Most of our pilots are current Airline Pilots and have many thousands of hours of experience from light aircraft and military aircraft through to heavy jet transport types.

Our Aircraft

All our aircraft are meticulously maintained with our Tiger Moths being fully restored to as new condition. The CT4 was sold by the RAAF in 1993 and underwent a major upgrade process over several years to bring it up to Charter category standard while maintaining the original RAAF instrumentation and colour scheme. In fact, Garry Herne flew this aircraft several times while on RAAF pilots course in the mid 80s.The Yak 52 is a 1991 model built for the Russian Air Force, making it one of the newest Yaks in Australia, Due to the collapse of the Soviet Union this aircraft was placed in storage straight after manufacture until 1997 when it was imported to Australia. This aircraft carries its original colour scheme and is complete with Russian instrumentation and radios.

Our Airbase

RAAF Base Point Cook

RAAF Base Point Cook was the first military aviation base in Australia and features our oldest, most extensive complex of military aviation buildings. As the home of Australia's first military flying school and the birthplace of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the air base played a pivotal role in the history of military and civil aviation in Australia for more than 90 years.

The RAAF Museum is open:

Tuesday-Friday: 10am - 3pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 10am - 5pm
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