Aero Professional Services is an aerial agriculture company based near Emerald. Aero Professional Services was established in 1997 by aviator Hedley Watt, and the company prides itself on providing high quality aerial application services throughout the Central Queensland region.
From their WEBSITE, current aerial agriculture application services provided by Aero Professional Services include:
- Aerial photography - low level filming, still and motion
- Spreading - includes baiting
- Graslan* application
- Surveys - property surveys and inspections
Aero Professional Services also provides comprehensive aircraft engineering services at its base which is currently located approximately 5kms outside Emerald on the Selma Road, which can be accessed from the Capricorn Highway which heads towards Longreach.
CQ Plane Spotting was fortunate enough to recently visit the Aero Professional Services base, and was even lucky enough to be given a guided tour of the Aero Professional Services air fleet, of which all but one of their aircraft were able to be photographed.
On the flight line near the office at the Slema Road Airstrip we found five of their current aerial agriculture and spraying fleet.
First aircraft was Ayres S2R-G10 Turbo Thursh VH-XAJ.
Ayres S2R-G6 VH-CMY wearing a nice green and yellow colour scheme was also present.
Aero Professional Service's Air Tractor AT-301 VH-NCB has recently been refurbished and repainted.
One of two recently acquired - and strikingly coloured - Air Tractor AT-802 aircraft in the form of VH-EDG was last in the flight line.
Parked nearby was one of the older aircraft that Aero Professional Services operates in the form of another Ayres S2R-G10 VH-NFZ. This particular aircraft has also recently been noted fighting bushfires around Rockhampton - see CQ Plane Spotting Blog Post HERE - a task that Aero Professional Services are increasing being contracted to complete.
Away from the Aero Professional Services flight line, the access road to the airstrip passes by a house and attached hangar where some of Aero Professional Services' other aircraft were spotted receiving attention.
Here I found the other Air Tractor AT-802 - VH-EOG - which Aero Professional Services has recently acquired.
It was parked outside the hangar, which contained two other aircraft that Hedley flys himself and that Aero Professional Services uses to fly other workers to various towns and sites around Queensland.
Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftan VH-RPV - which has been seen by me several times around Emerald over the years that I have lived in Central Queensland.
Also noted was Beech 95 VH-WSW.
We would like to sincerely thank Hedley Watt and the Aero Professional Services team for their kind hospitality on the day of our visit. Hedley and the team can be contacted directly by phone on: (07) 4987 5777 or 0429 491 556, or by fax on: (07) 4982 3722. Alternatively, Hedley can be contacted directly via email HERE.