Australian Antarctic Division

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Australian Antarctic Division
English Title:
Australian Antarctic Division
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

To be added.

Key Dates

1911 Mawson Expedition obtains REP Monoplane.
1929 BANZARE expedition uses Gypsy Moth floatplane.
1947 Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) founded.
1947 RAAF Antarctic Flight operates Walrus amphibian.
1948 Australian Antarctic Division established.
1953 Auster Antarctic aircraft support building of Mawson base.
1958 First helicopter operations.
1963 RAAF ends support to Antarctic operations due to operational commitments.
1964 Chartered commercial aircraft introduced.
2005 Construction starts of snow runway at Wilkins commenced.
2007 First aircraft lands at Wilkins Aerodrome.
2008 Start of regular intercontinental flights by Airbus A319.

Current Status

The aircraft of the AAD are fully operational.

Future Plans

Not known.


Special Markings

Aircraft of the AAD normally operate in some variety of an overall orange or orange and white colour scheme. Service titles are not normally carried, although the Airbus A319 does carry the Department of the Environment official logo and ‘Australian Government – Antarctic Division’ titles in the forward fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the AAD carry standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Aerospatiale AS350 VH-AFO.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS 350BA Squirrel 7 2 0 Transport
Airbus A319-115LR 1 1 0 Transport
Basler BT-67 1 1 0 Transport
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 1 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

To be added.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

Australian Antarctic Division, 203 Channel Highway, Kingston Tasmania 7050, Australia.

Organisational Structure

The AAD has no subordinate flying units.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applcable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The AAD airbridge to Antartica operates from Hobart International Airport, Tasmania to Wilkins Runway in Antartica. Other airfields used include Macquarie Island (heliport), Casey Station, Davis Station and Mawson Station.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information


None known.


To be added


official website
History of Australian Antarctic aviation
wikipedia: Australian Antarctic Division
wikipedia: Skytraders
Antarctic Express
wikipedia: Wilkins Runway
wikipedia: Antarctic Flight RAAF
wikipedia: ANARE

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


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