Bendigo Aviation Services (BAS) was established in 1972. Initially a small flying school, in the early 1980’s it began operating an airline service under the name of Sovereign Airlines linking the country Victorian townships of Mildura, Swan Hill and Bendigo with Melbourne, this was later discontinued.
During the mid 1990’s BAS also branched out into aerial work operations and was rewarded with a lucrative and sought after contract to conduct low-level power-line inspection for fire mitigation purposes on behalf of PowerCorp.
Instrumental in implementing safety improvements for aerial patrol crews, BAS conducted this demanding work for 10 years without an incident until the tender for the contract was withdrawn. Also at this time fire-spotting operations were commenced on behalf of both CFA and the then known as NRE (now DSE).
This work continued until this day as an integral part of Victoria’s defence against bushfires each summer. Bendigo Aviation Services became a Registered Training Organisation and provider for CRICOS in 2011 and is now able to train international students to the same high quality as provided to our local students.
The people at BAS continually strive to improve standards and safety in all it’s operations and this is what has made it a successful aviation company today.