BUYERS WANTED: McDermott Aviation managing director Simon McDermott is offloading two Agusta Bell 205 helicopters to cashed-up buyers.
BUYERS WANTED: McDermott Aviation managing director Simon McDermott is offloading two Agusta Bell 205 helicopters to cashed-up buyers.

Holidays in a helicopter? Here’s how you can do it

Caravanning may have gained even more popularity thanks to coronavirus, but have you considered taking the chopper for your next trip?

Marcoola-based McDermott Aviation is pitching to the high-end holiday-maker, with two Agusta-Bell 205 helicopters set to hit the market.

At a cool $730,000 each, the helicopters, which had been earmarked for commercial aerial firefighting, are now surplus to requirements for the Coast-based business.

Managing director Simon McDermott said the Italian-made choppers had been unable to have their certifications changed to enable their use for firefighting.

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It meant they were now under the limited use category, meaning they could be used for adventure flights and unlimited private use instead of commercial activities.

LUXURY HOLIDAY ANYONE? The Agusta Bell 205s being sold by McDermott Aviation.
LUXURY HOLIDAY ANYONE? The Agusta Bell 205s being sold by McDermott Aviation.

Mr McDermott said the machines had been built out when the pandemic hit, to keep their staff working, and the first of the two choppers was now on the market, with the second to be ready in about five months.

He said it would be perfect for "someone that wants to do something different".

"This machine lets you go and visit numerous remote destinations in a day and leaves no footprint," Mr McDermott said.

The helicopter had a range of up to 1500 km in a day and seated a maximum of 15 people, meaning there was plenty of room for the eskies and fishing gear.

Mr McDermott said with international travel still restricted it had put up significant financial barriers to purchasing aircraft overseas.

He said he hoped that would encourage local buyers to make a move for one of the two helicopters he was preparing to farewell.

"We're even open to Afterpay depending on the repayment scheme," Mr McDermott said with a laugh.