Category Archives: Sydney Seaplanes

Sydney Seaplanes places an order for 50 of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL)

Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions (Eve), an Embraer company, and Sydney Seaplanes, a leader in the transition to sustainable aviation, today announced a partnership that will lay the foundation for new electric air taxi operations in Greater Sydney. With the partnership, Sydney Seaplanes has placed an order for 50 of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), with progressive deliveries expected to commence from 2026.

The new partnership accelerates the progress towards 100% of greater Sydney’s local tourism and commuter flights coming from zero emission electric aviation.

Sydney Seaplanes first took to the air in 2005, with just one 6 seat De Havilland Beaver seaplane. Since those modest beginnings, Sydney Seaplanes has become an iconic tourism service, an integral part of the daily workings of Sydney Harbour and one of the largest tourism flight operators in Australia. Since commencing services Sydney Seaplanes has flown over 425,000 passengers on 80,000 flights.

In 2020, Sydney seaplanes announced plans to create an all-electric and zero-emissions regional airline Alt Air as soon as 2022, with first all-electric flights planned as early as 2024. Introducing eVTOL aircraft offers an opportunity to extend the catchment of the Rose Bay aviation facilities to efficiently serve all of Greater Sydney.

Sydney Seaplanes DHC-2 Beaver crashes, 6 dead, operations suspended

Sydney Seaplanes de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, registration VH-NOO, crashed at Cowan Creek 30 km (18.5 miles) north of Sydney at about 3.15 pm local time on December 31, 2017. Five passengers and one crew member died in the crash.

The company issued this statement:

From Aaron Shaw, CEO

Statement from Sydney Seaplanes regarding the aircraft incident at the Hawkesbury River, December 31, 2017

Yesterday there was a tragic accident involving one of Sydney Seaplanes aircraft in the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney. As we know all six people on the flight (5 passengers and 1 pilot) have lost their lives.

All at Sydney Seaplanes are deeply shocked by this incident and the resulting loss of life. We wish to pass on our heartfelt condolences to the Bowden and Cousins families and the family of our pilot Gareth Morgan who were tragically killed.

Gareth had worked for Sydney Seaplanes on two occasions, the first from 2011 to 2014, after which he went to fly seaplanes in the Maldives. He then returned to working for us in May 2017. He was an extremely experienced pilot, with over 10,000 hours total time, of which approximately 9,000 hours was seaplane time. On a personal level he was deeply respected and liked by me and all of the team here as a man and as a pilot. He flew my family and I to Palm Beach just before Christmas.

I have spoken to Gareth’s parents, who live in Canada and offered our deepest sympathies and we will support them in any way we can.

We are devastated by both Gareth’s loss and that of the Bowden and Cousins families.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the NSW Police and all that were involved in the recovery yesterday, this would have been a harrowing task and we are extremely grateful to them for their work.

Aaron Shaw
Managing Director
Sydney Seaplanes

Update: Sydney Seaplanes has suspended all operations since the deadly crash.

All photos by Sydney Seaplanes.