Our History


Aerostar Aviation is part of a group of aviation companies, the first of which started in Adelaide in the 1980s. The Aerostar Group now includes:


  • Helistar Aviation – the largest South Australian owned helicopter company
  • Aerostar Aviation – flying training from ab-initio to multi-engine IFR plus charter and aircraft hire operating at Parafield and Adelaide airports.
  • DroneCo – drone aerial photography & commercial drone services
  • NAC – aircraft maintenance providers


We have a modern fleet of aircraft from Cessna 172, 182s and a Beechcraft Baron 55 – as well as helicopters, with 8 based in Adelaide and 2 in Parafield, where PPL and CPL training is conducted.




Aerostar’s key priority is your safety. To ensure we meet the highest levels of safety performance, we have implemented a Safety Management System that conforms to the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s safety management framework and to AS4801 for safety management systems. Key clients of the Aerostar Group audit our safety management system on a regular basis so you can rest assured that we conform to these standards.

Derek Pratt

Chief Pilot/Chief Flying Instructor, Grade 1 Flight Instructor (Helicopter and Fixed Wing)

7,000 Hours Total Time (5,000 of Instruction)