Established 1985 operating flying school at Moorabbin Airport, Victoria. Moved to Mangalore Airport in 1989. From 2013 exclusive operator of Erickson S-64 air crane in Australia.
As of 2020, Kestrel Aviation is Australia's largest operator of Bell 212 / Bell 412 helicopters with 12 aircraft amongst their extensive fleet
Kestrel Aviation Against Australia’s Bushfires, 18-Jan-21 : #firefighting Kestrel Aviation, the largest operator of Bell 212/412 helicopters in Australia, involved once again in the firefighting season
Kestrel Ready for Australia’s Fire Season, 29-Oct-20 : #firefighting Kestrel Aviation medium helicopters Bell 212 and 412 prepared for new Australian firefighting season
Six Erickson S-64 Fighting Australia Bushfires, 07-Jan-20 : #AustraliaBushfires Australia in state of emergency as deadly bushfires rage. Erickson continues deployment with local partner Kestrel Aviation of six S-64 air cranes firefighters helicopters