This is "Narla". She is a Foxbat A22LS that was purchased in early 2014 specifically for the job of spotting Whale Sharks.
Her name is the aboriginal word for, Lookout. One of our Facebook friends named her in a competition.
Our senior pilot Tiff flies her most days. With over 2500 flying hours and in her eighth season spotting sharks, Tiff is the most experienced whale shark spotter pilot over the reef. Her experience and passion for being out there combined with the qualities of this aircraft make our job on the boats that much easier.
PenniThank you for all the encouragement. I arrived as a spectator but then got into the wetsuit and had the most fabulous day. A great big thank you to all the wonderful staff.
Using our own aircraft allows us the freedom to run our tours to no other timetable but our own and our customers. The experience is yours to have so there are no set times that we have to be anywhere and the freedom our skippers have by being in direct contact with our own pilot allows the day to unfold without any pressure or rush.
The plane is just another part of the crew and we are all there to help find the sharks and other marine life to ensure you have the maximum opportunity to swim alongside the biggest fish in the sea as many times as you can.