Independent Aviation was established in 1989 and has grown to become Australia’s leading air charter procurement and management specialist. As a truly independent broker, we offer an impartial and transparent service to source the most suitable aircraft at the most competitive price for each individual charter.

We have global reach and capability and are considered the experts in remote and regional destinations throughout Australasia. Coordinating more than 300 charters every month, using aircraft of all sizes and types for every kind of mission, we have significant buying power and an enviable reputation for providing prompt, reliable and innovative solutions to air transport problems. Our team of charter consultants back this up with detailed management of every charter to ensure complete customer satisfaction.

Over the past decade, Independent Aviation has developed inhouse the most sophisticated aviation database and reservation systems of its kind in Australia. The IAV system provides immediate information on all aircraft and operators that meet the requirements for a given enquiry nationwide. All pre-qualified operators are invited to provide a quotation for every charter request, ensuring the entire market is canvassed and our clients are offered the best possible value for money.


Independent Aviation can provide air charter solutions across the globe through our established network of affiliate offices worldwide. Not only do these partnerships enable us to guarantee best value for international charters, they also ensure that we are in touch with international best practice in charter operations.


As Independent brokers we guarantee the most suitable aircraft is sourced for every mission at the best value for money through competitive tendering for each and every request. With rapid response times and 24 hour support we will present you with multiple quote options that allow you to make an informed decision.

We canvass the entire market for every charter, including outside operators able to position aircraft from elsewhere if that is the best solution for a charter. Operator compliance is ensured with legislated safety and risk management requirements, as well as the ability to meet any client specific requests. This can include tracking of operator safety audits, safety management systems, HFM systems, operator and pilot approvals, endorsements and pilot minimum hour requirements.

Contracted clients can be provided with a customised web-booking portal for faster reservations with online “closed user” options to facilitate charter sharing, back loading, and other cost saving initiatives if required. We pride ourselves on paying our suppliers promptly and can offer regular customers 14 or 30-day payment terms. To assist our operators with cash flow many take advantage of our Immediate Payment Facility. The IPF works by taking a small percentage off the invoice price for same day settlement, contact our accounts department for more information.

Our easy to understand and transparent quote documentation will give your staff the confidence to know they are making an informed decision. Quotes and confirmations are presented in clear format on a single document. This includes aircraft photos, route maps and aircraft performance information together with the details of AOC status of every operator presented. Confirmations can include information such as pilot hours and endorsements and operator approvals.

For efficient and accurate charter management, Independent Aviation administers the day to day detail of the charter operation and facilitates all necessary liaison with the operators. When plans change, multiple alterations to charter itineraries can quickly and faultlessly be made. On time performance, payload optimisation and all other operator KPI’s are monitored along with access to real time web-tracking of flights to ensure time is not wasted should the schedule change or be delayed.


With more than 30 years of experience across all levels of the industry, Ian Button has been leading the team at Independent Aviation for over a decade. He has worked as aircrew on Australian Customs Coastwatch surveillance, search and rescue and Immigration and Fisheries patrols through to Flight Operations Manager for Australian Airlines, Qantas’ holiday airline, operating B767s to Asia. In between, he founded a successful general aviation charter airline in North Queensland and was General Manager of a major tourism helicopter company.


Kat hails from Denmark, has been living in Australia since 2015 and became an Australian citizen in 2020. Kat has previously been working on the Great Barrier Reef and in the local tourism industry, giving her invaluable knowledge of Far North Queensland. Kat’s diligence, high attention to detail and passion for helping others ensure our flight desk is run efficiently and managed with the highest level of care.


Diane has worked across the film and tourism sectors since leaving South Africa in 2009 and has called Australia home since 2015. Delivering excellent customer service as a Reservation Sales Consultant during her previous roles in the local tourism industry, Diane excels in the organisation of projects, remaining calm under pressure and adapting quickly when faced with challenges.