The Joyce Aviation (Fiji) Group includes:
• Joyce Aviation (Fiji) Limited (T/A Heli-Tours Fiji)
• Sunflower Aviation Limited
• The Pacific Flying School
• Tandem Skydive Fiji
• Adventure Sailing Fiji
OUR STORY (ABOUT US)
These Aviation tourism companies are owned and operated by Tim and Susan Joyce who came to Fiji in 2003. Tim holds Air Transport Pilot Licenses for both helicopters and aeroplanes, is a Grade One Helicopter Instructor and has over 16,000 hours flying experience with over 14 years of experience in Fiji. Tim is one of Fiji’s most experienced helicopter pilot with sound knowedge of Fiji. He has had extensive experience in tourism, general charter, aerial construction, mining support, search and rescue operations and specialist film work in Australia, PNG, India, East Timor and Burma and has run a number of charter companies and two flying schools in Australia.
With a combined fleet of 11 aircraft, the Joyce Aviation Group is well positioned to offer the ultimate in aviation support for Transfers, Tours, Skydiving and Guest services.
Heli-Tours Fiji, the only fully Fiji owned helicopter company in Fiji, services range from offering world-class scenic flights, to private charters and resort transfers. Apart from tours and charters, we are also fully equipped to provide medevac assistance with the installation of a medic stretcher to our AS355 helicopter.
Heli -Tours currently operates two helicopter types:
• The AS355 Twin Engine Squirrel (5passenger seats)
• The Robinson R44 (3 passenger seats)
Heli-Tours Fiji is owned and operated by the well respected and experienced Tim Joyce who specializes in Aerial Filming and has been a pilot for productions such as the 'Sydney Olympics', 'The Matrix Trilogy', 'Mission Impossible' movies as well as being Stunt Coordinator for 'Who Dares Wins'.
Managing Director / Chief Pilot
Tim Joyce is one of the most qualified pilots in Australia and Fiji with Air Transport Licenses for both helicopters and aeroplanes and is also a Chief Flying Instructor for helicopters with over 14,000 hours flying experience. Tim’s flying career has taken him to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, Burma and India where he was involved in specialist helicopter long-lining operations in support of oil exploration and the construction of power lines.
He has had extensive experience in helicopter fire fighting, aerial filming and television work and has specialised in coordinating aviation stunts for the film industry. These have included riding the motorbike out of the back of an aeroplane, flying under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, bungy jumping from a helicopter and many others.
Tim’s flying career has placed him in a number of precarious situations. Probably none of them as dramatic as the time he and his helicopter was hijacked and forced to ‘rescue’ a notorious criminal from Sydney’s Silverwater jail in a hail of gunfire from the prison guards.
On 8 June 2004 he flew our especially modified skydiving aircraft from Australia to Fiji via New Caledonia and our tandem skydiving operations commenced soon after. See www.skydivefiji.com.fj
Ever since he was a small child Tim has been fascinated by flying. Throughout his career he has been involved in many facets of aviation from multi-crew instrument helicopter and aeroplane flying, aerobatics, gliding, ultra-lights, hang-gliding, ballooning and skydiving in countries all over the world.
We have a combined seating capacity of eight passengers per flight with the AS355 carrying five and the Robinson carrying three passengers comfortably with luggage. Our helicopters are maintained to international standards and Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) requirements. Our pilots are also trained and certified to international standards and CAAF requirements.
Robinson R44 Clipper II
The Clipper II is the over water float-equipped version of the most popular helicopter in the world - the Robinson R44. With 3 passenger seats and spacious open cabin, the R44 is the perfect Scenic Helicopter for 2-3 passengers. Equipped with a helipod, 3 hour endurance and fast cruise speed turns the R44 into an affordable passenger transfer machine that can reach most of the 333 islands of Fiji in a single hop. The Robinson R44 has a 540 cubic inch IO-540 Lycoming Engine - proven reliability also found in Cessna Aircraft making for a very safe and reliable aircraft.
Eurocopter AS355 Twin Engine Squirrel
The Eurocopter AS355 Twinstar is a multi engine version of the AS350 Squirrel. Similar to the Robinson R44 it also has a spacious open plan cabin and large windows perfect for scenic flights. With two Allison C20F Turbine Engines providing over 680 shaft horsepower, this helicopter is also capable of lifting 800kgs of external load and transporting up to 5 passengers plus baggage with the added safety of twin engine reliability. From corporate transfers to commercial lifting or aerial filming, this machine has a wide range of configurations. We also have a Cineflex Gyro Camera available for professional quality filming.