Community Flights

Charity Flights Completed
Nautical Miles Flown

Meet The Team

Mark McMurtrie (Founder / Director) – Mark is highly passionate about helping his community. Through the four years he has owned River Heads Pharmacy he has become known to much of the wider community for his unique service and humour. Before owning his Pharmacy, Mark was a Director of 2 successful companies since 2007. After hearing the stories of many of his patients struggling to reach their Brisbane specialist appointments, he knew that his passion for flying could be put to a greater use. Mark holds a Commercial Pilot Licence with over 20 years flying experience, and prides himself on having the same number of take-offs and landings on every one of his flights.
Daniel Rich (Director – Head of Volunteer Pilot Operations) – 
Dan has joined our Board in May of 2023 after volunteering as a pilot and helped write our pilot ops manual. He is also our Senior Mentor Pilot. Dan moved to Hervey Bay about three years ago after serving over 25 years as a pilot with the RAAF finishing as the Commanding Officer of the Aircraft Research and Development Unit – Air Force’s Flight Test Squadron. Daniel now works as an experimental test pilot for aircraft manufacturers and engineering companies helping to design and test new aircraft and design features. In the course of Daniel’s flying career he has flown 68 different types of aircraft – everything from WWII warbirds, business jets, large transports and fighter aircraft.

Warren Cox (CFO / Director) – Warren has many years of experience as the president of multiple non-profit organisations. Furthermore, his qualification as a chartered accountant brings valuable guidance as a Director. 

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📺We'll be back after these brief messages 📺
Susan has departed so Mark is back on deck at the wheel at the moment. Thank you for your everything Susan 👋
We've already had some very helpful volunteers from Bundy and Brisbane put their hand up to run the raffles and flight bookings remotely...
Feeling greatful for the support 😊
#TogetherWeFly #volunteersmakeadifference #communityflights #closethegap #charity
Snoozing happily 😴
Can you guess the town they flew past?
Mid-flight snap
Another awesome action shot by Alex Eecen 
Yesterday's Hervey Bay departure 🛫
Never gets boring seeing the workhorse in action 😍🛩️🩵
🌭 Bunnings BBQ fundraiser today 🌭
Thanks to the Fraser Lions Hervey Bay for offering to cover the morning shift, and Doug & Mum & Dad for driving up to volunteer the afternoon shift.
Come and grab a snag 😊
Always appreciative of the hospitality of the Sunshine Coast Aero Club when we drop in. Teresa and the crew are always so welcoming 🤗
🙏 Community Flights relies solely on the generous donations received from businesses and individuals which enables us to fly patients to medical treatments which they otherwise would struggle to make.
Our other key fundraising activity is our online monthly mega raffle! 
This raises approx. $2500 per month from subscribers/ticket sales but of course we also have to provide for the cost of prizes from the funds raised ie. $500 cash 1st prize & the cost of any other prizes. That’s why the more prizes that are donated to the raffle or provided to us at cost price helps so much to keep the $ in the charity for more patient flights! 
We want to thank everyone who supports our raffles, be it subscribing & buying tickets, or donating valuable prizes which we need every month. 
📣 Please support these businesses who have supported us with prizes!! 👏 
Occasions by the Bay
Great Ocean Helicopters
Scottys Mad About Meats
My Butcher  "The Healthy Choice"
Mineral Earth Wellness Spa
Tres Salsas
Mijo's Cafe
Hervey Bay Golf Driving Range- Golf Clearance House
Operation Underground
River Heads Cafe and Take Away
River Heads Pharmacy
Go Natural Foods
Hervey Bay Whale Watch - QuickCat II
Bloomers Hervey Bay
Espresso 3.31 / Cafe Connections Hervey Bay
La Bella Italia Pizza Restaurant
Fraser Coast Fresh Produce
Fraser Coast RV Park
River Heads Rocks
Good Riddance Stockist Fraser Coast
Kawungan Quality Meats
Odyssey Bistro
Prime Time Meats
Bay Time & Engraving
Wander & Find
A1 Mowers
One Pot Superfood
Hervey Bay Boat Club
Art by Rebecca Jane
Schnitzel & Ribs
Banksia Seafood and Grill
Mistique Photography
Hervey Bay Mechanical
Hervey Bay sheetmetal & engineering
Serenity Skin Spa
Always thanks to all our sponsors 🙏
Major sponsors:
Hervey Bay RSL
The Barfly Club Hervey Bay. We Lie Where Others Fly.
Hervey Bay Disability Assistance Inc and Treasure Trove Op Shop
Rotary Club of Maryborough - Sunrise + Rotary Club of Hervey Bay City + Rotary Club of Hervey Bay Sunrise + Rotary Club of Maryborough City
💙$546 raised through collections 💙
Thank you to the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce and everyone that donated at the networking events over the past few months. 
We love our supportive community, and our patients thank you too 🙏
#communityflights #chamberofcommerce #frasercoast #herveybay #WeFlyTogether
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