Corsaire Aviation is a Perth-based flight charter service, offering scenic flights, tours and packages all over WA out of their hangar at Jandakot Airport. This week the company have announced a beaut new upgrade to their helicopter fleet, employing the talents of Kimberley artist Taminga Connell to design stunning new artworks for their two helicopters.
“The concept of displaying traditional art on our machines is to both honour the people when we are conducting heritage survey work throughout the Pilbara and Kimberley Regions, as well as encourage local tourists to learn about the traditional owners of this land,” said Corsaire in a statement.
“The idea came to fruition when we teamed up with our friends at Kimberley Spirit. Scott and Taminga Connell were not only on board, but excited by the opportunity to do something we haven’t seen before in Perth.”
According to Connell, the art tells a unifying story of “The Journey”: “This story represents the journey taken for many people of differing back grounds, races and cultures coming together and the steps it takes to reach the ultimate goal of unity and harmony.”
Connell is a Bunuba/Gija woman whose grandmother, Maude Bedford, is from Calwynyardah (Bunuba Country) and her grandfather’s country is Tableland (Gija country). Taminga meanwhile, means ‘strong White Gum tree’ in the aboriginal language.
After leaving home at 15 and working as a Jillaroo (young woman training on a cattle station) at Flora Valley Cattle Station, Connell now calls Kununurra home and helping husband Scotty run their touring business – Kimberley Spirit.
Learn more at the Corsaire Aviation Website.