Growth Customer Experience Productivity Business IQ Trends Success Stories Tech Solutions Awards Business Tools Subscribe Tech Enquiry
Success Stories

HeliMods flies off with 2018 Telstra Queensland Business of the Year award

Smarter Writer
Smarter Team

A team of business and technology journalists and editors that write to help Australia’s community of small and medium businesses access the technology and know-how that helps solve problems and create opportunities.

Smarter Writer
Smarter Team

A team of business and technology journalists and editors that write to help Australia’s community of small and medium businesses access the technology and know-how that helps solve problems and create opportunities.

Highlights
  • A collaborative approach to developing specialist aerospace technology is a key factor behind HeliMods global success.
  • HeliMods is a driving force in transformation of the Sunshine Coast into a tech hub.
  • The Queensland Business of the Year is delivering major innovations for specialist helicopters used by emergency services around the world.

Will Shrapnel’s HeliMods first took off in 2002 and has now reached even greater heights by being named as the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business of the Year.

The Sunshine Coast-based business is a world leader in the development of customised helicopters for emergency services, special operations, and corporate clients, operating in diverse locations from the jungles of Borneo to the frozen plains of Antarctica and across Australia, Europe and North America.

Accepting the Award, Shrapnel said: “It’s just incredible to be recognised at a significant awards ceremony like this. 
“I founded the company around 15 years ago as a young engineer with a passion for using technology to solve complex and challenging problems on helicopters. 


“Today, through an absolute commitment to continued improvement [and] innovation along with talented people that joined along the way, we’re recognised as a global leader in this space and we’re delivering amazing outcomes to customers all around the world.

Pictured – Aerospace technology specialist, HeliMods,  named 2018 Telstra Queensland Business of the Year. HeliMods team celebrates winning the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business of the Year Award.

“A rescue helicopter, an air-ambulance helicopter, a police machine, all sorts of helicopters doing amazing work, our teams are the ones that transform those aircraft from factory to the specialist machines that do amazing work all around the world.”


As a cutting-edge aerospace business HeliMods designs and develops bespoke products and services that allow local and international helicopter service providers to perform critical missions from search and rescue to disaster relief.


Among the innovations HeliMods brings to the custom helicopter industry is its Powered Aero Loader™; a zero-lift, push-button stretcher loading system for rapid loading and unloading of road ambulance stretchers to and from helicopter emergency services aircraft. 


“Our highly collaborative approach, backed by our extensive airframe knowledge and comprehensive data packages, enables reliable and efficient integration of our bespoke mission system and equipment.”


While the company is making waves around the world with its sophisticated custom-made software and airframes, the Telstra Business Awards judges believe HeliMods is also a driving force in its local community. 


“The business is supporting the transformation of Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast into a technology hub, where employees have easy access to [a better] work/life balance than in more built-up areas,” the judges said.

“HeliMods identified a niche in the aviation market providing world-leading and innovative fit outs for airframes (low volume, high value). There is no one like them in the world.

“It has exceptional world-class facilities and demonstrated clear evidence of alignment in strategy, operating model and demonstrated investment in engineering excellence (skills and jobs for the future).”

The business also took home the Telstra Queensland Medium and Making Waves Award. 

Celebrating their 26th year, the Telstra Business Awards showcase the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s best small and medium businesses. 

The other business winners at the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business Awards include: 

  •  The Pyjama Foundation, a charity that provides children in foster care with the opportunity to change the direction of their lives through its Love of Learning Program, was named as the 2018 Telstra Queensland Social Change Maker Award winner.
  • Active Truth, a high-quality, high-performance activewear brand for women of all sizes, shapes and life-stages, took home the 2018 Telstra Queensland Emerging and Energised Award.
  • CartonCloud, a cloud-based platform designed to support logistics companies and their customers, won the 2018 Telstra Queensland Small and Succeeding Award. 
Find out more about the latest Telstra Business Awards 2018 State Winners
Read more

Charmaine Saunders of Mainie in store holding a traditional Indigenous-inspired garment.
Growth
Growth
Culture meets commerce: These Indigenous businesses are embracing both

These four Indigenous businesses – NAISDA, Purple House, Bush Medijina, and Mainie – combine commerce and culture. Find out how business works for people by Telstra Smarter Bus...

A photo of a woman from behind working at an office desk
Business IQ
Business IQ
How to empower staff and protect data security

Your cyber security is only as strong as its weakest link and that weak link is often the human element. Cyber security is a human problem. That’s why it is critical to invest...

A large amount of multi-coloured post-it notes lying in a large pile on a white floor.
Productivity
Productivity
How to multi-task and do what matters

As a busy business owner, it’s tempting to try juggling all the balls at once in order to get things done. But using the right technologies and processes – not constantly multi...

Annette Kaitinis: growing a business means knowing when to trot, canter, and gallop
Growth
Growth
Annette Kaitinis: growing a business means knowing when to trot, canter, and gallop

Annette Kaitinis and Dave Macdonald have taken their small business with a big idea from Tasmania to the world. After just four short years, they're reaching international mark...