Meet our wonderful Pilots and Operators


– Dunedin

Flying commercially since 1997, Tony has a wide range of aviation experience. Having flown for scenic, charter, freight, and airline operators in New Zealand and a period in Africa. His latest years have been heavily involved in the Air Ambulance industry. We know you’ll have a safe and enjoyable flight with Tony.


 – New Plymouth / Hawera

Foremost Rick is a highly experienced helicopter pilot whose day job is as a captain on a large Taranaki based helicopter. He has flown in many parts of the world and also has a vast amount of aeroplane experience. You will love going flying with this gentleman of the skies.


– Auckland

Andrew has been a Boeing 737 captain and now flies on the Boeing 777 for Air New Zealand. Andrew couldn’t wait to get involved with Uplift In Kind when he heard what we were up to. A true family man who will treat you to an amazing scenic flight over Auckland.


– Thames

Nick has flown as a commercial pilot for over 30 years and is a qualified training captain on the Boeing 737-800. When he’s not getting round the Tasman and Pacific routes he flies his Cessna 172 all over the New Zealand skies . We are so grateful to Nick who would love to take you for a safe and memorable scenic flight some time soon.


– Blenheim

Ben has grown up around aircraft, becoming a member of his local Aero Club at 10 years old and now works there as a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor, teaching others how to fly. Ben used to run the Young Eagles and is a volunteer firefighter and loves giving back. We know you’re going to love flying with Ben.

GCH Aviation

– Christchurch, Kaikoura, Greymouth, Nelson, Wellington

Garden City Helicopters is respected as one of New Zealand’s premiere aviation operators. Offering scenic and charter flights and providing air ambulance and rescue helicopter services throughout New Zealand. A family owned business, all about giving back to their community. GCH are experts at what they do and will treat you to an amazing flight.

Air Milford

– Queenstown

Air Milford is a first class team that have been serving New Zealander’s and tourists from all over the world since 1993. A committed family run business providing spectacular scenic flights in their modern fleet of aircraft from its Queenstown Airport base. Experts in showcasing the amazing Wakatipu Basin, Milford Sound, Fiordland and the lower South Island, you’re going to have an absolutely amazing flight with these guys.