Meet our wonderful Pilots and Operators

Tony

– 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.

Rick

 – 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.

Andrew

– 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.

Nick

– 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.

Ben

– 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.

FLY DC3

– Auckland

The FLY DC3 crew are committed to showing you a spectacular and memorable time in their DC3. They have operated their lovingly named “ Betsy” in New Zealand for over 30 years. From scenic flights, flying to concerts, events and airshows, display flights, parachute jumps, filming and so much more. Betsy and the crew at Fly DC3 can’t wait to welcome you on board for your trip down memory lane.

iFLY

– Queenstown

Meet your friendly iFLY crew. They are going to treat you to their amazing iFLY experience.
Indoor skydiving is the simulation of true free-fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. It’s where the dream of flight becomes a reality and every flyer has a chance to earn their ‘Wings’.
We are delighted to partner with iFLY Queenstown.

Mainland Air

– Dunedin

Mainland Air is a family owned business that is very well known in New Zealand aviation. From scenic and charter flights, flight training and regularly flying doctors to clinics around the region. Phil, his wife Shirley and their son – Jordan love giving back to their community and can’t wait to take you for a memorable flight over Dunedin.

Heli Glenorchy

– Glenorchy

Nick Nicholson – the owner of Heli Glenorchy is a highly experienced helicopter pilot and is known as a “ great Kiwi bloke”. His company are renowned experts in a wide range of helicopter operations between Glenorchy, Queenstown, Fiordland and Milford Sound and Nick and his team can’t wait to treat you to world class scenery on a world class helicopter flight.