Chopper base bid

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A Wakatipu helicopter company’s seeking per-mission to operate 3000 flights a year from Rees Valley Station, after learning a temporary hangar at the Glenorchy Airstrip’s a no-go.

Heli Glenorchy wants to build a hangar at the station, where it would run its operations from.

It’s applied for resource consent for a temporary hangar to house two helicopters, while a permanent hangar’s built.

That would house four machines.

According to the application, the council-owned Glenorchy Airstrip is reducing its hours, meaning the number of flights will be cut.

A temporary hangar at the site has also been ruled out.

“As a result of the council feedback regarding the Glenorchy Airstrip, the applicant has considered its options in terms of achieving security, both in terms of ensuring that the helicopters are stored safely, but also in terms of long-term security for the business,” the application states. “This led to the applicant approaching Rees Valley Station and reaching agreement to locate the new hangar and undertake operations from the proposed site.”

Noise wouldn’t be an issue at the new site, with a noise assessment determining it’s far enough away from neighbours.

Heli Glenorchy’s asked that the application not be publicly notified.

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz