aviation

Choppy: Woman of heart

Writer/business coach Jacqui Thomas first came to Queenstown to work in 1994 and last left here in 2016. In her new book on female business founders ‘doing business with heart’, she features a pioneering heli-tourism operator she met when living...

Flyers in a flap

By PHILIP CHANDLER Milford flightseeing companies, mostly Queenstown-based, are outraged over a governance group’s proposal to stop small tourist planes flying to and from world-famous Milford Sound. Milford Opportunities is floating proposals to improve and lengthen the Milford visitor experience, before producing...
Due to a shocking aircraft accident in Sweden, 10 Queenstown flightseeing planes have been grounded. The GA8 Airvans – four operated by Glenorchy Air, three by Milford Sound Flights and three by True South Flights – are the same type...

Rural airports alarm

Informal airports restricted to two flights per day could be allowed to pop up across Queenstown country-side. Queenstown council's proposed district plan (PDP) lets anyone establish and use a backyard landing strip or heli-pad on rural land, if certain rules...
Ever wondered what it would be like to over-shoot or under-shoot Queenstown Airport's runway? Fifty years ago, pilot Brian Waugh crash-landed in the Shotover River and lived to tell the tale. This tale and others will doubtless be retold at an aviation reunion this...
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