helicopter

Skyline’s chopper bid

A controversial new helipad is in the wind for Queenstown as Skyline Enterprises looks at options. The tourism giant wants the proposed 'Ben Lomond sub-zone' extended to allow for a possible helipad. The sub-zone is mooted as part of the council's...

QTown gets rescue chopper

Queenstown will have a fully dedicated air ambulance service, and a bigger, better specced chopper, in an agreement on national air ambo service announced today. From November 1, when the contract begins, the resort will have a dedicated day-time service,...

Choppy’s eye

A Queenstown helicopter legend's developed a product which'll revolutionise air accident investigations and potentially negate the need for coronial inquests. 'Eye In The Sky' is the brainchild of Over The Top helicopter boss Louisa 'Choppy' Patterson, helped by two of...
Queenstown's council has put a billionaire on final notice to stop using his rural pad for illegal helicopter takeoffs and landings. Tim Roberts, heir to an Aussie construction company fortune, earlier this year applied for a non-notified resource consent to...

Heli firm’s court date

Three years after a Queenstown helicopter pilot and six passengers died in a crash on Fox Glacier, a case brought against the helicopter company has almost made it to court. Both Civil Aviation and the Greymouth Courthouse confirmed this week...

Anger over heli access

Ngai Tahu Tourism continues to spark outrage with its "monopoly" over helicopter landings near Glenorchy. Aerial access to Elfin Bay, Routeburn, and Greenstone Stations is only available through Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters, which Ngai Tahu Tourism bought in 2016. The firm...

Widow’s anguish

One thousand, three hundred and sixty-two days after Jerome Box's death, his widow is still waiting for answers. On August 17, 2014, the Auckland father of two lost his life in a horror chopper crash on the icy slopes of...
An innovative Queenstown company has won an Academy Award for its helicopter camera mount. John Coyle, Brad Hurndell, Vikas Sathaye and Shane Buckham, of Shotover Camera Systems, have won the Scientific and Engineering Award for the "concept, design, engineering and...
OFTEN a coronial inquest provides a sense of closure for family and friends of people who have died in tragic circumstances. Bruce Andrews' family have waited almost four years for answers. Following a four-day inquest in Queenstown last week...
A pilot killed in a fatal helicopter crash near Queenstown in 2015 failed to tell authorities or his employer he had been treated for a mental health condition only months earlier. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (Taic) said last week...

Pilot’s TV touchdown

Reluctant star Jason Laing says he'd hoped a new Discovery Channel show about Everest chopper pilots would "fly under the radar". No chance of that – it's being released across the world, including New Zealand, next month. The six-part Everest Rescue series...
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