Louisa ‘Choppy’ Patterson

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...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown aviator's invention is tantalisingly close to becoming certified by Civil Aviation Authority, to become an official data recorder. Over The Top helicopter boss Louisa 'Choppy' Patterson came up with the idea for 'Eye In The Sky' after...

Crash ‘epidemic’

A Queenstown helicopter pilot whose son died in a Robinson crash last year has slammed the chopper maker after a "worldwide epidemic" of crashes. Louisa 'Choppy' Patterson's son James, 18, and pilot Stephen Combe, 42, died on a flight in...
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