Who We Are
Adventure Helicopters is proud to have a diverse team of Experienced Commercial Pilots, Flight Instructors and Ground Crew.
We pride ourselves on professional service which is only possible through the years of experience and knowledge which we have available in our select team.
With a huge diversity of knowledge, Adventure Helicopters supplies highly professional and trained pilots on all flights. We are proud to have pilots with expertise in the following areas:
Commercial Helicopter Operations and Instruction
Specialist Multi-Engine Helicopter Operations and Instruction
Basic Flight training
Remote Area Access and Operations
Long Line Lifting Operations
Human sling Operations
Deer culling and recovery Operations
Adventure related Helicopter activities
Shamus is our chief pilot with over 30 years flying in a multitude of helicopter pilot and training roles. He has flown over 10,000 hours flying just about every type of helicopter on just about every kind of job you can think of. Shamus is also an A-Cat flight instructor and testing officer.
He does recurring certification for pilots in New Zealand, PNG and Australia.
Shamus is one of the very rare flight testing officers who still love to train new students. We also have other instructors for fixed wing. We offer helicopter training in single engine and twin turbine helicopters.
Lawrence has been flying model aircraft from a young age, aeroplanes and gyrocopters through his early twenties, and helicopters over thee last couple of years.
Lawrence has over 2000 hours flight experience – and a good chunk of that has been in commercial work and as an instructor. Lawrence maybe the young gun in our team, but he’s already a B Cat fixed wing instructor and Helicopter C Cat instructor.
Lawrence enjoys flying guests around as well as the more technical (and trickier) jobs like lifting equipment and people into remote places.
Taught to fly helicopters by Shamus, Lawrence has gained an immense amount of skill in his time as a helicopter pilot. That experience combined with many many hours crop dusting in a gyrocopter and aeroplane, makes for a very interesting (and fun) learning experience for a new pilot training with us.
Ross is also a helicopter pilot who had previously been flying fixed-wing aeroplanes for years.
Ross flies everything he can manage to get a rating in. Mia’s better half as she likes to refer to him, Ross also enjoys flying aircraft to, from and around our commercial operations.
He co-ordinates ground crew, for lifting operations, but also loves being involved in sling work and flying different machines in the process while managing business operations.
It’s really hard to get a photo of Ross!
Secret talent: that would be telling
Mia is Rosses other half who also has a helicopter licence having been hooning around the sky before with Ross and her pilot father in planes, trikes and the occasional hang glider.
Mia is not keen on being anywhere near the limelight, so does a lot of the behind the scenes “nerdy stuff” do with the website etc.
Mia does love accompanying the boys on commercial jobs and helping out around the hangar from time to time.
Secret talent: riding a unicycle (sometimes badly)
Will is a helicopter pilot studying towards his Commercial License, having previously completed his PPL with us.
He is also is our head ground crew man and loadmaster.
He loves getting out in the helicopters and hooking up sling loads, greeting and briefing clients for scenic flights or commercial work as well as keeping the helicopters clean and fuelled up and trying his best South African accent for Lawrence.
Will also helps Ross with some of the administration work from time to time.
Secret talent: bit of a demon on a bbq and cracking everyone up with his one liners!
Louie. A not so tiny yet adorable self-appointed mascot who likes to “help” wherever he can.
Co-driver for Shamus in his truck and UTE load assistant/observer/supervisor.
The poser not wearing a helmet!
He also quite likes falling asleep in the back of the helicopter
with on top of Mum.
Handy backseat blanket on cooler days.