Our Pilots

C-Cat Instructor under Supervision

Ashleigh joined Kaikoura Aero Club in December 2017, after completing her CPL and C-CAT instructor ratings with Canterbury Aero Club. Ashleigh is flying through her supervisory C-CAT hours and works Thursday, Friday and Saturdays each week as a dedicated flight instructor – her focus is on our students, come down and meet if you haven’t already.

Line Pilot & C - Cat Instructor

Taylor started at Air Kaikoura in October of 2016 after completing a Diploma in Aviation at Ardmore Flying School. He has been flying since he was 14 and has worked in several different areas of the aviation industry. He really enjoys flying around Kaikoura’s stunning landscape and completed his C-Cat instructor rating in May 2017.

Line Pilot & Young Eagles coordinator

Jack started with Air Kaikoura in November 2017. He has recently completed a Diploma in Aviation with NAC and is planning to complete his C-Cat with us over the summer. Jack will also be coordinating our Young Eagles program this year.

Chief Pilot, A - Cat Instructor & CAA Flight Examiner

Alistair has been helping the Kaikoura Aero club for over 20 years, and he holds the position as our Chief Pilot. Alistair is also an A Category Instructor and he is involved in all our flight testing and pilot renewals. He has worked for various companies here in New Zealand and over seas, and brings a great deal of experience and expertise to our organisation. He currently flies for Life flight and also works for Flight test New Zealand.

Senior Pilot & B - Cat Instructor

Murray has completed over 7500 hours flying with approximately 4000 whales flights making him Kaikoura’s most experienced fixed wing pilot by far with 13 years of experience. Murray spent 5 years flying for an Airline in Australia and holds an Air transport pilots licence, he is also a B category Instructor. Safety is our number one priority and with Murray’s experience, you can be assured that you will be in the best of hands.

Line Pilot

Stephen joined Air Kaikoura in November 2017 after completing his Commercial Pilot License with the North Shore Aero Club. He is currently enjoying the opportunity to build his hours on the Parikawa express and will be working towards his CCAT instructor rating over the next few months.

Our Fleet

Since the earthquake in Nov ’16, we have worked very closely with Ridge Air, based out of Blenheim. We have worked on multiple charter contracts with them and we have now come to an agreement to start Multi-Engine Training, Multi-Engine Instrument Ratings and charter work in the extremely comfortable and reliable light twin engine aircraft. The aircraft has also just been fitted out with a full glass IFR certified cockpit.

The newest addition to our fleet is one of the worlds most popular light aircraft. Used primarily for Whale Watching, Scenic Flights, Charter Flights (made over 250 trips into Parikawa since the Earthquake). Also a great aircraft to lease and takes friends and family for a trip away.

A Eurofox Light Sport Aircraft. 100hp, only weghing 300kg and a full glass cockpit means it is great fun to fly. Awesome short field and climb performance.

Purchased by the club at the end of 2014 to help us carry more passengers out to see the whales. It is capable of carrying 7 people and is used primarily for Whale Watching and Scenic Flights. Can also be hired for Charter and with a cruise speed of around 135 Kts, Wellington and Christchurch are only about 45 minutes away.

Piper Cherokee four seat aircraft. It cruises at 120 Kts and is used mainly for whale watching. Can also be used for charters and cross-country flying. A really great, stable aircraft to fly.