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The Team Meet your pilots

Brooke Crampton

Brooke Crampton
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Where are you from? Cheviot - North Canterbury, New Zealand

How long have you been flying with Glacier Helicopters? Since spring 2012

What’s the best part of your job?  Meeting a lot of interesting people and working with a great crew

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot?  Chasing wild animals

What are your interest outside of flying? Farming, photography and taking things apart to see how they work

Richard Clark

Where are you from? Nelson

How long have you been flying with Glacier Helicopters? I Joined The Helicopter Line in June 2016, prior to that I was working as an agricultural pilot in Australia. 

What’s the best part of your job? Having an office view that is forever changing and being able to share it with so many people.

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot? Spraying crops in Australia and working on flood relief. 

When I’m not flying, I’m into… mountain biking and getting out adventuring.

Dan Heaps

How long have you been flying with Glacier Helicopters? I have just started working from the Fox Glacier Base.

What’s the best part of your job? Getting to share such a beautiful part of the world.

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot? The traveling to many different countries.

When I’m not flying, I’m into… Fishing and the outdoors.

Andrew Jackson

Where are you from? New Zealand

How long have you been flying with Glacier Helicopters? 3 years.

What’s the best part of your job? Getting a handshake at the end of a flight… that tells me the customer had a great experience.

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot? Working overseas.

When I’m not flying I’m into… Putting a boat in the water and exploring the wilderness, hunting. Part-time engineer/tinkerer.

Blair Cook

Where are you from? Nelson, New Zealand.

How long have you been flying with Glacier Helicopters? 6 months.

What’s the best part of your job? Being outside in the outdoors every day.

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot? EMS flying and filming reality TV shows in Cambodia.

When I’m not flying I’m into… Armed tramps, diving and escaping the West Coast rain.

Chris Taylor

Where are you from? New Zealand

How long have you been flying with Glacier Helicopters? 5 months.

What’s the best part of your job? Meeting different people from all walks of life and seeing them buzzing after a flight.

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot? Working overseas.

When I’m not flying I’m into… Family, food, exploring, hunting, tinkering, social media, making my kids happy.

Franz Josef

Clark Horrell

Where are you from? Southland, New Zealand

How long have you been flying with Glacier Helicopters? I've been flying for 5 years in the area and since October 2016 with The Helicoper LIne/ Glacier Helicopters.

What’s the best part of your job?  Seeing people reactions when showing them our amazing scenery.

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot? Getting to explore spectacular and remote areas you just can't access other than by air.

What are your interests outside of flying? Outdoor pursuits mainly fishing & jetboating

West Coast

Ben Morris

Where are you from? Franz Josef, New Zealand

How long have you been flying with The Helicopter Line? 7 years

What’s the best part of your job? Some of our customers reactions are priceless, we're showing casing something pretty special. 

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot? Working in Antarctica for the Italian Science programme was an amazing adventure. Haven't touched pasta much since though!

When I’m not flying I’m into… Being a dad, fishing in the summer and family holidays.

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Ash Clarke

Where are you from? Fox Glacier, New Zealand

How long have you been flying with The Helicopter Line? 20 years

What’s the best part of your job? The flying environment as well as working with a great bunch of people.

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot? Flying in Antarctica and Laos.

When I’m not flying I’m into… Fishing and hunting.

Fox Glacier

Sam Heaven

Where are you from? New Zealand

How long have you been flying with The Helicopter Line? December 2016

What’s the best part of your job? Flying Helicopters

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot? Cattle Mustering

When I’m not flying I’m into… Hunting, fishing and farming.

West Coast

Richard B Arends

Where are you from? New Zealand

How long have you been flying with The Helicopter Line? Since December 2016

What’s the best part of your job? Flying in the mountains

What are some of the most exciting things you’ve done as a pilot? Cattle Mustering

When I’m not flying I’m into… Fishing 

West Coast

Michael White

Where are you from? New Zealand

How long have you been flying with Glacier Helicopters? Since June 2017

What’s the best part of your job?  Getting to see the best parts of the country everyday!

What are some of the most exciting things you've done as a pilot? Heli-Fishing in the remote outback of Australia.

When i'm not flying i'm into... Making the most of the New Zealand outdoors, diving, hunting & fishing.

Glacier Helicopters Franz Josef and Fox