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Our Pilots – Dave Butson

3000+ hours helicopter, his experience includes:

  • 2500+ hours rotary wing
  • Scenic operations throughout the Southern Lakes area and Fiordland
  • Heli-fishing and heli-hunting operations
  • Back country/mountain and mustering
  • Commercial work, lifting/sling operations, cherry drying, frost fighting
  • Snow and flat light experience
  • Cattle mustering/bore and survey work in Australian outback
  • Real Estate stills photography and filming
  • Controlled burn off operations.
  • Medivacs/Search and Rescue

Dave grew up on Mt Nicholas Station and knows the hunting and fishing around Queenstown and the Wakatipu like the back of his hand. He came on board with Heliworks in 2010.

He has spent time in Australia mustering and surveying, and is often out flying for the local farmers and high country stations. His extensive knowledge and passion for this spectacular part of the world mean he’s a huge success with clients and is a fountain of information on the local area.