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Our Pilots – Mark Hayes

3500+ hours helicopter, his experience includes:

  • 12 years flying experience
  • Medivac and SAR operations
  • Extensive venison recovery operations in Fiordland
  • Coastal survey work with Department of Conservation
  • Extensive snow and flat light experience
  • Heliski operations in New Zealand
  • Frost fighting
  • Power line inspections
  • Scenic and commercial operations throughout the West Coast, Mt Cook region, Southern Lakes area and Fiordland

Usually based at Aoraki Mt Cook, Mark is an invaluable part of our team; he joined Heliworks in 2009 and has over 3500 flying hours, much of it in mountainous and challenging terrain. A passionate hunter, if there are tahr, chamois or deer to be found, you can guarantee that Mark will find them! He has extensive experience in venison recovery operations as well as other commercial work, from lifting and concreting through to emergency operations and plenty of aerial filming!

Definitely a favourite with tourists, climbers and hunters alike, Marks flight commentaries are legendary and are sure to leave you with a multitude of stories to re-tell.