The Reid Family and helicopters have had a long-standing relationship dating back to the early 1950’s. John Reid “Mr. Helicopter” started Helicopters New Zealand and was a pioneer for the New Zealand helicopter industry.
Second generation pilot Bill Reid started Nelson Helicopters in 1983, initially working on live deer recovery and then moving on to develop tourism in the Nelson and Marlborough regions. The main area of development at the time was the flying of overseas brown trout fishermen into the Kahurangi National Park.
Now third generation pilot Toby Reid carries on the legacy that his forefathers created and has renamed the company ‘Reid Helicopters Nelson.’ Toby, together with his wife Rachael, have established their operation to cater for a wide range of commercial services and strive to develop new and innovative products to show to the world. “We are so appreciative of the wonderful area we live and fly in. We aim to keep it this way for the next generation to enjoy just as we do.”
In their efforts to minimize their environmental footprint and give back to the local community, they have been awarded Qualmark Enviro Silver Status.
Reid Helicopters Nelson’s main base is situated in Wakefield, 30km south of Nelson city, nestled between Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and the Nelson Lakes National Parks. Reid Helicopters Nelson New Zealand has the highest certification standard required by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for air transport operations and are approved by Qualmark.
We are so appreciative of the wonderful area we live and fly in. We aim to keep it this way for the next generation to enjoy just as we do.
The Eurocopter AS350FX2 ‘Squirrel’ is capable of carrying up to 6 passengers and an external load of 1000kg. We have a 1200lt fuel and support trailer, fire bucket, concrete buckets, and all lifting support equipment. The FX2 has a lower fuel burn than other models making it an environmentally friendly option for extended distance flights around New Zealand.
The Eurocopter AS350B2 ‘Squirrel’ is capable of carrying up to 6 passengers. We have a 1200lt fuel and support trailer, fire bucket, concrete buckets, and all lifting support equipment. Our B2 Squirrel is set up with sliding doors so if perfectly suited for aerial filming and photography.