Toby Reid

Director / Chief Pilot & Instructor

Toby has over 13 years experience as a commercial helicopter pilot and has flown all over the world on a wide variety of operations. Toby is a third generation pilot and continues the Reid family’s long standing tradition of operating helicopters in the Nelson region. He holds the company position of Chief Pilot as well as B Category Instructor and Civil Aviation Flight Examiner privileges.

Bill Reid

Check & Training / Pilot

Bill began flying in 1973 and was involved with live venison recovery, then on to ventures in Hong Kong, England & Papua New Guinea. He started his own company with wife Robyn in 1983. They ran their business for over 20 years while building a reputation second to none. Bill completed an Avro Anson “Warbird” project in 2012 and is enjoying flying and maintaining this beautiful aircraft. Bill holds a D & E Category Instructor Rating and is a Flight Examiner.

Rachael Reid

General Manager / Pilot & Instructor

Rachael has 9 years experience as a commercial helicopter pilot and acts as the company’s general manager. Together, Toby and Rachael own and operate Reid Helicopters Nelson. Rachael holds a B Category Instructor Rating.

Hamish Talbot

Chief Engineer / Pilot & Instructor

Hamish joined Reid Helicopters in 2011 and brings a wealth of experience to the team. He has worked all over the world in extreme conditions from Antarctica to South East Asia. Hamish maintains the Reid Helicopters Fleet, acts as one of our commercial pilots and is a qualified flight instructor.

Michael Standish-White


Mike initially joined Reid Helicopters in 2010. Mikes role was to provide Ground Support for all operations. Over an 18 month period Mike worked towards gaining his Commercial helicopter license within the company. On completion of his license Mike headed overseas to gain flying experience on a variety of operations throughout Australia before returning to fly as a pilot for Reid Helicopters Nelson. 

Charlie Rowe

Ground Crew
Charlie joined the team in 2014 and provides ground support for all Reid Helicopters operations. He is also working towards gaining his helicopter pilots license within the company.



Eurocopter AS350FX2

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.

Eurocopter AS350B2

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.

R44 Raven II

The R44 is capable of carrying up to 3 passengers. We have a fuel trailer, all lifting support equipment and cargo pods available. The R44 is a great machine for passenger transport and general survey work with very efficient operating costs. It has a lifting capacity of approx 300kg.