OUR TEAM

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.

THE FLEET

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.