Our Pilots

C-Cat Instructor under Supervision

Erin joined Air Kaikoura Aero Club in September 2018 as a casual C-Category Instructor.  Erin is already part way through her supervisory hours and has let us know that she can be ‘quite competitive’ so we look forward to having her work with a team for flying comps!  Erin will be working every second weekend plus a few extra days during school holidays.

Line Pilot & Young Eagles coordinator

Jack started with Air Kaikoura in November 2017 with a Diploma in Aviation from NAC.  He completed his C-Category Instructor rating with us in September 2018 and is looking forward to building instructing hours over summer 2018/2019.  Jack co-ordinates our Young Eagles program and works with our Gateway students too.

Chief Pilot, A - Cat Instructor & CAA Flight Examiner

Alistair has been helping the Kaikoura Aero club for over 20 years, and he holds the position as our Chief Pilot. Alistair is also an A Category Instructor and he is involved in all our flight testing and pilot renewals. He has worked for various companies here in New Zealand and over seas, and brings a great deal of experience and expertise to our organisation. He currently flies for Life flight and also works for Flight test New Zealand.

Operations Manager & B - Category Flight Instructor

Murray has completed over 8000 hours flying with approximately 4000 whales flights making him Kaikoura’s most experienced fixed wing pilot by far. Murray spent 5 years flying airline work in Australia and holds an Air Transport Pilots Licence, he is also a B Category Flight Instructor. Safety is our number one priority and with Murray’s experience, you can be assured that you will be in the best of hands.

Line Pilot

Stephen joined Air Kaikoura in November 2017 after completing his Commercial Pilot License with the North Shore Aero Club.  Stephen passed his C-Category Instructor rating in August 2018 and will be flying whale watch flight, scenic flights and also instructing this summer.  He also writes our newsletter, check it out on our blog page.

Our Fleet

Since the earthquake in Nov ’16, we have worked very closely with Ridge Air, based out of Blenheim. We have worked on multiple charter contracts with them and we have now come to an agreement to start Multi-Engine Training, Multi-Engine Instrument Ratings and charter work in the extremely comfortable and reliable light twin engine aircraft. The aircraft has also just been fitted out with a full glass IFR certified cockpit.

The newest addition to our fleet is one of the worlds most popular light aircraft. Used primarily for Whale Watching, Scenic Flights, Charter Flights (made over 250 trips into Parikawa since the Earthquake). Also a great aircraft to lease and takes friends and family for a trip away.

A Eurofox Light Sport Aircraft. 100hp, only weghing 300kg and a full glass cockpit means it is great fun to fly. Awesome short field and climb performance.

Purchased by the club at the end of 2014 to help us carry more passengers out to see the whales. It is capable of carrying 7 people and is used primarily for Whale Watching and Scenic Flights. Can also be hired for Charter and with a cruise speed of around 135 Kts, Wellington and Christchurch are only about 45 minutes away.

Piper Cherokee four seat aircraft. It cruises at 120 Kts and is used mainly for whale watching. Can also be used for charters and cross-country flying. A really great, stable aircraft to fly.