Rural chopper business flying high

A Heli A1 helicopter in action. Photo: supplied.

Otorohanga-based Heli A1 not only serves across the country but has also gone global with its specialist helicopter operation.

Davin Mudford, who founded the company in 2005, says recent contracts have included a three-month stint in Tonga building microwave towers, while also providing pilots and expertise on the Gough Island eradication project – mice which were killing seabird chicks  – in the South Atlantic.

On the home front, Davin says the Heli A1’s chief focus is on serving agricultural, forestry and commercial entities.

Davin says his company has bult a solid reputation for high-quality service, safety and experience within the heli services industry, providing clients with the highest standard of work.

“Our goal is to get the job completed to a point that it exceeds any expectations set by our clients.”

Specialising in power-line stringing and electro-magnetic surveying, Heli A1’s core business revolves around the agricultural and commercial sectors.

Rural services include aerial spraying, cropping and seeding, fertiliser application and forestry requirements. For commercial clients, Heli A1 undertakes precision lifting, surveying, fire-fighting and concrete/gravelling work.

It also extends to “human sling” services and sightseeing/charter flights.

With 12 staff, Davin says he’s “extremely fortunate” to have a number of experienced pilots and highly trained crew who are proud of the service they offer to the company’s many clients in NZ and around the world.

He says the Heli A1 team has a combined experience of more than 50 years in the helicopter services industry. Plus, the company has a versatile fleet of helicopters suited to a wide range of operations.

“All of our helicopters are independently maintained in accordance with the strictest Civil Aviation rules for general aviation aircraft.”

Davin also has access to twin-engine and heavy-lift helicopters when required.


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