We specialise in all types of commercial and industrial work -our heavy-lift B3 Squirrel helicopters can lift loads of up to 1200kg, and we can also position a forward base accordingly. Our skilled pilots are able to work with you to complete any commercial project, large or small. We have experience in a wide range of technical operations including aerial surveying, marine transport, avalanche bombing, fire fighting, photography and filming, construction and conservation assignments. Our crew and transportable fuel tankers make anywhere a flight base for your project.
With safety always our priority, our aircraft and equipment is modern and well maintained. Our pilots are experienced at flying in remote and challenging environments. We have Satellite Phones and reliable radio communication systems for remote operations. With our wide range of expertise, Richard Hayes at the company core and dedication to customer satisfaction we are proud to be the contractor of choice for both local businesses and large national organisations.
Our commercial and industrial work includes:
We are able to supply a wide range of equipment required for commercial and industrial operations. Precision flying is all part of the service.
Our equipment includes (but is not limited to):
Southern Lakes Helicopters are fully equipped to provide a wide range of air rescue and other emergency services. In addition to providing Medivac and Search and Rescue assistance, we also assist with fire control.
Our skilled pilots can operate fire fighting equipment, including up to 1100 litre monsoon buckets with foam units. Southern Lakes Helicopter’s fire fighting role includes attending both large scale fires on rural or Department of Conservation land.
Other Emergency Services
As the only approved Search and Rescue and Medivac operator in Fiordland, we are always ready for a callout – 24/7. Our highly experienced and skilled pilots are able to operate a variety of specialist equipment to assist in any emergency situation.
We offer a wide range of industrial and marine charters throughout Fiordland, Southland and the Southern Coast and pride ourselves on high standards of safety, extensive knowledge and experience of the region, and commitment to customer satisfaction. Whatever your industrial or marine project, get in touch to discuss how we can help you achieve it.
Our pilots maintain a wide range of specialised technical skills. From heavy lifting to precision and formation flying our pilots have many hours of experience they will bring to your industrial requirement. Whatever your needs get in touch today and let us get to work on a solution for you.
We have a long, established history of providing support to marine operations around the Southern Coast and beyond. We are capable of flying long range off shore, of up to 100 nautical miles (4.5 hours endurance).
We can assist with the transfer of live crayfish, relocate fishing crew and use longline buckets. Our pilots have experience of flying in some of the most challenging southern marine environments, supporting scientific research and wildlife management in the Sub Antarctic Islands and also working with Antarctica New Zealand at Scott Base regularly. We are able to supply and operate a wide range of equipment to complete your project efficiently and to a high standard.
Our marine services include (but are not limited to):
We’ve had more than 25 years of experience working with the film industry and specialise in mountain flying, lifting, aerial filming and crew and gear transport. Our pilots have flown for companies filming in some of the most remote parts of the South Island and in offshore locations in the South Pacific and the Sub-Antarctic Islands.
Our pilots have extensive experience using Continental, Tyler Wescam and Spacecam mounts and our helicopters are outfitted to suit individual film crew requirements. We have provided support to film crews working on large and small scale projects, often in challenging mountainous environments.
Staff at Southern Lakes Helicopters have extensive “on the ground” knowledge and information. We can recommend locally based specialist personnel to assist in the support of your filming operation. Work has included:
Our pilots and machines have the ability, expertise and flying skills required to have crated opportunities for photographers to capture numerous award-winning images in the following fields: