Our Pilots

We believe that the professionalism and commitment of our pilots sets us ahead of our competitors.

Our team has an absolute commitment to delivering safe and courteous services to our clients, be it a demanding aeromedical mission in the middle of a miserable night or the needs of corporate charter clients with an expectation of receiving a professional, reliable and first-class service.

All of our pilots are trained to the highest industry standards and are required to undergo rigorous ongoing competency and proficiency checks. Our pilots are also very proficient and current in that they are flying virtually every day that they are on duty.

The safe transport of our clients and patients underpins every aspect of our operation, which is evidenced by the 'safety culture' instilled in our team.

Alex McHardy - Fixed Wing Chief Pilot

Alex McHardy - Fixed Wing Chief Pilot

In 2010, after 16 years of low level flying, he obtained his Airline Transport Pilots Licence and moved with his young family to Darwin where he took on a job with a Regional Airline as a Captain on a 19 seat commuter Aircraft. After a short period he was promoted to Chief Pilot and was involved with the training and checking of pilots. Alex was also involved in the expansion of the business to include a number of 19 and 34 seat aircraft.  During this time he worked very closely with the company Quality Assurance and Safety department, helping develop practical safety and quality management systems and it is an area he has developed a keen interest in. Alex has been flying commercially for twenty years, logging some 17,000 hours to date.

"We have a very professional team of pilots and support staff here at Skyline and it is a pleasure to be part of such a dedicated operation which includes input from our major client, the Hawkes Bay DHB flight team."

Both Alex and his wife are from Hawkes Bay and after a prolonged absence, are thoroughly enjoying being based at home with their three boys and with all the benefits the Bay has to offer.

 

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Charlie Beetham - Chief Rotary Pilot

Charlie Beetham - Chief Rotary Pilot

Charlie grew up in rural southern Hawke’s Bay, amidst a family keen on aviation. Prior to joining Skyline he had spent the past 14-years with the Royal New Zealand Air Force which included operational tours in East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

Charlie also spent two years posted to the Royal NZ Navy flying the Super Seasprite Helicopter off the frigate HMNZS TE MANA around Australasia and the South China Sea. His last post in the RNZAF was as the training flight commander on the new NH90 helicopter. This along with two seasons in the Red Checkers aerobatic team were the highlights for Charlie in what was overall a very fulfilling career with the RNZAF.

His interests outside aviation include farming, hunting and dirt bike riding. Charlie and his wife are loving being back in the sunny Hawkes Bay and both really enjoy being part of the Skyline family.

 

 

Guy Waldron - Deputy Fixed Wing Chief Pilot

Guy Waldron - Deputy Fixed Wing Chief Pilot

I started flying commercially in 1998 and now have in excess of 5000 hours flying time. I am a qualified flying instructor and actively fly all Skyline fixed wing aircraft. I enjoy being an air ambulance pilot as you never know what the next job will involve or where you will be going, and knowing that you are helping people brings a sense of satisfaction.

I have always been interested in flying and really caught the flying bug after winning a flying scholarship conducted by a local aero club which gave me a good start towards my initial pilots licence.

I enjoy spending time with my wife Heather and two daughters and when I get the opportunity I like to go tramping in the neighbouring mountain ranges.

Willy Nielson - Fixed Wing Pilot

Willy Nielson - Fixed Wing Pilot

Willy has been flying commercially since 1998 and has been involved in a lot of different parts of the industry from skydiving to RPT work. He has flown both locally and overseas in various roles before returning to Hawkes Bay in 2007.

Willy has been part of the Skyline team since 2010, and finds the work interesting, varied and challenging.

 

Sam Love - Fixed Wing Pilot

Sam Love - Fixed Wing Pilot

Sam started his aviation career in North Canterbury New Zealand with the Young Eagles program. He was too young to get his PPL at the time but the Young Eagles and his family provided him with the spark to keep pursuing his dream to be a pilot which has since seen him flying all over our beautiful country.

Sam enjoys working with people of all ages, he has worked with the St Johns Ambulance for over eight years, NZ Search & Rescue, Youth at Risk worker, Children's programs and of course over ten years of flying.

Sam bring to Skyline Aviation two of his passions - a passion for flying and a passion for helping people.

Jeremy Bruce - Rotary Pilot

Jeremy Bruce - Rotary Pilot

Jeremy grew up in rural Gisborne and had a passion for helicopters from an early age.

On completing his Commercial Helicopter licence he moved back to Gisborne and has flown a variety of helicopter types in agricultural (spraying and fertilizer application) and commercial (lifting work, firefighting, scenic flights) roles in the Gisborne area.

He previously worked as the Eastland Rescue Helicopter base manager/pilot and has been with the Hawke’s Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust for two years flying the twin engine BK117 B2.

Jeremy says he enjoys using the highly specialized equipment, like night vision goggles that help to save people’s lives. He gets a real satisfaction in helping others. Jeremy is married with two daughters.