About Christchurch Helicopters
Christchurch Helicopters are located at Christchurch International Airport, operating from ‘The Heli Centre’ in the Harewood Aviation Park.
Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a city of contrasts. Residents enjoy easy access to a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty, as well as an exciting and regenerating urban ambiance. Where else in the world could you ski at a world class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, go rafting, mountain biking, hot-air ballooning, wind surfing, whale watching and visit world class wineries and gardens – all within 2 hours of an international airport.
The Eurocopter/Airbus As350 is one of the most utilised helicopters in the world. Its versatility and comfort make it an extremely popular aircraft. Christchurch Helicopters has a vast amount of experience in operating these aircraft.
- Engines: 1 Arriel 1B Turbomeca Engine
- Gross Weight: 2540 Kilograms
- Endurance: 3 hours
- Cruise Speed: 120 Knots
- Max Operating Alt: 16,000 Feet
Eurocopter AS355 F2 Twin Engine
The Eurocopter AS355 is a twin engine six seat light utility helicopter popular worldwide and used in many types of operations. It has 2 x Rolls Royce 250 C20F engines.
Our AS355 can be configured for both VIP transport and Commercial operations.
We also have access to other helicopters available for type ratings, namely the MD500, EC120, B206 (Jetranger) and AS350 (Squirrel).
Eurocopter EC120 Colibri
The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) EC120 is a five-seat, single-engine, light helicopter.
- Wingspan: 9.96 m
- Length: 9.6 m
- Weight: 960 kg
- Top speed: 280 km/h
- Range: 770 km
Guimbal Cabri G2
The Cabri G2 brings the two‐seat piston engine helicopter into the 21st century. Innovative features such as a composite fuselage, fully articulated main rotor system, infinite life composite blades, Fenestron tail rotor, and state of the art avionics make this revolutionary machine the safest and most enjoyable helicopter in its class to fly.
- Engine: Lycoming 0-360
- Gross Weight: 700 Kilograms
- Endurance: 4.5 hours
- Cruise Speed: 90 Knots
- Max Operating Alt: 13,000 Feet
The R44 is the fastest selling helicopter in the world today. Seating four, the R44 offers unobstructed cabin area, having no bulkhead between front and rear seats, assuring exceptional visibility for all on board. The majority of student pilots will find themselves flying this helicopter when they step into their first job.
- Engine: Lycoming IO‐540
- Gross Weight: 1136 Kilograms
- Endurance: 3 hours
- Cruise Speed: 110 Knots
- Max Operating Alt: 14,000 Feet
Photography by John McCaw
John McCaw has played with cameras all his life. John has a farming background and works as an agronomist, selling grain, seed and expertise to farmers for Luisetti Seeds. He is also a keen aviator owning and flying his own glider. He travels everywhere with his camera and finds many occasions during his ‘day job’ to record farming and landscape images. His passion for aviation has meant he has huge experience photographing aircraft both in the air and from the ground.
John and his wife Jill have an extensive library of images that can be viewed by clicking here