About Christchurch Helicopters

Our Team

Terry Murdoch
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Murdoch
Marketing Manager/Pilot
Jack Murdoch
Aircraft Sales Manager/Pilot
Philippa Murdoch
Accounts Manager
Scott Snellex
CFI - Chief Flight Instructor/Pilot
Richie McCaw
Pilot
Geoff Foster
Operations Manager/Pilot
Aaron Boddy
Engineer/Pilot
Kevin Walsh
Guimbal Sales Manager/Pilot
Chris Johnson
Health & Safety Manager/Pilot
Jess Waters
Client Liaison/Marketing
Jordan Donne
Ground Crew/Pilot
Will Marson
Aerial Survey Manager
Tony Ballantyne
Ground Theory Tutor
George Hutchinson
Engineer
Joel Churcher
Engineer
Sam Stevens
Grounds Manager
Gus Murdoch
CGO - Chief Greeting Officer

Our Aircraft

Airbus AS355 F2 Twin Engine

The Airbus AS355 is a twin engine six seat light utility helicopter popular worldwide and used in many types of operations.

Its twin-engine design enhances safety, and its modern avionics ensure efficient and reliable operations.

Our AS355 can be configured for both VIP transport and Commercial operations.

  • Engines: 2x Rolls Royce 250-C20F
  • Endurance: 2.5 hours
  • Cruise Speed: 120kts
  • Max Operating Alt: 16,000 Ft
Industries
Industries

Used for Survey Work, Aerial Photography, Private Charters and other Commercial/Tourism work

Airbus H125 B3E

The Airbus H125 B3E is a powerful and versatile single-engine helicopter by Airbus Helicopters, well-suited for a wide range of missions, thanks to its high performance, modern avionics, and enhanced lifting capacity.

  • Engine: 1 x Arriel 2D Engine
  • Endurance: 2.5 hours
  • Cruise Speed: 120kts
  • Max Operating Alt: 23,000ft
Industries
Industries

Used for Firefighting, Survey Work, Aerial Photography, Private Charters and other Commercial/Tourism work

Passengers
Passengers

Can seat up to 6 passengers (depending on weights)

Airbus AS350 B2

The Airbus AS350 B2 is one of the most utilised helicopters in the world. Its versatility, reliability, comfort, powerful engine and compact design make it perfect for a wide range of operations such as firefighting, lifting, commercial operations and tourism. Christchurch Helicopters operates 2x AS350 B2 aircraft and can be configured for VIP or Utility Operations.

  • Engine: 1 Arriel 1D1 Engine
  • Endurance: 2.5 hours
  • Cruise Speed: 120 Knots
  • Max Operating Alt: 20,000 Feet
Industries
Industries

Used for Firefighting, Survey Work, Aerial Photography, Private Charters and other Commercial/Tourism work

Passengers
Passengers

Can seat up to 6 passengers (depending on weights)

Eurocopter EC120 Colibri

The EC120 helicopter, manufactured by Airbus Helicopters, is a nimble, economical and efficient aircraft that excels in versatility and performance. With its sleek appearance, spacious cabin, advanced technology, and low noise footprint fenestron tail rotor, the EC120 is well-suited for a wide range of operations, including private charters, tourism and commercial work.

  • Engine: Arrius 2F
  • Endurance: 3hours
  • Cruise Speed: 115kts
  • Max Operating Alt: 20,000ft
Industries
Industries

Used for Tourism, LiDAR, Aerial Survey and Private Charters

Passengers
Passengers

Can take up to 4 passengers (depending on weights)

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
  • Endurance: 3.5 hours
  • Cruise Speed: 90kts
  • Max Operating Alt: 13,000ft
Industries
Industries

Used for Flight Training, Mustering, Scenic Flights and Survey work

MD 500E

The MD 500E is a five-blade main rotor turbine powered helicopter. It has been developed from the Hughes 500. These machines are renowned as being highly manoeuvrable, agile and high-powered. We use the 500 for a wide range of operations.

  • Engine: Rolls-Royce 250-C20B
  • Endurance: 2 hours
  • Cruise Speed: 120kts
  • Max Operating Alt: 16,000ft
Industries
Industries

Used for Agricultural Spraying, Fertiliser, Survey Work

MD 520N

The MD 520N is a single-turbine engine, five-bladed helicopter that uses the NOTAR anti-torque system. This system decreases the noise of the helicopter, due to the fan being enclosed in the tailboom, which also eliminates the chance of persons being injured on the ground. This helicopter is a development of the MD 500.

  • Engines: Rolls-Royce 250-C20R
  • Endurance: 2 hours
  • Cruise Speed: 120kts
  • Max Operating Alt: 20,000ft
Industries
Industries

Used for Agricultural Spraying, Fertiliser, Survey Work

Robinson 44

The Robinson R44 Helicopter is a versatile and widely used light utility helicopter known for its compact design, reliability, and popularity in various operations.

  • Engines: Lycoming 0-540
  • Endurance: 3 hours
  • Cruise Speed: 110kts
  • Max Operating Alt: 14,000ft
Industries
Industries

Used for Flight Training, Agriculture, Scenic Flights and Survey work