Our Team

Management Staff

Brett Sanders
Brett is the driving force behind Heliflite. Starting his career in aviation over 30 years ago as an engineer, he quickly got the bug to fly. His first job was flying a Hughes 500 off Tuna boats. Since then he has moved all the way up in the aviation world and is a fixed-wing ATPL and C-Cat pilot as well as a licensed Helicopter pilot.

Sylvia Sanders
Sylvia is the glue that holds us together. Commonly referred to as Brett’s better half, Sylvia has been with Heliflite since day one. She is responsible for the business administration and is most likely the bubbly voice you hear at the other end of the phone when you ring us.

Michael Norton


Pilots

Jon Keller
Jon is Heliflites CFI as a qualified B-Category Instructor and Operations Manager. Jon also flies Northland’s rescue helicopter, a Sikorsky S76 based in North Shore. Along with his aviation career, Jon has an extensive IT background through which he has built many CAA certified flight simulators. Jon has a B-Cat instructor rating and is also IFR and NVG endorsed

Ryan Trounce
Ryan is the newest addition to Heliflites Team. Ryan comes to us as a well developed B-Category Instructor and Commercial Pilot. Ryan is a very well rounded individual and is now Heliflites go-to man for all things Training. Ryan started his flying in the South Island of New Zealand where he gained his Commercial Pilots Licence. He has since then completed his C-Category & B-Category Instructor Ratings. 

David Cheer

Jamie Barrow
Jamie is a third-generation helicopter pilot, having followed in his parents, and grandfather’s footsteps in becoming a commercial helicopter pilot. He has always wanted to fly from an early age and realized his dream training as one of Heliflite’s first CPL students. Since gaining his wings, he has flown commercially with Heliflite and specializes in photography and film work flying.


Maintenance Engineers

Zack Erdos

Dan Sumner
Dan is the man that keeps our machines in the air. He is responsible for keeping our helicopters airworthy and in pristine condition. A total perfectionist, Dan takes his time to do the job right every time. A true asset to Heliflite, Dan is a real jack of all trades and is the man to talk to if you have any queries or questions about our helicopters. Dan is also currently training to become a licensed helicopter pilot

Brent Griffin