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Keith Stephens DIRECTOR 

Keith Stephens MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF PILOT

Keith established Advanced Flight in 1998. He has 23 years experience flying helicopters and holds a Category A Instructor Rating (one of only 22 in New Zealand) with Flight Examiner privileges. Keith was the driving force behind the development of Advanced Flight's new home, Auckland Heliport, which was awarded the 2011 New Zealand Architecture Award for Commercial Architecture.

keith@advancedflight.co.nz

Michael Hayton PILOT

Michael Hayton 

With a flying career spanning 33 years there is very little Michael hasn't done. From cattle mustering in Australia and agriculture work in the South Island, to police helicopter duties in Auckland and trips to Antarctica, Michael has many stories to share with our customers but usually prefers to hear theirs.

michael@advancedflight.co.nz

 Rogey Kyle PILOT

Roger Kyle

Roger brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the Advanced Flight team. He enjoyed a long career with Cathay Pacific as a Flight Engineer before moving into helicopters where he has made flying his profession and his passion.

roger@advancedflight.co.nz

Rianne Cole PILOT

Rianne Cole 

Rianne is Advanced Flight’s first female pilot and brings exceptional skill to her dual role running our Northland base and flying the luxury helicopter we operate on behalf of Kauri Cliffs Lodge and Golf Course. Rianne has the privilege of showing overseas guests some of the most stunning scenery the North Island has to offer.

rianne@advancedflight.co.nz

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Leon Peet

Leon has a diversity of life experience which makes him a valuable asset to our team. After working for the NZ Police force for 7 years Leon then made the decision to embark on a career in Aviation. His experience includes flight instructing and 4 years in Australia flying live power line inspections. This teamed with a friendly smile and an outgoing personality make Leon a welcome addition to Advanced Flight.

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James Brown

James brings over 20 years of experience to Advanced Flight. Highlights of his career include taking part in relief missions after hurricane Katrina, flying miles of power line construction projects and fighting some of the world's largest wild fires. James has gained extensive knowledge and hands on experience from participating in a diversity of operations within the industry.

Advanced Flight Office > +64 9 636 0509

Jane Stephens OPERATIONS CO-ORDINATOR

Jane Stephens OPERATIONS CO-ORDINATOR

Jane coordinates the many activities that make up the efficient operation of a busy heliport. She handles customer enquiries, provides tour recommendations, works closely with event organisers and suppliers for functions held at the heliport, and manages our marketing and corporate partnerships.

jane@advancedflight.co.nz
M: 021 808 970

 Andrea Paley FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Andrea Paley FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Andrea has overall responsibility for the financial administration of Advanced Flight, Advanced Flight Engineering and Auckland Heliport. She has extensive experience in accounting and is a superb organiser. Contrary to her profession, she loves to organise (and write the cheques for) company parties.

andrea@advancedflight.co.nz

Advanced Flight Engineering > +64 9 636 0510

Wayne Griffin CHIEF ENGINEER

Wayne Griffin CHIEF ENGINEER

Keeping Advanced Flight aircraft up and running 24/7 is our enormously experienced chief engineer. Wayne has impressive troubleshooting and problem-solving skills, and has completed factory courses with all the major helicopter manufacturers in Europe and the USA.

wayne@advancedflight.co.nz
M: 021 887 129

Jenny Barrett ADMINISTRATOR

Jenny Barrett MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR

Jenny assists our chief engineer, and is responsible for updating and maintaining our detailed aircraft logs, ensuring we deliver on our commitment to the highest safety standards under the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.

jenny@advancedflight.co.nz