Keith Stephens DIRECTOR 


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.



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.

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.

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.