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Old 26th Apr 2019, 05:23
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Private Hire Queenstown

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Anyone know any companies that have decent 4 - 6 seater aircraft for hire in Queenstown? Looking at doing my own scenic with up to -4 friends, have a CPL and over 1000h. Ideally Highwing (C210) but a Cherokee 6 would suit as well.

Any other nearby suggestions would be great!
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Old 26th Apr 2019, 07:03
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You current IFR?
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Old 26th Apr 2019, 08:13
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Stunning video, thanks!

Can someone post the approach plate that they were flying?

Update: disregard, I think I found it on aip.net.nz not surprising it's for approved operators only.

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Old 26th Apr 2019, 09:33
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Yep a great video and the RH turn descending into cloud is a cackler moment.
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Old 26th Apr 2019, 13:20
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You current IFR?
Affirm.. but then again, those conditions aren't exactly conducive to a scenic flight!

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Was when I was there - any flight was good.

Including buzzing the jet boat in the chopper & visa versa.

Enjoy if you can get a craft, if not enjoy anyway - a great place.
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Old 27th Apr 2019, 11:30
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Originally Posted by airwolf117 View Post
Hi All

Anyone know any companies that have decent 4 - 6 seater aircraft for hire in Queenstown? Looking at doing my own scenic with up to -4 friends, have a CPL and over 1000h. Ideally Highwing (C210) but a Cherokee 6 would suit as well.

Any other nearby suggestions would be great!
I think you'll find it almost impossible to hire for your own "scenic' in that part of the world. I very much doubt you'll find anyone willing to hire anything bigger then a 4 seater and even then unlikely to let you head off by yourself into the mountains without either a safety pilot (instructor) with you or a very extensive checkout before hand, no matter what size of aircraft. Before you can get a PPL in New Zealand these days you need dual training and a sign off for mountain flying.
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Including buzzing the jet boat in the chopper & visa versa.
Jet boats were buzzing the choppers????
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Old 6th May 2019, 02:04
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Jet boats were buzzing the choppers????
You could be a pax in both - not at the same time obviously.
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I think you'll find it almost impossible to hire for your own "scenic' in that part of the world. I very much doubt you'll find anyone willing to hire anything bigger then a 4 seater and even then unlikely to let you head off by yourself into the mountains without either a safety pilot (instructor) with you or a very extensive checkout before hand, no matter what size of aircraft. Before you can get a PPL in New Zealand these days you need dual training and a sign off for mountain flying.
Pretty much this.

I've flown twice at Queenstown - both times thankfully going up with an instructor from Lake Wakatipu Aero Club. Incidentally, they have been kicked out of Queenstown, but I believe now have a new home at Kingston. First time I went up in a C152, and then a C172. I don't know that they had anything bigger on crosshire but their website (dated?) said they have/had a 206.

One thing's for sure, if you haven't had any mountain flying time you'd be a brave or ignorant soul to head out there, despite your >1000 hours experience. Both times I flew were fairly benign days by QN standards, but the weather can change very quickly and winds make things interesting. There is really no environment like it in Aus, you'd have to go to the northern hemisphere to get something similar.

They used to run mountain flying courses when they were based at Queenstown which definitely sounded like a worthwhile investment. Maybe you could do that and then convince someone to crosshire you a six-seater, but I don't know...
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I've been away from the area for two years but I'm quite sure there are no longer any options to private hire from Queenstown.
As mentioned above, the Wakatipu Aero Club has moved to a grass strip just south of the Kingston township. I don't know what aircraft are available these days. Suffice it to say that the club is a shadow of its former self because of the mistreatment it suffered at the hands of the Queenstown Airport Corporation which looks upon GA as a nuisance.
There may be opportunities to fly from Wanaka. There used to be several training organisations there but I'm not up to date with the present situation.
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