Our Instructors

Ross Troughton

Ross is CEO and co-owns TNT Helicopters with his wife Yvette.
Ross has been flying helicopters for 28 years and is also a commercial airline pilot.

Ross holds:
– A and D category instructor ratings
– Flight Examiner GA
– Flight testing issue approvals for PPL, CPL, C and B Category instructor ratings and Part 135 flight crew checking

In his spare time Ross likes riding and racing motorbikes and racing sprint cars. He is a former NZ jet ski champion, former South Island Modified Speedway champion, former Nelson Sprintcar champion, and current South Island Masters Moto-x Champion. When he’s not burning fossil fuel Ross can be found spending time with his wife and four children.


Dave Sowman

Dave is Chief Flying Instructor.

Dave holds:
– A, D and E category instructor ratings
– Flight Examiner GA
– Flight testing issue approvals for PPL, CPL, C and B Category instructor ratings and Part 135 flight crew checking
– Agricultural Rating

Dave began his flying career 28 years ago, with the helicopter company that preceded TNT Helicopters. He has since worked as an instructor, sling pilot, check and training captain, agricultural pilot, and in firefighting and lifting throughout New Zealand and internationally. He spent six seasons in Antarctica supporting scientific research and has flown MIA Ops in Cambodia and Laos.

In 2011 Dave headed across to Penticton, Canada and completed the legendary Canadian Helicopters Advanced Mountain Flight Course. Summer 2018/19 Summer saw Dave complete his last of his “Ice” tours – the first to Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea (85 days) and the second to the Antarctic Peninsula and on to Punta Arenis, Chile (55 days).


Toby Newman-Dennis

Toby is one of TnT Helicopters Flight Instructors

Toby holds:
– C Category Instructor Rating 

Toby began his flying career around 2013 and has been working for TnT as a flight Instructor since late 2018. 

He has been living in the Motueka area for three years now and is an advocate for the ideal flying conditions and geography the Tasman area has to offer.

Toby is very passionate about the helicopter industry, and gets great satisfaction from working with students from all walks of life. He understands that patience and the understanding of a student as an individual is vital in building a safe, competent and confident Pilot. 

In His spare time you will find Toby doing various water sports such as diving or water skiing, walking the hills of Motueka with his two dogs, or exploring the hidden beaches of the Able Tasman national park in his boat. 

TNT Helicopters
126 Queen Victoria Street
Motueka
New Zealand 7120

Tel: 0800 835 943
Email: info@tnthelicopters.co.nz

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