Student Testimonials

‘What do you need to learn to fly a helicopter? Motivation, and bags of it, patience and determination but above all else you need the right instructor.

I had thrown the towel in on my PPL(H) dreams when I was first introduced to Ross at TNT Helicopters. He inspired me to try again and I subsequently found that flying with the TNT team was to become a game changer.

TNT’s professionalism, extensive experience and knowledge and their commitment to building a tailored program for me was the perfect scenario for success. Instructor Toby Dennis proved to be nothing short of outstanding and had a masterful knack of knowing when to push me, when to encourage me and when to just step back and allow me to work things out for myself. His enthusiasm for flying and training was apparent with every flight and he was always willing to go that extra mile to work around the weather or my schedule. I found he had a unique ability to repackage briefs on the more difficult manoeuvres into easy to assimilate formats which really aided my progress and I truly believe Toby is the standard by which all flight instructors should be measured.  Along with an ongoing input from Dave and Ross, both vastly experienced pilots, TNT proved to be the key for me to achieve my goals and testimony to how much I enjoyed flying here was the fact that I made a ten hour round journey trip each week from Christchurch to Motueka. 

Finally, attaining my licence at 53 years of age has been bigger than I ever imagined and if you are thinking about learning to fly or have hit a brick wall then give TNT a whirl. It was definitely the right landing spot for me!’

Andrea Marsden, Christchurch NZ

Ross was one of my instructors during my initial training in Motueka in the early 2000’s. I completed instructor ratings, type ratings and was also employed by him for a period. I went on to work for Helicopters New Zealand and completed line training with Dave. My Career started off in Beautiful Motueka and took me to places overseas that I hadn’t even heard of. Both Ross and Dave have vast knowledge in the industry and will get you to where you need be. Highly recommend TNT Helicopters you won’t be disappointed.”

Ricci Hayward, Ex-HNZ Commercial Heli Pilot, B Cat Instructor, Greymouth

“I am grateful to the TNT team for the patience, care and knowledge transfer they have imparted to me.  I know I am getting the very best training that will keep me safe in the skies around New Zealand.”

Mike Ross, Helicopter Owner, North Island NZ

“I started from ground zero and was able to complete my CPL within five short months. I would highly recommend TNT Helicopters to anyone who is keen to take up helicopter flying.”

 Joshua Tay, TNT commercial pilot graduate (Singapore)

“TNT Helicopters has helped me attain all of my goals and it is still my number one choice of flight schools. Flying with TNT Helicopters has been the best flight training I have ever received. Having flown all over the world, I have always considered TNT Helicopters my home base for flight training.”

Matthew Lance, trainee pilot (USA)

“I completed both my commercial licence and instructor rating with TNT Helicopters. I loved every moment of the training and found everyone to be enthusiastic and professional. The area is also one of the best with so much varied terrain and facilities so close. I would recommend TNT Helicopters to anyone looking to start their flying career.”

Lance Burns, Pilot, Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

“I have been in and around the rotary training industry for 25 years now, and I am yet to find or hear of an area that betters Motueka as a helicopter training area. You are subject to diverse weather and terrain, all while experiencing some fun flying. Your chances of flying most days are increased dramatically. This is a huge advantage, especially during initial training. Ross’s awareness of the commercial rotary industry will ensure safe and competent flight training. His contacts throughout the industry gives students good exposure to opportunity. I would highly recommend training with Ross and his team for your flight training.”

Glen Conning, CPL H (NZ, PNG, Canada), ‘B’ cat Instructor

TNT Helicopters
126 Queen Victoria Street
New Zealand 7120

Tel: 0800 835 943

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