Glenorchy Air is a family-owned company based in stunning Queenstown, New Zealand. Our pilots are trained and assessed to the highest standards and have thousands of hours of experience flying in the mountains of Central Otago and Fiordland. Our ground staff are highly skilled and experienced locals who will curate a spectacular scenic experience for you and will always go that extra mile.

James Stokes

Managing Director

As well as his role as a company pilot, James is the training captain at Glenorchy Air, helps with maintenance planning and is also our CAA flight examiner. James is passionate about all things aviation and can usually be found learning about, talking about or flying planes. When not at work he is exploring the South Island or at home spending time with his lovely wife Kirstin and daughter Piper.

Megan George

Operations Manager

Megan has been flying locally since the early 2000's amongst the mountains of Queenstown and Milford Sound. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, biking and skiing and being at home in Wanaka with her wee dog Freddy. You'll find her flying our gorgeous new Cessna Grand Caravan EX!

Michael Rutherford

Safety Systems Manager

Michael is a born and bred Kiwi and has held many different roles in the aviation industry. He has recently moved back to Queenstown with his family and rejoined the Glenorchy Air team after some time spent in Auckland.

Michaela Jewson

Business Manager

Michaela moved to Queenstown in 2017 having fallen in love with the mountains, the lakes, the coastline and the kiwi spirit whilst here on holiday. Her passion for aviation comes from time spent working for private jets and commercial airlines both on the ground and in the air in the UK. When she’s not at work she’ll likely be found out hiking or frequenting Perky’s floating bar.

Joe Kirby

Sales + Marketing Manager

Joe grew up just outside of London but decided to make the move over to New Zealand in January 2018 and landed in Queenstown in March. In winter you'll find him up the mountains and in summer playing frisbee golf! All year round he will be annoying colleagues with his terrible sense of humour.

Kirstin Stokes

Brand Manager

Originally from the Pacific Northwest in the US, Kirstin moved to Central Otago over 15 years ago and quickly fell in love with New Zealand. She worked for the iconic kiwi brand Icebreaker as part of their original eCommerce team. She spends all of her time with her daughter Piper and husband James exploring the beautiful South Island.

Jim Rooney

Senior Pilot

Jim's our American expat. He came to New Zealand in 2005 and decided to stay. When asked about living in New Zealand, he jokes that "I came over for just a three month flying job...It's been a long three months!"

Will Clark

Senior Pilot

Will is our Queenstown local and has been flying in the area since 2003. He'll be happy to share his knowledge and local secrets.

Conner Smith

Line Pilot

Originally from Auckland, Conner moved to Queenstown to further pursue his passion and career in aviation. Outside of work, you'll find him hiking in the beautiful Central Otago region or participating in a range of difference sports including golf, squash and tennis.

Ben Cooper

Line Pilot

Ben grew up in Dunedin, but now calls Arrowtown home. Having recently returned to the company after a short stint overseas, Ben's realised that Central Otago is the place to be. Outside of work he can be found hiking or playing golf.

Joseph Allen-Perkins

Line Pilot

Originally from the Canterbury Plains, Joseph has decided he prefers Otago Planes and recently made the move south. You'll frequently find Joseph behind a guitar, in the squash court, or in his garage under his car which he works on in his spare time.

Jamie Sugden

Flight Coordinator Team Leader

Jamie, originally from Auckland, moved to the South Island because she fell in love with the relaxed lifestyle. She enjoys hiking, spending time with her nephews and nieces and loves a good pub quiz.

Shura Caris

Flight Coordinator

Raised in Wellington, Shura knows what a real windy day is like! She lived on Ohakune on the North Island for over a decade as a snowboard instructor, but has been pulled down south by the biking and snow in Queenstown.

Ancy Ekka

Flight Coordinator

Ancy comes to us from a place named Bhopal, situated in the heart of incredible India. She moved to Queenstown in 2017 to pursue her career in Tourism and Hospitality. She holds a diploma with the International Air Transport Association, which is where her passion for aviation came from. Ancy loves exploring new brunch places in Queenstown.

Amy Krasey

Flight Coordinator

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Amy has moved down to Queenstown seeking the mountain lifestyle. She's also lived in Banff, Canada. She can be found hiking or enjoying a nice meal in town.

Isabel Woodhouse

Operations Assistant

Isabel is an Otago local and has a big passion for aviation. Outside of work, you will often find her in a dance studio or spending time with family and friends.

Rob Meili

Operations Assistant

Rob has recently moved down to Queenstown from Christchurch to join our team. When he's not at the airport, you'll find him flying gliders and enjoying the running and mountain bikes trails.

Joel Cameron

Operations Assistant

Joel has traded busy Christchurch for the serene landscapes of Queenstown. When not at work, you will find him navigating scenic mountain bike trails or perfecting his swing at the many golf courses around Queenstown.


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