Glenorchy Air Staff: A family run business since 1992

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Janet Rutherford – CEO and Owner

Originally a Geordie, Janet started Glenorchy Air with Robert in 1992. They say that Janet is in charge on the ground and Robert is in charge in the air!

AmberAmber Robinson – Office Manager

Amber has returned to Queenstown after spending a year abroad. The local beauty and spectacular mountain scenery brought her back to the region.



Robert Rutherford – Chief Pilot

Robert started Glenorchy Air in 1992 with his wife Janet; he is a Southern man with his ancestors from Otago. He is the Chief pilot and Training Captain here at Glenorchy Air.


Katie Edwards – Pilot

Katie is back in New Zealand skies after going back to Australia for a few years she couldn't resist the majestic Fiordland. 



Elina Martin - Office Administrator

Elina joins our team from Germany, and probably one of the nicest people in the world. (Self confessed).


Mackenzie Gardyne - Pilot

Mackenzie is a kiwi; brought up in Wellington. He has now settled in Queenstown and has a great knowledge of the area after completing all of his flying here.



Will Clark – Pilot

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



James Stokes - Pilot

James is originally from Auckland but Queenstown is his home now.  When he isn't flying he's exploring the South by land in his 4WD. He also is a member of the Queenstown hockey team.


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Ben Cooper - Pilot

Ben is originally from Dunedin and loves spending his days off at the golf club.


Dean Houliston - Pilot

Dean is not only an avid fixed-wing pilot, he is a paragliding pilot when he is not busy working with Glenorchy Air.



Jim Rooney - Pilot

Jim has called Queenstown home for at least 10 years. Originally from the USA, Jim is also a Paraglider Pilot, but spends most of his time now safely in planes.