Mission Impossible Fallout: Sharing the sky with Tom Cruise

Lake Quill: The location of the Helicopter gun fight in Fallout, and one of the captive lakes seen on our return journey from Milford Sound.

The newly released blockbuster boasts a star studded cast, including household names such as Tom Cruise, Henry Cavil, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson. As impressive as the cast is we feel that it played second fiddle to some of the breath taking filming locations. Milford Sound, Glenorchy and Queenstown, were all used in the exhilarating helicopter scenes that Cruise spent two years getting his licence to create. These filming locations just so happen to be exactly where we fly over on our way to Milford Sound.

With stunning scenery in every direction, it’s no surprise that this part of the world has become popular with film makers. Most notably the home of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, Central Otago and Fjordland has since played host to The Water Horse (2007), Wolverine (2009), Top Of The Lake (2013) and Alien Covenant (2017).

Having an sterling  track record in the film industry, some of the most impressive scenery in the world, and special aviation laws that accommodate “stunt flying”, it was a no brainer to record the helicopter scenes for the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise here. Watching the movie gave us an exhilarating, and terrifying, perspective on a flight that we’re so familiar with. While we won’t be trying to recreate any of Cruise’s stunts in out fixed wing planes it was definitely fun to watch.

If you would like to get an aerial view of all the incredible places mentioned above, without having to dangle from a rope a few thousand feet above the ground, then get in touch, we’d love to have you!

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Winter has arrived.

The temperature has dropped and the peaks are capped with snow. Winter is upon us and so we begin our 2018 Winter Timetable for our flights to Milford Sound.

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to meet the Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise in Milford Sound, and both trips include a delicious buffet lunch. Our Fly/Cruise and Kayak/Fly trip will depart at 10.30am and enjoys 4 hours in the majestic sound, with a picnic lunch.Winter Collage

Glenorchy Air Celebrates 25 years of operating

A few months ago, November 2017, Glenorchy Air celebrated its 25th Anniversary of operating. 

We are very pleased to be celebrating this milestone and proud to be part of the Queenstown aviation community for so many years. 

We started with small beginnings in 1992, and now operate 5 aircraft out of our Queenstown Terminal base and airside hangar.

With over 10 staff members we are on target for flying 10,000 passengers in 2018! (Fingers crossed for the weather)

We would also like to thank everyone who has helped us meet this milestone. 

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