Glenorchy Air Staff: A family run business since 1992

jamesJames Stokes – Owner & Check and Training Manager

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. 

Dave CrossDave Cross – Operations Manager

Dave is a local southern guy whose passion for aviation started as an aerial top dressing pilot for some time. He then moved onto the scenic flights industry as a line pilot and progressed onto a chief pilot. He is now Glenorchy Air's newest addition as Operations Manager. 

JoeJoe Kirby - Marketing Manager

Joe grew up just outside of London but decided to make the move over to New Zealand in Jan 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. 

MichaelaMichaela Jewson- Operations Coordinator

Michaela moved to Queenstown in 2017 having fallen in love with the mountains, the lake 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. 

will-clarkWill Clark – Senior 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. 

Jim Rooney Full copyJim Rooney – Senior Pilot

Jim's our American refugee. He came to NZ 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. 

Liam Liam Anderson - Line Pilot

Originally from Motueka, Liam completed a Chemistry degree in Dunedin at Otago University before deciding flying was more his style. He became a flight instructor in Wanaka before joining the team here. In his spare time he enjoys all outdoor activities in particular white water kayaking. 

 Jackson Jackson Burdon - Line Pilot

Jackson is originally from Marlborough and has worked with Glenorchy Air since December 2018. Since the start of his avaition career Jackson has always enjoyed flying in the rugged wilderness of New Zealand's South Island. On his days off he can be found exploring and photographing the beauty of the local region. 

Luke Luke Petre - Line Pilot

Luke is a born and bred Queenstowner, living here for most of his short life... 
When not flying he enjoys gigging with the local jazz band. Often recognised in public for his 2 seconds of screentime on the BBC television show, Top of the Lake. ID and licensing presented on request.