Utility Helicopters is committed to supplying the most highly trained professional pilots to the Australian domestic, Pacific Rim and international industry.
We specifically offer a full range of training services such as recreational, private and commercial licenses, theory courses, PPL(H) theory exams, gas turbine courses, aeronautical radio operators certificates, flight testing RPL(H) PPL(H) & CPL(H), helicopter class/type ratings, civilian and overseas conversion licenses as well as up skill lessons i.e. lifting/sling lessons, night VFR, low level, fire fighting and english language proficiency testing, mustering ratings and mustering flight testing.
Utility Helicopters is a privately owned company specialising in precision vertical airwork and helicopter flight training, Its 2 owner/operator and directors have combined, over 50+ years experience throughout Australia and New Zealand in the aviation industry both Peter and Nik also hold the key roles of Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Instructor and HAAMC.
Peter Bonniface is our Chief Pilot with vast experience in fire fighting and agricultural/forestry work as well as military pilot training as he is also a flight instructor, who specializes in Bell 204/205 endorsements and fire fighting endorsements. In New Zealand he holds an E category agricultural rating which authorises him to conduct agricultural flight testing, he has also worked in PNG acting as a CEO for a large company as well as running his own successful helicopter company in New Zealand specialising in agricultural spraying using the iconic UH1H Iroquois and a Hughes 500E.
Nik McManus operates as Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) as well as being a recognised testing officer as a representative for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
Nik is an experienced instructor with over 24+ years in the aviation industry and over 10000 hours instructing time, he has trained many pilots throughout Australia including overseas conversions and military conversions. This experience as an instructor allows Nik to quickly develop a training style needed for each individual that will suit the individual.