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Craig Lyders

Craig joined Heliworks in 2017, after 8 years working as an agricultural and commercial helicopter pilot throughout Otago and Southland.
He also has spent time flying in Australia and Indonesia. Craig grew up on a sheep and beef farm at Waitahuna, Otago, New Zealand and began his flying career as a top dressing pilot in 1995.

Craig has 22 years flying experience with 9,700+ flying hours, including:

  • 5,200+ hours helicopter flying time and 4,500 hours fixed wing
  • Scenic operations throughout the Southern Lakes area and Fiordland
  • Medivac and Search & Rescue
  • Long line operations
  • Cherry drying and frost
  • Fire Fighting
  • Aerial photography and surveys


Craig Lyders

Queenstown 0800 464 354  
Mount Cook 0800 666 668