Rangitikei Helicopters has recently set up a satellite base in the Upper Rakaia in the south island, operating an MD-520 Notar. Rangitikei Helicopters is a long-standing business in the Rangitikei/Manawatu region, owned by Simon & Rachael Werthmuller. Simon has flown in the Manawatu-Rangitikei area since 1991, establishing Rangitikei Helicopters in 1998. From its inception, Rangitikei Helicopters was solely an agricultural-based company operating one helicopter from its Rewa base. From 2002, Rangitikei Helicopters diversified its operation into commercial air transport work with its CAA 135 certificate. This diversification saw Rangitikei Helicopters taking on a wide range of contracts and work for Department of Conservation, Regional Councils, Vector Gas, electrical companies, Search & Rescue, Rural Fire and local hunters and lodges.
Rakaia and Rangitikei Helicopters now operate 5 helicopters (ZK-ITX McDonnell Douglas 520 Notar, ZK-HFJ McDonald Douglas 520 Notar, ZK-IDG Bell 206 Jet Ranger, Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and ZK-HLY Robinson R44) from its Rewa base in a variety of roles. Agricultural work is still the cornerstone of our business and over the years we have enjoyed developing equipment and techniques to service the ever-changing agricultural sectors. Our Company’s ability to think outside the square and ingenuity with developing new equipment has seen us secure and complete major contracts in the Lower North Island.