Jason Diedrichs (JD), Director & Chief Pilot
Our director and chief pilot, Jason Diedrichs has almost 10,000 hours of flying experience as a commercial helicopter pilot. Prior to doing his commercial pilots licence he was employed as a professional hunter in the Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks.
Jason is from a farming background and was brought up in rural Wairarapa, before his hunting and flying career he was a farm manager and fencing contractor and Wairarapa Bush rep rugby player. These activities have formed long-time relationships within the rural sector he now services. Jason has a wealth of farming and commercial helicopter operations knowledge and is always happy to help with your enquiries.
Bill Rainey, Senior Pilot / Agricultural Division Manager
Bill has come to us from a farming family in Taihape, this places him in a good position to focus on AHNZL Agricultural Operations as Agricultural Division Manager. He has spent some time overseas flying Hughes 500’s and Robinson R44’s as a pilot for a company based in Guam and in Australia on exploration operations, he has returned to NZ to expand his experience with an Agricultural Rating. With 3,000hrs under his belt, Bill is a driven individual with a quiet confidence which enhances our companies depth and experience.
Sally Diedrichs, Director & CEO
Sally is Company Director and Chief Executive Officer for AHNZL, she has many years of business experience and is responsible for the overall direction and health of AHNZL the company. Sally not only manages our busy office but is also responsible for Business Planning – Marketing & Promotion – Staff Management – Health & Safety – Radio Communications – Flight Following. Sally is actively involved in the day to day flying operations and is first contact and communications support for all emergency flights, these are a few of the hats this lady wears.
Laura Quin / Office Admin
Laura joined our team in October 2016, as PA to the Directors, Laura has made a real difference to the never ending paper war and with a background in Administration and Business communications has given the Directors some very appreciated support.
A Rural Carterton girl, born and breed in the Wairarapa, Laura has had a long affiliation with Amalgamated Helicopters having grown up on Wiltons Road, and spent many years visiting with our family as one of our daughters childhood friends, Laura and her partner Tony have a young family of 3 children that they are enjoying bringing up in the Warirarapa.
So the next time you call our office it will most likely be Laura that greets you, she will always be happy to assist with your inquiries.
Jamie Hansen, Tourism Division & Base Manager / Pilot
Jamie joined our team in September 2012 as Ground Crewman. Jamie is a home-grown Wairarapa man who you may recognise from Tullochs Farm Machinery in Masterton. He recently completed his Commercial Helicopter Pilot training in Christchurch and also brings aviation experience from his time in the NZ Air Force and at Wellington Airport.
Jamie has been flying and crewing at AHNZL for 3 years now and has successfully launched AHNZL Tourism Division including our Face Book page which he regularly up-dates and runs the odd competition from, you can contact him any time either via our sales page, Facebook or main office 06-3798600 for a Taylor Made Flight to fit your budget.
Alistair Martin – Pilot
The Directors have developed a mentoring program aimed at offering an opportunity to new Commercial Pilots enabling them to gain experience in a Commercial Aviation Company, Jordan has recently joined the team under this scheme after obtaining his Commercial Helicopter License.
He is working closely under senior staff supervision, learning invaluable skills as a ground crewman and seeing first hand just what is involved with the commercial pilot flying that he aspires to.
Jordan has already attained several credentials that have made him stand out among the applicants, he has his First Aid Certificate and Dangerous Goods endorsement and will soon be undertaking training with Growsafe to become an approved chemical handler – these are the minimum requirements for his role. He will also complete a Fire Behaviour and Environment course to be able to attend fires in the coming summers.
Jordan is from Tauranga and a keen sportsman excelling in golf and target shooting, he represented New Zealand against Scotland in the under 25 junior grade winning the competition.
He has completed his first major goal by achieving his Commercial License and now he is learning how a busy commercial helicopter operation runs from the ground up.
Welcome Jordan we look forward to seeing your progress with AHNZL
Neil Laing, AHNZL Engineer
Neil (Rocket Man) has been AHNZL’s engineer for over 17 years. Neil is one of New Zealand’s most experienced MD500 helicopter engineers, with a career spanning over 35 years. We consider ourselves lucky to have him servicing our MD500E.