“The 500 will always pay a key role in our business moving forward. Adding the Squirrel means we can continue to offer an efficient and versatile service. We are keen for Charteris Choppers to be a one stop shop for helicopter services and we are confident that by offering clients the two machine options, we are on the right track to achieving that.” Blake Charteris, CEO/co-owner/Pilot
Hughes 500D model aka “Harry”
Harry has been flying the skies of Wairoa District for more than a decade and he is at the very core of the services provided by Charteris Choppers. The Hughes 500 is a versatile machine well suited to all forms of agricultural work, as well as commercial operations and tourism work including scenic flights and hunting trips. He has also proven his worth over the years in fire-fighting and search and rescue operations.
B3 Squirrel aka “Wilson”
Wilson joined the Charteris Choppers team in January 2020 to help fill a gap in the services the company can provide. Adding a bigger machine option means the ability to finish work faster for some clients because of quicker spray application, while a markedly larger lifting capacity of 1.3 to 1.4 tonnes, allows Charteris Choppers to carry out work that they couldn’t before.