Commercial Flights

We can customise our helicopter flights to suit your needs, whether you are flying for commercial or private reasons. Here are some of the options:


Hunting and Fishing

The West Coast is renowned for its fantastic Tahr, Chamois and deer hunting areas. Our pilots are very experienced and have extensive local knowledge. They skillfully manage drop-off points for hunters instead of just dropping everyone in one area. This ensures better hunting experiences for everyone, now and in the future. Fox & Franz Heliservices will provide you with a safe, professional and reliable service.


Frost Control

Frost control is a critical component of the fruit growing industry when the buds are out and the fruit is forming, and a crop is extremely vulnerable between August and December.

Fox and Franz Heliservices fleet of Hughes 500D and AS350 helicopters are equipped with radios to maintain two-way radio communications with other pilots, ground crew and the orchardists. With our own company frequency we are able to supply a hand-held radio to the orchard to maintain two-way communication with the helicopter pilots.

Helicopters have the ability to draw air down through its blades and force it below. We can use this process to pull warmer air from the inversion layer above and push it onto the surface below across targeted vegetables and vines. This air movement warms the atmosphere around the plants and prevents frost from establishing on the buds, leaves and fruit.





Fox and Franz Heliservices operates a modern fleet of helicopters and equipment, with comprehensive systems to support fire control operations. Our fleet provides you with flexibility and availability for aerial fire suppression.

Our quick response to fires allows us to promptly assist with controlling fires and protecting properties in the West Coast and Canterbury regions. We have our own range of aerial firefighting equipment and employ highly experienced ground support crew. Our pilots are highly skilled in firefighting within Australasia and have all completed the relevant NZQA standards up to Lead Fire Pilot.

We offer the follow fire-fighting capabilities:

Aerial mapping and infrared imaging
Surveillance and control post
Water bombing
Ground crew support





At Fox and Franz Heliservices, we offer lifting capabilities on all of our aircraft; We have the Hughes 500D for smaller jobs and the AS350 for bigger jobs up to 900kg.

We offer precession placement of all things that can be lifted, i.e., concrete, gravelling, fire-fighting, construction, aerial sluicing, banner towing, and power line survey/stringing.

Any lifting job will be looked at and considered.




Aerial Photography

With the impressive Southern Alps, Mount Cook and Westland National Parks at our doorstep we can cover a large area in a short time for those dramatic photos or video you are after.

Our pilots have a lot of experience in filming and photography work and will put you in the right spot at the right time for that perfect image and video. With a great wealth of knowledge about the terrain and lighting throughout this area our pilots can help with the planning of your video or photo-shoot to maximise your time efficiently so you can achieve outstanding images to showcase this spectacular area.

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