0800 FLY FRANZ / 0064 3752 0203 bookings@gch.nz

Our Friendly Staff

Poppy Gordon

CEO / Pilot / Owner

Poppy Gordon is Glacier Country Helicopters CEO and line pilot. She was brought up in the helicopter industry in the glacier region and is from a family of helicopter pilots.


+64 27 232 7777

Gus Gordon

Deputy Operations Manager / Pilot / Owner

Gus was brought up in the aviation industry and is from a family lineage of aviators, dating back to when his grandfather began flying as a pilot in 1917. He has many years of experience working within the industry. Gus is our “Go To” organizer for exciting adventures.


+64 21 896 502

John Funnell

Operations Manager

John Funnell is our chief pilot and brings with him over 40 + years of mountain flying experience in the aviation industry.


Jay Grift

Line Pilot / Training Manager

Jay is a B and D Category Instructor and comes from a military background.
Before starting as a pilot and instructor he has been a senior crewman and winch operator in Australia and New Zealand.


+64 3 7520 329

Matt Hayes

Line Pilot

Completing his first pilot’s license in 1995, he has years of experience in the aviation & tourism industries. From taking people for Tandem Skydives, to Helicopter tours.


+64 3 7520 329

Our Fleet

AS350 B2 Squirrel

Glacier Country Helicopters operates two blue AS350 B2 squirrels. The squirrels have 6 comfortable passenger seats each. Their large windows are perfect for your scenic flight and photo opportunity. They are versatile and excellent for operating in our high, remote mountain environment.

MD520 Notar

The MD520 is a member of an exclusive class of the safest, quietest Helicopters in the world. Notar stands for ‘no tail rotor’. The MD520 Notar system has a proven safety margin. It also provides up to a 50% reduction in noise over other helicopters.