Award Winning Airmanship

A Te Anau helicopter pilot has been awarded the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) Outstanding Airman Award. Richard “Hannibal” Hayes received the honour for single-handedly putting out a bush fire in Queenstown in November 2005. He was the only pilot in the area with a night-vision rating, and battled 4 knot winds to get the blaze under control. Hayes runs the Te Anau-based company Southern Lakes Helicopters, which he founded in 1982. He is the first pilot to receive the FAI Outstanding Airman Award since 2003.


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Study Provides Alarming Biodiversity Figures

Study Provides Alarming Biodiversity Figures

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