Southern Alps Air

Meet the Staff

Paul Cooper

Paul CooperPaul was born and schooled in Wanaka and has spent much of his life either here or close by ever since. He has been flying from Wanaka and Makarora for over 30 years , has been CEO of Southern Alps Air for 20+ years and is still captivated by the spectacular landscape he fly’s through year round.

If he’s not flying you’ll probably find him mountain biking one of Wanaka’s many trails or planning his next hunting or fishing trip.

Anne Cooper

Anne has been involved in Tourism most of her working life with Paul and her having worked together in the aviation sector since Paul gained his commercial pilot licence in the mid 1980’s,  raising 3 gorgeous children along the way. The best part of being involved in the business for Anne is seeing the delight on the client’s faces and listening to the excited chatter when they return from their scenic adventure.

Originally from Southland, Anne grew up on a farm in a family of 6 children. She enjoys hiking, exploring different places, flying (as a passenger, not a pilot), being at home with their animals and spending time with family and friends.

Will Plunkett

Will grew up on a farm in Canterbury and after working in the agricultural industry he moved to Christchurch to complete his commercial pilot training.

After moving to Wanaka he started working as a commercial pilot flying whitebait from the West Coast and flying people to Milford Sound.

Outside flying Will enjoys hunting and spending time with cats.


Ryan Cooper

Alex OstapowiczRaised in Makarora he moved to Wanaka and after working in different roles outside aviation he completed his commercial pilot training in Nelson. He started his commercial flying career with Southern Alps Air.

Outside flying he enjoys hunting, fishing, and exploring the outdoors.


 James Odgers

James grew up in Christchurch and spent a lot of time tramping in the valleys of the central Southern Alps. He trained as a commercial pilot and instructor in Christchurch and spent time flying in North Queensland before moving to Wanaka for commercial flying.

Fishing, walking, and spending time in the mountains are what he enjoys doing with his time outside flying.

Milford Sound Mt Aspiring Flight Map

Contact Southern Alps Air
Wanaka Airport, 12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka 9382
NZ Freephone: 0800 345 666 • Phone: +64 (0)3 443 4385 • Fax: +64 (0)3 443 8666

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