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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Paul Cooper – Chief Pilot

Paul has been flying from Wanaka and Makarora for over 30 years and has been Chief Pilot at Southern Alps Air for 25+ years. Having completed thousands of flights, he still finds himself astonished by the spectacular landscape he fly’s through year round. Paul grew up in Wanaka and has spent much of his life either here or close by ever since. 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 – CEO

Anne has been involved in Tourism most of her working life and has a great passion for the industry. Herself and Paul have worked together in the aviation sector since Paul gained his commercial pilot licence in the mid 1980’s, raising three gorgeous children along the way. The highlight of Anne’s day is always seeing the delight on clients’ 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.

Ryan Cooper – Pilot

Son of Anne & Paul, Ryan was raised in the great outdoors flying with his family to remote places from a very young age. He attended primary school in Makarora before moving to Wanaka for high school. After working in different roles outside aviation he completed his commercial pilot training in Nelson. He started his flying career with Southern Alps Air in 2017. Outside flying he enjoys hunting, fishing, and exploring the outdoors.

Jake Broadhurst – Pilot

Jake hails from Christchurch where he also completed his flight training. Following this he moved south to fly the famous ‘Cascade Whitebait Run’, airfreighting whitebait from the West Coast to Christchurch, where it is distributed and sold. Jake then joined Southern Alps Air in 2018. Outside of aviation he enjoys travelling, hunting, fishing and competing in pipe band drumming.

Angus Kerr – Pilot

Angus grew up in Alexandra and spent a lot of time cycling around central Otago. He trained as a commercial pilot in Nelson and got his first commercial flying job with Southern Alps Air. When he’s not flying you’ll find him mountain biking, playing a round of golf or spending time in the mountains.

Michael Pearson – Pilot

Michael grew up in Wanaka and 20 years on is still here. After finishing high school he moved to Nelson to complete his flight training. He then moved back to Wanaka in 2018 to begin his first commercial flying job with Southern Alps Air. Outside flying he enjoys skiing, running and hiking in our great backyard.

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