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The Team


Simon Werthmuller

Founder / CEO / Chief Pilot


Simon founded Rangitikei Helicopters in 1998 and Rakaia Helicopters in 2019. Simon has been flying for 29 years in the Rangitikei/Manawatu region and has amassed over 15 thousand productive flying hours and a wide range of commercial and agricultural work. Simon was introduced to flying while working as a government culler. He has a farming background with diplomas in Agriculture and Farm Management.


Rachael Werthmuller

Founder / Office Support


Rachael has been apart of Rangitikei and Rakaia Helicopters since their conception.


Lynne Lister

Safety Manager


Lynne manages our office and is the friendly voice at the other end of the phone. Lynne has had years of aviation experience and is well skilled in G.I.S and S.M.S platforms.


Hunter Werthmuller

Base & Operations Manager / Trainee Helicopter Pilot


Hunter has been involved with Rangitikei Helicopters since 2016. In 2021 he has taken on a full time role within the company.


Dave Little

Senior Grade One Ag Pilot / Training Manager

Dave started with Rangitikei Helicopters as ground crew in 2010. In 2012 Dave completed his agricultural apprenticeship and ag-rating within the company. Since then Dave has massed over 4500 productive hours of flying. Dave is also a D-CAT Instructer.

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