28 March 2020


Commercial Helicopters Ltd, that operates Fly My Sky has been sold. The Companies Register show that the new owners are Dawn and Scott Young took over ownership on the 20th of March 2020. They are also apparently the owners of Embraer 820 ZK-DSY.  It is certainly most unfortunate timing for the new owners.

Commercial Helicopters Ltd was formed by Keith and Robyn McKenzie in 1980 to take over James Aviation’s Taumarunui helicopter operation using a Hughes 500D.

In 1987 the company diversified into fixed wing operations trading as Mountain Air and offering scenic flights over the Central North Island’s Volcanic Plateau from near the Chateau using a Cessna 172 and Cessna 206. As Mountain Air grew Piper Aztecs and Britten Norman Islanders were added to the fleet and scheduled flights between the North Island skifields and Auckland were introduced.

In 1998 the Civil Aviation Authority grounded Great Barrier Airlines and to maintain its services the grounded airline chartered aircraft from its competitor, Northern Air, and also two aircraft from Mountain Air. This was the precurser to Mountain Air entering the Great Barrier route in its own right. 

The Chateau based fixed wing operation was sold to Brent and Kathy Guy in May 2007. 

In June 2008, the decision was made to rebrand the Mountain Air operation as Fly My Sky. This involved the Great Barrier Island operation and the Taumarunui-based helicopter operation. 

The helicopter operation ended in February 2017 when the Hughes 500 was sold. 

Fly My Sky currently offers flights between Auckland and Great Barrier Island and on Hobbiton flights between Auckland and Matamata. 

For a history of Mountain Air see

For a profile of Fly My Sky see

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