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Air Napier's aim is to provide a service encompassing safety, convenience and privacy.

Air Napier, long established in 1993 is a company that has kept pace with an ever changing aviation industry. Whether it be a private charter planes, jet charters, passenger flights or freight service, we can help. Our comfortable charter planes combined with the highest standard of service ensures an enjoyable, stress-free experience.


Portfolio company of SO Capital


Meet The Team


Senior Pilot

John grew up locally in Hawkes Bay and has been with Air Napier for 2 decades. In his current role as senior pilot he provides boundless knowledge and experience regarding weather, air law, and maintenance. He has flown large multi-engine turbine aircraft in America and Africa and has also been a CAT B flight instructor in New Zealand.  

6,500 hours


Office Manager

Maxine has an extensive background in Accounting, HR Management with over 25 years’ experience in aviation, and the tourism industry. Maxine was, for example, in charge of Accounts and HR for Jetgo in Australia, a regional airline operating the Embraer E- Jets. During her time she oversaw the growth of the company from 18 to 115 staff. Upon return from Australia, Maxine spent time in Real Estate Accounting and a large logistics  company before joining Air Napier.



Quality Assurance Manager

John joined the New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC)  in 1963. He started his career in aviation as an engineer for the first 25-years, ultimately as foreman at Line Maintenance for both NAC and, following the merger, Air New Zealand, including 5 years in Los Angeles. 

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Maintenance Manager


Single Engine Aircraft, Turbo-prop Planes, Vintage Aircraft, Helicopters, Multi-engine Planes, War Planes



Repairs, Preventative Maintenance, Maintenance, Overhauls, Engineering, Inspections, Modifications.

Born in an aviation family, his family used to manufacture aircraft in Hamilton.

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Avionics Manager

Ex-Air Force Engineer.


Sammy provides sound technical support, maintaining and servicing the fleets radios, GPS systems, and navigational instruments.


He is a wizard with cables and electronics.



Flight Examiner

Alistair has flown for a living since 1984 in all sorts of roles, with single engines and single seats to the large Safe Air Argosy aircraft, and passenger airliners in between. Alister joined Life Flight in 2013. For Air Napier he performs cyclical training as well as rigorous six monthly competency assessments.  He is one of the most experienced pilots in New Zealand. 


20,000 hours & still flying. 

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