Our Pilots

Norman  McTabby II

Norman McTabby II

Passenger meet and greet

Norman is a born and bred local and has been a valued part of the team since 2010. Norman's favourite part of the job is meeting passengers (and getting the occasional pat).

  • Born: 11 April 1961 (cat years)
  • Employed Since: 11 April 2010
  • Supervises pilots and flight coordinators
  • Ensures everything is shipshape
Jake  Broadhurst

Jake Broadhurst

Operations Manager / Line Pilot

  • Born: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Best Part of my Job: Showing people around the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has too offer and giving people a once in a lifetime experience.
  • Hobbies: Drumming, Traveling, Spending time in the outdoors and flying!
Andy Pye

Andy Pye

Line Pilot

Andy has a background in Radio Communication Engineering, and has flown in Australia, Fiji and now New Zealand.

  • Born: Puckapunyal, Australia
  • Best Part of my Job: The people we meet and getting to fly in this alpine landscape
  • Hobbies: Tramping, Mountain Biking, Homebuilding Aircraft & restoring my '37 Chevy
Libby Melhopt

Libby Melhopt

Line Pilot / Safety Manager

Libby previously worked as a flight instructor in Hamilton and Oamaru before making the move to Queenstown.

  • Born: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Best Part of my Job: Flying passengers through the best scenery in NZ and seeing the Lord of the Rings locations!
  • Hobbies: Reading, Piano, Learning French.
Nikita Cox

Nikita Cox

Line Pilot

Nikita has previously worked as a flight instructor in Wanaka and Kapiti, then made the move back down south after itching to fly around the mountains again.

  • Born: Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  • Best Part of my Job: The freedom and privilege of flying amongst amazing scenes and learning about the ever changing landscapes.
  • Hobbies: Tramping, Paddle Boarding, Hitting the Gym and Studying towards a Degree in Ecology and Conservation.
Kurt Empson

Kurt Empson

Line Pilot

Previously flown in Kaikoura, moved down to Queenstown for the mountains and lifestyle

  • Born: Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Best Part of my Job: Having the privilege to fly through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and meet great people
  • Hobbies: Skiing, biking, being outdoors
Shane Rathbun

Shane Rathbun

Line Pilot

Shane has worked in the visitor safety division of a number of national parks responding to emergency calls for service before New Zealand’s mountainous terrain drew him south from the northern hemisphere.

  • Born: Mt Shasta, California, USA
  • Best part of your job: It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to share with others the beautiful mountainous landscapes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and Milford Sound.
  • Hobbies: ski guiding, mountaineering, and spending time outside.
Stuart Robertson

Stuart Robertson

Line Pilot

Stu made the great move from New Plymouth to Queenstown to enjoy the lifestyle and his flying career.

  • Born: New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • Best Part of my Job: Working with great people. Flying around the most amazing scenery in the world.
  • Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Kayaking, Travelling and Sword Fighting.

Pilot Jobs


Please email us to enquire about any upcoming positions. 

Our Planes

With over 40 years of flying customers to experience the magic of Milford Sound, our experienced and dedicated team will provide you with a truly memorable experience.

3 x GA8 Airvans – 7 passenger seats, single engine
3 x Cessna Grand Caravan – 13 passenger seats, single turbine engine


Milford Sound Scenic Flights has been operating for over 40 years and are a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved operator. We run under strict ruling where our modern fleet are subjected to regular maintenance checks as safety is paramount. Our pilots undertake extensive training in mountain flying and all pilots have well above the required flying experience – some even having close to 8000 hours.