Our Company

Operating for over 30 years, we are Sydney’s premier helicopter service provider; we operate a wide range of aircraft types all housed on-site at Parramatta Heliport.

Founded in 1985 we are the longest-running commercial helicopter operator in Sydney. Unlike our competitors, we own our entire fleet of aircraft totalling 8, we do not operate privately owned third party aircraft. In addition, we have our own dedicated helicopter maintenance facility with licensed helicopter engineers on staff.

Our staff are our biggest asset! We have permanent staff engaged in flying, maintenance and administrative roles. Key staff are listed below:

Mark Harrold

Mark Harrold

(Chief Pilot)

Mark is the Owner and Chief Pilot of Sydney Helicopters. Mark gained his license in 2002 and is endorsed to fly 10 models of helicopters including multi-engine. Mark has accumulated many thousands of hours conducting airwork activities including feature films, aerial firefighting and external lift work.

Peter Blackburn

Peter Blackburn

(Senior Line Pilot)

Peter has been with Sydney Helicopters after obtaining his Commercial Helicopter Licence in 2008. He has gained a vast amount of experience with VIP/Corporate transfers as well as airwork activities such as photography, film, gas and powerline inspections and various aspects of aerial firefighting work.

James Williams

James Williams

(Line Pilot)

James joined Sydney Helicopters in 2013 and has gained a vast amount of experience on a range of missions including charter and air work such as photography, film, powerline inspection, and various aspects of aerial firefighting. He has experience working in remote parts of Australia including WA and the Kimberley.

Adam Schofield

Adam Schofield

(Operations Manager / Chief Crewman)

Adam has been with Sydney Helicopters since 2017 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in aircraft operations. Adams has been a crewman since 1991 and has worked for the NSW Police Airwing and has a vast amount of experience in winching, rappelling, search and rescue, and firefighting operations.

James Norman

James Norman

(Contract Pilot)

James (Jim) has been flying since 2000 and has amassed vast experience, particularly in the Airwork category of flying. His experience includes aerial firefighting, flood and emergency relief work, lifting and photography. Jim runs our Mudgee based operation.

Shane Davidge

Shane Davidge

(Line Pilot)

Shane joined the company during the 2019/2020 bushfire season and brings a wealth of experience to the business. Shane has flown throughout Australia conducting a range of flying activities including general survey, aerial shooting, gravity survey, firefighting operations and Charter.

Melina O'Keeffe

Melina O'Keeffe

(Line Pilot)

Melina has recently joined the company after working for many years with a tourism-based helicopter operator in Sydney. Melina brings a strong background in customer relations, tourism and photography related flying.

Jessica Samson

Jessica Samson

(Office Manager / Accounts)

Jessica joined Sydney Helicopters in 2019 and managers the day to day accounts and customer relations aspects of the business.

Julie Manuel

Julie Manuel

(Administration Manager)

Julie has been with Sydney Helicopters for 12 years managing the administration side of the business.

Christine Valesco

Christine Valesco

(Technical Records Aircraft Administration)

Christine has a lengthy working history with aviation and helicopters in particular. Prior to joining Sydney Helicopters, Christine worked for Sikorsky performing a similar role to that which she performs for Aerotech Sydney, the maintenance organisation associated with Sydney Helicopters.

Chris Blackler

Chris Blackler

(Chief Engineer)

Chris has 30 years experience in the helicopter maintenance industry. He commenced his career with the NZ Airforce before moving into the commercial sector. Chris has considerable experience working around the world including Africa, Papua New Guinea and Antarctica. Chris over sees the maintenance control of the company’s transport category aircraft also.

Roger Matthysen

Roger Matthysen

(Engineer)

Roger has over 30 years experience working on helicopters around the world. He is particularly experienced with Bell medium aircraft having worked on Bell 212 and 412 in Papua New Guinea and throughout the Pacific region.