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 7, 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 (Chief Pilot)

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 helicopter including multi engine. Mark has accumulated many thousands of hours flying external loads including water bombing whilst combating bushfires across NSW as well as precision lifting work on construction sites.
Over the years Mark has developed a strong reputation in the field of aerial film piloting flying on some large block buster movies. Clients include Sony Pictures and Legendary Films from the US. Recent projects include The Shallows, Bleeding Steel, Alien The Covenant, Peter Rabbit and Pacific Rim 2.

Peter Blackburn (Senior Line Pilot)

Peter Blackburn (Senior Line Pilot)

Peter has been with Sydney Helicopters after obtaining his Commercial Helicopter Licence in 2008. He has obtained a vast amount of experience with VIP/Corporate transfers as well as airwork such as photography, film, gas and powerline inspections and various aspects of bushfire work. Pete is also our internal Safety Officer, working closely with our Safety Manager to ensure ongoing safety and compliance with CASA regulations.

James Williams (Line Pilot)

James Williams (Line Pilot)

James joined Sydney Helicopters in 2013 and operates both piston and turbine helicopters on a range of missions including charter and airwork. James has experience working in remote parts of Australia including WA and the Kimberley.

Shane Davidge (Line Pilot)

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, fire fighting operations and Charter.

Melina O

Melina O'Keefe (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 and tourism and film related flyng

James Norman (Senior Pilot)

James Norman (Senior Pilot)

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