Based in the NSW Snowy Valleys town of Tumut, Truenorth Helicopters have been operating since 1999.
Chief Pilot Jim Ryan first took to the skies in 1989, behind the controls of an aircraft tasked with mustering cattle in the far north. In the true Australian entrepreneurial spirit, it was here, while working on one business, he saw the potential for another; luxury helicopter tourism and aerial support.
In 2000 Jim began aerial fire fighting, seeking some more challenging flying, and met fellow firefighter Bridget.
With a background in Natural Resource Management and Aerial Fire Fighting, Bridget worked as a fire firefighter and rappel team member in Victoria. Although she was more comfortable jumping out of the helicopter than staying in, Bridget and Jim found an unexpected partnership form.
A sparkling new Bell 407 signified the beginning of the company in 1999. Since then, with the support of a great team, Jim and Bridget have continued to climb onwards and upwards. Growing their operation to boast an impressive combination of expertise, knowledge and high-quality equipment, ensuring the job at hand is completed safely and efficiently every time.
Truenorth Helicopters delivered over 7 million litres of water to bush fires during the Black Summer Fires in 2019/2020, and winched over 300 firefighters into remote locations during that time.
Over 1500 lucky guests each year get to experience our unique flights in the Kimberley WA and Snowy Valleys NSW.
Our pilots have over 29,563 combined flying hours.