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Beck Helicopters

Posted: March 29, 2016 4:44 pm EDT Updated: September 9, 2016 4:44 pm EDT Beck Helicopters

Beck Helicopters  is an institution in Taranaki. Established more than 40 years ago, the family-owned and operated business has performed countless rescues, scenic flights and commercial jobs all over the region. The first helicopter operator in Taranaki, the firm was established in 1972 to provide spraying services to local farmers, and has grown to a fleet of four helicopters, which have flown thousands of hours with an impeccable safety record.

Business Name: Beck Helicopters Ltd

Hometown: Eltham

What's the name of the business owner(s)?
Alan Beck and David Beck

Years in operation: 40 + years

What do you love about Eltham?
The sense of community. A proud town, Eltham boasts many 'Firsts':

1st pound of butter made in Eltham (Chew Chong) - 1st refrigerated shipment of butter to England 1885 - 1st commercial butter factory 1887 - 1st tarred macadam St, 1906 - 1st building to have suspended concrete floor 1909 - 1st world Axeman's carnival 1911 - 1st rotary cowshed designed in Eltham.

All Blacks Geoff Old, Roger Urbahn, Bryce Robbins, Brian 'Jazz' Muller.
Black Cap - Martin Donelly
Small town with many international businesses - Fonterra, ANZCO meat processing, Carac Couplings, Hotter Engineering

What does your business do better then anyone else?
Scenic Mountain Flights
Fire Fighting
Fast & Accurate fertiliser applications
Powerline/Pipeline construction
Lifting and construction (Lift capacity 1.8T)
Safety - 25 yrs continuous service without accident (Aviation New Zealand)

Tell us about your team. Who does what?
Alan Beck QSM - Managing Director CEO Chief Pilot
David Beck - Director Operations manager/Pilot
Matthew Beck - Overhaul and Engineering Manager, Airframe/engine maintenance, component overhaul
Steve Beck - Truck and workshop Manager, Engineering, air/ground operations
Gordon Collingwood - Truck Shop, Loader Driver, Engineering, air/ground operations
Wayne McIntosh - Crewman air/ground operations, maintenance overhaul
Marie McGregor - Office Admin. Reception Accounts
Jackie Taunt - Office Admin. accounts

What's your top tip for business success?
Build trust with community and customers. Be specialised, innovative & unique. Practice continuous improvement with efficiency and a focus on safety.



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