LOUISA (CHOPPY) PATTERSON

Louisa Patterson

A pioneer of the air tourism industry, Louisa has been flying for over 30 years in New Zealand and around the world, during this time she has held roles throughout the industry from agricultural flying through to flying for the airlines. Louisa formed Over The Top in 1986, utilising helicopters to showcase New Zealand’s raw beauty to international guests. She has over 12,000 hours flying experience and holds an HAI Gold award and a NZHA Platinum award for more than 25 years and over 10,000 hours of safe flying. Louisa holds the roles of Chief Pilot, Standards Pilot and CEO of the company.