About Us

Staff photo with helicopter in background



EMAIL: tim@volcanicair.co.nz

PHONE: +64 27 494 2092

Tim has an aviation career extending over 35 years operating in all fields of helicopter aviation including; Commercial, Agricultural, Fire Fighting, Search and Rescue, Tourism, and Charter operations. He has flown extensively in New Zealand and Australia and even had a brief period operating helicopters in Borneo. Tim’s qualifications include endorsements in excess of 14 different helicopter types including both single and multi engine aircraft and he is a qualified Airline Flight Examiner. Tim has been based in Rotorua for a large part of his life, rating the local landscape including its Volcanoes, Lakes, National Parks and Geothermal reserves as some of New Zealand’s most interesting, beautiful and diverse scenery.

Man standing next to a Squirrel helicopter



EMAIL: ian@volcanicair.co.nz

Ian Jolly is a local of Rotorua, an accomplished businessman and an enthusiastic aviator. He joined the company mid 2023. Ian brings a wealth of business acumen combined with a passion for aviation to his role as CEO. Ian’s love for flying spurred him to get his fixed-wing license in 1983 and his helicopter license in 2015. Having flown extensively throughout New Zealand, he is passionate about the local area and has called Rotorua home for most of his adult life.

Man posing next to front of DHC floatplane



EMAIL: steven@volcanicair.co.nz

PHONE: +64 21 459 007

Originally from the small town of Thames in the Coromandel Peninsula, Steve’s flying career started when he was 18 years old. He has amassed over 4000 hours of flying across New Zealand and Australia on multiple aircraft types, both land based and sea planes. Steve started flying floatplanes in Rotorua in 2007, left, and then returned again in 2018.  Steve sets the standard by working hard but having as much fun as possible while he does so – and if you drop a prized possession off the jetty into the water, you can bet he will go swimming to get it back for you!

Woman standing on ramp up to floatplane



EMAIL: story@volcanicair.co.nz

PHONE: +64 7 348 9984

Story grew up in New Hampshire (Northeast of the United States) and spent the last decade teaching high school History and English in America. While on a working holiday visa in NZ, she fell in love with a Kiwi, and subsequently now calls Rotorua home. To celebrate their 1 year wedding anniversary, Tim flew Story and her husband around Mount Tarawera. Then, in true small town fashion, they kept running into each other while walking their dogs. It turns out that a diploma in secondary education utilizes a lot of the required skills for managing an aviation tourism office. Story brings enthusiasm and organization to the team, as well as a deep sense of gratitude for getting to call this beautiful country home.