Craig was an avionic engineer with Air NZ (Christchurch) for 15 years, where he held the positions of Avionic Engineer (eight years), Avionic Lead Hand (three years), Production Planner (one year), and Technical/Computer Instructor (three years). Since then he has held the positions of Base Engineer for Eagle Airways in Blenheim, and more recently Maintenance Controller for Vincent Aviation (both NZ and Australia) and SoundsAir.
Craig is a keen aviation enthusiast, and has flown the Beech 1900 for Vincent Aviation, the C208 Caravan and Pilatus PC12 for Sounds Air, and is currently the Chief Pilot for Sounds Air. He also holds "C" and "D" Category Flight Instructor ratings.”
Craig's passion in life is flying his Piper Pacer ZK-BSH into the back blocks of NZ, hunting and fishing and landing in areas normally inaccessible to most aircraft. He carries out strip and bush flying training in the Pacer and other aircraft for students keen to advance their flying skills. He spends any remaining spare time with his family, fishing and relaxing on their boat in the Marlborough Sounds.
Andrew is Sounds Air's Managing Director, and has a wealth of practical business experience ranging from farming to mechanical engineering and sales to aviation.
As Managing Director for Sounds Air, Andrew has introduced many significant changes and helped make Sounds Air a successful, well known and well respected commuter airline.
Jenn is originally from Canada, and immigrated to New Zealand with her husband Rob in 2004 for a "change of scene." They are now NZ citizens, and own their own home in Blenheim - which is a major lifestyle change for these two, previously being skydiving hippies with no fixed abode!
On moving to NZ, Jenn worked for Sounds Air at Picton Airport doing check-ins, reservations and general admin. She moved to Sounds Aero Maintenance in 2007, and over the next few years gained her NZCAA and ATTTO Maintenance Controller qualifications. Her current role is Admin and Accounts Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys skydiving with her husband.
Wayne was brought up in Levin (we don't hold that against him) and trained and worked as an apprentice motor mechanic, gaining his Trade Certificate.
After six years a change beckoned, and he joined the Navy where he was based at Devonport, Auckland for three and a half years. He worked as a marine technician - servicing everything from boilers, engine room, diesel generators, sewerage treatment plant, air conditioning systems. He spent on average 50% of his time overseas, and served on Leander Class Frigates HMNZS Wellington and Canterbury.
He left the Navy in 2002, and spent 9 months travelling in Europe, and working in England.
Bought up from an early age with flying in his blood, Wayne's father, Stuart, spent much of his time rebuilding vintage aircraft.
Wayne went solo in a Tiger Moth in 1991, and gained his PPL in 1996.
After returning to NZ in 2003 he worked with Stuart at Wairarapa Aviation (now The Vintage Aviator) where they assembled and prepared 7 Fokker triplanes for the 2007 Omaka Classic Fighters airshow. Following that, they built an Avro 504K from scratch, which flew at the 2009 Classic Fighters.
He joined Sounds Aero Maintenance 2009 as Chief Engineer, and holds several LAME ratings.
Wayne still works on vintage aircraft restoration part time.
He has rebuilt a 7ECA Citabria ZK-CMP to an immaculate condition, and is currently building his own Tiger Moth.
He does well balancing his spare time between projects and wife Wendy and two daughters.
Wallace (Wal) is a Southland lad, and after leaving school worked for Helicopters New Zealand in Invercargill as a general hand for a year on oil rig helicopters.
He then took up an aircraft engineering apprenticeship with Pacific Aerospace based in Invercargill, and also did a year in the engine shop in Hamilton. He spent 5 years with Pacific Aerospace, and in 1989 moved to Australia and did 2 years with Pacific Aviation in Bankstown working on general fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.
On moving back to NZ, he spent 2 years working in Wanaka for Tim Wallis's Alpine Deer Group rebuilding warbird aircraft - mainly working on the P40 Kittyhawk.
Following that project he moved back to Invercargill and spent 6 years with Invercargill Aircraft Maintenance (formerly PAC).
In 1999 Wal ventured north to the warmth of Blenheim where he has been ever since. Initially working for Reg Taylor Aircraft Maintenance, then Aeromotive Blenheim, he has been with Sounds Aero Maintenance since our beginnings here in 2007.
He owns an immaculate lifestyle property on the outskirts of Blenheim with his partner Jo, and also enjoys boating and outdoor pusuits.
John was born and bred in Hokitika. After his schooling, he worked in retail and bar work at the Mahinapua Hotel for two years. Finally seeing the light, he moved to Blenheim in 2009 and completed a two year NMIT course in aircraft engineering, gaining his Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Aircraft Maintenance.
He spent several months at Sounds Aero Maintenance doing work experience, where he did a great job assisting in rebuilding a Piper Cub and Cessna 180. Work experience evolved into a full-time position in January 2012.
John is currently working through his LAME exams and doing some Maintenance Control. In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, bar work, and spending time with his wife Chevy and two young children.
SEAN TUCKER (TUX)
RNZAF trained (1984-1992), Sean joined the Sounds Aero Maintenance team after spending eleven years tutoring at the NMIT Aviation School in Blenheim.
In the intervening years, Sean has been involved in various aviation engineering roles including Jet Engine Overhaul with Air NZ in Christchurch, Canterbury Aero Club aircraft maintenance and Quality Manager / Ramp Engineer for Horizon Air Support (Origin Pacific Airlines maintenance arm). During this time he completed an NZCE (Aeronautical), NZ Certificate in Quality Assurance, Safety and Audit Certificate, Certificate in Adult Teaching and several ratings as a Licenced Engineer.
Whilst Sean and wife Jacqui’s children have left home for higher education, they continue to enjoy their lifestyle block, boating, fishing and all the other outdoor activities in the Marlborough Region.
Glen was born and raised in Fairlie in the McKenzie Country. When he finished school, he took up furniture making and, after moving to Blenheim in 1995 to defrost, he continued with the profession, becoming a qualified tradesman in 2000.
On the Friday afternoons that he wasn’t working, Glen helped Wayne and Stuart Tantrum restore a vintage Tri Plane which led him to complete the two year NMIT course in Aircraft Engineering, achieving a level 4 Certificate in Advanced Aircraft Maintenance.
He was then given some work experience with Sounds Aero Maintenance and this led to a full-time position. Glen is currently working through his LAME exams.
In his spare time he enjoys fishing, hunting and motorsports.