Ian is part of the life-saving team that you help fund
What is your job with Life Flight?
Air Ambulance Plane Crewman
How long have you worked for Life Flight?
Since October 2016
What work did you do before coming to Life Flight?
I like a challenge. I have worked as an Aircraft technician, Industrial Abseiler, Carpenter, Film Set Constructor, Agricultural Researcher, Commercial Fisherman and Gold Miner.
What attracted you to this job?
Life Flight has always captured my interest and inspired me. My job is a perfect blend of a great team environment, logistics and aviation.
What is the best part of the job?
Seeing patients and their relatives relax a little when the Flight Team are there for them. It feels great to be part of that. And sunrises at 25,000 feet are pretty good, too!
What's the hardest part?
Saying good-bye at the end of a mission to patients and families who are facing difficult times.
What was the main thing that stood out for you when you started working here?
The seamless collaboration between the team at Life FLight, the hospital medical teams and the paramedics. A clever bunch who bring true caring.
What do you do now when you're not at work?
I fly my hang glider as much as the Welly weather will allow. I also love to dive, fish, sail, surf and ski.
What is something that supporters might be surprised to find out about you?
In 2015, I was the NZ national sport class hang gliding champion.
What would you like to say to our wonderful supporters?
The service that Life Flight provides is a massive team effort, so a huge and warm thank you to all the Life Flight supporters. You're the backbone of the team!