Some of our planes are great for taking large tour groups on scenic flights over Milford Sound while others are better for whisking a few people (and all their bells and whistles) up to Mount Cook for a once-in-a-lifetime heli-hike. All of the planes we acquire are thoroughly researched and tested and we only choose models that are comfortable and reliable with excellent safety records.
Cessna Grand Caravan
Our Cessna Grand Caravan is our largest plane, comfortably seating up to 13 passengers. Described by Cessna as a ‘“reliable multitasker” the Caravan is built to traverse wild and rugged environments – and it does so with ease. Unlike most of the tired old caravans you might find on the road, our flying Caravan also boasts a little bit of luxury. It has leather seats, air conditioning and plenty of headroom. It’s quite a fast plane, so it’s great for flying large groups of people who need to get somewhere in a hurry.
GippsAero GA8 Airvans
Australian ‘Flying’ magazine coined the GippsAero GA8 Airvan “the aeronautical equivalent of the venerable Toyota ‘Ute’”. It’s popular and dependable and we have three of them… So it’s clear to see that we’ve found something we like and stuck with it! Our Airvans have fantastic large bubble windows that make for fantastic viewing – you won’t miss a thing on your Milford Sound scenic flight if you’re travelling in one of these beauties!
Piper PA32R Lance
Our five-seater Piper PA32R Lance is an amazing machine. It’s fast for a small plane and can reach speeds of 165 knots, so we could get you from Christchurch to Queenstown in just over an hour. But that’s not its only great quality; our Piper PA32R Lance has plenty of room for bags and gear so it’s perfect for Franz Josef heli-hikes and snowboarding trips up to Mount Cook. The Piper PA32R Lance is also very accessible, offering easy boarding for passengers with limited mobility.
We want all of our customers to enjoy their South Island scenic flights, so we’ve made it our priority to ensure that all of our aircraft offer excellent viewing. With our amazing fleet of aircraft, we can guarantee that every True South Flights customer will have a window seat on every trip.