About us

Hughes Helicopters was founded in 2017 by Chief Pilot Neil Hughes. Neil had a vision to bring a personal level of service to the helicopter business in Goulburn/Canberra area, including flying instruction and private hire. Based in Goulburn, the Helicopter service endeavours to provide efficient and geographically central access to flying training areas, and scenic sights.

Our pilots

At Hughes Helicopters, our pilots are the best in the business. Hughes Helicopters and its staff have over 30 years’ experience in remote area operational working for companies such as Geoscience Australia, Iluka, BHP and Santos to name a few. With the added experience of remote area logistics, Hughes Helicopters are placed at the forefront of remote area operations in Australia.


Our founder and Chief Pilot Neil Hughes is a seasoned Helicopter Pilot with over 16 years’ experience within the helicopter industry across defence, mining and construction operations, tours and his passion of instructing new pilots.

With over 8500 flight hours and extensive operations in remote locations throughout Australia, as well as vast experience training non-pilots gives Neil the opportunity to be continually improving and developing the skills necessary to achieve a safe outcome in all phases of flight.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Chief Pilot and Chief flying instructor
  • Cert IV in training and assessment
  • CASA approved testing officer for RPL, PPL, CPL, LL, SLING
  • CPL / Sling / NVFR / Turbine aircraft

Helicopters and safety

At Hughes Helicopters, we only use well maintained aircrafts which are always kept in immaculate condition. We have access to a range of aircraft, to readily provide private-hire and commercial operations capability without sacrificing training aircraft availability.

Hughes Helicopters is home to the following aircraft:

  • 1 Robinson Model R44 Raven I
  • 1 Airbus AS 350 6 seat, Turbine engine helicopter
  • 1 Airbus EC 130 7 seat, turbine engine helicopter

Each of our helicopters is held to the highest of standards and meet all CASA regulations.

our team of pilots at Hughes  Helicopters, have your safety and enjoyment as our utmost priority.

All flights are subject to weight restrictions (please advise weight at time of booking) and weather conditions, we reserve the right to reschedule at any time due to weather.

Pilot life

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