Our Team

Meet The Team

Tasmanian Helicopters employs a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals to ensure we deliver on our commitment to you. Our team consists of the following members:

Darryl Taylor

Managing Director

Darryl has been flying helicopters for in excess of 25 years and started the business back in 1989. Darryl is a highly experienced pilot with a diverse skill set having amassed over 10,000 hours.

Darryl has grown Tasmanian Helicopters through client focus and attention to detail.

Darryl is also a board member and former president of the Aerial Application Association of Australia (AAAA), continuing his ongoing commitment to the aerial application industry.


Bruce Colwell

Chief Pilot / Operations Manager

Bruce comes to us from a mustering and aerial application flying background. Bruce has over 22 years' experience in the aviation industry and has amassed in excess of 14,900 hours.

Bruce has been with Tasmanian Helicopters since January 2004 and is our powerline, construction, aerial application and precision long line specialist. Bruce has a diverse skills set working within Tasmania and Interstate for Tasmanian Helicopters in operations including fire fighting, forestry and mining support.

Bruce is a CASA Approved Testing Officer (ATO) for the purpose of conducting flight tests and granting operational ratings and conducting proficiency tests.


Chris Nelson

Chief Engineer

Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to the team having worked on Squirrels and Jet Rangers throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. Chris' experience is a great asset to Tasmanian Helicopters.

Chris ensures our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards ensuring reliable service delivery for clients.


Matthew Young

Licensed Engineer

Matt joined the Tasmanian Helicopters team in 2010. Matt is a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (L.A.M.E) and has extensive experience maintaining both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

Matt is a highly skilled and efficient engineer who is focused on delivering high quality results in a timely manner. Matt is a welcome addition to the team supporting our aircraft maintenance activities. Matt has been a L.A.M.E since 2004.


Nick Talbot

Pilot / Area Manager

Nick comes from a mustering background and is a Tasmanian Local. He is a highly experienced pilot with a diverse skill set.

Nick commenced with Tasmanian Helicopters back in 2005 and specialises in precision applications for the forestry industry, aerial bushfire fighting, long line and heavy lifting.

Nick operates from the Launceston Base and primarily services the north east and southern regions of Tasmania.


Andrew Kerr

Pilot / Area Manager

Andrew joined the Tasmanian Helicopters team in October 2013. Andrew has over 16 years experience in the aviation industry, conducting mustering, aerial application, fire-fighting, and exploration for mining and oil companies in various locations across Australia and overseas.

Andrew operates from both our Latrobe and Launceston base. Andrew is friendly and approachable and focused on delivering reliable service for our clients.


Angela Smith

Office Manager

Angela is highly skilled and proficient in administration and accounting functions. Angela is friendly and approachable and takes pride in delivering exceptional customer service.

Angela's passion for her work is evident in the high quality work output.


Megan Ross

Office Administrator

Megan joined Tasmanian Helicopters in July 2012 with 10 years experience in the administration field. She holds a Diploma in Business Management and a Certificate in Business Administration.

Megan enjoys working with the team and with new and existing clients of Tasmanian Helicopters.


Dean Hering

Workshop Manager / Lead Aircraft Support Crew

Dean joined the team in January 2011. Dean is a qualified diesel mechanic and comes from a mining and civil construction background. Dean's mechanical background and hard working hands on approach ensures any issues are promptly addressed. Dean is committed to delivering excellent results for our clients.

Dean is flexible, reliable and enjoys the diversity of the aviation industry.


Stuart London

Aircraft Support Crew / Pilot

Stuart joined Tasmanian Helicopters in November 2016 and operates from the Latrobe base.

Stuart has 20 years experience in the aviation industry, primarily on fixed wing aircraft, Stuart is a welcomed addition to our team.

Stuart is approachable and is a dependable, self-motivated and valued employee of Tasmanian Helicopters.