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

Bruce Colwell

Chief Pilot / Head of Operations

Bruce has 27 years' experience in the aviation industry and has in excess of 18,000 hours.

Bruce has been with Tasmanian Helicopters for the last 17+ years and has a diverse skills set.

Bruce is also a Flight Instructor and Flight Examiner and can assist you with the following:

  • Helicopter Flight Reviews, Difference Training / Endorsements in R44, B206, AS350 and B205
  • Gas Turbine Design Feature Endorsement
  • Aerial Application Ratings and Endorsements
  • Aerial Application (H) Endorsement
  • Aerial Application (H) FIRE Endorsement
  • Aerial Application Proficiency Checks and Rating Flight Tests
  • Low Level Ratings and Endorsements
  • Low Level (H) Endorsement
  • Low Level (SLING) Endorsement
  • Low Level Rating Flight Tests and Flight Reviews
  • Long Line Training
  • Mountain Flying Training

Updated: April 2021

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 services all regions of Tasmania.

James Brient


James joined the Tasmanian Helicopters team as a valuable asset in our acquistion of Cradle Mountain Helicopters and Strahan Helicopters in April 2018.

James has been flying under the "Cradle Mountain Helicopters" banner since August 2017.

James advanced to aerial work with Tasmanian Helicopters late 2018 and has been providing the following services; fire support, lifting, aerial survey and charter.

James is friendly, customer focused, self-motivated and a valued employee of Tasmanian Helicopters.

Henry Mainwaring


Henry joined the Tasmanian Helicopters team in December 2019.

Henry is a Tasmanian local with experience in: instructing, pest eradication, mustering, fire support, survey and charter.

Henry is excited to be home and working for the Company that introduced him to aviation over 15 years ago!

Henry is friendly, approachable, a welcomed member of the team by both staff and customers.

Nic Simmons

Aircraft Support Crew / Pilot - Cradle Mountain Helicopters

Nic joined the Tasmanian Helicopters team in December 2020 as a member of our Aircraft Support Crew located at our Latrobe base.

Nic provides ground support for all aerial work, predominately aerial application activities and comes to us from an aerial agricultural background with experience and qualification in chemical handling procedures.

Nic is working towards his dream of becoming an aerial application pilot.

In April 2021, Nic became our primary pilot at our sister company Cradle Mountain Helicopters, offering tourism flights in the World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park.

Nic's commentary during the scenic flights adds to the memorable experience of the beautiful scenery the North West and West Coast of Tasmania has to offer.

Nic is a welcomed addition to our team.

Visit our website for scenic flight options and to make a booking http://cradlemountainhelicopters.com.au

Matthew Young

Chief Engineer / Engineering Manager

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.

Steve Marshall

Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Steve joined the Tasmanian Helicopters team in February 2018. Steve successfully completed his Aircraft Engineer Licence in August 2021.

Steve is a welcomed addition to our Maintance Facility working well with our existing engineering staff to ensure our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards.

Steve spent almost 10 years in the military travelling throughout Australia providing maintenance on their helicopters.

Steve worked for us during his High School years and is glad to be back home in Tassie, we are glad he is back too!

Larry Bowman

Apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Larry joined Tasmanian Helicopters in January 2020 as a apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

In 2017 and 2018 Larry was introduced to helicopter maintenance through work experience in the Northern Territory.

On completion of college Larry worked in helicopter maintenance and operations in Southern Tasmania.

Larry has a passion for mechanics, and really enjoys working with the skilled team at Tasmanian Helicopters.

Larry is a welcomed member of the team and shows enthusiasm for the trade.

Michael Humble

Aircraft Support Crew / Maintenance Department

Michael is a welcomed addition to the team, Michael commenced employment with Tasmanian Helicopters in November 2021.

Michael joins us with a wealth of knowledge and experience being a qualified Diesel Fitter, experienced in aircraft refuelling and from his years as a Stevedore experience in rigging and shifting various loads.

Michael's experience compliments his role of Aircraft Support Crew, providing ground support for aerial work including; refuelling, rigging, fuel reduction burning.

Michael's background in workshop and personnel management, and hard-working hands-on approach ensures any issues are promptly addressed.

Nil incidents.

  • Diesel Fitter
  • Qualified Dogman
  • Heavy Rigid
  • Dangerous Goods Certification
  • First Aid Certificate Level 2

Will Ranicar

Aircraft Support Crew

Will joined the Tasmanian Helicopters team in April 2021.

Will comes from a mixed farming background at Red Hills, Deloraine.

Will is a member of our Aircraft Support Crew located at our Riverside base providing ground support for all aspects of aerial work, working with flight crew from both Riverside, Latrobe and our sister company Cradle Mountain Helicopters.

Will has always dreamt of flying helicopters (since Nick Talbot took him up as a kid) and recently completed his dream gaining his commercial pilot licence. Through a training and mentoring program the long term plan is that Will's role with Tasmanian Helicopters will be that of a professional pilot.

Will is friendly, approachable and looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities that come his way in the aviation industry.

Neville Mould

Aircraft Support Crew

Neville was welcomed to the Tasmanian Helicopters team in December 2021.

Neville has a diverse background with extensive knowledge and experience in the Transport and Logistics Industry as a qualified diesel technician and a qualified trainer and assessor.

Neville is a familiar face to Tasmanian Helicopters personnel past and present having attended Dangerous Goods Drivers Licence training and assessments delivered by Neville in his previous role with his past employer.

Neville has a lifelong interest in the aviation industry, and currently conducts CASA approved training and assessments for Remote Pilots Licences and Endorsements, as well as holding a Certificate III in Aviation for Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems.

Neville also brings experience in management and OHS to the team and is looking forward to being a valued asset of the Company.

Wayne Bartlett

Aircraft Support Crew

Wayne joined the team at Tasmanian Helicopters in January 2021 as a member of our Aircraft Support Crew.

Wayne comes to us with a wealth of experience gained during his employment with the Australian Army.

Wayne provides ground support for all aspects of our aerial work, working with flight crew from both Latrobe and Riverside bases servicing clients in all regions of Tasmania.

Wayne is flexible, reliable and has adapted well to the diversity of the aviation industry.

Brendan Veitch

Aircraft Support Crew

Brendan joined the team in January 2019 offering support during the busy fire season refuelling our aircraft.

Brendan stayed on at Tasmanian Helicopters and works from our Latrobe base.

Brendan provides ground support for all aerial application activities and is qualified in chemical handling procedures.

Brendan is a welcomed member to the team, friendly, flexible, and reliable.

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.

Rebecca Bye

Administration Assistant

Rebecca aka Bec joined the team in January 2022, working between the Latrobe and Cradle Mountain offices.

As you can see from Bec's profile photo she loves working at Cradle Mountain offering scenic flights over the beautiful Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park.

Bec moved to the lovely North West Coast from Launceston about 18 months ago and is so glad she did.

Bec enjoys the satisfaction of being organised, and believes this trait is very benefical to the administration role.

Working around helicopters is exciting for Bec as she has always been fascinated by aircraft and loves flying, one day hoping to learn to fly herself.

Bec's favourite things are her slow cooker, audiobooks, loud music and thunderstorms (which explains her fascination with the weather).

Visit our website for scenic flight options and to make a booking http://cradlemountainhelicopters.com.au