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We have recently launched a new website specifically targeted to the viticulture industry. Vineflight offers a variety of services allowing you to view your vineyard from above with unprecedented levels of detail. From high resolution aerial maps and vine counts through to variable rate fertilizer application (provided by Centaland) we can offer exclusive end to end packages that add valuable metrics to your digital toolbox. Take a look at our site or contact us today to find out more.
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Large Scale Aerial Mapping - A Case Study

GCH UAV were recently contacted by Pinoli Ltd, to undertake a 500-hectare aerial survey of their Windbreaker plantation. This job required some serious equipment and expertise because of its scale and the array of possible uses for the outputs. Click below to find out how we captured an processed 4,611 images.
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Boost your business with a promotional video

You can boost any business with the right kind of promotional video content. At GCH UAV we specialise in great value and highly engaging short form marketing and promotional video for websites, social media, advertising and events. Get in touch with our creators to start producing exciting video content that will capture exactly what makes you, your product or your organisation unique.

Meet the Fleet - Take a closer look at our drones

The applications for drones are rapidly increasing pushing manufacturers to evolve the capabilities of drones and their payloads. At GCH UAV we are constantly assessing and updating our fleet to ensure we have the best drones possible to deliver the highest quality for any given job. Click here to learn more about our current fleet and what they can do.
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Drone to deliver safe boating messages in the Marlborough Sounds

In what is believed to be a New Zealand-first, Marlborough’s Harbourmaster will trial delivering safe boating messages by drone with a clip-on sound system.

“We hope that by combining drone technology with the humour and reach of brian fm it will be effective in encouraging people to get on board with safer boating”
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Marlborough company to shoot whales 'by the book' with drone permit

The first South Island permit to use a drone to film marine mammals up close has been granted.

The Department of Conservation has granted the permit to Marlborough company GCH UAV, allowing them to fly drones to within 20 metres of whales, dolphins and seals.
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Bird’s eye view as falcon meets drone

GCH UAV operations manager Colin Aitchison was filming near Oyster Bay when he was joined in the air by an inquisitive falcon who headed straight for the drone.

“I’ve never had one make a beeline like this to the drone, my first thought was how much flight time do I have left to deal with whatever is about to happen
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Turbine-powered drone aimed at farming sector displayed by GCH UAV at Agricultural Show

GCH UAV is trialing a large gas-turbine powered drone to service farming clients. GCH (formerly Garden City Helicopters) was showing off a Swiss-made SDO50 at the 2018 New Zealand Agricultural Show, carrying a $500,000 price tag.

GCH Aviation has bases NZ-wide and experience in helicopter and fixed wing services. It entered the UAV sector in Marlborough about two years ago and now flys electric drones to map farms and vineyards to monitor for pests, diseases and growing stresses such as moisture and nitrogen deficiencies.
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Drone and music combine for uplifting summer concert series in Marlborough

Marlborough4Fun will be giving people the bird’s eye view of popular spots around the region as part of its new “virtual helicopter tour” attraction.

Punters will be able to slap on a pair of goggles and get previously unseen, 360- degree views of Renwick, Picton and Pollard Park thanks to a drone camera.
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Human drone falls into new line of work at the biggest private aviation company in New Zealand

When Colin Aitchison started as a photographer, he was essentially a human drone.

Colin is now a member of the biggest private aviation company in New Zealand, GCH Aviation Group, which just opened a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) division. Aitchison moved to Blenheim in part to offer his multi-spectral imaging techniques to people growing grapes. It was used to help diagnose stressors in “high-value crops”, sometimes weeks before the human eye could spot them.
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Maintenance and Repair

GCH UAV now offers an efficient, affordable local maintenance and repair service. From simple repairs to complete overhauls or periodic maintenance, we can handle it all. With a low assessment fee and experienced staff, we provide a dependable approach to keeping your drone airworthy. Saving you time and money by repairing locally.