Mountain Air is a well established scenic flight operation based at the Chateau Airfield on the edge of the beautiful Tongariro National Park Dual World Heritage area in the realm of Te Kahui Tupua - the Sacred Peaks. Mountain Air was established as a scenic flight operation in 1988 and it has become the leading scenic flight operation in the central North Island. Scenic flights have focused on the beautiful volcanic environment of Tongariro National Park Dual World Heritage Area but Bhrent is shortly to introduce flights into the enchanting Whanganui River, journeys into the past in the footsteps of the Prophets.
Mountain Air is owned by Bhrent and Kathy Guy. Kathy has been involved in the tourism industry for 25 years and is currently the General Manager of the iconic Bayview Chateau Tongariro at Mt Ruapehu and the beautiful resort complex of the Bayview Wairakei at Taupo. Although not involved in the management or operation of Mountain Air, Kathy's extensive knowledge of the tourism industry is invaluable when it comes to giving advice on marketing in the domestic and international markets.
Bhrent is the Chief Executive of Mountain Air and Operations Manager. He is a very experienced pilot having started flying gliders at 19 years of age, a passion he still follows flying in gliding competitions in his own glider. Bhrent has flown in scenic flight operations in the central North Island since 1990 and has extensive knowledge of the cultural and natural environment of the region. Bhrent is passionate about flying, Tongariro National Park Dual World Heritage Area and the people of the region. "The environment of Tongariro National Park is amazingly dynamic and exciting with changes on a daily basis and from season to season", said Bhrent, "and we never tire of showing and talking about its marvelous natural and cultural heritage."
Charter flights are an important segment of the company's work. Gas sampling flights around the summit of the active crater of Ruapehu are important in monitoring the volcanic activity of the mountain. But perhaps some of the most important work is tracking New Zealand's iconic kiwi from the air using radio tracking devices on the kiwi.
Bhrent is a passionate environmentalist and has recently introduced a native plant restoration scheme at the Chateau Airfield. Passengers are encouraged to purchase a red tussock or oleria to plant around the vicinity of the airfield. Mountain Air subsidises the cost of the plants by 50%. "The area around the airfield was once covered by beautiful tussock grasslands and it is our hope to restore some of this around the airfield," commented Bhrent. Mountain Air believes strongly in conservation and sustainable tourism and supports two kiwi tracking programmes for the Department of Conservation and Whakamanu Wildlife Trust with subsidized flying. It is also a member of the Tongariro Natural History Society, a major volunteer conservation organisation.
When Bhrent is not flying his aircraft or glider he is to be found at the beach or out on the sea enjoying some fishing with Kathy and their children and grand children