Louisa Choppy's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Yankee Kiwis

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Queenstown, Otago NZ

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

LOUISA CHOPPY PATTERSON

Helicopter Pilot
Over The Top

“If you spend too much time looking back over things, you don't really get anywhere.”

INTERESTS:

Environment & Nature Travel

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Dedication Family Inspiration Passion Negativity Experience Exploration Acceptance Risk Desire Transitions Values Determination Instincts Community Self-Reflection Chance Opportunity Goals Planning

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

accident, advice, airline, airplanes, aviation, being a woman, career, death, flying, helicopter pilot, ideas, looking back, marine biology, mother, mourning, passion, Pilot, proud, time, women

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Her father and uncle were both involved in aviation so it was always around when she was growing up.
  • At university, she majored in marine biology.
  • One day, her uncle signed her up for flying lessons; she ended up dropping out of that major to focus on this new passion.
  • When she was 10, her father was killed in an aircraft accident, so her mother was very anxious about Louisa's change in career path.
  • She was an airline pilot for some time, but found it to be boring; said the best part was walking through the terminal in her uniform.
  • Pivoted and went into flying helicopters instead; founded her own helicopter tourism company called Over the Top.
  • She is the only female licensed helicopter pilot in New Zealand.
  • Says her mother is now proud of her aviary career, and they believe that her father is acting as her guardian angel.

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