Louisa Choppy's Open Road
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Queenstown, Otago New Zealand
Public Television: Season 6
LOUISA CHOPPY PATTERSON
Over The Top
aviation, being a woman, death, flying, looking back, marine biology
Louisa Choppy Patterson discovered flying as a university student. Her uncle signed her up for a flying class, and soon Louisa was flying for Air New Zealand. Eager to try something different, she began flying helicopter. In 1976, Louisa founded her own helicopter tourism company, Over the Top. She has built her love of helicopter flying into a successful business and is the only female helicopter pilot in New Zealand.