After 22 years at the helm of the business, Gerry and Sally Wilcox are handing over the choppers to Bryce, Amanda and Skyla Nietvelt at Riverina Helicopters.
Located at Griffith Airport, the business offers a range services to Riverina farmers including aerial spraying, fertiliser spreading, surveying, thermal imaging, frost prevention, mustering, lifting and even private charter flights on its fleet of Robinson R44 helicopters.
The Nietvelts are only the third owners of the business after it was purchased in 1999 by Gerry and Sally Wilcox from previous owners who had only opened the business three years prior.
New owner Bryce Nietvelt, has been learning the ropes of the business during a handover period from Gerry Wilcox for the last few months and told The Area News he was keen to officially get started.
"Gerry and Sally have done a great job with the business over the past 22 years and we hope to emulate that," Mr Nietvelt said.
After working as an engineer in the Royal Australian Airforce for eight years, Mr Nietvelt then received his helicopters license, where he has since worked flying across the Northern Territory.
"Aviation is what I have always wanted to do, there is nothing quite like being up there in the sky," Mr Nietvelt said.
"A bad day flying is always better than a good day in the office."
Mr Wilcox said that the Nietvelt family were a 'good fit' for the aerial agriculture business and predicted the family would continue to build the business up in the years to come.
"Bryce and his family are a similar age to myself and Sally when we first got started here at Riverina Helicopters," Mr Wilcox said.
"Helicopter work is a mixed bag but we are ready for someone else to take over and continue our work into the next era."
More information about Riverina Helicopters and the services they offer can be found here.
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