The Air Taxi Crew
CEO, and Line Pilot
Originally from New Zealand, Simon is the founding member. After spending a number of years flying for local airlines in Africa (he has even flown a micro light around Victoria Falls), he brought his skills to the company and took over the day to day running of the business. While still actively flying, his main focus is marketing the business and product & services development. His passion is kite surfing so if not flying, you can find him jumping over the surf breaks around Port Vila beaches.
Bookings Co-ordinator & Office Manager
Meliana is the first point of contact for all customer enquiries. As well as ensuring all reservation enquiries and processing, she likes to personally check-in everyone for their flight and generally keep the lives of the rest of the team in order. Mili is originally from the island of Malekula but has lived in Port Vila for most of her adult life. She is fluent in 3 languages, including English and of course the local language Bislama. A tireless workaholic, she is the glue that binds Air Taxi together, an integral part of the team.
Chief Engineer & Maintenance Controller
Brian has been involved in aviation from an early age. Together with his wife Jules, he owns and operates an aircraft engineering facility at Port Vila Airport, Airworx Engineering Ltd. Airworx Engineering, through its aircraft leasing arm, own a number of the aircraft operated by Air Taxi. This puts Air Taxi in the unique position of having its own, dedicated aircraft engineering facility, providing the highest levels of maintenance to the Air Taxi fleet. Airworx also provides commercial jet maintenance services to Air New Zealand, Virgin, Air Fiji, Solomon Airways and Air Calin.
Possessed with the patience of a saint, for BJ, nothing is ever a problem.
Santo Base Manager
Paul, our Santo Base Manager, will show you northern Vanuatu like no other pilot could. He’s been flying since the age of 12. He is experienced on over fifty types of aircraft, has flight instructed in New Zealand, piloted seaplanes in America, flown in air shows in Japan and ferried a number of aircraft across the Pacific. Paul has chosen to make the island of Espirito Santo, in northern Vanuatu, his home, after arriving here five years ago and falling in love with the place.
Paul comes from a long line of aviators and continues his family’s passion for aviation, so much so that he named his son ‘Air’. Paul has a special love of flying and with an intimate knowledge of Santo and northern Vanuatu, he can show off the best that this beautiful part of the country has to offer.
Another kiwi pilot, originally from the Waikato region of New Zealand, Sam started his aviation career in the skydiving industry. Since moving to Vanuatu in 2014 he has grown to love South Pacific bush flying, along with the tropical lifestyle that comes with it.
When not flying from island to island, Sam will most probably be found at his favourite local surf break, Pango Point, or diving on one of the island’s many reefs.
Dave van der Burg
Dave and his wife Amy moved to Vanuatu after Amy accepted a position with the Vanuatu office of World Vision. Their move continues an intrepid van der burg tradition of working in the world’s far flung places – in fact they met in Ethiopia whilst both working for aid organisations.
Dave has flight instructor experience but has built most of his flight hours ferrying light aircraft the length and breadth of New Zealand.
Originally from the Counties Manukau region of the North Island of New Zealand, Adam, like many NZ professional aviators, started his career as a flight instructor. In early 2016, Adam moved to Vanuatu and has quickly fallen in love with the people, culture and lifestyle. Another keen surfer, he likes to explore the unknown breaks of the outer islands, also taking an interest in learning the local language Bislama.
Possessed with a strong passion for helping people, Adam enjoys his time spent with travellers and locals alike, wherever he is in the tropical paradise of Vanuatu he now calls home.
A formula one driver in a previous life, Ansen is in charge of ensuring your swift, safe transfer, to and from the airport. A born entrepreneur, with his ever growing fleet of buses he deals with the stresses of organising the collection of up to 30 people per tour, from multiple resorts with aplomb.
The small and personal team at Air Taxi is well equipped to ensure you fly safely, to the many exotic islands of Vanuatu… with lots of fun thrown in.
Flight safety is the mainstay of our company culture; we are Civil Aviation Authority Vanuatu (CAAV) compliant, and we train our pilots to exceed the Authority standards. Our aircraft are owned and maintained in country by our International Licensed Aircraft Engineer, the same engineer that completes pre-flight inspections of the international jets, so you are in good hands.
We offer tours to several of the active volcanoes of Vanuatu such as Mt Yasur volcano on Tanna and Ambrym island, and charter flights to see traditional cultural displays, tours to see the famous Pentecost Nagol Land Diving, flights to Eco-lodges such as Epi island, the white sandy beaches of Espiritu Santo such as Champagne beach, jungle forests of Malekula island, the coral reefs of Mystery island, snorkeling holidays, wildlife viewing, hiking and day or half day flight seeing joy flights over the pristine bays of Port Vila.
Let us take you to see the best that Vanuatu has to offer, if it has an airstrip we’ll get you there.