Frost Protection

Frost Control is a critical component of the fruit growing industry when the buds are out and the fruit is forming. A crop which is approaching that point is extremely vulnerable between August and December, and Heli-Hire Limited has a couple of options to cater to your individual requirements.

Heli-Hire’s fleet of helicopters are equipped with radios to maintain two way radio communications with other pilots, ground crew / orchard-est. Heli-hire have our own company frequency and are able to supply a hand-held radio to the orchard-est to maintain two way communication with the helicopter pilots.

The Robinson R22 Beta II is a light helicopter which is capable of keeping frosts at bay on an orchard up to approximately 5 Hectares.

The Hughes 500C is a medium sized helicopter and is suitable for keeping frosts at bay on an orchard up to approximately 10 Hectares.

The Hughes 500D is a medium sized helicopter and is suitable for keeping frosts at bay on an orchard up to approximately 12 Hectares.

Regardless of where in New Zealand your orchard is situated, Heli-Hire Limited can quote this service at any time of the year. We can provide the Helicopter, Pilot and Ground Crew if required, for all Frost Control operations.

Due to the high demand for this service, it is recommended that you contact us early to make inquiries and bookings to avoid disappointment.

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