The 52-year-old was killed when the Robinson R22 helicopter she was flying from Wanaka to Queenstown, crashed in Cardrona Valley on Thursday night.
Kramer was Wakatipu Aero Clubâ€™s chief pilot and instructor. The club has issued a statement saying undoubtedly all pilots that have flown in the area will be moved by this tragedy,â€ť as JK was such an integral part of the aviation community in Queenstown,â€ť it says.
â€śMany of us owe a great deal of our aviation knowledge and skills to JK and it is unbelievable that this incredibly experienced and capable pilot is no longer with us.â€ť
Others speak of Kramer as huge inspiration:
â€śJulianne Kramer was hugely important to me around the time I came out as trans, to my own flying school, and proved that a career in the industry that I love, is still possible for me,â€ť Jessie Mackenzie has posted on our Facebook page. â€śYou will be hugely missed.â€ť
Kramer is being farewelled at City Impact Church in Queenstown at 2.30PM today. A gathering will be held at the Wakatipu Aero Club afterwards.
Instead of flowers, donations are welcome to the Wanaka Land Search & Rescue and Lakes District Air Rescue Trust, Queenstown. These can be paid direct to account number: 12 3405 0041402 00 Trustee T. Grant.