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First ALSIM AL42 simulator in New Zealand

Alsim announced its first sale in New Zealand. Ardmore Flying School, based in Auckland, has acquired an AL42 simulator, the exact replica of the Diamond DA42, built using genuine aircraft parts and equipped with the latest real-world Garmin G1000 avionics suite. It also comes with latest generation visual system, GFC 700 autopilot and PBN/LPV capabilities. Ardmore Flying School and Ian Ca...

Air New Zealand revises international network

Air New Zealand will not resume operation of its suspended Auckland-Buenos Aires and Los Angeles-London routes due to the deep impact of COVID-19 on forward travel demand. The airline has also taken the decision to postpone the commencement of its non-stop Auckland-New York service from 29 October 2020 until late 2021 at the earliest. Along with 95 percent of its international...

Economy Skynest to put economy travellers to sleep

The Economy Skynest is the result of three years of Air New Zealand research and development, with the input of more than 200 customers at its Hangar 22 innovation centre in Auckland. The airline has filed patent and trademark applications for the Economy Skynest which provides six full length lie-flat sleep pods.  Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Cu...

Wisk and New Zealand Government to Partner in World First Autonomous Air Taxi Trial

The New Zealand Government and Wisk, an Urban Air Mobility company, have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a passenger transport trial in Canterbury, New Zealand. Wisk's self-flying, all-electric air taxi, called Cora, is the aircraft selected for the trials. In October 2019, the New Zealand Government announced that it was establishing an industry-w...

New Zealand Emergency Medical Services received EMS H145 helicopters

In a ceremony at the GCH Aviation Group headquarters, Airbus has tdelivered two H145 helicopters to the New Zealand Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson said these were the first two H145 helicopters in emergency medical services (EMS) configuration in the New Zealand market. “I’m proud that Airbus’ heli...

Air Partner on standby following New Zealand earthquake

Air Partner, the global aviation services group, today reports that its Emergency Planning Division is on standby to support clients needing to move people, freight and aid in or out of New Zealand following the severe earthquake that hit the country’s South Island just after midnight on Monday (11:02 GMT on Sunday). Air Partner has responded to a crisis in the country before, chartering a B...

Skywork Helicopters of New Zealand picks Astronics enhanced vision system

Astronics Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, announced that New Zealand’s Skywork Helicopters Ltd. is flying the world’s first high resolution Max-Viz 1400 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) on a rotor wing aircraft. The Astronics Max-Viz provides pilots real-time display for increased visibility in adverse weather conditions, such as darkness, precipitation,...

Air New Zealand makes inaugural voyage to Vietnam

Lemongrass chicken and black pepper beef were on the menu for passengers lucky enough to grab a seat on Air New Zealand airline's inaugural flight to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The 11-hour flight touched down on Sunday morning (NZT), with dignitaries including Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Viet Dung Nguyen greeted by a kapa haka group...

Air New Zealand trials world-leading robotic technology

Air New Zealand is working with Christchurch-based robotics company Invert Robotics to trial wall climbing, camera mounted robots to carry out remote inspections on its aircraft. The technology, originally designed for use in the dairy industry, uses remote-controlled inspection equipment to detect damage inside milk tanks beaming back high resolution footage in real time. Air New Zealand Ch...

Air NZ to deploy 787-9 to Argentina from October

Air New Zealand is switching its Auckland-Buenos Aires service from the Boeing 777-200ER to the 787-9 from October 30. While the move represents an overall reduction of 10 seats per flight, from 312 for the 777 to 302 for the 787-9, there will be a change in the mix of seats across business, premium economy and economy. Air New Zealand’s Dreamliners have a larger economy cabin featurin...

New Zealand picks up training pace with T-6C fleet

Flightglobal contributor Peter Clark was given the opportunity to fly in one of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) newly-operational Beechcraft T-6C trainers, during a 42min sortie from Ohakea air base. Eleven T-6Cs are being used to deliver initial training to students, with the new capability due to deliver 15 graduate pilots and 12 qualified flying instructors annually over the...

Refused boarding over weight limit

Air New Zealand refused to let a woman board her flight to Tonga because the aircraft had reached its upper weight limit. Auckland woman Alex Catchpole-Ozpınar was supposed to board her 9.30am flight to Tonga on Monday for a five day holiday but was turned away at the Air NZ check-in counter because her aircraft had reached its weight limit. Catchpole-Ozpınar said sh...