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Airport 20/20 system takes flight at Newark Liberty International Airport.
A state-of-the-art resource management system (RMS), airport operational database (AODB), mobile operations centre and BIDS have been set up in a very tight timeframe at Newark. This follows hot on the heels from deploying the 20/20 aeronautical billing system to all of Finland’s 25 airports and the start of a major project in Kansas to implement the 20/20 flight information and AODB software.
Airways International wins work in Saudi Arabia
In addition to recent ATC training success in China, Airways New Zealand has won a multi-year contract to train air traffic controllers for Saudi Arabia's General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA). The first group completed their ab-initio training in New Zealand in 2012. They are now completing their on-the-job training in Saudi Arabia to gain an aerodrome rating. A second group of students is now studying in New Zealand and expect to graduate in November.
The contract includes the use of Airways ATC recruitment and selection tool 'Sure Select' to identify, screen and assess candidates for ATC training, and extensive access to Airway's Total Control simulator suite. GACA believes that 'Sure Select' was one of the reasons for the very high success rates achieved by the first group of students.
BCS baggage handling technology achieves string of successes in Southeast Asia.
The company’s investment in R&D and in airport simulation software and technology, also reflected in market sales, saw it named the Exporter of the year in the Auckland Export Awards in August 2010. BCS software is the smart thinking behind the Air NZ domestic bag drops solutions at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as well as the new Trans-Tasman solution in Auckland for Australia bound customers.
BCS has a 75% market share in Australia but sees exciting growth potential in Southeast Asia where it recently secured the contract to deliver a baggage handling system to the Can Tho airport project in Vietnam. The company has also been successful in Indonesia and the Philippines. BCS baggage handling systems have been installed in over 30 countries including Australia, Egypt, France, Greece and the US.
CTC Aviation secures new pilot training contracts with international customers.
CTC Aviation was approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) in February 2012 to train airline pilots for the country’s airlines. CTC announced a partnership with Jetstar Asia in May 2011 to train Singaporean nationals for employment as first officers with the international airline. This partnership was the impetus for starting the process of gaining CAAS approval. Other major contracts held by CTC include Jetstar Australia, Jetstar Pacific, JF Oberlin University in Japan to train the university’s airline pilots and flydubai. In 2012, CTC will train around 220 pilots at the Hamilton centre to supply its airline partners in Asia, Australia, Europe and the UK.
Cavotec in-ground systems improve airport efficiency.
Cavotec’s in-ground systems that emerge from the tarmac or hangar floor to supply aircraft with air, water, fuel and power are now found around the world. Once servicing is complete, the systems retract flush with the ground. Other ground support equipment supplied includes aircraft tow bars, equipment connectors, cable coilers and caddies.
Recent project successes for in-ground systems include Diagne International Airport in Dakar and the Mumbai International Airport. Ground support equipment has now been provided to airports in France, Luxembourg, Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar, Guinea and Argentina. The systems supplied improve efficiency, operate more sustainably and reduce the operator’s carbon footprint. The Cavotec pre-conditioned air caddy system for example, delivers dry compressed air to parked aircraft, so that pilots don’t have to run on-board auxiliary power units, which can burn between 200 and 600 litres per hour
Glidepathgroup has over 35 years materials handling experience.
Glidepath has developed cost effective solutions to meet baggage handling, cargo handling and parcel sorting needs. The company’s services encompass design, manufacture and project managed installation. They provide state of the art software control systems and integrate with existing airport information systems and security/explosive detection systems. After sales and spare parts services are also provided.
Glidepath has now completed more that 450 projects of varying size and complexity in more than 55 countries around the world. In the last 12 months, projects have been completed in Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Australia, Malaysia and Canada.
Helicopters New Zealand secures substantial Philippines contract.
Helicopters (NZ) Limited (“HNZ”) has entered into an offshore oil and gas helicopter support contract with Shell Global Solutions International B.V. (“Shell”) to begin in September 2013. HNZ will provide crew change helicopter services from Manila to Shell’s offshore petroleum platforms in the Philippines and from 2014, will support oil and gas exploration and development work by Shell in the Philippines. The initial four year contract is worth approx US$40m, and is extendable.
Lanzatech wins US Biofuel Jet Fuel Contract.
Auckland clean tech company Lanzatech has won a research contract to develop jet fuel for the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), a branch of the US Department of Defense. The deal was announced at the Paris Air Show in June 2011. The DARPA contract will allow Lanzatech to "perform research focusing on novel, low cost routes for the production of jet fuel (JP-8) from carbon monoxide rich sources." The gas fermentation process, using Lanzatech’s patented carbon monoxide-eating microbe, has been developed to allow the use of waste gases from industrial plants such as steel mills and oil refineries to make bio-fuels and a range of commercially valuable chemicals. A key advantage of the technology is that it does not use food crops to make bio-fuels.
Merlot.Aero operational software goes live with Air Asia.
AirAsia is the first major user of the new cutting-edge airline management system developed in New Zealand to improve its operational efficiency. The system optimises aircraft and crew utilisation, improving on-time performance and minimising costs. ‘Merlot.aero’ smartly forecasts, organises, predicts, measures and reports on daily aircraft and crew utilisation. It also allows the airline to achieve regulatory compliance. 'Merlot.aero' is also used by Mandala and three Australian airlines - Skytrans, Rex Regional Express and SKywest.
Pacific Aerospace Achieves Manufacturing Milestone.
Pacific Aerospace has celebrated the production of its 600th aircraft with the delivery of a P-750XL to Australian Aerial Survey. This is a significant manufacturing achievement and makes it the most prolific aircraft manufacturer in this part of the world.
The P-750XL is a short take off and landing aircraft capable of carrying a 4200lb payload. It is available in passenger, freight, agricultural, jump, geophysical survey, photography and other configurations. The P-750XL is the only single engine aircraft (including helicopters) approved by all the oil companies in Africa to carry out support operations for them. The company also makes the CT4 series trainer aircraft and Cresco.
Radiola wins UK CAA approval and undertakes broad variety of work.
In early September 2011, the UK Civil aviation Authority, Safety Regulations Group, issued Radiola Aerospace an approval to conduct flight inspection under the regulatory requirements of UK CAA CAP 670. Radiola flight inspection and flight validation teams were very busy during the first half of 2011 - missions have been completed at more than 100 airfields worldwide including Morocco, Sudan, Iraq and the Caribbean as well as regular commitments with customers in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. A significant number of radar commissionings were included in the programme. Papua New Guinea, now has two new instrument landing systems, Rarotonga International Airport in the Cook Islands has a new DVOR/DME system and the company is installing new PAPI, REILS, Cabling, CCR, and other runway lighting along with control systems and integration with legacy equipment at Kapiti Airport near Wellington.
Spider Tracks – develops the world's first portable Iridium tracking solution.
Spider Tracks has developed technology that makes it possible to track any mobile asset anywhere in the world. Originally developed for helicopters, the technology has many other applications. Spider Tracks uses Iridium - the only satellite network to offer secure, real time, gap free data communications with guaranteed reliability everywhere in the world.
Spider (the Spider Tracks hardware) combines satellite communication, GPS and antenna in one stylish box. The accompanying, easy to use software is web based and can be used without installing special software.
TracPlus Global’s tracking successes continue.
TracPlus has announced new successes in America, Australia and New Zealand. Following on from contracts with the National Aerial Firefighting Centre in Australia, the company has secured significant tracking and integration contracts in North and South America. A major Canadian company has selected TracPlus to integrate tracking data from over 150 contracted helicopters that are using different tracking systems. A Californian gas and electric company has also just equipped its field engineers and contractors wit the TracPlus system.
TracPlus is a strong supporter of extreme adventures and has tracked many successful world record attempts including Trans Tasman kayakers, Earthrace, round the world yachting and is currently supporting the Ultimate Ride by a jet ski team making their way between London and Auckland to raise Cancer awareness.
Interview with John Nicholson about Pilot Training and Aviation generally, India, March 2012
Interview with Fabrice Rochereau, David Mallard and John Nicholson
The Aviation Industry Association awards on 9 August saw two companies receive awards
- LanzaTech of Auckland won the 'Richard Pearse Trophy for Innovative Excellence in the New Zealand Aviation Industry here
- Metal Tech Engineering of Hamilton won an award 'For commitment to advancing the reputation of the precision engineering industry in New Zealand here