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In a statement, Hall Chadwick confirmed all Bonza staff had been sacked and future flights cancelled. The administrator said it had guided “a number of interested parties through the sale campaign”, allowing them to conduct due diligence and formulate offers.

Employees were notified of their termination at a meeting on Tuesday morning. Should Bonza be liquidated, the terminations will allow staff to claim unpaid salaries through the government’s Fair Entitlement Guarantee.

Joshua Daish previously worked in operations management at the ADF’s legendary Woomera Test Range, where he participated in the first flight trials of Boeing’s Ghost Bat “loyal wingman” drone.

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The Australian Financial Review reports that a confidential meeting of creditors last week also heard the jobs of staff are set to be terminated imminently if a purchaser cannot be found.

Despite their growing use in the sector, there are currently no national standards or regulations when it comes to drone cyber security, making them a significant threat vector considering their connectivity.

The 12-seat aircraft, first unveiled in 2015, is designed for various missions, including search and rescue, law enforcement and high-intensive care patient transport.


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