Emirates’ Clark says synthetic fuels can help cut aviation’s carbon footprint

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Emirates president Sir Tim Clark says he is convinced the future for airlines was in developing synthetic fuels, Denise McNabb writes from Dubai.

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The scene at the 2019 Dubai Airshow. (Denise McNabb)

Record attendance and subdued sales at Dubai Airshow

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Record crowds and spectacular flying displays were overshadowed by sluggush orders for commercial aircraft at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, writes Denise McNabb.

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A supplied image of a digital air traffic control tower. (Searidge Technologies)

Airservices to trial remote digital tower prototype at Sydney

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Airservices Australia will trial a prototype of a digital control tower from Searidge Technologies at Sydney Airport for possible contingency use.

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A file image of a Tigerair Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUB at Melbourne Airport. (Brian Wilkes)

Tigerair Australia Boeing 737-800 took off with cabin unpressurised: ATSB

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A Tigerair Australia Boeing 737-800 took off unpressurised after pilots incorrectly configured the cabin’s air conditioning system prior to takeoff, an investigation has found.

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An artist's impression of a Boeing 787-10 in Air New Zealand livery. (Boeing/Twitter)

Shareholders question Air New Zealand over aircraft and engine choices

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Based on the Air New Zealand annual shareholder meeting, it appears the travelling public’s confidence in aircraft and engine manufacturing has been somewhat shaken in light of recent events.

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A pair of Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 at Auckland Airport. (Rob Finlayson)

Air New Zealand net profit falls 31pct amid “lower growth environment”

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Air New Zealand has reported a 30 per cent decline in net profit for 2018/19 amid what the company described as a lower growth environment.

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Air New Zealand ZK-NZE Boeing 787-9 crosses over Brisbane with contrails. (Michael Marston)

Air New Zealand looking long-haul with latest Boeing 787 order

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This story by Denise McNabb from the July 2019 edition of Australian Aviation looks at the long-haul ambitions of Air New Zealand with the Boeing 787.

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Jr. on the moon. (NASA/Flickr)

Remembering the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years on

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Denise McNabb writes about listening to that historic moment in a New Zealand school classroom .

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An artist's impression of an Uber flying taxi in Melbourne. (Uber)

Uber air taxis heading to Melbourne

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Melbourne has been chosen as the first pilot market outside the United States for Uber Air flying taxis, joining Dallas and Los Angeles.

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An aircraft takes off from Queenstown Airport.

The challenge of landing at Queenstown Airport

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A look at the challenges of landing at Queenstown Airport, which is regularly featured in the top 10 list of the world’s most stunning airport approaches.

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An artist's impression of a Boeing 787-10 in Air New Zealand livery. (Boeing/Twitter)

New York and premium class on Air New Zealand’s mind with new fleet

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Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon was in a New York state of mind when announcing the airline’s Boeing 787-10 order in Auckland on Monday.

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The flight deck of the Airbus A350-1000. (Airbus)

New Zealand lifts restrictions for colour vision deficient pilots

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Restrictive rules placed on New Zealand’s colour vision deficient pilots will end from 31 May, ending six years of campaigning by pilots and the industry.

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A file image of Jetstar Airbus A320 VH-VGY. (Medhi Nazarinia)

Jetstar A320 flew into Christchurch below safe altitude: NZ TAIC report

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The New Zealand TAIC has issued its final report into a Jetstar Airbus A320 that flew below a minimum safe altitude before landing at Christchurch in 2017.

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A file image of a Boeing 737 MAX flight deck. (Boeing)

Boeing defends deactivation of safety feature in 737 MAX

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The blowtorch was turned on Boeing at its annual general meeting on Monday (US time) after details emerged over the weekend about the deactivation of an optional safety feature on its 737 MAX jets that might have alerted pilots to malfunctions in angel of attack (AOA) sensors. US carrier Southwest Airlines released a statement in […]

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A supplied picture of a Boeing 737 MAX 7 landing on April 17, 2019 after a technical demonstration flight for the MCAS software update. (Boeing)

CASA to join US FAA Boeing 737 MAX review team

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Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has joined a team of international authorities and other aviation experts who will begin a detailed review of certification of the Boeing 737 MAX’s automated flight control system.

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An image of Cessna 172M VH-TUX from the Goldfields Air Services website. (Goldfields Air Services)

Cessna wing repairs catches pilot short on fuel

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A Cessna 172M ran out of fuel and made a forced landing into scrubland because the pilot hadn’t realised new wings had reduced fuel capacity, the ATSB says.

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An Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)

Air New Zealand’s 787-9 Rolls-Royce engines dogged by problems

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Air New Zealand says eight Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines for its 13 Boeing 787-9s will be inspected sooner than anticipated due to durability issues.

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Air Milford flying over Milford Sound. (Air Milford)

Turbulence in paradise for flightseeing operators at Milford Sound

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This story from the January/February 2019 edition of Australian Aviation by Denise McNabb looks at the plight of flightseeing operators in New Zealand’s Milford Sound.

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Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZE arrives in Adelaide. (Adelaide Airport/Twitter)

Air New Zealand reports drop in first half profit

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Air New Zealand’s interim net profit plunged 35.4 per cent in the six months to December 31, 2018 but the 2018/19 first half results offered no new surprises after its profit warning a month ago. The carrier reaffirmed at its 2018/19 first half results on Thursday that it expects full year pre-tax earnings before tax […]

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An Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)

Air New Zealand slashes earnings forecasts

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Air New Zealand has warned its pre-tax earnings for 2018/19 may fall by as much as 37 per cent on the back of engine problems in the Boeing 787-9 fleet and softer travel growth. The airline told the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges on Wednesday – the company is listed on both sides of […]

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Inspecting the Auckland Harbour Bridge by drone. (Asset insight)

Kiwis push boundaries with commercial drones

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New Zealand’s commercial market for drones is booming, largely thanks to a collaborative approach by its Civil Aviation Authority. Its Part 101 consultation rules and Part 102 unmanned aircraft certification has resulted in 108 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) receiving certification in the past few years. More than 400 commercial UAV users are registered on the […]

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Mission Possible: Kiwi ingenuity behind the movie industry’s best aerial cinematography

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When an innovative New Zealand company develops a cutting-edge aerial camera system a stone’s throw from an airport where a helicopter operator services A-list movie productions, it offers a fortuitous match.

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A supplied photo of ZK-ZQG. (NZ TAIC/Jetconnect)

NZ offshoot pays dividends for Qantas

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Qantas received a NZ$32.6 million (A$29.86 million) dividend from its New Zealand offshoot, Jetconnect, accounts filed with the New Zealand Companies Office show. The accounts also show Qantas received a NZ$1.8 million (A$1.65 million) dividend from its New Zealand Jetstar operations. The financial report of Qantas’s New Zealand operations come as Qantas pilots protest plans […]

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