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Auckland Is wreckage recovered

The Marine Countess has landed the wreckage of the BK117 which crashed just off Enderby Island on 22 April during a medical evacuation. The wreckage is now stored in a secure facility at Bluff Harbour and will soon be conveyed to Wellington for examination by officials from TAIC.

Sweeping changes proposed

The New Zealand government proposes sweeping changes to the country’s aviation sector regulations, ranging from damaged or lost luggage compensation, drug and alcohol management and the assessment of airline alliances to making it an offence to harm or assault an aviation security officer’s dog

The overhaul is part of a new Civil Aviation Bill announced on 10 May by Transport Minister Phil Twyford. The current bill, which seeks to combine the Airport Authorities Act 1966 and the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and currently runs to about 400 clauses, is expected to be introduced to Parliament within the next 12 months and passed in mid-to-late-2020.

AOA sensor grounds Cirrus jets

The FAA last month grounded all 117 Cirrus Vision SF50 jets through an emergency AD prompted by Cirrus reporting three incidents on its Model SF50 of the stall warning and protection system (SWPS) or electronic stability and protection (ESP) system engaging when not appropriate.

Cirrus senior vice president of sales and marketing, Ben Kowalski, said the manufacturer immediately began working with the FAA and the company’s internal teams to determine the root cause of the problem.

Bombardier consolidates

Two state-run Chinese firms, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), are vying to purchase Bombardier’s Northern Ireland facility as the Canadian aircraft builder consolidates its operation to one facility in Canada.

Montreal-based Bombardier Group, one of the biggest employers in Northern Ireland with a workforce of 3600, is selling not only its Belfast operation but also its Newtownabbey, Newtownards and Dunmurry operations and its Moroccan facility as Bombardier continues to consolidate all its aerospace assets into a single streamlined and fully integrated business

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