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New operations manager as Wanaka steps up

Experienced airport and aviation professional Daniel Debono will join Wanaka Airport early in 2018 as Operations Manager, following an Australasia-wide recruitment process for the role.

Daniel has worked in the aviation industry his whole adult life and has a solid understanding of general aviation, airport infrastructure, operations, the Civil Aviation Act, associated Civil Aviation Rules, and Health and Safety Legislation.
Originally from Dunedin, Daniel is no stranger to the Southern Lakes region, having worked and holidayed in Queenstown and Wanaka for many years after he graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Aviation Management.



Airlines fined

Three US airlines, Delta, Frontier and United, have been fined a total of US$850,000 (NZ$1.165m) for violating US Transport Department airline customer protection rules.

It cost American Airlines $250,000 (NZ$342,000) for failing to make timely refunds to passengers while Delta was slugged slightly less for filing false missing baggage reports in order to prevent its baggage handling rating from slipping from fourth to fifth.....



Medical drones

Robin Kamira is a pioneer in the commercial use of drones in New Zealand. She has a plan for trialling safer drone operations that has gained enthusiastic support from the CAA.

In the proposed venture drones could be delivering medicine to remote, rural Northland communities by March next year.
Her company, Medical Drones Aotearoa, plans to begin a trial delivery of medical supplies to Mitimiti, near Hokianga, in November 2017 and aims to start its first regular service by March, pending CAA approval...



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