An airline crash on the hills just behind us The Dash that crashed The crash of an Ansett Dash 8 in the foothills of the Tararua Range on 9 June 1995 was the result of a cluster of causes. On the approach to Palmerston North airport, the pilots had difficulty lowering the planes undercarriage (it was a design flaw that had been previously identified). Instead of climbing to a safe altitude while fixing the problem, they continued descending on an instrument approach in cloud. While they were distracted the plane collided with a hill; four people died and others were seriously injured.
An adventure aviation activity called the rack, which involved
hanging passengers on a chain under a helicopter while low flying over active thermal areas
Imposing user charges to cost recover for safety audits that operators didnt want
Under new rules they opposed but didnt understand
In fact it is a major success story compared to some other infrastructure sectors
And airports in some other countries LONDON British Airways canceled 54 more short-haul flights at Heathrow Airport's problem-plagued new Terminal 5 on Monday. Almost 300 flights have been scrapped and some 15,000 bags have been separated from their owners since the state-of- the-art terminal opened last Thursday. Airport operators have said the problems were triggered by glitches with the terminal's high-tech baggage-handling system. The chaos has been a major embarrassment for British Airways and the airport operator, BAA. They hope the £4.3 billion, or $8.6 billion, terminal will transform Heathrow's reputation as a grubby, overcrowded transport hub Problems continue at Heathrow's Terminal 5
3. NZ airports are the good news behind the good news
Airports have very long planning and development horizons
- To ensure the future of airport activities is safeguarded, and airports are good neighbours
5. The aviation sector is very much under the environmental spotlight Fyfe slams climate change bureaucracy The hand-wringing over climate change regulatory structures is distracting from the more important focus of taking action, Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe said. He told a Greener Skies conference in Hong Kong that action speaks louder than words in the debate on climate change.
And airports are doing their bit, but will need to do more carboNZero
As they get squeezed between air travel guilt and 100% pure