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Aviation Consultancy for Streamlining Aircraft MessagingA plan to modernise the aviation communications and navigation system in NZ has been announced today by the Transport Minister, Gerry Brownlee. Named the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan, the system will enable the introduction of technological solutions to improve safety, emissions and journey times for travellers and operators in the aviation sector through the ‘Southern Sky’ initiative.

The NAAN Plan covers eight key elements of New Zealand’s aviation system, namely: navigation, surveillance, communication, aeronautical information management, air traffic management, airspace design, aerodromes, and meteorological services. Working with the FAA, the plan directive will aim to improve overall flight efficiency and help operators to manage the costs of mission critical transmissions.

“This plan outlines how the government and aviation industry will manage the transition from ground-based to modern satellite-based navigation and surveillance technologies, digital information and communication systems, and streamlined air traffic control,” Mr Brownlee says. “It promotes the uptake of new technologies with an estimated economic benefit of almost $2 billion over the next 20 years. These technologies have the potential to bring about significant improvements in efficiency, safety and environmental outcomes in the aviation sector, especially as air traffic volumes increase. As the new technologies are implemented, passengers will benefit from shorter, more direct flight paths and fewer delays”.

Some of the changes will require aircraft operators to make retrofit upgrades, which will mean investments in new equipment. It is hoped that a portion of these cost will be recouped through the efficiencies and lower operational costs as a result of the changes. Smaller operators and private pilots should receive consultations via the Plan and the CAA to ensure that the financial burden can be spread, with a smooth transition between what pilots and operators need in the short term and what they will need for future operations.

Changes to controlled airspace, a part of the Plan, will give private pilots the opportunity to fly in a bigger area without the need to retrofit their aircraft.

Manage Costs with Aviation ConsultancyFollowing the disappearance of flight MH370, Malaysia Airlines are suffering from the biggest financial crisis in its 40-year history. The airline had experienced losses for the past three financial years, but was beginning to recover to a break-even point in 2014 until the tragic disappearance occurred. The airline recently released figures that revealed a record $138million loss for the first quarter.

Needless to say, Malaysia Airlines are looking for ways to reduce operational costs if it is to recover and indeed survive for the next 12 months. The company are committed to examining every area of operations in a bid to save money and have a plan in place to implement measures that could bring them to a break-even point in 2015.

This month will see the retirement of the final Boeing 737-400 aircraft in the MAS fleet, being replaced with the more fuel-economic and lower maintenance 737-800s. Also, the airline plan to introduce business class seats with a reconfiguration of the cabin spaces to produce higher revenues and plans for the purchase of Airbus aircraft have been put on hold for the time being.

As competition grows within the industry, airlines all over the world are looking closely at operational spending, and in that respect, MAS are not alone. Both commercial and business carriers can save money in many areas of productivity, including messaging costs, which can run into tens of thousands of individual messages each day. Companies such as ARINC offer consultancy services specifically designed to tailor messaging packages to help airlines to cut costs.

“We have to look at the business model that will allow us to be sustainable over the next 40 years,” said Hugh Dunleavy, MAS director of commercial operations.