07 February 2011

Air National Responds

Charter airline Air National is unlikely to fight a Court of Appeal decision upholding an "enormously damaging" suspension of its operations over safety concerns, an industry spokeswoman says....

Pilots had been training on a simulator in the United States but a problem with the computer programme when Southern Hemisphere coordinates were entered meant the wrong details ended up on one piece of paper in the training documents, she said. CAA was alerted as soon as they returned to New Zealand. The suspension was unreasonable and the damage the episode was doing to Air National was "just enormous", Ms King said. "It's the damage to the company, it's the damage to destination New Zealand. For all parties it's an enormously damaging situation.

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