The Civil Aviation Authority says that aircraft produced by Pacific Aerospace Limited (PAL) will be able to continue flying despite the company’s financial distress.
CAA Deputy Chief Executive Aviation Safety Dean Winter says his thoughts are with the staff of customers of Pacific Aerospace following the recent announcement.
“The CAA was informed on Wednesday about PAL’s financial status and since then we’ve been working through what the implications are for PAL aircraft operating in New Zealand and around the world,” Mr Winter said.
“As a result, yesterday we suspended PAL’s certificates, which had previously allowed it to design, manufacture and maintain aircraft.
“These certificates require the organisation to be in a financial position to comply with all their safety requirements and this is sadly no longer the case for PAL.”
Yesterday the CAA issued a notice to operators of aircraft produced by Pacific Aerospace, explaining that they’ll be able to continue operating their aircraft unless a serious safety or airworthiness issue is identified which would affect all aircraft of that type.
Normally such issues would be addressed by the manufacturer or another organisation which has responsibility through holding a ‘type certificate’.
With PAL in financial distress and its certificates suspended, the CAA is reviewing how safety issues involving PAL aircraft could be addressed in future, with potential options including:
Mr Winter says the CAA will work hard with industry to find a suitable holder for PAL’s type certificates so that PAL aircraft can continue to fly for many years to come.
“Many PAL aircraft have become a familiar sight in New Zealand’s skies as agricultural workhorses and a staple of our skydiving operators. We want to work with industry to find a lasting solution.”
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