February 23, 2021

What a super event and turnout to our first Meet Up of the year! We heard from our knowledgeable speakers about the current and future regulation requirements as well as hearing about Māori celestial traditions and startups.

Aviation – A World Of Opportunity
Mark Hoskins, Head of Commercial, Airways International Limited, Airways NZ
Airways International Limited is the commercial arm of Airways, an SOE tasked with the provision of Air Navigation Services to 7% of the world’s air space. AIL exports New Zealand IP to ANSP, Airport and Airline customers globally. In this talk, Mark Hoskins reflected on his 30 years of aviation experience spanning various parts of the globe, as well a sharing his perspective on how Christchurch is uniquely placed to succeed in the Aerospace sector.

What Is AS9100?
Warren Yee, Managing Director, QuickCircuit
QuickCircuit (QC) is proudly 100% New Zealand owned and operated Electronics Contract Manufacturer that utilises state of the art Surface Mount and Selective Soldering Technology along with the best Manufacturing Team in New Zealand. QC has two manufacturing sites – Christchurch and Auckland and is both AS9100 (Aerospace) and ISO14001 (Environmental) certified. Warren shared his experience in becoming AS9100 certified with the group.

Why NZ Needs To Start It Up
Marian Johnson, Chief Awesome Officer, Ministry of Awesome
Since joining MoA 3 years ago, Marian and the MoA team have put all their focus on helping to drive a dynamic startup and innovation ecosystem that will power NZ’s future success. Marian talked about the assistance MoA are able to provide startups.

Māori Celestial Traditions
Kyle Davis (Ngāi Tahu), Manager Matauranga Taiao, Mahaanui Kuratao Ltd
Mahaanui Kurataiao Limited is a resource and environmental management advisory company established in 2007 by the six local Rūnanga to assist and improve the recognition and protection of mana whenua values in their takiwā. Kyle talked to the group about Māori celestial traditions.

Emerging Technologies In Aviation; Challenges For Regulation
Rebecca Langton CEng MRAeS, Emerging Technologies Programme Manager, CAA NZ
With a background in RPAS (Remotely Piloted Air Systems) management and Flight Test Engineering from the RAF, Rebecca has recently taken up a new position at CAA NZ working with MBIE’s Airspace Integration Trials Programme. Rebecca discussed how novel concepts of operations in aviation, such as unmanned aircraft, alternative energy sources and increased automation, present challenges for regulation.

A special thank you to our Gold Event Sponsor QuickCircuit, venue sponsor Ara Institute of Canterbury and support by ChristchurchNZ.