Part 173 certification for GroupEAD in PNG

- Christchurch, New Zealand.

AIM and navigation service provider GroupEAD has been awarded Part 173 certification for its ongoing procedure design work in Papua New Guinea.
GroupEAD, through joint venture partner Airways New Zealand, has been operating in the Pacific country for several years where significant work has been delivered in the Highlands providing airspace guidance and developing instrument procedures. 
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea awarded Part 173 certification to GroupEAD this month, providing operators with the confidence required to award contracts. This certification, which authorises GroupEAD to design air navigation procedures, also enables them to provide ongoing support for the Komo and Tari aerodromes.
GroupEAD Asia Pacific CEO Wayne Smith says the certification is an important step in validating GroupEAD’s commitment to the Asia Pacific region.
“There is a significant amount of aerodrome development work underway in Papua New Guinea at the moment and we are pleased the Papua New Guinea CASA has endorsed the work we’re doing. This work compliments Airways’ role in maintaining navigation aids and carrying out flight inspection work, creating efficiencies and improving safety,” he says. 
“We look forward to continuing to support the region’s economic and tourism development into the future.”

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