MENZ: Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion tour

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion is New Zealand’s lead­ing air­craft sup­port and sales op­er­a­tion, de­liv­er­ing com­pre­hen­sive MRO ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the gen­eral avi­a­tion mar­ket. Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion has bases in Ard­more, Albany, Hamil­ton, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queen­stown, and em­ploys over 150 staff. Although much of Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion’s main­te­nance sup­port is New Zealand based, much of the com­pany’s tur­bine, com­po­nent, blade, aux­il­iary equip­ment man­u­fac­ture and air­craft sales and bro­ker­age is work com­mis­sioned by off­shore com­pa­nies.

Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion re­mains pri­vately owned by Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tors Josh Camp, Jonathan Bowen and Gor­don Luke, with all busi­ness oper­a­tions over­seen by CEO Don McCracken. Each has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, with Josh Camp and Jonathan Bowen es­tab­lish­ing Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion in 1992, whilst still work­ing as ro­tor pilots in com­mer­cial roles. To­gether with the Ex­ec­u­tive Board, they have es­tab­lished a cul­ture of em­pa­thy, where the em­pha­sis is on fast, flex­i­ble, knowl­edge­able ser­vice, un­der­stand­ing that time on the ground is lost time in the air and a com­pro­mise to their cus­tomers’ earn­ings power. It has de­liv­ered Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion on­go­ing suc­cess and en­sured their growth in the New Zealand avi­a­tion mar­ket.

On the evening of June 24th Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion hosted an MENZ event, where in­ter­ested mem­bers of the gen­eral en­gi­neer­ing com­mu­nity were in­vited to tour the com­pany’s Hamil­ton fa­cil­i­ties. Steve Bur­rows, Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion’s QA Man­ager, ar­ranged the event and was pleased with the large turnout, com­ment­ing that he re­ceived great feed­back on Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the knowl­edge and en­thu­si­asm of the com­pany’s staff.

The tour was bro­ken into bays, where spe­cial­ist staff could out­lay their roles and of­fer a break-down of their daily ac­tiv­i­ties. It was an en­joy­able night for all at­tend­ing and Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion looks for­ward to host­ing fu­ture MENZ events and build­ing closer re­la­tions with its mem­bers. A big thank you goes to the staff at Ocea­nia Avi­a­tion.

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