Gore-based Phoenix Aviation Limited has been awarded the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s 2012 award for Best Maintenance Shop of the Year in the New Zealand aviation industry.
The award, a first for the company, relates to the restoration of a Glastar two-seater aircraft originally built in Dunedin.
Written off by insurers in 2007, the Glastar was purchased by Allan Brocket and completely rebuilt in the Phoenix Aviation workshop on Gore airfield. Brocket nominated Phoenix for the award after taking delivery of the refurbished aircraft in July 2011 which has been in flying condition since.
The engineering staff involved are led by well-known chief aviation engineer, Peter Kempthorne.
Mr Kempthorne says that due to the nature of the refurbishment, parts of the work were outsourced. The welding of the fuselage was undertaken by Gore Sheetmetal and the engine reconditioned by Aeromotive of Timaru.
The award was presented by Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) life member Murray Paterson. AOPA is an international body representing 650 New Zealand members and 600 aircraft nationwide. Paterson says that AOPA presents six annual awards in various categories judged by its life members.
Further accolades for chief engineer
Mr Kempthorne was one of two recipients of the 2011 EA Gibson Award for services to agricultural aviation.
This prestigious award is only presented by the New Zealand division of the Royal Aeronautical Society when nominees contributions are deemed suitable and it is not presented every year.
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