If you live in New Zealand, you’ve been asked since August 1 to pay $100 per year for weather briefings from private companies. That’s because the New Zealand government cut off funding to private briefing services–and we all understand the world is coming up a dollar or two short these days. Everybody has to cut back. However, one of those private weather briefing companies saw its subscriber base shrink from 5,000 to 277. It could affect general aviation in several ways. One is to see an increase in the number of weather-related accidents (and an increase in costly government accident investigations). Another is to reduce interest in flying, leading to loss of jobs in aviation in New Zealand, leading to a still lower tax base and greater economic problems for the New Zealand government. Then the government will have to cut something else, unless it spots the cause-and-effect in time.
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Diamond Aircraft will not exhibit at EAA Airventure, the National Business Aviation Association convention, and AOPA Summit as a cost-savings measure. The company will continue to exhibit at law-enforcement and government security shows to demonstrate its special mission aircraft. The decision was a cost-saving move to focus on the D-Jet program and continue support of the piston-engine fleet, said Diamond President Peter Maurer. A recent loan from an unnamed source was to support development of the D-Jet. Maurer said the decisions were necessary because of the “…continued weakness of the economy,” and “…slow industry wide retail sales.” The company’s September open house at the factory in London, Ontario, will continue as planned.