NZSkydive (NZS) – WECA’s newest member – recently delivered the first of two 750XL aircraft to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF).

The only utility aircraft manufacturing company in the Southern Hemisphere, NZS was established in April 2021 with this privately owned company purchasing the business assets of Pacific Aerospace Limited through a liquidation process.

The owners are Waikato businesspeople and aviation enthusiasts with interests in hospitality, real estate, and aircraft ownership and operation.

NZS employs 50 personnel at the factory located at the southern end of Hamilton Airport, a site that has produced aircraft for about 70 years.

NZS Chief Executive Officer Stephen Burrows said the business is delighted to join WECA and looking forward to contributing to engineering skills in the region.