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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Judge Calls New Zealand CAA "Mean-Spirited

Jim McKenna

A district court judge in New Zealand has rapped the Civil Aviation Authority there for its "mean-spirited" prosecution of a small South Auckland helicopter company, according to The New Zealand Herald. The newspaper said Judge Margaret Lee concluded the aviation agency's prosecution of Papakura-based Heli Cam Aviation for allegedly operating aircraft without proper documentation could be considered "mean-spirited, and even indicative of bad faith." The CAA accused Heli Cam of working without an air operator certificate for hiring a camera operator to shoot footage of an Auckland boat race and giving a boat club member a free ride while doing so last April and hiring another camera operating last May. Heli Cam argued it could do so because none of that was done "for hire or reward."
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