Monday, 10 December 2018

Helicopter Performance STC gained for Northland Emergency Services Trust

Flight Structures has recently been successful in helping Northland Emergency Services Trust gain an STC for their new Sikorsky S76. read more ›

Thursday, 07 December 2017

FSL in the news: Air Ambulance on Cover of NZ Aviation News

 Flight Structures is proud to be one of the organisations involved with the refit of the Westpac Air Ambulance.   For details of the project please purchase your copy of NZ Aviation News at your... read more ›

Monday, 25 September 2017

FSL team in BNZ Corporate Challenge at the Avantidrome

Flight Structures is fortunate to be based close to the Avantidrome, which is a world class velodrome on the outskirts of Cambridge.  Jon, Clyde and Brett are all regulars at the velodrome, so this year... read more ›

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Stretcher Loading System for Mu-2 Air Ambulance

 Flight Structures, in conjunction with Philips Search and Rescue Trust has developed a stretcher loading system for the MU-2 Westpac Air Ambulance.    Here is a video demonstrating the system in action. read more ›

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Still more Supplemental Type Certificates Achieved

It has been a busy start to the year for the Flight Structures team with several new Supplemental Type Certificates Approvals being achieved over the last six months. read more ›

Thursday, 08 December 2016

FSL in the News: From Concept to Creation

Flight Structures featured in Kiwiflyer late last year with an article about the full range of services that we offer.  Please refer to page 49 (page 25/33 of the attached edition. read more ›

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Supplementary Type Certificate List updated

We have been doing some housekeeping and maintenance of our website to encapsulate the breadth of services that Flight Structures offers. read more ›

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Helisika successful with Bike Rack STC

Flight Structures has been successful in gaining an STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) for Helisika.  The new bicycle racks fit onto AS350 helicopters for adventure tourism clients.  This STC allows bicycle racks to be placed on... read more ›

Thursday, 09 June 2016

FAA STC for R66 Spray System

Flight Structures has worked with Airlift Technologies to successfully gain a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a spray system for R66 Helicopters. read more ›

Thursday, 14 April 2016

R66 Spray System Certification

Flight Structures Ltd has recently certified the re-design of a spray system for the Robinson R66 turbine rotorcraft. read more ›

Monday, 15 February 2016

Sora Fuselage Completed

Flight Structures team has been progressing the Sora project, and Stage One is now complete. Some photos were taken to demonstrate the spaciousness an aircraft of this size and shape offers. read more ›

Thursday, 04 February 2016

Nose cones for Westpac Rescue-Auckland

Flight Structures fitted two weatherproof nose cones to Westpac Rescue – Auckland for ZK-HLN & ZK-HKZ,  their BK117-850 D2 Helicopters.  Rescue aircraft have to work in a wide variety of conditions, and this modification ensures... read more ›

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Sora Project underway

Seed funding has allowed construction to progress on the Sora Aircraft fuselage.  The blog is being updated regularly with new photos and information.  This picture shows some of the team that have been involved with this project. read more ›

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Mid Year News

The Flight Structures team has been hard at work over recent months on a number of projects for aero-medical, agricultural and charter aircraft.   read more ›

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Helicopter Medical Refit complete.

Flight Structures have completed the internal refit of a BK117 for emergency medical services (EMS).   read more ›

Friday, 27 March 2015

Garden City Helicopters head to Vanuatu for Cyclone Relief

Garden City Helicopters, based in Christchurch, has sent two helicopters to Vanuatu for disaster relief, after Cyclone Pam caused widespread destruction on the islands. read more ›

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Aero Medical Refit Nearing Completion

Flight Structures has spent the last few months working on a major project refurbishing of a BK 117B-2 for Philips Search and Rescue Trust.   This aero medical refit is almost at completion now. read more ›

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Engineering Intern Programme at Flight Structures

This summer Flight Structures employed three interns to provide work experience for Mechanical Engineering students who are about to enter their final year of study.   read more ›

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

FSL in the news: Waikato Times December 5th

Flight Structures was featured in the "Waikato Means Business" supplement in the Waikato Times, 5th December.  In this article by Jamie Small, you can see a more light hearted view of the FSL office. read more ›

Friday, 07 November 2014

Flight Testing in Gore

Flight Structures Design Delegate and Senior Engineer Murray McGregor was invited to be involved with the Transport Accident Commission investigation into the Fox Glacier accident. read more ›

Friday, 09 May 2014

Manufacturing Approval Gained

On May 8th 2014 Flight Structures gained Part 148 status for it's Hamilton Aeronautical workshop facility.  Derek Lewis, Workshop Manager explains, 'Part 148 approval enables Flight Structures to release certified parts and products with a... read more ›

Thursday, 03 April 2014

STC gained for modification of 750XL flap system.

Farmers Air, one of New Zealand’s leading agricultural aircraft operators, came to Flight Structures to design a new flap system for their PAL 750XL aircraft.  The standard flap actuation system is electrically actuated contained under... read more ›

Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Medical Refit of PSRT Westpac Air Ambulance

In December 2013 the Prime Minister John Key launched the new Waikato Westpac Air Ambulance (BK117 B-2) at Hamilton International Airport.  Flight Structures played an important role in getting this aircraft in the air. read more ›

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Flight Structures Celebrates 10 years of Business

Recently Flight Structures celebrated ten years of business with a company celebration dinner in Hamilton. read more ›

Monday, 12 August 2013

Flight Structures gains CASA PNG Delegation

We are pleased to announce that Flight Structures Limited is now a Design Organisation under the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea.  Jon Kerr, Murray McGregor and Chris Raynes have all gained delegations... read more ›

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Crew Seat now certified in Australia

Flight Structures Ltd  has been successful in gaining an STC for the Medical Crew Seat in the Hawker Beechcraft 1900D.  This certification is applicable to both NZ and Australian aviation industries.   read more ›

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

SAAF install Airwork (NZ) BK-117 Sand Filters

The South African Air Force (SAAF) have reported they are very happy with the performance and capability of the Airwork (NZ) Ltd BK117 Sand Filter. read more ›

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Four STCs in one month!

Over the last month, Flight Structures has been successful in gaining four Supplementary Type Certificates (STC's) for our client organisations.  STC's are a type of design change approval that offer several advantages over standard 'Form... read more ›

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Fitout for NEST Sikorsky

In 2012 Northland Emergency Services Trust refitted ZK-IKM, one of their three Sikorsky helicopters.  The fitout involved installation of two aft facing crew seats designed and manufactured by Flight Structures.  The seats have a four... read more ›

Friday, 07 September 2012

New Crew Seats for Philips Search and Rescue Trust AS350 Fleet

Flight Structures have successfully developed a short rear crew seat for Philips Search and Rescue Trust fleet of AS350 'Squirrel' helicopters.  The seat which folds up out of the way, uses existing harnesses, and can... read more ›

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

R66 Spray System STC

Flight Structures Ltd has certifed a purpose designed spray system for the latest Robinson turbine powered R66 rotorcraft. The light weight spray system consists of carbon fibre tank and booms, and incorporates the latest in... read more ›

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Jetstream 31 conversion to Aero Medical Use

Recently Flight Structures Ltd approved a major design change for Wellington's Life Flight Trust, where a Jetstream 31 was converted for aero-medical use.  This project which was completed in under two months, involved refitting the... read more ›

Thursday, 08 March 2012

EASA STC awarded to Airwork BK117-850D-2

We are proud to announce that EASA has awarded Airwork (NZ) Ltd STC approval for the BK117-850D2. The remarkable new engine upgrade that is proving hugely popular with operators throughout Australia, New Zealand, and surrounding... read more ›

Monday, 27 February 2012

Flight Structures Ltd soars into manufacturing

The article below appears in the February 2012 edition of NZ Manufacturer magazine.  Here is the link to the magazine. read more ›

Monday, 20 February 2012

Chinese Civil Aviation Visit

Hamilton Airport was visited by representatives of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.  The visit was part of the certification of the Alpha Aviation aircraft into China.  read more ›

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Slurry Spray System Designed and Certified

Flight Structures has designed and certified a Suspension Fertilizer Application System.  Application of agricultural fertilizer as a sprayed liquid with the fertilizer in suspension is a method that is becoming increasingly popular with farmers.   read more ›

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Flight Testing in Papua New Guinea

Flight Structures Ltd Engineers Jon Kerr and Henry Dumbleton have just returned from a successful flight testing programme in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. read more ›

Friday, 19 August 2011

Flight Structures adds manufacturing capability

Flight Structures is adding manufacturing to their design capability, heralded by the new CNC Router Machine imported from the USA which arrives in October.  The company will continue to focus on prototype developments and are... read more ›

Tuesday, 09 August 2011

STC Issued for Falco 3000XL

The Supplementary Type Certificate for the Farmers Air Ag Conversion of the 750 XL has been issued.   Flight Structures completed all the design, project management, flight testing and CAA requirements, working closely with Farmers Air... read more ›

Thursday, 16 December 2010

FALCO 3000XL Agricultural Aircraft set to improve productivity, crew comfort, and safety.

Flight Structures, working with Farmers Air Ltd, have designed and approved a major modification to the PAL 750XL airframe, christened the FALCO 3000XL. read more ›

Saturday, 01 May 2010

Airwork (NZ)’s BK117-850D2 takes to the skies over Australia and New Zealand

Airwork (NZ)’s BK117-850D2 has taken to the skies over Australia and New Zealand, with approval in Europe and America set to follow. read more ›

Saturday, 07 November 2009

Flight Structures becomes official Supplier to Royal New Zealand Air force

Flight structures has become an official supplier to the Royal New Zealand Airforce. Flight Structures will provide specialised design services to the New Zealand Defence Force in an agreement reached last week read more ›

Friday, 24 April 2009

Medical Transport – Hawker Beechcraft 1900D

Flight Structures has completed a milestone Design, Build Management, and Certification project with the creation of a Medical Transport system for Hawker Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. read more ›

Wednesday, 01 April 2009

Successful Static Testing of Seat Design

Flight Structures has successfully completed structural testing on it is all new forward and aft facing seat, destined to be installed as part of a medical transport/evacuation installation in Hawker Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. read more ›

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Prototype Aircraft Seat Completed

Flight Structures has made prototype aircraft seats, targeted at the new generation general aviation aircraft. The crew and passenger seat share the same high quality comfort and safety features, with the addition of horizontal and... read more ›

Friday, 26 September 2008

Agreement Signed with Manufacturer

Flight Structures has concluded an agreement to provide design and certification services to Pacific Aerospace Limited, Australasia’s largest aircraft manufacturer. Many of Flight Structures senior staff started their careers in the PAL design office and... read more ›

Saturday, 16 June 2007

Flight Structures achieves major milestone

Flight Structures has achieved a major milestone for Alpha Aviation with the issue by Type Certificate for the Alpha HR200 and R2000 series aircraft by the CAA of New Zealand.  The Type Certificate has been... read more ›

Thursday, 14 September 2006

Circle-the-Earth with Flight Structures’ Ferry Fuel System

Flight Structures is pleased to announce that the Circle-the-Earth crew have departed on their round the world flight to raise funds for Starship Children’s Hospital.  The three pilots will be circling the world in a... read more ›