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AIM partnership launched by GroupEAD and Airways NZ

AIM partnership launched by GroupEAD and Airways NZ
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For immediate release
1 July 2014

Christchurch, New Zealand - The first aeronautical information company in the Asia Pacific region has been launched today, in a partnership between GroupEAD Europe S.L. and Airways New Zealand Ltd.

The company, called GroupEAD, brings together industry experts to provide end-to-end aeronautical information management (AIM) solutions.

GroupEAD will supply AIM support and guidance to the wider aviation industry, and provide quality systems to decrease operational costs. The cloud-based data management service removes the need for major investment in a new data system, allowing customers to meet ICAO AIM to SWIM transition requirements in a more cost-effective way.

Heinz-Michael Kraft, CEO of GroupEAD Europe, says that the new joint venture extends the organisation’s European expertise into the Pacific region and leverages the experience of the Airways AIM team.

“Aeronautical information management is quickly changing the way the aviation industry operates, with a new focus on the whole information picture rather than the provision of standard products. This joint venture offers support to regions, states, airports and airlines needing to improve their data distribution and to meet the new ICAO standards,” says Mr Kraft.

Wayne Smith, CEO of GroupEAD Asia Pacific, says that GroupEAD will provide the necessary assistance to organisations preparing to meet the ICAO aeronautical information transition in the coming years.

“We intend to pass on the benefits of our investment in the latest generation AIM technology to our clients, allowing them to avoid the need for significant capital outlay on their journey to SWIM. Clients will be able to choose from tiered services which offer both cloud-based access where they maintain their own data, right through to a totally managed offering. ”

“We have indepth experience and knowledge in supporting ANSPs and Civil Aviation Authorities to implement the highest standards in aeronautical data and procedure design, and we’re looking forward to providing this support to the Asia Pacific region through this new partnership,” Mr Smith says.

The joint venture will provide next-generation AIM and airport data quality services across the region. The company will distribute high quality and accessible aeronautical information, and will enhance the safety and efficiency of aviation in the region. GroupEAD will also offer an advanced and integrated procedure design service, including services based on modern Performance Based Navigation technology.

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About GroupEAD

GroupEAD is a unique aeronautical information management and navigation service provider that has been operating the European Aeronautical Database on behalf of Eurocontrol since 2003.

The company offers a wide range of services in procedure design, aeronautical data management and in the evolution from AIS to AIM.

Now, with operational staff in the Asia Pacific region, these services are available globally.
For more information about GroupEAD, please visit

About Airways

Airways is a world-leading commercial air navigation service provider (ANSP), and operates in New Zealand as a State-Owned Enterprise (SOE).

The company looks after key aviation infrastructure around New Zealand and manages the more than 1 million traffic movements per year into and around New Zealand’s 30 million sq km of airspace.

Airways also provides air traffic control and engineering training, and has delivered air traffic management, Flightyield revenue management solutions, navigation services and consultancy in more than 65 countries.

For more information about Airways, please visit

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