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Welcome

Welcome to The Maestro, Avinet's regular newsletter that keeps you up to date on the latest features and developments to the Avinet suite of products: Air Maestro®, Rail Maestro™ and Road Maestro™. You will also read about the latest events and happenings from our customers, partners and team.

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From the CEO

authorWelcome to our Avinet newsletter.

It has been a busy few months and not just for the Avinet team but for the entire aviation industry. Featured below are some of the prevalent topics that are worth a mention:

Avinet welcomes and returns
We welcome our newest member of the Avinet team, Nadia Wilson, who has settled in well in her role as Administrative Assistant. We also welcome back Phil Wu who has re-joined the team on a casual basis.

Our Customers - Some Statistics
As the team celebrates their 10th year and 200th customer it is worthy to note that outside of the Charter category (40.5%):

  • 19.5% of customers come from Emergency/Rescue activities
  • 16.5% from Agricultural Spraying
  • 7.0% from Airlines

The implementation of Air Maestro throughout our 26 active countries is very diverse. It is an application for all types of sectors. Yet the application has significant use outside of the aviation field, where similar criteria is required to be met by business.

International Appeal
In the current financial year, Avinet expects international revenues to surpass Australian revenues, thereby truly making Air Maestro an internationally recognised application.

Drones Legislation
After visiting tradeshows and conferences in the US, UK, NZ and Australia, I have found that there is a general consensus about UAS and the basic safety principles surrounding them; it is not a question of if a fatal accident will occur but rather when will it occur. It is time we moved quickly with legislation both in the regulated aviation community and general society, before there is a fatal accident between these UAS and piloted aircraft.

I hope that you find value in the information provided in this newsletter and should you like further information on Air Maestro please do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards,

Mike Mulvihill | CEO

News

NewsTransport Canada 'Notice of Intent'
On 8 August, Transport Canada published a ‘Notice of Intent’ to amend the Flight and Duty Time regulations. While the amendments currently affect CAR 705 Operators only, it has been proposed that regulatory amendments will also be applied to all commercial air operators in the near future. The amendments affect Annual Flight Time Limitations, Flight Duty Time (FDT) Limitations, rest period, time free from duty and the implementation of a Fatigue Risk Management System.

Air Maestro Accreditation Course 2016
For the first time ever, expressions of interest are now open to all Air Maestro users who are interested in gaining official Air Maestro Accreditation. Avinet will offer a prepatory short course in our Adelaide office, with a subsequent online exam to follow. To submit your interest, please take our survey here.

Avinet 200th Customer - Life Flight Trust
Avinet acheived their 200th Customer in August after a significant boost in customer quotes in the last few months. The Life Flight Trust is an emergency air services charity providing 24/7 support in New Zealand. To find out how you can support this great charity, please click here.

Events

eventsAviation Leadership Summit, Queenstown NZ, 29 June - 3 July 2015
Following on from the success of last year's Summit, AAA and AAAA joined forces again to celebrate the ANZAC tradition - 100 years of Aerial Agricultural Aviation Together. Mike Mulvihill exhibited at the Summit and was joined by newcomer Aleksandar Krstic. 

ASA + FNA Aeromedical Conference, Darwin Australia, 18-21 August
Aleks and Bianca attended the Aeromedical Conference in beautiful Darwin. The 3-day event featured presentations that focused on current issues prevalent to the Aviation, Health Care & Nursing industries. The event ended on a positive note, with a networking dinner held at Peewee's at the Point.

Avinet/Comunet 10th & 20th Anniversary, Adelaide, 19 September
Avinet and parent company Comunet came together to celebrate their 10th and 20th Anniversary at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. The night was an important milestone for both companies, in particular Avinet who has seen a rapid growth of business in the last few years. To see more photos, you can visit our Facebook page here.

Upcoming Events

HAC Convention, Vancouver, 13-15 November 2015
Mike and Bianca will attend the largest Canadian rotary convention in mid November. They will be at stand #515 providing product presentations, discussing the latest Transport Canada regulations and giving away an exciting prize in a business card draw. Make sure you follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for tradeshow updates.

African Air Maestro User Conference, South Africa, November 3-4 2015
Avinet and African Alliance Partner Cairn Aviation are now in the final phases of planning the second African User Conference which will be held in November this year. The conference provides an opportunity for leading aviation professionals to come together in a unique environment to discuss key safety and operational issues. If you have a genuine interest in attending, please register online here, or contact Rob Daneel here.

Heli-Expo 2016, Louisville, KY Feb 29 - March 3
Avinet will once again be attending the largest rotary event on the calendar, exhibiting from stand #1618 which is located adjacent to Bell Helicopter. More details to come.

Global Training & Travel

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Canada
Recently, Mike was fortunate enough to visit one of our customers in Halifax for training and was very impressed by its rich history and architecture. Venturing out of a cold Adelaide winter to a mild and sunny 23C degree day, did not have any prejucide on his views.

Like most tourists, you learn so much about each new location you have the good fortune of visiting. Mike, for example, discovered that Halifax was the entry point into Canada for the European telegraphic cable and that it still plays a key role in the maintenance and laying of ocean cables. Cable Wharf is considered a historical centrepiece and really worth a visit.

The mixture of quaint colourful buildings, churches, grand architectural public buildings and modern glass office blocks all blend into a jigsaw of optical interest.

Halifax also has a historical connection to the fateful Titanic tragedy, which is where 150 victims recovered from the disaster are buried throughout three cemeteries, although Mike did not have a chance to visit these burial sites.

 

Development

We are now putting the finishing touches on the 2.13 release which is still scheduled to be released by the end of the year.

Also whilst Air Maestro currently works reasonably well in Microsoft’s new Edge browser released in Windows 10, we are working to ensure that the next release is optimised for it. In the meantime, if you encounter issues with Edge on Windows 10, Internet Explorer 11 is still installed by default or you can install your favourite browser such as Chrome or FireFox.

Media

By clicking on the below links to add/like us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram & Google+ you will be among the first to hear about our latest news, competitions, events, development progress, the Air Maestro Conference, upcoming tradeshows and other useful updates.

In the media

'Avinet and Cairn to host African Air Maestro User Conference' - African Pilot magazine, Aug 2015, p.8

Demo Dates

Demo

Date/Time

Registration

Demonstration - October Oct 14, 2015 2PM - 3PM ACDT Register Now
Demonstration - November Nov 17, 2015 2PM - 3PM ACDT Register Now

Demonstration - December

Dec 16, 2015 2PM - 3PM ACDT

Register Now


In addition to demonstrations, we are always looking for new topic suggestions for our webinars. To submit your topic, please go to your Air Maestro site and click Help > Video Help and scroll down to the Training Video Topic Suggestions box and click 'Request'.

If you have any additional questions, please email the Helpdesk at helpdesk@avinet.com.au.

Staff

New Faces at Avinet

Nadia Wilson

Nadia joined Avinet at the beginning of August as our new Admin Assistant. She has 4 years' experience working in admin for a small transport company and a further 5 years of retail/ customer service experience.

Nadia has a passion for motor sports (particularly V8 Super Cars) and drifting and she loves to spend quality time with her children and partner of 9 years outside of work.

Testimonials

"I would like to take this opportunity to say the quality of service offered by Avinet has been highly impressive. Every aspect of your service has been beyond reproach and every staff member I have had the pleasure of dealing with has been courteous, polite and reliable. I have no problem recommending your company or the Air Maestro software. You take every suggestion we make and either implement it immediately or take it into consideration for upcoming releases. Thank you for all your assistance thus far.”

- Dawn Urban
Operations Assistant
Valhalla Helicopters

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Did you know?

Please see below for some interesting facts about Air Maestro that you may not be aware of:

1. Did you know that you can set contacts for recency items?

2. Did you know that there are help videos and guides under the 'Help' tab in Air Maestro?

3. Did you know that you can track your company contacts in the Contacts Register?

Please click 'Read More' to view more of Air Maestro's capablities.

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