Graham Lintott

March 6, 2013 - 5:50pm

The New Zealand aviation sector is a $10 billion industry, including more than 1,000 aviation-related businesses and organizations employing around 23,000 people, according to Adam Bennett, customer director for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. New Zealand helicopter businesses represent 8 percent of the global industry, from a country with 0.06 percent of the world’s population.

“The country has more helicopters per head of population that any other nation,” said Bennett. “Aviation is in our DNA.”