Gore avionics company wins award

'World first once completed'

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 10:10 06/09/2013
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Gore pilot Ryan Southam, director of Critical Angle Limited, is the regional winner of the ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition.

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A Gore-based avionics company which is designing an aviation helmet has been given a kick-start in a higher direction after being named the regional winner of a national business competition.

Critical Angle Ltd, an aviation products designer and supplier, has been named Southland Winner of Business.govt.nz's 2013 ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition.

Director Ryan Southam said winning the regional prize was the confidence booster he needed to move forward.

Mr Southam, who is also chief pilot at Croydon Aircraft Company in Mandeville, was about 90 per cent through the process of designing an aviation helmet which would be a ''world first'' once completed, he said.

There was a big gap in the market for helmets for general aviation use because most were ex-military designs, he said.

''I felt there was a need for something new to be used in general aviation.''

It was great to have his idea verified as a viable one by winning the competition, he said.

''Everybody thinks they've got a good idea otherwise they would not do it, but the extra credibility of the viability makes it even better.''

He hoped to have the helmet commercially available in the next 12 months, he said.

''It's time to start moving forward quicker, keep the momentum going.''

Katie Wellington, Business.govt.nz manager, said having a well-thought-out business plan was crucial for business success.

''A business plan is like a blueprint for the future - it helps businesses stay on track and realise their goals.''

''With over 600 individual entries from businesses of all shapes and sizes, it was amazing to see so many quality business plans that will set our firms up to compete nationally and on the world stage,'' she said.

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