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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEBRUARY-MARCH 2018 • Page 21 Some dart ‘guns’ given OK status EVERYONE in cargo forwarding and Customs agency work is well aware of the complexity of product classifications. Sometimes this can involve walking a tightrope, although the Department of Homeland Affairs does offer assistance. One recent development that caught our eye involves Regulation 4F of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956. This pro- hibits importing firearms, except with pre-arranged permission. The regulations have been amended so that devices that discharge soft darts and gell balls are no longer classified as firearms. So far, so good ... but if the device looks like a firearm, then that will trigger a requirement for police certification. Then there are ‘Airsoft’ guns and ammunition....time to call Homeland Affairs. Mugs keep on keeping on A CALENDAR lasts (usually) just the one year, doing a good job of promotion but with a cut-off come December 31. But mugs go on, it seems, for ever. One of our writers brought home a mug from Ted Stevens Anchor- age International Airport following a well-organised and useful briefing on Anchorage cargo and logistics facilities, services, gov- ernment policy and more. That was well over a decade back and the mug is still going strong, a bit worn but doing its job valiantly. It’s been observed and commented on by a lot of people in that time, almost everyone wanting to know more about ANC. Long may it continue its coffee duty. HARS now owns two veteran F27-500s THE Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) based at Albion Park in Sydney Australia www.hars.org.au is the new owner of the two veteran F27-500 freighters that have been sitting at Auckland Airport since Airwork withdrew them in September 2016. They were dependable workhorses on the night-time courier runs for NZ Post and others but were eventually superseded by B737 freighters. It’s the end of an era for NZ, which also has seen Fokker Friendships used by NAC, Air NZ, Mount Cook Line, Civil Aviation and RNZAF since 1960. A family link remains in the Alliance F50, which has been handling Tauck’s seasonal tour business in NZ. The freighters are to be ferried trans-Tasman under their own power but using only three engines between them: one RR Dart is to be removed from the first aircraft on arrival and shipped back to NZ for fitting on the sister aircraft. HARS hopes to keep at least one of the Friendships flying in an Australian carrier livery. uberchat... IONSCAN 600 closer to full TSA approval sMiThs Detection’s ioNsCAN 600 explosives trace detec- tor is gaining buyer interest thanks to its inclusion late last year on the TsA Air Cargo screening Technology List (ACsTL). It was the first detector of its kind to gain approval. The ioNsCAN 600 is a port- able desktop system that detects minute quantities of explosives as well as narcotics such as fentanyl, within sec- onds. it is designed to be extreme- ly flexible and to be used in dynamic screening environ- ments. it is fully operational on hot-swappable batteries to ensure continuous use. smiths Detection www. smithsdetection.com submit- ted it for ACsTL TsA testing in April 2017. ioNsCAN 600 is similar in operation to previous gener- ation systems, thereby mini- mising training needs as cargo companies bring the new product on line. smiths De- tection also claims ioNsCAN 600 is much easier to maintain, which will help operators save time and money over its life cycle. The company is working with TsA to complete testing, allowing ioNsCAN to move to the ‘qualified’ air cargo list . It is hoped that will be achieved later this year.