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  Reply # 789771 30-Mar-2013 22:16
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Seriously not good for the future of 2 Degrees. RIP Eric :(



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  Reply # 789775 30-Mar-2013 22:18
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I guess 2degrees, like other large companies, probably had an emergency plan in place for quick succession. Something that people never want to see enacted really.

Still saddened because it was a good person.





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  Reply # 789779 30-Mar-2013 22:21
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During his tenure 2degrees made New Zealand a much better place for us all in the realm of telecommunications.

I wish those he leaves behind well, both at 2degrees and in his personal life.




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  Reply # 789783 30-Mar-2013 22:32
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condolences to him and his family... :(




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  Reply # 789784 30-Mar-2013 22:35
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This is very sad, I hope miracle happens.

2degrees bought such a big change to the telco landscape in NZ. Without them, I don't think we can enjoy $19 deals across all three telcos. I remember when I first have my smartphone back in 2011, I was paying $30 for half a gig of data with another provider. However, I switched to 2degrees later for their $39 a month plan with 1.1GB of data and lots of minutes (some of them can be carried over too), I was so grateful they bring a healthy competition to NZ.

If they can't be found alive, RIP in this beautiful country.


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  Reply # 789834 31-Mar-2013 08:52
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Sad news indeed.

Most of the news media have added a photo of a Beechcraft Baron to their reports.

None has included a disclaimer to the effect that the photo is of a plane of the same type and they have all shown the aircraft registration unblurred. They would not do that with a car registration so why is it OK to do it with an aircraft registration?

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  Reply # 789849 31-Mar-2013 10:03
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For those interested in details of the aircraft http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.nz/2013/03/baron-n254f-lost-at-sea.html

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  Reply # 789858 31-Mar-2013 10:33
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My thoughts are with his family and friends. I know the 2D family has been very affected by this.

Sad news

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  Reply # 789897 31-Mar-2013 12:30
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Very sad news I only spoke to Eric once in a coffee shop near 2D head office, I was getting a coffee and he saw my work ID and we exchanged a few words, Very Nice person

My thoughts go out to Family / Friends / Staff



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  Reply # 789910 31-Mar-2013 13:58
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2DEGREES PAYS TRIBUTE TO ERIC AND KATHY HERTZ

The 2degrees team is shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of its CEO Eric Hertz and his wife Kathy following a plane crash off the Raglan coast yesterday.

Given the Police recovery effort is just beginning, the company cannot comment on the accident, but does wish to thank those from New Zealand and around the world who have offered their condolences and support.
Director of Corporate Affairs Mat Bolland says the company is providing all support possible to Eric and Kathy’s daughter and keeping their families in the US informed of the progress of recovery.

“We appreciate there is significant media interest in the accident, however the family has asked media not to contact them directly. A statement from the family will be released in due course,” he says.

Eric joined 2degrees in 2009, fresh from leading a mobile app company ‘Zumobi’ in the US and had an extensive telecommunications career spanning more than 30 years and six countries.

“Eric and Kathy had lived in many places, but called New Zealand home. They recently gained residency and, through flying, got to see more of New Zealand than many of us will ever see,” says Mr Bolland.

“Kathy was also passionate about her new home, working closely with AUT and providing us with sound counsel on community initiatives.”

Mr Bolland says among 2degrees staff there is shock at the loss of someone who would always greet you with a smile, while constantly encouraging you to do things differently and delight customers.

The results of Eric’s challenge and leadership style can be seen in the rapid growth of 2degrees and prices people pay for mobile today.

“We are going to miss Eric’s leadership, friendship and dry sense of humour. He was our ‘honorary Kiwi’ and greatly respected by our 760 staff.”

Mr Bolland says 2degrees Chairman Stewart Sherriff and the Board are working with the company’s management to ensure business continuity.








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  Reply # 789911 31-Mar-2013 13:58
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Minister pays tribute to Eric Hertz

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today paid tribute to 2degrees chief executive Eric Hertz.

Mr Hertz and his wife Kathy are believed dead after their plane crashed into the sea following engine problems yesterday.

“My thoughts are with Eric and Kathy’s family, friends, and the team at 2degrees as they come to terms with this terrible tragedy," Ms Adams says.

“Eric was one of the true gentleman of the sector and it was a pleasure to work with him.

“He often spoke of how much he loved living in New Zealand. Only recently I ran into him at the Waimakariri Gorge while he was competing in this year’s Coast to Coast.”

Mr Hertz joined 2degrees in 2009 and made a substantial difference to the telecommunications scene in New Zealand.

“He has been an integral part of the creation and growth of 2degrees, and there are hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who are today benefiting from Eric’s vision and commitment.

“Eric will leave a significant gap in the telecommunications community.”




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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8493099/Plane-hit-water-at-high-speed

Don't believe everything you read on stuff.

"aviation expert Ewan Wilson who spoke to Mr Hertz just a day before the accident said when a twin-engine plane lost an engine, it didn't usually result in a fatal crash.

Mr Wilson said he did not want to speculate on the cause of the crash but media reports said Mr Hertz had radioed Airways New Zealand to report engine failure and seconds later vanished off the radar screen.

"It would be unusual to ditch an aeroplane with only one engine down."


Many recreational pilots are well aware that twin-engine planes can be more dangerous with an engine failure, and many would struggle in similar circumstances.

In recreational aviation I'd take an emergency landing in a single-engine over an engine out in a twin engine any day.


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I'd take an emergency landing in a plane designed to have no engine over a single engine plane with a dead engine :-)

Twin engine airliners are required to have enough power that they can continue a takeoff and climb away on one engine if the other engine fails around rotation time.

Twin engine light aircraft can be very very marginal in that situation and often won't even maintain altitude unless the gear and flaps are up, the dead engine's prop feathered, and the speed high enough that the rudder can keep you straight.

The Baron is supposed to be one of the better ones, and it *should* be fine if an engine fails at cruise speed and with a little altitude to play with.

You also need to have the all-up weight within the handbook limits. That's something that it could be tempting to ignore in a twin as they have so much pep with both engines going. But it's pretty embarrassing when one stops and you're supposed to be able to maintain height and get to an airport but you can't.

In a single engine plane a few percent extra weight might mean a slightly longer takeoff run and slightly lower rate of climb than in the book but it's not going to matter unless you're operating at the limit of runway length, obstacles, altitude or temperature. If the engine stops then you're going to be landing somewhere nearby no matter what. But in a twin, a few percent can make the difference between a single engine +100 feet per minute rate of climb and a -100 FPM rate of climb.

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myfullflavour: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8493099/Plane-hit-water-at-high-speed

Don't believe everything you read on stuff.

"aviation expert Ewan Wilson who spoke to Mr Hertz just a day before the accident said when a twin-engine plane lost an engine, it didn't usually result in a fatal crash.

Mr Wilson said he did not want to speculate on the cause of the crash but media reports said Mr Hertz had radioed Airways New Zealand to report engine failure and seconds later vanished off the radar screen.

"It would be unusual to ditch an aeroplane with only one engine down."


Many recreational pilots are well aware that twin-engine planes can be more dangerous with an engine failure, and many would struggle in similar circumstances.

In recreational aviation I'd take an emergency landing in a single-engine over an engine out in a twin engine any day.



I would take a turbine single over a piston twin any day but would take a piston twin over a piston single. There shouldn't be any single engine issues with a piston twin off the Kawhia coast as the MSA is very low out there. High MSA's (mountains) and icing are issues with piston twins.

I have no idea what happened with the current issue being discussed, these are my general observations from over the years.




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