Submission activity way up on usual
A new Government saw considerable change proposed. We were involved in a much broader range of work than has traditionally been the case, simply because so much of what was being proposed impacted on aviation. Submissions included: BREXIT, the EU post BREXIT, Trade for All, (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UK Parliament and NZ Government); Interim Climate Change (Government Panel); Industrial Relations changes and Regional Fuel Tax (Select Committee); Long Term Skills Shortages and Export Education Levy (MBIE); Agricultural Aviation Levies and UA Integration (Ministry of Transport); Infringement Notices, Rotors in Motion, Carriage of LPG containers, weight break on RPL for rotary, Colour Vision, Fatigue Risk Management, Agricultural Aviation Levies, Crew Member Definitions, Fuel in remote locations, Alexandra Airspace and Aviation Security (CAA); Queenstown Lakes District Plan (Ministry for the Environment); Landings on National Parks (DoC); and Tank wagons (Worksafe).
Meetings and input to agencies/organisations including
Airways; Business NZ, Business Councils, CAA, DoC, IRD, EPA, Ministries of Defence, Education, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Transport; Regional Councils; NZQA; NZ Trade & Enterprise; TAIC; TEC; Federated Farmers, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Tourism Export Council, ACAG, Aviation Federation and ALPA.
CAA cancelled the Infringement Notices issued to a good number of members in January, saving industry over $100,000. The Government has initiated an enquiry into taxes on fuels following submissions to, and appearances before, the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. A General Exemption was issued for hover loading and unloading. Finally, some real progress on CVD with submissions on a draft GD that reflects industry’s wishes, closing just before Christmas. Guidance and input from many of the Executive Committees has ensured practical and relevant advice to CAA and we’ve seen some barriers in the Airworthiness area in particular come down.