Submission activity up again and more diverse
The number of discussion documents released by the Government in 2018 continued in 2019, along with new Bills entering Parliament. Consequently we were involved in an increasingly wide variety of work with different agencies and, to cope with this, our relationships with ally organisations became even more important. Submissions included:
MBIE - Employer Assisted work visas;
Ministry of Education - Vocational Education Training Reform ;
Ministry for the Environment - Fresh Water, Hazardous substances review process and Priority Product Stewardship Scheme;
Government Panel - Interim Climate Change;
Ministry of Transport - Regional Fuel Tax, Draft CAA Act, Agricultural Aviation Levies and UA Integration and CAA Culture Review, followed by a presentation to the review team;
CAA - ADSB below FL 245, Rotors in Motion, Carriage of LPG containers, weight break on RPL for rotary, Fatigue Risk Management,, Fuel in remote locations, Hokianga Airspace;
Airways - Triennial Funding Review;
DoC - Helicopter usage;
Queenstown District Council - Landing strips in remote locations;
Worksafe - Tank wagons;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade - UK/NZ Free Trade Agreement and Trade for All;
Finance and Expenditure Select Committee - Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts Amendment Bill); and
Environment Select Committee - The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. Following the zero carbon submission, we presented to the Select Committee and accepted the subsequent invitation to be on the Transport Technical Group; and
Standards NZ - Aviation NZ became a member of the NZS8409: 2004 update group.
Meetings and input to agencies/organisations including
Airways; Business NZ, Business Councils, CAA, DoC, Ministries of Defence, Education, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Transport; Regional Councils; NZQA; NZ Trade & Enterprise; TAIC; TEC; Federated Farmers, Fertiliser Assn of NZ, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, ACAG, Aviation Federation and ALPA.
Government agreed to some support to install ADS-B in GA. We sponsored Claude Vuichard to visit NZ in conjunction with the annual conference to provide both presentations on helicopter safety and flying instruction to a number of helicopter pilots. Finally, some real progress on CVD and a huge thanks to the CVD group for this (Phil Maguire and others), outline of flight and duty schedules agreed with ALPA and Sleep Wake (but still waiting for developments from CAA), Invited onto the Interim Climate Change Commission Transport Technical Group. Guidance and input from many of the Executive Committees has ensured practical and relevant advice to CAA, even if the progress we might want to see has been slow. and we’ve seen some barriers in the Airworthiness area in particular come down.