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20 April 2012

“Red boots” and President John Jones had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Black Hanger at Rangiora airfield last Tuesday night. The Black Hanger click here is the latest asset to be added to that available for training in the industry. Initially the facility had its origins in agrichemical applications, however the hanger itself is an excellent multipurpose training facility where pilots and engineers can fly in and undertake practical and theoretical training concurrently. Rangiora is a bustling airfield 45 minutes north of Christchurch and home to quite a few AIA members including; Way to Go Helicopters and Pat Soutter’s engineering base.

The Second meeting of our new Governance Group occurred on Wednesday morning. At morning tea Nigel Gould and Graeme Harris joined the Directors at the point we were discussing whether or not there’s a crisis looming on pilot and flight instructor shortages. We have this matter as a red flag on the agenda as it’s one of the most controversial issues splitting the community as evident by NZALPA’s reaction to the CTC press release of the previous day click here.

The Board has requested AIA repackage the arguments, making them crisp and ensuring the industry speaks with a united voice. We will be working hard with you on this issue and please do not think we have forgotten Engineers because we haven’t.

Later the same day John Jones and “the boots” met with Peter Newport to discuss the concept of an international air display over Auckland on anniversary weekend combined with static displays in the cloud and on Queens wharf. We’d like to have your feed back on what you think – as an opportunity to position aviations contribution to the Auckland economy we think it’s got some merits. While there was some discussion about use of an airport in conjunction with the display we’re nervous about this concept as we don’t have any core competencies in airshows.

Yesterday “the boots” attended the meeting of the New Zealand Aviation Federation which is the forum the Sport and Recreational community meet within. NZAF is the other joint venture party in ownership of ASPEQ – incidentally this companies turnover is now in excess of $9m and looking to grow further as opportunities arise in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

As always there’s plenty going on in Aviation so don’t forget to visit information on our Executive Leadership Programme click here and Conference Week 2012 click here. In association with Conference Week we are announcing that AIA will sponsor two AIRCARE™ audits up to the value of $2k each – all you have to do is attend conference to be in to win. If you are currently AIRCARE™ accredited you can claim the prize against future accreditations.

Until we speak again take care and stay risk aware

Red boots
red boots

What's coming up?

Government News

No response from TEC on proposal to collaboratively develop allocation model, but response on compliance with code click here
Rule Making it all seems too hard click here

CAA News

Rule Part 115 – Update click here
Funding review – Meeting with SRG – 20 April pre brief click here
The other charges of concern are licenses and medical click here
Draft Rule Part 141 click here
Draft Rule Part 139 click here
CAA decline OIR to release information for Helicopter Safety Review click here
Strategic Directions CAA click here
New enforcement hierarchy click here


Development of CBT Noise Abatement Training – we’ve been working with Foggie to develop a CBT Noise Abatement Training programme and this is fairly well advanced. For more details speak to John Sinclair and he’ll be able to fill you in. We will be running a noise abatement course at conference for those who want a face to face course.

Noise abatement training – click here

AIRCARE™ ACCREDITATION process read here


AIRCARE™ TRAINING - Rotorua 9th August.

AIRCARE™ accreditations Click here

"One Industry - Aviation is in our DNA"

Governance Board meeting 18 April click here

Strategic Directions click here

Delivering the growth agenda click here

Changes in AIA to deliver One Industry click here

Advisory Council meeting –May 16 – draft agenda Monday click here

Improvement in Year End Financial Performance of AIA click here

Aviation Industry Conference Week 2012, Rotorua Energy Events Centre, August 4-10th


Engineers PT 6 training - we are close to finalising details of a PT6 course. We have had a lot of interest in this course. click here to express your interest in attending

EMS operators – the new Standards transitional periods and compliance click here

Helicopter Safety Review – we’ve been advised that CASA is undertaking similar work and we’ll be learning from some of their findings. We think there is merit in CAA joining as a partner in this review and we will be putting this to the NZHA Executive when they next meet on 17 May.

Canadian Helicopters Announces proposed name change click here

Tourism and hospitality update click here

Association between helicoper vs ground emergency medical services and survival for adults with major trauma click here


Why is it taking so long to train the Iraq Army click here

Competency-based training required for next generation of aviation personnel.
The Boeing Chief Pilot says that the aviation industry must transform aviation training for the next generation of commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians, to maximise the capabilities of today’s hi-tech aircraft. click here

Qantas makes its first flight on refined cooking oil click here

Pilot training 'dangerously outdated', warns FSF chief Bill Voss click here

Product Announcement and Information

NZ FOREX click here
Switlik introduces a new helicopter vest click here
GSB Trade Card click here
AIA members deals
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