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13 July 2012

“Red Boots” is not the superstitious type.  She has never seen a ghost or experienced apparitions but the “Boots’” grandmother was obsessed with reading tea cups – in the days when they had real tea leaves in them.  She would see all sorts of things and no, before we start on this, she didn’t drink anything, except a tipple or two on Christmas day, and that too was an “experience” in itself. 
However, I clearly recall her telling me one day that we were about to meet a very great leader – at the age of eight and being extremely skeptical, I remember saying “yeah right.” About six months later New Zealand’s Governor General of the day and his entourage walked in.  On a farm, this stuck way up the back of a metal track on the Kaimais.
Every day since then I’ve religiously read the cups…so here’s what the “cups” have being predicting this week:
  • There will be an AGM on 09 August 2012 click here and here
  • Our President, John Jones, will step down
  • There will be a new President at approximately click here 1800 on 9 August 2012 and a new vice President click here
  • We will have a permanent Governance Board click here
  • There will be an Industry elected Safety Advisory Committee click here and here
  • Two people, who register by 20 July click here will receive a Toshiba iPAD each
  • Two companies will also win an AIRCARE™ audit, valued up to $2K, just for being at Conference
And most importantly, the Rotorua Conference will be the most memorable event on New Zealand’s aviation calendar this year ….so be there click here.
The programmes are now in great shape click here with a few more tweaks to come.  The line up is impressive, with the following speakers confirming this week:
  • Bruce Wills - President of Federated Farmers
  • Dr Arthur Pape – “Recent developments on Colour Vision Deficiency”
  • Brian Fletcher – “Helicopter Accidents – Why”
  • John Marshall – Chairman of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission.  We anticipate the release of the TAIC inquiry into flight training
  • Dr McDowall – “From Yellow Cake in Africa to Agent Orange in Vietnam”
  • Ewan Wilson – “Kiwi Entrepreneurship – Going for Growth”
  • Samantha Sharif – GM CANSO “Global Growth”
  • Joy Cooper – NASO Contract 2013 and Beyond
  • John Tidswell - Latest testing standards and procedures for drugs and alcohol
  • Hon Tim Grosser – the Growth Agenda
With over 100 speakers, plus the largest trade display in the aviation space in New Zealand, Rotorua is the place to be from 4-10 August.
Don’t forget we’ve got training going on before conference – for those who have done the other two risk and safety management papers, the new operational risk management paper has been added click here. Chem reval and Noise training will also be taking place click here
“Red boots” has an example of the power of good risk management practice. Earlier this year, in partnership with Airbus, we ran our 4th South Pacific SMS symposium – attendance was light but the quality of analysis led by Geraint Bermingham of Navigatus Consulting, was superb.  As a direct result of this programme, and a briefing session lead by Pacific Blue, the RAs (collision alerts), which were a major issue around Queenstown airport, have dropped to virtually zero – this is big bucks for everyone concerned and critical for those using RNP technology.  Another major problem identified was the GA taxiway to hangers. This has now being modified to reduce the number of hazards.  So good on you QMUG. A big thank you to those members of the GA community who worked with us on this issue.
Airbus Industries have been a major and consistent supporter of our South Pacific SMS symposium, and now we can announce Eurocopter as the Diamond sponsor for the Aviation week dinner being held this year at the Skyline restaurant.  HNZ are sponsoring the drinks that night as a GOLD sponsor, so you could say that the “rotorheads” are taking over for the night. We’ve go some pretty interesting speakers potentially lined up for the night as well but more on that next week when they are confirmed.
We still have sponsorship slots available click here – if you know of anyone who might be interested, can you please speak to either Bob or myself.  We have proposals with a number of organisations and are just waiting on confirmations.  Sponsorship helps us keep delegate conference prices low – as we said last week, the cost to delegates is the same as we charged in 2003/04.
Confirmed also this week: Aviation Labour Group as a Bronze Sponsor.
A very big thank you to all our sponsors   
 And so, back to the business as usual stuff – you need to be aware of the following:
  • Airways major ADS-B technology update 26 July, CHC
  • Metservice will be announcing a customer meeting with GA to address outstanding issues but not including funding as this is government policy issue
  • AC-61-3 PPL changes close date is now the end of August
  • SMS – AC end of July
  • Standards review – 31 July. If you’ve had a tangle with NZL Standards, here’s your opportunity to comment
  • Skills shortage review – closing submissions today. This impacts on Flight Training and Engineering.  Have your say and support AIA 
  • Trade mission/delegation to OSHKOSH lead by Minister Williamson plus 11 NZ companies
  • International Airshow and careers/trade expo during Auckland Anniversary Weekend 2013… this space!!!!!
  • Pricing for the Black Boeing charter to Las Vegas will be ready before Conference week at Rotorua.
With today being Friday the 13th, the “red boots” is off to consult the tea cups and buy a lotto ticket.  My prediction is that those coming to Rotorua will have an excellent time.  The “boots” and team will be there – much more likely than winning lotto!!!!!!

Until we speak again take care and stay risk aware

Red boots
red boots

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UK Government and industry form partnership to develop the aerospace sector
Interesting that the British Government and ADS Group, the major aerospace organisation in the UK should, this month, release ‘Reach for the skies’, the industry and government growth partnership to show how, by working together, they can secure the future of the UK aerospace industry. As we progress Strategic Directions 2016, this is exactly the sort of arrangement we are keen to secure with the NZ government.

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Government News

EMS and NASO – after further discussions, the OIA request has been narrowed to cover three areas:
  • The development of the Standard and the role of Government agencies. 
  • The implementation of the recommendations from the AARG
  • The decision to proceed with a relational contract for 2013 and beyond.  We don’t disagree with “relational contracts,”   but our experience has shown that such contracts must be established in an open and transparent environment to withstand any legal challenges.
NASO advised that they are unlikely to be able to respond before 20 August at the earliest and then there are further potential delays since they have to work in conjunction with both ACC and the health agencies.
Ambulance New Zealand advises that the amendments to V1 of the joint standard should be finalized very soon.
Telarc have commenced making contact with the companies who require an audit to retain their NASO contracts and are part of the AIRCARE™ programme.
Flight Training – we are in active discussion with the MoE and TEC to encourage them to attend conference.  Major briefing papers on all issues are due out next week, so look out for these. We’ll be using this as the major “go forward” document from conference as it brings all the issues together  

CAA News

LIB 4 – legal opinion will be through mid August.  The definition as presently interpreted impacts on all CAR 91 operations and 137 Ops, where the operator doesn’t also hold CAR 135 operations
Leslie McIntosh Chief Legal Council departs CAA today for Geneva.
Jack Stanton is back as Head of Intelligence, Safety and Risk 


Congratulations to High Country Helicopters and Helisika Agricultural, our two most recent recipients of AIRCARE™ accreditation for Ag Ops and Fly Fiordland, a tourist operator in the deep south. If you want to see who is accredited click here.  Interestingly, we know this page is being hit much more frequently now compared to 12 months ago. It’s not just from within New Zealand either!!

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Cross Border Tax Issues
We have again been in contact with IRD about GST on training. We’ve received the attached response but will keep on the case.

IRD says:
“GST cross-border issues are a high priority on the Government’s tax policy work programme, particularly in relation to business to business neutrality. To this end, policy officials have been working on proposals that will allow non-resident businesses to register for GST in New Zealand and claim GST refunds in appropriate instances. They currently anticipate these changes will be included in a tax bill introduced to Parliament later this year. Assuming these changes are included in a future bill, and you wish to comment on them, you will of course be welcome to make a submission to the Select Committee considering the issues.”

RNZAF engineer wins place on ‘Tool Blacks’ skills team click here


Boeing projects the world will face an unprecedented demand for airline pilots and maintenance technicians over the next 20 years click here

International Helicopter Safety Team click here

New Zealand Aviation Supplement, Islands Business
A number of companies chose to participate in the Islands Business aviation supplement, timed to coincide with the ASPA Conference in Fiji. A copy of the supplement is here.

Superior Aviation Beijing | Hawker Beechcraft Details click here and here

Aircraft Sales
Airbus and Boeing collectively signed over US$30b in new business at the Farnborough Airshow this week.

ICAO: Robust Traffic Growth Expected Until 2014 click here

Passenger traffic shows modest growth at 3% year over year as air freight is flat for May click here

Welcome to the sky click here

Airbus starts production of the A320neo Family click here

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