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23 November 2012

Covered in this weeks newsletter
  • Skill shortages
  • CAA charges – no new developments
  • New CEO for merged ITO
  • Too young to retire!!!
  • Conference 2013 – more details
  • Meeting programme 11-13 December
  • GSB trade card available to all employees and family
  • NPRM CAR 61 Part Two - along time coming
  • Fieldair Engineering vacancies
Skill shortage or not – all of the domestic indicators appear to be telling us there’s a shortage of qualified pilots (hours not basic qualification), flight instructors (qualifications B cat and above) and avionics engineers. Combined with an active operational community whose average age is now 50, global exponential demand for skilled aviation personnel and growth in fleets in Asia Pacific of around 5% pa all of this shows a fairly challenging supply problem in the years ahead.
The numbers of potential new employees entering the industry appears to be dwindling. For example, next year we are predicting less than 150 pilots will commence training due to lack of funding (either student loan or private funding). Over the last 5-7 years, the industry has benefited from upwards of 300 commencing training in any one year. This has generally resulted in around 200 fixed wing and between 50-70 helicopter pilots completing basic training every year.
We are not discussing here the merits or otherwise of student loan funding – that’s a discussion for another day. What we are talking about is the security of supply of appropriately qualified persons into employment in our industry.  The same comments apply to our engineering people where the lead in times to qualification and thus fully productive can be between 5-7 years.
Growing our people is as critical a strategic issue for the New Zealand economy as having the right number of engineering and IT graduates. We never cease to be amazed at the level of funding that goes into programmes that have very limited economic benefit. 
Where is industry leadership on this issue? One Industry has the development of our people as a major strategic issue. We must have alignment between regulatory training, the wider qualifications framework and the productive needs of industry. At the present time there seems to be a major void in this space. 
Is it the role of the ITO’s to develop integrated skills frameworks or it is the role of us working together – various governments policy setting seem to have blurred this with the present government appearing to pull away from the ITO’s having a strategic leadership role in this area. Your comments are welcome.
Speaking of our ITO “the boots” were remiss to not announce the appointment of Dean Minchington click here. Dean has an extensive aviation background as well as experience in matters of strategic leadership. Clearly we are going to need some considerable assistance from the merging ITO’s to address the issues highlighted above.          
It is with sadness that we note the passing of Maurice McGreal click here and thanks to Mike Feeney for this wonderful recount of some of Maurice’s exploits click here in his earlier days. Maurice was 94 when he died. Our oldest industry employee still practicing is Bert Harris – Dr Herbert Harris is a professor of law and consultant based in Dunedin.
Conference 2013 - we suspect aviation and a few highland flings accompanied by a haggis or two will be in our DNA.
Planning is rapidly advancing as effectively we’re two months earlier in 2013 and “red boots” and the staff want to impress on you our quick turn around times.
We’ve got a number of incentives in place to get you interested.  If you attended Rotorua we’re rewarding you loyal members. In addition there’s a 5% discount for delegates who enroll and pay before 1 April click here.
For our trade exhibitors there are even bigger incentives – 15% discount if paid before 1 April; 10% before 1 May but if you pay after the conference there’s a 5% penalty. click here
Dinner’s this year will be held on
  • Monday night – at the Casino Scenic Southern Cross Hotel which is also one of the two preferred conference hotels. The Southern Cross has held prices for us at the same level as Rotorua
  • Tuesday night – NZAAA awards and by request a Scottish themed night to be held at the refurbished Town Hall.  This is also the conference venue
  • Wednesday night – Aviation week dinner at Etrusco an Italian restaurant within 3 minutes walk of our conference hotels.
  • Thursday night – the conference gala dinner at Larnarchs Castle – buses and escorted tour around Australasia only true castle provided.
Conference week has been shortened to enable delegates and families to ski the week ends before and after. We are running from mid day Monday to 1300 hours Friday. NZAAA will commence the week as usual but there’s a day overlap with the full AIA conference.
We’ve already got our first bookings and from early next week we will start promoting the trade event to the wider community as a number expressed interest in Rotorua but were unable to make it at the last moment.
We are also working on the speakers line up so if there are any expressions of interest please click here.  Our emphasis will be on safe and profitable growth including accessing international opportunities.
Key interest groups are emerging in this space:
  • Anything to do with Aviation Training – this group next meets on the afternoon of 12 December
  • Airport Technologies – design development and fit out. If your are interested in joining click here
  • Trade with the US focused around our America’s cup activity click here to express an interest)
  • Pilot training Helicopter and fixed wing (click here to express an interest
We hope to engage with a number of foreign delegations including from the India market at conference as well as potential off shore buyers for products on display at the trade show. 
The Governance Board along with the AIA Executive have been working on plans to launch a number of initiatives next year.  These will commence roll out at the stakeholders function to be held at the Intercontinental on the night of 12 December.  All members are invited to attend click here.
In addition we’re also holding:
  • 11 December
NZHA meeting – L 1 Aviation House
  • 12 December
NZAAA meeting – L 1 Aviation House
Flight Training full meeting Venue TBA
Aviation New Zealand Training Venue TBA 
AEANZ plus special meeting SLAET –CAA
Governance Board – L 5 Aviation House
  • 13 December
        Advisory Council – L1 Aviation House
Safety Advisory – L1 Aviation House
AIA welcomes member participation in all of the divisional and council meetings.  
GSB – provides discounts for your company, employees and their family. Simply get in touch with Matthew Templar to get individual cards supplied. Activation is simple.  An example of a recent purchase from Noel Lemmings -  flat screen TV at cost plus 10%. New vehicle purchase – no better deal in town on all models and all makes.

One final note the Workplace Safety review deadline for comments extended from 16 to 30 November.

Until we speak again take care and stay risk aware

Red boots
red boots

What's coming up?


Congratulations to Heli A1 and Aspiring Helicopters as our new accredited operators.
Also a big reminder about noise abatement training 

AIRCARE™ Noise Abatement Training Courses
27 Nov. Auckland (PM) venue Green Room
28 Nov. Rangiora (PM) venue Black Hanger
29 Nov. Queenstown (PM)
Queenstown Airport Board Room (upstairs adjacent to the Koru Lounge)
click here to register

AIRCARE™ ACCREDITATION process read here


AIRCARE™ accreditations Click here


Flight Training – Request for meeting to discuss changes to Part 61 Stage II and extension of comment period click here

NZHA Newsletter read more

NZTE Export News read more

Fieldair positions available read more

Kiwi returns home to become Chief Executive of new ITO read more


Inside China: China to revamp pilot training read more

China's home-grown jet challenges Boeing, Airbus read more

Flying doctor pilot who breached drug and alcohol policy sacked after in-flight incident (Australia) read more

Airplane Medical Reporting System Questioned read more

Four in 10 British pilots admit falling asleep in cockpit read more

ICAO, Flight Safety Foundation formalize information sharing agreement read more

Air Transport News: 2012 Safety read more

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Exclusive EFTPOS offer for members Click here 

NZ FOREX click here - addressing your foreign exchange requirements

GSB Trade Card click here
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