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19 July

Thanks for all of the tweets and messages of concern this morning. “The boots” and team have been shaken but now join the team of those who can say they survived a magnitude 5.7 earthquake.  If felt like the first of the Christchurch biggies but went on a lot longer.  After several stiff brandies we’re all back to work discussing matters of greater moment such as the meaning of the term “severe”; if there was a tsunami, would it really matter that the lifts aren’t working and why do earthquakes occur in Wellington when the wind is not blowing!!!
This week we’ve been doing quite a significant amount of work on our people strategy. Partly prompted by an excellent seminar held by the Wellington Branch of the RAeS on attracting young people into the industry and partly by work we’re doing with serviceIQ. Go to OUR PEOPLE for more information.
We’re also working on building our brand “Aviation New Zealand” and looking at what that means in terms of both a brand development strategy and changes to the look and feel of the organisation. More on this in the weeks ahead as we morph from AIA to Aviation New Zealand.
It’s also exciting to announce we have in place our new Governance Board. Joining the board are Tom Williams from the Wairarapa, who over and above his long and extensive engagement with many aspects of aviation is a “brand development guru” marketing CEVERNA on the global stage.  David O’Reilly, retiring CFO of the Ballance Agri Nutrients Group adds considerable strategy and financial expertise to the mix and David Morgan Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer Air New Zealand Group brings breadth and depth in operational and safety matters.  Reconfirmed existing Board members are Graeme Martin, John Jones, AMV Peter Stockwell and Teresa Ciprian. NZTE’s  Adam Bennett and Peter Smyth remain exofficio. Your President Dale Webb also attends.
A fortnight ago we spoke of our delight over Errol Burtenshaw’s contribution to aviation safety in this country being recognized as the recipient of the Director of Civil Aviation’s supreme award. For those who don’t know Errol he has a pretty interesting background but it has also led to some pretty interesting “issues” later in life.  This is his story and our plea to support him in the Silent Leadership Challenge 2013
errolMy personal experience is that the constant buzzing in his ears never goes away, and stems from having a great time in the military trying to hit far off targets with a 303 rifle (in 63 there were no earmuffs),  close encounters with aircraft engine noise for 21 years, and just a little ear damage whilst playing rugby and oh!  there is also the fantastic period of being a drummer in a rock band through the 60/70s that probably didn't help either.   I had a great time but the exposure catches up and had I known better I could have taken more preventative actions.
I’ve voluntarily given my time and support to this campaign by chairing the steering committee since last August to set up the challenge, and agreed to partake in the challenge albeit I am not a CEO. I've been canvassing support from my network of friends, family, aviation Industry colleagues, workmates and RNZAF comrades.   
My goal is to reach $1,000 and partake in the four challenges. I am on the road to achieving this target however the CEO’s have a target of $2,000 so it would be great to achieve this higher target as an apprentice CEO!
The ACC data for hearing impairment categorises Aviation as one of the high hazard exposed industries.
The Challenge date itself is 2nd of August – see for the overview
Errol’s personal page is at    

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 attracting the right stuff, developing the right skills, having the right career pathways, enhancing and improving productivity, building sustainable business achieving our goal of a $16Bn sector by 2016…… a very simple challenge but one that needs focus and commitment from us all.

What’s happening at the moment :
  • Service IQ is charged with creating the entry platform, registering the right qualifications and ensuring standards are met. Underway is the development of a people strategy for the sector.
  • CAA – set standards for three specific careers – pilots, engineers and air traffic control however they have much wider influence in terms of ratings, additional qualifications and the shape of the industry
  • Industry – we deal with both transactional and strategic issues. Careers expo is confirmed for Napier in 2014 and we have 100 plus young people in the Dunedin region who have expressed an interest in aviation and service IQ will be following those people up.
At the moment we’re working on a series of transactional issues. CAR’s 141 and 61 are being overhauled and we’re confident new Rule 147 and overhauls to 66, 43 and 103 consequential on 147 will proceed.
The more challenging issue is to ensure we are training enough pilots. MoE and TEC – the key government advisers believe we are training too many. Industry doesn’t share that confidence and sees a different picture emerging.  However the collaborations across the industry necessary to bring about a policy shift at government level simply haven’t been there and we’ve paid the price. A very wise head this week said – "if you look to high performance sport why’s basketball got the funding and others haven't?"  The answer he suggested was the degree of collaboration within the sporting codes.
Today we are launching a major collaboration requiring input across industry to answer three questions:
  • What is the five year demand outlook like for pilots?
  • Are we training enough?
  • Where are the career pathways?
What we do know – from CAA data and other reliable sources is :
  • The number of active B category instructors declined by 50 over the last two years
  • The number of fixed wing pilots trained last year was 25 below the long term sustainable demand levels (around 200) and likely to be around 50 below that level this year and even greater next year
  • The number of helicopter pilots trained last year was 35 and unlikely to be much above 40 this year against a long term average requirement of 70 each year.
  • Around 24% (500) of the commercial pilot population is over 60
We’re coming out to you by phone and will be asking you to help us answer the following questions click here. This will form a picture to assist us present to government (MOE and TEC), plus respond to the application to have aeroplane pilots placed on the skills shortages list.
Your answers will also help us develop and overarching strategy to answer the question we posed about OUR PEOPLE


We are writing to update you on progress with the Airspace and Navigation Plan development.
As you know, over the next 10 years there will be significant changes in navigation, communication, information and surveillance technologies that will transform the way we use our airspace and make aviation safer and more efficient. These changes are being adopted worldwide, guided by ICAO’s Global Air Navigation Plan.

In April 2012, Government approved a National Airspace Policy and instructed the CAA to develop an Airspace and Navigation Plan that would set out the steps that New Zealand should implement to transition to the modern approach to airspace management. Since then, a group of eight task groups comprising staff from CAA, Airways and industry have been working together to develop drafts of eight chapters that together will make up the plan.

We have now received the papers provided by the eight Task Groups. The next stage of the project is to pull the chapters together and guide the Plan through to the necessary final Government approval. This includes ensuring that the proposals in the Plan are properly tested, analysed, and consulted on before seeking final Government approvals.

The CAA recognises the importance of producing a plan which provides sufficient detail for industry participant planning and investment, rather than producing one prematurely so over the coming weeks we will be putting some effort into ensuring that the plan clearly sets out proposals that provide this level of detail. We also intend to commission an economic analysis of the proposals and apply a change management analysis and risk assessment to the proposals.
Deadlines next steps are:
  •          31 July: Align the chapters into one cohesive Plan and identify clear proposals on deadlines for equipment, process and training requirements for New Zealand
  •          23 August: Peer review of draft Plan (working meetings with key stakeholders)
  •          30 November: Analysis of the draft Plan – including economic analysis, change management analysis and risk assessment (contracts to be let)
  •          30 September – 30 November: Wide consultation on the proposals in the draft Plan, including a series of workshops around New Zealand
  •          28 February: Ministerial approval of the Plan
Lisa Sheppard, CAA Principal Policy Advisor has been appointed to project manage the completion and final approval of the Plan, assisted by Catherine de Montalk, a new policy advisor in the CAA Policy team.

Lisa will be in touch with you by the end of July to discuss who in your organisation should be involved in the peer review of the draft Plan in August. This peer review will test the proposals in the draft before it is approved and released for industry-wide consultation.
If you have any questions in the mean-time, Lisa can be contacted on 04 560 9424 or

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the members of the task forces all for the work and commitment they have put in to this important project to date.

Chris Ford and Mark Hughes

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Over the last two weeks, we’ve described some of our activities in two major areas: building the brand and profile; and growing the size of the industry.  This week, we’ll give you an idea of what we are doing in the Government Relationship area. 
Each newsletter contains considerable information on our relationships with government agencies, especially Ministry of Transport and CAA, but we also have a series of relationships which focus on international growth.
Government agencies have adopted a One Government approach to the aviation industry.  This is seeing NZ Trade and Enterprise, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Transport, CAA and Callaghan Innovation working increasingly closely together – sharing information, agreeing priorities and taking a much more integrated approach to the industry. 
The agencies have just completed a visit to the ‘Top of the South’ Aviation cluster.  They have previously visited Hamilton.  Ardmore is on the horizon.  This is giving them all a common understanding of the aviation industry’s growth potential, the companies that are driving this growth and the barriers that need to be addressed to secure growth.
We are also representing a One Industry approach to these agencies, organising collective industry responses for them, identifying priorities, providing international market advice and championing the commercial imperative.
Some examples of the areas we are working on with One Government:
Regulatory frameworks
  • The Bilateral Air Services Agreements now being negotiated by Ministry of Transport include a regulatory cooperation clause.  This opens the way for closer regulator relationships.  The China New Zealand BASA has seen CAAC/CAANZ relationships develop and significant new export business develop for New Zealand in China.  We are consulted before BASA negotiations begin.
  • Where new BASAs are not possible, we work with agencies on alternative agreements which also support commercial engagement.  The Aviation Arrangement signed between India and New Zealand in October last year is the best example so far.
Addressing regulatory barriers
  • The market development work undertaken in China, Indonesia and other ASEAN countries has identified the importance of regulations that are more aligned to EASA.  Potential customers are demanding it.  Pts 141 and 147 are good examples.  We have provided analysis of the new business possible for New Zealand.
Ministerial Speeches
  • We are regularly providing briefing for Transport/Economic Ministers visiting Asia and India, and also making contributions to their speeches.  This is ensuring consistent messaging is used across markets.
Market Priorities
  • We are championing further engagement with China, India, Indonesia and ASEAN generally, using the aviation value chain approach (especially government to government relationships), so that a more supportive environment exists for exporters.  We are helping focus effort.
Future work with One Government includes:
  • Visits to overseas markets (China, India, Indonesia)
  • Visits from markets including regulators and buyers (China, Indonesia, India)
  • More in-depth advice on some markets and the valuable role of Government in opening doors (Indonesia, Vietnam)
So, how does this benefit you?
Internationally, we're focusing on the country, government and regulatory relationships that need to be developed and maintained to support more commercial activity. Our relationships with you, and our ability to aggregate New Zealand commercial interests, add credibility.  By all means continue your direct work, but we can bring strength in numbers.
Domestically, it can improve the prospects of companies becoming suppliers to those securing international success, where the exporters take responsibility for regulatory compliance.  Encouraging the One Government group to visit your region gives them better understanding of the knowledge and expertise that exists in New Zealand and how their work, if properly aligned, can help everyone grow
Questions to be answered.  How can more companies contribute to this work?  How can we consolidate interests to provide more compelling cases?  What other regions should be encouraging a visit from ‘One Government’?  How can we improve the consistency and quality of dialogue? 
Clearly challenges, but implications for our future work with the new Operational Division, Training and Development Division and Logistics Division, as well as NZHA and NZAAA.  Many of the solutions we’re looking for lie within the expertise of these groups. 
How can you benefit from this work?  
Next week, we’ll comment on some of the significant international successes being enjoyed by exporters of aviation products and services.



Landcorp managers this week have been active contacting contract holders advising them that they must be AIRCARE™ accredited.  It’s easy for Landcorp managers to access who’s accredited as it’s shown on the AIRCARE™ page on our website. For helicopter operators this requirement is mandatory at years end.
We have also responded to Minister Smith’s invitation to provide a supplementary submission regarding the DoC situation. Presently, the letter is not with the Minister as there are one or two further issues we wish to raise informally before finalising our views. One of those points relates to the CAA’s comments in its statement of intent that "to date adopting an SMS has been voluntary across all New Zealand aviation sectors" whereas there have been strong suggestions to the contrary that CAA’s stance is more a passive observer. If CAA's been sanctioning voluntary compliance there can't be two SMS systems as has been suggested to Minister Smith.          

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