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22 March 2013

“Aviation is in our DNA” – the double helix, safety and growth
Yesterday you received the first of our major communications on this year’s conference week in Dunedin. As a feature of this and future conferences we want to bring a number of foreign buyers to Dunedin. We see this as a real value add.  If there’s someone in particular you’d like us to invite please contact us urgently
Similarly, if you think there’s someone off shore who would be a key influencer let us know as there’s another opportunity as we go into the aviation part of the America’s Cup programme later this year in San Francisco.   
But PLEASE PLEASE  communicate with us. If we don’t know then we can’t help!!!!!
A warm welcome to our newest members Ardmore Airport and Aerodac.
Risk Profiling – the NZAAA project begins in early April. Each AAOC holder will receive an invitation to participate in a workshop.
Return of Robert Mills or Millsy, imminent to CAA. This will boost the rotary operational expertise in CAA by 100%. Resourcing in this area remains a concern for the Regulator but they are delighted to have Robert back. So are we, and we have been entrusted to look after his very impressive collection of helicopter memorabilia
The ‘NO BLAME’ game - it was very disappointing to see our media screeching blame as a consequence of the TAIC report into the helicopter accident on 20 Jan 2011. To quote TAIC, “The Commission made no safety recommendations. The following key lessons were noted….” The reason the “Boots” makes this point is that there will be further TAIC reports. We are aware that the Inquiry into Flight Training should be released shortly.  This is an independent inquiry the Industry called for on the basis that it was sensible due to a series of accidents involving a cross section of operators with no apparent systemic causes.  This is a fundamental part of our safety culture and represents best practice in terms of continuous safety improvement which is a point our Safety Advisory Committee made to the Independent Taskforce on HSE read more.   
The Competent Regulator - this debate tends to focus on individuals but it’s actually about the system.  The HSE system is light-handed to the point you could argue that there are no hands until you have an accident – this is typically the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff stuff.  The CA system is highly prescriptive. The hands exert a pressure on the back of the neck and will tighten if you have or cause a serious accident or incident. The hands are always present, whether it be entry, participation or exit.  So when we talk about the HSE system V CAA what we are talking about is the “pressure” exerted by an independent and competent regulator.  This pressure assumes that “organisations shall carry the primary responsibility for their own performance.”
Pilot Medicals - the “Boots” is firmly of the view that this issue is on its way to resolution.  The CAA have committed to looking at a cost effective and efficient solution providing a certification system that delivers value and thus compliance with the existing rules and the Act for you all.  We can anticipate a communication from CAA inviting industry participation focusing particularly on what we as an Industry value.  Note this is not about a serious overhaul of the framework, it’s more about how we maximise value. This leaves plenty of scope and we’d be interested in your ideas. The “Boots” has floated a few in the past click here
Health – the issue of the different certification standards for colour blindness between Australia and New Zealand is about to heat up.  The difference largely came about from the activities of an impacted proactive group taking the matter to the Administrative Tribunal in Australia.  Unfortunately, in New Zealand, we don’t have a similar body, and it’s difficult to have these issues debated transparently short of some sort of “public” intervention.  We can understand the frustrations of operating in this environment because aviation safety is rarely, if ever, improved by a “public flogging”. 
Recently we have been dealing with an issue that on its face appears to be a discriminatory decision – without transparency it’s easy to leap to these conclusions.  The “Boots” considers the real challenge to be how we ensure our public policy frameworks in this area are truly at the level of the world’s leading best practices.  Pilots, engineers, air traffic controllers are extremely expensive to train and retain so we want to know that they are not being subjected to unnecessary medical interventions and exit – permanent or temporary. To me this is the real challenge.                   
Airways pricing submission – click here and here.  We’ve proposed a number of areas where we think a re-consideration is appropriate.  On reflection, and with recent high quality data, we don’t think that network pricing of some of the GA charge is that appropriate. The fundamental problem is that the market has contracted substantially since Airways looked at setting the charge. We’ve given Airways the data and now we’ve got to work constructively towards a solution.
We also think they should be looking seriously at aeronautical studies for Milford (the volumes are so much lower now than when flight service was injected as a key safety measure); Gisborne and one or two other towers where the volumes are simply too light.
One thing we also like to see is some great transparency around savings such as any associated with asset retirements etc.
HeliExpo earlier this month in Las Vegas saw Flightcell and Spidertracks introduce new products to the North American market.  According to both companies, they received some very positive interest.  The other New Zealand companies exhibiting also report good interest in their products and, as is often the case with these sorts of events, had some good quality time keeping relationships with existing customers warm.
Some of the new ‘New Zealand aviation’ messaging was used at HeliExpo and we’re looking forward to the reactions to it.  This messaging is part of the image we are building about the aviation sector in key markets. It is also something that NZTE is giving strong support to.  This promotional material will be used in Indonesia in May and we’re looking forward to showing it at conference in June.
Value Propositions and Unique Selling Points.  Our aviation sector has some unique capabilities – whether it is our skills in precision spraying, the innovation in our GPS based track and tracing, the engineering expertise in our vintage and replica aircraft industry or the rapidly developing UAV industry.  These companies have a strong growth orientation and in being successful, they can clearly articulate what separates them out from the crowd.  They help build the reputation of the New Zealand aviation sector, which helps all of us!! We’re putting a lot of emphasis into these points in our international work, with the team going to Indonesia in May having a day’s training.
The Callaghan Institute is keen to encourage innovation in New Zealand aviation.  We are now working with Callaghan Institute to help them identify other innovative technologies being developed in the aviation space that could do with some Government support.  They are supporting some aviation companies already but we sense that there are some other smart developing technologies out there that could do with more support.  Let us know if you think you fall into this category
Advisory Group and Airports Group – the momentum grows.  We’ve just settled on two workshops next month for members of both of these developing groups.  Many of the companies see merit in working more collaboratively, including other New Zealand companies in their bid teams and referring leads to other New Zealand companies. Still early stages but we are seeing new relationships form and some quick progress.  One such new relationship resulted in a previously unknown New Zealand company being included in a bid submitted last week to a New Zealand authority.


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Conference 2013


As you will be aware, the AIA has negotiated special rates with Scenic Hotels which includes Scenic Hotel Dunedin City and Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. It was brought to our attention by one of our members that the landing page had an error and it was picking up the normal rates rather than the lower ones we had negotiated for our conference delegates. Scenic Hotel is working to get this fixed as soon as possible and apologises for this error. If you have already booked your conference accommodation, could you please check that you have been booked in at the AIA rates which are:
Rooms Nightly rate Nightly rate
Standard Room $149 $170
Superior Room $159 $180
Junior Suite $209 $230
Executive Suite $249 $270
If you find you have been booked in at the higher rates, could you please contact Scenic Hotels with your booking reference number and let them know you are part of the Aviation Industry Conference booking and should be on the lower conference rates.
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is filling up very fast so if you are unable to get accommodation there you can book in at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross which is very close to the Town Hall.
Thank you very much to the member who brought this to our attention.

Nominations called for – AIA awards.  Each year the AIA makes two awards: to an individual in recognition of their long service to the industry; and to a company for their outstanding contribution.  If you know anyone or company who might meet these requirements please feel free to nominate by emailing
Richard Pearse Award for Innovation – nominations are open click here. This is in recognition of particular innovations in the aviation space. 
CAA Directors Awards – note these are also open. Go to CAA webpage. 

Trades - remember the big discounts only go for another month so get in and make your bookings while the discounts last read more
Sponsorship read more
Delegates registration read moreconference rates have been held static for those who attended Rotorua. To attend a comparable conference of quality costs between $1500 and $2000. You pay no more than $630 plus meals.

Executive Leadership Programme - limited 12, no other comparable programme in New Zealand  ....filling now!!!!

Expressions of Interest – Executive Leadership programme, RNZAF Base Woodbourne 17-19 May  click here  


Results of Six monthly review on system performance – an integral part of the contract with Navigatus is a six monthly review of the performance of the system.  It’s at this point that we look at further adjustments to our processes and procedures, as well as performance.  The data click here is demonstrating very clearly to us that there has been a tremendous improvement in standards. With three years of data this is showing that critical non-compliances are plummeting and accreditation periods are extending. 
The Auditors have commented that one of the real things that is changing is the sharing of intelligence and information going on between those who have been in the programme for some time and new entrants particularly the “one man band” companies.
A point raised recently is who sees the Auditors detailed comments? This is absolutely private information, owned by the company being audited and for their use as they see fit.  No one in AIA sees this report unless you choose to share it with us. Some companies do if they have something specifically they would like us to consider but this is the exception rather than the rule. If you have any concerns about this aspect please feel free to raise the issue with me or John Sinclair.
Congratulations are due to Frontier Helicopters Ltd, Beck Helicopters Ltd and Alabaster Helicopters Ltd for gaining their AIRCARE™ accreditation             

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Asia Pacific Aerospace Selected as Rolls-Royce AMROC read more

Once-A-Decade ICAO Air Transport Conference Convenes read more

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