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17 May

iation is in our DNA – safety and growth the double helix
Tomorrow we commence our third leadership programme with 10 participants from a wide range of aviation activities. The programme enables our sector leaders to be briefed on the best global practice in SMS and Risk Management; business accountabilities within New Zealand’s statutory framework; the shift to light handed regulation and why people, in the context of high reliability and integrity sectors, such as ours really matter. Our next programme will be in a year’s time, hosted at it’s permanent home Woodbourne airbase.
The intensity of this year’s conference is really starting to ramp home. Troy’s doing a stellar job with sponsorship but it’s tough out there and if you have any suggestions, these would be appreciated. Sponsorship enables us to operate the year ahead effectively and to keep conference delegate registration costs at essentially 2009 levels.
AIA Executive – elections 2013. Ken MacKenzie, one of our two VP’s is due to retire by rotation this year and nominations are formally now called for to fill the vacancy.  Ken Has indicated that he is prepared to stand again. Nominations will close on 28 May click here for nomination form.    
It’s been a pretty exciting week knowing we’ve secured our All Black Captain’s attendance at conference. While he can’t speak because of his prior playing commitments he is prepared to mix and mingle and will be at the Larnach’s castle dinner on the Thursday night. Along with the Captain comes a Guimbal Cabri Helicopter under the command of Terry Murdoch so a big thank you to Terry and the team at Pacific Jets.
Safety Briefing
Health and Safety in Employment  - we spent time briefing the CAA Board and Management on the view that duplication and overlap of the CAA and HSE statutes is confusing and there needs to be an alignment of philosophy and practice. Harm to anyone participating in our system is unacceptable whether it be an employee, someone else’s employee or a customer. There should be only one standard, not two as at present. Presently the report of the HSE taskforce is being considered by MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) officials who we envisage will consult with CAA. CAA has requested a copy of our submissions to the taskforce.  We will keep you appraised of developments.
Supply chain – critical skills pilots – we put this issue under the safety banner and I know many of you take issue with this saying it’s not a safety issue but one of growth and sutainability. We put it under safety in this context to let you know that we spent some time briefing the CAA Board on the issue and to garner their support to assist us if we have to do a major manpower plan over the next five years for pilots. We will know this post our meeting with the Ministry of Education which is scheduled for mid next week.
We are hearing some positive noises that there may be possible some further consideration of student loan policy setting but these are very much couched and we are not reading anything particular into the comments. Next Friday we’ll have a debrief for you.   
Pilot Pregnancy and the policy environment   - click herein response to an OIA request this gives a good example of the way the present policy analysis environment is set and reviewed. From where “the boots” sits it is the policy environment which is most critical because it determines how the guidance material is executed by the doctors. This policy environment – as evident in this case had not been reviewed for some considerable time and arguable may never have been properly set.  Now I don’t think that’s a hanging offence but what we are concerned about, is regular and transparent reviews of major issues because this is how CAA can provide assurance that it is reflecting ICAO requirements.
AIRCARE™ accreditation is a very personal statement about the values of brand New Zealand aviation and the signals it sends to other parties that we care about our people, their safety, the environment, our communities and aviation.  Many operators share the AIRCARE brand values and see them as critical to dealing with hard core issues such spray drift, noise complaints etc. Strong brand values enable us to respond to these very real threats to the sustainability of the sector in a professional way. They also provide a level of assurance to our industry’s customers that we can bring safety and environmental assurance together on one audit platform.
Government agencies could not integrate and deliver a single audit delivery platform covering Health and Safety in Employment, Noise, RMA, NASO contracts, fire fighting, flight training code of practices because protection afforded employees under the Crown Entities Act is limited to “performing in good faith the entities legislative functions” This means CAA cannot audit Doc’s requirements for noise control without putting its own employees at risk. AIRCARE’s value comes from efficiency of integration and assurance that your statutory risks are addressed within a coherent framework and of environmental and safety management system.
Pilot Medicals - thanks for the feed back. It was very supportive in the battle getting this excessive charge reduced and the sooner the better. You want a sensible automated regime which delivers CAA needs but at a “reasonable cost”.  There’s general support for devolution or delegation of the function to a trusted third party i.e. no novopay and you want your privacy maintained and protected. Many liked the idea of a tribunal or panel approach to those really hard questions and to providing advice to the Director on policy shifts. The Tribunal approach is one favoured in the Australian environment and while not unheard of in New Zealand i.e. the Parole Board is an example there was some considerable support for increasing the role and responsibilities of the Board to be able to call for review. So plenty of food for thought and plenty of scope to engage in good dialogue with the CAA. 
Heli Hunting ban – “about fairness” click here a very confusing and mixed scene.  “The boots” is not saying a word other than words and concepts seem to become very interchangeable when it comes to report what “he said and she said”.

Latest update on introduction of ADSB
GA Transponder options read more
International Papers read more
Minutes read more
TF4 Presentations read more

Costs of the accident investigation off Kawhia. The CAA response to our OIA request is here

Airways announces new price for next three years
Airways consultation reponse Doc Final read more
Airways’ final prices for the 2013 – 2016 period email read more

Aviation Mission starts in Jakarta on Sunday. Fifteen aviation companies are part of a 33 strong business mission going to Indonesia. Other sectors represented include education, banking, food and beverage. This real NZ Inc approach intends making a bigger impact than if sectors operated on her own. The mission is being led by Hon Maurice Williamson and Sir Ken Stevens, and is supported by Export New Zealand, the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council, Foreign Affairs and Trade and NZ Trade and Enterprise.
America's Cup - what's in it for me? The aviation business programme, from 22 to 24 July, gives any aviation company the ability to invite their North American, and global clients to a unique environment. You can show that they are important to you, and expose them to some pretty smart examples of New Zealand technology, that will help reinforce just how good you are. We'll also be inviting a few international aviation companies keen to learn more about the New Zealand aviation offer. Expressions of interest to
Pacific Business Opportunities. Two significant projects, supported by the World Bank and NZ Aid, are currently seeking EOIs. A Transport Sector Strategic Plan is being sought by Kiribati as part of the Pacific Aviation Investment Programme. EOIs close on 4 June, here. The Cook Islands has a Destination Development Initiative under way to boost tourism in the country, with bids closing on 20 June here.


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Conference 2013



Information Pack + Bookings

Trades essential information for those who have booked click here
Trades Hall to book click here
Sponsors click here, sponsorship available
Programme click here
Hotels click here
Ladies Tour - Book Direct click here
AGM - Election forms and nominations click here
  Richard Pearse Award click here closing 22 May 
IRM Papers expressions of interest

Careers Expo - Dunedin Town Hall 
co sponsored with Service IQ  

Friday  21 June 0900-1300
Booking trades display  - space restricted to Wednesday 19 June PM to Friday 21 June 1300, ie after vacated by NZAAA displayers click here cost $300 for stand and furnishments. Persons manning booth to register in normal way click here
Seminar Booking, Promoting your business click here $200, for 15 minute speaking slot - first in first served.
Media and Promotion - Schools SERVICE IQ; Otago University Careers; RNZAF present; local media will be contacted with promotional opportunities.
Entry on controlled basis registration at AIA desk.

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
CAA Directors Awards – note these are also open. Go to CAA webpage.

Trade Stands read more

Delegates read more

Sponsorship read more



AIRCARE™ ACCREDITATION process read here


AIRCARE™ accreditations Click here


New milestone for Pacific Aerospace in supplying a new geophysical survey platform read more

Looking for entries for 2013 AmCham-DHL Express Annual Success & Innovation Awards for companies doing business with the USA read more



Business NZ Budget Summary read more

Inside Wellington
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Beef and Lamb New Zealand read more

Product Announcement and Information

Travel Careers & Training has classrooms available for lease at the AKL Airport (opposite the IBIS – 10 minute walk to Domestic Terminal). Available on a causal or long-term basis. Also available in AKL CBD. Contact Guy Domett on 07 853-0294

GSB Trade Card click here
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