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24 April

CEO Update


Dear Colleagues,
Things are very quiet in town this week, as many have taken advantage of the short week between Easter and ANZAC weekend to take an extended break.  While some are relaxing, spare a thought for our agricultural operators who are extremely busy in the final push to the end of the season.
As we know, agribusiness is a key driver of the NZ economy.  Thus, I am delighted to announce that Conor English, the CEO of Federated Farmers will join us as a Keynote Speaker for  our Aviation Leadership Summit.  Conor will share his insights from his last six years as CEO of Federated Farmers on how to create a world leading and very effective membership and advocacy organisation – with a clear ability to influence government and make things happen.  Can’t wait to hear from him.
A reminder that early bird pricing for the Summit closes at the end of April, so book soon if you want the best rates.
A peaceful and reflective ANZAC weekend to you all.


Summit Keynote Speaker: Conor English
Aviation Leadership Summit 2014
Leadership Summit App
Fatigue Management courses to be run in Wellington
Pratt & Whitney Canada - PT6 Customer day
Council and Divisional Meetings
CAA Aerodrome Safety Forum
Impaired Colour Vision general direction
CAA to upgrade systems
RAAA Conference 8-10 October 2014
Satellite Communication Systems in South Pacific Airports
New Zealand's perception of Asia and Asian people keeps improving



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Summit Keynote Speaker: Conor English, Chief Executive Federated Farmers of New Zealand

We are delighted to announce that Conor English will be our keynote speaker to open Day 2 of our Aviation Leadership Summit, reflecting on his last six years as CEO of Federated Farmers and how to create a world leading membership and advocacy organisation – with a clear ability to influence government and make things happen. 
Conor has a background in farming, having started his career farming 7000 stock units running sheep, cattle, grain, deer and forestry in the southern part of New Zealand. Having worked in the insurance, oil, property, finance and agricultural sectors, Conor has also worked in New Zealand’s parliament as a press and private secretary to the then number 4 in Cabinet, with portfolios including commerce, industry, international trade, lands, fisheries and agriculture. Since then Conor has worked as a lobbyist, Commercial Director and CEO of Federated Farmers of New Zealand, the premier organisation advocating on behalf of the rural and farming communities and businesses at international, national, regional and sector levels.
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Aviation Leadership Summit 2014

Our first Aviation Leadership Summit will be held at Westpac Stadium in Wellington 20-22 July 2014.  We will have EXCLUSIVE use of the Westpac Function Centre and we have a BRAND NEW venue for our Welcome Reception, opened by the Prime Minister  Westpac Stadium is New Zealand’s premier multipurpose stadium and has hosted many world sporting and entertainment events.
The Summit replaces Napier Conference Week.
Celebrating 100 years of aviation – The Future.  This is the theme of our Summit.  We will celebrate what aviation has achieved over the last 100 years and look forward to what the next century will bring, operationally, technologically, economically and politically.  The draft Summit agenda is here
Registration is NOW OPEN for exhibitors and delegates.  Exhibition stands are selling quickly.  We expect up to 300 people expected to attend the trade show each day and we will be ensuring active engagement between delegates and trade exhibitors.  More about this soon!  Early bird pricing applies until the end of April, so be in quick.
Sponsors: Our new sponsorship packages are available here.  A number of sponsors have already reserved packages, so contact us soon regarding remaining opportunities.   
Accommodation:  Our preferred hotels are Rydges Wellington and the IBIS Hotel Wellington.  We have negotiated excellent discounts on rooms and breakfast for Summit attendees. Special rates apply for 20-23 July and rooms are limited, so please book as soon as possible.
Rydges:Room only $175 + breakfast $23 (includes GST).   FREE Wifi.  Reserve your room here:
IBIS Hotel:  Room only $139 + breakfast $18 (includes GST).  Please book directly with the hotel using the booking code AVIATION200717  to email or call the hotel 04 496 1880
Both hotels are located in central Wellington on Featherston St, close to the Westpac Stadium and close to each other.  We will also be arranging transport to Westpac Stadium for each day of the Summit and related events

Leadership Summit App

For this year’s summit, and recognising the number of smartphone users who will be there, the conference programme, details of exhibitors and the very important sponsors will be on an app which you can all download.  
You’ll be able to keep up to date with happenings at the summit, and see where you are supposed to be at any point in time (during work hours that is!). 
Advert Media is putting this app together.  Details of what is available and how to be included in the app are here.
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Fatigue Management Courses to be run in Wellington in July alongside the Leadership Summit

Sam Kantimathi from Fatigue Concepts in the United States, will be in New Zealand again in July to deliver two courses.  Both will be delivered at Westpac Stadium, the venue for the Leadership Summit.  The courses are:
  • Composite Aircraft Structures, 21 and 22 July
  • Aging Aircraft, 23 and 24 July
More detail is attached.  Companies interested in attending should contact Sam Kanthimathi direct.  Be aware that it won’t be possible for the same company reps to attend the Leadership Summit and Fatigue Management courses.  You might look at delegating attendance at Fatigue Management to others.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6 Customer Day 23 July

P&WC are proposing to run a PT6A Customer Training Seminar for pilots and engineers on 23 July at Westpac Stadium Wellington. This will allow people attending the Aviation Leadership Summit to stay on for the Seminar.
The seminar will provide an exchange of information on the PT6A engines in Agricultural operation presented by P&WC  PT6A Customer Engineer from Montreal. This will include a technical update and forum as well as best practices for maintaining and operating PT6A engines in the Agricultural environment.
To register interest in attending or for any queries please contact

Council and Divisional Meetings

Next Meetings are 13 May AAA, 14 May NZHA and 15 May Council in Wellington. 
Training Division will also meet on 14 May, in Christchurch. 
Logistics Division scheduled to meet 23 May in Wellington.
We look forward to seeing you then.
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CAA Aerodrome Safety Forum Wednesday 7 May 2014

The CAA is convening this Forum which will cover a range of topics relevant to airport operations and current safety issues. 
See here for more details and to register.
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Impaired Colour Vision General Direction

Submission deadline extended to 30 September 2014
The CAA has extended the deadline for submissions on the General Direction, Impaired Colour Vision (GD/VIS/01/2013.1)  for a 6 month period. The new deadline for submissions is now 5pm on Monday 30th September 2014.
You are invited to make your submissions on this proposal - please use the form on the web site, and when completed, email it to  You do not have to re submit if you have already made a submission.
The proposed General Direction on the CAA web site<>  under "what's new" and  Medical - "General Directions".
Submissions close:  30th  September 2014.
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CAA to upgrade systems

As you know, the CAA is evolving as a risk based regulator and has initiated a change programme (known as the Regulatory Craft Programme) that includes replacing its existing Aviation Safety Management System (ASMS) and its Enterprise Document and Records Management System (EDRMS).
It may also include delivery of a new Business Intelligence platform. The CAA has now issued a Request For Info – Government Electronic Tender Service reference RFI-CAA-01.  RFIs close on 6 May.  For more info contact:

RAAA Conference, 8 - 10 October 2014

The Regional Aviation Association of Australia is holding its national convention ‘A New Horizon’ in the Hunter Valley.  The RAAA is the only organisation representing all sectors associated with Regional Aviation across Australia and therefore, plays a significant role in the aviation industry. The National Convention is highly regarded as a premier annual aviation event.  We expect good representation from the RAAA executive at our Leadership Summit in July.  More info on the RAAA event is here

Satellite Communications Systems in South Pacific Airports

The World Bank funded project is continuing to advance with the release this week of a procurement notice to secure satellite comms systems (very small aperture terminals) for Kiribati, Tonga and Tuvalu.  Companies must bid all three countries.  The project is being administered by Tonga Airports Ltd and bids close on 11 June.  More info here.  The Pacific Aviation Infrastructure Programme is a regional aviation project funded primarily by the World Bank to provide safe and secure air transport operations and environmentally sustainable and efficient airports.  It is being implemented in three (3) Pacific Island countries: Kiribati, Tonga and Tuvalu. It is anticipated that Samoa will join in 2014.  

New Zealand's perception of Asia and Asian people continues improving

Each year since 1997, the Asia New Zealand Foundation has been tracking the changing perceptions New Zealanders have of Asia. The most recent report, published in October 2013, describes how perceptions have changed between 1997 and 2011. By 2011, 88% of New Zealanders saw Asia as important to New Zealand’s future (up from 83% in 2007), and second only to Australia. Why the change? For three reasons: economic because of the contributions Asians make to New Zealand; tourism because of major growth forecasts for Asians visiting New Zealand; and business because of the new business opportunities arising in Asia.  Note that India is included in the definition of Asia.  Some useful material here on how companies can position themselves for Asia – note that Asia is broken down into different countries in the report.

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