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21 February

Over the last few months, we’ve mostly had guest editorials as the lead in to the newsletter.
It is clear from the feedback that you’re appreciating many of the stories that our members are telling.  The President, for example, has received a number of comments about his piece on ‘going beyond regulation’.  Keep up those responses!
It is also clear that the various stories are giving us all a better understanding of just what is happening in our industry and who does what.  They are a resource that you can continue to draw on.  Just looking at a few recent examples:
  • AVM Peter Stockwell wrote about the military/civilian relationship, something that will be followed further at the Conference later this year
  • Errol Burtenshaw in his account of the Air NZ B787 – 9 purchase, also previewed some developments at Air New Zealand over the coming year
  • Mike Newman described some of the challenges facing the pilot training industry – these will be addressed further at the training and development meeting next week
  • Bruce Heesterman in explaining the role of ASPEQ, gave some insights into how successful they are being outside New Zealand
  • Ray Thorpe from MET Service explained the important role they play, and could have written more on their international successes
  • Trevor Wilcock from Ardmore Airport sees an important and growing role for GA
That is just going back into November.  One of my favourites was Peter Garden describing pest eradication and life on Gough Island in the South Atlantic.  This is another great example of the expertise that exists in New Zealand and is finding a global market.
This week, we can bring you news on the deal arranged with Southern Cross and of the programme we are about to roll out with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.
John Nicholson



Member "must knows"
Protecting and Enhancing your interests
Telling Our Story
Growth Opportunities
Value ADD for members

Member "must knows"

We look forward to seeing a good number of members in Wellington next week where activities include the Logistics Division Meeting and Stakeholder Function on Wednesday and the Training and Development and Board meetings on Thursday.  If you are coming to the Stakeholder function and have yet to RSVP, please email
CAA has released the Queenstown Airspace Classification Review.  Submissions close 28 March 2014.  A consultation meeting will be held in Queenstown at 7pm on 5 March.  For further info:
CAA has added information to its website about Rule amendments effective from 1 April 2014.  It includes an ‘Omnibus 2013 Pending Rule Amendments effective 01 Apr 2014: Parts 1, 19, 43, 65, 66, 77, 91, 93, 101, 106, 108, 121, 141, 145, 146, 172, and 175’ and ‘Part 125, Amendment 17’.  More info:

Protecting and Enhancing your Interests



Telling Our Story

Ministry of Defence Awards.  If you supply to the Ministry of Defence or any of the services and are looking for third party endorsement of your capabilities, you might like to consider entering their awards.  Winners will be announced at a gala event in Wellington in October.  For more details, go to the Government Electronic Tenders Service website logon and look up project ICN 41465.
Cho Chan, our intern from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, comes from Hong Kong.  She has now developed an Aviation NZ page, in Mandarin, on Weibo, a social media site in China (also used by Tourism NZ, Air NZ and NZ Trade & Enterprise).  We are adding content and updating material regularly – we’re about to add a piece on why potential pilots should come to New Zealand for their training.  We have the ability now to add material from companies and to link to your websites.  Contact us if you would like to be involved.

Growth Opportunities

We’ve followed up progress companies have made since the Aviation Mission went to Indonesia last May.  Companies have now secured well over NZ$1m in new business with contacts made during the visit, there are some formal MoUs in place and most participants are optimistic that they will generate business in 2014.  Good progress has been achieved by companies providing specialised training (especially engineering) and in airport fit-outs.  We have updated our profile on what is happening in Indonesia, and the future market outlook.  If you would like a copy, email
We have also updated profiles on India, China and Vietnam.  If you are exporting to these markets, or are interested, the market profiles, written from a New Zealand perspective, and incorporating material from a variety of sources, contain good intelligence.

Value add for members

Aviation New Zealand is delighted to announce the availability of discounted individual or employer subsidised medical insurance through entry into the VIP Scheme at Southern Cross click here
  • For an Individual the discount is 7.5% off retail rates for all members. Pre-exiting conditions cover continues.
  • Employers with five or more staff can opt into a subsidized employee scheme with varying concessions levels
Interested ????
Contact Craig Wright Southern Cross Health Society 03 968 7105 or 029 473 2207.

We are in the process of entering a programme with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and have secured funding from them for companies that wish to take part in a pilot project.  The programme will cover energy audits, energy efficiency training, and feasibility studies for renewable energy or energy efficient equipment.  Companies typically save between 10% and 15% of their energy costs, but some have achieved 40% savings, through these programmes.  Our initial focus will be on the Logistics Division.  Auckland Airport uses EECA.  Air New Zealand won the supreme award at the EECA 2012 Awards for its ‘energy savings and positive influence” – it also reduced annual carbon emissions by 142,000 tonnes.  We’re now able to bring the programme to the smaller companies in the aviation industry.

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