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4 July

4 July 2014


CEO Update



Dear Colleagues,

Only two weeks until Conference, so we are all very busy with final preparations – don’t forget to register soon!  Make sure you also attend our Aviation Awards Gala Dinner for the chance to win a mystery weekend courtesy of Air NZ.

This week we are delighted to confirm Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister of Conservation, as our Summit keynote speaker for Tuesday 22 July. Dr Smith will be sharing his views on the important topic of aviation and environmental management, in particular in NZ’s significant conservation estate.  This is a key issue for many of our agricultural and tourism operators – don’t miss it.
In other breaking news, we are also delighted to announce our new International Ambassador for our DOWN TO THE WIRE programme.  He is an Australian business and aviation icon, as well as a household name on both sides of the Tasman.  Can you guess who?....It is none other than Mr Dick Smith.  Dick’s profile and persuasiveness will lend great weight to the advancement of our programme.  Well done to our AAA Chairman, Alan Beck, for bringing Dick on board.
Happy 4th of July y’all!



Keynote Speaker New
Aviation Leadership Summit 2014 updated
Leadership Summit App
Structural Fatigue Management courses to be run in Wellington
Customer Survey Updated
Pilots - Demand and supply side questionnaires updated

Domestic News

CAA Standard hour charge increase from 1 July
Northland Helicopter Contract August 2014 - September 2017 new
Air Operator for Taranaki 1080 operation
New GETS website new
Cricket World Cup

International News

South Pacific Aviation Programme updated
RAAA Conference 8-10 October 2014
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Keynote Speaker

Dr Nick Smith was born and educated in North Canterbury. Nick has held 12 Ministerial portfolios in the Bolger, Shipley and Key Cabinets, covering Conservation, Building and Construction, Housing, Education, Immigration, Corrections, Social Welfare, Treaty Negotiations, Environment, ACC, Climate Change and Local Government.
His greatest passion has been improving New Zealand's management of the environment and natural resources. In 1998, he founded the Bluegreens as a group within National that wish to advance policies that support economic prosperity and a clean, green New Zealand.
National achievements in which Nick has played a significant role include the creation of the Kahurangi and Rakiura National Parks, 12 Marine Reserves, the introduction of the Emissions Trading Scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the establishment of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, and the Environment Protection Authority.
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Aviation Leadership Summit 2014 Updated

We are delighted to release the full programme  for the Summit. This annual event is hosted by Aviation NZ as part of our mission to lead, inspire, and grow the New Zealand aviation industry, both domestically and offshore.
We are delighted to publish the draft agendas for the AAA and NZHA Conference for this year.  Dates are 20-22 July 2014.  These events will run alongside the Aviation Leadership Summit. 

The Summit is a by industry and for industry event. We aim to bring you a programme that is insightful, relevant, and engaging. At the same time our aim is to manage costs and overall resource requirements, so that we can offer industry a truly inspiring and cost-effective flagship industry event.

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 recently.  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. 
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! 

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  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.
To ‘Sign up’ enter your own user name and password. Next time you access the conference app simply ‘log in’ using your chosen user name and password & select the “remember this for 4 weeks” option.
Alternatively you can also access the app as a guest, although as a guest you will not have access to the personalised sections, Notes and favourites
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Structural 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.

Customer Survey Updated

The survey emphasised the importance of agreeing on and doing a few things well so that ‘we’ can demonstrate leadership.  Last week we brought you news on some work in the Training and Development area.  NZAAA’s focus continues to be on: assuring sustainability by promoting best practice in environmental responsibilities, safe flight and decent profitability.  NZHA has re-endorsed the AIRCARE Programme and is determined to use it to get benefits for members - especially in respect of reduced CAA surveillance. 
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Pilots – demand and supply side questionnaires Updated

Questionnaires were sent to air operators and trainers 10 days ago.  Thanks very much to those that have already returned them, and for the offers to be involved in follow up work.  If you have completed the survey and not sent it yet, please do and don’t worry about the 1 July deadline!  There are some consistent trends in the responses but we need a few more to give more substance.  The pilot training questionnaire is here and the operator survey is here.  We will be contacting some companies next week.
 The goal is to develop one database on the state of the pilot industry in New Zealand (current and future demand for pilots, current and future supplies of pilots, what we can do to improve the training of pilots to make them more employment ready).  We will share the aggregated data with the Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, who have helped in questionnaire development.  This will allow us all to work from the same understandings. 

Domestic News

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CAA standard hour charge increasing from 1 July

You probably need no reminding but the CAA standard hourly charge increases on 1 July from the current $244 per hour including GST to $284 per hour including GST.
This is part of the Government approved funding framework that came into effect on 1 November 2012.

Northland Helicopter Contract August 2014 – June 2017 New

DoC has issued a three year RFT for the supply of all helicopter services including animal control, toxic bait spreading, fire fighting, sling loads, heavy lifting, weed control, general carriage for all of the Northland Peninsula and islands from the southern boundary of the old Warkworth Area including Little Barrier Island and Great Barrier Island, north to the Three King Islands.  GETS reference 42612.  RFTs are to be submitted by to 23 July to

Aerial Operator for Taranaki 1080 operation

The Department of Conservation Taranaki District Office is to undertake an aerial pest control operation in Pouiatoa from August 2014 through an RFT that closes on 22 July (GETS reference 42589). All communications to DoC should be in email to: Jared Coombes –

New GETS Website New

A reminder to those that use GETS to access government and some international tenders.  The new website goes live on 28 July.  A new coding system will be used to record tenders.  You MUST identify tender areas of interest using the new codes to continue getting tender alerts - the current tender alert system will stop.  The new website looks much more clear, is more intuitive and it is easier to identify past tender winners!
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Cricket World Cup

The ICC Cricket World Cup opens in Christchurch on February 14 next year.  Great news for cricket fans – but great news for aviation too.  This is the biggest event in NZ since the Rugby World Cup in 2011 – let’s make the most of it.
There will be thousands of fans travelling across the country to support their team – but also keen to have a New Zealand experience.  Are you thinking about what kind of charter packages you could offer to these high net worth and other visitors?  There’s a great business opportunity here. Over 1 million expected attendees and 1 billion TV viewers.
14 teams will be playing 49 matches over 44 days in 14 host cities across two countries. There are seven NZ host cities: Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The opening game is in Christchurch, as well as a quarter and semi-final and the showcase NZ - Australia match in Auckland.
Have a look at the match schedules so you can see where people will be and when .  We are working with CWC NZ to create opportunities for NZ aviation to promote its products and services.  More on this soon.

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South Pacific Aviation Programme Updated

A major project supporting infrastructure development, sector reform and strengthening airport operations and management, primarily funded by the World Bank, is underway in the South Pacific (Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu).  We provided some material two weeks, and thanks to the companies that have alerted us to their interest in the project.  We had hoped by now to start bringing you details of recent project approvals.  
However, the info is proving hard to get – much of it is not readily available in the public domain.  We are looking at a few options.  At this stage, we are interested in learning of more companies that are keen to look at opportunities in this project.  The attachment we provided last week to give an overview of the project is here.  The project manager, Darin Cusack, will be talking about this project at the Aviation Summit.

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.  Av NZ CEO will be speaking at this event.  We also expect good representation from the RAAA executive at our Leadership Summit in July.  More info on the RAAA event is here
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P3 Orion International Operators Support Conference (P3 IOSC) Atlanta, Georgia, 12-16 October

New Zealand companies can attend and showcase their technologies or services at the next P3 IOSC in Atlanta, Georgia.  This conference is co-hosted annually by Lockheed Martin and an international operator country. This year it is New Zealand and the NZ Defence Force’s turn. There is an industry expo throughout, a number of networking opportunities and on Tuesday 14 October, New Zealand will host a function to showcase our technology, culture and cuisine.  NZTE is supporting the NZ presence.  For more info, contact: .

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