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13 June

CEO Update


Dear Colleagues
This week we farewell our hardworking President, Dale Webb, who has decided not to seek re-election at this year’s AGM.  Mr Ken Mackenzie, Vice President will act as President until the AGM.  Please join us at Conference to thank Dale in person for his personal and professional dedication.  
Our discounted hotel block bookings for our annual Conference expire on 20 June.  So, if you plan on attending the AAA and NZHA Conference, the Aviation Leadership Summit and our Divisional sessions please book in the next few days – or you will miss out see below. We will also be giving a mystery prize to one lucky conference delegate or exhibitor who has registered and paid before the end of June, so be in to win!
We have had some great nominations for our Aviation NZ Annual Awards – join us at our Gala Awards Dinner on 21 July to celebrate our industry achievements.
This week we also welcome our new intern, Faisal Shahim, who is finding the Wellington climate quite a change from Dubai.
Wishing you a great weekend – go the All Blacks!  Let’s hope for a slightly more convincing performance this weekend.



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Aviation Leadership Summit 2014 Updated
Leadership Summit App Updated
Structural Fatigue Management courses to be run in Wellington

Domestic News

Ministry of Defence Survey Updated
New registration required for Government Electronic Tenders Service
Customer Survey Updated

International News

RAAA Conference 8-10 October 2014
Australian Aviation Safety Regulation Review
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Aviation NZ President New

This week we farewell our hardworking President, Dale Webb, who has decided not to seek re-election at this year’s AGM.  Mr Ken Mackenzie, Vice President will act as President until the AGM.  We will be calling for nominations for President soon.  I’d like to extend our thanks to Dale and all our Council Officers for their dedication to the success of the NZ aviation industry.
Message from Dale: It has been a privilege to serve in a range of roles in this organisation during a period of considerable change and I will continue as Immediate Past President as long as required.
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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 Updated

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.

Hello from Faisal Shahim New

I am Faisal Shahim from New York, USA. I have Bachelors in Aviation Management and currently working on my second Bachelors in Industrial Engineering and Masters in International Relations at Hofstra University (New York). In the past, I have worked with American Airlines at JFK International airport and Laguardia Airport in Flight operations. In addition to that, I am a Freelance Photographer and I do blog about aviation, engineering and world cities wherever I travel. Here are my 2 sites which I am updating: and
It gives me an immense pleasure to be part of Aviation New Zealand; I will be interning at Aviation New Zealand for next 10 weeks. From Day 1, it has been a great experience working with John, Andrew and Samantha and looking forward to learn a lot about the aviation Industry in New Zealand.

Domestic News

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Ministry of Defence survey about NZ Industry Involvement in the NZ Defence Sector. Updated

The Ministry of Defence Evaluation Division, at their minister’s request, is surveying industry involvement in the New Zealand Defence sector. They want to hear from companies which supply or seek to supply the New Zealand Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence with equipment, goods and services.  The aim is to better understand what people find helpful and what they find challenging about pursuing and securing business with the New Zealand Defence sector.  The survey is accessible through the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) - reference number 42379.  The deadline for submission of the survey has been extended to Sunday 15 June.

New registration required for Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS)

GETS is being given an overhaul to bring it up to date and make it simpler to use and easier to navigate. The overhauled service will still be free for both suppliers and purchasers.  Companies need to register and get a RealMe login which can be used to access a variety of government services.  If you already have an iGovernment login, this will become your RealMe login as well.  You can also update the list of tenders you wish to receive.  GETS reference 42315 contains the new registration link.

Customer Survey Updated

Last week we commented on what could be done to improve industry and company growth. Of those responding, 36% have a domestic focus, 9% primarily have an international focus and the other 55% have foots in the domestic and international camps. 
Overseas, China, Indonesia, India and the South Pacific came through strongly as the markets you’re most interested in.  
There were also suggestions about broader ASEAN, North America and the EU.  An overwhelming majority of you favoured the weekly eLetter as the preferred method of communication – keeping it short and with links where necessary to more substantive info.  Next week, we’ll comment on what we are doing as a result of the survey.  

                                    International News


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

Australian Aviation Safety Regulation Review

Last week the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon Warren Truss MP released the Report of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review. The Report can be found at
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P3 Orion International Operators Support Conference (P3 IOSC) Atlanta, Georgia, 12-16 October New

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: .

Pacific Aviation Infrastructure Project New

We’ve been carrying advice on this project for some time and are now tracking it more closely.  Bids on a navigation aids and airfield lighting contract closed earlier this week.  Upcoming projects in the near term include building terminal improvements, fire tender shelters, water tanks, fuelling equipment, developing airport emergency plans, developing airport management plans, training needs analysis, and ongoing training.

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