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27 June

27 June 2014


CEO Update


Dear Colleagues
We are in countdown mode for our AAA, NZHA Conference and Leadership Summit, with these events now less than 4 weeks away.  If you haven’t booked in, do so soon.  A big thank you to Air NZ who has offered a mystery weekend as a spot prize for the Aviation Awards Gala Dinner.  Make sure you are there for a chance to win.

In speaking with the CAA Director last week, he confirmed that when the new HSE Reforms come into effect there should be no change to the investigation of aviation incidents and occurrences.  The CAA will continue to lead any investigation under the CAA Act or the new HSE legislation. Let’s hope this remains the case see below
This week we also welcome to our newest member, Advanced Diagnostics, who provide D&A screening tools.  With the new HSE reforms and focus on effective D&A policies at the Carterton balloon inquest, their services are very timely.
Enjoy your weekends



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 New
Advance Diagnostics New

Domestic News

CAA v Worksafe New
CAA Standard hour charge increase from 1 July
Cricket World Cup
Air Operator for Taranaki 1080 operation

International News

Aviation Scores Again New
Metrology Group opens in Singapore New
India New Zealand Business Council Summit
South Pacific Aviation Programme Updated
RAAA Conference 8-10 October 2014
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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 New

This week, questionnaires were sent to air operators and trainers with a 1 July deadline.  Thanks very much to those that have already returned them.  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, and get over the ‘you say’, ‘we say’ challenges of previous years.  Dare I say it ‘one industry voice’!!  More about this at the Leadership summit too.  

Advance Diagnostics New

Advance Diagnostics is a team of people passionate about health and safety who believe in empowering the workplaces with the latest, innovative and simple tools to make New Zealand a safer place.
This passion of taking safety to the door has lead Advance diagnostics to be the leading distributors of some of most reputable products to the market- Drug Wipes as used by CASA and Police in Australia, as well as the Le 5 Series of breathalyser that has zero downtime for calibration. We provide a meaningful and affordable solution to execute your D & A policy based on understanding your organisational requirements .
We provide:
  • POC Diagnostics tools for Drug and Alcohol Screening
  • Training in Workplace Drug Testing
  • D & A Policy Guidance
  • POC Diagnostics tools for Health Monitoring

Domestic News

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CAA v WorkSafe New

In speaking with the CAA Director last week, he confirmed that when the new HSE Reforms come into effect there should be no change to the investigation of aviation incidents and occurrences.  The CAA will continue to lead any investigation under the CAA Act or the new HSE legislation. Let’s hope this remains the case

In aviation we have a regulator that rarely dishes out punitive medicine. When we have an incident we report it to CAA and we are treated with Just Culture. That may mean assessing whether the incident was caused by recklessness, disregard for safety, carelessness, bad planning, bad decision, a multitude of human factors, etc etc. But the key element of our aviation safety system is that we SHARE the incident so that everyone else can learn from the event so that the mistake is not repeated and the aviation safety system becomes stronger. This is absolutely fundamental to our safety system.
BUT the main tool that Department of Labour had was the punitive one.

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Having said that, the new WorkSafe NZ says it is committed to collaborating with industries. They want to work with industries to get good H&S outcomes – and hey you can’t argue with that because we want good H&S outcomes too. We still have an underlying concern that our aviation safety system will suffer because aviators will stop reporting incidents because they fear punitive action from MBIE – we are working hard on this issue.
However, of course, as we know, the new legislation is more onerous and has a broader reach.  Should you be worried? Not if you are AIRCARE™ accredited. .  A reminder that one of the main protections you can have is AIRCARE.  AIRCARE™ meets or exceeds the standard and has equivalence with other industry SMS programmes. It is ONE management system that addresses ALL the important compliance requirements.
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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.
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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.

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 –

                                    International News


Aviation scores again. New

Phitek Systems established a reputation for high performance noise cancellation headphones, and then reinvented itself to focus on in-seat peripherals integrated with entertainment systems which they supply to many of the world’s airlines. Its connectors are now specified by many major airlines and sourced by all four of the major manufacturers of in-flight entertainment systems. In the 2014 Air New Zealand Cargo Export NZ Auckland Export Awards, Phitek secured the QBE Insurance Exporter of the Year Award for companies with total sales under $25m
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Metrology Group Opens in Singapore New

Great to see this Hamilton group, which provides a range of manufacturing and measuring services to the aviation industry (and other precision industries), open an operation in Singapore. Pro-Cal, which became operational this month, will provide measurement and calibration services for the aviation industry in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  The New Zealand company’s customers already include Air NZ Engineering Services, Christchurch Engine Centre, Eagle Air and Pacific Aerospace in New Zealand, as well as Ameco Beijing, Lufthansa Technik, Hydro Systems KG and Rolls Royce overseas.

India New Zealand Business Council Summit

The Business Council is hosting a seminar, Business Beyond Barriers in Auckland on 8 July to celebrate its 25th anniversary.  Speakers include Minister Joyce, Jo Pennycuick of Redesign (contracts with Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore Airports), senior representatives from Fonterra, Zespri, Fisher & Paykel, and NZ government officials.  The PM will talk to the Summit dinner.  More info:

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 last week, and thanks to the companies that have alerted us to their interest in the project.  We had hoped to start bringing you details of recent project approvals this week.  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 though.  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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