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2 May


CEO Update


Dear Colleagues,
A busy week this week with activity ramping up a few notches after three short weeks due to the Easter and ANZAC breaks.  I had my first Av NZ Board meeting as CEO, which went very well (so looks like I will be around for a bit longer!).  We are really starting to see great levels of satisfaction and engagement from our members and stakeholders with the many things we are doing, so that’s a great place to be.  We have the initial results from our member survey which we are analysing in detail and will share with you next week.  In the meantime, congratulations to Andrew Hogarth see below, who is completely chuffed to be the winner of free entry to our Aviation Leadership Summit, and to Southern Alps Air, who will soon be busy reading Ritchie McCaw’s autobiography, courtesy of Av NZ.
On the subject of short weeks, as many of you have been away during April, and because we are such nice people, we have decided to extend the earlybird discounts for the Aviation Leadership Summit until 16 May.  We have finalised the programme and it is looking pretty awesome see below, so don’t miss out!
As many of you know, I am committed to the importance of good data to drive our activities as an organisation and to clearly understand our priorities as industry.  I want to see us being much more active in this area, with the member survey being a clear starting point to understand where we are and where we need to go.  Fortunately, others feel the same.  Service IQ has developed an excellent Aviation Sector Profile and based on that a profile of Workforce Development needs – which will drive its future  investment plan.  These reports are excellent and just what we need as an agreed industry baseline for decision-making.  The Reports are being finalised and I will share them with you as soon as they are available (should be late May).
The legacy of MH370 will hold many lessons, including around crisis management and  communication.  More on both of these topics below.
I am off tramping in the Orongorongos this weekend, I hope you all have something nice planned too.


Aviation Leadership Summit programme released NEW
Aviation Leadership Summit 2014
Leadership Summit App
Andrew Hogarth, Farmers Air, wins free entry to Aviation Summit NEW
Fatigue Management courses to be run in Wellington
Pratt & Whitney Canada - PT6 Customer day
Council and Divisional Meetings
Crisis Management, tourism industry NEW
MH 370 Lessons in Crisis Communications NEW
RAAA Conference 8-10 October 2014 Updated
CAA Aerodrome Safety Forum
Impaired Colour Vision general direction
Airwaves Australia and NZ training industry NEW
Satellite Communication Systems in South Pacific Airports
New Zealand's perception of Asia and Asian people keeps improving


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Aviation Leadership Summit Programme Released New

We are delighted to release the Programme for the Summit here. 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.
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.
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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 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! 

Early bird pricing has been extended to 16 May, so be in quick. Updated
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.

Andrew Hogarth -Farmers Air, wins free entry to Aviation Summit

We’re delighted that Andrew, Chief Pilot/General Manager, Farmers Air in Gisborne won the top prize in the satisfaction survey.  Farmers Air is a fixed wing aerial topdressing company operating P750 XLs with Farmers Air STC’d Falco agricultural installation and Crescos, on the East Coast of the North island.
The company has been Aircare™ accredited since Dec 2012.  Andrew grew up in aviation (his father was a top dressing pilot in Nelson) and holds D and E Cat instructor ratings and a SPIF rating.  Most importantly too, Andrew is committed to lifting the profile and standard of Ag aviation.   He feels sometimes that the industry is made up of ‘dirty dung dusters’ who should be avoided.  But he encourages more young people to enter an industry which he describes as professional, sets high standards, uses the latest technology and is considered an elite occupation, where only the very best will succeed.  Andrew is also a member of the NZAAA Executive Committee and sits on its Safety and Training Sub-Committee.
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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.

Crisis Management, Tourism Industry New

The increasing vulnerability of the tourism industry to natural and man-made disasters is placing a growing importance on businesses to be crisis prepared. A Queensland University of Technology research project focuses on crisis preparedness in Australia/New Zealand.  It aims to contribute to the tourism industry's approaches to preparing and dealing with disaster, and building business continuity and resilience in the sector.  Aviation companies involved in any aspect of tourism industry and disaster recovery area may like to spend 5 minutes to complete the survey and  contribute to the understanding of tourism disaster management and practice. The survey can be completed via If you have any questions, please contact Francesca at

MH 370 Lessons in Crisis Communications New

Wright Communications held a Crisis Communications Masterclass in Auckland recently looking at lessons from MH370.  Dr Chris Galloway’s speech ‘Black Swans and Black Boxes” is attached.

RAAA Conference, 8 - 10 October 2014 Updated

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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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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Airwaves Australia and the NZ Training Industry New

Many opportunities and challenges face the New Zealand training industry, which has considerable growth potential.  An article describing the breadth of training capability in New Zealand appears in the May issue of Airwaves in Australia (Asia/Pacific audience).  It may even surprise New Zealanders to learn of some of the training provided in New Zealand.  The article 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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