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22 May

CEO Update


Surprise!  We thought we’d keep you guessing by sending out the newsletter early this week.  Reason being, I am off to Australia on Friday to speak at Rotortech, the annual conference for the newly resurrected Australian Helicopter Industry Association.

The Aus HIA is keen to hear about our successful Av NZ Helicopter Division and in particular our collaborative relationship with CAA.  A very different picture to that in Australia currently.  In fact, the relationship with our CAA is so good that they freely shared with us their helicopter accident data, so industry can help improve our safety record – a win/win for everyone.

At the same time I’ll be telling them about the new Av NZ, our one industry strategy, and encouraging participation in our Aviation Leadership Summit.  Hopefully we’ll get a Bell 505 over too!
Did you know that NZ has the highest per capita rate of helicopters in the world?   
On the subject of the Summit, half the exhibition stands are sold and we have 50+ delegates registered so far.  Pretty good going for two months out.  Don’t leave it to the last minute or you may miss out.
Gidday cobbers, until next week.



Aviation Leadership Summit 2014
Leadership Summit App
Aviation NZ Annual Awards New
Structural Fatigue Management courses to be run in Wellington
Pratt & Whitney Canada - PT6 Customer day Updated
Airways General Aviation Survey New
National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan New
Ministry of Defence Survey New
Council and Divisional Meetings
AHIA Conference, 24-25 May 2014
RAAA Conference 8-10 October 2014
Trade Mission, Taipae, Hong Kong, and Macau New
NTSB Special Investigation into Agricultural aircraft operations New


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Aviation Leadership Summit 2014

Aviation Leadership Summit 2014

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.

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.

Aviation NZ Annual Awards New

Every year at our annual conference, Aviation NZ presents three awards.  The first two are for an outstanding contribution to the aviation industry (individual and company awards).  The third award, the Richard Pearse Award is for innovation and can be to an individual, company or organisation that has been particularly innovative in some area of the aviation industry.  Nominations are now being called for the 2014 awards.  To make a nomination please complete the awards criteria form here and email it by 6 June to  
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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.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6 Customer Day 23 July Updated

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

Agenda is attached

Airways General Aviation (GA) Survey New

Airways is keen to learn more about your thoughts and experiences as General Aviators. From Thursday, the 22nd of May you have the opportunity to participate in the Airways GA Survey online.
Have your say on topics including Airways service performance, the IFIS website new look and feel, aviation apps and more. The survey is relatively short and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Please respond via the following link before the 5th of June to submit your feedback:
*If the above hyperlink does not take you to the survey, please copy and paste the link into your browser
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National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan New

The plan has been approved by the Minister and has now gone to Cabinet.   The Minister is very supportive of the Plan and (provided it is agreed by Cabinet) wants to launch the Plan and the ongoing implementation programme in June.  We’ll hear further on progress at the Aviation Leadership Summit if not before!
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Ministry of Defence survey about NZ Industry Involvement in the NZ Defence Sector. New

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) from Monday - reference number 42379.

Council and Divisional Meetings

Logistics Division scheduled to meet 27 May in Wellington.
Next Council and Divisional meetings will be held 9-10 September in Ohakea.
Thanks to all for your participation and support.

AHIA Conference, 24-25 May 2014

The Australian Helicopter Association is holding its national convention, Rotortech 2014 later this month.  The AHIA was formed in 2012 and represents the Australian helicopter industry. Av NZ CEO will be speaking at this event.  The Aus HIA is keen to hear about our history, function, achievements and major issues with regard to helicopter operations, and in particular, our successes in working collaboratively with CAA.  The HIA President has attended our NZ Annual Conference for the last 20 years and will also be coming to the Aviation Leadership Summit in July.  More info on the HIA event is here

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

Trade Mission, Taipei, Hong Kong and Macau New

Export NZ is arranging a trade mission with NZTE to visit these three markets from 12 July.  The mission will be led by Charles Finny, a NZTE Board member and Chair of Education New Zealand, and Sir Ken Stevens, Chairman of airport baggage handling company Glidepath Group.  For more info, see:  Export New Zealand is also organising a trade mission to Indonesia from 30 August.  This is a repeat of their mission last year.  We won’t be organising a separate aviation mission to coincide with the August visit.  More info on the Indonesia Mission, which will also be led by Sir Ken:

NTSB special investigation into agricultural aircraft operations

The National Transportation Safety Board has released the findings of its Special Investigation Report on the safety of agricultural aircraft operations.  The NTSB research looked at 78 accidents that occurred during the 2013 aerial flying season and found that agricultural flying ranks seventh in hours flown but third in total annual accidents where collisions with obstacles are a prevailing concern. The report also includes eight safety recommendations to the FAA and the National Agricultural Aviation Research & Education Foundation, urging the two organisations to develop and distribute agricultural operations-specific guidance on fatigue and risk management, aircraft maintenance and pilot knowledge and skills tests.   A new Safety Alert, “Preventing Obstacle Collision Accidents in Agricultural Aviation,” was also issued.

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