Happy Birthday HRH.
I just noticed that the first one of these Short Approach newsletters was June 2014 so we have a birthday also. Have we made any progress in that 12 months?
I notice that Cessna were hailing their new Diesel in the C182 JTA as the best thing since sliced bread. Well 12 months later I am told they have 35 aircraft sitting on the floor awaiting certification and have just announced they will be selling the C182 with a gasoline engine. Not much progress there.
Last year I was talking about ADSB and PBN and I am still talking about ADSB and PBN. Not much progress there either but with the New Southern Sky program I do believe we are getting to the heart of the issues. Next week I am attending a meeting with Air NZ and CAA which shows how far we have come in getting accepted around the table and advocating for GA. Both IFR and VFR.
The big win has got to be the free GA Metflight weather from 1st July. I am not sure how this will be delivered yet but when Metservice return my call I will be discussing with them that we want a one stop shop for all flight planning with only one log on. Our preference is via the IFIS site. We are talking to Airways and hope to get a round table discussion with the tech gurus to see that we get what we consider sensible. Top marks (A+++) to all the guys from NZAF that combined to get this result. That is the benefit of NZAF, we are all around the one table every 2 months to feed of each others ideas and take up the issues.
The recent AVKiwi seminars on weather were interesting and I believe well attended at each venue. I would be interested in some feedback on what you thought and what you learnt.
- Did you take up the offer of the free apps for your smartphones?
- What do you think of them?
- Have they helped you in flight your planning?
Your feedback on this will help us in our deliberations with CAA and give us an idea of the benefits of that particular AvKiwi presentation.
Many of you are good at sending me back quick and short emails and I do take notice of them and use the information in consultation with CAA. It is a chance for you to have a say.
I think the main win is not easy to explain but in my view it is the acceptance of AOPA and NZAF as good advocates for GA. The increasing numbers of invitations to attend forums relating to all aspects of aviation is encouraging. I still want to see more input and shorter time spans in getting things done via the Governmental process.