AOPA Short Approach

December 2015 Short Approach

Presidents Message

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This will be the last Short Approach before Christmas and I may not get one out in January. That depend on if I can find a nice beach to lie on. So to recap on what has happened this year the main gain will be the reduction of around $100.00 in the charge for a medical application. This is all part of phase 2 of the funding review that is underway right now. You will have had an email from us and just today one from CAA but they started last week so depending where you are you may have missed it. The main points are that recreational costs will stay the same with the pilot’s medical application fee reducing. AOPA will submit that this is still too high because Australia can do it for $75.00 which includes the central office actually issuing the medical.

The main changes in this funding review are for commercial operators and I think that they have almost got it right in the spread of the charges. What still galls me is the way they are going about collecting the money. More levies that will have to be accounted for and audited which means more admin costs. Ministry of Transport in there wisdom have decided that the fuel levy would not work because it would be inequitable. The figures they have used to prove this leave a lot to question and question them we will. The basic hypothesis they have used is very flawed in my opinion. But then I am only a builder and there may be some economic reason that is way above my paygrade explaining this in terms that the Minister can understand. But then he does not know as much about aeroplanes as I do so we may well be even on the intellect scale. There may be more to come in the future on this one. I would also like to know how they can justify spending up towards $1M on this review which is now into its second year and has to be done every three years. Enough of that grizzling because I may get blacklisted at Parliament and we have a function there next week.

AOPA has had a good year with some wins under the belt. Free Met, Solo on a RPL medical in the pipeline and the ARA (annual return of airworthyness) out to a BRA (Biennial review etc.) in the New Year if all goes well. We have played our part in every field of the aviation sector and I think we have gained respect from that. The Winter Fly-in was a great success and many other events were the same.  Top marks to your executive for what they do in organising these events. The Christmas Fly-ins are going well and then we have the safari to look forward to in March. There are 77 registered now for the Safari and 64 in for the AGM as well so this is looking like a good week of activity with tonnes of Southern hospitality to come. There are a number of events planned this coming year and a few of us will also be going to Oshkosh. We will be promoting the idea of holding the 2018 International AOPA conference in Queenstown to coincide with Warbirds over Wanaka. The Executive have a small team working on this now and it is looking positive.

The NZ Aviation Federation is doing well and the 20% increase in Shareholding of NZAF in Aspeq Ltd is proving to be a good one. The Dividend has doubled this year and looks to be in the same vein next year with further out prospects looking rosy. The assistance provided by AOPA and other members of NZAF has allowed the shareholding to stay within the Aviation Industry. This was the intention over 20 years ago when ASL was set up to undertake the pilot exams from the Ministry. With sound management we will have something that would be the envy of most countries. Just having the Federation is a success that no other countries have and we are showing great solidarity within the industry at Government level. That will pay off in years to come. Next week we have a joint function at Parliament with Aviation New Zealand. They are our partners in Aspeq ltd and advocate for a large portion of the commercial sector. So put together we do cover all major players in Aviation.

Summer is here so crank up the plane and burn some avgas. Just please do it with safety in mind, Check, Check, Check and check again before you hit the starter. Do a flight plan and get the weather, it is all available on the IFIS site at airways along with lots of other useful stuff.  

Fly safe. Have a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Ian Andrews

Post Script. I have just had a phone call from John Kaye at CAA and he wants to make it clear that regardless of the short notice for the funding review road shows they will be consulting with us via AOPA and The Federation and if necessary have a repeat of the roadshows in some format.



Improving margins of safety

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Innovations in technology and streamlined FAA installation requirements for angle of attack indicators in general aviation aircraft have made it easier to bring critical safety information to GA pilots that could help reduce the number of loss-of-control accidents. Watch this AOPA Air Safety Institute video brought to you by Aspen Avionics...

A video well worth looking at and gives access to other AOPA live videos.

Watch that Prop

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This is a real wake up call.

A fatal prop strike on a sandbar in Alaska is a solemn reminder that a single second's distraction can cost the life of even an experienced, careful pilot. Read more in this special report from the Air Safety Institute...

Airways Pricing Round

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Airways Pricing Proposal Keeps Safety Focus

Airways will release its proposed pricing consultation document for the 2016 – 2019 period in the New Year.

A six week consultation period will commence in mid January which will enable airlines, airports and general aviation to provide feedback on the proposed investments and pricing.

Airways Chief Operating Officer, Pauline Lamb said the consultation document will reflect the last three years of Airways and stakeholders working together and a focus on providing safe, effective services.

Airways ranks in the top 25% in safety performance of all CANSO members and Airways has worked hard to maintain its rating.

“Safe and efficient skies for all New Zealanders and visitors is what we strive for every day. This requires ongoing investment in the air navigation network and the consultation document will outline these initiatives.

“Airways is also one of the world’s most cost-effective ANS providers. While we will never compromise on safety, we are conscious that that pricing needs to be affordable and have listened to feedback from AOPA members in the 2013 consultation round,” Pauline said.

To assist with the consultation process and to give people a chance to get a better understanding of the proposal, Airways will be holding road shows in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Hamilton from 25 January 2015.

Following thorough consideration of customer feedback on pricing inputs, Airways will confirm pricing in May 2016.

C185 For Sale

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Cessna 185 for sale

I am reluctantly offering my 6 seat C185 for sale. Excellent order.

“Go places other pilots only dream of”.

For full details and specifications

Contact  ph (03) 442 1010   cell # 021 738 292 

Burt Rutan does it again

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Aircraft Spruce & Specialty was launched in 1965 in Flo Irwin's basement. Today it's known around the world for supporting the industry and aviation lifestyle: At EAA AirVenture 2015, legendary airplane designer Burt Rutan credited the company for his success. AOPA Online

CAA Roadshows Funding review.

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Better late than never so if you can make any of the ones left please attend.Ed

Changes to the Funding Arrangements for the CAA’s Regulatory Functions 2016-19

The CAA is seeking feedback from those involved in the aviation sector on the discussion document on the Funding Framework for Regulatory Services. This is Phase Two of the CAA’s Triennial Funding Review for the period from 2016-2019. Submissions are invited by 5pm 19 Feb 2016.

These workshops will be held at the locations shown on the dates and time shown.






Thu 26 Nov

1800 - 2100

Civil Aviation Authority, Level 15, Asteron Building, 55 Featherston Street, Wellington

Fri 27 Nov

0930 - 1230


Mon 30 Nov

1800 - 2100

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront, Cnr Frankton Rd and Adelaide St, Queenstown

Tue 01 Dec

0930 - 1230


Tue 01 Dec

1800 - 2100

Air Force Museum, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch

Wed 02 Dec

0930 - 1230


Wed 02 Dec

1800 - 2100

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco, 6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson

Thu 03 Dec

0930 - 1230


Thu 03 Dec

1830 - 2100

Holiday Inn Airport, 2 Ascot Rd, Mangere, Auckland

Fri 04 Dec

0930 - 1230


Mon 07 Dec

1800 - 2100

Hamilton Airport Hotel, Airport Road, RD 2, Hamilton

Tue 08 Dec

0930 - 1230

Palmerston North

Tue 08 Dec

1800 - 2100

Convention Centre, 354 Main St, Palmerston North

Wed 09 Dec

0930 - 1230

At the workshops, we will explain our proposals and seek your views on them. The workshops are free of charge.

If you have any questions regarding these workshops please email:

Kind Regards,

John Kay

General Manager Policy & System Interventions


Lets finish the year with some laughter so from the Murray Paterson Funny Friday file

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A blonde bought two horses and could never remember which was which. A neighbour suggested that she cut off the tail of one horse, which worked great until the other horse got his tail caught in a bush. The second horse's tail tore in the same place and looked exactly like the other horse's tail. Our blonde friend was stuck again.The neighbour then suggested that she notch the ear of one horse, which worked fine until the other horse caught his ear on a barbed wire fence. Once again, our blonde friend couldn't tell the two horses apart.The neighbour then suggested that she measure the horses for height. When she did that, the blonde was very pleased to find that the white horse was 2 inches taller than the black one.

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