AOPA Short Approach

May 2016 Short Approach

Presidents Say

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The Hanmer Fly-in really showed the benefits of all the effort with DOC to get access to the back country strips. This was well attended and the weather was good on the day allowing a great number of strips to be flown. It is thanks to Nigel Griffiths, Shaun Gilbertson and their team that we have this great relationship with DOC that enables these events. This is an event that will get better as the years go on so thanks to Paul Hood and Steve Brown for organising it. We are trying to make these events easy to organise by using the website to greater advantage. In future we will have all briefing material on the website so that it can be viewed and printed off beforehand.

Sadly, we are losing Angela as our administrator at the end of the month. She has toiled very hard in the background and has tidied up a lot of things that have been an issue on the website over the last few years. Angela has done a great job coordinating with Tourism NZ on the bid for the IAOPA World Assembly at Queenstown in 2018. She may just have some more time to assist when that comes around. We are just about finished with the bid so nothing will happen until we know for sure if we get it. That decision is made at the end of July at the Chicago World Assembly. We are in the process of interviewing several well qualified applicants as Angela’s replacement with a decision due in the next two weeks.

We went to Xero as our accounting package last year and this January was the first automated sending of subscription invoices. There was a hiccup when a reminder went out within a few days but that won’t happen again. However, there are a lot who have not paid their subs yet so please check and if you have not we would appreciate you doing so. We retained the sub at the same level as last year and you get good value for money from your volunteer Executive committee.

April the 13th I met with the Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges along with Don McCracken from Aviation New Zealand. There were two Ministry advisors of the highest order there and we mainly covered the need for SBAS in New Zealand and Australia which he will follow up with his Australian counterpart. The most discussion was on the funding review and how general aviation will be affected by the proposals that have been put forward by CAA in their phase two document. It is always hard to analyse how a meeting at this level goes because you don’t come away with a list of “wins” as it is all part of a process. However, I can say we were scheduled for a 30 min meeting that went to over one hour and that Minister was in a very jovial mood at the end. The Funding review saga continues with another Aviation Community Advisory Group (ACAG) meeting scheduled this month to review the changes that have been made due to all the submissions.

Also on that subject the New Zealand Aviation Federation (NZAF) has agreed to pay for the TDB Advisory report that will reduce the medical charge significantly. This report was instigated by AOPA but as it is for all industry it was thought that it would sit better as a NZAF document.

 The magazine always needs more articles from our members. It is your magazine and there are so many of you doing interesting things out there that we all want to hear about. It may be just a day trip somewhere or there is always room for an “I learnt about flying from” article. We can make it anonymous if you are embarrassed about something you consider stupid but by talking about it you may just help someone else.

That was the month gone past and there is a lot on the agenda for May. The June Winter fly-in is looking to be well attended so we just have to wait for the weather to play it’s part. Up till now it has been a fantastic Autumn but that will change I am sure.

Safe Flying

Ian Andrews

Flying on the step

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A lot of pilots claim they can get a bit of extra speed at cruise by flying "on the step." Is there really something for free in aerodynamics? AOPA Live® puts flying on the step to the test. Also this week, he's the youngest guy and the only American flying in Red Bull's Challenger Cup series: Check out this profile of Kevin Coleman. And if you're an AOPA member, there could be a Cessna 172 in your future. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, April 28...

Cessna 182 on Bio Fuel

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A Rhode Island science teacher has flown across the nation and back in a diesel-powered Cessna 182 using already approved plant seed oil mixed with Jet A to demonstrate renewable fuels. Read more...


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10 -12 June. 27th Brass Monkey Fly-in. Tapawera Airstrip.( Strip: 41 23.50S/172 49.30E. Approx 650m. Elev 500ft, Approx N-S. Grass Rwy marked tyres on the day as farm land). Motueka Valley. Info: Kevin Allport. 027 2345 961. 03 548 5387. E:

10-12 July NZAAA Annual Conference. Wellington.  Info: Email.

10-11 September. Bridge Pa Taildragger Day. Hastings Aerodrome. Contact: Hawke’s Bay and east Coast Aero Club. CFI. E:

30 September- 2 October. 75 Squadron Assn Biennial Reunion. Tauranga. Info: Glen Turner 021 732 835. E:

14-15 October. Tiger Moth Club Spring Fly-in. Taumaranui. Contact: Graeme Wood 027 293 2318. E:

16-16 October. South island Akro Fest. Omaka. 70 years of the DHC-1 Chipmunk. All DH types welcome. Contact: Andrew Love. E:


28 January. Stratford Aero Club Sport Flyers 85th Birthday celebrations. Contact: Nick Fumage. E:

17-19 February. Wings over Wairarapa. Hood Aerodrome: Masterton. (Awaiting further information).

24-26 February. Air show. RNZAF Ohakea. Marking 80 years for RNZAF as an independent armed service.  ( Awaiting further information).

3-5 March. Tiger Moth Club AGM- Fly-in. Omarama. Contact : Graeme Wood 027 293 2318. E:


Dr Ross St.George, School of Aviation, Massey University.

IAOPA Newsletter

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Dr. Fang Lui, ICAO secretary general, Mr. Patrick Ky, EASA executive director, and The Honorable Michael Huerta, FAA administrator will welcome delegates to the 28th IAOPA World Assembly, Chicago, IL (21-24 July) during an opening session moderated by AOPA Live’s Tom Haines. Key industry and government executives will be talking candidly about their vision for general aviation and the needs of general in the future. These discussions will lay the groundwork on which affiliates will be deciding the priorities and efforts of IAOPA for years to come. As an active IAOPA affiliate, you need to ensure that your organization has a seat at the table before all of the space is gone. 

We will be there.


Commercial Drone Technology Evolving Rapidly

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Keeping up with the rapid evolution of drones is a challenge for regulators in the US and abroad. "Five years for [unmanned aircraft systems] is the equivalent of 20 to 50 years for manned aircraft," said Ed Bolton, the Federal Aviation Administration's assistant administrator for next-generation air traffic control. "The last Boeing B-52 pilot has not yet been born, but the latest UAS will be obsolete by next Christmas."

Aviation Week & Space Technology

FAA Medical reform coming soon

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The Senate passed FAA reauthorization legislation, including third class medical reform, April 19. "This is a solid bill for general aviation," said AOPA President Mark Baker. "The third class medical reform language goes far beyond the AOPA-EAA 2012 petition and means that hundreds of thousands of pilots will never need another FAA medical exam. Getting these reforms is vital to the entire general aviation community." AOPA Online

ADSB is getting cheaper

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Stratus ESG Price is Now $2,995

As we prepare for the final FAA flight test for Stratus ESG, we're pleased to announce a price reduction, from $3,490 to $2,995. This new low price still includes built-in WAAS GPS and a GPS antenna at no extra cost, making Stratus ESG the industry’s most affordable panel-mounted 1090 ES transponder with WAAS GPS.

Our network of nearly 250 authorized dealers has been actively selling Stratus ESG and scheduling installations to begin this summer. The price reduction will be reflected in all existing purchase agreements.

Stratus ESG

  • 1090 ES Transponder
  • Built-in WAAS GPS
  • GPS Antenna
  • $2,995

Certification progress update

The final FAA flight test will take place later this month, and shipment of Stratus ESG will begin upon FAA approval.

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