AOPA Short Approach

July 2016 Short Approach

From your President

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At our last Executive meeting we had a good discussion on increasing membership. The result was that we believe the most effective promotion comes from current members talking to others and encouraging them to join. AOPA NZ is still looked at as an “OWNERS” association but that is not the case. We welcome anyone interested in aviation including pilots that don’t own an aircraft yet. (you will one day).  We are going to look at more benefits for members so if you know any way we can improve those benefits due to the size of our organisation please let us know and we can follow it up. An owner can recover the membership cost in the Z discount scheme alone. It is easy to join on line via the website so just tell prospective members to have a look.

The other thing we discussed at length was the use of our website. It appears that many of you do not know the full depth of what is available on it. Why not go in and have a look around? There are links to weather cameras and other websites that are very useful. If you know of another site we should be linking to, tell Mary at Admin about it and we can add it. This is a dynamic, living, breathing (that may be stretching it a bit) tool that you should be making more use of.

Did you know about the forum that is on there? It is the discussion board 6 down on the left hand side, why not use it to find out things from other members. Post a question and see if someone else has an answer to something that is troubling you. Only aviation stuff please marital troubles are better in the Press.

Have you ever checked your Personal Settings? That is where you can mark what notifications you want to receive or change and update your details. If you have lost your password to get into the site just email us from the log in button and you will be sent a temporary one so that you can go in and change your own password. If you have difficulty call me and I will lead you through it.

We have looked at this website of ours very hard and consider that it has all the attributes needed to give us a very good communication platform. What you won’t see as members is the data that we have in the back of it. There is a very comprehensive database of all members that is in the throes of being improved and added to. It has not been perfect up to now but we are spending some time getting it to be fit for purpose and a great business tool. The directory of airstrips is also going to be looked at again and will be updated for a new printing (yes a hard copy) for the start of 2017. Dave Wiseman is going to lead this work which requires a lot of checking.

In the next week or so you will be receiving new membership cards. These are now valid until 2020 and printed every five years from then on.

Do any of you work for (or own) a company that would benefit from advertising in our magazine? This publication goes out to 800 odd positive thinking, forward looking, high net worth (Yeah Right!!) individuals that may be interested in your products. Give us a try. Just contact Don Ryder of myself and we will handle the rest.

That’s it for this month. I am off to Chicago in two weeks to bid for the 2018 IAOPA World Assembly. Paul Hood and Graeme Donald are already there. Then onto Oshkosh for a couple of days followed by a week with our friends and AOPA members Jack and Marion Schulte on their airpark in Wyoming. If any of you are going to Oshkosh call in at the AOPA site and make yourselves known to the USA team. There will be quite a few International visitors there so come in and push New Zealand as a destination for 2018.

Ian Andrews

Appareo Stratus now certified

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Finaly they have got to a place where there is another all in one box available. Lets see the price come down a bit but this is a great step in the right direction.

Stratus ESG is Now Certified

...and available with ADS-B In kit!

Stratus ESG has received FAA certification! Along with this great news, we're excited to announce that the transponder is now also available with two kit options priced as follows:

Stratus ESG - ADS-B Out - $2,995
Stratus ESGi - ADS-B In/Out - $3,495

Stratus ESG, the industry’s most affordable ADS-B Out transponder, provides 2020 compliance all in one box and is now TSO certified.

Stratus ESGi is a new kit option that includes the certified Stratus ESG transponder and Stratus 2i, a new non-certified ADS-B receiver designed to work only with Stratus ESG. When connected to Stratus ESG, the Stratus 2i receiver provides the same industry leading ADS-B and AHRS experience on ForeFlight Mobile as pilots have come to expect from the Stratus product family.



Just like our Farmers in NZ

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Australian Outback pilot uses airplane like a car

Arthur Davies, a sheep producer living in the Australian Outback, flies his children to school every day in one of his two airplanes. "The Bonanza is like our Cadillac. The Cessna is more like a Ford," he says.

ABC (Australia) (7/1)  

AOPA Live this week

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Go inside the Boeing factory for an exclusive look at how the behemoth airliners are built -- and learn how you can have this and other cool experiences during the AOPA Fly-In in Bremerton, Washington, in August. Also this week, we get "trapped" on the USS George Washington and honor those who are serving our country; pay tribute to a legendary aviation journalist and former AOPA employee; and host a group of Cub Scouts excited about aviation. Watch AOPA Live This Week


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No:  8
25-29 June. Aviation NZ Annual Conference. Wellington. Contact : John Nicholson 027 600 9156.
8-9 July Flying NZ Annual Conference. Hamilton Airport Conference Centre. NZAC GM. Info:
10 July. Flat Hills Dawn Fly-in. Hosts: Wanganui Aero Club. 8.00am to 1.00pm. Flat Hills.  Contact: WAC- 06 345 0914.
10-12 July NZAAA Annual Conference. Wellington.  Info: Email.
31 July. Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club. Dawn visit, Breakfast and Fly In. Contact: HBECAC.  06 879 8466
10-11 September. Bridge Pa Taildragger Day. Hastings Aerodrome. Contact: Hawke’s Bay and east Coast Aero Club. CFI. E:
16-18 September. Brass Monkey Fly-in. Tapawera . Contact : Kevin Allport : 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:
11 February. Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs.  Omaka Aerodrome. Contact Craig Anderson. 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:


ADSB !! Dont get caught with wrong gear.

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This is a Warning.

There is a lot of information written in the USA about ADSB and the benefits that can come from the various receivers.

Not all this is relevant to New Zealand

For Instance the offer below relates to a system that is NOT supported by the proposed NZ system so check with us or CAA before you leap off into the internet to buy what looks like a good deal.

Ian A.


$100 Hamburger

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The decades-old tradition of the $100 hamburger is more about flying than food, but there are restaurants at airports across the country serving up burgers with a side of the aviation community spirit. Yasmina Platt, flight instructor and Central Southwest regional manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, said that "$100 burger joints are getting people excited about aviation."


So why dont we get a list of good eating joints around the country and put them up on our discussion board. That is one way Members can interact with each other.

Ian A

What the Minister said at AvNZ conference

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Minister Simon Bridges gave a good speech at the Aviation NZ conference last week. He touched on the increase in tourism and the relative freedom we have in NZ for flying in what he descibed as one of the most deregulated countries in the world. He is passionate about aviation and wants to see a good result for all from the funding review. He reiterated that it is Cabinet that sets the charges and that they listen to what we are saying.

When questioned about SBAS (augmentation of the GPS signal) and the need for a system to satisfy the safety needs of modern road transport, he said that it is almost certain we will need a SBAS system eventually. This is the first public statement on the subject and most encouraging. 

However he also knows that it will depend on a joint project with Australia and has agreed to talk to his new counterpart in Australia (whoever that may be), in August.

My view is that this is a huge step forward in the quest for a system in our region to give us the full benefits available with modern GNSS units.

Ian A

Sir Laugh-a-lot

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A  G.P., now an old geezer, became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said:

 "Dr.Geezer's clinic”

Get your treatment for £500,    if not cured, get back £1,000."

 Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get £1,000. So he went to Dr.Geezer's clinic.

 Dr. Young: "Dr.Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?"

 Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."

 Dr. Young: Aaagh! -- "This is Gasoline!"

 Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be £500."

 Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.

 Dr. Young: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."

 Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."

Dr. Young:  "Oh, no you don't, - that is Gasoline!"

 Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be £500."

 Dr. Young (after having lost £1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.

 Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak - I can hardly see anything!

 Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so here's your £1000 back." (giving him a £10 note)"

 Dr. Young: "But this is only £10!

 Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be £500."

 Moral of story - Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an "old Geezer"!

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