From the President
I am in Alpine, Wyoming, on an airpark with around 50 homes and 150 planes ranging from Aviat Husky’s to Lear Jets and the odd helicopter. It is 5,600 feet AMSL with a 5,800 foot sealed runway, AWIB, lights and a GPS approach being designed.
I will come back to that, because right now the big news for AOPA NZ is that;
AOPA NZ is hosting the International AOPA (IAOPA) World Assembly in Queenstown on 25th March to 30th March 2018.
This event has not been in our country before and the enthusiasm to attend from the affiliate nations was overwhelming. The timing is arranged to coincide with Warbirds over Wanaka 30th anniversary airshow which starts on 31st
IAOPA is made up of 75 affiliate nations and represents around 460,000 members worldwide. It has a lot of recognition with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Authority) so is in a position to influence decisions that affect us all. IAOPA is the only GA organisation to have a representative based in Montreal specifically working with all the ICAO panels that affect us.
Your committee has been working on this proposal for some time and with some funding from Tourism NZ along with the attendance of the Hoods, Donald’s and Andrews, we were able to present a viable case for hosting the 2018 event. We are well prepared already and venues have been locked in along with a very comprehensive programme. The timing works in with our AGM so we are considering having that at the end of the Assembly. We will work on that over the next few months but it would make sense to do so allowing our members to attend the Assembly if they want to and then come to Warbirds with the group. More to come on that in the next few months.
We achieved a milestone at the Chicago Assembly with New Zealand moving a resolution that the IAOPA secretariat work with ICAO to establish a medical standard for a full PPL based on the standard required to drive a motor vehicle in the country of issue. This would be a recognised standard worldwide. I cover this resolution in more detail in the next magazine.
The third class medical reform in the USA will be a good basis for this standard but as is always the case the details and fine print are not yet sorted. Just be aware that we are working on this at the highest level. Graeme Harris, our CAA Director is keen to see some reform also so he has the policy team working on it as a project.
Now, let me come back to reality for a moment.
I am sitting on the porch of Jack and Marion Schulte’s house in Wyoming with a balmy 30 odd degrees and low humidity. The nights are cool and comfortable with no air conditioning required due to well insulated houses. The hangars on the airpark are an aviators dream. It is a beautiful Valley much like Hanmer Springs, and surrounded by hills. We went for a flight yesterday to Driggs field in Idaho in Jacks Turbo C182 and at 10,000 plus feet AMSL you need that turbo. When you get the ATIS here they give you the density altitude as well and at the Airpark it was 8,000 feet so 2,400 higher than the actual runway. Driggs is a small town but we had the first real "flat white" since being in the USA. I will post some photos on the web soon but in the USA these airports are served by an FBO (fixed Base Operator) who looks after you like a king. They make their money by selling the fuel. Harrison Ford was there in his Beaver (we never met him) and there were several jets on the apron.
Last night at 8.30pm Jack pulled out the Husky and we had about 40 minutes sightseeing around the area. The Aviat Husky factory is just 20 miles away so they are a very popular aircraft around here and ideal for the job.
We are here for a week so will be on holiday once this is sent. So safe flying, and we wish you were here.
Yeah Right !!.