AOPA Short Approach

August 2016 Short Approach

From the President

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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 !!.




Alpine Airpark Wyoming

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Just because I am having a great week off at this fantastic Airpark I thought that I should give you the opportunity to see what it is all about.

Have a look          http://alpineairpark.com/ 




All female crew flies into Oshkosh

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Alaska Airlines' Boeing 737-900ER painted in celebration of the airplane manufacturer's centennial landed at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., with a female crew. "We thought it would be a good idea to take the plane to the show. But then we thought, 'Who should come along?' and we decided to make the flight to Oshkosh a celebration of the show's Women in Aviation Day," said Tammy Young, vice president of human resources for Alaska Airlines.

USA Today




Some Interesting aircraft at Oshkosh

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Blogger Scott Spangler writes about the most interesting airplanes he found at AirVenture, including the ultralight Lil' Cub and the no-cockpit Breezy. "The theme here, it seems, is minimalism in aviation," he writes.

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CubCrafters XCub is the ideal back country machine

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FLYING
According to author Pia Bergqvist: I could smell the pine trees below as I turned base and the nose of the little taildragger I was piloting pointed toward a sheer rock wall. When I turned final, the runway was still invisible. It was at the end of a narrow gorge that followed down the mountainside. Tracking that line, I continued my descent, skimming the treetops of the dense forest.  READ MORE




Garmin are releasing Non TSO'd Avionics under STC for legacy aircraft

The Garmin G5 electronic flight instrument provides altitude, airspeed and turn coordination information. The unit was approved for 562 type certified general aviation aircraft.

Flying online

Is this the future for us with our older aircraft fleet. The FAA is working hard to allow instruments that will improve our safety in the air to be fitted with an STC.

We will be working with CAA to get this common sense attitude into NZ.   ED




Garmin are releasing Non TSO'd Avionics under STC for legacy aircraft

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The Garmin G5 electronic flight instrument provides altitude, airspeed and turn coordination information. The unit was approved for 562 type certified general aviation aircraft.

Flying online

Is this the future for us with our older aircraft fleet. The FAA is working hard to allow instruments that will improve our safety in the air to be fitted with an STC.

We will be working with CAA to get this common sense attitude into NZ.   ED




CAA charges for Avionics installations

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We have had several complaints from Members regarding abnormally high charges for certification of avionics.

We will be working on this over the next few weeks and need more examples to add to our list. If you have had an installation done and have a CAA bill please let us know.

Full details please including invoices.

The newly issued AC 43-14 and AC 91-23 will be discussed at our next meeting with CAA to endevour to get a realistic approach to these issues you rightly raise.

Just email to president@aopa.co.nz  




Global GA Leaders gather in Chicago

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Sixty-three delegates from 25 countries on four continents descended on Chicago July 21 through 24 to hash out challenges facing global general aviation and to celebrate the joy of flying. The twenty-eighth International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) World Assembly tackled tough issues, such as overly burdensome maintenance regulations for light airplanes and the challenges of airspace access in some countries. AOPA Online




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