Time to roll out the Christmas decorations and prepare for a little extra weight at the front end of the plane.
The Mosgiel meet and greet was a good night with quite a few locals coming along to meet the executive. This is always a worthwhile event to allow us to get to know members better. As usual the Dunedin team of Patersons and Andersons excelled themselves. The meeting was held at Murray and Claire’s place on the Saturday and we had Brian Hore along to explain the planning for the day out to Nokomai during the 2018 World Assembly.
This event may seem like a long way off yet but we have a team working on it to make sure we showcase flying in NZ. You will hear a lot about this over the next few months so pay attention as it will take the place of the usual Safari and will include our AGM. More to come soon.
One thing that is starting to gain momentum is the push for an ICAO approved PPL with a Drivers licence medical. CAA has put their policy team on the case and they are researching the developments in various ICAO contracting states. Dr Steve Brown is heading this up for AOPA and we are going to give this our best shot at both CAA level and at the international level. The word that is important in risk based rules is “proportionate”. The rule must be proportionate to the risk involved. To remove risk completely would mean grounding all planes but the consequences of an Airbus crashing due to a pilot medical issue compared to those of a private pilot in a C182 with non-paying passengers must be considered. I won’t get into all the arguments for and against here but we are working on this issue.
The new Facebook group is working well and Steve Horne has done a great job leading this project. It has given us some new members already. There will be a link from our website to the site shortly and just follow the instructions to join the group.
I did not get a lot of feedback on the New Southern Sky roadshow which I guess means you learnt something. AOPA plays quite a big part in this program by actively engaging in the process with CAA. There is a new Cost benefit analysis being done on the ADSB introduction and we will be watching the results for GA VFR aircraft. For IFR it is a no brainer and you would have to be a dinosaur to not want the best of equipment in your aircraft if you are flying IFR. Have a look at the item below on ADSB FAQ’s
That raises another issue I am passionate about. We have many GA Aircraft that are well set up for IFR flying and yet many of our pilots do not take the full advantage of this equipment. I am told that in the USA there are less weather related accidents than we have in NZ. Could that be because something like 45% of AOPA pilots have an Instrument rating. It is a great skill to have in your tool, kit and one that may make your VFR flying more enjoyable. It teaches you precision and control that can only make your flying more enjoyable.
Many thanks to Charlie Draper at Darfield for organising the new fly-in around Canterbury. By all accounts it is set to be an annual event as it was so well enjoyed. Again, some new members came from the event which is encouraging to see.
The AGM and Golf match in Wanganui is rushing around. It would pay to make your booking with the hotel but don’t forget to tell them you are with AOPA or they may say there are no rooms left. I am looking forward to the Wanganui venue as it is many years since we have had one there. A special part is the Whanganui river cruise and breakfast on the Saturday. We need some definite numbers so if you have not registered yet please go to the website now and do so. Graeme Donald is organising this event and highly recommends this cruise.
Further to the piece last month on Milford, Shaun has negotiated the concessions now and if you are an AOPA member we can verify this to DOC who will allocate one of the concessions to your flight. Don’t forget to get a briefing and read the CAA GAP publication before going in and remember you will still have to pay landing fees and Airways charges.
We are about to reproduce the strip directory so if you have a strip that would be available could yoi get in topuch with Graeme Donald or Mary Bruce and give them the details.
Check out the upcoming events on the website and attend one of the Christmas functions.