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June 2017 Short Approach

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June already and Winter is on us. Frosty mornings with beautiful calm flying conditions. I have to confess to doing just that this morning. I picked up the Piper Dakota at Fielding last week after Avcraft Engineering had spent countless hours (and dollars) upgrading the panel with a G500, GTN650, GNC255, GMA 340 audio panel, ADSB Trig transponder and an Electronics International CGR 30P engine analyser. They have done a great job and everything worked well. I won’t go into it here but will write an article for the next magazine. The PA 28 236 is going to be a good strip machine with the same performance as a C182 so I am looking forward to getting out and about. This morning I went and flew a couple of approaches at Takaka to check out the old Century autopilot and blow me down, it works with GPS steering all the way including the missed approach. One of the benefits of this exercise is following it through the CAA process of getting PBN RNP approval. Already we have identified some hiccups and are working to get the red tape reduction process in action.

The PPL medical review is well underway with submissions being called for by CAA. If you have not already done so please go to our website and look at what we are proposing, then put a submission into CAA. You can do this just by emailing the CAA at  and saying that you support the AOPA submission in total or if you want to fill the complete document in the link is on the website as above.

Steve Brown, (who at this minute is 20 minutes out of Lord Howe Island with Peter Glaister in the Cherokee 6), has done a fantastic job on this medical review. We had the chance to brief the CAA medical team on it at the last medical meeting and they listened but made no comment. It will be interesting to see the submissions which close on 19th June.

New Southern Sky (NSS) is progressing well with some new stuff about to go up on their website. I think we have made a lot of progress for GA and it is great to have Ashok Padoval from Aviation NZ along with Qwilton Beal from ACAG at the table defending the GA side of the program. I also had a chat with Tom Ashton last week who flies the medical evac twin for Garden City. It is input from people like Tom, who have the practical experience, that gives us the ammunition we need to make a difference for GA at the NSS Working Group.

The ADSB Cost Benefit Analysis Is well underway and being complete by Earnst Young or EY as they are called. I have to say that Adam who is doing the work has developed a good understanding of what the issues are. I look forward to the completed product.

AOPA has been assisting NSS Working Group with developing a simple explanation of PBN and this will be released in the next few days. Hopefully it will cut through the screeds of paper and present it on one page.

The Fuel for Thought CAA seminars ore on at the moment so go along and have a listen. They put a lot of work into these sessions which are well worth the time to attend.

The international AOPA World Assembly planning is well underway with a lot of registrations already. I can only stress that if you want to attend get registered and then book the hotel room as these are going to be hard to get for next Easter.  will give you all the information you need.

We have our next exec meeting on the 30th June in Christchurch. Mary Bruce is going to be on holiday somewhere in Northern Queensland for the next three weeks so replies from admin may be a little slow. I guess it depends on the strength of the Gin Slings. She deserves a break.

The Aon PLB competition is still on so see below for the details.

By the way, Steve and Peter have landed at Lord Howe Island. A great little place in the Tasman sea and well worth a visit.

Fly safely

Ian Andrews 

Rocket Lab. What a story!

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If you dont read anyting else in this newsletter, spend some time and have a good look at this remarkable NBR summary of what Rocket Lab has achieved in its short lifespan and how Peter Beck,an Invercargill man has put NZ on the world stage. Be sure to check the video.



Win an ACR ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon with Aon Aviation

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AOPA has a preferred brokerage arrangement with AON NZ, who offer a discount of 5% off the Insurers premium for Aircraft insurance and 10% off the Insurers premium for Fire & General policies.


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Cirrus defines the personal jet

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Call it what you want—The-Jet, the SJ50, the SF50, the Vision Jet—but the first single-engine general aviation jet is ready for prime time after a decade of development. AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines recently flew the Cirrus Vision Jet and reports on its handling and safety characteristics.

Read more and watch the video >

Over 5,000 BasicMed pilots and counting

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It's been less than one month since BasicMed went into effect, and more than 5,000 pilots already have taken advantage of the new rule. Read more >

This is what we expect will happen with our PPL medical reform.

New Southern Sky

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 The New Southern Sky Program is well advanced and is one of the largest projects being undertaken by CAA and the MoT.

There is a huge Stakeholder input which is what will make it a successful project in the long run. AOPA are playing their part in this and you should visit the NSS website every now and then to see what is noew and what is happening. 



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No:  7   2017

2-5 June. NZ Association of Women in Aviation. Rally. Info:

9-11 June. ANZSAIA . Regional Air Safety Seminar. Wellington. Contact.

11 June. Whanganui Aero Club Fly-in. Flat Hills.  Arrivals from 7.30 am. Contact: WAC 06 345 0914. E:

4 June. Manawatu Aviation Club Dawn Fly-in. Feilding Aerodrome. Contacts: 021 0423666. E:

18 June. Dannevirke Flying Club. Dawn Fly-in. Contact: 06 374 6269

7th - 9th July  AOPA Winter Fly in 2017   Alexandra, Central Otago 

30 July. Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club. Fly-in. Hastings/Bridge Pa. Contact: 06 879 8466. E:

20 August. Hawera Aero Club. Dawn Fly-in.  Contact: E:  :

9-10 September. 100 years of Brodie Family Flying. Rangitata Island. Contact 03 693 8675. E:

13-15 October. Tiger Moth Spring Fly-in. Taumaranui. Contact: Graeme Wood 027 293 2318. E:

4-5 November. Black Sands Fly-in. Raglan. SAANZ . Contact : Bruce Cooke 021 11 22


3 February. Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs.  Omaka Airfield. Contact: Craig Anderson. 029 8904910. E:

2-4 March. Tiger Moth Club. AGM Fly-in. Whitianga. Contact: Graeme Wood: 027 293 2318. E:

9-11 March. SAANZ Sport Avex. Waipukurau Airfield. Contact: Evan Wheeler. 021 924807. E: or Clem Powell . 0275 999273 E:

25th - 29th March International AOPA World Assembly at Queenstown. 

30 March – 1 April. Warbirds over Wanaka. Wanaka Airport. E:

Ross St George

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