Good news from the President
Great news for all Part 91 operators that are not for “Hire or Reward”. The amendment to Part 91-615 has been signed by the Associate Minister and comes into effect on 30th October 2017. The whole amendment can be read at http://www.caa.govt.nz/rules/pending-rules/ and for those with a keen eye there is a small issue in the wording that will be corrected. I would not have mentioned it but if I had not someone would have seen it and said we don’t do our job properly. I have notified CAA and I am sure it will be fixed but It will not affect the change.
This change is very significant for all our members. If we pay $400 per year now it will mean $400 every two years in future. I am told that is the average figure for the exercise and some pay more. That is a saving of $200 per year per aircraft.
This project was started by Hamish Ross and my thanks go to him and his team that put it together. It is sensible and shows that we can make a difference. If you add that $200 to the saving on the medical fees, there is no AOPA member that has not had his membership paid for by savings achieved for the next couple of years. Without your support by being members we could not achieve these changes.
You have all read me going on about PBN and ADS-B. so by now you should have a reasonable understanding of what these acronyms mean. There is a CAA New Southern Sky roadshow coming to a town near you in November. The dates are on the back of the last magazine and on our website as well as on the CAA website. There is no excuse for not going along and asking the questions that concern you. The NSS team put a lot of effort into trying to inform you so take advantage of it.
ADS-B. Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast. Simply put it is automatic (if you turn it on). it is dependent on your aircraft system to provide the information. It provides Surveillance by Broadcasting the information. It is ASD-B out only and is not providing you information unless you have ADS-B In which will cost more and not be mandated.
I am going to go out on a limb here and make some statements that are intended to inform you of what “I think” will happen in GA by the year 2021. My intentions are to prepare you for the expense that you will face if you want to fly into controlled airspace after 2021. That is any controlled airspace. This is aimed at the GA VFR flyer who wants to do things as cheaply as possible.
- By 2021 to fly into any controlled airspace you will need to be equipped with a ModeS 1090 ES transponder.
- If you have a GA certified aircraft the transponder will need to have an STC to be fitted to your aircraft
- There are several makes available as standalone units with inbuilt GPS. Ask your avionics shop and preferably one that advertises in our magazine.
- The base cost of these unit is now at around US$2995 and I don’t see that coming down for an STC’d unit in the next 3 years.
- If you need to replace your old transponder do the job right first time and fit one of these units.
- If you wait until 2021 you "may" get one cheaper as there are some trials going on now, but in my opinion, you should allow for the full cost and start saving now. There will be a backlog for installation if we all leave it until the last minute.
- Do not count on a delayed implementation. Airways are on target for the changeover now.
- Treat it like the inevitable engine overhaul. It will be needed so allow for it.
There are huge safety advantages with ADS-B, particularly in airspace with more traffic, as ADS-B Out provides more precise position information on a more frequent basis. It refreshes up to twice every second compared to every 5 seconds for radar. ATC may be able to provide improved levels of support in unusual or emergency situations, including search and rescue, through more accurate position reporting which may help locate a distressed or downed aircraft;
The coverage area will be a 45 % greater compared to existing radar systems, particularly at low altitudes. You will also be visible on consumer programs like Flight Radar 24 and you will be visible to anyone with ADS-B In.
None of these statements have been mandated by CAA but I believe they will be, so let’s start facing the reality of ADS-B for GA. I have it already and even now the tracking is great on Flight Radar 24 but will only get better as the new receivers are put in by Airways.
Have a look at the NPRM for ADS-B above FL245 which will be mandated for 2018 and you will see that things are moving fast.
As I was writing this I received an email from Peter Bouma saying that after 41 years as a member of AOPA NZ he is going to retire from flying. It is not just the flying he has done but the partnership that he and Hugh Baxter have had with their C182 since 1968 that makes this an incredible feat. Not an accident or an incident in all that time. Well done Peter and Flora. Your commitment to AOPA has been fantastic. I have certainly enjoyed meeting you both over the years. Maybe Flora could pen a poem on your experiences for the next magazine?
Coming events are always published on our website. Please check and make sure you are aware of what is on the horizon. We have the Turangi Xmas BBQ fly-in on 26th November and the South Island Xmas Fly-in at Oamaru on 2nd December. Time to get into the Christmas spirit so plan these into your schedule.
Fly straight and level but keep safe out there